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The Leather Lemon

by P.E.

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Prickled skin, warm spit; Brutal lover. Blue nude reclined, like a painting, like ceramics. –– and she rotates –– French kiss to keep the peace! French fuck to keep the peace! French kiss to keep the peace! You want to make me beg; You want to keep me as your tamed one.
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A contradiction of wants, a contradiction of needs, needs, needs, needs... Hey! We didn’t agree to these terms! Completing labor for what? A fixed mindset of competitive production. The “Who’s-Who” of the world rebranding what joy is. A contradiction of wants, a contradiction of needs, needs, needs, needs… Hey! Hey! Hey!
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I’m obsessed with time –– (what I’ve lost, what I’ve wasted, what I’ve given away). The smell of fresh grass, earth, and sweat. Lower belly panting like dogs. Wolf Caught! Wolf Caught! I’ll perform a pirouette for your approval. Wolf Caught - The Wolf’s Caught! I’m obsessed with time –– (what I’ve lost, what I’ve wasted, what I’ve given away). Looking out the window to the shady part of the garden where we fell in love. Dappled light danced on our skin as we inhaled the sweet smell of summer bodies. -– The birds call I’ve already forgotten –– I hope it won't be relabelled as a nice day and a nice time with someone whose smile I no longer perform a pirouette for... Wolf Caught - The Wolf’s Caught! I’m obsessed with time –– (what I’ve lost, what I’ve wasted, what I’ve given away). I’m so dizzy.
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Leather Lemon –– Strawberry Cut. Leather Lemon –– Strawberry Cut. Sweet Acid in the wound; suck on it. Leather Lemon –– Strawberry Cut. Leather Lemon, Let’s stay all day in bed!
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* Lyrics by A Savage ^ Lyrics by V Torres *Polishing the mirror through a wall of fallen steam, to survey the changes that you made. Light reflecting life, drawn by curtains in a dream, greets me as the fog begins to fade. ^ I learned my lesson twice. A study of life behind the screen. *I am so much older than I was when I met you, when I told myself I’d never leave. ^A grand finale bow as a gesture of good faith. *Now I’m somewhere else, somewhere I’ll stay till I'm unglued. Nothing sticks like wanting to believe. ^Oil slicks from a birds eye view, Diverge like roads that lead to nowhere. A papier-mache mask rests next to sour cherries. *Look at you, the blurry shape that used to bear my name, dance across the screen from left to right. Soft and blurred a whispered word, like tears wept in the rain, all around and hiding in plain sight. *Time bends what it passes through into the strangest shapes, like a face that’s been caught in the act. I can see my lips move but I hear no sounds escape seems my tongue’s been taken by the cat.
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I know the reason for my love. Let me be, Let me be tender, Let me make mistakes. I know the reason for my love. Show me the bones! Show me the history! Show me the foundation to this house. Hot and cold, keep the tap running! Easy love like water. This time alone has prepared me to know what I want and how I want it. Our love - a wild poetry - in a 6th floor walk-up.
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Magic Hands 03:25
Eyes through the branches –– See Me –– Walk through the tunnel, hold my hand. Hazy and haloed, painted land. Out of tune and muddled, forgive the band. Bleached bones of trouble, lost in the grass. Eyes through the branches –– See Me –– Walk through the tunnel. Friction is normal as we contract and expand. Fill up the car, get out some cash. Soft purple thread embroidery in her blouse. A nipple prunes in the sun. Egg white to egg yolk, dusty earth brown. I’m trying to make sense of why we fall in love again
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Find a new kind of zen, make me part of your spiritual practice. Find a new kind of zen. You’re so big-time, defiant, reliant on no-one. You’re so big time –– Give something up to me. Find a new kind of zen, make me part of your spiritual practice. Find a new kind of zen: A Capitalist Sex Practice! (And I give it freely to the cause) It’s not kind, it’s not necessary, but I love it. Bury me in it.
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86ed 02:42
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Majesty 02:22
I don’t want that life. I don’t want that majesty. I don’t want that life. I don’t want a tragedy. *I want EVERYTHING*

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Album Of The Week - Treble

Best Songs Of 2022 ("Tears In The Rain") - Treble

Album Of The Week - Big Love Records

"The perfect soundtrack for a neo-noir" - Rolling Stone

"Soft and a little sleazy" - The Fader

"Their best record yet... the production is wilder, the hooks are bigger, and everything feels more confident." - Brooklyn Vegan

"The NYC band are at the peak of their powers" - Bandcamp Daily

"They carve out deeper grooves and mine darker textures, reveling in a kind of intoxicated, nocturnal exhilaration—these songs aren’t so much heavier as denser, all of the elements that came together on Person now calcifying into crystallized solid." - Treble

P.E. 's sophomore album, The Leather Lemon (Wharf Cat Records, out March 25, 2022), ushers in a new era for the New York band. A wild ride through chewy bubblegum pop, sweeping synthetic orchestrations, and mutant club beats, the album slides ever closer to the fully-realized pop sensibility only winked at with their debut album Person (2020) and subsequent releases.

Digging into mystery, romance, and sex appeal with The Leather Lemon, the group — composed of members of Pill (Mexican Summer/Dull Tools) and Eaters (Dull Tools/Driftless) — centers its sound within a Bermuda Triangle of dance music, electronic composition, and experimental rock. Members Jonathan Schenke, Bob Jones, and Jonny Campolo play within pop parameters, building upon free-form collaboration to create a fluorescent groove machine that harnesses the energy of their frenetic live shows. Singer Veronica Torres explores her softer side, expanding her vocal repertoire from spoken word and jagged growls to cherubic and sensuous psalms. Sax virtuoso Benjamin Jaffe’s chiseled experimental tone is heard in an extended solo of true romance in “Tears in the Rain,” a somber surrealist duet penned by Torres and Andrew Savage, singer/guitarist of Parquet Courts.

Recorded primarily at Schenke’s Studio Windows in Brooklyn, NY, The Leather Lemon was cultivated from a fertile creative period between spring 2020 and summer 2021, which also yielded 2021’s acclaimed The Reason For My Love EP. Pitchfork writes:

"The quintet refines their impulses on their 2020 debut Person and transforms them into a body-moving EP. The jittery electronics are still there, but the drum cuts feel sharper and lighter, bringing a sense of structure to what could easily be shapeless. Vocalist Veronica Torres abandons spoken-word and leans fully into singing about poetry, beauty, and the contours of the body. Her lovely vocal stretches fill up the space once occupied by industrial bass drops. Sensuality suits them well."

The Leather Lemon is a reckoning record for the times; an album of psychedelic resurfacing, real-time response to world events, and soft, sympathetic magic. This is a collection of songs shaped by five individuals who embrace music-making as a way to center themselves in times of uncertainty; it’s resilience and imagination given shape. The Leather Lemon is a true sweet-and-sour listening experience, an album as bright and clear as it is fractured and fun. Get turned UP and ON with the electrifying new lemon drop from P.E.!

credits

released March 25, 2022

P.E. is: Jonny Campolo (piano, synths, bass, percussion, voice), Benjamin Jaffe (saxophone, synths, voice), Bob Jones (beats, samples, synths, bass, voice), Jonathan Schenke (synths, beats, bass, percussion, voice), Veronica Torres (voice, lyrics).

Produced, Edited, Mixed and Mastered by Jonathan Schenke at Studio Windows. Additional production by Bob Jones at Zo City Studios. Written in-person and in-quarantine by P.E. between Studio Windows (NY), Zo City Studios (NY), and Gray House MPLS (MN) 2020-2021.

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