Dead Flower People

by Ryan Kayhart

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    "Greetings, constant reader!
    Ryan Kayhart returns with an epic followup to his last tape from HEC last summer (which was coincidentally part of the premiere batch on that label, which is now among the best purveyors of tapes coming out of New England)
    It is called 'DEAD FLOWER PEOPLE', in what may or may not be a reference to the end of hippy dippy bullshit, paving way for the new “psych” in the age of Trump, or it's just a cool title. Ryan does this Ariel Pink/R. Stevie Moore/early Ween style of pop pastiche, genre hopping far better than most. This is sonically warped weirdo stuff for sure but it’s also just full of great pop songs. This shit rocks, man. There's elements of ‘90s slacker rock (“Shayla”), new wave ‘80s goth (“Lost Shadows,” lyrics on this one speak to me deeply), ramshackle stoner folk reminiscent of Sebadoh (“Showing Signs”), and that's just within the first three tracks! The album is cohesive but like most loner-freak-mutants' sound worlds, it also functions as a mixtape into what Ryan was going through while writing/recording these songs. Epic keyboard/synth/guitar/recorder noodling abounds.
    “They Say It Died of Weed,” perhaps my favorite Ryan Kayhart song title, also might be my favorite track on the album. It's like sky-kissing psychedelia, with tape-warped guitar riffs, drifting through invisible planets at dusk, deep bass, ominous drones, shamanistic percussion, and ritualistic flutes. Fifth World music for sure. Third eye grinder. Of course the lyrics are about being stoned at Wendy's or something… I could write my whole review just based on this song, I've experienced this song melodically. It reminds me of tripping in college and then eating fried food after a long day of my brain leaking through my ears out in the woods.
    “What of the Child” is deeply bizarre and comforting at the same time. It sounds like a song that was literally dreamt up. Perhaps Ryan recorded it in a dream and somehow managed to take it back to the waking world where it could end up on this tape? “Soup” (also a perfect title for this song) has one of the best guitar riffs I've heard all year. And it's just guitar and vocals. Super melancholy but life affirming as well. Haunted pop. “Speckled Skies” sounds like weirdo Western Massachusetts freak pop as done by Ryan Kayhart, orbiting in the Joey Pizza Slice/Sam Gas Can mold for sure. “Deep Snow/Not Today” has guest vibes/vocals on it from a fellow called Mike Piss… and it rules.
    Biases aside (as Ryan is a close chum), this is definitely primed to be the best psych (pop) album of the year! Ryan's style has evolved incrementally over countless releases and on this one he's refined it to a point where the live stuff and the recordings have never been closer. This stuff is simultaneously raw and feels “live” but also really polished, if that makes sense. This dude should be famous.
    Rip the bong. Rip this tape."
    - David D (Already Dead Tapes) 2017
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Written and recorded at Firehouse 2016-17
Samples from Cold Spring Hollow featured on Track 4
Guest vocals by Kevin"Mike Piss" Oliviver on track 8
Cover photo by Jule Fox

LIMITED EDITION CASSETTE by Already Dead Tapes alreadydeadtapes.bandcamp.com/album/ad259-ryan-kayhart-dead-flower-people

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released August 4, 2017

"Dedicated to lost shadows everywhere"

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Track Name: Shayla
Shayla lean on me
Shayla when you're weak
loner naked in the rain
a stoner blue street babe

Shayla Shayla Shayla Shayla

Shayla meat and seeds
Shayla needs money
buried deep beneath the sheets
a future weekend sleeps

Shayla Shayla Shayla Shayla
Shayla Shayla Shayla Shayla
Shayla
Track Name: Showing Signs
I'd love to talk but you're showing signs
you're waving flags of denial
I saw the same old things in you're eyes
now I've heard enough and I ain't wasting time tonight
if you don't believe me then turn on the lights
you'll see I am the one caught in a kite string web
I want to move on from these grid locked ties but I might die
I'm blind and it's not ok but people die every day and no one cares
there's better news in this spider's lair
but if we trash it all no one will understand the fucking plan
so if you want to talk cheap well I can't hear ya man.
Track Name: They Say It Died Of Weed
You were the most post human
yeah you're so sweaty down at Wendy's
bendy bendy bendy I feel so unnecessary

I met her at Denny's bender at Jenny's
woke up in a Friendly's
pretend meat for Penny's
they say it died of weed
Track Name: What Of The Child
what of the child dying inside from what you call real life
I am the boy trying to climb through broken windows

the pain will fade
please never ever kill us in that way
a sedentary little life on the sofa questioning love

It's ok baby
you can love blindly
would you die if you tried

maybe

let the kid decide
let the child decide

caught in a circle
like a burning bug
like a one winged dove

this is only temporary
this won't last
Track Name: Soup
it's hard to grip the day
they always turn to gray
I'd rather burn out than stay and fade away

when I wake I'm so tired
I'd fill my guts with lead before I would die in bed
still I rest and waste the day dreaming of a better way

I want to know how much more there is to know about you
oh nothing
I was just saying soup sounds good tonight
no I didn't say anything else than that
and if I did I think you'd tell me cuz you're into sharing secrets
Track Name: Speckled Skies
you know I love to see that stain in your blue eyes
like orange and green speckled skies
milk framed islands

I know you love to feel that high when I cheer you on
stay with the band
take the high road
solo
do we bow to the wind

the day we met was three years way too late for
that kind of youthful formative love to happen
but this could be better
there's so much we could share
we are so much more experienced and learned now

but you tease those who have always been sad and i take that to heart and have found that I'm at odds with that
if you were to cast lay on hands on me I'd have to obey you
or who ever takes my pain away

have we been missing the signs forever
and could we be together
now that the line is thinner
between the creeps and the winners

I just want it now
that feeling when I was young
I wish I could share that with someone else
but I wasted those years
scared and lost deep in a black hole of darkness and pain
now I would do anything to have that chance again
Track Name: Deep Snow/Not Today - Featuring Mike Piss
stay warm and get some feathered skin but not too soon
stay with me baby

no no no no not today no no no no not today not today

I wanna go somewhere with someone some other day but not today baby
come on now ugh sing it with me

no no no no not today no no no no not today not today

deep snow our love will grow look into my liver Kevin Oliviver
I'm here to pull the key representing me look into my liver
say a couple things buy you onion rings look into my liver

I'm gonna leave these blue boot band rubber down stair tools out with the front porch chairs baby
come on say it with me

no no no no not today no no no not today not today

deep snow our love will grow not today
deep snow our love will grow look into my liver
not today not today not today
deep snow our love will grow welcome to my liver Kevin Oliviver

not today not today not today maybe saturday maybe saturday but not today

I'm gonna make sometime this week to clean the top of the god damn fridge but not today alright now split it ok break it down now

I'm here to pull the key representing me look into my liver not today
say a couple things buy you onion rings look into my liver

now bring it back everybody party come on
I'm here to pull the key representing me look into my liver
ripping the beat right out my suck hole brother
say a couple things buy you onion rings look into my liver Kevin Oliviver

no no no no not today not today not today not today maybe saturday
maybe saturday but not today I'll buy you onion rings
deep snow
maybe saturday maybe saturday
but not today
Track Name: (Post Human)You're so Sweaty
hey

the most human lips I have ever seen
in a funk video
called you're so sweaty
I ain't never been to Japan
drink up dreamers
you're running dry
let me be your girl

tying trying hands
factors are fact tractors

you're so sweaty

what the fuck be gone down in this place
wudup
hey

you're so sweaty

hey
wudup

the most human lips I have ever seen in a funk video called "You're So Sweaty I Ain't Never Been To Japan" Drink Up Dreamers You're Running Dry Let Me Be Your Girl"
Track Name: Dead Flowers
everywhere that we go the clouds part and flowers grow
and I remember I'm afraid to step on them so I wait till they're done dying and you stop crying to say
if you need a friend I'll be there for you but I'll still pretend
that somehow our love could be true
you just need to get over somethings and learn some other things
I just need to get over somethings and still learn some other things
is this time the time or did that time pass long ago
when we didn't know
what to do about it
what does it mean to hold on to memories
what does it mean to look back and wonder what could have been
what does it mean
are we all crazy
what does that mean
crazy is just another word for human being