Eating Alone | The Long Haul

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The Long Haul

by Eating Alone

A hypnotic, layered examination of a broken father/son bond that alternates between angry rebukes and hungry pleas, resolving in an imagined opportunity to resolve the past.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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1. The Long Haul
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2. When I Was A Kid
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3. You Were Never Around
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4. I Thought If I Had Been Better
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5. You Wouldn't Have Given Me Up
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6. And I Wouldn't Have To Pretend To Forget About You
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7. Whoever You Are
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8. Over the Years, I've Wondered Where You've Been
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9. And Tonight, In This Hotel Room
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10. I Wonder If I'll Ever See You Again
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11. I Sent This In A Letter
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12. But It Got To You Too Late
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13. And Came Back Crumpled, Saying
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14. Person Unknown, Return To Sender
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
finger-picked acoustic guitars, shimmering synths, insistent percussive loops and beats and phased vocals draw the listener into an intensely personal journey that examines a broken father/son bond. the song titles read like a letter and the album captivates with it's lo-fi, daydream-like quality and simple, evocative lyrics. you're on the same journey as the narrator, seeking answers and resolution in the scenarios and questions presented in this collection of songs.

the album opens with a short instrumental track ('the long haul') that ebbs and flows, drawing you in. the accusations leveled are harsh and direct ('you were never around') but frequently come with a simple vocal hook and catchy beat as in 'whoever you are', a song that leads with a simple question and ends with an attempt to sever the relationship completely ("it's not like that/you're not my dad"). the outright anger is mixed with pleas to reconcile as heard in 'you wouldn't have given me up' when a simple repeated phrase ("come back to me") is mixed with claps and drums that briefly hide the real pain heard in this song. 'when i was a kid' examines the feelings of abandonment while 'it came back crumpled, saying' takes it a step further in an abstract comparison between accepting abandonment and a piece of paper ("i'm the paper in your hand/and the devil in your step/and the angel in your eyes/and the ink in your look/and i don't know why you'd possibly waste time on me"). there's an element of fantasy here when the narrator imagines being visited by the ghost of his father ('and tonight, in this hotel room') or losing him in a shipwreck ('i wonder if i'll ever see you again'). despite the clear attempts to put more distance in the relationship, there's an acknowledgment that closure is not easy or complete ('and i wouldn't have to pretend to forget about you'). as the album approaches the end there's a direct statement about the futility of attempting reconciliation ('but it got to you too late'), however, the album closes with 'person unknown, return to sender' where the narrator ultimately concludes that forgiveness and reconciliation are an option.


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