Wallpaper

by Blake Pfeil

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    1. Kalamazoo
    2. Manhattan Speaks (feat. Rachel Gavaletz)
    3. Chomp
    4. Down the Street (Interlude)
    5. Landmark
    6. Queen
    7. Sleight of Hand
    8. Wallpaper

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about

After a wildly successful crowd-funding campaign, Wallpaper serves as the debut from up-and-coming indie folk/pop artist Blake Pfeil. Blake's unique sound explores a distinctive melodic sensibility that has been compared to the likes of Ben Folds, Don Henley, and Robbie Williams, while his lyrics have been compared to the poetry and wit of Sara Bareilles, Joni Mitchell, and David Bowie. A poignant and clever travelogue, Wallpaper seamlessly merges folk and pop to create an upbeat, fresh, and satisfying debut.

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released November 11, 2014

all music and lyrics by BLAKE PFEIL

vocals: BLAKE PFEIL
drums/percussion: CODY RAHN
guitar: JOHNNEZ PANTANILLA
bass: JOSEPH WALLACE
piano: BLAKE PFEIL, KALEY PUCKETT
keyboards: KALEY PUCKETT
violin: CHRISTINA BOUEY, KIHO YUTAKA
viola: JASON MELLOW, MARIA STROJNIAK
cello: BOBBIE L. CROW, III
tenor sax: DANIEL BENNETT
trumpet: JON LIJOI
trombone: DARIUS CHRISTIAN JONES
programming: GIAN STONE
arranger/copyist/contractor: BLC3 MUSIC SERVICES

executive producer: RACHEL GAVALETZ
co-producers: BLAKE PFEIL, BEN RICE
cover art: CHERYL SMITH
album photography/design: ANTHONY DISPARTE

recorded and mixed at DEGRAW STUDIOS, Brooklyn, NY
lead recording engineer: BEN RICE
assistant engineer: HARPER JAMES
mixing engineer: BEN RICE

mastered at JOE LAMBERT MASTERING, Brooklyn, NY
mastering engineer: JUSTIN COLLETTI
studio manager: ALLIE CRYSTAL

Indiegogo contributors:
Rebecca Faulkenberry, Philip and Anh Sawyer, Tina Martin, Kaitlin Neagle, Anne and Chuck Emerson, Ciara Sheily, Lee Harrington, KS Flaschner, Casey Shane, Danielle Sexton, B.E. King, Kate Walsh, Bailey Estevez, Kirk J. Miller, Colleen Wilson, Nina Waters, Megan Harmon, Tess McHugh, Zack Bass, Judy Slabyk, Megan Pfeil, Carol Palmen, Joni Ware, Molly Marlow, Sharon Olney, Meredith McAlister, Nancy Costello, Mariah Gower, Ian Ware, Anonymous, Katherine Wright, Mike Ewing, Lesley Gurule, Joy Underhill, Brianne Howk, Kelly Portue, Michael Cyril Creighton, Anonymous, Anonymous, Elise Toscano, Marilyn Patterson, Kelly Cain, Thomas Reed, Joe Sullivan, Jamie Hartmann, Julia Izumi, Brian M. Dudley, Mark Nakamoto, Shravan Tedla, Jen Fink, Nick Vargas, Laura Wiley, Elena LeBel, Joseph Nesmith, Emily Graham Handley, Kristi Block, Denise Croff, Elizabeth Ferguson-Pfeil, Dave Ciano, Matthew Noel, Dave Norton, Ben Michael, Cheryl Lane, Pete Madden, Zac Lasher, Jason Allen-Forrest, Susan Maris, Rachel Gavaletz, Kari Bassett, Charlotte Mae Ellison, Grace Weber, Pratyush Buddiga, Thomas DellaMonica, Caroline Coppel, Sam Simahk, Jared West, Monica M. Carvalho, Sara Kapner, Julie Fancy, Paul Brocato, Bill Mootos, Mary Cait Gilson, Linda and Jesse Nordstrom, Danielle Beckmann, Kenny Randolph, JaimeLee Randall, Michael Stone, Sarah Gawron, Scott Koonce, Jamie Pillet, Abby Gillan, Bridget Ware, Tyler Bellmon, Chris Anderson, Ryan Pfeil, Pete Turo, Vincent Teschel, Jon Gardner, Greg Priester, Kelsey Dardeau, Robyn Pazicni, Beth Stafford Laird, Garrett Weeda, Peter Zurkuhlen, Mark Kuroski, Bob Albrecht, Marvelyn McFarlane, Janett Kim, Beth Sansone, Joel Domenico, Charlie Kurchinski, Joie Golomb, James Nathan Igo, Bridget O'Byrnes, Todd McLain, Nick Fehlinger, Jonathan Hankins, Ann Rae Smith, Samantha Blain, Mere Jones, R.j. Vaillancourt, Sam Mariotti, Keith Power, John Pfeil, Mason France, Kevin McDermott, Ryan McGovern, Bert and Nikki Brocato, Janna Brokaw, Stephen Terrell, Heather Morello, Anonymous, Tim Hawkins, Jill Kahkoska, Brittney Morello, Todd Michael Hall, Anonymous, Mikki Sodergren, Paul Oberlander, Matthew Kaplan, Cait Powers, Jason Wynn, Hal Shane, Camille Harris, Joan Goldsmith, Dave and Kim Burch, Dipika Mouli, Debbie Hill, Larry Finlayson, Kaitlin Manca, Molly Goodman, Lexie Fennell Frare, Courtney O'Connor, Matthew John Kacergis, Sean Hudock, Robin Ferguson, Adam Rosante, Jacob Porter, Jim Mahoney, Tracey Mellon, Jessica Kahkoska, Kyle Simpson, Michael Bryan, Joe O'Brien, Scott Sinclair, Anonymous, Imani Champion, Kurt Crowley, Derek Smith, Carlita Ector, Adam Walton, Amanda Reed, Joan and Jim Schubin, Bonny Shuman, Sydney Lipez, Allison Martin, Jobetta Hedelman-Beaver, Neil Davin, Courtney Keller, Rachel Alexander, Krista Buccellato, Katie Shircliff, Kyle Greene, Sue Webb, Anonymous, Jay Leibowitz, Mary Tyler

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Track Name: Kalamazoo
I'll see you
When we both meet in Kalamazoo
Side by side
Through Bronson Park, under a lavender sky
We'll talk of art,
And right from the start
Know where we long to be
You'll take my hand,
Say, "Dear, understand,
"This is not how it's all s'pposed to be"
So I'll see you
When we both meet in Kalamazoo
Side by side
Through the park, under a wallpaper sky
Track Name: Manhattan Speaks (feat. Rachel Gavaletz)
Would you speak to me Manhattan?
When nothing else seems to happen
'Cause my mind just keeps on turnin'
And the lights just keep on burnin'
Yeah they're burnin'
Oh, they're burnin'

Pull me up, shake me out, drop me back down on my feet
Holdin' me, coaxin' me, pullin' me outta the back seat
See, I got this need for inspiration
Tangled in sweet desperation,
And I know you're holding out

So speak to me Manhattan
So something is bound to happen
'Cause the room just won't stop turnin'
And the time just keeps on burnin'
It is burnin'
Yeah it's burnin'

Markin' time, blow my mind, I just can't get up on my feet
Takin' sides, tryin' to hide, mister I don't like it in the back seat
You pull me in and open up
Then push me down on my own luck
Oh, mister mister, won't you please, please be nice?

And speak to me Manhattan
So something is bound to happen
'Cause the room just won't stop turnin'
And the time just won't stop burnin'
It is burnin'
Yeah it's burnin'

But you won't make a ghost of me
I won't buy into this conspiracy
You're just a conman stealing my dreams
And I'm just biding my time it seems

So speak to Manhattan
'Cause I'm just waiting for something to happen
'Cause the world just won't stop turnin'
And my heart just keeps on burnin'
It is burnin'
And I'm burnin' for you
Yeah I'm burnin' for you
Yeah I'm burnin' for you
Track Name: Chomp
My, my boy, what big arms you have
The better to hug me with I guess
My, my boy, what a big chest you have
The better to hold me close to with I guess
My, my boy, what big lips you have
The better to kiss my mouth with I guess
My, my boy, what big teeth you have
The better to eat my heart out with I guess

'Cause you're going chomp
You ate my heart
Chomp
Right out of my chest
Oh god what a mess

I showed you sun and moon and stars and hearts
To better your life with I guess
I turned my life upside-down and right right 'round
To better your life with I guess
I put my back into it and my legs into it and my hips into and my tongue
Into it too
But all I got in return was a lesson to learn
And a mop and a bucket to clean up this mess

'Cause you went chomp
You ate my heart
Chomp
Right out of my chest
Chomp
You ate my heart
Chomp
Right out of my chest

And suddenly I can't feel anything
Without blood pumping through my veins

Do I still have a brain do I still have lungs do I still have a spleen?
Check
Do I still have rhythm do I still have soul do I still have life?
Check
And can I still taste and can I still breathe and can I still hear?
Check
But do I feel like hell, baby how could you tell
That without my heart I don't do well?

'Cause you went chomp
You ate my heart
Chomp
Right out of my chest
Chomp
You ate my heart
Right out of my chest
Oh God what a mess
Track Name: Landmark
You make the skyline in my head shine a little bit brighter
You make my shaky hands hold yours tight, then a little bit tighter
You make the songbird in my heart sing a little bit higher
You're a landmark, baby, and there's nothing else left to say
So why don't you stay?
Oh, baby, stay

'Cause your lips are honey on my tongue, so kiss me a little bit longer
Your hips, they breathe like lungs, so hold me a little bit closer
I hear a beating drum, it beats for you everyday stronger,
For a landmark, baby, well you don't have much to say
So maybe stay
Why don't you stay?
Oh, baby, stay, why don't you stay?
Oh, baby, stay
You're a landmark

But the earth is shifting
Your body keeps drifting
Through my hands to solid ground
I try to pick you up
When you're down on your own luck
But my heart it just won't make a sound
And darling when it does
I wanna give you all my love
So everything will be just as it was
'Cause you're a monument
Your own continent
I wanna be with you because

You make sunshine in my sky burn a little brighter
You make my shaky hands hold yours tight, so tight, then a little bit tighter
And that little songbird in my heart keeps singing up, up so high
You're a landmark baby
And there's nothing else left to say
So maybe stay
Oh baby stay
Oh baby stay
Why don't stay
Oh baby stay
Be my landmark baby

You make the skyline in my head shine a little bit brighter
Track Name: Queen
She pulls on her heels
'Cause that's what she feels like doing
Works a couple of deals
To pay for the wheels to keep turning
There's sun in her eyes
So it's no surprise
That girl is a queen

She zips up her dress
To settle the mess we've all been making
Won't smile unless
It's your chips she's stressing taking
There's fire in her eyes
So it's no surprise
That girl is a queen
Never dark skies
As she shows the guys
That she is a queen

And to God in the sky
She keeps asking why we all keep hurting
When he doesn't reply
She holds back her cries and keeps working
She sparkles, she shines
She keeps up the blinds
'Cause she is a queen
With sun in her eyes
It's still no surprise
That girl is a queen

She'll teach you to walk
And teach you to talk
And act like a man
And not like a boy
She puts on a show
So that we all know
She feels nothing
But pure joy
We could all find more joy

She kicks off her heels
Though they keep her heart on beating
Worked out all of her deals
Though the wheels in her head keep turning
She feels alright
So she turns out the light
Bids Sir Moon "Good night"
He simply replies,
"My darling, sleep tight,
"Good night, my queen"
Track Name: Sleight of Hand
Mister, can't you see?
You're not right for me
Act so seriously
Don't you agree
It's not really my fault
I don't care at all
Not prepared to fall
Or be your rag doll

You're such a sleight of hand
You've got the master plan
So I must take a stand
Just to feel fine
Quietly exit right
I'll even leave on the light
I'll say, "Good night, sleep tight,
"Don't let the bedbugs bite,
"Or do because you crossed the line"
This time

We wage quite the war
It's become quite the bore
I'm sick of being ignored
Now what'd you do that for?
You caused yourself a mess
And caused me too much stress
And under all the duress
I'll only think of you less

'Cause you're a sleight of hand
You've got the master plan
So I must take a stand
Just to feel fine
Quietly exit right
I'll even leave on the light
I'll say, "Good night, sleep tight,
"Don't let the bedbugs bite,
"Or do because you crossed the line"

You've got the best of me
And put it up on a shelf
You're sly, but curiously
I know you better than you know yourself

Mister, can't you see?
You're not the one for me
You act so seriously
Why disagree
It's not really my fault
No, I don't care at all
I'm not prepared to fall
Or be your little rag doll

You're such a sleight of hand

You're such a sleight of hand
And now I got the master plan
To go and take a stand
And now I feel fine
Quietly exit right
I'll even leave on the light
I'll say, "Good night, sleep tight,
"Don't let the bedbugs bite,
"Or do because you crossed the line"
Track Name: Wallpaper
I guess you could say
My tall bedroom walls
Don't know color at all
They've never seen the fall
I won't run away
When leaves start to fall
And leave shadows on my walls
As all that remains of you

So if it's okay
With my bedroom walls
Who once and for all
Will finally face the fall
Well, I'll ask them to stay
And I'll reach up so tall
I bought wallpaper
To cover all of the shadows of you
The shadows of you

And I'll see
That the ceiling
Won't reflect all the times
I chose to ignore
All the "should-bes"
And the "could-bes"
And I'll make sure
"Maybe" doesn't mean "yes" anymore

So I guess you could say
The twilight this fall
Won't cast shadows at all
On my tall bedroom walls
But as much as I say
That the colors this fall
On my wallpaper
Will cover all of you
It might be okay
If a bit of you stays on me
If your shadow stays on...










































































My eyes sure like the ground
Since my mouth lost sound
'Cause my heart got bound
And tied and tossed out to the street
My neck's accustomed to
Brushing off all cues
From the sky so blue
I lost the sun to the black concrete
But now I wonder:
Is it so damn hard to look up?

So if I could scream right now
Like a sonic plow
Through the air somehow
Wake up the hearts scattered down the street
'Cause our heads are down these days
A collective gaze
In a sidewalk haze
Kicked to the curb underneath our feet
But I'm pretty sure it's easier,
Oh, surely, it's easier
Oh, wouldn't it be easier if we all looked up?
Maybe we should just look up

We are one big constellation
We can light up a sky
We can spark imagination
If we only try
We're a cosmic celebration
So let's paint the sky
Let's look up
Let's look up

The sky won't run away
So if my eyes stay
On the ground today
I'll try tomorrow for more blue
'Cause I can't keep breathing ground
And ignoring sound
Of the light surrounding
This little world for something new
And I pray for that one day
When I face the fear to say
There's just gotta be a better way
If I just look up