Bittersweet

by The Accidentals

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Multi-instrumentalists, Katie Larson and Savannah Buist are creating quite a name for
themselves among music lovers of all genre’s. Described as, “A duo giving an edge to folk with unique
instrumentation”, Z93 FM DJ, Matt Mansfield writes: “Combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics and you’ve got Accidentals music. Songwriters, look no farther to find a new pairing to be jealous of, especially with such a bright future ahead of them.”

They met in 2011 at their public high school. Katie (15) was a freshman cello player,
“playing up” in the Philharmonic Orchestra and Savannah (16) was Concert Master, violinist. They volunteered for a class assignment that threw them together for their first rehearsal and The Accidentals were born.

Growing up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalist for mothers, their
Influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure. Their collective playlist you won’t find on mainstream radio. They are “explorers and admirers” of indie music greats like Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Sufjan Stephens, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Black Keys, White Stripes, Sarah Jaffe (and the Beatles). Their original tunes reflect their exposure to a wide variety of instruments while staying true to their orchestral roots. In addition to playing guitar, bass, glockenspiel, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, accordion, and kazoo...you can’t miss the edgy violin and cello that defines this duo.

In 2012 these two ladies auditioned for and snagged a coveted spot in the first ever singer-songwriter
major at the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts High School -around the time they released their first self-produced album, Tangled Red and Blue. In early reviews of Tangled Red and Blue, Kristi Kates of The Northern Express, was the first to say what everyone was thinking, “It’s difficult to believe that music this accomplished is being crafted by two talents who are still in high school - but that’s The Accidentals’ story.”

In two short years (2011-2013) they would write and record two albums, play as guest artists on seven others, score three films, and land song placements in several commercials, documentaries, independent films, and music compilations, in addition to playing over five hundred live shows while maintaining their studies.

In 2013 The Accidentals opened for some of their favorite artists, Andrew Bird, Sixto Rodriguez
(Sugar Man), Aunt Martha, Rosco Bandana, and Lauren Mann. They hopped an RV to tour their home state of Michigan for a consecutive seven weeks while finishing and releasing their second album Bittersweet. The GR
Press called their stage show “stunning, an unforgettable experience watching these two girls play a sea of
instruments (twelve to be exact), moving effortlessly from one to the other, while entertaining the masses with their wit, haunting harmonies, and catchy melodies, they are truly unforgettable.”

Fifteen track album Bittersweet was recorded with award winning producers in Nashville and Indiana in March 2013. According to UK Magazine, Leicester Bangs: “The lyrical flow is intriguing and absorbing – and so complex as to draw comparison to Joanna Newsom in full poetic flight.” DW Magazine, UK adds; “heady folk and sweet melodies embellish an accomplished set of songs - Larson and Buist have found their trademark sound but they’re not going to let it get in the way of a little diversity.”

The Accidentals recently won Traverse Magazine’s “Red Hot Best” of Northern Michigan Music for the second year in a row, were featured in Regional Musician Magazine and NPR’s Stateside. Reviews of their song “The Silence” landed them a featured artist spot on Reverbnation’s home page and put their new album in rotation on CBS Radio. It also garnered the attention of songwriting legend, Marshall Crenshaw and Grammy award winning producer and engineer, Stewart Lerman. The Accidentals left for New York in Feb. 2014 to record a brand new EP with these gentlemen and recently signed a production/label deal with Crenshaw and Lerman.
So far in 2014, The Accidentals have scored an original tune for a 72 piece orchestra, arranged music for an Operatic Dance Project with musical genius, Son Lux, opened for Brandi Carlile, and played over 200 shows including Frederik Meijer Gardens, Wheatland, Blissfest, and Earthwork Harvest Gathering.

You can check out two brand new music videos on their YouTube channel along with festival recaps, and live shows at youtube.com/moreaccidentals Hear an exclusive song at www.cancerbenefit.org written for the compilation CD, Firework.

At eighteen years of age, The Accidentals journey is just beginning and they can’t wait for you to join them at moreaccidentals.com.

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The Accidentals Traverse City, Michigan

Multi-instrumentalists, Katie Larson and Savannah Buist, “A duo giving an edge to folk with unique
instrumentation”, “Combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics and you’ve got Accidentals music. Songwriters, look no farther to find a new pairing to be jealous of, especially with such a bright future ahead of them.” ... more

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Track Name: The Silence
We sat beneath the stars
At a fire and played our new guitars
And I wondered how long this was gonna last
Because picture perfect memories
Just come with all those tougher things
And pain’s the best reminder of your past
I watched the meteors fall
On a world that hardly cared at all
Leaving silver trails of dust across the sky
Of indigo blue that matched my mood
And with constellations for tattoos
And I watched them fade away and quickly die
So many theories wrong and soon disproved
So many ideas lost among the feud
So many conversations that are sadly misconstrued
And lost among debate and needless violence
We need the silence
We walked in a haunted place
With tattered walls and empty space
And a musty smell that drenched the nighttime air
Neither of us said a word
And we waited till we heard the birds
And realized not once had we ever been scared
So many theories wrong and soon disproved
So many ideas lost among the feud
So many conversations that are sadly misconstrued
And lost among debate and needless violence
We need the silence
I saw my grandpa’s mind
Fly away and leave some bits behind
That made him smile with each time that they appeared
I wonder if he feels the pain
But it seems he never will complain
Whenever his whole family is near
So many theories wrong and soon disproved
So many ideas lost among the feud
So many conversations that are sadly misconstrued
And lost among debate and needless violence
We need the silence
Track Name: Bittersweet
Felicity grew a garden
She planted with her hands
She reminisced in her myths
A believer in romance
Felicity grew a garden
It turned to paradise
But without rain she could not grow
And without rain she would not know
What would be the price
The ground beneath her feet, it was bitter, it was sweet
The ground beneath her feet, it was bitter
Felicity grew a garden
A haven safe from fate
And the ground beneath her feet, it was bitter, it was sweet
But the fruit from it she ate
The ground beneath her feet, it was bitter, it was sweet
The ground beneath her feet, it was bitter...
Track Name: Lemons in Chamomile
I saw your ghost,
he said good morning,
I said I wished I was,
I said I wished I was,
Inside the house,
I poured us tea,
so we could talk respectably,
but every time you looked at me,
it made me feel like lemons in chamomile,
I saw your ghost,
I said how are you,
he said I wished I was,
he said I wished I was,
outside the house,
your feet grew cold,
i said i liked your shoes and you didn't reply,
i said I have a lot to say and that I try,
but every time I just,
I see your ghost...
I said I wished I was,
I said I wished I was,
wished I was,
you.
I saw your ghost.
Track Name: Bulletproof Glass
I grew up in a sheltered home
Residing in a fragile dome
Made of bulletproof glass and last-second glances back
We knew we were not alone
At heart he was a conqueror
Napoleon the punk rocker
For to live ingloriously is to die each day
A dark and profound thing to say
Can anybody hear me now?
I'm like a tree growing on infertile ground
I stand tall but I can’t make a sound
Look up to the ceiling’s stars
We’ll try and find out what is ours
To try and put a name on everything we see is almost blasphemy
Can’t you just let it be
Mumbles of self-conscious doubt
They turned to marbles rolling in my mouth
And now whenever I try to speak, you never hear me out
Isn’t that what love’s about?
Can anybody hear me now?
I'm like a tree growing on infertile ground
I stand tall but I can't make a sound
Can anybody hear me now
Track Name: Brake
I feel I'm getting somewhere
cause life is passing by
but my mind is made of water
and I can't help but sigh,
And I know I shouldn't care,
but sometimes I'm going under,
and I know this isn't fair,
but I don't want to steal your thunder,
You told me I could drive but it was just another lie,
now I'm trying to survive but I might just break down and die,
I need a brake..
I know I'm prone to crash,
I'll probably crash and burn,
cause I'm going way too fast,
but it's still my turn,
And I know I shouldn't care,
but sometimes I'm going under,
and I know this isn't fair,
but I don't want to steal your thunder,
You told me I could drive but it was just another lie,
now I'm trying to survive but I might just break down and die,
I need a brake.
Track Name: City of Cardboard
Fibers in the light of a projector, catch fire
Wolf in the front yard, look out from your door and admire
Drink your tea with sympathy, while organized chaos awaits
Because I’ve told you in the past, but it never seems to resonate
When there’s a wolf at your door, don’t just try and ignore
All the things outside your city of cardboard
One day it’ll burn and the lesson you’ll learn
Is your paper holds nothing but words and records
The music is within his hands and his heart
And in his mind, all of the planets are marbles in the stars
But this game of Pretending is so apprehending these days
And all of your time is spent comprehending this game
When there’s a wolf at your door, don’t just try and ignore
All of the things outside your city of cardboard
One day it’ll burn and the lesson you’ll learn
Is your paper holds nothing
And so if your mundane existence withstands
I look to put some truth inside your open hands
So share in some telepathy, while organized chaos awaits
Because I’ve told you in the past, but it doesn’t seem to resonate
When there’s a wolf at your door, don’t just try and ignore
All the things outside your city of cardboard
One day it’ll burn and the lesson you’ll learn
Is your paper holds nothing but words and records
Track Name: Grisly Bear
Bird on the road with the jellyfish brain
Beetle brown eyes, stay in the right lane
Dog at the end of the street laughs loud
All the little critters lying on the ground
Staring up at the placid blue of an October sky…
My grizzly bear, I don’t care, I don’t care if you’re grisly
Girl with a dress has a soft stuffed cub
So does the man with a job at the pub
Crocodile leather, I’ve won this game
But picking bones is such a pain
Staring up at the placid blue of an October sky…
My grizzly bear, I don’t care, I don’t care if you’re grisly
Now I’m caught between your deadly arms
I don’t wanna start a fight
With my glass eyeballs and my cleared out brain
I still can’t see what’s right
My grizzly bear, I don’t care, I don’t care if you’re grisly
My grizzly bear, I don’t care, I don’t care if you’re grisly
Track Name: Ghost Of A Lie
There’s an old house with a blue heart
A TV lights up the choking dark
And in a white room an old man sighs
His friends a lamp and the ghost of a lie
Once in a cold March my childhood friend
Took my hand and dragged me to the driveway’s end
Where in the front yard, a dog would creep
The light in the darkness was his bared teeth
Find my bones in the bottles of the oak tree
My old ghosts never fail to catch up to me
Little sister, thief of peace
Let the crows of war cease their battle cries
And let these memories die
In a war-torn, damaged mind
The young man that he was never took flight
And I could see it in his broken eyes
As he gazed from the window of his room of white
Find my bones in the bottles of the oak tree
My old ghosts never fail to catch up to me
Little sister, thief of peace
Let the crows of war cease their battle cries
And let these memories die
In the heart of a bitter hound
There is an endless howl that never sounds
So lay a kind hand upon his back
For what is one lone wolf without a pack?
Find my bones in the bottles of the oak tree
My old ghosts never fail to catch up to me
Little sister, thief of peace
Let the crows of war cease their battle cries
And let these memories die
Track Name: Golden Lantern
Golden lantern in the sky
I passed time and watched you fly
Burning holes into the night
Before you choke and we lose sight
First you rise and then you fall
Oh you make me feel so small
Graceful as a firefly
Beautiful until you die
Drowning far beneath the sea
Tossed around by endless green
Nothing but a paper bag
Nothing but an ash-filled rag
Track Name: Miso Soup
It was one year ago when I felt my heart stop
While in the aisle of the local food coop
Amid the packs of miso soup you were standing transcendental
Right there and then I knew our love would be coincidental
And with a yelp those packs did fall
You came to help you bought it all
Oh what a happy accident
I didn’t know what I was looking for
Oh what a happy accident
I didn’t know it was in store
I said that I liked Kikkoman, and you replied, me too
You said that you liked miso soup now baby I like you
We bonded over miso soup so romantically
Now the rest is history (You make miso happy)
Oh what a happy accident
I didn’t know what I was looking for
Oh what a happy accident
I didn’t know what was in store
Now we tell all our friends our tale of serendipity
Of staring in each others eyes alone in aisle 3
How fateful it was we were in the same store
But I won’t tell you that I saw you there before
And with a yelp those packs did fall
You came to help, you bought it all
Oh what a happy accident
I didn’t know what I was looking for
Oh what a happy accident
I didn’t know what was in store
Track Name: Tragic Mishaps
James K. Brown was an alcoholic man
Drove his Ford into a white Sudan
He never found what he was looking for
A way to crash into a life full of open doors
When they were closed before
Beautiful itch in the kitchen chair
Breathing in a sharp slice of air
These tragic mishaps happen all the time
Exceeding all the deaths by homicide
To people in their prime
Sarah Mae would die within the air
Withered leaves dark on her yellow flower
Her stories gathered up around her eyes
The only things consistent in her life
Bright like fireflies
And when she fell down the concrete stairs
The fabric of normality began to tear
And Sarah Mae was forever changed
But still the lamplike fireflies in her eyes remained
A snapshot in my brain
And though it’s hard for us to try and understand
Maybe tragic mishaps were always in the plan
And when we stumble and we trip into fatality
Maybe we just open our eyes to reality
Like waking from a dream
Track Name: Us
It’s difficult to say where it began
That bitter feeling when I held your hand
It’s been too long
It’s been too long
June came, a yellow wedding day
The sun reflected off Lake Michigan spray
But that day’s long gone
That day’s long gone
We said that we would always be friends
But happy’s not the way most stories end
And though this isn’t quite what I expected
I stand corrected
These apparitions of a happy past
Like anything they cannot truly last
They’re not lifelong
Not lifelong
But there will come a day I’ll understand
I’ll look to you with an extended hand
My grip will be strong
I’ll be so strong
We said that we would always be friends
I’m writing out a new and better end
And truly this is what I first expected
We’re still connected
Track Name: Benign Disillusion
I’m stuck in a state of severe confusion
I’m stuck in a state of benign disillusion
Because I feel that I just can’t refuse in
Finding my way back to you
You caught me off guard, with your highly trained words
You’d absorbed the knowledge of the calls of the birds
And I leaned in to hear what you were saying to her
But your voice just wouldn’t come through
And I couldn’t believe that you wouldn’t receive
The hints that I was sending
And I couldn’t quite tell if you knew it was hell
To deal with your pretending
So please make up your mind
Be present or just be resigned
I’m caught in a net of severe confusion,
A bear trap well placed in a leafy illusion
An ironic cage of iron seclusion
That is locked and is missing it’s key
I was wondering if you had known what you’ve done
Or if all your cruel torment has only begun
But you didn’t expect that you’d be outdone
For I found a new man who loves me
And I couldn’t believe that you wouldn’t receive
The hints that I was sending
And I couldn’t quite tell if you knew it was hell
To deal with your pretending
So please make up your mind
Be present or just be resigned
So please make up your mind
Be present or just be resigned
Track Name: Mangrove
Dark woods, tall trees, reaching for me
I think sunlight’s gone
Metacognition, keys in ignition
Trying to be strong
Blue night, dry leaves, ignite finally
There’s that fire in my heart
My mind is lightning, tells me to not leave
But leaving is just the start
Of something new
When beasts grow old where do they go?
Time marks the journey into the mangrove
And so must I look with my own eyes
To search for the truth that lies in the unknown
Bitter, strangled, my hair’s tangled
But roots have always been a part of me
Questions on changing, and we’re all still aging
But I’m not scared to embark
On something new
When beasts grow old, where do they go?
Time marks the journey into the mangrove
And so must I look with my own eyes
To search for the truth that lies in the unknown
Track Name: Blessed
That was the last time
Beneath that scarlet sky
When manmade comets made the earth vomit fire
The air smelled of cigarettes
And crackled like the static of old cassettes
The houses had been sleeping just prior
Dark and starless, new catharsis
Sudden sharpness, where’s your conscience
Tear my heart out from the hole in my chest
Warped and twisted, they persisted
And do we still believe they know what’s best…
Does anyone feel blessed?
Cold as glass, white as bone
Pinpricks in the great unknown
Are hidden behind charcoal clouds
Bombs are weightless,
Fatal, faceless
And when they fall, they hardly make a sound
Dark and starless, new catharsis
Sudden sharpness, where’s your conscience
Tear my heart out from the hole in my chest
Warped and twisted, they persisted
And do we still believe they know what’s best…
Does anyone feel blessed?
Radiation, illumination
We hold on to that light, we are blessed