Selfish

by Malachi Graham

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Malachi Graham writes lush, intimate Americana inspired by complicated women.

On her debut EP Selfish, recorded live to an 8-track at Mike Coykendall’s Blue Room Studios and produced by Dustin Hamman (Run On Sentence), Malachi's character-driven songs come to life with percussion by Dan Galucki (Wooden Indian Burial Ground), bass by William Joersz (Nick Jaina, Ezza Rose), and slide guitar by Courtney von Drehle (3 Leg Torso). Selfish channels female voices that are— like the leading ladies of classic cinema— intoxicating, self-sabotaging, mesmerizing, and not preoccupied with being liked; the compulsive wiretapper, the jealous lover, the censored femme fatale, and the title track’s confessional narcissist.

Capturing to tape in single takes, Malachi and this team of top-notch Portland players craft a punchy, electrified folk record led by her strong, unaffected voice, a sound that perfectly mirrors her honest and unapologetic heroines.

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released April 10, 2015

produced by Dustin Hamman and Malachi Graham
recording and mixing by Mike Coykendall at Blue Room Studios
additional mixing by Philip Graham
mastering by Stereophonic Mastering
artwork by Maggie Olson
songs by Malachi Graham
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vocals and guitar - Malachi Graham
bass - William Joersz
drums - Dan Galucki
vocals on The Eaves - Erin Elliott
vocals on Wiretap - Ashley Blincow
slide guitar - Courtney von Drehle
electric guitar - Dustin Hamman

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Malachi Graham channels her Portland matriarchy in lush, intimate Americana inspired by family lore and complicated women.

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Track Name: Pre-Code Blues
Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
Won’t you kiss me for the world to see?
Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
I won’t let dirty Willie Hays get the best of me.

And I’ll be your leading lady
If you’ll be my pretty baby

Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
They call it lewd which I just can’t believe
Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
Those silver screens with tongues as thick as thieves!

Live in sin, and living free
If you’re lucky I’ll hike my dress up to my knees

Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
And I’ll be punished but the crime is worth the fee
If you’ll just kiss me like a pre-code movie
Don’t try to save me from myself— I’ll fly this plane into the sea!

And the complicated heroine
She’s in short supply again

Won’t you kiss me like a pre-code movie?
I’m so damn tired of modesty.
But they’re scared of what I’ll do with sex and power
So they wrote the rules to stop the girls like me
So they wrote the rules to stop the girls like me
But the rules’ll never stop a girl like me.
Track Name: Lunacy
I’d give all that I have
I’d give all that I knew
If you’d just look at me
The way you look at the moon

Cuz when you look at the moon
You got tears in your eyes
Like you’re counting the steps
Of your dirty white bride

When you look at the moon
You know, that’s yesterday’s light
And she’ll always be gone
By the end of the night

When you look at moon
(tears in your eyes)
Like you’re counting the steps
Of your dirty white bride

When you look at the moon
Drawn like her tide
Guess I’ll always be wrong
And she’ll ever be
Right
All through the night
She’s yesterday’s light
But I know you don’t mind

I’d give all that I have
I’d give all that I knew
If you’d just look at me
The way you look at the moon
Track Name: Wiretap
You didn’t know it but I recorded our conversation
And I’m listening back to it now
Because the wire can tell you more than the transcription
It captures the sound, the sound, the sound

So I’ll rewind the reel when it gets to the end 'cause
I live in the words I can play back again
I live in the words I can play back again!

They say the man who first pulled sound out of the ether
Thought if he tuned his wireless right
That every throat that ever spoke could sing forever
As clear as I hear our last fight

I’ll rewind the reel when it gets to the end 'cause
I live in the words I can play back again, yeah
I live in the words I can play back again!

I hear the creak of the door as it opened
And the slam of it after you’d gone
So forever I’ll churn in that moment
And a thousand before and beyond

But if I have to listen to my lisp or your lies one more time
I’m gonna die
And it isn’t worth knowing if I said what I meant
'Cause I tried

But I’ll rewind the reel when it gets to the end 'cause
I live in the words I can play back again, yeah
I live in the words I can play back again!
Track Name: The Eaves
What'll you miss when your kids turn into people?
What'll you miss when people leave only dust?
What'll you miss, oh will you miss me?
When the people that you love all have gone

What'll you do when the bedrooms all are empty
but the eaves are even fuller than before
what'll you do, ooh with all those boxes
When the people who owned them all have gone?

It's your grandma's china pattern, your uncle's crown of thorns
It's the dress your mother wore when she died of a broken heart
It's the piles of broken bottles, the old dance cards, the older photographs
It's the wonderin' why you're the one that's last

What did you miss when your kids turned into people?
What do you miss now people've left only dust?
What do you miss, oh do you miss me?
Now the people that you love all have gone