Josh Mease

One Album

Josh Mease, originally from Houston, Texas, lives in Brooklyn, where he can often be found exploring the abandoned corners of the city, finding peaceful solace in cemeteries, empty swimming pools, and abandoned waterfronts. His debut LP, Wilderness, is the result of these wanderings. It was patched together from various recording sessions in Texas, Connecticut and most notably the closet of his Brooklyn apartment, where neighbors' loud parties, clanking pipes, and the sound of traffic on the BQE were par for the course. But even amidst the constant noise and distraction just outside his window, Josh Mease has found a space inside his music to daydream. He's found a safe haven in his own imagination, and luckily Wilderness takes us all there with him.
Besides a trip down to Denton, Texas with bandmates Bill Campbell and Alan Hampton to pitch in basic drums and bass, Mease also took a trip to New Haven for a few weekends to record in a top floor (and possibly haunted) attic studio. Besides this out of town tracking, the songs "Days Like This," "Neon Ghosts," "Eleanor," and "White Diamonds" were all bedroom recordings top to bottom. The result is layer after layer of quiet yet lush and poignant melodies that really make Wilderness the gem that it is.
Wilderness is a testament to Josh's mind for fantasies. Each song evokes a scene from an imaginary world. The album takes us from the front porch summer swing sing-along "Days Like This" to the day-glo world of "White Diamonds" and ends with the ambient and beautifully strange "Tall Trees." Mease also shows a talent for love songs. "I See You," a duet featuring Jess Martins (Via Audio), is a lovely campfire stargazer about finding your other half – and "Eleanor" evokes silent movie imagery from the past. The topics of each song are diverse, but the theme remains that world of Mease's mind where the music and listener are safe from the daily hustle.

Music

10 songs
Song
Length
Actions
1
Days Like This Wilderness
03:28

Lyrics:

When my life is getting me down I hit the ground and sing Everything is lost and gone And so I think Til I stop to notice All the things I missed Days like this When my mind is weighing me down Tearing me down I shrink Watching a familiar film On worn out screen Til I stop to notice All the things I missed Days like this When my life starts passing me by I wanna die I do Everything is lost and gone And me and you Til I stop to notice All the things I missed Days like this (x2)
1
Days Like This (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:35
2
Eleanor Wilderness
More: Lyrics
02:49

Lyrics:

Eleanor You know I love you more Than I could ever say Please never go away My life would spin Out of control again So time will tell Maybe I'll know you well You don't have much to say But words just get in the way My silent star I wonder where you are
3
04:07

Lyrics:

Don't know who you are Don't when we'll meet I know when we do I will feel complete But until that day I know what I'll do I'll keep on believing I see you If I see your face Floating through a crowd Standing in the rain Off above the clouds I can rest my head Knowing what I'd do I'll keep on believing I see you I'll keep on believing I see you (x2)
1
ICU (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:41
4
03:23

Lyrics:

I used to wait in the background/he used to tell me/nothing but lingering lies will fall/I give you the reasons/you give me the answers/give me... on the run/I got you dead in the crosses/dead in the meadow/... as no eyes could see/took you into the mirror/and out of your fears/nothing more that you believe/Lord, it’s a two-way shake down/lord, it’s a two-way shake/and you gotta keep up/it’s a two-way shake down/lord, it’s a two-way shake/and you gotta keep up/Put me into the foreground/into the headlights/into the back room of your.../up to the rooftops/into the skyline.../You’ve got me dead in the crosses/dead in the meadow... is all I see/I wanna walk on the mirrors/I’ve been walkin’ for years/It took time but I believe/Lord, it’s a two-way shake down/lord, it’s a two-way shake/and you gotta keep up
1
Mirrors (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:29
5
Neon Ghost Wilderness
04:25

Lyrics:

A little blinking ghost in neon drapes Like little sinking ships beneath new haze You live your life away You waste it almost every day Every day A million wondering eyes when she supplies In foggy window panes until the past You live your life away You waste it almost every day Every day
1
Neon Ghost (Instrumental)
Instrumental
04:58
6
On And On Wilderness
03:43

Lyrics:

Dispose and cleanse and ordinary sins The stars and trees nothing much to see We go on and on and on and on it goes When your path goes by you know nothing hey You get your name cause everyones the same Just boys and girls and nothing of surprise We go on and on and on and on it goes When your path goes by you know nothing hey And when you lose you never get to choose the ups and downs they're coming back around We go on and on and on and on it goes When your path goes by you know nothing hey
1
On And On (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:51
7
Pick You Up Wilderness
03:24

Lyrics:

Seeds hit the ground lay around a while and make themselves at home You're not alone when you've got the sun and the rain To help you sprout up nice and tall but if you should fall Who'll pick you up when you are down my friend Who'll face the cold and fight the icy wind Will you still be around when spring is new again Stand on your own two feet you always win Ripe off the vine things are fine you can go any place you please You got the keys to doorways of gold Take a stroll and take your time to make your way If you should stray then Who'll pick you up when you are down my friend Who'll face the cold and fight the icy wind Will you still be around when spring is new again Stand on your own two feet you always win Who'll pick you up when you are down my friend Who'll face the cold and fight the icy wind Will you still be around when spring is new again Stand on your own two feet you always win
1
Pick You Up (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:28
8
Tall Trees Wilderness
03:05

Lyrics:

I will hang myself in the yard watching tall trees grow And I will pin myself to the stars when they are gold I don't care what they say when I'm gone Whenever pass away I'll fall Da da da doo doo oh ooh Da da da doo doo oh ooh I don't care what they say when I'm gone Whenever pass away I'll fall Da da da doo doo oh ooh Da da da doo doo oh ooh
1
Tall Tress (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:03
9
White Diamonds Wilderness
03:33

Lyrics:

All the black white diamonds sparkle in the night Climb inside our faces fill us with delight Shook a mountain day dream shining all the time Up and meet the snowflakes falling while you climb oh Count the cowboys sunsets exploding in the sky Clapping hands with angels as they go flying by up high Slippery slope start smiling take you for a ride Down into the valley out the other side oh ooh All the black white diamonds sparkle in the night No one left to call on you said all your goodbyes Slippery slope start smiling take you for a ride Down into the valley out the other side oh ooh Oh ooh oh ooh oh ooh
1
White Diamonds (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:38
10
03:29

Lyrics:

I wasn't making a sound the fur antler rack were on the ground But you found me ooh I kept my face out of sight I hid in the darkness from the light But you found me ooh Word so softly spoken I'd have thought my eyes were broken When I heard And as the days kept spinning by I wondered why you even said a word Oh ooh And when I came into view You changed all the things I thought I knew Cause you found me ooh Word so softly spoken I'd have thought my eyes were broken When I heard when I heard And as the days kept spinning by I wondered why you even said a word Oh ooh
1
You Found Me (Instrumental)
Instrumental
03:38
2
You Found Me (Instrumental)(:60)
:60 Cutdown
01:02