Pseudosweet

by The Crystal Furs

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At last, it is here. Ten new tracks of peppy, angsty indie pop tunes full of jangly guitars, cheesy organs, overdrive pedals, bass (both fuzz and otherwise), big time drums, happy melodies supporting wordy lyrics about self-doubt and emotional issues and snarkin' on those what done you wrong, and all the other stuff you come to Crystal Furs, LLC for.

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released January 29, 2019

The Crystal Furs are:
Steph Buchanan - guitar, bass, e-bow, lead vocals, backing vocals
Kevin Buchanan - Farfisa organ, synthesizer, electric piano, backing vocals, lead vocals
Tanner Brown - drums, percussion, baritone saxophone

Produced by The Crystal Furs
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Tanner Brown

Tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 10 written by Kevin and Steph Buchanan
Tracks 2, 3, 5, and 6 written by Steph Buchanan
Arrangements by Steph Buchanan, Kevin Buchanan, and Tanner Brown

Recorded in Portland, Oregon and Fort Worth, Texas

Artwork by Kevin Buchanan

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Track Name: Pseudosweet
Everyone thinks you’re the golden one
Your charm’s always set on stun
Reality is shown to a chosen few
The handful who knows the real you

The face you show the outside world
Is not the one I know
But that’s just in your nature
It’s your status quo
You’re so pseudo-sweet

With glowing lights and rays you draw us in
Just to find the snark and venom within
Who knows what dangers hide behind your veil?
It’s a false facade of kindness and you wear it well

The face you show the outside world
Is not the one I know
But that’s just in your nature
It’s your status quo

I know the real you
Not the simulation
I know the real you
Under the affectations

The face you show the outside world
Is not the one I know
But that’s just in your nature
It’s your status quo
You’re so pseudo-sweet
Track Name: Dysfunctional Mythology
Last night, I dreamed that I was fine without you
Not just fine, but doing all the things that I want to do

For two years, I walked on broken glass in your wake
Feeling weird, like a phony, but I know I’m not fake

Hindsight is so clear, but in the thick of things you seemed so sincere
My dream came true, now there’s so much I can do - now, now

Today, I’m knocking all your false idols down
If they don’t crumble, I’ll just burn them all to the ground
And the dysfunctional mythology
That tormented and haunted me
Will be irrelevant as you

Unlike you, I'm embarrassed by the things that you've done
Cause you ruined my sense of trust, now I suspect everyone

Training wheel are a part of the process so just have a damn heart
I’ll figure it out, I have no doubt

Today, I’m knocking all your false idols down
If they don’t crumble, I’ll just burn them all to the ground
And the dysfunctional mythology
That tormented and haunted me
Will be irrelevant as you

"Who cares? It's just them - some sad sacks who thought they could fit
You thought you did the right thing and evaded blame

Today, I’m knocking all your false idols down
If they don’t crumble, I’ll just burn them all to the ground
And the dysfunctional mythology
That tormented and haunted me
Will be irrelevant as you
Track Name: Oh My My
Oh my my
Oh my my my my my
Oh my my
Oh my my my my my
Oh my maybe you and I can try
To kill this anxiety

I dropped a mirror on the floor
I saw a girl I saw before
I bit my lip and looked away
But that creeping feeling’s here to stay

Oh my my
Oh my my my my my
Oh my my
Oh my my my my my
Oh my maybe you and I can try
To kill this anxiety


Did you see that lonely little girl
The prospect makes my vision swirl
I start to pile the make-up on
Too late, the panic’s just begun

Oh my my
Oh my my my my my
Oh my my
Oh my my my my my
Oh my maybe you and I can try
To kill this anxiety

You view the world through the smallest lens
You’re missing out, I swear to god
There’s so much more to life than talking
Which is why your convictions are flawed

Oh mirror, mirror on the wall
You don’t know me cause your sight’s so small
My best friend may be anxiety
But that only one side that you see

Oh my my
Oh my my my my my
Oh my my
Oh my my my my my
Oh my maybe you and I can try
To kill this anxiety
Track Name: Ten Years of Sleep
Wasted my twenties on the daily grind
Come outside to see the world in decline
Don't throw me out into the junkyard heap
I just woke up from ten years of sleep

Years spent sitting in little beige cubes
Sickly skin color of fluorescent tubes
Time to get out and take that leap
I just woke up from ten years of sleep

Nobody doubts me more than myself
So many creations left up on the shelf
It's long past time to sigh and weep
I just woke up from ten years of sleep

Ten years of sleep
Ten years of sleep
Ten years of sleep
It's time I got out of bed

Ten years of sleep
Ten years of sleep
Ten years of sleep
It's time I got out of bed
Track Name: Thinking Problem
Sorry I can’t show my face right now
My emotional scars grossed you out
If only I could figure out just how
To pretend like I’m a functioning person
Who knows how to have a normal conversation
And isn’t so obsessed with self-preservation

Because I always think twice
Then I think a third and a fourth time
It’s a coping device
And I need to get over it, need to get over it
I always think twice
I think I have a thinking problem
I could use some advice
On how to relax and not overthink things so much

Unchecked self-confidence
Is a time-bomb waiting to blow
Self-doubt’s not much of a party trick
But I guess it lets you know
Where you stand from a warped perspective
Is it such a problem to be introspective?

Because I always think twice
Then I think a third and a fourth time
It’s a coping device
And I need to get over it, need to get over it
I always think twice
I think I have a thinking problem
I could use some advice
On how to relax and not overthink things so much

Living in the background of someone else’s story’s not what I want to do
It’s so easy to live in my head, get off the couch and go try something new

Because I always think twice
Then I think a third and a fourth time
It’s a coping device
And I need to get over it, need to get over it
I always think twice
I think I have a thinking problem
I could use some advice
On how to relax and not overthink things so much
Track Name: Bad Vibes
Bad vibes in the corner
Bad vibes in my head
Bad vibes in your fingers
And in everything you said
It’s all I think about
It’s all I think about
It’s all I think about

And where’d your heart go?
Did it just fall out? Or did it die slow?
Where’d your heart go?
Did it just fall out? Or did it die slow?
Are you just dying slow?

You immortalized your
Carelessness in stone
So when you become a monster
Don’t cry when you wake up alone
It’s all you think about
It’s all you think about
It’s all you think about

And where’d your heart go?
Did it just fall out? Or did it die slow?
Where’d your heart go?
Did it just fall out? Or did it die slow?
Are you just dying slow?

You gamed all the systems
But now the game has changed
So how will you quiet
Your chattering lizard brain
It’s all you think about
It’s all you think about
It’s all you think about

And where’d your heart go?
Did it just fall out? Or did it die slow?
Where’d your heart go?
Did it just fall out? Or did it die slow?
Are you just dying slow?

It’s all you think about
It’s all you think about
Track Name: Sharpened Words
You've been sitting on my fence
In a metaphorical sense
When the zombies beat against the door
I wanna know what you're fighting for

Is this a laugh, is this a treat
Will this be our last defeat
Pick up a blade, tear down your wall
In spring I stood before your fall

Arm yourself with sharpened words
Slice and dice me into thirds
Arm yourself with sharpened words
Slice and dice me into thirds

With each new twist you seem to glow
I learned your tricks ages ago
That's not to say I don't succumb
What can I say, I guess I'm dumb

Your snark won't cut me like I feared
It's kind of pleasant, is that too weird
Parry, thrust, try not to stare
At your gold Volvo of despair

Arm yourself with sharpened words
Slice and dice me into thirds
Arm yourself with sharpened words
Slice and dice me into thirds

Your laugh holds secrets never known
Even if I could dethrone
Pick up a blade, tear down my wall
In spring you stood before my fall

Arm yourself with sharpened words
Slice and dice me into thirds
Arm yourself with sharpened words
Slice and dice me into thirds
Arm yourself with sharpened words
Slice and dice me into thirds
Arm yourself with sharpened words
Slice and dice me into thirds
Track Name: Between Brownstones
I wore a smock, you wore a smile,
You had me beaten by a country mile
Canvas torn, paint was spilled
You had a look that just had me killed

We leapt into your red Alfa
You drove us down Magnolia
Had we stumbled into hipster hell?
Show me your wounds, I'll never tell

Now and then, we're all allies
Between brownstones our spirits rise
Day by day is all we can do
This is how we make it through

Drinking vodka in the park
We had the fuel, we lit the spark
Heavenly on your old cassette
No hesitation and no regrets

Give it a chance if you're so inclined
We're not so different I think you'll find
Turn off your airs and take my hand
We'll find a way to the promised land

Now and then, we're all allies
Between brownstones our spirits rise
Day by day is all we can do
This is how we make it through

Now and then, we're all allies
Between brownstones our spirits rise
Day by day is all we can do
This is how we make it through

Now and then, we're all allies
Between brownstones our spirits rise
Day by day is all we can do
This is how we make it through
Track Name: In The Mirror
Where you see pretenders
I see the people just like me
Where I see contenders
You see wannabes, with fantasies
All the huddles masses in your city state
But your stone walls just seal your fate
Look in the mirror
Just look in the mirror

Where you see our failures
I see the opportunities
You see your successes
I see through your insecurity
All the little cuts that just eat away
Until the real you sees the light of day
Look in the mirror
Just look in the mirror

Second chances for everyone else but you
Your pride just gets in the way
Karma’s a bitch they say

The current is rushing
And the tide is coming in
The rocks are so crushing
See the dorsal fins come for you again
All the little fishes that were in your way
So now what do you have to say?
In the mirror
Just look in the mirror
Track Name: Except for Me
Everybody seems to love you
Everyone in town adores you
They love the things you say
They're charmed in every way
Loved by everyone, except for me
Except for me

The stars my shine down upon you
The seas might part right before you
The birds above all sing
A wondrous, joyous thing
Loved by everyone, except for me
Except for me

The radio is talkin' about you
The scenesters all just wanna stand by you
And everywhere you are
From coffee shops to bars
Loved by everyone, except for me
Except for me

You can't hide yourself away
You can't hide yourself away
Try and hide from what you've done
I'm sorry, but I'm still standing, hon

You can't hide yourself away
You can't hide yourself away
Try and hide from what you've done
I'm sorry, but I'm still standing, hon

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