Beautiful And True

by The Crystal Furs

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    By popular demand, it's here at last! Finally Beautiful & True is getting a vinyl release, courtesy of Reckless Yes Records in the UK. This Pink with black splatter is only available in extremely limited amounts, so get it while you can!

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    The reissued CD version of Beautiful and True comes in a stylish all card gatefold digisleeve style jacket (no nasty plastic tray here!) with new interior artwork updated for 2021, courtesy of Reckless Yes Records in the UK.

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    By popular demand, it's here at last! Finally Beautiful & True is getting a vinyl release, courtesy of Reckless Yes Records in the UK. This simply gorgeous dusky pink is only available in VERY LIMITED amounts, so get it while you can!

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1.
Shout out to the back The lonely ones At the end of the world now Their time has come Call me broken like a vow It's not a lie An apparition made whole And I'm alive When your day is new You don't know what to do They will see you through The comeback girls will be there Canvass the cul-de-sac In rainy skies Burn through the lightning and clouds Sonic sunrise When your day is new You don't know what to do They will see you through The comeback girls will be there Shout out to the back The lonely ones At the end of the world now Their time has come When your day is new You don't know what to do They will see you through The comeback girls will be there When your day is new You don't know what to do They will see you through The comeback girls will be there
2.
Expo 67 04:50
We built a home of concrete bones Steel frames and picture windows The future's now and so highbrow In this pale woodgrain limbo And though the neighbors always balked While all the online critics talked The theorists said our dream was sound Where the hell is the good part found? I'll meet you at Expo 67 We'll take a stroll beneath the concrete sky I'll meet you at Expo 67 The blank gray walls bring out the blue in your eyes In your eyes Oh can't you see there's purity In concrete shapes and forms Be adamant, no ornament The vision must conform And when our busy day is through Before we sleep and wake anew The plans were said to be profound Where the hell is the good part found? I'll meet you at Expo 67 We'll take a stroll beneath the concrete sky I'll meet you at Expo 67 The blank gray walls bring out the blue in your eyes In your eyes I'll meet you at Expo 67 We'll take a stroll beneath the concrete sky I'll meet you at Expo 67 The blank gray walls bring out the blue in your eyes In your eyes
3.
Pretty Mind 03:41
Record's spinning round and round And so is my rage Since no one understands I'll write it down on a page Passive and aggressive Are my friends in this fight Maybe I'll just pack my bags And blow this town tonight Tonight Someday I'll break through And show you spuds what I can do Life is so much harder When you're a small town martyr One step forward, two steps back And the whole damn world's already off track Life is such a grind When you have a pretty mind Die my hair and change my clothes It all seems so right Until I step outside Into reality's light Being weird and different Seemed so cool on TV That might work for others, But it always backfires on me On me I say that I don't care But wilt when people start to stare Life is so much harder When you're a small town martyr One step forward, two steps back And the whole damn world's already off track Life is such a grind When you have a pretty mind Get high with harlequins Ride synthwave coattails into the night Leave all your old friends Go start a brand-new life But when the new thing starts to go I'll be on the sidelines with a "told you so" Stuck at home on Friday night With nothing to do I'll write a manifesto on pink paper And send it to you To you Something's in the air Have I finally learned to care? Life is so much harder When you're a small town martyr One step forward, two steps back And the whole damn world's already off track Life is such a grind When you have a pretty mind
4.
All alone In a town I used to call my own Lost at sea In a wave of animosity Panther City Pariah's on the prowl Look away If we ignore her, she'll just throw in the towel And go away But I'm here to stay I have no love For a place no one can rise above I won't kiss ass Break from the crown, and proudly finish last Panther City Pariah's all alone How did it get this way? Believe the voice in your head that says you're trash It wants to say You're not okay Fail in public and then you'll see Why I won't stand for your mediocrity Panther City Pariah gets knocked down But it'll be okay Burn the world to be prom queen for the night Then run away You're so cliche
5.
Frightened or anxiety An answer only you can see Living in the framework of the factory Holding on to something new Fact or fiction or fantasy Who's the person you present to me? Rushing headlong into calamity I hope your aim is true So let the rain fall down on the trees that line the street Let the world pass beneath your feet Don't let people take the good in the things you do You're too kind to be so cruel Write the things you'll say to me Engaging in so much hyperbole So unsatisfactory Keeping count of what you do Fact or fiction or fantasy What's the product they try to sell to me? Rushing off to the festivities Searching for what's true So let the rain fall down on the trees that line the street Let the world pass beneath your feet Don't let people take the good in the things you do You're too kind to be so cruel You're too kind to be so cruel So let the rain fall down on the trees that line the street Let the world pass beneath your feet Don't let people take the good in the things you do You're too kind to be so cruel You're too kind to be so cruel You're too kind to be so cruel
6.
Like You 03:15
I always do things the hard way Can't fall in line right now oh maybe someday Try to smile and do what I'm told Don't step out of line or be a little too bold I just can’t win, so go ahead and leave me in the bargain bin What’s it like to be like you What it’s like to be beautiful and true I fight and scratch for the middle Then get side-eyed for everything I do It must be nice to never break the mold Lose my grip on all reality Well-behaved girls don't make history Disabuse myself of all my dreams Feel myself rip apart at the seams I just can’t win, so go ahead and leave me in the bargain bin What’s it like to be like you What it’s like to be beautiful and true I fight and scratch for the middle Then get side-eyed for everything I do It must be nice to never break the mold The road less traveled isn’t a cake walk No matter what I do, they’ll talk, talk talk Go do your own thing Just stay in your own lane What’s it like to be like you What it’s like to be beautiful and true I fight and scratch for the middle Then get side-eyed for everything I do It must be nice to never It must be nice to never It must be nice to never break the mold
7.
Burn Us Down 03:23
You keep trying to shut me up When you think I'm too loud Your lack of empathy is a disgrace Don't talk to me like I don't count It's your pocketbook against my personhood Your comfort against my rights You wanna cure me, you wanna fix me I wanna kick you to the curb So knock us down and watch us stand Our colors bleed across the land Put us out and cut us through Burn us down and we'll be born anew I know the things you say When you don't think I'm here Before you tell me you don't hate me Stop voting that I disappear It's your pocketbook against my personhood Your comfort against my rights You wanna cure me, you wanna fix me I wanna kick you to the curb So knock us down and watch us stand Our colors bleed across the land Put us out and cut us through Burn us down and we'll be born anew It's your pocketbook against my personhood Your comfort against my rights You wanna kiss me, you wanna kill me I wanna kick you to the curb So knock us down and watch us stand Our colors bleed across the land Put us out and cut us through Burn us down and we'll be born anew
8.
Hey Maxine 02:48
Maxine, you've been all over town I see the way he puts you down This drama's no good for you So what the hell are you gonna do? I see the look in your eyes That he just doesn't see It's time for you to step outside And find a better scene Hey Maxine Hey Maxine You shine like a star at night The way he treats you isn't right Maxine, don't lock your life away There's no good reason left to stay I see the look in your eyes That he just doesn't see It's time for you to step outside And find a better scene Hey Maxine Hey Maxine Hey Maxine, let's go for a walk We'll find someplace to sit and talk Hey Maxine, let's take the time To heal your heart and free your mind Free your mind I see the look in your eyes That he just doesn't see It's time for you to step outside And find a better scene Hey Maxine Hey Maxine
9.
Artoria 03:45
Canvas of skin, where oh where to begin Ink, ink so blue, there's so much we can do Kick working class life in its back-breaking ass Let's break the mold, pack up, and hit the road Artoria, I'll be your masterpiece We'll give our lives new lease I'll wear our love upon my skin I'll be your masterpiece We'll give our lives new lease I'll wear our love upon my skin Behold the girl, most tattooed in the world Were you born this way, or did brutes lead you astray Stories abound, were you created or found With these tattoos, the stories are all a ruse Artoria, I'll be your masterpiece We'll give our lives new lease I'll wear our love upon my skin I'll be your masterpiece We'll give our lives new lease I'll wear our love upon my skin By August sun, now the circus is done Autumn arrives, violence closes your eyes I'll care for you, it's the least I can do For the liberty that you etched onto me Artoria, I'll be your masterpiece We'll give our lives new lease I'll wear our love upon my skin I'll be your masterpiece We'll give our lives new lease I'll wear our love upon my skin
10.
Walking around this podunk town I left lifetimes ago Nothing to do but get lost In a thick fog of "nowhere to go" I thought I left it all behind me All those years ago Ghosts from the past aren't kind You think they forget, they always know You can't run away from your yesterdays You can hide, turn out the light But they'll find you there one night And they'll drag you away Meet at the strip mall The one that looks just like the other one Lock all the doors, we'll hide but We got no food, no hope, no guns Locked in the Wal-Mart where I worked In my high school despair Zombie apocalypse of indifference Nuclear holocaust of "I don't care" Go to my funeral at the old church Somewhere off the square Zombies, bad memories, lurch Around my coffin, and I swear You can't run away from your yesterdays You can hide, turn out the light But they'll find you there one night And they'll drag you away
11.
Their boundless greed will make you gag They priced out all the rainbow flags They're full of lies and cold deceit Those robber barons of Lombard Street Where I once laid to sleep at night Is now a cookie-cutter blight The padlocked door on the bookstore The friendly spaces dark all night They raised the rent without a care They took away my friend’s healthcare Co-opt our pride for business lies And it’s revenge that I now swear Their boundless greed will make you gag They priced out all the rainbow flags They’re full of lies and cold deceit The robber barons of Lombard Street And now we’re free and on the run This fight for all has just begun The dress you wear, that icy stare, We’ll make them pay for what they’ve done So late at night at their convention While liquor flowed and rich men gloat We crept along and gave a hearty Laugh, and smile, at our pistol loads For they would not forget who’d beat them Just two femmes with fire in their eyes And as the building was swallowed by flames We smiled Their boundless greed will make you gag They priced out all the rainbow flags They’re full of lies and cold deceit The robber barons of Lombard Street Their boundless greed will make you gag They priced out all the rainbow flags They’re full of lies and cold deceit The robber barons of Lombard Street
12.
I thought I had it bad when I was thirteen Everyone was terrified and mean Pushing for the goals that our parents made The more I pushed the more I found I stayed Going nowhere fast Figured my self out at last Now I get it all Now I get it all again Join a band and play guitar  And play it loud it isn’t hard Being young is fun the second time around Have emotions, have a blast And feel your heart start beating fast Being young is fun the second time around I don’t know why it took so long to learn The ins and outs of why my heart would yearn Looking at her on the tv screen And knowing that it never would be me Took a little time Till I crossed the starting line Now I get it all Now I get it all again Join a band and play guitar  And play it loud it isn’t hard Being young is fun the second time around Have emotions, have a blast And feel your heart start beating fast Being young is fun the second time around Every step I know I could just fall But it’s better than not moving at all Cause now I got my chance Too late for the high school dance but Join a band and play guitar  And play it loud it isn’t hard Being young is fun the second time around Have emotions, have a blast And feel your heart start beating fast Being young is fun the second time around You won’t have a Sweet Sixteen But you sure as hell can make a scene Being young is fun the second time around Even though it makes you cry You gotta wipe your eyes and try Being young is fun the second time around

about

"Beautiful And True" is not just our third album - it's a new start for us. Our first album in Portland, Oregon. Our first album out and living as our real selves.

We've poured a lot of ourselves into the music you're going to hear on this album, and we hope it brings you as much joy to listen to as it gave us to make it.

It's so very good to be here. <3

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released June 26, 2020

The Crystal Furs are:

Steph Buchanan - electric, acoustic, and baritone guitars; lead and backing vocals

Kara Buchanan - Farfisa, Vox, and Hammond organs; electric piano; glockenspiel; electric tenor guitar; hand percussion; drum programming; backing vocals

Rowan Church - bass guitar; drum programming; backing vocals

Produced and arranged by Steph Buchanan, Kara Buchanan, and Rowan Church

Engineered by Rowan Church and Kara Buchanan

Mixed and mastered by Rowan Church

Written by:
Kara Buchanan and Steph Buchanan (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 11)
Steph Buchanan (Tracks 3, 4, 6, 9, 10)
Rowan Church, Steph Buchanan, and Kara Buchanan (Track 12)

Album artwork by Kara Buchanan

Written, recorded, mixed, and mastered in Portland, Oregon

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We're a queer indie band from Portland, OR, making tunes about architecture, anxiety, and lesbians.

We are Steph (she/her) + Kara (she/her) + Rowan (she/they).

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