Sea Level Astronomy

by Blisses B

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Sea Level Astronomy is the third full-length album from Blisses B. The release this fall is the culmination of more than a year of songwriting, recording, and producing, intertwined with regular live performances. The San Francisco Bay Area psychedelic folk quartet completed the album with support from their loyal fan base through a Kickstarter campaign.

Sea Level Astronomy centers on the theme of what appears to be underdog perspectives and the unexpected findings those perspectives can produce. A vantage point that appears limited by physical location and mindset is very capable of feats on an epic scale, such as a sea-level observatory discovering a Jupiter-sized planet. Considering possibilities from other perspectives than our own can have a profound impact on art, music, stargazing, anything.

Sea Level Astronomy was recorded in the Spring of 2014 at Stout Recording Studio in Hayward, CA and mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering in Ventura, CA. Blisses B is Noah Libby (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo), Benjamin Keegan (keyboard, guitar, mandolin, vocals), Evan Bautista (drums, percussion), and James Touzel (bass, vocals).

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released September 23, 2014

Music by Blisses B
Lyrics by Noah Libby
ASCAP 2014
www.blissesb.com
blissesbmusic@gmail.com

"It’s been three years since Blisses B put out a full-length record, but by the almighty power of a Kickstarter campaign, their new album is here! Sea Level Astronomy is ten tracks of gloriously balanced lyrical elements and body-rockin’ rhythms blessed by the rock gods...Their sound? Imagine Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors and the Naked and Famous had a love child. In “Weapons Grade,” the mandolin is making love to your ears and the bass is making your heart flutter. “Side Hug” perfectly blends the drums, guitar, bass and vocals together resulting in one masterful rock anthem. Vocals center on the theme of considering multiple perspectives and the profound, and the songs titles accurately depict the mood of each song. Sea Level Astronomy is definitely an album to play on repeat."
-- Performer Magazine


"Folk/psychedelic/alt-rock quartet Blisses B have a new LP out, one full of bouncy melodies, undaunted optimism, and dance-inducing rhythms. Entitled Sea Level Astronomy, the band was inspired by the realization of how seemingly limited perspectives, like an observatory placed at sea level, have the potential to achieve great things, like discovering a Jupiter-sized planet. It is this belief in the overlooked power of perspective that drives the positive energy pulsating throughout the record.

From the funky eponymous track to the laid back groove of “Weapons Grade,” Blisses B guarantees that each song on the album will jangle around your brain for days on end. Opener “Montevideo” is particularly seductive with its charging tom-tom drumbeat, exuberant chorus and killer bass line. It’s a style that recalls musical influences as varied as TV On The Radio to Phish to Blitzen Trapper."
-- The Bay Bridged

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Blisses B has pioneered a sound that is all their own using a medley of acoustic and electric instruments in dynamic ways. Their motto: We will see you down at the shore, in your canoe, and give you the push you won’t admit you need.

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Track Name: Montevideo
Blisses B – Montevideo

There is a heart that beats so hard,
Three feet or less a common yard
It wasn’t yours or mine or better than
There’s rarely time to miss a friend
It’s OAK to SFO
A water way to hang a mistletoe
So sing the songs your mother sang
Ring the bells your father rang

I couldn’t tell what was tried
Living our lives on the side
They’ll be a year in the night
Where nothing of worth will survive
Why not just chase the own
Paying back on the loan
The Argentines cross a bay
Given the time I’d have gone
Don’t you stay
Or delay

Well defined and often tried
The center ring the tie that binds
Do we decide on evermore
Or meddle on to even scores
Angel Isle to Treasure Is.
Sir Francis Drake the claim of dibs
Inverness of Scottish lore
Tomales Bay to Bolinas Shores

I couldn’t tell what was tried
Living our lives on the side
They’ll be a year in the night
Where nothing of worth will survive
Why not just chase the own
Paying back on the loan
The Argentines cross a bay
Given the time I’d have gone
Don’t you stay
Or delay

I wasn’t always wise
140 Miles
The banks of the River Plate
In the city across the bay

There is a heart that beats so hard,
Three feet or less a common yard
It wasn’t yours or mine or better than
There’s rarely time to miss a friend
It’s OAK to SFO
A water way to hang a mistletoe
So sing the songs your mother sang
Ring the bells your father rang

I couldn’t tell what was tried
Living our lives on the side
They’ll be a year in the night
Where nothing of worth will survive
Why not just chase the own
Paying back on the loan
The Argentines cross a bay
Given the time I’d have gone
Don’t you stay
Or delay
Track Name: Well Lit Plan
Blisses B – Well Lit Plan

I promise you were singing the same song
As if everyone around in love weren’t wrong
I could never tell you beforehand
We all have our reasons and well lit plans

I could never write on the right days
They’re never the version you complete with peers
Why not just define all the right years
We could be affirming your lower gears

The land would appear
We are what we fear

What was the right year
Love as a new cheer
When everyone else moves
What will we all do
I can divide them
You can provide when
That was the last bend
Together we ground them

I promise you were singing the same song
As if everyone around in love weren’t wrong
I could never tell you beforehand
We all have our reasons and well lit plans

The land would appear
We are what we fear

What was the right year
Love as a new cheer
When everyone else moves
What will we all do
I can divide them
You can provide when
That was the last bend
Together we ground them
Track Name: Weapons Grade
Blisses B – Weapons Grade

It wasn’t heaven sent
White lightning or Weapons Grade
Even if we pull a punch
It will read as a lover’s hunch
Even if we get it right
You decide on what’s wrong and right
I lift like a dungeon gate
You jump like a barricade

I am the oldest of olden times
You can’t be everything all the time
We are the youngest of that divide
They don’t resemble what we were like

There’s an olden term
Use to block like an ocean berm
It relied on an open fate
Now we sink like a sailor’s name
When will it all return
Lack of and a spotty perm
Civilization’s plan
Technologies golden graham

I am the oldest of olden times
You can’t be everything all the time
We are the youngest of that divide
They don’t resemble what we were like

It wasn’t heaven sent
White lightning or Weapons Grade
Even if we pull a punch
It will read as a lover’s hunch
Even if we get it right
You decide on what’s wrong and right
I lift like a dungeon gate
You jump like a barricade

I am the oldest of olden times
You can’t be everything all the time
We are the youngest of that divide
They don’t resemble what we were like
Track Name: Side Hug
Blisses B – Side Hug

I’ve termed well, it wasn’t like that
There was a time
This old heart is beating harder
Downed power line

When we prove above all else
That there is a prime
We can behoove in earnest
Theo and Muir’s Mind

Even if it wasn’t on time
This was what’s meant of a life
I couldn’t decide on what’s right
Do we ever portray it at night?
When we all testify
Do we pretend to suffice?
Given the standards today
We can improve on its size

Immerse one’s self as if deliberate
Learn a trade
Tie that cause to one another
Absurd yet brave
Focus polls a line drawn
Roads less paved
Tuolumne to Mariposa,
Madera engrained

Even if it wasn’t on time
This was what’s meant of a life
I couldn’t decide on what’s right
Do we ever portray it at night?
When we all testify
Do we pretend to suffice?
Given the standards today
We can improve on its size

I’ve termed well, it wasn’t like that
There was a time
This old heart is beating harder
Downed power line
When we prove above all else
That there is a prime
We can behoove in earnest
Theo and Muir’s Mind

Even if it wasn’t on time
This was what’s meant of a life
I couldn’t decide on what’s right
Do we ever portray it at night?
When we all testify
Do we pretend to suffice?
Given the standards today
We can improve on its size

Even if it wasn’t on time
This was what’s meant of a life
I couldn’t decide on what’s right
Do we ever portray it at night?
When we all testify
Do we pretend to suffice?
Given the standards today
We can improve on its size
Track Name: Figurative Light
Blisses B - Figurative Light

As I reach back I can hear this well
Nettled socks host a moonlit wealth
Wild chasms of pioneers
You were promised a proven sphere

I can’t beat back
What’s the gross?
When relied on
A maven host

A chosen course is a line less drawn
Science hosted a map forced dawn
Yorba Linda to Diamond Bar
An L shaped route of directions pared

I can’t beat back
What’s the gross?
When relied on
A maven host

And we will
Divide our time
Defend our friends
Designer crimes
We could devise
Plans that provide
Despite reproach
Strengthen ties

We’ll all sing it like a friend again
Your heart hoping is an open end
We can all approach with heavy guise
A prime example, or a mammoth spine
Track Name: Years In The Evening
Blisses B – Years In The Evening

I heard these bells rings so loudly that night
I could tell you in time like I told you I might

I could see you
As load bearing season
Time spent with me
Is like years in the evening

Why try so hard when you’ve known all along
We could tell you in time
Or reserve it in song

I could see you
As load bearing season
Time spent with me
Is like years in the evening
If I get it all back
There’d be lines calling treason
Time spent with me
Is like years in the evening

I heard these bells rings so loudly that night
I could tell you in time like I told you I might

I could see you
As load bearing season
Time spent with me
Is like years in the evening
If I get it all back
There’d be lines calling treason
Time spent with me
Is like years in the evening
Track Name: Tenné
Blisses B – Tenne

I was born upon a hill
Where farmers wrote and read their will
It was never quite that far
All hearts design a star
Let’s get wise let’s tell it well
Define your heart and decide your wealth
We can tear it from the wall
I do believe in you

Even if I get wise
Or believe in an olden time
I knew it well
Relief from a nickname
The Ark versus the son of Shem

There will be time when we get on
To grow or impede the sun
It was lying on shore
Within the years of yore
I’ve seen friends divide their spine
The lower half was resigned to crime
It was all such a bore
I do believe in you

Even if I get wise
Or believe in an olden time
I knew it well
Relief from a nickname
The Ark versus the son of Shem

I was born upon a hill
Where farmers wrote and read their will
It was never quite that far
All hearts design a star
Let’s get wise let’s tell it well
Define your heart and decide your wealth
We can tear it from the wall
I do believe in you

Even if I get wise
Or believe in an olden time
I knew it well
Relief from a nickname
The Ark versus the son of Shem

Even if I get wise
Or believe in an olden time
I knew it well
Relief from a nickname
The Ark versus the son of Shem
Track Name: Sea Level Astronomy
Blisses B – Sea Level Astronomy

When there’s time
We’ll walk downstairs to an open field
To view the sky
With a child’s eye
It’s hard to tell
But way far left is a holy grail
It’s a lonely host or a past cosmos

In just two years
You gave way to Archimedes peers
That old heart
Was a Slavic bard
When we prove
Beyond all doubt that we can lose
These grains of sand like a sojourn plan

That’s fine and I should say
A line drawn from far away

Sea Level is fine
It’s hard to debate with blind eye
We can see from afar really what we want from a dark star
It is hard on one’s self to be a judge of a light sky
Travel farther along and you can tell me that I might
Be one
Takes times
Two light years

When there’s time
We’ll walk downstairs to an open field
To view the sky
With a child’s eye
It’s hard to tell
But way far left is a holy grail
It’s a lonely host or a past cosmos

That’s fine and I should say
A line drawn from far away

Sea Level is fine
It’s hard to debate with blind eye
We can see from afar really what we want from a dark star
It is hard on one’s self to be a judge of a light sky
Travel farther along and you can tell me that I might
Be one
Takes times
Two light years
Track Name: Living Trust
Blisses B - Living Trust

I’ve tried to tell it all back as wise
If it’s wild, why won’t grow outside
Alone at night you took a turn to side
With a lonely tact, given the circumstance

We were just lifelines and living trusts
More than just, hardwires and others lust
I can rush, proof what we need as us
More than just lifelines and living trusts

Wealth of design you took a chance in skies
Price per pound let you define those lies
When a line is drawn we absorb all surprise
Left to act you peddled off thus spracht

We were just lifelines and living trusts
More than just, hardwires and others lust
I can rush, proof what we need as us
More than just lifelines and living trusts

We were just lifelines and living trusts
More than just, hardwires and others lust
I can rush, proof what we need as us
More than just
Track Name: Epoch
Blisses B – Epoch

We heard the call
It could be the reason that tried this at all
We won’t dissolve
Please don’t just divide it by itself or not at all

On your own
As it should be
Pleasant tones
As it could be
Wild and Free
That’s how it should be
Grain and plough
Everything we need

When we find control
Practicing compassion through a lens of the bold
A tiger’s growl
Is older than Primorsky and the dive of a fishing owl

On your own
As it should be
Pleasant tones
As it could be
Wild and Free
That’s how it should be
Grain and plough
Everything we need

I’d save an honest working day
To divide the plans you had in mind
We could believe in what we should
Or decline the invitation blind

We heard the call
It could be the reason that tried this at all
We won’t dissolve
Please don’t just divide it by itself or not at all

On your own
As it should be
Pleasant tones
As it could be
Wild and Free
That’s how it should be
Grain and plough
Everything we need

I’d save an honest working day
To divide the plans you had in mind
We could believe in what we should
Or decline the invitation blind