Lost Under Nighttime Sky

by Frame and Mantle

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"In many ways, the Pittsburgh post-emo band Frame and Mantle are exactly what so many listeners need in an era of increasing uncertainty and struggle. Following their well-received EP While Our Fields Lie Fallow, they have reshaped their lineup and re-emerged with a record that explores the anxieties, self-doubts and frustrations that paint the experiences of an ever-increasing swath of the population while presenting a dynamic sonic tapestry that welcomes exuberance and hopefulness in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. On Lost Under Nighttime Sky, the band acknowledges the often too-relatable sensation of being adrift without a destination in sight, but reminds us that when we take the time to stare into the depths of the darkness that’s often when the universe reveals the most stunning and rewarding vistas.
Dealing with topics such as self-sabotage, regret, longing and losing heart, and facing harsh realities like suicide and the crushing weight of a future that seems to grow dimmer by the day, Frame and Mantle pull no punches with their listeners and offer no easy answers. But what they do present is the opportunity to revel in the one thing that connects us through the most trying of times. The music on Lost Under Nighttime Sky is bursting with the kind of heart-swelling, impenetrable joy that never ceases to live within us even when it may seem difficult to express. The compositions bounce along with a carefree vibrancy that allows listeners to ascend to heights from which it is far more comfortable to face their own truths reflected in the lyrical content. Soaring chords interweave with striking vocal melodies, driven by lively percussion and accents of horns that appear at the most opportune moments to drive the songs toward a horizon that feels increasingly bright and promising.
With a focus on crafting layers and textures that lean into post-rock territories, Lost Under Nighttime Sky has a dramatic, celestial quality that affords it a true sense of time and space. It sounds like twilight feels, where for a specific, finite period everything takes on a different shading, we perceive differently, and our senses are given an instant to find profundity in that which so often seems familiar and unremarkable. It’s in these fleeting moments that we learn to honor the beauty that’s hard-won, and that understanding is at the core of Lost Under Nighttime Sky; that feeling of pulling through the deepest darkness and discovering that there is something inspiring on the other side. It’s not an easy time to be young right now, but as the album’s final refrain exclaims: 'spread your wings and fly into the sun.' What else can any of us do but attack life with as much vigor as possible and mark the sheer experience as paramount?"
-David Zeidler, Young Epoch

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released September 13, 2019

Frame and Mantle is:
Liam Burns, Connor Freer, Bradley Osborne, Brian Thompson, Mark Thompson

Written and performed by Frame and Mantle.
All lyrics by Connor Freer, with the exception of “Long Division” by Liam Burns.
Recorded March 2019 at Very Tight Recordings in Sharpsburg, PA.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Matt Very at Very Tight Recordings.
Produced by Frame and Mantle and Matt Very.
Artwork and layout by Brian Morgante (Flesh & Bone Design).

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Track Name: Empty
I come home to this empty house
And fall asleep in my empty bed
Sometimes it's alright
Sometimes it gets so loud
To hear my thoughts bounce around in my empty head

I don't know what I'd do without you
I'm not too sure what I'm doing now
Time slows down when I think about you
I've tried to turn it back, but I don't know how

I waste my time on this messy couch
And leave clothes on the messy floor
In the back of my mind
I know I should clean up
But I lack the strength and patience to do it anymore

I know I felt completely lost without you
A solid breeze could knock me down
Space stretches out when I think about you
I try to keep my balance but I'm reeling now

Spent my time
Wishing I'd spend my time a little better
But I can't find
the strength to pick myself back up and carry on
I used to think
That I would give so much to make things work
I couldn't give enough
My final chance has come and gone
Track Name: Mind Clouds
I wish I had a camera that could capture
The way that Ursa Major
Sat astride the Mohawk River
On that cool night in September
That I will always remember

When you step into another dimension,
You can oddly feel at home
When you’re face-to-face with purest intention,
You won’t ever be alone

I wish I had a camera that could capture
The way that Ursa Major
Sat astride the Mohawk River
On that cool night in September
That I will always remember
Track Name: Olympia Park
When things are going fine,
When nothing's out of place,
My eyes can somewhat trace
The cracks in the foundation of my mind
Instead of patching up
I drive a wedge between
My awful intuition
And the things I desperately need:
comfort, closeness,
I watch them fall apart and leave me
crumbling, broken
I turn to dust and blow away

The chasm hungers on
I feed it with my thoughts
And watch it grow into a monster
That can gorge itself upon
My insecurities
And every secret fear
Until it's big enough to crush me
And keep me numb and cold down

Here is not where I belong
(please someone get me out, I'm drowning in my doubt)
Begging for help feels so wrong
(I can't give up just yet, I've still got so much left)
Here is not where I belong
(please someone get me out, I'm drowning in my doubt)
Begging for help feels so wrong
(I can't give up just yet, I've still got so much left)

Just when things seem better than they should,
I give up on everything that's good
Track Name: Steins Pillar
Spent the season inside,
Feeling helpless and locked in my mind, in my mind
Knowing just what I need,
But I never made the time, made the time
The weight crushing my chest
Keeps me completely paralyzed
So I lie there and wait
For the only thing that feels good
When sleep closes my eyes

And I know, I know
It’s all in my head,
But it seems way more real than it should
And I know, I know
It’s artificial dread
If I could ignore it, I would
And I know, I know
It’s all in my head,
But it seems way more real than it should

I know, I know…

You reach for me
And I reach back out
Just to push you away
You reach for me
And I reach back out
Just to push you away

And it shows, it shows
I know they all see
It’s as plain as the nose on my face
So it goes, so it goes
So I’ll keep pretending
That it’s not impeding my pace

I know, I know, I know…
Track Name: The Hourglass
We knew you weren't perfect
That behind that smiling face
Was the painful snarl of one who fell from grace
But the music seemed to comfort you
Kept your demons at bay
And your focus on a brighter day

Before your curtain call, tell me you're coming home

The brief moments that we shared
The honest soul that you bared
Your words that sparked the fires of such youth
And though you're running late
The brokenhearted waits
Will remain to catch the ashes that you left

Before your curtain call, tell me you're coming home
Before your last sand falls, just know you're not alone
Before your curtain call, tell me you're coming home
Before your last sand falls, just know you're not alone

You've got your own hands around your neck, around your neck, around...
You've got your own hands around your neck, around your neck, around...
You've got your own hands around your neck, around your neck, around...
You've got your own hands around your neck, around your neck, around...
You've got your own hands around your neck, around your neck, and I hope you don't squeeze too tightly
You've got your own hands around your neck, around your neck, and I hope you don't...

Before your curtain call, tell me you're coming home, tell me you're coming home
Before your last sand falls, just know you're not alone, know you're not alone
Before you give up the ghost, please pick up your phone, pick up your phone
Because I need to hear your voice and tell you just how much you mean to me
Track Name: Long Division
Can’t escape the white noise and static
Of this paradox I swore I’d never end up in
I’m putting myself to sleep
I’m getting through the week
I’m putting distance between you
and me

It's something I left behind
Back in the golden years
I miss that scene that made me feel alive
Is it worth it now to kill some time?
'Cause if so, I’m gonna murder it all

Staring at a cell phone
Dreaming of the life I want to live
Is this who I’ve become?
Is this what all these aspirations added up to be?

Well, I’m not happy anymore

When I wake up I don’t want anything
My mind runs in circles while I circle what’s wrong

But let’s not get carried away
You gave it hell from the start
Now we'll call it a day
Sometimes it feels like nothing's wrong
Sometimes I’m barely holding on

I wish my path were more direct
I wish I had some better ends
So I could lay here instead
Stare at my phone and never leave my bed
Never leave my bed
Track Name: Broken Mirror
You took me by the hand
And led me to a mirror
You left me there with roots upturned
Too stunned to even speak

I couldn't recognize
The image of a face so shattered
But I came to realize
That broken visage isn't me

I'm turning over new leaves
And blossoming into me
I'm turning over new leaves
And blossoming...

I don’t believe in fate, but this just might be, might be it.
I don’t believe in fate, but this just might be, might be it.
I don’t believe in fate, but this just might be, might be it.
I don’t believe in fate, but this just might be, might be it.
I don’t believe in fate, but this just might be, might be it.
I don’t believe, don’t believe, don’t believe…

Suspended hearts,
Once stolen, uninvited,
Now chosen, reunited,
And intertwined
Across the sea of possibility
You reached for me again
And took me by the hand
Track Name: Featherweight
It rained on me through the window
While waiting for you to call
You watch me stare at the ceiling
Even though you aren't here at all

They tell me, when we wake up,
That all this will disappear
But I don't know if I want to
Forget what's become so dear

You told me you'd be a seagull,
Could you do it all again
If I had a shot at redemption,
I'd settle for being friends

I won't insist you don't exist

Spread your wings and fly (into the sun)
Fly into the sun
And never return

I’m lost in an ocean of you
So deep and so blue
Your wishes came true

I won't insist you don't exist
You don't

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