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Parallel Person

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John Pasquarello ... I promised myself I wouldn't buy more cassettes. But I *NEEDED* to have a varsity cassette. You guys are so amazing Favorite track: Isolation.
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pinklion Such a nice, calm and fun vibe to the whole album. Favorite track: A Friend Named Paul.
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Gavin Hellyer Indie pop perfection with each and every track taking up immediate residency in your head. Fabulous. Favorite track: Alone In My Principles.
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ok Really chill album, a nice continuation of one of my favorite bands. Favorite track: Alone In My Principles.
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Michael Mambrino Amazing work from everyone on this track indie pop at its finest Favorite track: Isolation.
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gay THIS IS SO GOOD. the melodies. the vocals. the album art. Stephanie's little "WOO!"s every now and again. this album is so pure and just beyond words. definitely worth the wait Favorite track: Gordi, You're A Saint.
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Parallel Person is a record about the uphill battle of isolation, popularity, and artistic frustration.

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"Varsity's keen knowledge of what makes indie-twee work – crunchy rhythm sections, quivering guitar lines, plainspoken observations of interpersonal minutiae – leads to surprising experiments..." - Maura Johnston, Rolling Stone

"It is the interplay between major and minor, light and dark, that creates an ongoing tension throughout Parallel, and the primary element that makes it as engrossing as it is accessible." - Connor McInerney, Post-Trash

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Must Be Nice via NPR
www.npr.org/event/music/583622550/take-a-psychedelic-indie-pop-road-trip-with-varsity

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Parallel Person is out now on Babe City Records.
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credits

released April 27, 2018

written & performed by varsity

stef smith - vocals / pianos / synths
dylan weschler - guitars / vocals
pat stanton - guitars
paul stolz - bass guitars
jacob stolz - drums / percussion

engineered & produced by dave vettraino at minbal studios in chicago, il
mixed by dave vettraino & varsity at decade studios in chicago, il

mastered by sarah register
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artwork by clare byrne
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Track Name: Gordi, You're A Saint
Have you ever noticed
Your days are all the same
Doesn’t seem to matter
Much cause Gordi you’re a saint
Oh yeah Gordi you’re a saint

Never have to wonder
About responsibility
And you don’t ever wander
Because Gordi you’re with me
No yeah, it’s not hard to see

I was only just trying to tell you
All along that you’re the dog, I’m the person
All along
Waiting for the appropriate time
To sit you down and find the words
I’m the person, you’re the best, and I’m the worst

Last night had a dream that
You were chasing me
I was chasing boys and
Maybe popularity
Like I got you on a string

Hey it’s been a while
And it’s not so black and white
But isn’t that just like you, Gordi
To keep it all inside
Never did say my goodbye

I was only just trying to tell you
All along that you’re the dog, I’m the person
All along
Waiting for a good time
To sit you down and say that you’re the dog
I’m the person, you’re the best, and I’m the worst
Track Name: Settle Down
Do you have to look the part
To mess up a work of art
Hate my tools forsake my craft
Everything I touch is trash

It’s a mess here on the bottom
So why do I even bother
Yes I know it’s self-inflicted
Self-aware and self-addicted

Line em up
Knock em down
Nice tries are thin on the ground
Wait up
Hang around
Nice tries are quick to be found

All I want to do is let you down
(All I want to do)
All I want to is mess around
(Is think of something new)

You, too
And do it better than before

Doesn’t have to be complete
It doesn’t have to masterpiece
Insecure and wafer skinned
What I got is what you’re gonna get

Line em up
Knock em down
Nice tries are thin on the ground
Wait up
Hang around
Nice tries are quick to be

You, too
And do it better than before
Track Name: Lied For You
Hey don’t I know you
Back from the restaurant
I folded napkins while you
Got ready up front

I’m none of the things that I thought I’d be by now
It matters but you hide it well

You bring your bike up
You lock it to mine
I say I love you when I’m drunk
And you kindly oblige

I’m so hung up on all the what, the how, the when, the where, the why
I’ll never make it through the night

I’ll lie for you
If you want me to

I wanted to
Wait till we’re alone
Before I confess
I’m so far gone
What’s wrong with you
Guess it’s safe to say
That I never really know

We were both goners
Or don’t you remember
I lived on your windowsill
From May to December

Whoever said that
A still life was static
Apparently never lived with me and
My homemaker erratic

I’m so hung up on all the what, the how, the when, the where, the why
I’ll never make but I’ll try

I’ll die for you
And sometimes I do

I wanted to
Wait till we’re alone
Before I confess
I’m so far gone
What’s wrong with you
Guess it’s safe to say
That I never really know
Yeah I never really know
But that’s ok
Track Name: A Friend Named Paul
I’m uncomfortable with you asking
All the time
Cause you know there’s nothing wrong
It’s just my mind

It’s okay if you don’t wanna say
I’m a tough nut to crack
Once it’s out there and floating away
You can never get it back

Isn’t it enough to be laughing
On my dime
And you never have to question
If my love is on the line

It’s okay if you don’t wanna say
I’m a tough nut to crack
Once it’s out there and floating away
You can never get it back

I’ve got a friend named Paul
You know he’s no friend at all
He is the one to call
And I don’t know if I’ll make it
After all

Come over tonight
Bring a candle
We’ll just sit and stare
We can share in the feeling of going nowhere

Does it have to be stated
Does it have to be said
I’m a Sunday painter in grey
I’d rather stay inside instead

I’ve got a friend named Paul
You know he’s no friend at all
He is the one to call
And I don’t know if I’ll make it

After all

Would you die
Would you die for me anytime?
Ok just wondering.
Track Name: Krissy
Krissy it’s so hard to see you now
You’re someone else but it’s not all yourself
One part is me and I can’t part with shit
I’ve tried all my old tricks but you’re so curated I just can’t get in
Right now you’re more like a photograph
I wanna go back to the time we cried the whole drive home from the canyon

Krissy don’t believe it
You can never be your own best friend
Left me for a while
So I settle on the back of your head
Hate to break the news to you
You never can go home again

Pretty people saying things on screen
Can’t be all you take your life to mean
Like it or not we leave it up to luck
And all things that you been calling your outtakes are really fuck ups

I don’t know what
But there’s something to lose
You can’t pretend
That there’s room for me too

Krissy don’t believe it
You can never be your own best friend
Left me for a while
So I settle on the back of your head
Hate to break the news to you
You never can go home again
Track Name: Must Be Nice
Off again, no man’s land
Took the stuff on hand, to begin our best laid plan

There were signs, otherwise
Take tonight, must be nice, and I’m passing you left and right

Talking in circles
Being there
I never let you know
Cause you’re so sincere

And I want you
And I need you
Can I see you
And I’m being there
And I want you
And I need you
Can I see you
And I’m being there

I know I can’t cry in front of them
But if I could

One by one, down the hatch
Must be nice, I guess, to be on the mend

Talking in circles
Being there
I never let you know
Cause you’re so sincere

And I want you
And I need you
Can I see you
And I’m being there
And I want you
And I need you
Can I see you
And I’m being there

We both careen
From heaven to hell
A bitter pill
To give to yourself

I know I can’t cry in front of them
But if I could it’d go something like
Track Name: Discipline
Baby I don’t think of anyone else
Lately you’re not acting like yourself

Hanging round at Nico’s end to end
Hoping that I would get noticed

Is there enough to go around, I don’t know why
I suspect that other people have more of your time

This is the hill I want to die on
Can you kinda kill me just this once

Watching you up there I disappear
Into the chromatic atmosphere

I’ll give up the alcohol, the temperament, and the clothes
Can I give you discipline, well I don’t know
Track Name: Watching You
Whether or not it’s true
Does it matter anymore
I’ve been there done that
Found it’s never what you bargain for

As far as I can see
Inside your painted dream machine
There is a melancholy scene
And I’m no part of it, I mean

One thing that I knows that I want more

Hanging above my head
There is a parallel person
Who makes mistakes
Commands respect
Walking around like I’m the best

Bridge burning late night
Pretending, not saying goodbye
I mean I’m sorry I sympathize
just fucking open up your eyes

One thing that I knows that I want

Taken
For granted
All I’m asking fors the advantage
Had you
When I had it
Wouldn’t you know I couldn’t stand it
All I’m asking for is your love
All I need it for is a crutch

And I watch you
When I want to
Yeah I watch you
When I want to and I want to and I want to
Track Name: Isolation
A flowering field descends
Into the depths again

No hesitation
In Isolation

Agrarian cults somehow
Figured it out and now now

No light behind me
No torch beside me

Sending seeds and lightning
Sacred right of tithing
But here I go, here I go, here I go

Return to earth in Spring
Remembering everything

No education
In Isolation

The undertow is strong
It cuts the year headlong headlong

No light behind me
No torch to guide me

Sending seeds and lightning
(And when I try to see you you’re not around)
Sacred rights of tithing
(And when I come to meet you you’re not in town)
But here I go, here I go, here I go

Isolation
Comes to find me
I can’t solve it
By running after you
Contemplation
Does remind me
Of my problem
Alone alone alone again

Isolation
Comes to find me
I can’t solve it
By running after you
Contemplation
Does remind me
Of my problem
Alone alone alone again
Track Name: Alone In My Principles
We bought the car and
Drove away for the next few months
You picked a place up north
Somewhere where it could
Be just us

But

I spent some time rearranging myself and found I wasn’t there at all
I wish I was

Under the bubble is where I belong
Breathing that rare air you know I get along
Your outline fades from view
You fade with it too
Come on, I notice you
But I cannot move on

No

We stopped for gas so
I got out to collect my thoughts
By the time I came back
I looked around and you were gone

But

I spent some time rearranging myself and found I wasn’t there at all
You turn to look at me and say it’s about time we get just what we want
Is that because

Under the bubble is where I belong
Breathing that rare air you know I can be strong
Your outline fades to blue
You fade with it too
Come on, I notice you
But I cannot move on

I will go on

Hasn’t anybody been here long?
Give it about a hundred years and we’ll both be gone
Hasn’t anybody been here long?

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