more from
Boiled Records

Bullfighter

by Eric Slick

/
  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Album artwork by Cal Schenkel (Trout Mask Replica, many Zappa records)

    Includes unlimited streaming of Bullfighter via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 7 days
    edition of 300 
    Purchasable with gift card

      $18 CAD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $7 CAD

     

1.
Bullfighter 02:51
t holds a place in my memory of you the night we made honest enemies of truth is it your fear that brings a promise of other ways to be ourselves A stagnant way of living But that’s the way it is and Evacuate the prison All the culpable forgiven Weighted lovers living in despair Weighted lovers living in despair and I will be left out The sacred sight of the animal Let loose The emblem tore my abdomen In two is it your fear that brings a promise of other ways to be myself A stagnant way of living But that’s the way it isn’t Evacuated prison All that’s criminal forgiven Weighted lovers living in despair Weighted lovers living in despair
2.
Honesty 04:01
my mother my father all told me to wait no longer a sinner deplete her estate no whipping the heel never breaks the weight of the world just to awful to take i loved her like cigarettes burned at the stake the rigid incisions cut cross-legged veins the honor of knowing the life that you made held nothing but problems and minimum wage what of your honesty? all i conceivably know like the beckoning ransom take what you want from me why not take everything? love’s not a game when you’re lonely i won’t play. the coward envisioned a life of his own replacing the meaning to do what you’re told i’m not saying the reason is hard to explain for seasons will change but the men stay the same i wonder if living persists in the heat your savage existence no life can compete your neighbor, he listened and drowned in your sleep a wolf in white clothing who preys on the weak what of your honesty? all i conceivably know like the beckoning ransom take what you want from me why not take everything? love’s not a game when you’re lonely i won’t play. did you notice that i can’t feel the back of my hands anymore? sit around, hesitate throw the funeral pyre at my door
3.
remain alive with the dawn at your side ways to decide how we all will die into the light, with your arms behind your back oh no if i just do it when no one’s around will i seem happier to them? into the light, with your arms behind your back oh no remember how they used to say that we would never grow old? nothing is real, you know
4.
if you want it you can have it no more running from the cabinet in the same way i was fading always taking in the daybreak in the snow the blood run colder the police came to explain it all "it is only a fleeting feeling” i know that you won’t be without one true love where did it go? what did they say? “its only love and nothing else” if you want it you can have it if you made it into habit when they found you in the lobby paranoid and catatonic in the snow the blood ran cold and when they called me i broke down and said, “it is only a fleeting feeling” i know that you won’t be without one true love where did it go? what did they say? “its only love and nothing else”

about

Bullfighter is a song cycle about the first Jewish American matador, Sidney Franklin. It’s also the story of coming to terms with my family’s Jewish identity. It was important to juxtapose Sidney’s struggles with my own. The name of the piece serves as a double meaning. It comes from my fascination with astrology - I’m a Taurus, and the bull is a stubborn opponent.

Bullfighter is comprised of vocals, string quartet, piano, synthesizer, and drums. The string quartet portion was written in a week and recorded in about 2 hours. My good friend Michael Johnson fleshed out the rest over the course of a year. He transformed a two dimensional picture into a beautiful panorama.

This piece of music is important to me. It’s not light-hearted. After releasing my first record, I realized that I had to tap into my own vulnerabilities more. I re-wrote the lyrics to Bullfighter over and over again in the hopes that I could get closer to my version of the truth. Writing it brought me closer with members of my family that I hadn’t spoken with in years.

I hope that it will be transformative for the listener. It’s a document of working through my own personal trauma. I wanted it to feel circuitous. In the end, I realized that death and life are all the same, and that suffering is fleeting.

credits

released January 18, 2019

Songs by Eric Slick
Produced by Eric Slick & Michael Johnson
Mastered by James Plotkin
Artwork by Cal Schenkel

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Eric Slick Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

While with previous solo records Palisades and Bullfighter Slick mined his subconscious for the moodier and more abstract side of the coin, Wiseacre is a technicolored exaltation. It reads like a novel, sequencing in chronological order the ups and downs of self-acceptance before fully committing to someone else. ... more

contact / help

Contact Eric Slick

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like Eric Slick, you may also like: