strawberry

by Kirsten Opstad

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Two years removed from her last EP Sound I Make – L.A. based singer-songwriter Kirsten Opstad has embarked on her newest project - moons, an ambitious, open-ended undertaking to release a new EP with each successive full moon. The first offering in the cycle, strawberry (released on June 17 and named for June’s Strawberry Moon) is a collection of lo-fi redemption songs for the heartbroken and defiant. Armed with little more than an acoustic guitar, Opstad revisits ex-girlfriends and other ghosts to draw conclusions, gain new truths, and find more in less, growth in loss. At turns polished, playful, and profound, her lyrics are a continuation of the emotional understandings and turn-of-phrase mastery displayed on Sound I Make and 2015’s Stay Strangers. Whether interrogating the big questions (“Will I learn better? / Than to want better?”) or celebrating the minor details (“There’s a stone fruit at the center of a memory”), Opstad has once again proven herself to be a top-notch songwriter, a magnetic poet laureate. Intimate in style and substance, strawberry is a perfect summer campfire companion or the soundtrack to a lonely night in a moonlit apartment. Either way, give it a listen, eat it up – until next month, the next moon.

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released June 17, 2019

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Kirsten Opstad Los Angeles, California

Kirsten Opstad is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter.

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Track Name: Granite & Evergreen
Granite and evergreen
Undying earthly themes
The stuff of painted scenes
Granite and evergreen
Granite and evergreen

We never spoke in prose
Spun phrase on pointed toes
The winter that you froze
And I taped my windows closed
And I taped my windows closed

And when I lose control I think of you
Retrace the paces that I put you through
Loving me was such an awful thing to ask you to do
Now I grieve for one I never really knew

We never kept it clean
Chipped teeth and shredded sheets
The year I loved to scream
And you were my war machine
My gorgeous war machine

And when I lose control I think of you
Retrace the paces that I put you through
Loving me was such an awful thing to ask you to do
Now I grieve for one I never really knew

Granite and evergreen
Perfect, timeless and obscene
I prefer to love your memory
Granite and evergreen
Track Name: Hope Hangs Heavy
Stare at blinking screens
But the movie’s done now
I did not see me
They must have cut my part out
Scenes like these never make the silver screen
Stupid me, stupid me

This line wraps the block
Bless the patient patrons
Who can but refuse to walk
Put their faith in waiting
In rush we trust, we don’t get in but it feels just
Stupid us, stupid us

Hope hangs heavy in the air
No one said this would be fair

I will shout your name from the edge of canyons
I will feel the same as time passes
Ancient glaciers formed me too
I still love you, still I love you

Hope hangs heavy in the air
No one said this would be fair

They won’t know my face
When I finally go home
Someone will fill my place
That’s the curse of the road
Freedom’s ring is sounds a like lonely
Stupid me, stupid me

Hope hangs heavy in the air
No one said this would be
No one said this would be
No one said this would be fair
Track Name: Was Anyone Ever (So Young)
Sun so bright it blinds the sidewalk
Mind the sign and post no signs
Who forgot to bolt top lock?
Busy minds lead busy lives

Rewind, replay, rewind

What do you really want?
What do you really want?
What do you really want?

Stickers pock the underpasses
Where every question gets a shot
Feathers mix with shit and ashes
Is this where things come to rot?

Forgave but not forgot

What do you really want?
What do you really want?
What do you really want?

Cause I want better
I want better

If I scream will someone hear me,
Over all these gorgeous sounds?
Shading trees, leaves blowing gently
Like nobody is around

What’s still underground?

What do you really want?
What do you really want?
What do you really want?

Will I learn better?
Than to want better
Track Name: Stone Fruit Steve Austin
There’s a postcard with a family full of characters
Posing with smiles that never break
Can you smell the sunscreen and plastic?
Does it matter if it's real or fake?

Here’s a snapshot of ass masked in fishnets
Flashing an apartment in the dark
Can you see the beard past the latex?
Does it matter if it’s smut or art?

Mom threw out your memories.
Mom throughout your memories.

There’s a license plate of some uncertain vanity
That probably looked this old when it was new
Characters arranged with intention
Is any one interpretation true?

There’s a stone fruit at the center of a memory
In a kitchen with a man we didn’t like
I learn to drive on a midnight highway
I learn which stories are impolite

Pits thrown out the window
Spit pits out the window

I am rich in character-building relationships
Magnets for the fridge

I am rich in souvenir spoons and make up kits
Kept to not forget

Sell everything you can,
Trash everything you can’t.

Sell everything you can,
Trash everything you can’t.
Track Name: Hope Hangs Heavy (Reprise)
I will wait for you
Till they burn my body
I will sing your tune
When you stop responding
Foolish youth,
How I cling to you who loved me too
You loved me too
Track Name: Explain Yourself
I flew home just a little too soon
It was good for me, it was bad for you
We played cards all afternoon
You were old for me, I was young for you

Explain my history to me
Explain yourself, take liberties

Empty house on a quiet street
I was scared of you, were scared of me?
You were mostly fantasy
When it came to life I wished I was asleep

Explain my history to me
Explain yourself, take liberties

Now I deal in memories
They don’t use the door, they come up like weeds
Can’t believe the scenes I see
So I close my eyes, I pour new concrete

Explain my history to me
Explain yourself, take liberties
Explain yourself, take liberties
Explain yourself, take liberties

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