Before the Fall EP

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released June 4, 2016

Synth, Guitar, Composition // Ryan Linder
Vocals, Lyrics, Melody // Malachi Graham

Produced by Ryan Linder & Malachi Graham
Mixing // Ryan Linder
Recording, Additional Mixing // Philip Graham, Ear Trumpet Labs
Mastering // Philip Graham, Ear Trumpet Labs
Artwork // Ryan Linder

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small million Portland, Oregon

Portland duo Small Million (Ryan Linder & Malachi Graham) met on the dance floor and got busy polishing their moody, lyrical synth pop. Rich, textured tracks with soaring melodies; wistful and cautiously optimistic.

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Track Name: Belmont, 1923
was a photo finish
for your sweet kiss
and the two of us tied
and it felt like this:

I was never one
to live fast, die young
I’ll take my time
to the finish line
to the finish line
I’ll take my time
to the finish line

so I’ll wear my silks through the night
it’s a good race to run by your side
take your time

I’m so glad that renown has outran
let the fame die before my old man
and we’ll both cross the line when we can
take your time
Track Name: Six Feet
that chill is in the air
that I have learned to bear
the only joy I know
six feet beneath the snow
six feet beneath the snow

I loved you better in the spring
that’s when I felt like someone’s something
oh back when I thought I had it all
six months before the fall
six months before the fall

now more than half my soul
locked in a world below
and time will tell the truth
and bring me back to you

but this old year will come around
and I’ll be up from underground
oh the coldest heart you ever saw
six tears to start the thaw
six tears to start the thaw

I’ll love you better in the spring
I wanna feel like someone’s something
oh the only joy I know
six feet beneath the snow
six feet beneath the snow
Track Name: Nightblooming
tonight my very skin is stretched so thin
over the cage, locked you away

night, night
nightblooming

that old house ate you whole
ate your bones, ate your bones, ate your soul.

shame on you, she fooled you again
why you makin it so hard, hard to be your friend

shame on me for listening to you cry
only so many ways to tell you, always gonna lie

night, night
nightblooming

shame on her, she fooled you the once
but every damn time you fell for it since.

shame on us for drinking it away
you’ll be wilted by the morning; you’ll tell her it’s okay.

night, night
nightblooming
Track Name: Sleep Long
sleep long, sleep hard
you wake I’m gonna break your heart

afraid I’ll waste your time
afraid I’ll waste your youth

I want a short, short story to stay with me all my life
not a book so heavy that I lay it down to die
you’ll be the one that I remember,
baby please don’t cry
while you’re still mine

be cool, my love
you know you smile in your sleep
be cool, my love
the best of everything I’ve seen

be cool, my love
and bit by bit we’ll drift away
be cool, my love
can’t count the hours in these days

so I’ll try, try harder to remember it’s the time
because we’ll both be better off untethered while we’re in our prime
one that I remember, baby please don’t cry
you’re not mine.

got nothing but my time, got nothing but my youth
got nothing but my time, got nothing but you.

sleep long, sleep hard
you wake I’m gonna break your heart

you loved me well
please don’t hate me now.
Track Name: Little Light
my mama told me not to talk of voices in the sky
so I grew wise
she slips through the veil looking thin, looking pale
looking like me
oh I let them speak through me

they locked me out
they tied me down
they locked me out
they tied me down
they locked me out
they tied me down

shaking hands cast shadows longer than before
the prickling of my fingers don’t bother me no more

hate to deceive all the well-meaning boys
but I won't stop the lies cuz I can’t stop the noise

they locked me out
they tied me down
they locked me out
they tied me down
they locked me out
they tied me down