.​.​.​and surrender my body to the flames

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The debut album from Sci-Fi Romance, the performing name of Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Vance Kotrla.

*All album downloads include:
- All ten album tracks
- A bonus track: an alternate version of "Frankenstein's Lament" featuring Kristin Vogel
- A full-color, 8-page digital booklet with lyrics, liner notes, photography, and all the stuff you expect to find in a digital booklet.

Similar artists: Bon Iver, The Decemberists, Blind Pilot, Ray LaMontagne, Fleet Foxes, Jason Webley, Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens

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released October 18, 2010

Written, performed, and produced by Vance Kotrla. All songs published by Inciting Insurrection Music (ASCAP)

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Sci-Fi Romance Los Angeles, California

Sci-Fi Romance is an independent folk band from Los Angeles that blends unique arrangements and a dark, percussive take on acoustic music into a sound that has been labeled "steamfolk." It began as the solo project of singer/songwriter Vance Kotrla.

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Track Name: Gulliver Foyle
Now there’s little left to say
Everything we thought would last has gone away
And what we gripped with all our might
Has turned its back on us and fled into the night

But it’s ok, cause we’re still here
Huddled in the rain together
And in that we should find shelter
From anything to come

We’re headed for the blue, the black, the stars, the flames
The destination up ahead is hidden in the haze
We wring our hands and burn our bridges shouting blame
Fingers crossed we still can get out of our own way, someday

The world has seen this all before
Self–destructive drive to always even up the score
An eye for an eye just leaves us blind
That’s too high a price to pay for spite

But it’s ok, we’re all in pain
Huddled in the rain together
And in that we should find shelter
From anything to come

We’re headed for the blue, the black, the stars, the flames
The destination up ahead is hidden in the haze
We wring our hands and burn our bridges shouting blame
Fingers crossed we still can get out of our own way, someday

...it's not too late
Track Name: In the Dark Together
As the shadows pooled tonight
We both needed somewhere to run to
I held you and you asked where
The lights on the highway lead you

Now everything that we know
Is hundreds of miles behind us
Why should we still pretend
There’s only this console between us?

Let’s find a town to stop this car.
And fumble around in the dark.
‘Cause even as my life disintegrates,
I can’t stop wondering how you’d taste.
It took tonight to realize,
the one thing I can’t leave behind...is you.

Hands tied by fear of failure
Too much of my life just slips by
Home can sometimes feel like dying
You have to leave to know you’re alive

But we’re here in the dark together
Our old lives falling further away
In this car pointed God only knows where
I can’t take my eyes from your face

Let’s find a town to stop this car.
And fumble around in the dark.
‘Cause even as my life disintegrates,
I can’t stop wondering how you’d taste.
It took tonight to realize,
the one thing I can’t leave behind...is you.
It's you.
Track Name: When Breath Becomes Visible
A broken heart
A confused mind
Another battle and you’ve survived
But all that’s left is your spirit

Never again
You tell yourself
What’s the use in fighting anymore
When you’re the only one who’s bleeding?

The air swells with the voices of oblivion
The sound of water filling lungs
But your place was never among those
Lost torn and shattered souls
I will wait for you to surface
I will wait for you to surface

...You will break the surface.
Track Name: A Letter West
I thought you were beautiful
And I guess I still do
Truth be told
I hoped your promises were meaningful
So I let myself be fooled
Too easily

I guess I miss your voice in the mornings
And the way you’d call my name
But the silence doesn’t sting like it used to
So I guess I didn’t need you after all
No, I guess I didn’t need you after all

You shone for me like a beacon
And sometimes just the fact of you
Would keep me whole
Your heart may be a legend
But it was never meant for me
And I should’ve known

I guess that I still think of you too often
And I’ve got my regrets
But my fingers don’t remember like they used to
So I guess I didn’t need you after all
No, I guess I didn’t need you after all

You don’t haunt my dreams like you used to
So I guess I didn’t need you after all
No, I guess I didn’t need you after all
Track Name: Driving Song
Tear away at the fading sunset
Pull your hair back from your eyes
Night escapes from its liquid prison
Drowns my world in a pair of headlights

Leave the light on by the phone
On broken knees I’m coming home
The clock is crying out despair
Still too far if I’m not there

Another hundred miles and I’ll be home
Another hundred miles and I’ll be...

Will you wake?

And if I sleep, I’ll sleep the sleep of angels
Steal my peace of mind from your eyes
I’ve waited so long just to see your face
To sweep your hair back from your eyes

Another hundred miles and I’ll be home
Another hundred miles and I’ll be...
Track Name: Frankenstein's Lament
Torches at the gates
Screaming village of hate
Below me angry justice awaits
I regret this hour’s grown late

I can see the pages of history
Not yet penned, but misunderstanding me
Unholy thought, an abomination of man
My words they’ll burn, and no one will understand

One of these days I’d make a thing of beauty
One of these days I’d conjure and angel

What was it Lazarus said
On waking up from the dead
Turning science into an art
My creation has broken my heart

All I ever wanted was to bring life
Where nature says there must be eternal night
The cease of sorrow and return of breath
If we can end life than why not death?

One of these days I’d make a thing of beauty
One of these days I’d conjure and angel
One of these days...
Track Name: These Scars
Take me to a place where I will never be alone
The light is cold in a sky of gray where I make my home
I long to see a blade of green or a traveler on the road
Reach out my hand and feel the life in something I can hold

Place your hands upon these scars and feel
What I could’ve been
My deadened eyes can not reflect the flame
That lived within
I buried my soul as my body cried to live
And begged for you
If only...

Doors stood open but I lacked the courage to walk through
The darkness on the other side froze me in my pursuit
Solitude is what I reap of a misbegotten view
But while there is breath in me I yet may begin anew

Place your hands upon these scars and feel
What I could’ve been
My deadened eyes can not reflect the flame
That lived within
I buried my soul as my body cried to live
And begged for you

Wash me...
Make me clean...
And I will start again
Track Name: Follow You Home
It's getting where your eyes are harder to ignore
Silently suggesting things I hadn't thought before
Though others came and went, you're the first to think
I ever could be anything other than what I've been

Don't take my hand just to let it go
And walk away, away from me
I'll never find a way home
That doesn't lead to you

I've been watched and been undressed but never really seen
Doesn't take much to guess the wreck I'd make of things
I never meant to let you in, but still you made the choice
To lay your head beside mine so I could hear your voice

Don't take my hand just to let it go
And walk away, away from me
I'll never find a way home
That doesn't lead to you

I never even found a home
Until I found you
Track Name: Lovestruck
He sees her face the way a moth sees flame
But she don’t notice, she don’t feel the same
She tries to find herself in other arms
But all she ever finds are broken hearts

He circles her like a satellite
Hoping one day that she’ll understand
She’ll look his way, and if he gets the chance
He swears he’ll never let go of her hand
He’ll never let go of her hand

He confesses and she starts to pack
Neither knows if she’ll be coming back
He asks her to stay, but she shakes her head
And soon she’s crying in a borrowed bed

He screwed up but she’s his world
It wasn’t like he had this planned
It meant nothing but cost everything
If he had it back, he’d have never let go of her hand
He’d never let go of her hand

Love can be terrifying
Love can be what the poets have said
Love can be undying
Love can hang by a thread

Lilies in a vase by the wall
How long they’ve been there, he can’t recall
He sees no light no stars no sun up high
Hasn’t felt alive since he said goodbye

Things got bad and then got worse
Everything they were dissolved to sand
He knew she could no longer feel his touch
But he never let go of her hand
He never let go of her hand

No, he never let go of her hand
Track Name: Long Gone
When I remember those days
I see your face lined with pain
Inventing things I’d never say
But held against me anyway

You never knew me that well
And why I just could never tell
The years like water they rolled on
And now every hope we had is --

Gone, gone, gone
It’s gone, gone, gone
Things I held to yesterday
The last time you saw this face
Are gone, gone, gone

I guess you changed and went your way
The things I thought we shared decayed
I was too slow to recognize
The distance growing in your eyes

While you acted like a saint
And chalked everything up to fate
I thought you’d see you’d been wrong
Now every thought of that is --

Gone, gone, gone
It’s gone, gone, gone
Things I held to yesterday
The last time you saw this face
Are gone, gone, gone

I still can’t help wonderin’
If we’d been older at the end
And maybe swallowed a little pride
If we’d have made it to the other side

But that’s gone, gone, gone
It’s gone, gone, gone
The things I held to yesterday
The last time I saw your face
Are gone, gone, gone

Yeah, they’re gone...
Gone...
Gone.