Dust Among the Stars

by Sci-Fi Romance

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The third full-length album from Los Angeles alt-folk band Sci-Fi Romance

"An incredibly theatrical and stunning release" - The Prelude Press

"Featuring a wide variety of the band’s influences, Dust Among The Stars will take you places you’ve never been before." - Stage Right Secrets

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released January 26, 2016

All songs written by Vance Kotrla
Published by Inciting Insurrection Music (ASCAP)
Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Tim Moore at York Recording, Los Angeles, CA
Kristin K. Vogel appears courtesy of her own bad self

The album Artwork is by Vance Kotrla, and includes photo elements from the Hubble Space Telescope, courtesy of NASA, ESA, and STScI/AURA. These images and more are available at hubblesite.org.

Sci-Fi Romance logo by Chris Crowson.

Band photography by Kirsten Bosio.

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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: If I Fell
You took my hand, took me under your wing
So smart, so funny, so perfect at everything
All I thought I could never be
Try to live up to what you see in me

But sometimes the climb's so steep
The clouds shroud a peak out of reach

If I fell
Would you save me
Or close my memory in a file
Buried under lock and key?

I'm not blind, naive, or innocent
I'm not the first to think you're heaven sent
But yesterday means nothing to me
It's left its scars and set us free

But some nights the light's so weak
The next step ahead so hard to see

If I fell
Would you save me
Or close my memory in a file
Buried under lock and key
And if I fell
Would you catch me
Or just write beside my name
"What might have been..."?

A heart alone too long
Don't know what it can and can't believe
If your love, your love was just a dream
Then let me sleep, let me sleep

If I fell
Would you wake me
And tell me it's all right
I've got you, baby?

I've got you
I've got you, baby
Track Name: Autumn Waltz
And it's hard to remember these days
The way it all held me in
The thrill of skin on skin

And it's hard to recall the way
Time could move so slow
In your arms that long ago

And I wish I could fall in love
Like I did once before
But my heart it don't beat the same
My heart, it don't beat the same
...anymore

And you said love was a mystery
Hearts and hopes, they change
Just leaves on an autumn day

I know it's all history
Memories to shut away
No point in trying to explain

That I wish I could fall in love
Like I did once before
But my heart, it don't beat the same
My heart, it don't beat the same
...anymore
Track Name: Temptation Blues
Hard times make a man grow strong they say
But that ain't necessarily the case
There's right and wrong, and there's what a heart can stand
But they look different to a desperate man

It's an easy thing to sin
And easier still to do it again

I may not have a lot to show, but at least
At least my hands are clean

A microphone can't make a thing the truth
But that don't mean we don't get fooled
These talking heads, they scream and scream and scream
'Cause the biggest lie is easy to believe

Fear's one hell of a commodity
When they don't give a shit about you or me

I may not have a lot to show but at least
At least my hands are clean

Temptation blues…

There ain't no man in a black cloak buying souls
Today he makes reality shows
‘Cause privacy and dignity bring more
And he's turning folks away at the door

Money ain't so hard to make
If you don't care about the flesh it takes

I may not have a lot to show but at least
At least my hands are clean
Or that's what I, what I tell myself at least
At least my hands are clean
Track Name: Everything Burns
A cold night
The fire wanes
Another drink
To keep me awake

Shadows on
This life I've made
What I've lost
And what I saved

But everything burns
Everything burns eventually

A big house
But an empty bed
I collapse into
And want you instead

In this light
Success can seem
Failure when
It keeps you from me

'Cause everything burns
Everything burns eventually

Come back
You're all I need, would you
Come back?
I'd trade anything if you'd
Come back…

'Cause everything burns
Everything burns eventually
Track Name: Goodbye at the End of the World
There are days
When it seems
Being lonely would be better
Than another night with you

But there are ways
To believe
If you tell it long enough
A lie becomes the truth

And we don't have to talk about it
Why our eyes no longer meet
And we don't have to talk about it
What this silence means

We can pretend that if the world should end
It's enough we'd have a hand to hold
A final kiss as we plunge in the abyss
Could make us feel like we'd been whole
But that's no way to live these days
So I say goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

It's a game
And we both play
Even though we know by now
They're only empty moves

I'm afraid
To walk away
'Cause when you're on your own
There's always so much more to prove

And we don't have to talk about it
What we lost along the way
We don't have to talk about it
What it costs for us to stay

We can pretend that if the world should end
It's enough we'd have a hand to hold
A final kiss as we plunge in the abyss
Could make us feel like we'd been whole
But that's no way to live these days
So I say goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
Track Name: Pale Blue Dot
A mother's voice and child's cry
A heart that pounds just like the tide
The sound of thunder, sound of rain
A solitary voice in pain

It’s all so much
It’s all so much

And all we are
All we've ever been
On a pale blue dot
Like the head of a pin

A cry of war and swell of pride
The helpless sigh of a love denied

It's all so much
It’s all so much

And all we are
All our fears and dreams
On a pale blue dot
Floating in a sunbeam

All we are, all we are
Looked at from afar
All we are, all we are
Dust among the stars
All we are, all we are
Everything we've loved
All we are, all we are
Every drop of blood

And all we are
All we ever knew
On a pale blue dot
Disappearing from view
Track Name: Shakespeare's Lovers
The sky may fall
The mountains wash away
And towers tall
Slip beneath the waves
But not today

Now we're one
What would our parents say?
To stay or run
Before the breaking day
And what will come our way

My heart, my heart

My love, my love

The stars above
Spread their welcome arms
Undying love
The world would force apart
So in death, depart

My heart, my heart
My love, my love

Only love sprung from only hate
In a town engulfed by flames
We'll be gone when they awake
And the world will know our names
Track Name: Fields
A rusted tin roof
And empty window frames
A crumbling porch
That the grasses claimed
It's nobody's home no more

A plowed field in spring
And prayers about the weather
Rows of corn run
From the road to forever
A rear window masterpiece

Images, but no words
A memory, a memory
All that's been lost
A melody recalled from a dream

A small city kid
With my fingers torn
Blood on my hands
From the cotton boles
The lives I'll never know

A fallen-down fence
By a road with no name
Somehow my steps
Brought me back here again
And God, it's so many miles

Images, but no words
A memory, a memory
All that's been lost
A melody recalled from a dream
Track Name: Let's Run
The time had passed for ever looking back
When you spread the map
From the yellow page in the candle flame
We tried to find our path

And the world looked so much wider than I'd realized
When I saw it reflected in your eyes
"The horizon," you said, "we can make it.
If we're bold enough to claim it.”

Let's run, let's run, let's run away

The road we chose, heaven knows,
Brought its share of pain
Threadbare clothes, and so alone
Nights stranded in the rain

But the sky looked so much brighter than I'd realized
When I saw it reflected in your eyes
"Our future," you said, "we can name it,
If we're bold enough to claim it.”

Let's run, let's run, let's run away

You're the way home

And the world looked so much wider than I'd realized
When I saw it reflected in your eyes
“The horizon,” you said, “we can make it
If we’re bold enough to claim it.”

Let's run, let's run, let's run away.
Track Name: When You Wake
Please, please don't cry
I'll stay by your side
Night will come with its mystery
But you'll always hear me whispering
Please, please don't cry

I don't have much wisdom to offer
So much I could never explain
Like gravity or government
But I can be here when you wake

So please, please don't cry

I don't have any secret answers
Can't tell if the paths you'll walk
Hold promises or penitence
But I can come when you call

So please, please don't cry
I'll stay by your side
Night will come with its mystery
But you'll always hear me whispering
Please, please don't cry