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Knocking At The Door

by Nectar

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about

Initially the side project of Kamila Glowacki, Nectar began with a four-track, self-titled cassette. A prolific musician and artist in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois DIY scene, Glowacki started Nectar as an outlet to write songs that didn’t quite fit her punk-leaning bands. That first cassette, designed by Glowacki, looks exactly how Nectar sounds: on the cover, a small, hand-drawn house burns, adorned with bright pink and green hues - a perfect depiction of the sadness that underlies Glowacki’s sweet, upbeat melodies and guitar riffs.

Two tapes and a split 7” later, Nectar will release their debut full-length album, Knocking at the Door, on April 20th with Infinity Cat Recordings. No longer a solo endeavor, vocalist/guitarist Glowacki is now joined in Nectar by guitarist Aaron Shults, bassist Isabel Skidmore, and drummer Jake Mott. Knocking at the Door was recorded over the course of two days in the home studio of Luke McNeill (of Hospital Job and The Copyrights) and stays true to the project’s catchy beginnings and DIY roots.

With a sound that harkens back to the likes of Cub, Blake Babies, and Tiger Trap, Nectar confront loneliness and sadness head-on over the course of Knocking’s ten tracks, armed with bouncy guitar riffs, charming lyrics, and catchy melodies as simple and sweet as the band’s name.

For Glowacki, Knocking is a personal exercise in self-assurance, an outlet to process her experiences and move forward. Many of the tracks on Knocking are songs about being sad, but they aren’t necessarily sad songs. There’s always a melancholy hopefulness present in the way Glowacki approaches loneliness and sadness as learning processes: Glowacki is learning to be alone (“Blinds”), trying to “smile and walk away” (“Smile”), recognizing she’s not the only one who feels stuck (“Days”), hoping that a person she cares about can find a way to feel better (“Somewhere”).

While the songs on Knocking initially stem from moments in Glowacki’s own life, her endearing voice and charming lyrics render them universally intelligible, inviting anyone listening to connect with Nectar’s music, too. Knocking at the Door sees the full realization of a band that has long embraced exploring sadness through short songs and fast riffs, each track a new anthem for learning to grow and conquer loneliness.

-Christine Pallon

credits

released April 20, 2018

Nectar is:
Aaron Shults, Kamila Glowacki, Isabel Skidmore, & Jake Mott
Lyrics & Vocals: Kamila
Guitar: Kamila & Aaron
Bass: Kamila & Aaron
Drums: Jake
Recorded by Luke McNeill
Artwork by Kamila

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♡ Isabel Skidmore
♡ Jake Mott

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Track Name: Blinds
The power’s out again now we sleep so seriously
Box of lemons in the fridge have been there for a week

And now all the neighbors are
Moving around in the dark

The hours last so long because I know you are not home
Trying to learn the difference of being lonely and alone

The floors creak and moan
The plants are all overgrown

Knocking at the door
Turning off the lights
Sitting on the floor
Peeking through the blinds
Track Name: Change Your Mind
When I’m alone I can feel it
It slows down time
When you are still I can see it
Seeping out of your mind

Do you even notice?
Do you even care?
Do you even notice,
Or do you just stare?

The springs are poking out
They’re hurting my back
Can’t close my eyes or mouth
Keep breathing in
Anxiety attack

Do you even notice?
Do you even care?
Do you even notice,
Or could you change your mind,
Again this time?
Track Name: Ursa Minor
Pin pricking holes
In the paper
To help me see Ursa Minor and Major
And even though things
Can turn sour
I know you do it ‘cause you care

Jenny, you lived across the street
Rode our bikes on the lawn, we’re pedaling
Swung his bat behind his head
Hit yours, I thought you were dead

Our house was the first one on the street
An old brick building where you and I would meet
And even though things change completely
I know you do it ‘cause you care
Track Name: Smile
Waking up to an empty day
Tell yourself just not to throw it away
Need to find another way
Hard to stare back at your defeated face

And I see something, do you see it?
Now write it down
If I write it down, can you call it?
I’ll tell you what to say

Try to feel like you’re okay
Tell yourself just not to throw it away
Now you found another way
To stare back at your familiar face

And I see something, do you see it?
Now write it down
If I write it down, can you call it?
I’ll tell you what to say

Smile and walk away, ‘cause it’s okay!
Track Name: January
Even though it’s January, we still have a (Christmas) tree
The limbs are drooping, as our eyes turn towards the T.V.

Maybe we should write this down
Scared of leaving this town
Read the news with heavy sighs
In the morning, don’t want to open my eyes

Even though it’s February, we can wear short sleeves
It’s disconcerting, but we still act happily naive

Maybe we should write this down
Scared of leaving this house
Read the news with heavy sighs
In the morning, don’t want to open my eyes

Every morning
Another warning
Track Name: Days
Summer’s gone
How many months until spring?
The nights last so long and I can not fall asleep

Feeling stuck
Stuck in the same routine
Another day, another year
Should I stay or should I leave?

I’m not the only one
To watch the days come and days go
We both feel the same way

Feeling stuck
Will you stick with me?
Another day, another year
Should we stay or should we leave?

I’m not the only one
To watch the days come and days go
We both feel the same way
Alone
Track Name: Slouch
I can’t stop crying, even in the most public place
When the feeling hits I feel it down my face

Can’t stand up straight
I’m slouching until my body caves
I don’t want to feel this way

I had to put myself first, but I forgot

You wouldn’t let me forget what I was leaving behind
Track Name: Happy
How on Earth can you be so naturally happy?
Track Name: Somewhere
Convinced I’m so busy
Am I leaving you with nothing?
You cry so casually

When you’re walking in the street
Would you even recognize me?
You suffer stoically

I want to know
If you can find somewhere
A place to go
Where you can feel better

And I don’t know
If I will ever see you again
You have to go
You have to find somewhere
Track Name: Birthday
Sitting with a Coke can next to me
And it’s hurting my teeth
But at least it’s distracting

Trying to reconnect with you
But we don’t know how to
So we tell the same stories

And you’re not quite sure how to pronounce my name
And I’m not quite sure whose fault it is to blame

Sitting on the bed in your room
Looking through your old books
And cut up magazines

Counting how long I have known you
And how little is new
We still share the same stories

And you’re not quite sure how to pronounce my name
And I’m not quite sure whose fault it is to blame

Now that we’ve both moved on and away
I don’t want to only talk on our birthdays

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