Knocking At The Door

by Nectar

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Mike D. the kind of power pop that instantly makes you smile and head bang at the same time. driving guitars reminiscent of magnapop and sweet contrasting vocals reminiscent of velocity girl. Favorite track: Days.
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Sushi Backpack Lovin these these short tunes. Like highly-caffeinated "that dog." Favorite track: Slouch.
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Nicholas Garcia this album is so sweet and genuine - something badly needed in the world right now. unabashedly melodic pop nuggets wrapped around little snapshots of life. almost like fred rogers' adage of "it's okay to be sad sometimes" was funneled into a juliana hatfield-meets-weezer coloring book for adults. everyone in this band is full of great musical ideas and i hope they never stop doing what they do. Favorite track: Somewhere.
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1.
Blinds 01:56
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
2.
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?
3.
Ursa Minor 01:30
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
4.
Smile 02:00
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!
5.
January 01:56
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
6.
Days 01:18
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
7.
Slouch 01:44
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
8.
Happy 01:49
How on Earth can you be so naturally happy?
9.
Somewhere 01:47
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
10.
Birthday 04:02
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

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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♡ Aaron Shults
♡ Isabel Skidmore
♡ Jake Mott

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