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Knock Hard

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about

Susannah Cutler is a songwriter and producer born in the Bronx and raised in Manhattan and Upstate New York. With a blues guitarist for a father and a country singer for a mother, she was introduced at birth to the profession of music. Cutler’s childhood memories include singing on stage with her mother, dancing with tall cowboys who ate fire at the gigs, and awaiting her father’s return from tour. Her first favorite album was a Muddy Waters cassette that her father would play for her in the car. Consequently, the first song she ever wrote was a blues number called, “To Get Me A Dog.”

As a rebellious teenager refusing guitar lessons from her father, Cutler taught herself all of her favorite songs on guitar. In high school, she suffered from an onset of clinical depression and anxiety. Feeling isolated in her own mind, songwriting offered relief and became a necessary emotional outlet for the musical storytelling that seemed innate from her earliest days.

In 2014, she gave her private universe a public name and began playing shows in Brooklyn as Yours Are the Only Ears. Naming the project created space for Cutler’s collection of deeply personal and surreal poetry to flourish and take new shape. Around the same time, she decided to continue her visual art education at FIT. Her first semester back landed shortly after a traumatic breakup and social tumult that catalyzed a time of incubation, retreat and reflection. Forced to investigate ways in which she was and was not caring for herself, an emotional journey incurred. Although spread thin by school in a transformative time in her life, Cutler taught herself how to record out of a desire for autonomy and decided it was time to make her record. Now, on the cusp of graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textile Design, “Knock Hard” is a triumphant testament to self love and perseverance when it feels as though the world has turned upside down.

Team Love is proud to release Yours Are the Only Ears debut album, Knock Hard, in May 2018. The album's cover art, vinyl, cassette, and lyric sheets are also illustrated and designed by Susannah Cutler.

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released May 11, 2018

All songs written and recorded by Susannah Cutler in her makeshift studios in update & Brooklyn, New York. Mixed by Mike Ditrio in Olympia, WA. Mastered by Rich Gaglia in Queens, NY.

Susannah Cutler sings, plays acoustic & electric guitar, bass & keys.
Dave Benton plays drums, singing saw & sings & plays electric guitar on "Fire In My Eyes." Jong Min Lin plays keys on all songs except for "To Be Alone" & "Seeds." Dan Goldberg sings & plays keys on "You & Bobby." David Cutler plays bass on "Saturn." Stew Cutler plays lapsteel & mandolin on "Seeds" & electric guitar on "Hole Again." "You & Bobby" is dedicated to Amy. Thanks & endless love for family and friends who encouraged me.

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Track Name: Saturn
Leave it alone
Nightmares come and go
And I’ve got no one left
To tell me where to go
And please don’t
Leave me here alone

Give it some time
Maybe they don’t realize
And can I
Do it on my own
If I
Forgot how to be alone

I don’t belong here anymore
A shadow of who I was before
Weak heart melting on the floor
Sweetheart knocking at the door

Follow your heart
Love your own art
Just maybe you won’t
Have to restart
If time heals
You won’t fall apart
Track Name: Fire in My Eyes
I’m sitting inside
The room that is now mine
It comes in waves
I wanna take care of you some days

Do you want to sit in my room
And listen to music?
I had something to tell you
But I forgot it

Will you try not to lie?
Ignore the sword between your thighs
The womxn that you’ve compromised
Ignore the fire in my eyes

Do you want to go on your roof
And stare at the pavement?
I imagine my body on the ground
Am I a good persxn?
Am I a good persxn
Am I a good persxn

I recall my hands around your throat
In the darkness of our hole
The colors are all muddy now
My angry footprint on your mouth.

Do you want to sit on a hill
And fall down with me?
We could make more coffee
Or just fall back asleep
Track Name: You and Bobby
She spoke to me today
Her and Bobby are swimming
Her heart is like a map
Each vein is a river
And the past is painted black

Her lover is above her
Pouring peace into her soul
Somewhere faraway
He left a hole
Because he couldn’t stay

I hope I didn’t say
All of the wrong things
But when I was drowning
Paws upon the death around me
I knew I was not alone
Cuz we are nature’s loom…

Even in the dead of winter
The naked branches exposed
Are the cyclical bones
Of our wings

So all I can do today
Is dream of flying south to be
With you and Bobby
And imagine the water scaling my legs
In a sacred creek in Georgia
Where my heart will always stay
Track Name: Seeds
Dear god,
If I close my eyes
And sleep tonight
Will you show me the light?

Dear mom,
I slept in your bed
And he wept when he read
That I was gone

My brother
Came into my room
When I came to
And I thought he was you

But the bark around my heart won’t peel off
As my body slowly rots
I’m sorry but I want to be alone
I love you but all of my seeds are sewn

Your eyes
Widened in my dreams
And your smile was complete
But I am empty

I was lost
In my hollow nest
When she told me
That I’d never be happy

I remember
When she laid in the dark with me
And we gave all of the ghosts we could see
A name

But the bark around my heart won’t peel off
As my body slowly rots
I’m sorry but I want to be alone
I love you but all of my seeds are sewn
Track Name: To Be Alone
Is this my curse
To be around you?
To be around you

Your voice is so sweet
You must know how it hurts me.
How it hurts me

Oh where does it all go?
Oh where can I be alone
Now?
To be alone now

I don’t know what is real
Or how to feel
How to feel

I don’t want to be like them
I won’t be able to be your friend
To be your friend

Oh where does it all go?
Oh where can I be alone
Now?
Track Name: Enter Me
The little death of me in time
Leaving only my breath behind
My love is like
The passing of time

Letting god know what is mine
Before I wake up and realize
My whole life
Is based on your light

The memories aren’t real to me
I give up half of my leave me alone
And climb my fine line
To my soul

Only to make myself vulnerable
It’s a question unanswered
A lifetime of
Grazing pasture

And comfort makes
A funny face
When it goes away
Track Name: It's the Numbing Out
And in your garden of sounds
I wait buried in the ground
Troubling that strumming taste
And what might surface through my veins

It’s the numbing out
Take the pill and wait around
Braving punch after punch
Baby I can’t get enough
I’m waiting love
A swallowed hug
Is my crutch

Fool
You pester cruel
You fester underground
So I can’t hear you now!

It’s the numbing out
Take the pill and wait around
Braving punch after punch
Baby I can’t get enough
I’m waiting love
The sort of drums
They beat me up
Track Name: Hole Again
Your hair turns black when you take a bath
And your eyes turn blue when you tell the truth
But you will never bleed
In front of me

And my heart unraveled in your nest
And you don’t know that I left
But I will never bleed
When I leave

I am surrounded by
Everything
And it speaks to me
Although it can’t breath
And I fall asleep
Although I can’t breath

Your frozen heart you’re taciturn
Once a cradle now a mirror
A forever veiled in fur
And sleeping through the winter

Your shoulder blades a silhouette
The shape of regret in our empty bed
But the silence is a map
However foreign the path

I am surrounded by
Everything
And it speaks to me
Although it can’t breath
And I fall asleep
Although I can’t breath

I thought I was alive
But I was just hovering
Track Name: Low
Oh where
Does the time go?
I’m so high
And so low
I can listen to
Your song about me

Wallow in
Self pity and guilty
But does it
Make a difference
If anyone forgives me?
If anyone forgives me

I used to
Make decisions
But these days
They seem to make me

And I wondered,
“Where does it all go?”
And now
I know

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