Needs Help

by The Very Most

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1.
There are things I only remember when I’ve had a migraine, and it’s March or April, and it smells like rain. There are things that run through my head endlessly on a timer, and it’s just the stupidest crap. And I’ll never remember what I felt writing this song, and whatever it was didn’t last very long. ‘Cos things always change, even when you desperately want them to remain exactly the same. Seems I get one thing a year to remember. I wish that I could pick and choose which one to keep. I’d choose her three-year-old laugh. (And not the time The Microphones played in my living room.) Could I write in a diary? (There’s no doubt that you could.) Could I take lots of photos? (Yes, you definitely could have.) Could I blog like crazy? (Or bother blogging at all.) Could I capture everything? (Any one of those things.) But the fact remains: when I see my past on a screen it makes me sad. It’s like I’m watching TV. It’s like it’s somebody else. Seems I get one thing a year to remember. I wish that I could pick and choose which one to keep. I’d choose her three-year-old laugh.
2.
That Thing You Like About Yourself (Is Hurting You) (Featuring Melanie Whittle)
3.
I do not believe (I trust every word.) What you're constantly (Unquestioningly.) Telling me to see. (You're persuading me.) I'll never agree. (Had me at "let's talk".) People never change. (Actually they do.) Never ever change. (Changing all the time.) So set in their ways. (Chasing every craze.) Don't learn from their mistakes. (Almost learn too well.) I'm so fragile, I crumble from half-sincere “I Love You”s. I'm so strong, I'll keep living long after there's any reason to. I should be doing more. (You need time to rest.) There's always more to do. (This will not end well.) I'm trying to progress. (Don't take that too far.) I have to do my best. (Do you all the time?) There will always be (There'll always be what?) Things we cannot see. (How can we know that?) Things we can perceive (Yes, obviously.) Not empirically. (Obviously not.) I'm so fragile, I grumble when I get told what to do. I'm so strong, I'll keep going long after there's any reason to. Karen, how did you know what was important? Karen, how did you manage to live a life Where you found your joy In hardly thinking one thought of yourself? So fragile. So strong. So set in my ways.
4.
I Live My Boring Dreams
5.
To Just Be Good (Featuring Gerri White)
6.
Better Fight Fighting (Featuring Sally Jati)
7.
The Wrong Skills
8.
Differentiated Initialization Identifiable Beneficiary Capitalization Responsibility Rehabilitation Invisibility
9.
Ten Years From Now Today (Featuring Sarah Lowenbot)
10.
Mirasticles (Featuring Ashley Eriksson)
11.
It Has To Be Fine (Featuring Adam and Darcie)
12.
Songs You Skipped 25 Years Ago (Say So Much) (Featuring Eli Moore)

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For a CD of this album, please order from Kocliko Records:
kocliko.bandcamp.com/album/kr17-needs-help

For the cassette, please order from Lost Sound Tapes:
lostsoundtapes.bandcamp.com/album/needs-help

Needs Help is the fifth full-length album from The Very Most, which will be released on October 9, 2020 on Lost Sound Tapes and Kocliko Records. The title comes from the fact that Jeremy, the songwriter/main guy of the band, recorded a bunch of songs that, unbeknownst to him, were outside his vocal range. This required him to recruit a bunch of guest vocalists, including:

- Melanie Whittle (The Hermit Crabs)
- Kristine Capua (Tiny Fireflies)
- Cristina Quesada (Elefant Records solo artist)
- Gerri White (Arts & Leisure)
- Sally Jati (Starry Eyed Cadet)
- Gina Gregerson (Dirt Fishermen/Lovey)
- Sarah Lowenbot (Thee Ahs)
- Ashley Eriksson (LAKE)
- Adam and Darcie
- Eli Moore (LAKE)

Needs Help is also an appropriate title due to its mental health connotations (positive or not). The lyrics deal with everyday anxieties concerning parenthood, faith, fallible memories, internet nonsense, and how hard it is, ultimately, to change your life for the better. There's also a song about getting caught being choked up listening to Automatic For The People in your cube at work for the first time in 25 years.

The music itself falls broadly within indiepop, calling to mind at times Belle and Sebastian, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, or Camera Obscura, but is a bit more experimental and, perhaps, a bit darker than what you might expect from the genre. It includes synth textures, dream-pop influences, the requisite boy/girl vocals, and lush harmonies. It's the culmination of five pretty intense years of effort and it had to get made. We hope people enjoy it.

Thank you to: Sarin, Gia, everyone who played and sang, Jim, Knut, my family (immediate and extended), Antonio, Jon, Indiepop Shop Talk, everyone who’s played in The Very Most over the years, everyone who helped us on tour, and all my friends.

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releases October 9, 2020

All songs written by Jeremy Jensen. All sounds by Jeremy Jensen, except where otherwise noted. Produced and mixed by Jeremy Jensen. Mastered by Carl Saff. Artwork and design by John Conley.

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