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Fine But Dying

by Liza Anne

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Steven Moses Caught her opening for Lucy Dacus and didn't realize that her song "Small Talks" was a staple at the coffee shop I work at! It pops up on the Alex Lahey Pandora station, no less. She is a fantastic performer; it is incredible to see someone with anxiety who completely lights up the stage with brutal emotional honesty.
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discoverindieartists I think it's really cool when an artist explores new sonic territory and so pleasantly surprised to find this album to be an indie-rock fest with catchy melodies, featuring both heavy instrumentation as well as softer moments which reflect her previous indie-folk style. Favorite track: I Love You But I Need Another Year.
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ultratuls This record makes me feel like someone reached inside me and pulled out the blob of thoughts and feelings that were stuck within. I can't listen to it enough right now. Favorite track: Panic Attack.
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“Growing up, people would always say I was too happy to be depressed, or too social to have anxiety,” says Liza Anne Odachowski, the critically acclaimed songwriter better known these days by her stage name Liza Anne. “In their eyes, because I was one thing, I couldn’t also be something else. I think we all exist in duality, though. I can be everything and nothing all at once.”

Duality is at the core of Liza Anne’s arresting new album, ‘Fine But Dying,’ her debut release for indie powerhouse label Arts & Crafts. Synthesizing the elegant sincerity of Angel Olsen with the wry lyricism of Courtney Barnett and the unapologetic candor of Feist, the music is both tough and vulnerable, bold and withdrawn, a helping hand and a middle finger. Firing on all cylinders with distorted alt-rock guitars and explosive drums one minute, hushed and delicate the next, it’s an eclectic collection that reflects the messy complications of growing up in the modern age, as the 23-year-old grapples with the fallout of falling in love, reckons with the patriarchy, and stares down the panic disorder she refuses to let define her. ‘Fine But Dying’ is the sound of an artist taking total control of her life and her art, a proud misfit crafting an aggressively infectious kiss-off to an industry (and a society) that’s tried to box her in from day one.

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Track Name: Paranoia
Never mind how I’m keeping
As of right now, I’m losing it as if I had it in the first place Running water in the bathroom
It’s 3AM and I can’t sleep, I don’t even recognize me

Ooh, paranoia
I can’t avoid you

Say what you wanna, say how you wish I could feel like the others Another lover that you had before
Say what you wanna, say how you wish I could feel
Like you had before

Let me at it, I’m tired of it pestering me
I can’t get rid of it because killing it’s like pulling my own teeth One, two, three I STOP because it’s bleeding
I realise my nervous mind is stuck inside

Ooh, paranoia
I can’t avoid you

Say what you wanna, say how you wish I could feel like the others Another lover that you had before
Say what you wanna, say how you wish I could feel
Like you had before

There you go
Saying I’ll be fine but I won’t
Brush it under the bed another time but it won’t stay down Crawling into my mind and out my mouth
I’m scared you’re not mind and you want out

Ooh, paranoia
I can’t avoid you

Say what you wanna, say how you wish I could feel like the others Another lover that you had before
Say what you wanna, say how you wish I could feel
Like you had before
Track Name: Small Talks
I’m frustrated, I think I hate this
I can’t even look interested
I think that the older I get the harder this gets
Maybe I’m fine
Maybe I’m dying
Oh, I’m just tired - tired of trying to hold a conversation together that means nothing at all

Small talk, small talk
We don’t talk enough
Small talk too much
Somebody get me out of here

Are we friends? Did I miss it?
Cuz you’re looking at me like we’re connecting
Why should we pick it up, we never left it
I’m too passive aggressive
Maybe it’s mean
Maybe it’s bitter and I don’t wanna go down as a conversation quitter But I just can’t do it

Small talk, small talk
We don’t talk enough
Small talk too much Somebody get me out of here

I used to go out and talk to everyone I’d see
Now when I go out, it’s just keeping me from sleep

I don’t wanna be rude, but I don’t wanna just

Small talk, small talk
We don’t talk enough
Small talk too much
Somebody get me out of here
Track Name: Panic Attack
Keep my head down and in my hands
My eyes move slowly side to side
I’m fading in and out of consciousness
I never learned to pull myself out of my own damn head

Shoulders cave in to protect all of my insides from falling out Of the hole above my neck
I’m feeling light in my head
Somebody come close, I just wanna be alone

This feels like hot, summer night in a turtleneck
I think I wanna die but I guess I know I’m fine
Oh god tell me is it over yet

My words disappear to a dry tongue
I am trying to let you know it but I’m drowning by the moment
I guess I’ve been having trouble sleeping
But now I’m having trouble breathing and I hate that I can be seen like this

This feels like hot, summer night in a turtleneck I think I wanna die but I guess I know I’m fine Oh god tell me is it over yet

Think slowly, try to remember I’m alive
My body is here and I am inside
X 1,000,000
Track Name: Socks
The first time we made love, I wore socks
Now we’re just worn down or maybe just worn out
We just fuck
I guess everybody grows out of some things and into others
Don’t we?
But I hate the thought of growing out into another

You’re my favourite pair
Don’t wanna throw you in the wash
Oh, I wouldn’t dare
Lose any bit of what I love about you
I don’t wanna lose you like that

It’s been a year now and I still feel good
And, that’s strange enough
Too soon to know it
But for now I’m feeling this
You’re the one I see it all with
I guess everybody knows the younger you are the less you’re sure of most things
But I hate the thought of growing out into another

You’re my favourite pair
Don’t wanna throw you in the wash
Oh, I wouldn’t dare
Lose any bit of what I love about you
I don’t wanna lose you like that

You’re my favourite pair
Don’t wanna throw you in the wash
Oh, I wouldn’t dare
Lose any bit of what I love about you
I don’t wanna lose you like that
Track Name: Closest To Me
Oh, I’m gonna hit you where it hurts
Because I know what to say to make it worse
I always get the last word in
Somehow I never seemed to learn it

Closest to me, I always hurt the closest ones to me
Closest to me, I always hurt the closest ones to me

I speak before I know what I mean
Talk through my ego not my thinking
Stomp around gonna throw myself a tantrum
Even if it’s with the best intention
Don’t give me that look that I hate
Like every word I said was a mistake
How’d you really think it would go over
Warming up to my cold shoulder?

Closest to me, I always hurt the closest ones to me
Closest to me, I always hurt the closest ones to me

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah I know
I know, I know, I know
I should apologize
Apologize, apologize, apologize
But, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Oh god. I’m sorry.

Closest to me, I always hurt the closest ones to me
Closest to me, I always hurt the closest ones to me
Track Name: Turn For The Worse
Can we talk in the morning?
I’m no use tired and upset
Leave it out for the morning
It’ll sleep fine in our bed

I don’t wanna think about it
Don’t wanna empathize it’s too late at night

We always said we wouldn’t talk like this
You’re frustrated, we should sleep on it
A stubborn mind should learn to quit while it’s ahead
I can tell I hit a nerve with you
That’s what talking late at night will do
Taking turns for the worse

I can’t say anything I mean
When it’s past midnight and I’ve been drinking
We’ll just get mad and emotional
If we try to fix it when we should be sleeping

I don’t wanna think about it
Don’t wanna empathize it’s too late at night

We always said we wouldn’t talk like this
You’re frustrated, we should sleep on it
A stubborn mind should learn to quit while it’s ahead
I can tell I hit a nerve with you
That’s what talking late at night will do
Taking turns for the worse
Track Name: Kid Gloves
Don’t
Don’t keep me
Don’t keep me safe
I need you
I need you
I need you to stop handling me

I see you thinking
Eyes closed, you’re missing it
I’m done pretending it’s all good
I’m not too fragile to touch, I don’t need your kid gloves

Watch your mouth
Choose your words
I’m not that fragile bird that used to show up on your doorstep
I’ve grown up
I’ve found words
How I wanna think
How I wanna feel
What I wanna say
When I wanna leave
Ahhhhhh

I see you thinking
Eyes closed, you’re missing it
I’m done pretending it’s all good
I’m not too fragile to touch, I don’t need your kid gloves

I see you thinking
Eyes closed, you’re missing it
I’m done pretending it’s all good
I’m not too fragile to touch, I don’t need your kid gloves
Track Name: Control
I ran once
Took my fight ‘cross the ocean
I thought if I could make my way
Across the sea, I’d find some space
Now I’m swallowed up
By a city that doesn’t give a fuck
To whether I am up on time or whether if I’m well alive And, I’m so good
Getting too good at hiding
Too good at keeping to myself that I’m spiraling

I have felt before for some who have wanted me
more Than I could have wanted them
Some call it selfishness, but I’m so scared
I’m so scared of the voices
They’re telling me I’ll end up alone

I heard once, you only love when you’re lonely
And, you smile if you’re hurting
So it doesn’t concern them
But I’m so tired
I’m so tired of hiding
I’m so tired of keeping to myself
That I’m spiraling out of control

I’m so tired of keeping to myself
Track Name: Get By
I think we stopped somewhere along
Just motions memorized and we’re left twisting our tongues We still make love but it’s tearing us apart
When movement stops, we’re strangers lying in the dark

I don’t wanna get by, get by, get by with you
I don’t wanna get high to paralyze my mind
Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense
Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense

We’re both too tired, can’t break the quiet
Too scared to recognize how estranged we’ve become

I don’t wanna get by, get by, get by with you
I don’t wanna get high to paralyze my mind
Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense
Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense
Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense

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I don’t wanna get by, get by, get by with you
I don’t wanna get high to paralyze my mind
Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense
Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense
Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense
Distract ourselves into thinking we make sense
Track Name: I Love You But I Need Another Year
I don’t think enough before I say too much
I’m digging my own grave with all the shit I say
I keep my head high, kind of a like a lie
To say I’m doing fine even when I’m losing my mind

Stay here, I know i love you but I need another year
I don’t wanna drag you through this

I’m feeling nauseous, I’ll light a cigarette
I don’t want a diagnosis I don’t want a name to call this
I’m unravelling, all I know for certain
I’m not running towards the safest thing

You’re sticking around but how can you stand it
I can’t salvage your mind when I’m losing mine quick Nobody should have to deal with this
But I need you I don’t wanna leave you
Stay here, I know i love you but I need another year I don’t wanna drag you through this
Track Name: I'm Tired, You're Lonely
What does that say of me
When I know it’s you calling but I let it ring
Tell me what’s left of us
Should this house feel as empty as it does

Where’s the obvious light?

I’m tired, you’re lonely
Screaming “babe, console me”
But, I’ve already given all that I have

Has it all just come to this
Both wanting what the other cannot give
Are we still trying to prove
This isn’t something we’ll grow out of like old shoes

Where’s the obvious light?

I’m tired, you’re lonely
Screaming “babe, console me”
But, I’ve already given all that I have
If I was a softer person I could give you the kindness you are deserving But I’m not
And maybe that’s just it

Where’s the obvious light?
Where’s the obvious light?
Where’s the obvious light?
Where’s the obvious light?

I’m tired, you’re lonely
Screaming “babe, console me”
And, I’d stop it if only my heart didn’t break so slowly
(hard hearts didn’t break so slowly)

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