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Lake Michigan is Christopher Marks.
Engineered and produced by Michael Griggs at Islington Arts Factory.
Lizzy Laurence sung backing vocals on “Seasick” and “Vampire”, and played flute on “Seasick”.
John Elliott played drums on “Beach”.
Alice Phelps played violin on “Co-codamol”, “Vacant Lot” and “Beach”.
Lachlan Mackay played second guitar on “Seasick”.
Michael Griggs played drums on “Boxes” and “Vacant Lot”.

Words from Christopher Marks:

Thanks to Mum, everyone at Betty’s Coffee (this album wouldn’t be a thing without Betty and Michael), all friends old and new, and also L’Atelier & Voodoo Ray’s for being my favourite places to go to feel good and take a break.


released February 28, 2016

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Track Name: Co-codamol
You said go home Chris, you’re way too drunk for this. There’s a time and there’s a place and this sure ain’t it. We all deserve one big summer hit, and maybe this is it.
Track Name: Seasick
Your veins are tiny oceans and god did they fill up. The thought of you lying there makes me well up – seasick and uncomfortable with how empty I felt. I wish that I could say I saw a dry eye in the house. This is the last time I let it go this far, this is the last time shit gets real. You called me your forest fire but I feel way more calm, dear we are but tiny specks on something far more vast. This is the last time I let it go this far, this is the last time shit gets real.
Track Name: Vacant Lot
How, where, when and why did you try to die? You looked at peace that summer’s eve, you would’ve stayed there forever. The bath was all you saw and those pills were all you saw. Who do you think you were, trying to leave me like that? Who were you kidding? You are beautiful, kind and loved. I saw the light leave your eyes, I hear it’s coming back, I’m awful at goodbyes, how would you manage mine? Take me out back, put me down, blow my mind, make me famous.
Track Name: Vampire
Mother take me back, let me live out my years sleeping on your sofa, we’ll drink red wine every night and laugh at how I was back in school, laugh at how I’m still the same young stupid fool. Can I still be your son if with life I am done? I will go outside soon and lay in the sun, quit being such a vampire and start having fun. Stainless steel footfall in the night, I’ve heard too much light can blind you, blank spots and blood clots in my sight. Being on the verge of implosion is sometimes pretty swell, I’ll see you in a few months - I’ll try not give you hell. You’ll call me in a few weeks - I’ll say I’m doing well, but I’m overwhelmed and underfed, sickly pale and thin.
Track Name: Bicycle, Church Steps
Wake up feeling old and heavy, minutes later head outside, smoke up and meet the skyline, buildings appear further. Are you a dried up field or a New York high rise, a dipping plane or the sound of cars at night? Shake my window panes, make me snap the fuck out of it, dry my eyes and spit in my face. Lay me down say something funny like life’s a joke and so are we. It’s you in a summer dress on a bicycle, it’s me on the church steps feeling nothing, feeling nothing.
Track Name: Beach
Let’s go to the beach, leave me in the car, I swear I won’t go far, how could I? I’ll chime in with something I know I’ll think about all tomorrow morning, why should I? Talking to a fox, this is loneliness. Won’t you come and join me wandering through the city? That would be so lovely, that would make things easy. I have only loved you, I wish that I still did, that would be delightful, that would make us happy.