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Know Me More

by The Natvral

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Michael Feck More than just singer/songwriter fare, these songs spring to life with a beguiling complexity that belies the straight-ahead approach of just a voice & a guitar. The lyrics split the difference between clever & sincere & the vocal delivery is inimitably Kip, yet shines in a way that is different from PoBPaH, other than "Stay" from the new PoBPaH, which has the sparse power and intimacy of a song like "Stuck" from Flowers. The Cohen cover is a real treat; a reinvention rather than a regurgitation Favorite track: Know Me More.
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Kip Berman (singer/songwriter of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) has begun recording and performing as The Natvral. Drawing inspiration from the lyrical folk rock of icons like Richard and Linda Thompson, Leonard Cohen and Ted Leo, this EP finds Kip channeling his lyricism with newfound intimacy and emotional candor.

This venture is neither solo project nor side project, but rather a chance for Berman to create new music that connects in sound and substance to his present life. Since the recording of the last Pains record in 2016, Berman has traded his beloved Brooklyn for the collegiate charms of Princeton, NJ. As for the name, “I wanted to pick up my guitar and sing songs in a natural way, without all the things about music that aren’t music.”


released October 5, 2018


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Track Name: Know Me More
Caveman painting on the wall
Essays of young radicals
Sage detective expected it all
He was unaware of you

Men in the balcony greet their lord
A bit too impressed with power chords
Their sport and snorts mean little to me
I am their enemy, but I’m not your enemy

Snuff the angels’ light right out
You think too much about my love
I really am just as I say
Drunk in lust for you

I can’t afford to fall on my sword
Love is something more than I swore
It’s a sentence I will serve
So you better know you’ll know me more

Send me off to so far bed
Lie awake and wish me harm
By morning all your venom’s gone
But the poison’s still in me

The clouds that gather round my head
Take the form that sailors dread
I swear to you I love you still
I’m ill but I will live

So bring me coffee and Advil
I’ll wash the dishes and sing to you
There’s little good that I can do
But you seem to like me still
Track Name: The Violet Hour
Black eyes bright in the years spent against
Solemn and true
Ecstasies you’ll taste when you’re dead
A decadent dread

Your heroes have only torn themselves down
The powers that are are unafraid now
Discipline won’t make your body your own
She wants what you won’t

So come in the violet hour and see me again
Your thick skin is aflame in January wind
I am nothing you want your true love to be
But in the violet hours you’ll still run to me

The old complaint painted over again
But the wound still remains

Your heroes have grown indifferent and wan
The powers that are are more powerful now
You’re chained to the mast as the waves rush round
You’ll drown if you must

So come in the violet hour and see me again
Your thick skin is worn, your spirit unbent
I am all that you want to leave in defeat
In the violet hours you’ll still run to me

In the violet hours, you’ll lie down with me
Track Name: Home
I swam deep in the quarries, I still have the stones in my skin
I stumbled through the wasteland, strawberry wine in my hand
I saw my young life vanish, like lightening on the lake
I knew I’d die forever, and I knew that you felt the same

I’ve been down, down, down every road
and all I want is to turn back home

I’ve done wrong so many times old friends started turning away
I know you come from plenty, and there’s plenty that I shouldn’t say

I’m still sewn to the scent of your body, so long since you’ve been a girl
Gilded and ill in the summers of hell, back then I could never be sure
Now all I’ve got to tell you is written in lines on my skin
And silently I’ll show you, I’d do it all over again

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