Broke House

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Broke House is the culmination of over a year of songwriting and recording at Francois' Point Studio. The album chronicles a strange year in Costelloe’s life. Described variously in songs of longing, disappointment, disaffection and estrangement.

Longing for the streets he grew up on with his brothers; disappointed he can't talk to close loved ones; adrift in a lonely relationship; confessions of pure animal desire; caught in the throes of infidelity. These and other stories appear as apparitions, transmitted through the ether on whammy bar and spring reverb. They are held in containment with metronomic bass, kick and snare, while resonant keyboards tune in as mediums, vibrating with the melancholy. Each piece is slowly focused into life, dipped in lacquer and fixed in space.

Despite decades between the pair, you will hear no generation gap. As Beat Magazine columnist Augustus Welby claims: “Their production, co-writing and multi-instrumentalist capacities have reached the point of symbiosis. The result is a 10-track album, comprising a complete and resonant artistic statement, that evokes such dynamic existential explorers as the War on Drugs, Sun Kil Moon, and The Blue Nile.”

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released October 17, 2018

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Track Name: The Sound of the Streets
Roaming around my home town
I stumbled upon your maze
I fell among your enchanted jewels
Beguiled by the display

Seeking out the warm heart
That scent of mystery
I walked in weary from this trail
And you gave me an ear
You gave me some of that sweet sympathy

Now I was surely losing myself
To a feeling I’d been resisting for so long
Becoming flowers in bloom
Picturesque, but soon these colours fly away

Somehow we got so entangled
Passion withered on the walls
Abandoned trailer there on the outskirts
Our history had turned to stone

Piece by piece slowly dying
The pressure took the edge off of us
Watching the light of my soul - it was burning out
The dream catcher in the window - it’s all covered in dust

I am surely losing again
To that calling I’ve been resisting for so long
It hurts to admit it my friend
Her perfume is fading
The sound of the streets has caught my imagination
I’m heading out into the waves

Surely losing myself
To a feeling
Been resisting for so long
Just like flowers in bloom
Picturesque, picturesque
Her perfume is fading
The sound of the streets has caught my imagination
Track Name: Marvellous Things
Down in Chinatown
Carrying a stash and meeting the boys
I’m so paranoid
Get a bite to eat and head for the show

We crawled from the train wreck high
And stepped through a warp in time
She’s talking like she knows me
When I don’t even know who I am

It set something in motion
I tried to get over myself
I remembered all the things that you said

My breath started to move again
The music woke my sleeping limbs
Feeling marvellous things might happen
If I gave it a chance
Feeling marvellous things might happen
If I gave it a chance

Leaving with the crowd
Disembodied voices follow me home
We’re drinking in the sounds
It’s two in the morning and she’s still going

Doctor won’t you help me please
I need a hundred dollar therapy
So you can tell me what it all means
If you know what I mean

It set something in motion
I tried to get over myself
I remembered all the things that you said

My breath started to move again
The music woke my sleeping limbs
Feeling marvellous things might happen
If I gave it a chance, if I gave it a chance
Feeling marvellous things might happen
If I gave it a chance, if I gave it a chance
Feeling marvellous things might happen
If I gave it a chance, if I gave it a chance
Track Name: Bruise
Baby’s gonna bruise
Her tender little heart
Is slipping out of my arms

Lose
There’s so much to lose
Five years of our lives
So closely intertwined
She'll be begging why
And how long have I known
Its gonna be so

Hard to pry apart what’s fused
But I dream of being alone way too much
Does it mean it's over?
All I have left
Marches slow up to the edge of disaster

Nude
Covering our skin
With only our hands
Feeling so damned

Hard to pry apart fused
But I dream of being alone way too much
Does it mean it's over?
All I have left
Marches slow up to the edge
All our love
Pushing out over the waves in its casket
Track Name: Constant Star
I’m no constant star
I'm a swinging moon
Just look at my moods
I'm just never gonna be

I'm no model form
I'm built out of flaws
There's dirt on my hands
I'm not a constant man

My darling you shouldn't care
You'll only miss the years where my hair’s all fallen out
From my knuckle shaped head

Cause I'm no constant star
I'm a waning whining moon
Dropping with the tide
Washed away from your side

If it gets too strange
Picture that your world has been remade
By benevolent hands
Don't be scared
Of your own company
It was a beautiful thing

It looks like I'm standing still
Can't you see that I'm changing
I'm not a constant star
I'm not a constant star

Don't be scared
Of your own company
It was a beautiful thing
Track Name: Extra Indigo
Just eighteen and crazy
For a girl who’d grown bored of me
Bored of me
Wrapped up in a scarf in summer
Trying to hide her neck all marked with indigo
Indigo

I don't wanna know wanna know what went on
Same old song
It rang my head like a gong
She didn't wanna go anymore down that road
She crashed our bus
She got so sick of us

Now I know how she felt
So weighed down
Deceits are tethered to cheats
It will run you down like a leaden anchor
Buried in an ocean of melancholy
I’ll be pinned for my crimes by my indigo knees

You
Oh you - you know
I know you do
I’ve got to go
I’m so sorry

You don’t wanna know wanna know what I’ve done
I fucked up
Makes me sick in the guts
I don’t wanna go, go alone, down that road
But I've estranged myself
From the woman I loved

What have I done?
I’m so extra, extra indigo
What have I done?
I’m so extra, extra indigo
What have I done?
I’m so extra, extra indigo
Track Name: Double Pneumonia
He’s always had double pneumonia
For as long as I can recall
Not quite sure how he caught it
But I can imagine it all

Maybe his old man was in town
Taking the kids around for the day
“How ‘bout some fun at the Randwick races?
There are horses and feathers and coloured silks and acres of scrunched up papers"

They dreamed of escaping
They dreamed of breaking away
Out those gates

Back at home she’s sitting at the table
From a box of wine she continually pours
Planning a meal for the neighbours
While feeding eight kids from nothing at all

Sweltering summer lawns take off
Deafening mowers and the rising dust
Trying to hear the results with our ears still ringing
Riding together in the cab of the truck

On evenings he cleaned the pool
Shimmering, so faithfully blue
Scooping up dead butterflies

He jokes that he's ready to die
He's so bored with his life
And still I don't call
Cause we don't know how to talk

I don’t remember you being so sad
Sitting in the bath with the race page so long
A good man who doesn’t deserve to drown
Or get drawn a double figure barrier start

He jokes that he's ready to die
He seems so sore
And yet, still I don't call
Cause we don't know how to talk
Track Name: Becalmed
I confess: I loved her one night
When harbour light illumined my muddy mind
While you slept I slunk through the town
Wringing out the last of those pure hours

Better that I don’t begin
To betray what’s been slowly eating me
Never had to ever brave
Such a wave of so many wrong feelings

Nothing changed the night I was gone
Every ounce of doubt had been there for months
Just a pinch of sugar could sweeten our old wooden bowls
I’m a feral dog getting bored being home alone

Although you're there next to me
Your affections absorbed by a touch screen
An iceberg has risen between us love
And I'm afraid that the tip's all we've seen so far

Becalmed and drifting
Becalmed and drifting
Becalmed and drifting
Becalmed and drifting
Track Name: Only My Brothers
At quarter to five
The clock on the wall
Knows Fridays are lonely
But who could I call?
And where would I go?
When nobody knows me

Like my brothers knew me
Only my brothers

Bright city lights
And big starry skies
Just ain't the honey
They used to be
Now they're not around
Life's not that funny

There is nothing I need
More than my brothers

Out on the streets where we felt so strong
Riding in our invincible cars
Carrying each other home when we got fucked up
Sharing our understandings of love
Laughing at how fast the river runs
Leaping along those banks like a rescue dog

Did it come apart?
When one of us burned
Out on the highway
Or was it the girls?
They finally won
The war for our feelings

But no other owns me
More than my brothers
And nobody knows me
More than my brothers

Out in the world where it all goes wrong
Who's gonna drive my getaway car?
Who's gonna bust me out when it all goes south?

Only my brothers
Only my brothers
Only my brothers
Only my brothers
Track Name: Carrying a Message
Sweet fascination was rekindled when I found you at the party
Floating slipping over the smoke we dispensed with all the small talk
Reborn in the wild lands conceived in open hearts of fire
Described in dancing eyes filled with our gentle passion

Carrying a message
Through the muted lighting
Charging up my nerves
Those deadened primal wires
My morals barely clung
Her scent had touched my tongue

Moving with supernatural melancholy caught up in a tango
We lingered full of longing broken spells when the music had to end
Ignored in the corner we enjoyed our friends discretion
Then out on the street the night air cleared my head

Receiving the message
True and clear as lightning
No refuge on the open street
No saviours on the sidewalks
She opened up her life
When she offered me the night

Riding to the station all the while imagining your bed
Rising through the iron skyline its clock counts down my doom

I could hear the message
Whispered from the sky
Floating out from the pale moon
Driving sane men wild
Reaching down into the animal heart
That wretched lustful child
Track Name: Green Curry
I went out for green curry at my friend's
And was welcomed by his dog’s up on the fence
He was juggling the pots and pans
While his pretty pregnant wife kissed me and let me in

He cooked for us with her accusing him
Of turning the chicken to rubber in the pan
I couldn’t help but laugh at the tone of his defence
It reminded me of my own domestic circumstance

Then I thought for a moment that maybe I’d got it wrong
We’re not that bad at all
We're Ironing out each crease
Rehearsing some ancient routine
A woman and a man

Ive got this other friend, his life has been less planned
He’s a restless soul, always jetting off somewhere
He was in Mexico with an ex-lover from long ago
When a little air sickness seemed to trick them both

When a teenage girl they said she’d never bear
She was hit by a car and had to learn to walk again
Her old injuries have made a difficult affair
I worry about her and the baby, but mostly the father, my good friend

And just for a moment I panicked from the thought
That something might steal my course
And alter my vaguest dreams
Before I can make up my mind
About the woman and the man

Cause not long ago we talked him off a bridge
Had his poor heart broke two years in a row
He said "it feels too soon but you know it’s always gonna feel too soon”
I hope their kids ok and keeps his blues at bay

And I thought for a moment that maybe I’d got it wrong;
We’re not that bad at all
We're ironing out each crease
Rehearsing some ancient routine
Called man and wife

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