"I Love You"

by R WE WHO R WE

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On their eponymous debut, R WE WHO R WE deconstructed pop songs asserting identity: Madonna’s “Material Girl”, Eminem’s “Hi My Name Is” and of course Ke$ha’s “WE R WHO WE R” from which they cribbed their name. It was at once an uneasy homage to commercial music’s expression of how people see themselves as individuals, and a fork in the eye to commercial music’s exploitation of how people see themselves.

With that, R WE WHO R WE became a project about how the duo sculpts and performs their identities.

”I Love You” shifts these ideas about identity onto a fractured set of cultural narratives about relationships, love and masculinity, honing in on the inevitable collisions. In nine original songs, the duo works through disturbed desire (“Song and Dance," "Kristin”), adolescent projections (“I Just Want U II”, “Womb”), disintegrating relationships (“Silence”, “Valentine’s”, “Cutaway”) and violence (“Two Trees”, “Firestarter”).

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released November 21, 2017

TED HEARNE, voice, vocal processing
PHILIP WHITE, mixer feedback, voice, vocal processing

All music by Philip White and Ted Hearne
Produced by R WE WHO R WE with Nick Tipp
Recorded by Philip White and Nick Tipp
Mixing: Nick Tipp
Artwork: Seth Gadsden
Design: Traci Larson

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R WE WHO R WE New York, New York

Both acclaimed creators in their own right, Philip White and Ted Hearne combine for R WE WHO R WE to create music that marries beauty and brutality. White’s noisy homemade electronics merge with Hearne’s expressive vocal acrobatics to create songs that are hollowed-out versions of standards filled with noise, or brash and temporary constructions infused with moments of arresting warmth. ... more

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Track Name: Song and Dance
I just want you
I just want to
Track Name: I Just Want U II
Your hands were shaking
Covered in piss
When you showed me those pink lines

Crying in the woods behind the CVS
We decided

Just gotta get your mom to sign her name
Make her promise not to tell your father
He’d say that god’s got plans for that kid inside you

I just just want you
Just wanna make this all go away
Fuck your mom
Fuck your dad
They’ll have to live with the decisions they made

They can keep you locked up
They can keep him locked up
They can call our baby boy a bastard

I know I’m not the only man that you’ve been with
But all the rest have scattered

I could teach him how to swim, teach him how to fight
Cause he’ll have to

I’d tell him not to wear cologne

I just just want you
Just wanna make this all go away
Fuck your mom
Fuck your dad
They’ll have to live with the decisions they made

In the lake
You held his head above water
Could you keep
My head above water too

In your eyes
I could tell there’s a story
And you were split in two

But it was the last time
I’d ever feel your teeth on my lips
It was the last time I’d ever pick him up
I thought it was impossible
Track Name: Silence
When you asked if we should even try
My lips and throat started to make noise

I don’t know if it’s by accident or by design
But it had stopped sounding like my voice

Silence is the only way now
No more words
No more words

When you said you said you wanted something more
My lungs started to collapse
Every breath was weighted to the floor
Shallower with every moment passed

I don’t know if it’s by accident or by design
But it had stopped sounding like my voice

Silence is the only way now
No more words
No more words
Track Name: Cutaway
If we did
If we did
We’d be partners
And that’d be
The end of it

If we did
If we did
We’d get back to
Where it was
And that’d be
The end of it

To some extent
To some extent
It’s been there all along

To some extent
To some extent
It's been there all along

All fraught and tortured,
Inadequate
And I don’t want
To hold on to that
Track Name: Valentine's
It’s Valentine’s Day
There’s a U-Haul in the driveway
Stupid fuck
Shoulda seen this coming

I guess he kinda knew
She’d said as much

She put our clothes in boxes
Said it was just for winter
Sorry ass
Musta seen it coming

But even if he knew
It’s not like he coulda stopped her

Easier without you

Two weekends
Every month, you get to see them
Even when they don’t wanna go

You’ll think they hate you
But you won’t know why

Easier without you
Track Name: Womb
Do you want to keep the syringe

I want you to put me back
I want you to put me back
To fix this mistake

You said that I was dead
You told me I had died
You said I gave you a pang
Put you in a zombie trance

You told me I was dead
But here was your child
You said I gave you a pang
Put you, put you in a zombie trance

Do you want to keep the syringe

I want you to put me back
I want you to put me back
To fix this mistake

You wouldn’t say my name
Told me I had died
Would be never be alive
I counted every lie

You said I couldn’t pass
But here I was your child
You said I gave you a panic
I can count, can count every loss

Do you want to keep the syringe
I said no, but I kept the first vial
Track Name: Two Trees
I didn’t want this to happen
The children to find you
For them to know anything
I saw the whole thing in a dream
With two trees
With two trees

I didn’t want her to come home
I didn’t want her to be home
I didn’t want them to see
The blood
On the walls
On the walls

I caught you in the kitchen
Took the knife from your hand
You screaming
Them screaming
Stop

I didn’t want them to know
Running under the bed
I didn’t want them to know
Running into the closet
Maybe the last I see them
Maybe the last I see them
Maybe I never see them again
Again

I didn’t know how this would turn out
Don’t dare say a word
I didn’t know how this would turn out
Don’t say a word

When the ambulance comes
When the cops show up
I’ll be gone
I’ll be gone
Track Name: Firestarter
They met on the lake in the summer
In 1985
She moved back with her folks in St. Matthew's
I was three at the time
That’d make her 17

His daddy owned a couple of gas stations
out off 95
They all seemed like a pretty nice family
All knew how to have a good time

Set the shed on fire
Thought the kerosene was water
I’ll burn the house down too
If you even touch her

He got a job at the mill
They had a couple more kids
Spent all their money on cocaine
And hospital trips
That house was falling apart

I set the carpet on fire
Nearly burnt the house down
They all know I’m a liar
But they keep me around

Set the bridge on fire
Sirens coming from the road that leads into town
They all know I’m a liar
But they keep me around

Set the bridge on fire
Sirens coming from the road that leads into town
They all know I’m a liar
But they keep me around

Heard his house caught on fire
Burned straight to the ground
They all know I'm a liar
I'm not sticking around
Track Name: Kristin
There’s a note by the bed
That makes me think I’m not special
Though I drove my car out here
And wrecked it on the bridge

Left it in the median
You came and picked me up
Can’t remember how I got there
Or what it was you said

You seemed so happy with me
Your cup of white wine
You seemed so happy that I’d crossed that white line

But when I laid down in your bed
There were tears in your eyes
And I knew you weren’t with me dear

Brought me to meet your family
Sat on my lap
In front of your daddy
Wonder what he thought of that

Later on that evening
Your mama took me aside
Said take care of my girl

You seemed so happy with me
And your taste in white wine
You seemed so happy
with your taste in white lines

When I laid down in your bed
There were tears in your eyes
Is there another you’re longing for
I can’t decide

Arch your back
Look me in the eye
Bite your lip
We’re alone tonight
Arch your back
I don’t wanna know why
We’re not alone

It’s been long enough now
To know I’m not special
It’s been long enough now
To know which is which
Left it in the median
At 3:30 am
Don’t remember how I got there
Or what it was you said

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