Black Hatted

by At Average

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  • The EP includes their single - "Black Hatted Man" an ode to cinematic villians, “Paper Son” a stormy and bitter song, “Case For Love” an organ and strings juggernaut, "Transfiguration" a reflective theological narrative, and concludes with the whimsical and semi-biographical “Art School Girl”. The album includes original artwork by Nathan Schleicher.

    From LA to Nashville to Detroit, the band brought in help from across the country to complete the tracks. Contributing performances by guest artists such as Steven Wesley Guiles, Nina White, Dan Vaillancourt, Mark Damian, Bonnie Shippling, and the Olive String Trio season the tracks with diverse harmonies, spaghetti western riffs, and even bellowing tones from a cathedral organ. Nashville producer, Mike Odmark mixed and mastered the album at Jars of Clay-owned studio, Gray Matters.

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ABOUT:
At last, the highly anticipated debut record from At Average, an indie-folk band rooted in Metro Detroit!

From LA to Nashville to Detroit, the band brought in help from across the country to complete the tracks. Contributing performances by guest artists such as Steven Wesley Guiles, Nina White, Dan Vaillancourt, Mark Damian, Bonnie Shippling, and the Olive String Trio season the tracks with diverse harmonies, swelling orchestrations, spaghetti western riffs, and even bellowing tones from a cathedral organ. Nashville producer, Mike Odmark mixed and mastered the album at Jars of Clay-owned studio, Gray Matters.

This EP includes their single - "Black Hatted Man" an ode to cinematic villians, “Paper Son” a stormy and bitter song, “Case For Love” an organ and strings juggernaut, "Transfiguration" a reflective theological narrative, and concludes with the whimsical and semi-biographical “Art School Girl”.
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credits

released April 27, 2012

Nathan Schleicher - vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin, percussion
Emily Carlson - violin, vocals, piano
Nic Cole-Klaes - double bass
Mark Damian - drums
Dan Vaillancourt - electric guitar, percussion
Steven Wesley Guiles - vocals
Nina White - vocals
Bonnie Shippling - pipe organ, vocals
Olive String Trio - Emily Carlson (violin), Sean Brennan (viola), Jordan Proctor (cello)

Mike Odmark - Mixed & Mastered
Dan Vaillancourt - Recording Producer, Official Life Coach
Joe Giese - Recording Engineer
Artwork - Nathan Schleicher

All tracks written by Nathan Schleicher. ("Paper Son" co-authored with Paul Wozniak) Produced by Nathan Schleicher.

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At Average Detroit, Michigan

Indie-folk inspired by history, cinema, God, myths, unexpected situations, and efforts to make a fairly normal life above average amounts of interesting.

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Track Name: Black Hatted Man
Lone black hatted man, with sin burnt hands,
stains of a lapse in feeling
Stand, black hatted man, above the law,
cinematic story classics

He always robs the gold. He always steals the girl.
He's always up to something, cause he's no good
when you're not here.

His unruly guise, lives in noble lies, all for one woman's feelings.
Love; interposed guide, stars of his sky, his only honest bearing

He always slips back somehow. He always ends up fighting.
He's always up to something, cause he's no good
when you're not here.

Your love makes him the man worth loving...
makes him someone who can love too.
He'll always worry, you'll end up hurting.
What the whole truth could undo.
He'll always rob the gold. He'll always steal the girl.
He'll always fall back somehow, cause he's no good
when you're not here.
Track Name: Paper Son
I claimed your name when I was nine
We swore and oath to God
Your fingers held my shoulders tight
and you squeezed that you were proud
"As your dad" you say and place
the guilt upon my mind
You mark me with another lie
and you seperate the blood

Am I your paper son
Am I your paper child
Separate the oath from blood
Indifference of a paper father

Caring for you little ones
indulging every moan
You've lost the faith and broke the oath
preferring what you've sown
More and more unloyally
you steeped away your love
Removed the unconditional
and replaced it with a clause.
Track Name: Case For Love
Don’t lose hope a case for love is out there.
Don’t pay respects, your dreams delayed not dead.
Love isn’t blind, turn on a light and it’ll find you.
Don’t bide your time, just try to live until you die.

I hope you’ll not
give up odds on love as time goes by.
Don’t get caught up
watching windows where others live their lives.

With love is change
Alters every moment, every need.
Both flesh and soul
Their heart beats in cadence with yours
Track Name: Transfiguration
This is my son deserving of Alleluias
Listen to him, come down and do for others
Go now you must leave though it terrifies you
Valleys await, and I will come down there with you

Though we cry,
“Stay here with us, we’ll raise you the perfect dwelling
Beyond compare befitting of all your glory
Stay here with us, we’ll raise you the perfect dwelling
And never leave this place,”
but heaven’s voice cries out compelling…
Track Name: Art School Girl
There's a girl you wanna know more about
She's skating all by herself
She's a girl that people call "Crazy"
What is it that makes her smile

Watching her cut in conversations
Where nobody knows her name
People say she doesn't act right
She thinks actors should get a life

She colors where no one gives her lines
There's never been any other way
She throws snowballs at pure strangers
She thinks....

There's a girl you wanna know more about
You never even caught her name
She's shaping your imagination
Could you ever be so free?