Atlas

by Dan Masterson

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Atlas is Dan Masterson's third consecutive EP.

“Atlas is about the directionless wandering that we each struggle with at some point,” Masterson states. “Whether we’re lost in love, or simply unhappy with our day-to-day routine, we look for direction and support.” He expertly conveys this theme through a diverse display of songcraft and musicianship as his piano-centric sound continues to mature.

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released April 11, 2015

Words and Music by DAN MASTERSON
Produced by DAN MASTERSON
Additional Production by ANNIE MITRAN, MATT HAYES, AND ANDY MITRAN
All piano, keyboards, and synthesizers performed by DAN MASTERSON.
All vocals performed by DAN MASTERSON except additional background vocals on “Slow Burn,” performed by ANNIE MITRAN, and additional background vocals on “Atlas,” performed by SOPHIA WENNSTEDT.
All guitars performed by ALEC GASTON.
All drums and percussion performed by AUSTIN BRYANT.
All bass performed by GREG LOUGHMAN except “Nobody I Know,” performed by MATTHEW SILVA.
Tenor Saxophone on “City Streets” performed by SETH BAILIN.
All instrumental parts recorded by MATT HAYES at Wellspring Sound in Acton, MA.
All vocals recorded by ANDY MITRAN and produced by ANNIE MITRAN at Mitran Mitran Studios in Chicago, IL, except background vocals on “Atlas,” recorded by MATT HAYES at Wellspring Sound in Acton, MA.
Mixed by MATT HAYES at Wellspring Sound in Acton, MA.
Mastered by ANDY MITRAN at Mitran Mitran Studios in Chicago, IL.
Mastering and Technical Consultant: AL JEWER.

Album Art and Layout by VICKI YEH

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Dan Masterson Boston, Massachusetts

Dan Masterson is a Boston-based performing songwriter with dynamic vocal presence, unusual songwriting intuition, and captivating performance energy. While drawing on his country and singer-songwriter roots, Dan seeks to push the boundaries of piano-centric pop and rock. ... more

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Track Name: Atlas
You and I, dear, were never too different,
Always wandering, curious souls.
And the love between us so persistent,
it would follow wherever we'd go.
From the docks on the Boston Harbor,
a tall ship we would commandeer,
and set out there onto the water,
no direction, no compass, no fear.

You are the wind in my sails.
You are the star to my north.
You make my world spin on its axis,
and you carry my weight.
Baby, you are my Atlas.

So with our backs to the shoreline,
the current carried us off to the sea.
Oh, the decks are all covered with starshine,
And there's no place that I'd rather be.
Oh, I've never successfully captained
any vessel, they all ran aground,
and I've no idea where we are going,
but I'm thrilled with the journey we've found.

You are the wind in my sails.
You are the star to my north.
You make my world spin on its axis,
and you carry my weight.
Baby, you are my Atlas.

(Whoa, woah, oh) Oh, the storm clouds may gather and thrust us below,
(Whoa, woah, oh) And the tests will get harder the farther we go.
(Whoa, whoa, oh) But the heart still grows fonder, no matter which way the wind blows,
So I'll never let go.

You are the wind in my sails.
You are the star to my north.
You make my world spin on its axis,
and you carry my weight.
Baby, you are my Atlas.

You are the wind in my sails.
You are the star to my north.
You make my world spin on its axis,
and you carry my weight.
Baby, you are my Atlas.
Track Name: Slow Burn
Spare me your tired excuses.
You should just tell me the truth.
I know I've blown all your fuses,
but, baby, lies don't look good on you.

'Cause if you don't want to take time anymore
And if you don't have the desire,
If you won't work to make love work for us,
then baby help me put out this fire

Don't let us slow burn, slow burn.
Don't leave us dying embers, no.
Don't let us slow burn, slow burn.
'Cause if we let it go now, maybe we'll remember the times we were better.

Can't you accept that it's over?
There's no point fanning the flames.
Our conversations go nowhere,
So it's time we both go our separate ways.

'Cause if you don't want to take time anymore
And if you don't have the desire,
If you won't work to make love work for us,
baby, help me put out this fire.

Don't let us slow burn, slow burn.
Don't leave us dying embers, no.
Don't let us slow burn, slow burn.
'Cause if we let it go now, maybe we'll remember the times we were better.

Maybe it's not for good.
Maybe we need some time and space.
It's for both of our sakes.
And so it's over now,
and I just have to walk away, dear,
even though my heart breaks.

And if you don't want to take time anymore
And if you don't have the desire,
If you won't work to make love work for us,
then baby help me put out this fire.

Oh, don't let us slow burn, slow burn.
Don't leave us dying embers, no.
Don't let us slow burn, slow burn.
'Cause if we let it go now, maybe we'll remember the times we were better.
Track Name: Nobody I Know (Slow Down)
Nobody I know feels sure of themselves anymore.
Heartache and long days fly under our thumbs, but we don't know what for,
So we patiently dance with this creeping self-doubt
as we're telling each other, man, you'll figure it out.
Oh, nobody I know feels sure of themselves anymore.

Nobody I know finds joy in just being alone.
We don't make time to relax and unwind so we sink like a stone,
And the dust barely settles late in the night
When we're sipping on whiskey or a bottle of wine.
Oh, nobody I know finds joy in just being alone.

Someone help me slow down.
(Slow down, slow down, slow down, you gotta)
Take a deep breath, breathe it out.
(Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.)
Learn to tread these waters before I drown.
Someone help me slow down.

Nobody I know spends money on things that they love. No, no.
After we pay down our rent and our bills there just isn't enough,
But we have to believe that we're doing our best,
'cause it helps us to sleep, takes the weight off our chest.
But nobody I know spends money on things that they love.

Someone help me slow down.
(Slow down, slow down, slow down, you gotta)
Take a deep breath, breathe it out.
(Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.)
Learn to tread these waters before I drown.
Someone help me slow down.

Someone help me slow down.
(Slow down, slow down, slow down, you gotta)
Take a deep breath, breathe it out.
(Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.)
Learn to tread these waters before I drown.
Someone help me slow down.
Track Name: City Streets
I've been wandering 'round these city streets with not much on my mind,
Except how I might get to you, darling, how to make you mine.
You're everywhere I go, I hear your voice in my head,
but it's not you that's in my bed.

For a pretty girl, you sure do know how to throw off every man
Who looks in your direction and offers you his hand,
And I can't quite believe that you don't know what you do
When you bat your eyes and kick off your shoes.

Maybe there's something more here, oh.
Maybe there's something more than there appears.
Maybe there's something more here that I just don't want to know.

Oh, and I can't pretend that I don't see there's something going on,
But I can't help but think of how our friendship could go wrong.
We say we're friends and that is all, but how can I be sure
When I stand right here and I want more?

Maybe there's something more here, oh.
Maybe there's something more than there appears.
Maybe there's something more here that I just don't want to know.

[Tenor saxophone solo by Seth Bailin]

The way you smile at me,
The way you seem so happy,
Oh, I melt inside
And yes my heart is racing,
But I'm not hesitating,
No.

'Cause maybe there's something more here, oh.
Maybe there's something more than there appears.
Maybe there's something more here that I've just
I just gotta know.