Testa Rosa III

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Testa Rosa's "sophomore album, aptly titled "II," was the best local album of 2011. And with thoughtfully written songs like the subtly unsettling "Bad Wolf" and the glistening "Golden Boat," anchored by Betty Blexrud-Strigens stunning vocals, follow-up "III" is every bit as good."

Piet Levy - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/milwaukee-album-reviews-testa-rosa-pharoah-mac-and-dmt-phylums-and-more-b99557162z1-322420521.html

"As with its predecessors, Testa Rosa III’s well of influences runs deep, recalling the lush harmonics of The Carpenters, the studio-perfected pop of Big Star and the cheerful release of power-pop contemporaries like The New Pornographers. It’s the band’s prettiest record yet, emphasizing dreamy ballads even more than its predecessors, though it’s got a playful side as well."

Evan Rytlewski - Shepherd Express

shepherdexpress.com/article-26339-testa-rosa-work-at-their-own-pace.html

"Testa Rosa excels at creating a sound that subtly defies categorization yet remains instantly familiar."

Matt Wild - Milwaukee Record

milwaukeerecord.com/music/exclusive-listen-to-testa-rosas-shapeshifting-third-album-iii/

"If you have fond memories of the music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the “golden age of studio recording,” you will find much to like in the music of Testa Rosa. However, fans of contemporary alternative rock should also find themselves enthralled by the rich textures of the band’s sound on III."

Bill Lamb - Wisconsin Gazette

www.wisconsingazette.com/music/3rd-time-charms-again-for-testa-rosa.html

"The Milwaukee quintet led by Betty Blexrud-Strigens and seconded by her husband Damian continues to make convincing proof(s) that indie-pop and indie-rock songs can blossom most beautifully when allowed to blossom most thoughtfully."

Jon Gilbertson - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

www.jsonline.com/entertainment/musicandnightlife/new-albums-in-stores-this-week-b99562098z1-323168411.html

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Track Name: Bad Wolf
Bad Wolf, red river, turning over what what he's eating
Down here, there's an island, sort of an inlet with deer feeding
He cries, closes his eyes, for miles around they hear
Look high, up towards the sky, as far as the eye can see
Trees and eagles even

At once he wants a great divide
We fall to our knees and cry
This poor old river was

Bad Wolf came biting, rewriting and deleting
Up here it's a hard life, sort of a bad life we're leading
The blame a moth to flame. A farmer can’t tame a beast.
Dead game, you feel the shame. He’s lying it at your feet,
You need it, but you won't eat it

At once he wants a great divide
We fall to our knees and cry
This poor old river dries
It’s poison to the river
It pours into the river
Track Name: Window Breaker
Turned upon us all, she sees her face on the other side
Once a model wife and mother, now she is certified

You'll come upon a clear wall that once was opaque
You'll wake up and think of a million reasons why it has to break
Talking loud for the benefit of everyone in the crowd
At the window pane to finally see it smash into pieces
It all came down

What is wrong? What seizes her? Just a sudden craze?
Once a model wife and mother, now in her manic phase.

You'll come upon a clear wall that was opaque
You'll wake up and think of a million reasons why it has to break
Talking loud for the benefit of everyone in the crowd
And you feel my pain to finally see it smash into pieces
it all came down
Track Name: Patches (I Could Have Written That)
Back in summer we were bored
Working at the record store
Staring at the door
Like nothing would ever change

That’s when he came wandering in
A parka with a safety pin
And flipping through the bin
Singing I could have written that

He always put his hand on mine
I would take it back in time
Obviously then he stole my heart
But I thought something more

Said he could play guitar and sing
Always kept me wondering
And he never bought a thing
Cuz he could have written that

He always put his hand on mine
I could feel him breathe in time
Always put his head against my heart
Just to hear the sound

(Solo)

He always put his hand on mine
Momentary frozen time
Always put his head against my heart
Just to hear the sound

We can’t go there anymore
Cuz there are no more record stores
Well maybe three or four
But that took a little while

I wondered what became if him
As the lights inside the mall grew dim
And so it was the end
Of I could have written that
He could have written that
Wonder where he is now
Track Name: Irvine
Oh before the day we left the place was quite amazing
Oh many ways we had to get our dancing days in

We're gonna ride a platinum plane in the sky
Get ready get on now
The future looks so bright.. for you and me

Oh laying on the the lawn
the colors of the day floating like a swan
Oh we hear the geese crow at dawn
Waking up alone in the morning of a fawn

Uh oh, oh we don't know
What they left us here for
Long looks and now it's time to go
We ought to be careful

We're gonna ride a platinum plane in the sky
You'll never believe it
The future looks so bright
Yeah, we're gonna ride a shiny silver tram
Get ready and get on now
Taking off for Tomorrowland, whee!



Track Name: Golden Boat
Groaning, slowly as she leaves the shore
Getting smaller, until she is seen no more
A north wind is stirring up the foam
And the sun is lowing like an ever burning dome

Oh the glow
setting slow
to rise no more

Growing more than just an overload
With stones and silver, will it then be stolen or sold?
And knowing as the clouds begin to roll
That she's tipping like an un-footed bowl

All aboard, with your horde
to rise no more
to be sure, here's your cure
to rise no more

The story goes, that it only left her wanting more
so heavy with ice into the night she would go
A golden boat, ever-longing it would overflow
then giving her pearls back to the world below

She's waiting.. the ocean is her darkened home
And sparkling fishes now delighted with their own
Track Name: Castaway
“Visit Ohana!” I saw pictures in a magazine
Flora and fauna, everyday here is a happening
Winter or summer, sitting, sunning in covered chair
On Kanapaali, I would meet you there

I'm here at the Castaway Lounge
Let the ocean sounds wash away your deepest blues
How can it be over now?
I'm still waiting for you by the swimming pool

Coconut, Dolphin, Banyan, Emerald, Aloha
When you arrive in, it’s better diving from the rock
Out on the ocean I could take you on a dinner cruise
Or we could go dancing, how could you refuse?

I'm here at the Castaway Lounge
Let the ocean sound wash away your deepest blues
How can it be over now?
I’m still waiting for you by the swimming pool
Track Name: The Fireman at the Well
And so I feel this way again
alone in a crowd
wondering out loud “why?”
I hardly can believe it
there's strange grey cloud
but you'll stand proud

We might be doing it just cause we disagree
sounds like work to me
And introducing you with an apology,
sounds like work to me

I'll say it again
I know where you've been
nowhere you've been

Oh no, we’re getting along now
the feeling is right
even when it's wrong, ohhh
No, I've really been thinking
Ships pass in the night
even if they're both sinking

We might be doing it just cause we disagree
sounds like work to me
Introducing you with an apology,
sounds like work to me
I'll never be who you think that I ought to be
sounds like work to me
and overthinking whatever you say to me
sounds like work too

The firemen kneeling at the well
No stone unturned, no tale to tell
the sound of someone falling never landing
the silent dimming of the lights
when all the creatures of the night
strain their ears
for words they never hear
Track Name: Baby, Don't You Know?
I can hear you saying repeatedly
love is a game for fools and you're not gonna play it.

That there's no one person meant for you
but then you always do look at me when you say it

Oh baby don’t you know
How to me it seems so obvious
the two of us are putting on a show
Baby don’t you know
If there’s something this reminds you of
it feels a lot like what I've heard is love

I'd be just a friend until infinity
if it made you just a little happy
to be watching you from afar
just waiting for the day the bell will ring
When just one tiny thing would make you realize
how perfect that we are

Oh baby don't you know
It’s something bigger than the two of us
It's time for you to learn to trust me
Oh baby don't you know
Baby don't you know.
Whoah. Oh

When you're down I'd be there too
through everything right next to you
And when you fall I'll prop you up against the wall oh

I can carry you so lean on me
why can't you see how it will be tomorrow

And where you go I'll follow forever
I'm telling you I know we could make it together
and one day you will know
Track Name: Leave It On The Side Of The Road
I'll tell you now it was like this
the clouds were red and amethyst
and in your gremlin we did ride
between the bluffs and Riverside

they came here in the night
dark as black wool
the missiles fell in line
I had to leave it on the side of the road

into the ditch, into the mud
the Mississippi, turned to blood
they opened up their metal skin
colors all were were alien

they came here in the night
dark as black wool
the missiles fell in line
had to leave it on the side of the road

and then the sky filled with bright light
a hope from far away
and in a flash it was gone
Track Name: Summer Of We Three
My love, my love, my love
he was saying with his arms wide
I fell to my knees and cried
as something hit his side

Oh no, oh no, oh no
There's nothing for you to see here
But my eye caught something I fear
I tried to disappear

So like flames on the water
Wine stains on the altar
Gold chains on a beggar

I didn’t belong there
So afraid to get caught there
I stayed too long

Said I like to play the victim
In denial of what was to come

He said you're different one-on-one
You treat me different one-on-one
You better finish what you’ve begun
Cuz you already should have run

And when I see you out there having lots of fun
Are you're ignoring me ? and if I had a gun
no court, I bet no court would convict me

Then he died right here
a grave marker wasn't right for us left behind
cuz of the time, he'll be right here
with his trademark, a strange darkness,
parted by the light of a dove
the summer of we three
Track Name: Lost Loon
It's sounding different – the echoes now.
We never really know.
One day you see them all, and turn around, another's gone away

It's like they're giving up before they even try
And it all happens under and ordinary sky

Ooh ooh ooh oooh

You hear the boats now under a silver sun
they look for the loon all day
A sad and sorry sound it looks as if the eagle had a good day

It's like we're giving up before we even try
And it all happened under an ordinary sky

Ooh ooh ooh oooh