Taste Your Teeth

by Jason Slajchert

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//May 2017 | "TASTE YOUR TEETH (TYT) is what fans of Jason Slajchert's narrative-based songwriting might have expected: a high-vibing, intuitive record about consciousness-evolution, written in the first person. The characters in TYT heart-wrenchingly cash in their chips, risking all for Love, as they awaken from the dream. Slajchert's overall sound still boasts a unique brand of "smart indie pop," but this record "tastes" freshly of psychedelic new-wave and minimalistic post-fluff, nodding to the early emo scene of the 1990s. Although TYT delves into the depths more than his previous records, Slajchert always seems to bring the listener back up, maintaining an optimistic, hopeful, and feel-good mood throughout." -Mngmt

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released May 12, 2017

Taste Your Teeth was recorded on tape reels in 2016 at Yoko Phono Recording (St. Petersburg, Florida), mixed via analog by Alexander Charos (Alexander and the Grapes, Alexander and the Venus), and then mastered digitally by Jeremy Mendecino (Hardwick, Vermont). Alexander Charos played guitars, keys, rainsticks, shakers, and created other various sounds on several tracks. Artwork and photography by artist Kenny Jensen (St. Petersburg, Florida) using broken glass, spray paint, and a DLSR. All songs written and performed by Jason Slajchert. All rights reserved.

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Track Name: Wed To The Night
The table is set
I breathe in the light
I run to go get
My partner in crime
My temperature's high
A shadow is cast
All pain is just life
But it never lasts
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I manage to lock
Myself in the cold
I manage to find
My favorite coat
A memory lies
Tempts me back in time
I don't take the bait
I'm wed to the the night


Far greater than any old story
I'm dead in the evening I'm new in the morning
You linger inside with your reasons
I'll change with the seasons, I'll find my own meaning


I pause with each step
I can feel my lungs
The thoughts in my mind
They fail to keep up
My feet take me there
Before I can think
My shivering hand
Once sure is now weak
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I reach for the door
You reach for the blinds
I open my heart
You cover your eyes
I'm married to Love
I'll go where You lead
Alone is alright
I'm happy to bleed


Far greater than any old story
I'm dead in the evening I'm new in the morning
You linger inside with your reasons
I'll change with the seasons, I'll find my own meaning
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Far deeper than any old feeling
I hear my own body, it tells me I'm healing
No longer ashamed of my story
I'm dead in the evening, I'm new in the morning
Track Name: The Love You Make
I've been awake for years now
But still some days I wake up
Inside a face with make-up
Still feeling like a break-up

Memories seem far away now
Like someone else's past life
I've been awake for years now
I secretly admire those who aren't afraid to make it up

Your love has been remarried
Your heart has been long buried
Getting out of bed, getting out of bed
Calling up your mom, letting out the dog
Quitting on your job, staying in a lot 

Sad songs are on repeat now
Bad thoughts knock on your front door
Reading in your room, breathing in your tomb
Calling on your friends, wishing it would end
Learning how to mend, wishing she would send...

For you tonight
You know you're right
But that does not matter tonight

You were not right for me
People sometimes can be
Here for only a time, you see
Just long enough to break you heart open wide
So that the next time you find love
You’ll know that it is not love at all
Until you make it that way
The love that you make is all that is real

Found out I was lying when I told you that eternity was something I could give
Out loud, I would tell you that “forever” was a thing that I could offer you, you told you mom, you told your friends
Here now, I am sitting with the only thing I ever really had at all to give
Here now, is the only thing I ever had to give, and it’s the only place to live

Cause the past isn’t real, go ahead, try and show me all the things you should have done
And the future isn’t real, go ahead, try and show me all the things you’ve not yet done
If I could rewrite my vows, I’d swear to be here now
And, if I could fight for my needs and win, I’d leave them out

We are not who we seem to be—not just a man, that’s just a small part of me
We are buried underneath this ruse—if you can, try and see what you can see
We’re not far, in our hearts, in our hands—we are glory, we are glory through and through
In your hair, in my arms, underneath all the stars there’s a story we can use
It’s not the love you take
Track Name: There Is No Tunnel, Only Light
It’s terrible how everybody’s on this
Merry-go-round, we just want to get off
We’re tired, tired of spinning around

We’re everything, but we’re nothing at all
I’m an anomaly, cause I’m still walking tall
It’s tragic, this tragedy is bring you down


There’s fire in your eyes, and I’m warming up next to You
We’re standing up surprised because we’re dancing perfectly still
I’m growing up inside, but I’m feeling younger on the out
There’s fire in our eyes, it’s no surprise
When the antitheses of life runs and hides,
There’s courage here tonight


Life isn't’ fair, that’d be missing the point
It’s a difficult school, I don’t want to flunk out
There’s magic, it’s magical seeing You here

We’ve broken the mold, we can never return
To to the illusions of old, the entire tunnel is Light
The others are coming around


There’s fire in your eyes, and I’m warming up next to You
We’re standing up surprised because we’re dancing perfectly still
I’m growing up inside, but I’m feeling younger on the out
There’s fire in our eyes, it’s no surprise
When the antitheses of life runs and hides,
There’s courage here tonight


Nobody came to my graduation, so I eventually went home
But, later that year my congratulations was whispered in my ear:
“Just observe the Stillness… There’s wisdom in the Silence”
“Just observe the Stillness… There’s fire in your eyes.”
Track Name: Kingfisher
Every day on my way I would see her there
Perched atop the silver gate pointing out the way
She was so angelic, pointing toward the heavens
I had hoped she'd take me, take me Home again



That was before you failed to show
I was rubbernecking for you, I was rubbernecking for you
I understood that you just had to go
But I've been rubbernecking for you, rubbernecking for you



Every day on my way I would see her there
Perched atop the silver gate pointing out the way
She was so angelic, pointing toward the heavens
I had hoped she'd take me, take me Home again



That was before you failed to show
I was rubbernecking for you, I was rubbernecking for you
I understood that you just had to go
But I've been rubbernecking for you

I've been looking out the window of my car
Hoping that you didn't go too far
That you'll return to haunt me as before
My rare bird
Track Name: Holo-game
You were inside an egg
Making sounds
How did you do that
Somehow you had breath
You could move around
How did you do that

Forever seems like, a long time ago
It's like there's a brain in my heart
Dependence, seems like such a fiction
I'm an actor now, an awful one, learning as I go 

Babies don't seem quite so eager to run
Is home so far away
Ladies are pleased to be treated as gods
It's not so hard to play
This holo-game 

You were inside your bed
Still and fast asleep
How could you do that
Somehow you passed the test
You could fly around
Why did you come back

Forever seems like, a long time ago
It's like there's this pain in my heart
Transcendence is contradiction
I'm searching for Now, even though, it's all I've ever known

Babies don't seem quite so eager to run
Is home so far away
Ladies are pleased to be treated as gods
It's not so hard to play

Saving begins with remembering you’re not
Any-thing at all
Men are consumed with a need to be seen
Cause it’s so hard to see
The One playing this holo-game
Track Name: Lamp In The Hall
The property line was clear
To everyone else but (her)
The kerosine lamp drew near
The people would talk if they (knew)
When Socrates was but a boy
The letter increased two (fold)
The Paraclete tugged, and she pulled
A blasphemous scroll was unrolled

“Can you take me farther from my parent’s house”
The wishing well had held him back for so long
“Will you try to barter with the centurions at the door”
He was further down the road, but so young


Precarious floorboards are shifting below
My feet do not feel the cold of the snow
Hilarious stories evolve as they’re told
All of my friends have jobs


The boundary lines were clear
To everyone else but (him)
The capricorn moon shone down
The people would wake if they (knew)
When Socrates was but a man
The Spirit increased ten (fold)
The particles sang on command
The geometry spoke to his soul

“Can you take us further than our father’s could?”
The meaning seemed so empty, while the emptiness had meaning
“Will you find the master, they are furious at the door”
The voice inside my head was not my own


Precarious floorboards are shifting below
My feet do not feel the cold of the snow
Hilarious stories evolve as they’re told
All of my friends have jobs

And all of their jobs are nothing at all
All of my limbs fall off
And all of my thoughts are nothing at all
And all of my friends get off

On all of the bad luck barely escaped
And all of my hopes are dropped
The kerosine burns perpetually in the Hall
Track Name: To Mend
How many hours must a man put in to reap a honest yield
How many flowers must a woman get before she starts to feel

I figured if I tried too hard you'd see right through my act
You figured that I didn't try at all
You noticed how my eyes lit up when I opened my heart
I noticed how you didn't want to fall


I wrote your name into the dust above my cot
I whispered softly that I'd Love to take advantage of you now
And, I imagined what our story would be like if we would learn to compromise
Perhaps tonight


How many hearts must a woman break before she finds her kindness
How many bars must a man sit in before he compromises

You figured that if you dug deep enough I’d automatically oblige
You were denied
I noticed how your eyes teared up when you mentioned your dad
I noticed how we both we kind of sad


I screamed your name into air above our house
I cursed you out because you wouldn't let me be who I'd become
And, I imagined all the people with advice, and I was honestly surprised
When we survived


Cause it appears that all we had to do mend
From all the hours that our parents both put in
When you accepted me, I realized that I’d never truly loved myself
And, so I tried…

When I accepted you and all your fucked up ways you got real mad at me
And, you cried
Because my eyes
Don’t lie
Track Name: Tree Anatomy
You’re all alone in your room, under the sheets
Waiting for lungs to consume the air you breathe
You imagine Love will come to you if you keep waiting
(But Love won’t come)

She’s outside, it’s cold tonight under streetlights
Fairing the harshness of external elements
She imagine’s Love is still inside her heart, and it is waiting
(And it will come)


To cut and to carry a few more stacks of tree anatomy
To burn them alive so that we can just try to get inside of fate’s twisted mind
To bruise and to burry the wounds that we’ve earned so selfishly
To turn them aside so that we might reside in the place inside our minds
Where our hearts might just feel alive


Crawling back into mistakes that I’ve already made
Wanting to act like I have not yet learned the lessons taught
I just want to feel the way I felt when Love was taken
(But love won’t go)

You’re not alive unless you first try to taste your teeth
Wishing is useless; you’ll find that Here is enough
You pretend that GOD’s inside that place that we call space
(There is no space)


You project outwardly all that you see
You protect all of these temporal things
You calibrate your own frequency
You pretend you are a mess when you’re free

You relive things, you resist Me
You catch yourself in traps that you leave
You predict, then you fulfill what you see
You project outwardly all that You see
Our hearts might just take the lead
Track Name: The Hardest Case
Never mind all the times that I said that you should deny yourself
Run instead in the way of your desire

All this time you were always right, said that I should think with my heart
But instead analyzed with my mind the fire


Have you observed your face, it’s like a wave of grace
You left without a trace, turn around, you are found, you’re not too late
You were the hardest case, you rose above your shame,
I want to hear you say, burn me down, burn me down, I am not afraid


I was free so I ran so fast
That I could not catch my breath
Didn't care anymore, ‘cause I was inspired

In the sun, I assumed that my
Skin would melt because it was high
Instead I came alive with the brightest smile
Track Name: Mock The Myth
We paid off all our debts
We made up for the mess we made
We took off all our clothes
We got out of the bed we made
We added up the cost
We knew that we had been too weak
We made our message count
We sang old songs ironically

We tore off our beliefs
We broke out of the walls we made
We listened to our hearts
We understand the ego's place
We took off everything 
That didn't really resonate
We opened up ourselves
To being wrong on everything

From these heights we can feel the air, and all her glorious sites
We can see the tears in every story
We aren't weighed down anymore
We're lighter than before
We laugh at our lore

Have you got the courage 
Are not you affected 
Didn't they attempt to
Keep you disconnected
Wouldn't you like to be set free
It's all You, don't look at me

We just need to re-member
(We're part of the Ether, we're better together)
We just need to dig deeper
(Illusory constructs cause us to feel severed)
We just need all the others 
(Apart from the surface, but joined at nether)
Along with the voices, we carry our hearts back Hone

It's like the end of an age
(Our parents are gone, and the memories fade)
The camera pans to the stage
(The people we hang with are feeling their age) 
Can the feel the, can the feel the pain
(Oooo-oooo-ooooh)
We all feel the, We all feel the aches
Before she takes back her place

Make no mistake, those who stand in her way, will fall in Love

We're better off
My hand to GOD
That I am real
More real than any story