Orphan

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Recorded in Denver, Colorado during the month of January, 2015, Range Songs is the debut full-length album by Mickey Theis. This collection of eleven lushly arranged originals run the emotional gamut from playful to sorrowful, fiery to quietly searching.

​Folk and Americana listeners will enjoy the more familiar song structures of "Orphan" and “Freedom,” while the more confessional "Places" and "Elsewhere" navigate darker, more elaborate musical terrain. Other tracks, like "True Love" and “Silent Son” demonstrate Theis’ craft as a budding producer, as he skillfully weaves sparse, Folk melodies into Springsteen-like, anthemic Rock. These more traditional tracks support a compelling counterpoint in songs like the haunting Folk number, “O Haniel” or Nilsson-esque Country lament, “Are You Coming out Tonight?"

​Range Songs marks the first full-length release on Theis’ label, Infinite Gesture Records.

lyrics

I am an orphan
I am a raindrop falling
down through skies of nothing
I am your best friend
I am that scream you won’t send
over fields a buzzin’

I am your longing
I am those two sweaty clenched fists
I can feel all your suffering
I’m not what you had planned
I’m each and every loose end
you must me keep from erupting

I am your faults and vaults within your heart you
lock up tight, every night
I am your wrists
I am your alpha-bits you try to hide
from my eyes

I am those voices
I am those fifty cents that
you won’t give up for something

I am your last chance
I am that weekend romance
you always kept on loving

I am your death
I am your self-respect
I take my time, I am your crimes
I am this skin, I am this list of sins
you hold inside all your life

I am your last breath
and you want to take back all that
disgusting shit you thought you wanted

credits

from Range Songs, track released September 27, 2016
COLIN BRICKER- mixing and mastering
MARK CLIFFORD- vibraphone, melodica, and various percussion
CHARLIE MERTENS- bass (acoustic and electric)
PHIL NORMAN- cello
ADRIENNE SHORT- violin
COLIN STRANAHAN- drums and various percussion
MICKEY THEIS- vocals, guitar, and piano
QUINN THEIS- accordion, glockenspiel, organ, piano, tack piano
JULIE THREATTE- viola
DANIEL WATT- trombone
KATIE WATT- french horn
XANDY WHITESEL- mixing and mastering
DON WILLIAMS- trumpet
TORI WOODROW- violin

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Mickey Theis New York, New York

Mickey Theis is an actor and musician, originally from Denver, Colorado. He has performed extensively as an actor and has toured internationally with Motel Motel, a band with which he recorded NEW DENVER (2008) and THE BIG ISLAND (2010). He has self-released one solo EP, NO SAINTS (2008) and is currently writing material for a full-length album, RANGE SONGS, set to be released Spring, 2015. ... more

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