Song of the Day #1,982: ‘Matter’ – Josh Joplin Group

joshjoplinThese are the Random Weekend selections I most enjoy — little blasts from the past that give me an excuse to catch up with an artist I’ve long ago forgotten.

Josh Joplin Group made a (very) minor alternative splash at the turn of the millennium, releasing an album called Useful Music that is among the better examples of that late 90s alt-rock sound.

Lead singer Josh Joplin’s vocals were frequently compared to Michael Stipe’s, and I can hear it more on this song than on others by the band.

The band released a second album that failed to register and broke up in 2003. Joplin went solo for a bit and then founded a new group, Among the Oak & Ash, which has put out two records so far (the most recent in 2011).

And so life continues
As matter does not disappear
And you are not the issue
In this the universal sphere
So turn off the light
Let night embrace and take you in
Sleep within it’s wisdom

And dreams are not lost
they merely fall between the ashes
Of what is left to the soul
From where it starts to where it catches

And you must remember me
A plea from one who must be kept like
Some vacant thought
We fear to find
You can’t regret
And you have become
In the instant you believe you have
Our memories our aftermath

And dreams are not lost
they merely fall between the ashes
Of what is left to the soul
From where it starts to where it catches
And this is the time until it passes

You sleep deeper than I do
And I keep thinking about you
Eyes tired and the night is impatient
It takes me under and I change the station
Though they may fade into the everyday

Dreams are not lost
they merely fall between the ashes
Of what is left to the soul
From where it starts to where it catches

One thought on “Song of the Day #1,982: ‘Matter’ – Josh Joplin Group

  1. Dana says:

    I get the REM comparison. Good song.

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