Absent I

Absent I

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Electronic/Acoustic music with deep textures, melodic vocals with intelligent, memorable lyrics. Fans of Gnarles Barkley, Zero 7, Halloween Alaska, and Peeping Tom take note.

Biography

Absent I is a project of two like-minded musicians, but more importantly, long-term friends. Vocalist Alex Anderson first befriended Colt Leeb in their teenage years when Leeb was performing in a local Twin Cities hard-rock outfit Thieves Army. Anderson managed and assisted the band and helped get them involved in the local music scene. After a short time, Anderson and Thieves Army mutually split paths so Anderson could pursue a music endeavor of his own.

Over a few years of development, Anderson created STAIJA which has become one of the most respected and successful hard-rock acts of Minneapolis. Meanwhile, Leeb disbanded from Thieves Army and pursued a career in audio production by attending IPR in Minneapolis.

Later on, a chance meeting for Anderson’s band STAIJA landed them in the hands of Grammy-Award-Winning engineer/producer Steve Hodge. Hodge began working with STAIJA and offered to produce a 3-song E.P. When Hodge needed to choose an engineer to assist on the project, unknowing of the connection to STAIJA, Hodge chose a promising new intern non-other than Colt Leeb. With the old-friendships re-formed, STAIJA completed the 3-song E.P. entitled “Show Yourself” and continued to work with Leeb on a full length release due out mid-2006.

While working in the studio with Anderson and STAIJA, Leeb showed Anderson a half-written song sans-vocals that he had been working on independently. Anderson immediately attached to the song, and offered to work with Leeb to add vocals and finish the song. The song came to be known as “For You” and Absent I was born.

With several songs now written, Absent I is ready to share the gift of their most personal music with anyone willing to listen. Absent I is not necessarily trying to do anything different from anyone else, but in the process of creating music that feels natural for them, Absent I have created songs that seem familiar, yet unique. Even if it’s just for a moment, take a listen. Absent I will grab you, move you, and surprise you. Press play. Enjoy.

Lyrics

Shades of Grey

Written By: Alex Anderson (Absent I)

Say youre feeling shades of grey
You say you feel life lost its way
And you want to stay
You want to stay home

Want to fit in, colors fade
You want to give in to your day
And you want to stay
You want to stay home

Life is hard and sometimes strange
Your life will end and people change
And I want to save
I want to save your hope

I want to say youll be ok
I want to say the colors change
And I want to say
I want to say hold on

Say youre feeling shades of grey
You say you feel life lost its way
And you want to stay
You want to stay home

Want to fit in, colors fade
You want to give in to your day
And I want to say
I want to say hold on

On My Mind

Written By: Alex Anderson (Absent I)

To the right far beyond me
You lifted faith to hide the freaks
Perfected disinformation
Cautiously placed inside my mind

I’ve seen consuming sun
Kill my mother
Nestled within her soft blue sky
No wonder I can’t drink the water

Obsessed with serpent sly savior
You’d kill the sun to part the seas
The siren song on the TV
Paints peaceful thought as grey cartoons

Can’t you see what’s on mind?
(come, come on and get me)
Can’t you see what’s on my mind?

I’ve seen consuming sun
Kill my mother
Nestled within her soft blue sky
No wonder I can’t drink the water
Trapped in this casket made of man

You’ll see what’s on my mind
(come, come on and get me)

I’ve seen consuming sun
Kill my mother
Nestled within her soft blue sky
No wonder I can’t drink the water

Ccome, come on and get me
You’ll see what’s on my mind

Sail Away

Written By: Alex Anderson (Absent I)

All I want is a happy song to sing
All I need is some time to mend my soul
All I hear is your pesky real-time monologue

I’m going to sail away
Wind guide my days
Sail away
Away

But I’m dreaming

All I hear is my life is not for you
I’m dreaming
(Dream)

I’m going to sail away
Wind guide my days
Sail away
Away

But I’m dreaming

All I want is a happy song to sing
I’m leaving
(Dream)

I’m going to sail away
Wind guide my days
Sail away
Away

For You

Written By: Alex Anderson (Absent I)

I feel a lack of camaraderie
No smiles for what’s inside of me
No time to just sit amongst the trees
No smiles for me

And I feel like I’ve reached a final stage
I found your book and I read the last page
And through time I’ll define
A side of me, inside of me

For you I’d lie to see you bleed
For you I’d satisfy my needs
For you I’d sacrifice nothing
For you, for you

Calm down, take a breath and leave
Fill your lungs and drift away from me
Save your words for the one who says they care
No smiles for me

And I feel I’ve said this once before
Lesson learned, I forgot to lock the door
And this time, I’ll define
A side of me, inside of me

For you I’d lie to see you bleed
For you I’d satisfy my needs
For you I’d sacrifice nothing
For you, for you

Discography

Debut Demo out now!
Full length release coming Fall/Winter 2006 from the Somnio Artist Group!

Set List

1. Sail Away
2. For You
3. On My mind
4. Calm and Collected
5. Hennepin Song
6. Dance in the Sky
7. Shades of Grey

Approximate Set length: 40 min