The Simplest Possible Setup

by Ettie Street Project

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Ettie Street Project is a collaboration between Tom Lattanand, Rob Gwin, and various musicians in the Bay Area music community. From 2007 through 2012, their Oakland studio on Ettie Street, the Orange Room, was a hub of musical experimentation, gatherings, and performances. This album reflects this time.

"The Simplest Possible Setup" is released as a tribute to one of our drummers, Jorgen Stensson, who passed away in December of 2012. Jorgen was a brilliant musician, DJ, and sound engineer whose meticulous ears pushed us and everyone around him to work at our highest levels.


released October 14, 2013

Produced by Tom Lattanand and Rob Gwin
Mixed by Tom Lattanand
Tracks 5 and 10 mixed by Jorgen Stensson, Marcel Cacdac, and Tom Lattanand
Mastered by Stephen Barncard

Special thanks to: Scott Theakston, Tim Bremner, John Merrill, Bill Witter, Marcel Cacdac, and Steve Barncard.

Tom Lattanand (guitar, vocals, keyboards, synths), Rob Gwin (bass, synths), Damon Hope (drums trks 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,11), Micah McClain (drums trks 1,2,4), Jorgen Stensson (drums trks 5, 10), John Merrill (percussion trks 1,2,4,6,8,), Bill Witter (tabla trk 2), Artemis Robison (vocals trks 2,11), Audio Angel (vocals trks 1,5), Emily Rich (vocals trk 4), Sylvain Carton (bari and alto sax trks 3,6,8,11), Mitch Marcus (tenor and alto sax trks 5,10), Henry Hung (trumpet trks 3,6,8,10,11), Cornelius Boots (bari and alto sax trk 3), Liz Larson (trombone trk 9), Joey Chang (cello trk 1)

Recorded and mixed at the Orange Room in Oakland, CA

Cover Art by Anastasia Lattanand

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Track Name: Broke the Seal
I broke the seal one moment
I broke the seal again
I broke it to remember
the best thing I've had
this time its for real
I've got a thing for truth
I've got a thing for anything
that resembles all I knew

I've got to find a woman
I've got to find a man
I've got to get my fix
or do the best I can
I've got to let it go
but not too soon
I want to find something now
that resembles all knew

Each time I move
I want a little more
some call it life
but I'm not sure
make no mistake
stakes are low
when the game is played
and the answers are for show
Track Name: Timeline
breaking out
shape changing
peeling down
she lived out
that side of
the universe
it's time to turn around

facing doubt
in the clear
it's fight or flight
and seeking higher ground
no words said
there's more to
pain and pleasure
than what's fading

can not stop
the indecision
the timeline
turns into religion
holding on, caving in
breaking through
shape changing
one look past
the darkened clearing
one look past
to forget feeling
moving on
to side with chance
turn the page
it happens fast
Track Name: Capsule
an image saved
in black and white
memories fade

we turned the page
we made things right
we still can't change
the capsuled time

how long will
these feelings arise
severed inside

the scenes replayed
we hit rewind
the surface flow
is spreading wild

with every scene
dug down low
memories leave
the rest unknown

For one last look
one last taste
one last love
one last hate
Track Name: The Edge
In this world
we get lost
can't find a way
at any cost
standing on
the edge of something
just can't wait
to jump in
but this time
it's fight or flight
respond, reply
a change in sight
got to move on
to something true
just this moment
that's with you

never before
never again
until you're here
until the end

we wait, we wait, we wait
by the time it comes
it's way too late
asking everyone you know
will it stop
will it go
we play the game
win or lose
roll the dice
you''ve got to choose
standing on the edge of something
you are ready
so lets begin

was it you they believed in
was it really no one else's fault
when will we know how to crawl back in
when will we hear the call

timeless, spaceless, faceless
wandering aimless
more than you were
more than you lost
more than you fear
you have become this
standing on the edge of something
taking all you can get
trying hard to remember
truth you never could forget
Track Name: Suspension Loop
froze in the moment
she holds herself in the room
looking towards the end point
waiting for the fool

i am the reason
she said,
I am the truth
everything inside of me
is everything inside of you

peel down your faces
tear down the rules
everything inside of me
is everything inside of you

caught in comotion
sweeping up the few
who are stranded on the meaning
when the meaning says nothing new

where are the people
who say they've got a clue
she said, all I have is the moment
and its getting harder to break loose

peel down your faces
tear down the rules
everything inside of me
is everything inside of you

she finds herself on the move
to forget everything she knew
she'll close her eyes to remember
but her memory has the choice to choose

what is the reason
what are the rules
everything inside of me
wants everything inside of you

where are the people
who say they've got a clue
everything inside of me
wants everything inside of you
Track Name: Lucid
blurry vision
caught in the street lights
who knows
am i gonna make it home tonight?
to take for granted
everything will work out
and in the end
what was it all about?

too many questions
in my head
what happened here
what was said?
in this world
there are two directions
slowing down
losing attention

I want to sleep
i try to run
my legs feel heavy
my thoughts are numb
each block i turn
reveals new plans
this should make no sense
but I understand

its a long road
at least it seems
can be coming at me
with worlds in mind
I'll think it twice
roll the dice

it doesn't end
i have no fear
what is real
is for me to feel
there are no rules
outside my mind
flip the switch
one more time
Track Name: Lost in Flight
lost in flight
braced in time
for love and life
fear subsides

exit here
spiral in
with faith or fear
I'm falling in

lost in flight
braced in time
for love and life
fear subsides

exit here
spiral in
she embodied
the goddesses

with every dance
we freaks are one
our fates are sealed
our thoughts are gone
the echoed sounds
that we've become
no where to hide
no where to run
two bodies merged
a greater sum
in every move
what we become

when all alone
she'll dance until
her thoughts are gone
her world is still
She knows the feeling
she has no fear
with every move
The worlds revealed

vision set
one with sound
on the ledge
and staring down
beyond the faith
the sense is real
in full embrace
the worlds revealed

a private universe
in her own time
in her own words
sound and motion
full devotion
all the worlds
are merged

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