dome swan

by ian hoffman

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Dome Swan is Ian Hoffman's first record under his own name. This understated collection of four songs drops the followers of Hoffman's music into a chute of swirling organs, strings and percussion. Hoffman trades the fanfare and full band of his previous release "The Other" for a much more intimate treading among the brambles.

Known as the leader of Chicago bands Plaid Penmanship and Needers & Givers, (a band he formed with his 2 brothers) Ian has performed extensively in Chicago and throughout the United States. With songs featured on NPR's ‘All Songs’ Considered and popular television show "Gossip Girl" there is no question that Hoffman is a gifted singer and songwriter. Dome Swan is yet another a resounding confirmation of his
talent and dedication to the creation of song.

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released September 23, 2011

songs by ian hoffman
performed by ian hoffman

with:
denise hradecky: bass and background vocals on dome swan background vocals and toy keyboard on little hands

christopher hoffman: cello on little hands

some other various sounds on one song made by various brothers and others

strings arranged by christopher hoffman
recorded at charlotte street in lombard il
engineered by denise hradecky
mixed by denise with a little help from ian

mastered by carl saff at saff mastering in chicago
mastered for vinyl by roger siebel

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Track Name: mistrial
callous to the needs i wonder
crawling down the crease of innocence
fallen to the knees of weapons
tribal to the creed of your respect

i know of a hill from a blank colored sill
you noticed the flames rising from army games

mistrial

loosen up a stitch from gray lips
grinning like a child sent to the hall
animate his limbs with fervor
feral disregard to penance copes

i know of a hill from a blank colored sill
you noticed the flames rising from army games
Track Name: dome swan
well i seem to be twisting schemes and unearthing big dreams tell the folks that the fires close when the floor is glistening small and silent so ultraviolet and so uncalled for fall to the ground and make no sound cause they're all listening

dome swan lick the petal
we were never meant to settle
guess its good you're goin on your way

but i never should denounce you girl
cause i saw you as a random pearl
and my freedom i should never give
with a house in which we didn't live

moan a little and keep the brittle image from catching on slow but its true well the flu's not fixed but flames are leaping from the trees saw the room and i assume you're digging deeper finally strung by history and she's so perfect plastic shimmering

dome swan lick the petal
we were never meant to settle
guess its good you're goin on your way

but i never should denounce you girl
cause i saw you as a random pearl
and my freedom i should never give
with a house in which we didn't live
Track Name: squirtgun
if the summer came to early
would you sit on your steps complaining
i'm too pale and i'm scared of
when i sunburn
why don't you just let me back in

you can laugh and play with the sprinkler
and you tell me i'm too shy to use a squirt gun
to paint initials on the lawn

it is time to make a fool out of me
and then i'll see in therapy
how unkind how unkind

a mirror image
a broken promise
a feeble jewelry
to keep the other people off your trail
Track Name: little hands
little hand quiet band
try to sleep couldn't keep
the girl i'm supposed to love from listening

shut a door stop it more
drag it out start to shout
why don't you settle down and kiss me

i saw it coming on the first cold
I can't keep running from the things you say
on the darkest night you call
why you trying to stall
i know its my fault

drag it out kill the doubt
yet i still run around
i think i'm trying to make you hate me
when i'm late feeling great
you're aflame its a shame that you were stubborn in your feelings

i tried to warn you there was something wrong
i made it clear in almost every song

on the darkest night you call
why you trying to stall
i know its my fault