"DepartureS" extended" version

by Troy Petty

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This is the extended version of "DepartureS" by the american artists Troy Petty (US) (troypettymusic.com). It consists of the EP "Departure" plus additional live tracks.

For all the changes that native Chicagoan Troy Petty has gone through since his last release – 2012’s primarily subdued Fairy Tale Pen, a collection of songs dating back three years themselves – it’d be foolish to assume that his songwriting wouldn’t somehow be affected. None of these shifts are unheard of certainly, but each is tenuous and relatable: Dissolved connections with professional and personal relationships, moving into his original childhood home and back in with his parents, hopping from job to job, and relocating eventually to Ohio. But what’s inspiring is how Petty has come out the other end not necessarily unscathed, but better. His music and production on this latest release Departure are more triumphant and his lyrics seem wiser, whether he’s connecting with the listener, requesting needed empathy of a song’s antagonist or talking himself through the steps needed to survive the trials he’s so vividly documenting. To put it simply, Petty himself says Departure is about “letting go, listening to your intuition and finding your own meaning of ‘comfort zone.'”
Though the immensely stirring title track wraps up the album, it’s as good of a starting point as any for describing Petty’s approach. Set to a tense, waltz-like march that simmers with determination to a stunning boil, the song was born in the bedroom he had as a kid, which ended up inspiring much of the album’s material. “Musically, I felt I needed to find my identity in all the recent messes and what direction to go in, because for years i’d been tearing myself apart trying to create in just one medium: Playing acoustically on the road or electric. I decided to let all my notions (about what I thought everyone else wanted me to do most of my life) go, and the instrumentation came similarly, (almost) intuitively and with no rules or fears of crossing another sub-genre for the sake of identity or comfort.”
Columbus resident Brian McGuckin often gives this project its heartbeat on drums, but otherwise this whole soundscape is directly Petty’s. Performing all vocals, keyboards, bass and guitars himself on Departure, these songs sport real emotional muscle to coincide with the headstrong life lessons Petty brings to the table: Lead-track “All Ghosts” coasts bravely on a deep, pulsing rhythm before hitting a remarkable crescendo where it seems all previous versions of one’s self that were once “afraid to fly” turn into “angels,” free to meet their true calling; Augmented by an army of victorious strums and distant shouts, “Unfinished” is a commanding promise not to settle or die on the inside before the physical body does so; “Motor Mind,” as close to a full-on rocker as Departure allows, still finds time to step back and examine the artist’s insomnia with gentle flourishes; “Set Me Free,” as Petty explains, “hit me like a gospel hymn,” and sounding like it came directly from a torturous desert, the tune adheres to the religious-meets-gothic nature of true journeymen like Johnny Cash. It’s a brilliant, if crazed, plea for ultimate freedom.
Recorded at John Schwab Recording – where a wide range of world-renowned acts like Kiss, Peter Frampton and Gavin DeGraw have laid down material – Departure was helmed by engineer/producer Colin Coffey (Slash; Big & Rich) and was “a breakthrough experience… finally knowing where I belong creatively,” remarks Petty. “Much of the feel of this album came from epiphany-like moments, (like) how I felt when I began doing music. Slowly and painfully over the years, I lost myself to the expectations of others in everything I did, and my art began showing signs of that. This album was a great jump-off piece for what’s to come in the future.”

Departure will be re-released as an extended edition in 2017 under the Songs & Whispers Record Label based in Germany

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releases July 28, 2017

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Track Name: All Ghosts
I disguised you
with the fear in my rearview
I’m not glued to the past
but that voice on my right told me that
all ghosts fear to fly

I’m a restless spark
when the art of light turns dark
but i was bound by the fall
i was bound to fall for anything

when all ghosts feared to fly
all ghosts feared to fly

I found you
through the wounds in my rear view
and all those fears to fly
all those fears to fly

Doesn’t matter how
the mirror just knows
what do you see?
alone inside a stranger
or adored like an angel ?

I’m gonna find my way into you
I’m gonna find my way in through you
take this flight!
take this flight!
take this flight (sky)high!

turning ghosts into angels now
turning ghosts into angels, I’m
turning ghosts into angels I’m
turning ghosts into the sky.
the sky..

Troy Petty - 2014
Track Name: Unfinished
Lay it out
Obsess on what needs fixing
wait it out
the lines are always shrinking

don't lay it down
and let it die unfinished
rule out any doubt
in your ambition

don’t settle now
when you could be setting out
don’t go down unfinished

lay me out
Obsess on what I'm thinking
make me doubt
rule out any reason
to lie down
and die unfinished

I’ll rule out certain death
to my resistance

I’m setting out
be sad to settle now
I won’t go out unfinished

let me out
can’t you feel my heart sinking?
(shutting down from almost dreaming)
let me down
you see my heart’s not in it
(shutting out with all my heart now)

Don’t settle now
don’t let me die unfinished
rule out certain death
of my ambition
I’m setting out
it’d be sad to settle now
I won’t go out unfinished
I won’t go out unfinished.

- Troy Petty, 2014
Track Name: Motor Mind
My motor mind
A snapshot in motion
from a million eyes
I regret
never letting you

In my motor mind, I can’t sit tight

My motor eyes
play, pause, pretend, rewind
begin again
blink, hopelessly.. blink
In my motor mind
I can’t sit tight

In my motor mind
I can’t sit tight
for long!
In my motor mind
I can’t sit tight

I’m motorized
I don’t know how I sleep at night
My motor mind rolls all night long
All alone
I’m motorized
I don’t know how I sleep at night
My motor mind rolls all night long
All alone
(i apologize for seeming strange
and leaving you behind these eyes in pain)

My motor mind
motorized
my motor eyes
motorized
my motor mind.

- Troy Petty - 2014
Track Name: Set Me Free
Set me free
untie my tongue
Set me free
untie my tongue

set me free from the virus
that keeps me small, weak and lifeless
outplayed as long as I keep quiet
and refrain from excitement

Set me free
untie my tongue
Set me free!

Open me, my enemy
I’m just dust if play silently
all these years
I’d forgotten to breathe
and how i held it from the best of me

ghost, set me free!
go on, ignite my lungs!
Set me free !

Just a little push..

Free, free untie my tongue
set me free
Free, Go on
Ignite my lungs now
go on, Push
set me free !
free, go on and
Set me free!

- Troy Petty 2014
Track Name: Departure
A new day’s habit
expires in minutes
look where you are
deep enough in it?
Enough said to uniform your world
all comforts are worn
yet none of them are your’s

If you stay, your reason
will divide into millions
look where you are
can you see past the deep end?
If all you’ve served never cared you’d return
then all you’ve learned is to serve
well enough to keep you
looking up, but never see
look up, but never see

So close to departure
So close to what could be

The World, The World!
The World is calling you

Don’t lose your way by
just getting by
if all things come to an end
this ride will be the finest escape
from all the doubt
eating you up.
You’re nowhere until you’re found.

Make your move that makes them see
Make your move that makes them see
you’re so close to departure
so close to what could be
the World, The world !
The world is calling you!

Troy Petty - 2014
Track Name: Unfinished (Live)
Lay it out
Obsess on what needs fixing
wait it out
the lines are always shrinking

don't lay it down
and let it die unfinished
rule out any doubt
in your ambition

don’t settle now
when you could be setting out
don’t go down unfinished

lay me out
Obsess on what I'm thinking
make me doubt
rule out any reason
to lie down
and die unfinished

I’ll rule out certain death
to my resistance

I’m setting out
be sad to settle now
I won’t go out unfinished

let me out
can’t you feel my heart sinking?
(shutting down from almost dreaming)
let me down
you see my heart’s not in it
(shutting out with all my heart now)

Don’t settle now
don’t let me die unfinished
rule out certain death
of my ambition
I’m setting out
it’d be sad to settle now
I won’t go out unfinished
I won’t go out unfinished.

- Troy Petty, 2014
Track Name: Set Me Free (Live)
Set me free
untie my tongue
Set me free
untie my tongue

set me free from the virus
that keeps me small, weak and lifeless
outplayed as long as I keep quiet
and refrain from excitement

Set me free
untie my tongue
Set me free!

Open me, my enemy
I’m just dust if play silently
all these years
I’d forgotten to breathe
and how i held it from the best of me

ghost, set me free!
go on, ignite my lungs!
Set me free !

Just a little push..

Free, free untie my tongue
set me free
Free, Go on
Ignite my lungs now
go on, Push
set me free !
free, go on and
Set me free!

- Troy Petty 2014
Track Name: Running (Live)
R u n n i n g


Hold myself high
and follow through
overcome all there is to
then the reset settles in
changing my direction

I’m so tired of changing shoes
to running from
from running to

on my island
real friends are few
overwhelmed by dreamers ruined
falling on empty bottles
full of intentions

won’t tread lightly
to save those shoes
stop running from
start running to

don’t tread lightly
to save those shoes
stop running from
start running to


TMP - 11/16
Track Name: Miss Placed (Live)
Leave your fists on the field
don’t force a fight
I came to heal your golden wounds

Too fit to fight
to fit in
your innocence is breeding worn revenge
and misplaced entitlement

If things aren’t gonna change
don’t think I’m gonna stay
If things aren’t gonna change
don’t think I’m far enough away

I imagined your beautiful habits
could swing the loneliest me, around
but we’re all flawed so perfectly, now
why we all want to be buried with our gold?

If things aren’t gonna change
don’t think you’re far enough misplaced
If things aren’t gonna change
don’t think I’m far enough away

TMP - 2016