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The Tipping Scale

by Kinlaw

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1.
The Mechanic 03:22
i had a motor built by a sensitive guy with all the parts how i like even though i move fine they somehow missed the math but the mechanic might know that if you want me you can come to where i am if you follow my lead what do you see? what do you see? see there is a system set between us as i drop some clues in the machine we’re keeping our hands locked in our own odd kind of pact we have me, the feeler, and the mechanic if you want me you can come to where i am if you follow my lead well, what do you see? you say it isn’t often that you feel like this but this is no ordinary way you said it’s like a socket on a stone but you say, and then you said it again “hello, there’s no science here now” that this is feeling and feeling’s hard so take my hand and run with it so if you want me you can come to where i am and if you follow my lead what do you see? and then if you want me you’ll know to go, go where i go and when you’re looking at me well, what do you see?
2.
Two Poets 02:52
tally on the back of an old newspaper i’m marking all the times i tried make us better two poets in the fog who never give up so i make two tears our sheets, one at a time i wanna be done with the hard love baby, i’m secure if you give me what i need gonna pull my way out of this i dont wanna quit it though we need to step out of it finding all the ways to move the blame around if i’m a choreography, i’m moving out of time with you now we’re two poets in the fog who never give up and i drop two tears on our sheets, one at a time i’m so tired of the tough love baby, i’m secure if you give me what i need i wanna pull the weight out of this i dont wanna quit it i keep waiting for the time to click two poets in the fog we’re two poets in the fog i don’t care if i’m looking like i’m crazy now i just wanna be a part of you after all standing in the clouded room i finally find your hand now two poets in the fog waiting for the bomb to fall i don’t care if i fall down fighting for ya tell me what i want cause no one else can give it to me tears on the street i wanna pull the weight out of this two poets in the fog looking for a way to fit
3.
Home 02:37
if you feel a lock on the part that pulls you through the rooms then i’ll be the one who will show you around meet me at the part that feels cold like a rock not poetic and soft like something we earned and forgot home is where we put things together it’s where we stop but i can not believe it’s as simple as this i tied you to the wood just to watch you work through something artless and hard you hadn’t looked small for a while we’re living in a house that’ll trigger us we open our hands in the halls feeling didactic and small home is where we sleep with each other it’s just enough and i cannot believe it’s as simple as this home is where we put things together its where we stop over and again its as simple as this home is where we sleep with each other it’s just enough over and again its as simple as this home is where we sleep with each other it’s where we stop
4.
There She Is 03:00
can’t believe i let somebody just take everything so easily i don’t do that now i’m going anywhere but down, down, down, down i chose you for a while and now i take it back i keep the parts i like gonna throw the rest out we could talk about it but it feels good to move on there she goes there she is the way she knows when i thought i couldn’t find her when i thought i’d lost it there she is there she is so now I’ve got to take care of my real life cause i’m not wasting all my time crying i write the lines i wire my mind i complicated something good but that’s alright there she goes there she is the way she knows i’ve gotta give it to her always keep her here always wins there she is and i can’t wait to tell you what’s on my mind now i’m not wasting all my time fighting i’m good to be the one for me the only one respecting all of my time assumed i was the one that could have called back but i can neither want or wish or feel badly won’t take it on you know i’ll go down down down down and the louder i scream it doesn’t matter the harder i push back it doesn’t matter the deeper the cry you know it doesn’t matter it didn’t matter so i don’t bother there she goes there she is there she is when i thought i couldn’t find her when i thought i lost her there she is there she is there she goes there she is the way she knows when i thought i couldn’t find her when i thought i lost it there she is there she is
5.
Haircut 02:22
and i won’t deny that i stood there too quiet just letting the walls fall i couldn't stop, stop, stop, stop did i uncover my power? or did i give myself swiftly to the end of it? i don't know but if you think there was a choice, there was not, not, not you thought i was everything but i’m not yet there’s not a day that goes by when i’m not feeling tired i’m sending out signals to show you that i’m changing but my messages float over you don't receive them did i discover my power? or did i give myself swiftly to the end of it there’s a rule that when you cut off your hair you let the old things go you thought i was everything but i’m not and there’s not a day that goes by when i don’t feel reminded
6.
ive gotta get to know the reasons for the things that i do i keep taking up the line to stay in touch with you see i cleared my life swapped out my key just to keep it on a ring hanging by my brand new door picking at my skin got obsessions for sure but it feels so human ooo ooo i’ve gotta get to know the truth to how do i feel now and why i can’t let go when time opens wider i’ve been feeling like i’m caught in the moment but the kinds that i’ve scripted and titled i think i’m building a potential control freak with pieces to parts i can’t hold on to if there’s a way to love you know i’ll dig it up and i know that i’m a lot but who else will work this hard? cause i’ve been feeling like i’m caught in the moment but they’re all ones i’ve wrangled and tied up i’m always gonna be a potential control freak with no one to blame but my own now but i’ll get it by the weekend i put my head down and let the car go i’ll finish it on time
7.
Permissions 02:51
if i say it’s going to be alright it is i know it i’m gonna put down my head but it won’t be forever i’m signing over my hand just to take it back cause there really is no part of me you want to own why me, why me, why me? watch me sit right back stay here just staring at the window no i won’t go this is what i said is there a way to care from away cause if i stay stay right here staring at the window i’ll never know i’m signing over my head you should see me now moving in that fast car down the road i’ve got a single, white hair from my head into your mouth it grows irresponsible and it grows long sometimes I can hardly feel myself moving around fumbling towards something that’s new ground why me, why me, why me? now i sit right back watching the ways it all can crumble and i’m counting change with a hand annulled i’ve gotten old trying to push out all the habits i’ve grown into something i don’t even know so this is what i said this is what i said i study love like its a motion that’s meant to be filled i study you and i see so many choices that i need to find my own permissions i study love like it’s impossible not to like it’s a pocket i can put my palm into and i look at you like you’re someone that’s meant to move me this is what i said this is what i said
8.
Oleander 03:23
you got those critical eyes on me but i’ve gathered my disguise i’ll show you how i’m gonna run if you can make me out i can’t take this out on everyone if there’s a target ill just get right to it and i’ll show you how i’m gonna work to fill in the blind spots i get what i want cause i know that i deserve it oh, i can’t tell if you’re the reason but i know there’s so much i’m not seeing now i’m out here taking every witness it’s a buffer anyhow oh, i know that it won’t be easy i wanna reset i’ve got a feeling that i won’t get it until i find my blindspot i’ve been living with the signs but i lived with you longer so we’re wrapped identically to the secrets it’s only now that can i see it got a complicated story but its all that i’ve got and i know this grip on you it has got to go that i have to walk alone take my time fill it in i know that i can see it oh, i can’t tell if you’re the reason but i know there’s so much i’m not seeing now i’m out here thinking that our love was just a buffer after all oh, if i sort out all my feelings i’ll get my reset i’ve got to get it and i wont finish before i fill in my blindspot walking to the end alone just so i can see myself i feel like i coming back into myself every day take my grip off your hand just so i can see its a complicated story but it’s all i’ve got and i know this grip on you it has got to go its got to go its gotta go i can see myself if i take away the story well, it’s not all that i am could it mean this is what i’ve been looking for? it’s got to go you’ve gotta go
9.
Blindspot 03:20
you got those critical eyes on me but i’ve gathered my disguise i’ll show you how i’m gonna run if you can make me out i can’t take this out on everyone if there’s a target ill just get right to it and i’ll show you how i’m gonna work to fill in the blind spots i get what i want cause i know that i deserve it oh, i can’t tell if you’re the reason but i know there’s so much i’m not seeing now i’m out here taking every witness it’s a buffer anyhow oh, i know that it won’t be easy i wanna reset i’ve got a feeling that i won’t get it until i find my blindspot i’ve been living with the signs but i lived with you longer so we’re wrapped identically to the secrets it’s only now that can i see it got a complicated story but its all that i’ve got and i know this grip on you it has got to go that i have to walk alone take my time fill it in i know that i can see it oh, i can’t tell if you’re the reason but i know there’s so much i’m not seeing now i’m out here thinking that our love was just a buffer after all oh, if i sort out all my feelings i’ll get my reset i’ve got to get it and i wont finish before i fill in my blindspot walking to the end alone just so i can see myself i feel like i coming back into myself every day take my grip off your hand just so i can see its a complicated story but it’s all i’ve got and i know this grip on you it has got to go its got to go its gotta go i can see myself if i take away the story well, it’s not all that i am could it mean this is what i’ve been looking for? it’s got to go you’ve gotta go
10.
The Road 03:46
if i could take it all on you know i would until my back buckles down into the road laying there flat down until i know where i wanna go i took two years to take my body into war so i could tell you about two things that no one knows the mess i did and i’ll never find the right words to tell you never takes too much to drag you down what’s there oh god let someone adore me just lay there flat down in the road and i’ve got you on my back let’s go i’m an unbelievable non god i’m golden in what could’ve been so cold i realize when no one else is there so you listen to your own self carved bliss i trust in some but slowly i trust those who’ve hurt me i think it gets me somewhere i think its good to keep trying i said someone else could fill my time and then i worked hard to believe it why does my mind always betray all ways to function while i’m away fully-awake unconscious and flat-back stuttering is this the way you picture me when you’re standing so holy it’s me, the folly, the road it’s me, the folly, the road it’s me, the folly, the road it’s me, the folly, the road it’s me, the folly, the road it’s me, the folly, the road it’s me, the folly, the road it’s me, the folly, the road it’s me, the folly, the road it’s me, the folly, the road

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The Tipping Scale is a gorgeously sung cycle of songs that mix deeply personal lyrics with universal themes; Kinlaw is a smart, conceptual writer, one not afraid to explore deep emotions like loss, regret, and confusion, alongside strength, identity, and change. She explains that The Tipping Scale is an ideal metaphor for the record, the idea of an ever-present slipping in and out of change, and an acceptance of this kind of change. On it, she unravels intimate memories and tries to learn from them. As you listen to her songs and decode her words, you realize she’s not just building songs, she’s also creating a home—where painful thoughts of the past can exist within the present—as well as an entirely new, unflinching universe.

This universe she created is not metaphorical—it’s, in fact, very real. Kinlaw, who often works with gesture and movement as a writing tool, found The Tipping Scale unifying her multidisciplinary practice. She found it by building a real world. As she wrote, with the goal of finding human entry points for storytelling that felt authentic and honest to her practice, she often saw the music relating to motion. “I would start with a gesture and let it build into something until a memory attached itself to it,” She explains. “The memory would become a story and the story would reveal itself as something important that needed to be expressed in this album.” This works, too, for the lyrical process, where harder and less smooth gestures would represent consonants, and smooth, flowing movements would become vowels. She found the same thing happening with melodic lines and key changes. This is a record that jolts between the corporeal and the psychological, drawn from a flailing body, anchored by inconvenient truths.

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released February 19, 2021

All Songs Written by Kinlaw
Produced by Kinlaw and Jake Aron
Mixed by Jake Aron
Mastered by Heba Kadry

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