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The Past Must Present

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Every lyric speaks from the heart on Qwill's EP, The Past Must Present. ; the grainy timbre of his voice is made for roots music. It lends a bit of soulful grit to the album’s acoustic guitar-driven tracks, like “Hanging on a Thread” and “Take the Blame.” Here Ciarmataro is rounded out by drums, saxophone, vibes, and pedal steel guitar. These tracks, while solid, are bookended by two standouts. The opener “Matter of Time” is a tasty slice of indie pie, combining acoustic instruments with electronic beats behind Ciarmataro’s nasal vocal approach. He scores the brilliant closer “Scars” in the opposite direction. It’s minimal and lo-fi, stripped down to finger picked acoustic, foot tapping, and a poignant falsetto that fits alongside the Bon Iver canon.
- Daryl Lazaro / Performer Magazine

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released August 1, 2010

©2010 Simple Truth Records
Written and Produced by J. Ciarmataro for a Qwill production / ASCAP

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Jesse Ciarmataro aka Qwill, is a singer, songwriter, and producer currently based in Salem, MA US

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Track Name: Matter Of Time
When I saw you, you weren’t easy to find
We were in the back of our heads and the line

You pulled the sleeve to my skin
I knew right then that’s where you’d get in
Just a matter of time

When I find my way back home again
Go ahead don’t wait for me

You pulled the sleeve to my skin
I knew right then that’s where you’d get in
Just a matter of time

When I find my way back home again
Go ahead don’t wait for me
Track Name: Hanging On A Thread
Slip into the night, I left without a trace
Am I going down
Half a mile from home, just another hit
Am I going down
I’m hanging on a thread, I guess this is it
But I can’t fall down
But I’m losing my grip, and I’ve got to hang on
I’ve got to hang on

And this faith in me holds me close enough for you to break through me, I know
And it may be everything that you thought a love could be, I know

I know when your right, and I know when your wrong
It all comes around, it comes back around
We could hold on forever, or just quit now
How does that sound?

And this faith in me holds me close enough for you to break through me, I know
And it may be everything that you thought a love could be, I know
Track Name: Nothing Is Impossible
I’ll climb over mountain tops, over snow caps and stars to be in your arms
Crawl across ledges, dodge falling rocks
Anything to touch your skin again

There’s nothing that’s impossible when I’m in your arms

I’ll move through the burning desert, under the spotlight of the sun
When the only shielding me is your love

There’s nothing that’s impossible when I’m in my heart

Stay

And the wind and the rain may blow harder than any storm in the Bering sea
I’ll push with the will of ten thousand men through the fierce waters till is sets me free

There’s nothing that’s impossible when your with me

Stay

I’m going to change this world, with these angels to be my guide
Keep peace inside my heart, though there might be a war outside

There’s nothing that’s impossible when your by my side

Stay
Track Name: Learning
I’ve learned if you wait for something better it might all just pass you by
Some things are better left unsaid, but the hardest things to say do no good kept inside
Sometimes the things that matter seem the last thing on your mind
And the simplest things can seem hard to find

I’ve learned that fear can do you harm
It can hold you and pull you back from the strength you need to carry on
And the sweetness of love can be just as bitter too
Any gift in life should be sacred within me and you

I feel without knowing where you come from can blind you where your going to
But then again, where we begin we can always start anew
And sometimes being sheltered can keep you out in the storm
Yes some will learn to let go and some to hold on as we dance in and out of
each others arms

So hold light up
Can’t you see we ain’t alone out here
Under these glorious skies, there ain’t nothing to fear
And now I see it so clear
Track Name: Take The Blame
I was the one that had you flooded in tears
I kissed you softly then I disappeared
There were all those nights and stolen smiles
You made me see myself, and I was wrong

I will take the blame, but please don’t take me from your heart

Sometime the things that we keep within
Can make it impossible to ever begin
But now like a rain that’s blown away
You begin to see light
And now I’m ready to begin

I will take the blame, please don’t take me from your heart

And please don’t say that there’s no use trying
Wilt away trying to save a dying love

I will take the blame, please don’t take me from your heart