The In​-​Between Times

by Let's Whisper

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1.
There’s something about the way you looked that night It was different, it was new Like he was looking back at you And it couldn’t be clearer No it couldn’t be clearer There’s something about the way you held on tight It was different, it was true He only smiled that way with you And it couldn’t be clearer No it couldn’t be clearer You are loved, loved, loved, loved, loved You are loved, loved, loved, loved, loved When you fall asleep And as you wake up In the magazines And the stars above He’ll find you all of the time He’ll find you all the time And it couldn’t be clearer No it couldn’t be clearer You are loved, loved, loved, loved, loved You are loved, loved, loved, loved, loved You are loved, loved, loved, loved, loved You are loved, loved, loved, loved, loved
2.
Have you done the thing that defines you yet? Have you done the things that define you yet? I wanna know The thing you see as you I wanna know The thing you want me to When I think of days when I was let down When I think of days when I was let down I wanna know The thing you see as you I wanna know The thing you want me to Have you done the thing that defines you yet? Have you done the things that define you yet? I wanna know The things you see as you I wanna know The thing you want me to
3.
Sing! 03:34
You used to find a quiet moment by yourself To pick up the phone Tell him how you felt Talk ‘bout the day to day What the headlines say What’s doing on the farm How the weather’s so much warmer where they are Well it takes a little while For the skin to toughen up and form it’s scar There’s a first time for everything I remember hearing my dad sing (la la la la) And you posted that video It caught me by surprise Remembering how I felt in that white suit A part of me had died in that department store Those segregated floors A case of too much compromise Turns moment you realize it’s time To play the beat the way you hear it Dance as if you didn’t fear it, no no ‘Cuz there’s a first time for everything I wish you could hear your dad sing (la la la la) I woke up this morning There was coffee by my bed We listened to the sounds of summer rain Your little clothes got wet All hung out in a line On the porch to dry It’s common place in the UK Max says it’s the better way to go Well I’m willing to try anything To change this cycle we are in You know? ‘Cuz there’s a first time for everything And I’m gonna be a dad who sings La la la la la I’m gonna be a dad who sings La la la la la la Sing La la la Sing la la la la la La la la la la
4.
Simple Times 03:05
Simple times Solid lines A snowflake’s falling down on a tree Simple times Space to find Out just who and how you want to be Put the kettle on You don't have to hide Send a christmas card, let ‘em know you’re fine Tell me all about the poems that you write And what keeps you up at night Simple times Yours and mine Cooking dinner Listening to that album on repeat Simple times Books and wine A good night kiss as you fall asleep Put the kettle on Settle down inside Take a photograph Post the thing online Tell me all about the luck you’ve never tried And what gets you through the night Put the kettle on You don’t have to hide Send a Christmas card Let ‘em know you’re fine Tell me all about the poems that you write And what gets you through the night
5.
Hey you, I know you I know you well Hey you, I know you And I can never tell Will I see you round the town When I come around Will you come around You are the one who goes and goes and goes And goes and goes and goes and goes And you’re the only one who knows all of my songs Hey you, I know you I know you well Hey you, I know you And I will never tell If I see you round the town When I come around Will you come around You are the one who goes and goes and goes And goes to shows and goes and goes And you’re the only one who knows all of our songs Hey you, I know you I know you well Hey you, I know you And I can never tell Will I see you round the town If I come around Will you come around You are the one who goes and goes and goes And goes and goes and goes and goes And you were one of those who goes and goes And goes and goes and goes and goes And you’re the only one who knows all of my songs Yeah, you’re the only one who knows all of our songs
6.
The last time we spoke I told a joke I'd told before And you didn't humor me So I blamed the delivery And the execution Maybe you should worry about elocution And stop looking at your shoes Because this might not be a crush But it's affecting both of us The last time I came I said your name out loud I know, I couldn't believe it But it wasn't in vain I've got an aching question Tell me all the things you're thinking now Do you ever think of me and how Because this might not be a crush If it's affecting both of us And if only a crush It still feels good This might not be a crush But it's affected both of us The last time we spoke I told a joke I'd told before And you didn't humor me So I blamed the delivery And the execution Baby, you should worry about elocution And stop looking at your shoes Because this might not be a crush But it's affectin’ both of us And if only a crush It still feels good This might not be a crush But it's affected both of us
7.
January 2nd, 2016 We started the new year running The sky was overcast, the lake was pristine You were all sorts of stunning Like any other day Just like any other day Mid-afternoon we took a walk through the woods Couldn’t have seen it coming She rode upon your back That big silver hood It kept her little ears from numbing Like any other day Just like any other day And there’s 40 ways to love you Yeah there’s 40 ways to love you I love you even more When night time came it was just you and me And the sound machines’ humming You messaged your sister, had the crossword beat The headline news was crumby Like any other day Just like any other day There’s 40 ways to say ‘I love you’ Yeah there’s 40 ways to love But I really love you much much more Yeah there’s 40 ways I love you 40 ways I’m sure There’s 40 ways I love you But I’ll always love you more
8.
Remember seeing that balloon in the sky? Remember when you came out to your dad? Remember when you were too afraid to fly? I remember feeling much less sad So write another status on your wall Post another picture of your cat Play another round of volleyball Notice that you’re getting fat No we never talk about it It just ends up in a song Hidden in a closet ‘Til its season comes…. Draw a picture of a kid and their toys Listen to your favorite radio Dress yourself as if you’re one of the boys Pretend you know the way home Yeah we never talk about it It just shows up in a song Hidden in a closet ‘Til it’s season comes along No we never talk about it It just turns up in a song Hidden in a closet ‘Til its season comes along ‘Til its season comes along
9.
Long Run 03:39
I’m not gonna write any more bitter songs I’m not gonna get hung up on what when wrong Because there was nothing I could have done And maybe it was better for us in the long run ’m not gonna write any more angry songs At least not ones about lovers long gone Because there was nothing that I could have done And maybe it was better for us in the long run Maybe it was better For us In the long run Maybe it was better For us In the long run I’m not gonna write any more jealous songs It hasn’t made me any friends And it’s not what I want to become And maybe it was better for us in the long run Maybe it was better For us In the long run Maybe it was better For us In the long run
10.
I don’t know what I would do without you I don’t know what I would do without you Did somebody get the message to ya Man, I really hope they got the message to you And even when I’m walking down the street And sometimes when I’m swaying to the beat I’m still thinking of the next thing coming gotta keep it live cuz the tape is rollin’ on Hope somebody got the message to ya Gotta keep it moving and the tape is rolling on
11.
Hey There 02:02
Hey there, my little one Hey there, just like the sun Yeah, you know I’ll be coming soon You can see me in the the moon Can you hear me in the room? Hey there, just like the sun Hey there, my little one Yeah, you know I’ll be coming soon Can you hear me in the room? Can you see me in the moon?
12.
The rain’s been coming down forever It seems like we’re never gonna see the sun again I’m sure this move is hard to witness I’m looking for forgiveness And trying not to pretend that it’s easier now Pretty soon you will be leaving I’m already grieving the person that I knew Before the scars were on this body I did so much hiding But you always had the truth When we were young No turning back Tomorrow is where we ought to be You can take the girl out of vermont But you’ll never take that girl out of me In a year when things look different Will you be missing the person that you knew? There’s beauty in the in-between times We’re practicing queer kinds of ways to be and do And it feels better No turning back Tomorrow is where we gotta be You can take that girl out of Vermont but You’ll never ever take her out of me Pretty soon you will be leaving I’m already grieving the person that I knew Before the scars were on this body I did so much hiding But you always had the truth When we were young
13.
So you drink too much for a Sunday brunch And claim it’s the year of getting high And in the safety of your room When there’s nothing left to prove and Nobody left to criticize... You cry You cry So you drink too much for a Sunday brunch And claim it’s the year of getting by And in the empty of your room When there’s nothing left to lose And nobody left to analyze… You cry You cry You cry So you drink too much for a Sunday brunch And claim it’s the year of getting high And in the safety of your room When there’s nothing left to prove And nobody left to criticize... You cry You cry You cry You cry

about

The name “Let’s Whisper” implies secrets—the sorts of things you’d tell friends in a night’s waning hours, as the sun is about to peek over the horizon. Colin Clary and Dana Kaplan have been friends and musical collaborators for years, and the openhearted, detail-rich indiepop they craft together reflects their rich creative relationship and trust in each other. On The In-Between Times, the second Let’s Whisper full-length—the band’s first release in eight years, and first as a five-piece—the Burlington-based band digs deeper into their day-to-day worlds while confronting their individual and collective futures.

“This is a record about love and loss and change and possibilities,” Colin and Dana say about The In-Between Times, which comes out on Fika Recordings in August 2022. Indeed, the prevailing mood of this album is a sense of grounding, of not letting the big questions of life—“what gets you through the night?”, “will I see you around the town?”, “have you done the thing that defines you yet?”—completely obfuscate the minutiae that makes it beautiful.
Musically and lyrically detailed, The In-Between Times is the work of a band that uses the catchy melodies and jangling guitars of indiepop to peel off into exciting, and at times unexpected, musical and lyrical directions. “The Thing That Defines You” is crisp and questioning, with squiggles of guitar at its melody’s fringes implying the strands of identity that a friend is trying to see in order to get a full, unencumbered-by-narrative picture of someone they love. “Sing!” swells from a gentle jangle into a triumphant trans anthem that charmingly flips the bird to societal norms. “40 Ways To Love You” pairs its pointillistic detailing of a loved one’s best qualities with a weepy guitar countermelody that makes the romance all the more poignant.

Let’s Whisper started as a home-recording project between Colin and Dana, also in the beloved “open-hearted indiepop revolutionaries” The Smittens, in the mid-2000s. Writing and recording music at home resulted in more tightly knit songwriting process, which the pair referred to as “Whispering.” After releasing a pair of EPs, 2008’s Make Me Smile and 2010’s Keep a Secret, Let’s Whisper brought on drummer Brad Searles (Eef, The Also-Rans), expanding and adding a fulcrum to their sound. Since Brad joined, Let’s Whisper has released one album, 2011’s The Shortest Days, and a 10-inch, 2014’s As Close As We Are. The latter was called “short and sweet, by turns deadpan in its delivery and sentimental in its subject matter” by the Vermont weekly Seven Days, and it was Let’s Whisper’s last release until now.

But Let’s Whisper has kept creatively busy in those ensuing years. In addition to the three members pursuing their own projects individually and together, Let’s Whisper toured the US and the UK, rounding out its lineup with bassist-guitarist Jeff Baron (Essex Green, Ladybug Transistor) in the States and bassist-vocalist Emma Kupa (Standard Fare, Mammoth Penguins) in Great Britain. For the recording of The In-Between Times, both Jeff and Emma joined Colin, Dana, and Brad during sessions at Marlborough Farms in Brooklyn—although they did so a year apart, with Emma recording her parts (including banjo on the chiming “Simple Times” and vocals and banjo on the plainspoken “Long Run”) with the core three in 2017 and Jeff adding guitar and keyboards in 2018, when the finishing touches were put on the album by studio owner and engineer Gary Olson.

With The In-Between Times, Let’s Whisper have created an album that, even in its more pensive and mournful moments, celebrates the array of what life has to offer—the elation of watching hot-air balloons lift off at sunset, the triumph that comes with living honestly, the joy that comes when an open heart is mirrored by a friend, or a fan, or a loved one. Lean in and listen closely.

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released August 26, 2022

Let's Whisper are:
Dana Kaplan - guitar, vocals, keys, ukulele
Colin Clary - guitar, vocals, keys
Brad Searles - drums, percussion, vocals
Emma Kupa - bass, vocals, banjo
Jeff Baron - guitar, bass, keys
and featuring:
Gary Olson, vocals, trumpet

Recorded and mixed by Gary Olson at Marlborough Farms

Mastered by TW Walsh

Graphics by Jason Routhier

All songs by Let's Whisper

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