Life Of Compromise EP

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Stathi Patseas, a Greek Midwesterner, formed by the bleak Omaha winters and ethereal Greek Island summers. It’s this common polarization that feeds his inspiration as a songwriter: the changing seasons, human nature’s unforgiving unpredictability, an eternally toxic political climate, and a desperate curiosity to find purpose.

Often experimenting with half-written songs at Pageturners Lounge and O’Leavers in Omaha, he began dedicating himself to writing truthful, substantive lyrics. The ability to turn a phrase always stood out to him, leading Stathi to find his voice as a solo artist.

In desperate need of shepherding, he enlisted the talents of a musical mentor, Miwi La Lupa (Conor Oberst, Red Baraat). Miwi took the project under his wing and brought with him a familiar rhythm section of Omaha music veteran, Pat Oakes (Cursive, Conor Oberst, Ladyfinger), and added the talented Adam Roberts as engineer. As the basic tracks for the 6 songs were laid out, friends began to add their touch: vocals from Corina Figueroa (Dolores Diaz & The Standby Club) and Michaela Favara (Sucettes), strings from Megan Siebe (Cursive, Simon Joyner), and mandolin/pedal steel from Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes).

After three days at ARC Studios, the record began to come together, with the thanks of mixing/mastering by Josh Valleau (Glass Wall Studios).

Stathi’s voice sits above the music, attempting to make sense of his human experience. Shedding light on romance, family, personal discovery, and a vision for his future, Stathi's debut release, and first studio experience is "Life Of Compromise"

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released March 15, 2019

Recorded at ARC Studios & The Library in Omaha, NE between June-August 2018
All songs written by Stathi Spiros Patseas (ASCAP)
Produced by MiWi La Lupa
Engineered by Adam Roberts
Mixed/Mastered by Josh Valleau, Glass Wall Studios (NYC)
Artwork by Olivia Grizzle

Michaela Favara – Vocals (3,5)
Corina Figueroa – Vocals (3,6)
MiWi La Lupa – Bass/Vocals/Baritone Guitar/Horns/Keys/Percussion (1-6)
Mike Mogis – Pedal Steel/Mandolin (5,6)
Pat Oakes – Drums (1-4,6)
Stathi Patseas - Vocals/Guitars (1-6)
Megan Siebe – Cello/Viola (3,4)

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Track Name: Caché Start
Well I read your note, and the words that you chose
I’ll keep them in mind, when I’m leaving you behind
To begin, begin a caché start

In a way I know you're looking out, your nature in disguise
Told all my friends, and they wondered why, I couldn’t leave it all behind
Threw away my clothes, you sold the house, the raven in the night
Felt old again, like a butterfly

When I left the inn, the pictures and the books made me feel again
I concealed it, for sure, little raven baby calling out for more
And I felt deprived, of all the time that had passed me by
Because I need you, to breathe, your silhouette makes me believe
That I’ll begin, begin a cache start

In a way I know you're looking out, your nature in disguise
Told all my friends, and they wondered why, I couldn’t leave it all behind
Threw away my clothes, you sold the house, the raven in the night
Felt old again, like a butterfly

Fortified by the look in your eyes as I picture you tonight,
Generous with my feeling of bliss because you make my tongue twist,
When I dream about your caress I lose my mind
Fantasies seem real to me because I’m looking at you as I speak

In a way I know you're looking out, your nature in disguise
Told all my friends, and they wondered why, I couldn’t leave it all behind
Threw away my clothes, you sold the house, the raven in the night
Felt old again, like a butterfly
Track Name: Colorado
Colorado, can’t you see, you’re the only one
Terrified of what’s behind, a parachute of memories are hanging on the clothesline
You were righteous, you were true, you were the man captivated by domestic abuse
Everything and everyone, you were all of them
But you were my friend, until the end

I’m worn out by a means to an end
You told me why it’s endless regret

Even from the moment I met you, it was easy enough to know
Had a feeling you’d be remembered, for now and forever more

So don’t be afraid if I tell you that I feel the same, because I love you more each day
Just come by side, look into my eyes

I’m worn out by a means to an end
You told me why it’s endless regret
Track Name: Change Me (Black Screen)
Fire burning on the back pages, cabins getting anxious of the wind whipping sound, give them something to eat
Well it’s simple to me, I’ve heard the traveling man, sharing stories of a deep freeze
But we held the line, bought some time, phoning for backup on the mainline
Never been here before, but now I see the score, now I see the score

On the mainline

We lost our lives inside of you, so c’mon baby, won’t you change me
My Midwest age never felt so brave, so c’mon baby, won’t you change me

Smoky visage of an ashtray, the pine was turning black, and my hands a dirty shade of a fallen leaf
Well it’s simple to breathe through an oxygen mask, taking directions from the black screen
Well why sister was crying, my house was divided, between a mirror and a news team
But we’ve been here before, locked ourselves indoors, to escape the horror

On the black screen

We lost our hands from our ignorance, so c’mon baby, won’t you change me
Inside, there’s proof, explanations too, so c’mon baby, won’t you change me

You can change me, when the black screen goes dark
You see, the screen, with an endless change of heart, for the coldest part
Track Name: Angeline
Well I’m losing my goddamn mind, it seems to happen to me every time
Built inside my head, like a prototype-beta man
There’s a glitch in me, and I’m the only one that can see, the truth

Angeline, took you in too deep, but I’m a Casanova, but I’m still here

When you took my phone, you saw a photograph and a note
You had it all arranged, in the center of the rose parade
Culdesac my brain, going ‘round and ‘round again
When I drew the map, you were clinging to the simple past
But you were seventeen, you were a victim of reality, T.V.

Angeline, you were in too deep, strawberry makeup, like the ones you loved

There’s a glitch in me, and I’m the only one that can see, the truth

Angeline, you were in too deep, strawberry makeup, like the ones you loved
Angeline, won’t you forgive me, I was a Casanova, I was just like you
Track Name: Let's All Be The Same
At twenty and two, what am I to do
Put down the phone, and turn off the tube
I want to feel love, to be and become
To choose one of two, must be another way to lose

I’m cornered by time, given a moment’s notice,
But most days are spent the same, void of...

When is enough, to burn and disrupt
To live a desire, to freeze my finest hour
We listen to learn, we watch not to hurt
We speak without tongue, and we kiss without love
We lie to save face, we’re honest by mistake

I’m more than a piece, more than at least another,
But who else is so damn vein, all, but...

We punish a change, let’s all be the same
Track Name: Life Of Compromise
Corner, corner baby well you wrote the most, I’ll be the man, I’ll be the one you miss, you miss the most
Twisting, twisting through the evening light, it’s the golden age again, I swear it might, it might’ve never crossed my mind
My shame, I fear it feels the same, I’m fearful of a sequel where the future is a shooting range, and I am the game

It’s a long, long road to feel like a special man, inside of you, inside of me
I’ve lost my strength, now I fear this is the only way, it’s the only way

In a life of compromise, I’ve seen you changing and it changed my mind

Feeling like an angel with my new degree, my keeper put a hand out like a mannequin of jubilee
Fishing, fishing for a true surprise, because I’m different than the other kids, indifferent drinking Miller Lite
My acclaim is an inflated case, I’m fearful of a middle man who’s clinging to his better days, living to sedate

It’s a long road to reveal the ordinary man inside of you, inside of me
I’ve lost my strength, now I fear this is the only way, it’s the only way

In a life of compromise, I’ve seen the changes and it changed my mind

Compromise, I’ve seen the changes and I closed my eyes

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