Almost Alive

by Jav Rivera

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After his first three albums (released under Tino Ghost) Jav Rivera established his unique blend of psychedelia and folk-rock. Like fusing José González with Pink Floyd, Jav combines heartfelt folk with experimental production. His 2013 album Almost Alive maintains the ethereal sound of which Jav has made his reputation, as well as further exploration of a song’s structure and emotional heart.

The album’s themes focus on the darker experiences Jav has struggled with including death, seclusion, depression, and a general reevaluation of life, goals, and dreams.

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released November 12, 2013

Produced, written, and performed by Jav Rivera
Recorded and mixed by Jacob Singer at 2nd Floor Basement
Mastered by Jeff Root at The Root Cellar

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Jav Rivera Boiling Springs, South Carolina

Jav Rivera has been writing music since the mid-90s and began his recording career when he was hired to compose music for films. He has been described as a modern blend of a 1970s singer/songwriter. Categorized as alternative, there are echoes of dream-pop, progressive rock, folk, and blues. Like fusing Junip with Pink Floyd, Jav combines heartfelt folk with experimental production. ... more

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Track Name: Evol
(instrumental)
Track Name: Before
Before

I wish I could feel your face
I wish I could steal you away
I wish we could meet today

I try to go up
When I can't be down
I wish you knew me
Before I got all fucked

I wish I could leave this place
I wish I could find a way
I wish we could meet today

I try to get by
When I lose control
I wish you knew me
Before I got all fucked

I wish you knew me
Before I got all fucked
Track Name: Nevermind My Mind
Nevermind My Mind

Don’t say I’m kind
Don’t come inside
Don’t wait in line
Nevermind my mind

Don’t shine a light
Don’t put aside
Don’t wait for signs
Nevermind your mind

Don’t say I might
Don’t feel obliged
Don’t wait to find
Nevermind my mind
Track Name: Thoughts I Fight
Thoughts I Fight

I don't want to lose my chance
To make you understand my mind

The words I write
The thoughts I fight
The dreams I strive

I don't want to lose my chance
To find another place to hide
Track Name: Unafraid
Unafraid

I've not the answer
I've not the answer
I've not the answer
I'm not out to hurt anyone

I'm just a trial
I'm just a trial
I'm just a child
Unafraid of mistakes

Made to learn my way
Track Name: The Missing Pulse
The Missing Pulse

I'm too weak to be warm
I miss the body next to me
I miss the pulse in her
If I don't have a home
Then I'd rather be cold

I'm too sad to be half
I miss the life inside of her
I miss the father in me
If I don't have a child
Then I'd rather be cold
Track Name: Convenient Love
Convenient Love

Don't you want someone to hold?
Don't you want someone normal?
Don't you want convenience?
Don't you want someone hopeful?
Don't you want someone to mold?
Track Name: Love Tune
Love Tune

Love, I love you
And I know
You don’t know love

Love, I dream of you
And I know
You don’t sleep with me

Love, I wait for you
And I know
You don’t stop for me

Love, I love you
And I know
You don’t know love
Track Name: When I Wake
When I Wake

I hope when I wake I'll be in a dream
I hope when I wake I'll be asleep
And I hope
And I hope
And I hope

I hope when I die I'll be in a calm
I hope when I die I'll be unalarmed
And I hope
And I hope
And I hope

Because I'm almost alive
And I'm dead inside
So I hope
And I hope
And I hope
Track Name: Noncitizen
Noncitizen

There’s nothing I wouldn’t do
To keep you in the room
So when you coming back?

I’m waiting and all alone
And laws be damned
So when you coming back?

There’s no one I wouldn’t face
To keep you in the States
So when you coming back?
Track Name: Singular
Singular

There's no one to join me
When I walk around

There's no one to hold me
When I fall apart

Like I don't fit in
Like I don't fit in
Like I don't fit in

There's no one to find me
When I hide inside
Track Name: Anymore
Anymore

There's no way you could know
That I don't know why
It's just that way
That I can't wait
Anymore

There's no day you could hold
And hide in your mind
It's just a day
That I can't save
Anymore

There's no way you could know
That I don't want life
It's just a waste
That I can't face
Anymore