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SONG PREMIERE: TURKEY MOUNTAIN SUNSET BAND– “APOSTASY”

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SONG PREMIERE: TURKEY MOUNTAIN SUNSET BAND– “APOSTASY”


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Esten Hurtle, aka Turkey Mountain Sunset Band, is a bit of an observer. He’s someone who spectates on the outside, looking through the window as the action happens on the other side. Someone who studies carefully before taking action. Turkey Mountain Sunset Band is Hurtle’s musical persona, a soft-voiced musical documenter who takes notes on the world around with a guitar and harmonica. The music is a mix of middle-of-the-field sung songs about home, weird experimental folk, slight pop structures, and americana honesty.

“Apostasy” is the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief. It’s also the fourth track on Turkey Mountain Sunset Band’s seven track EP Transmutation, Delivered! The lines “This ain’t a love letter, it’s a breakdown / An apology, it’s a prayer / Sunday morning sermons drag on way too long” open the song, which spins the story of what it’s like to literally run away from your religious roots—the protagonist discusses jumping into a truck with someone close and leaving not just their beliefs behind them, but also everything they know: their home town. As the two continue their journey, they begin to realize that their beliefs have followed them, clutching to their backs as they fall asleep every night. It’s a song about trying to remove something that’s at the core of yourself, something you grew up with but don’t necessarily feel comfortable with, but still feel guilty about trying to turn your back on.

Give “Apostasy” a listen below and be sure to check out Turkey Mountain Sunset Band’s latest EP Transmutation, Delivered!, which came out January 27 of this year, and be on the lookout for a full review of the EP later this week. The song features Esten Hurtle on vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin and Bill Hurtle on mandolin.

“Apostasy” lyrics: 

This ain’t a love letter, it’s a breakdown
An apology, it’s a prayer
Sunday morning sermons drag on way too long
And I know Jesus don’t have much to say about Sayre

The writing was yours, it was gorgeous
Looped letters, dotting ‘i’s in the air
Those psalms were the keys to a 67 Chevy
And the signature screamed “can you get me out of here”

There’s gravity on the highway
There’s memories of home
Got a full tank of gas, cross the Texas state line
we got leaving in our bones

Chevy died outside Amarillo
With a mutter and a sigh
Rolled out some blankets, slept on the grass
Traced the satellites across the midnight sky

You kept that bible in your backpack
Read gospels to fall asleep
And when the morning sun rose, I saw blue eyes and tears
We packed what we could carry, hitchhiked back east

There’s gravity on the highway
There’s radio from back home
We end up wherever we end up
But at least you’re not going there alone

Your brother saw the headlights through the window
Came up to meet us in the yard
He grabbed your hand, didn’t look me in the eye
Thanked the lord we didn’t make it too far

Stuck in western Oklahoma
But you’re no longer devout
And on the days that Christ don’t weight heavy on your mind
We can daydream bout getting out

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SONG PREMIERE: TURKEY MOUNTAIN SUNSET BAND– “APOSTASY”


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Esten Hurtle, aka Turkey Mountain Sunset Band, is a bit of an observer. He’s someone who spectates on the outside, looking through the window as the action happens on the other side. Someone who studies carefully before taking action. Turkey Mountain Sunset Band is Hurtle’s musical persona, a soft-voiced musical documenter who takes notes on the world around with a guitar and harmonica. The music is a mix of middle-of-the-field sung songs about home,weird experimental folk, slight pop structures, and americana honesty.

“Apostasy” is the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief. It’s also the fourth track on Turkey Mountain Sunset Band’s seven track EP Transmutation, Delivered! The lines “This ain’t a love letter, it’s a breakdown / An apology, it’s a prayer / Sunday morning sermons drag on way too long” open the song, which spins the story of what it’s like to literally run away from your religious roots—the protagonist discusses jumping into a truck with someone close and leaving not just their beliefs behind them, but also everything they know: their home town. As the two continue their journey, they begin to realize that their beliefs have followed them, clutching to their backs as they fall asleep every night. It’s a song about trying to remove something that’s at the core of yourself, something you grew up with but don’t necessarily feel comfortable with, but still feel guilty about trying to turn your back on.

Give “Apostasy” a listen below and be sure to check out Turkey Mountain Sunset Band’s latest EP Transmutation, Delivered!, which came out January 27 of this year, and be on the lookout for a full review of the EP later this week. The song features Esten Hurtle on vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin and Bill Hurtle on mandolin.

“Apostasy” lyrics: 

This ain’t a love letter, it’s a breakdown
An apology, it’s a prayer
Sunday morning sermons drag on way too long
And I know Jesus don’t have much to say about Sayre

The writing was yours, it was gorgeous
Looped letters, dotting ‘i’s in the air
Those psalms were the keys to a 67 Chevy
And the signature screamed “can you get me out of here”

There’s gravity on the highway
There’s memories of home
Got a full tank of gas, cross the Texas state line
we got leaving in our bones

Chevy died outside Amarillo
With a mutter and a sigh
Rolled out some blankets, slept on the grass
Traced the satellites across the midnight sky

You kept that bible in your backpack
Read gospels to fall asleep
And when the morning sun rose, I saw blue eyes and tears
We packed what we could carry, hitchhiked back east

There’s gravity on the highway
There’s radio from back home
We end up wherever we end up
But at least you’re not going there alone

Your brother saw the headlights through the window
Came up to meet us in the yard
He grabbed your hand, didn’t look me in the eye
Thanked the lord we didn’t make it too far

Stuck in western Oklahoma
But you’re no longer devout
And on the days that Christ don’t weight heavy on your mind
We can daydream bout getting out

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