What It Is

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Originally released in 2000, What It Is was Nick's breakthrough EP, landing him a production deal for his next album, and featuring several songs that went on to be used in film and series for years to come.

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released May 3, 2017

All songs written by Nick DeMatteo
Produced by Carl Royce & Nick DeMatteo

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REC New York, New York

REC is a NYC transplant band formed in 2005. Indie rock pop electronic. Featuring Nick DeMatteo. We hate elitists. We love all the rest of you. We are backed by the production crew The Drop.

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Track Name: 10 Shun
Don't shun me. I know you want me. I'm nothing like anyone else you know. I'm so up front here. I do what I want here. If you don't like it, then you can go. Just let me go.
Track Name: What It Is
There’s a scratch in my throat from the air I’m breathing. I know it’s coming out of you. There’s a catch in my throat from the air I’m wheezing. I know it’ s coming out of you. And God is in my hands.

There’s a song in my head I can’t stop singing. I know I heard it from you. There’s a sound in my ear and it won’t stop ringing. I know it’s coming out of you. And God is in my hands.

When I touch it. When I feel it. When I know what it is.

Sometimes I’m holding on. Somehow I’m holding on. And when all hope is gone, it's the little things, the painful things, the things that feel so wrong that keep me holding on.

It’s the scratch in my throat from the air I’m breathing. It’s the catch in my throat from the air I’m wheezing. It’s the song in my head I can’t stop singing. It’s the sound in my ear and it won t stop ringing. It’s the pain everywhere. It won’t stop beating. It’s I’m getting larger and the air is smaller. It’s the god in my hands that makes me harder. And I know it’s coming. I know it’s coming.

When I touch it. When I feel it. When I know what it is.

And God is in my hands....
Track Name: Too Good To Me
Oh you’ve been too good to me. You let me see my life the way it’s meant to be. Now everything I do rips me to pieces, and makes me think of you.

And the pressure’s increasing, ‘til I can’t close my eyes. Every time I move or breathe, a part of me dies. Oh you’ve been too good to me, so how can I go back to the quiet life, now that I know what I know?

I gotta be perfect. I gotta be strong. Perfect is reality. The rest of it’s wrong. I know it’s impossible, and I’m gonna crack. But you’ve been to good to me...

And there’s no going back.
Track Name: Micheline
Micheline, you call my name. Micheline, I do the same. Micheline, you call my name.

Micheline, you cry to me. Micheline, but you’re tied up and you can’t see. Micheline, you’ll never be free.

Oh, I’m just wasting away every day I’m not by your side. Oh, and I know you’re the same when you call to me in the night. But it takes just a little time. Yeah, it takes just a little time. It’ll take just a little time to make it right.

Micheline, come closer and let me explain. You belong to me, and your life will never be the same. Micheline, you call my name. You call it and I say:

Oh, Micheline, I don’t know if I can fake it another day. Oh, but it helps me to know you can hear every word I say. And I know that you’re gonna stay, ‘cause I won’t let you go away. So I can fake it for one more night, ‘cause it takes just a little time. It’ll take just a little time...

To make it right.

Yeah, you call my name. Oh, you call my name. But it takes just a little time. Yeah it takes just a little time. It’ll take just a little time to make it right. Micheline.
Track Name: On the Way Down
Here here here I am, and it’s been a long time since I was gone. I can remember when it felt good just to think of moving on.

Now as I come up for my last breath of air, will you tell me: Did you know, and do you care?

I’m on the way down. (You won’t hear a sound.) On the way down.

I don’t need to get out of here, ‘cause it’s all right here. My God, I want to stay. I’ll never find this hopeful place again if I go away. You with your stormy eyes and your shattered smile, when you cry to me. I know you want me here as much as you want me to leave.

But there’s one more thing I need to know: Will you kiss me? Will you be there as I go ...?

On the way down.

It’s alright. It’s alright. If you say it’s alright it’ll be alright. You’ll never know everything. So is it asking too much for you to believe in me? But I know and I know after all I’ve done to hurt you. It’s gonna be too hard. It’ll be too hard, and I need to let go.

But I don’t want to get out of here, ‘cause it’ s all right here. I don’t want to get out of here, ‘cause it’ s all right here.

I’m on the way down. (You won’t hear a sound.) I’m on the way down. (You won’t hear a sound.)
Track Name: Ever Last
“Let me hold you now,” I said. “Suffocate those demons in your head.” I lay us down now on our bed, but I can’t close my eyes.

It’s me who’s breaking down, and I think you’re so bad. Oh my love, how will I ever last? It’s me who’s shaking now, and you are holding fast. Oh how will I ever last?

Whenever, whatever we do, I’m always out there looking after you, And saying, “Hey, we’ll make it through.” But I’m the one who’s crying.

It’s me who’s breaking down, and I think you’re so bad. Oh my love, how will I ever last? It’s me who’s shaking now, and you are holding fast. Oh how will I ever last?

All I need is your love to pull me through. I’m hoping that’s true. All I need is your love to do what you do. How can it be true? All I need is your love to pull me together, protect me from myself. All I need is myself to protect me from you. Or am I confused?

It’s me who’s breaking down, and I think you’re so bad. Oh my love, how will I ever last? It’s me who’s shaking now, and you are holding fast. Oh how will I ever last?

It’s me who’s breaking down....
Track Name: One Minute Shy of Forever
Your love’s a candy for my bitter soul. I eat you when I want to lose control. I’m in a prison of my own design, just waiting here until it’s my time. That can't be right.

Your love’s a blanket on my shivering heart. I crawl inside you when I can’t make it start. I’m always chasing things that disappear. Now more than ever I need you here by my side...

For one minute shy of forever. That’s all I want from you. In the whole world, it’s just the blinking of an eye. Oh, one minute shy of forever, and I’ll leave the rest for you. Please promise me you’ll stay.

Your love’s a hammer on my half-dead brain. I slam you when I need to feel the pain. I used to think I’d die and reach the light. Now I believe in nothing. That can’t be right.

And I used to be so bold, did whatever I wanted to do, and worried about it later. And though I tried so hard for so long to find the truth, it doesn’t matter now. ‘Cause I could never see second chances. I could never see through the lies. I never know which way I’
m headed. I need you here by my side.

I’m wanting more of you than you can give, it’s true. And if I ask you to, will you come with me? Will you come with me?

For one minute shy of forever. That’s all I want from you. In the whole world, it’s just the blinking of an eye. Oh, one minute shy of forever, and I’ll leave the rest for you. Please promise me you’ll stay...

‘ Til then.... Oh, one minute shy of forever. One minute shy of forever....

...Your love’s the only thing that gets me high. Now more than ever I need you by my side for one minute shy of forever.