vocal album. all new songs written in 2011 and 2012, vocals recorded in 2013 and finally mixed in 2014.
this album was inspired by 'dead planet' - a collaboration with my darling nihilist. paul gave me some very lo-fi tape recording of him playing piano and singing.
the rest of the album came because of me liking this sound so much. mainly bass guitar, a few keys and synths, real and electronic drum sounds.
very lo tempi and dreamy pianos. no third party loops or samples.
track listing. click to play:
 

if the truth about yourself makes you weep / and indulge in a week of denial / then slaughter the one who dared to say it / then you're the wrong kind of mad.
the worst kind of madness is the kind / when you don't know that you're mad / the worst kind of madness is the kind / when you're entirely unaware of just how crazy you are.
if your kids can't speak openly to you/ and you don't listen when they try / and they have to 'manage' the relationship / then you're the wrong kind of mad.
if you don't know when you're being embarassing / or when your jokes aren't funny / and you're unaware when you hurt someone / then you're the wrong kind of mad.
if you're not aware that you're mad / and resist the very idea / and fire anyone who hints at madness / then you're the maddest of all.

 
it can all solved with education / but education can't compete with cool / and you can't educate someone / who thinks they already know it all
education, education, education / whenever you mention the ills of the world / it can all be solved with education / you think that you can educate it all away
but there's too much out there / that's far more powerful today
having the knowledge that taking drugs / can hurt you won't hold you back / when your cool mates call you a coward / and when the girls are laughing at you
tell some poor kid who always got / beaten at home and excluded at school / that the heroin is going to kill him / can he resist when his cool is on the line?


when you're unhappy, be careful who you tell it to / sometimes your misery can make them angry / they think you want something that they cannot give / your story of suffering sounds like an accusation
misery antipathy - why are you so angry / because i told you how unhappy i am / misery antipathy - whay are you leaving me / because i told you i can't take any more
when life so frequently becomes too much to bear / all you are looking for is someone to listen / you're not expecting them to solve everything / no more than half an hour of human compassion
maybe a lot of them are only hanging on / if they don't think, they can pretend to be happy / and when you insist that life is hard to bear / you're going somewhere that they would never dare

we want the economy to fail / and youth unemployment to rise / everyone's pensions to be slashed / and hospitals to kill all their patients
when the government has a good idea / and their policy pleases the public / that's the thing that we hate to see / because it takes us further from power
we want the people to be unhappy / oh please may they by suffering now / so they decide to bring down the government / and elect us instead
we want the people to be afraid / to lose all their money / to be denied medical treatment
to be robbed and beaten in their homes / to be mugged in the streets / to be assaulted in alleyways / so they vote for us instead / and don't think too hard - thank you x factor


 
i walk towards and look away / not wishing to intrude / i move through the crowd with eyes averted / and avoid interaction
i can't meet your eyes / because of the barriers erected between us / i can't meet your eyes / because of the distance that's growing between us
online i don't have to look at you / i feel safer and relaxed / i trust that you're who you say you are / that you have pure intentions
our priveleged western nations / are ever more insular / and now we rely on social networks / to bring us closer together

 
i want to give you this warning / it' s also a plea for mercy / your opinions have power over me / your opinion of me has more power still
the most painful and personal insult / you could possibly have given to me / was to convince me that i was capable of / hurting you insensitively / because i feared that it was true
if you're a high-powered female / please don't question my perfomance / it's hard to breathe or shape my words with you / i can never be a worthwhile man in your eyes
it might be had to believe me / when i talk of being overwhelmed so easily / i know i offer resistance / but it affects how i feel so deeply.

 
i won't think about the news / i won't be anxious about the planet / i won't disbelieve politicians / while i have my material universe
 if i can manage not to think about anything then i will / if i can manage not to think about anything then i won't
i'll push my kids to succeed / i'll do my utmost to be famous / i'll beautify myself / and feel that life is worthwhile
forget the dead zones where nothing lives / forget the deserts we caused ourselves / don't think of waste that we bury daily / and fill your minds with entertainment

 
she likes the attention she receives from men / it makes her feel good about herself / it makes her feel so beautiful and wanted / she likes to imagine what they're thinking about her
why does she hate it when you flirt with another girl / because when you flirt, you're thinking about them / she knows what you're thinking about them / you can't deny what you're thinking about them
she hates the attention that he gets from girls / it makes her bad about herself / it makes her feel so ugly and unwanted / she hates to imagine what he's thinking about them
have you ever felt the pain of jealousy / don't make your loved one suffer that / if you feel you deserve to be admired / by everyone you meet, you're always wrong

i'm starting to switch people off / i'm starting to alienate the mob / i'm contaminating the crop / i'm fasting for the people of ... dead planet
they're not confiding anything / i'm not lying in anything / i'm not hiding anything (repeat)
i'm starting to feel uncivilised / i'm starting to realise / i'm refusing to compromise / i'm starting to open my eyes
they walk, but on a path arranged for them / they talk, but say what they're expected to / they live, but only as the world dictates
they breathe the air that slowly poisons them / they seek the sutonomy that condemns / they choose the life that so abruptly ends
i'm starting to switch people off...