by interstellar overdrive

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This is the latest full album of the band. It was produced in 3 countries (Greece, England and Ireland) within the span of 5 years. It has been co-produced at SARC, a research center on sonic art, implementing also new methods for musical expression and human-machine interaction. The album demonstrates excessive unevenness of style throughout, probably up to the point of being inconsistent.


released January 1, 2009

[peps]: voice
[kat]: bass, vocals (4, 5, 7, 9), guitar (7, 8)
[@lek]: drumset, indefinite pitched percussion
[o.k]: marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, xylophone, (prepared/) piano, harmonium, hammond, indefinite pitched percussion, guitars, violin (5), turntable, analogue + digital synthesizers, vocals (3, 4, 5, 6, 9), sonic swarm controller/ sensors, max/msp, computer programming.
piano, wurlitzer, acoustic guitar, ms20 (korg) and vocals (2) by Stef Kamil Carlens; violins (1, 2, 6, 8) by Dinos Bourandas; guitar (8) by Stefanos Rokos order; trumpet (12) by Berit Janssen; sax (4, 9, 11) by Michalis Erotokritou; cello (11) by Hilde Van der Have; trombone (3) by Jim Yasemides; concertina and harp (1, 5, 6, 9) by Una Monaghan; voice (6) by Virginie Gavinet and her sample on (4, 9, 11); voice (10) by Johana Gloel; irish folk sample on (1) recorded in a Northern Irish pub under kind permission of the local musicians; Anglia Chorus (13) was recorded during a vocal workshop in Cambridge April 2005, (the sample used is from a west African chant); underwater screams and sounds on (1) and (6) were recorded in a small beach somewhere in the Aegean sea with considerate help from the villagers. All of the aforementioned musicians contributed significantly towards the final shape of the songs.

Produced in Cambridge, Department of Music and Performing Arts, ARU (UK); Belfast, Sonic Arts Research Centre, QUB (NI); Athens, Artracks Studios and Matrix Studio (GR) by [o.k], [@lek] and G.P throughout the period of 2003-2007.
All the sonic material, except in (5), was engineered and manipulated at the Blochnunga Mobile Studios at various spaces and time by [o.k.].




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Track Name: The Man With A Shattered World
Wherever I look I see locked doors and empty walls,
With my fingers crossed, I linger in four corners.

My body’s broken left and right, my hands are tied,
My words are dry, each and every night.

How my actions never fit me and I feel it…
In my backbone chilling me, a job that’s slowly killing me.

And when the sun comes out tomorrow, it’s burning me.
And when the night falls down around me, it’s smothering me.
And if the night falls down around me, it’ll be drowning me.
Track Name: Sweet Nothings
Now that the sea is calm and the waves much smaller
with a little boat we could row.

Now that the rain has stopped and the wind died out
along the ravine we could walk.

But the sea washes ashore dead fish
and the mountains have been sold
the picture that comes to life
breaks me every time.

When I’m high on the hill and follow the road to the beach
I recall the sense of the water and hope that our tree still exists.
Track Name: Echo
My echo sends back words hacked and nasty
Takes after the ripple of the world
Which got heavier inside me.

Innocence, you have corrupted me
All that I did and all that I planned
Around thee.
Track Name: A Short Piece For The Poison-Man
[…]…I love your nose…[…]
Track Name: Penseés du pays des Milles Automnes
De tout petits mouvements recherchent un élan
qui pourrait échapper au sommeil du fou,
lourds de scenteurs inconnues
ils embrassent le front des gens.

Partout toujours, l’aurore me tue
car j’ai disparu, oublié,
que tout est ici-méme
tout est ici-méme.

[thoughts from the land of 1000 autumns]

Tiny little movements, seeking a rift to spring
if it happens to escape the madman’s sleep
they fill space with scents unknown
kiss people on the forehead.

From all I’ve seen dawn wears me down
it’s cause I faded and forgot
that everything is here
everything is here.
Track Name: Not A Soul Around
use me up
in fragile days
in fragile dance
i can't say no more
use me up
in fragile days

nothing moves
water dry
nothing blinks to me
sounds just pass me by
in fragile days
do the fragile dance
in other times

there's not a soul around
there's not a soul
Track Name: Nervous Happy
Hear me, singing in empty rooms
Waiting as sunlight looms, I shouldn’t stay.

Break me, in pieces of glass and bone
Push me and bring me out, I want to know.

I liked the way you stood in space
Away from everyone else
all the time.

I’m smashing windows, I’m breaking down doors
I’m running out of breath and… keeling over in the cornfields.
I’m stumbling over my feet, I’m turning down walls
I need to be precise if I don’t want to fall.

I feel for you, I’m here for you
am I right, am I wrong?
Track Name: Tumulte
Je brise la glace
je brise les vagues
et les ailes des rossignols
et les souvenirs vagues
dans les cœurs qui exultent
des rondes et des farandoles.
Où est ma place
dans ce tumulte?

I break the ice
I break the waves
and the nightingales’ wings…
Where do I belong
in this tumult?
Track Name: Gadgetry
Take down your picture frames, your self-portraits your mistakes
Move out your gadgetry your stuffed toys your misery.
But I can’t control anything
And you surround everything I come near.

Rip of your tapestry, and clear out your irony
Hold down your bigotry, your soleprint away from me.

I’ve been at the bench we were together
I touched the wood and the metal.
Every time I see this place I fear a change
The step I never made it drops me away
And it drops me away, now.
Track Name: Happy Hour
Woke up late on a Sunday morning, afternoon
Nothing to do but laze around.
Maybe I’ll make myself some coffee pretty soon
Maybe I’ll just flick on the news.

And I know that you’re waiting in a bar
With your hair made up and your eyes lighting up.

Woke with an unusual feeling, sort of guilt
Such a strange day in such an ordinary place.
Take my time walking through my corridor
Counting pieces with my feet on the floor.

And I know that you’re waiting in a bar
For the rest of your life for someone to arrive.
Track Name: Welcome Stranger
I live in a city sterile & clean of everything mean.