Poor Ian

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This is a concept album about a boy named Ian and his internal troubles. Enjoy the story with the help of the provided lyrics.

This is definitely my most experimental release to date and features many sounds that exist merely because I knew I could make them. I hope you find as much in this as I tried to put into it.

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released January 17, 2011

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Basic Printer Nashville, Tennessee

PLAYFUL INDIETRONICA
//SYNTHPOP OUT OF NASHVILLE TENNESSEE

Don'tbeafraidofthestrange
Tapintothefantastical&childlike
Utilizealltalents
Playrecord&writefromthe<3

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Track Name: Slow Asleep
Instrumental
Track Name: Seaweed
Always under, even in my dreams
Will there be a time where shoes will speak?
Washed and jostled under the sea
There is nothing more to be

Where did I go
What can I be
Nothing more than seaweed

Submit to the tide of the sea
For we are nothing but seaweed
Track Name: Run
Bring it all onto ourselves and strap it all up
Put it on our shoulders and take it away
Trudge through the day and run away
Until the skin on my toes is flayed

And we'll run, and we'll run,
And we'll run, and we'll run,

'Til our knees cave in and we can't shoot our guns

And we'll run, and we'll run,
And we'll run

'Til our eyes burn out and we can't see the sun

Until we can't see the sun

Until our eyes burn out and we can't see the sun

Run until I'm sanded away and my lungs explode when my breath can't escape

Run until I'm sanded away and my lungs explode when my breath can't escape

Run away, run away
Track Name: Trees and People
Subtle scratches
And fuzzy image
I can only see you in your
Rural glow
The sun aids your face
But ruins my camera
Making the image
Unavailable

You live in a world of my memory
Of a life I never had
I would love to live with trees and people
But to everyone, I'm mad

You live in a world of my memory
Of a life I never had
I would love to live with trees and people
But to everyone, I'm mad

You whisper tales softly
Through a tape
I can hear your throat
Your lips
Your eyes

If only I could see it here
And see your
Coffee stained existence, oh

You live in a world of my memory
Of a life I never had
I would love to live with trees and people
But to everyone, I'm mad

You live in a world of my memory
Of a life I never had
I would love to live with trees and people
But to everyone, I'm mad

You live in a world of my memory
Of a life I never had
I would love to live with trees and people
But to everyone, I'm mad

You live in a world of my memory
Of a life I never had
I would love to live with trees and people
But to everyone, I'm mad
Track Name: Turning Into a Leaf
Instrumental
Track Name: Unwind Me
He was always a good conversationalist
Always quick to catch on every cynical twitch
But he always noticed one little glitch:
No one picked up on his

He'd rather twiddle analog knobs
He knew he'd make not a single friend
He'd rather sit in his cabin
Than deal with these guys again

His music proved overtly brilliant
But no one will see his mind's shape
He was a wonderful hermit
Who chose to live through tape
Track Name: Control
I am a cyborg of emotions anymore
Humans have become a thing of lore

I need to be plugged in to work
But I'm always in standby
Considering things that never are

I've been out here for years
Speaking into nothing but robots
Things that I have control over

I need to be plugged in to work
But I'm always in standby
Considering things that never are

I want to lose control

I am losing control
Track Name: Greasy Window
She is the most beautiful thing in this world
Like the soft songs I make on my tapes
She made my field all shiny
She lives in a world of my memory

And yet I feel so embarassed and furious
Perhaps she was curious?
I live here in this cabin, door shut
With nothing but a greasy window to peer through

I would love to lay her voice
Onto vinyl
Onto tapes
If only it was possible

She was my greatest recording
That of which I will never hear
She is but a perfect human
And I just a simple robot

A cyborg
Track Name: ZoneHaus
Fare thee well!
Track Name: Deterioration
Don't leave me here to die
I want you here all of the time

..."Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie? Or are you gonna bite?"
Track Name: Cut Them
She dangles out like a sick puppet
A sick, beautiful puppet

She walks and smokes
She's got you evoked

You can't be the puppeteer
You can't tell what you can't hear

You can't be the puppeteer
You can't tell what you can't hear

You can't have it
You won't have it

She dangles out like a sick puppet
A sick, beautiful puppet

She walks and smokes
She's got you evoked

You can't be the puppeteer
You can't tell what you can't hear

You can't be the puppeteer
You can't tell what you can't hear

She walks and smokes
She's got you evoked

You can't be the puppeteer
You can't tell what you can't hear
Track Name: Birds
You can try to fly but please don't go
I won't smile when you're long gone at home
Please honor this last request, I
Pray you won't fly from this nest, for
I often find myself all alone.

You've flown far by now, in this I'm sure
I've repelled you miles from my core
I don't know why I'm so bad, I
Figured you'd just give me a try
But now I find myself all alone.

You've found your nest outside of these trees
I'm still here, but could you come back please?
I'm reaching my final breaths, I
Need a witness to my death, I
Really don't want to die all alone.
Track Name: Poor Ian
Ian was a good boy, stayed home and out of the light
Ian was a school boy, all of his grades and marks were right
Ian always wondered about life outside
Sun shining down but he averts his eyes

Ian ran away and looked for the forest he knew
Trees or people, he was the one who outgrew
Ian found a quiet home in the woods
Twiddling knobs, it's all he knew he could

Ian met a woman who encaptured him at very first sight
Ian took a step and realized that his efforts were trite
Ian turned around and made one last tape
Ian died alone with no one around to say...

It's all going to be okay.