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Secret Science

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about

Two years after the release of their promising homonymous debut and a few months after the 7inch-herald "Obscure", Mechanimal are back with their second album, titled "Secret Science".

"Secret Science" was recorded in the band’s studio in Athens during the winter and spring of 2014. Written and produced by Giannis Papaioannou, founder of the band, with a long history in the Greek post-punk and electronic scene. As a dynamic ensemble with vocalist Freddie Faulkenberry, Kostas Matiatos on electric guitars and Angelica Vrettou on the visuals, Mechanimal’s “Secret Science" speaks of the need for survival and recounts tales of a restless urban environment. Each track, as a lyric theatrical one-act, opens new avenues to the sonic palette of the band, where narrative aphorisms, analogue synthesizers, underground dub rhythmic passages and angry guitars compose the unique code of their "secret science". Ten drone 'n' roll stories from those you do not hear in the news, but rather discover in the streets of a city that stays awake by the sounds of sirens.

"Secret Science" is out on vinyl including bonus cd, cassette and digital album from Inner Ear.

credits

released October 10, 2014

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All songs written, arranged and produced by Giannis Papaioannou
Played by Mechanimal

Freddie Faulkenberry: Vocals
Kostas Matiatos: Electric guitars
Giannis Papaioannou: Analog & digital machines, backing vocals
Angelica Vrettou: Visuals

Recorded & mixed at Dreamland Studio, Kaisariani, Athens
Mastering by Paul Stefanidis at Viking Lounge Mastering

Cover photography by Angelica Vrettou
Design by dB

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Track Name: Sehnsucht
The setting sun lights the sky
In tides of purple / seasons dry

Heartbeat rhythm
Blinking eyes
Always waking
Waking up

Lost horizon / Megacity 5
Pagan sacrifice

Heartbeat rhythm
Blinking eyes
Always waking
Waking up

Little further close to you
Ride on, tired, sleepless, too

Heartbeat rhythm
Blinking eyes
Always waking
Waking up

Kids are building castles in the sand
Taking over some more land

Heartbeat rhythm
Blinking eyes
Always waking
Waking up

Rich man / suit and tie
Poor man / homeless
Both dream / both wake up
All crave / always

Always, always, always waking up
Always, always, always waking up
Track Name: Cut Communications
Now that everything fades
In loves and desires
Life is a dream
In between other dreams

But no one is near now
No one is here
And I still hear your voice
So I open my eyes

I'm still in this dream
Burned dot on a screen
Excessive example
Of human greed

Perhaps we should rest
How wrong can we be?
Trespassing mind properties
Exploring our needs

Of bitter punishment
On open wounds
On scars of intention
Of an amazing youth

Killing all idols
With magic and pins
Defending minorities
When adrenaline kicks

No noise cancellation
Applied on cut
Communications
With my inner God

And I stand here exposed
And it feels like I need you
But my landline is dead
By your fantasy bed
Track Name: Secret Science
With a curious camera
We're recording light
Decode dark lattitudes
In broad daylight
We fall into line
We dance as we fade
Whispering poems
In an endless parade
A haze of chaos
Our thoughts on the floor
East of depression
We're broadcasting from home
We're all marked with symbols
Carved on our skin
Zeros and numbers and binary sins
Controlling matter
Knowing space
Mastering vision
Inventing games
Our dreams like echoes
Loop back to you
Design the poetry
Of an electric youth
Controlling matter
We're knowing space
We play like children
Once night embraced
Track Name: We Come Alive
We come alive
As the strong light of the day
We come alive
Like a neon halo

We come alive
Fodder to your beast
We come alive
Like the heathen rainbow

We come alive
Like a deathwish ride to you
We come alive
Like the change of seasons

We come alive
Like a massive dose of dreams
We come alive
But you're holding scissors
Track Name: The Den
Aerial lineage
Parading shapes
The flag of the den flies
As we all realise

Sun / rise and fall / each day

We're eternal children
Of a fractal sky
Betrayed by socialism
And hangover insight

Sun / rise and fall / each day

If many yesterdays
Were dark and heavy
Today is drifting rays
Keeping the grief away

Sun / rise and fall / each day
Track Name: Ode To Europe
Memories designed to fade
Ears dripping sounds of grey
Some more real than desire
Echo will set us all on fire

As the night is full of screams
Words like moths beat on the screens
All men born with wings that sing
Mother Europe trapped in dreams

Charming stories, open wounds
The muted light of sacred woods
One thousand years lost in a glance
Midnight drifters of the boulevards

Pulsing fragments, inner life
Trading time for a smile
Silent paths to healing scars
Love will die amongst the brightest stars

Tiny worlds of memories
Whispers hanged on violins
Some more real than desire
Echo will set us all on fire

Sing my verses of youthful crimes
On breaking dawns with bitter suns
In hidden places such as this
Every rebel deserve a kiss

So, keep your love for a rainy day
When all the flowers will be thirsty again…
Track Name: Song To The Sirens
Now that clubbing days are over
And all your friends are lost
You're praying to the sirens
Save you at any cost

I'm sorry you're in pain now
I'm sorry it was me
That left you in a nightmare
Of purple ecstasy

Time is the fourth dimension
That will ignore our needs
A mess of blood and sorrow
We are all on our knees

Nothing is happening here
The schools are empty now
Once, how this was a kingdom
Now it's a broken home
Nothing is happening here
It's getting pretty late...

I'm praying to the sirens
I'm seeing through your eyes
Look at your glorious lifestyle
Oh, how it falls apart!