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realthumbass My favorite album of yours so far! Really like the inclusion of the instrumental mix. It's well produced and every track is solid. I also like the vocals, and trust me, I never like vocals. Favorite track: Miles Per Hour.
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OFFICIAL album #7

And now for something completely different.

So yeah, this is my first time making an album with lyrics, and with actual effort put into making them not suck. Basically it's a house/synth pop album exploring the thoughts that went through my head while hitting a motivational brick wall through most of 2018. I technically "sing" on these, though more accurately I recorded myself speaking the lyrics and ran all of it through vocoders. (Oh yeah, and it can be played in a seamless loop if you want, another cool gimmick I always wanted to try.)

The last track on this Bandcamp version is just a continuous mix of the whole album with all the vocals removed. Figured it was a nice bonus exclusive for Bandcamp but it's not officially a part of the album.

Really more of an experiment more than anything, and given how writing lyrics just does not at all come naturally to me (it is the main reason why this album took me over a year to make) I kinda doubt it'll be an experiment I'll be repeating. But after being so completely self indulgent on Spiral Out Of Control, I wanted to make something that went against my core instincts and put me out of my comfort zone. Oh yeah, and since nearly all my albums run long, I wanted to cut down on this one and keep it at a nice digestible 40 minutes. I'm not sure if it's necessarily my best work, mainly by way of my self-doubt on whether or not this was a good idea in the first place, but I'm pretty happy with it all things considered. It is unquestionably the least comfortable I've felt making an album and the longest I've worked on one as well (I started work on Autopilot in April 2018), and I hope it adds up to something entertaining for you all.

Inspirations this time around include but are not limited to: Larry Heard, Underworld, Patricia Taxxon, Michal Menert, Disclosure, Shypho, Herbie Hancock, The Chemical Brothers, Eiffel 65, Mouse On Mars, 808 State, Renere, Fully Involved, etc. (not all of these manifest into direct sonic influences but whatever)

Tracks 1, 5, and 6 were made in ACID Music Studio 7.0, and the rest were made entirely in FL Studio.

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released August 17, 2019

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256 Pi Chicago, Illinois

My guess is that you know me for my YTPs or Wonky Angle reviews if anything, but I've been making music for far longer than I've been making videos. This is the place where I take my favorites from the music I've made and post it for people to listen to. It's all royalty-free/creative commons, btw, use however you like, just give credit :) Hope you enjoy. ... more

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Track Name: Autopilot
prepare to become a big laugh riot
if you wanna get stuck on autopilot

just a moment, no need for disquiet
but I’m sick of your talk of autopilot
it’s built inside of me for a reason
to keep me going while inside I’m beaten

is it really that useful though?
more than you would ever know
can’t force something out that isn’t there
just one problem, the world don’t care

the trouble with you isn’t just a break
nothing runs forever, that I can take
but constantly sitting around motionless
that’s not fatigue, just laziness
now wait just a second! you misunderstand
it’s not like this was something I had planned
I’m overworked and uninspired
everything coming down to make me tired

so what have you done to address this?
am I falling into the abyss?
that’s not an answer
I apologize
I’ve done quite a bit
stop the lies
okay look I need to get mentally prepared
can’t muster energy out of thin air
well waiting just leads you to more pain
so let me beat this mantra into your brain

prepare to become a big laugh riot
if you wanna get stuck on autopilot
Track Name: Expand
you’re out of the loop now
you’re out of the loop now
doesn’t matter if you got used to it

did you enjoy yourself?
did you make the most out of your time?
did you enjoy yourself?
did you make the most out of your time?

a mountain of debt for every single class
get a fancy piece of paper saying congrats
you got into a comfortable routine
and now you’ve been spat out by the machine

expand, find a new place
expand, get to the next base
expand, no resting time
expand, your life’s on the line

you’re out of the loop now
you’re out of the loop now
doesn’t matter if you got used to it
Track Name: Nightwalk
one second behind me, the next it’s ahead
just pick up the pace now, but I feel the dread
one second I’m early, the next I’ll be late
last Metra on Sunday leaves at 9:48

I was waiting too long, now I’m walking on air
no more ground to stand on, I was not yet prepared
I’m starting to fall, but I’m not in despair
I better grab onto something and get somewhere

one second before me, then passes behind
time moves all around me, can’t leave me resigned
one second behind me, the next it’s ahead
just pick up the pace now, but I feel the dread

I couldn’t get to Ogilvie from here if I tried
but every hour or so, one more train will pass by
can I get on the next one? maybe I’ll take the El
but I can already hear that doors closing bell
my legs are killing me, feel like I’m gonna collapse
I’ve already forgotten how much time has elapsed
since I started this trip. Need to look at a clock
how much have I run? oh, two blocks...

one second behind me, the next it’s ahead
just pick up the pace now, but I feel the dread
one second I’m early, the next I’ll be late
last Metra on Sunday left at 9:48

just pick up the pace now
just pick up the pace now
just pick up the pace now
that’s not what picking up the pace means….
Track Name: Drive?
I used to drive this old car
it would not get you too far
but it would get me to my destinations
all made of rusty old parts
but it would still always start
it could go on without motivation
unless it got really cold
then it would show it was old
by shutting down while I scraped the windshield
but that all made sense to me
it was from like ‘93
drove okay even if not ideal

I don’t ask too much of this car
and it gives me what I need
consistency to work and back
that forgives all its misdeeds, for me

I was unreasonably pissed
I kicked my car, didn’t miss
left one big dent in its silver body
I’m not a strong guy at all
don’t know what gave me the gall
but now I made this thing look so shoddy
then in this one parking lot
the other side somehow got caught
scraping against a concrete corner
look at those scratches there
it’s really worse for the wear
but it’s just cosmetic, not such a horror

I don’t ask too much of this car
and it gives me what I need
consistency to work and back
that forgives all its misdeeds, mostly

after I drove it a lot
the engine got really dang hot
and made weird noises when it got started
I could deal with it just fine but
I’m told that’s not a good sign
get it checked out, don’t be half-hearted
I went to get it repaired
and after I took it there
the mechanic gave me a look of frustration
said, I don’t think it will survive
your car is not safe to drive
I recommend public transportation
Track Name: Miles Per Hour (Ignition)
one highway leads to another
where am I going now?
I’ve already chosen this direction

wondering if I’ve taken the right exit
where am I going now?
there’s no recognizable intersections

take a breather if you need a minute
but get back up to the speed limit

and no matter what the occasion
you can’t sleep at the gas station
Track Name: Neverend
your job is now complete
now on to find the next
you’ve waited long enough
this isn’t that complex
you close your twitter tab
then just reopen it
you’re putting more things off
you simply won’t commit

when will you ever learn?
get yourself into gear
you’re stuck in one big loop
will you get out of here?

I could blame everything
on good old ADD
can’t get my focus right
or more appropriately
my brain has no ignition
just goes when it sees fit
but still it’s no excuse
I’ve always lived with it

I lose my confidence
all these thoughts reappear
it’s part of that big loop
will I get out of here?

(there is the theory of the Mobius, a twist in the fabric in space when time becomes a...)

but as much as I wallow
it'll never help me much
I know I gotta keep going
can’t use that as a crutch
maybe some urgency
could help me out for one
if the world moved at my pace
I’d never get things done

still need to find an answer
and look more actively
never looking for new solutions
that is insanity

don't have life figured out
solid answers don't seem close
but so long as I'm productive
now that’s what matters most
the same thoughts will come back
but I’ll get past in a while
I’ll make like Phoenix Wright
and force my biggest smile

I’m stuck in one big loop
can't yet get out of here
I’ve seen this all before
just need to get in gear

don't know if this journey will ever end...
don't know if this journey will never end...
don't know if this journey will ever end...
don't know if this journey will never end...

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