Mud Belief

by Perhaps Contraption

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04:28
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04:10
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03:29
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about

We trudge and dance onwards.
Through the glittering, glorious mud.

This time around, Perhaps Contraption were comprised of:

Squier Squier :::::voice, guitars, flute, piccolo
Jinny Hinge ::::: voice, soprano and baritone saxophone, violin
Charly (The Bracket) Jolly::::: voice, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Uncle Sshhh ::::: voice, bass trombone
Mister Ricky ::::: drums, cajon, percussion
Horace Sousatron ::::: voice, Eb tuba, monster tuba
Flick the Switch ::::: voice, glockenspiel, vibraphone
Mickey Bones ::::: voice, trombone, guitars
Emily Cunliffe ::::: voice, French horn

Featuring Amy Jolly on cello on 5 & 9 and Frisk Dadler on drums on 12.

(((Sonic Construction)))

1,2,12 by Bracket, Squier, Horace & PC
Tracks 3,4,9,10 by Mickey Bones
8 by Jinny, save a few lines by Flick & Squier
5, 6 & 7 by Squier & PC
11 by Bracket & PC
7 was initially sketched with deedee window.


(((GRATITUDE)))

Our families; all at The Premises Studios (where we sing and make it) the wonderful MEGATRAPTION troupe (who bolster our ranks); the burgeoning Honk! Community;
Tom, Oli and Peter (who have worked hard capturing these sounds) Shabba, Amanda Palmer for the insight and adventures, Expanded Eye for the glorious imagery, the fetid bins we rock beside, Huxley Squier Gaze (aged 4) for the album title and Haizetara International Street Music Competition in Amorebieta (where we were amazed to win the judges’ prize in 2014 & 2015) which greatly helped to fund this project.

AND (of course) all ye listeners! Who have supported us over the years; sharing, dancing and roaming with us, amongst the streets / corners / fields.

credits

released June 3, 2016

The 1st batch of this music was recorded over six long days, 18th to 23rd of February 2014. Spring was just starting to spring.
Later that year, we captured the 2nd batch, on 20-21st December, after our 4th season in the fields. Final odds and ends were extracted in March 2015.

All of it (except perambulations) recorded at the mighty Premises (solar-powered) Studios, London. Mainly by Tom Carmichael, save a few sessions; which were engineered by Peter Zed and Squier.

Perambulations was recorded at Orpheus Studio, London, on 20th February 2013.
Engineered by Richard Campbell. Additional bits by Peter Zed and Oliver Barton-Wood at Premises.

Tracks 2,3,4,10,11 mixed by Oliver Barton-Wood
Tracks 1,5,7,8,9 mixed by Tom Carmichael
6 mixed by Squier
12 mixed by Peter Zed
merciless editing by Squier, various mixing assistance provided by Squier and Mickey.

All scrutinised, joyously / desperately at The Premises Studios and The Salon.
Mastered at Black Saloon Studios, May 2015 by Mandy Parnell, assisted by Hal.

Artwork by Expanded Eye.

Produced by Squier Squier.

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Track Name: I am I
I am I
I am
Get light.
Be Light.

Be here now be here.
Now here be now be.

Get light get light get light
be light

Be well, now, be still.

I am I
I am

try to reconnect between the ether.
try to reconnect us back to together
find the light get the lights
behold your every sight.
Track Name: Droplets / Molecules
It grows and grows.
Miniscule unknown
Magnitude how it grows and grows
Molecules entwine
Solitude how it ebbs and flows
Molecules, they know
Magnitude how it grows and grows
(it grows)
Track Name: Draining Refrain
You've spent your life in recovery,
your discovery
is you're destined to fall down again
You've caught 22 and found even reverie
leads to melancholy...
no rest from this draining refrain.

You think you've made a different mistake,
but you clock that it's just the same.
A toxic tic that tricks you again and again
such a draining...

Refrain.

Even when it stops, you know it will start again.
Pull you apart again.
No respite or rest from this game.
You just stutter and trip and slip back to tough terrain,
with that smile of shame...
no rest from this draining refrain.

Working. Failing. Tired then Low.
Give up. Feel guilt. Round we go...
again.

You take a different street,
to see if you can cheat yourself into a different frame of mind.
You find you now must be resigned to this draining refrain
yet again, again, again and again won't you please...

Refrain.

Working. Failing. Tired then Low.
Give up. Feel guilt. Round we go...
again.
Track Name: Lunch for the Worms
If I should die soon,
Please bury me in a coffin that will rot,
And rot at the rate I rot.
Under a horse chesnut tree please, a tree please a great big one.

So my insides and out, will slowly seep out.
Back in to the soil. Back in to the soil.

Lunch for the worms, lunch for the worms.

And maybe I will nourish
the growth of that true
or I will provide.
lunch for the worms
lunch for the worms.

until
my maybe
old
bones
remain.

smooth like the conkers.
Bristling
above ground
above
above

much younger and,
more innocent
than the ground I will rest
younger and
more ignorant
than the ground I will rest ( in. )
Track Name: Nobbles
Happy happy living ever after
smiling kindly feeling fine
Itching underneath the skin I’m hiding
Grinning wide behind my eyes

Someplace tucked away it’s gone and not forgotten
Better to consider than to find
Fight to take the lot before it’s old and rotten
It’s worth a try

Weighing up the odds
odds don’t go your way
Try to tag along
longing for a try

My mind is so obscene
but my teeth are bright and clean
so stand and smile

Look me in the eyes I’m a liar
Spine aligning line by line
Watch it burn
I’m gonna light it up

Weighing up the odds
odds don’t go your way
Try to tag along
longing for a try

My mind is so obscene
but my teeth are bright and clean
My mind is so obscene
Track Name: Pillow Killer
Call me a claustrophobe,
but I feel I must disrobe,
to bare skin to bare you,
I'm raring to dare you
to go out on your own, let this loner be alone
you're drowning me in lemonade and it's homemade.

You've caressed until I'm raw,
so please just take a pause...
and give me my space, this is my place
leave me my home, town, country, friends, family, memory, race
and go,
take yourself elsewhere,
else I swear you'll wear me out.
I'm choking on candyfloss,
but of it's sweetness there is no doubt.

You're killing me with a pillow.
You're killing me and it feels comfortable.

Give me my space, this is my place.
Give me my space.

You're killing me with a pillow.
Track Name: Up & Out
Beat, my heart beats and it beats 'til it burns,
yeah it burns and it burns,
and I'm going up to the next stage (yeah)!

Try, oh I try and try to get more,
and some more and some more,
'til I'm up and out from this cramped cage.

And the path is covered densely with thick weed,
but trust I am not driven by my greed.
For every nettle there's dock leaf,
for all this holly, I see wreaths.

Climb, how I climb! And I clamber on up.
I go up and then up and now I'm the best, I'm the best, I'm the best,
and now I'm going up to the next stage (yeah)!

Fought, how I fought! And I fought to be top.
I still fight to be top, I'm right at the top,
(you're the best) at the top,
and now I'm going up through the next stage.
Up and out from that cramped cage.

And the path is covered densely with thick weed,
but trust I am not driven by my greed.
For every nettle there's dock leaf,
for all this holly, I see wreaths.

Fall and I fall, yes I fell but it's fine,
because I fell in good times...
Up and out from all that strain (yeah).

Work, how I worked! And I worked to just to fight,
and then I fought and I fought, just to be the best.
(You're the best) You're too kind!
But now I'm up and out from all that pain.
Up and out is where I went.
Up and out from this whole game.
Up and out past happy,
I am content.
Track Name: Kepler's Breakfast
Naii-aaah naii- aaaahh, naii-yah.
Track Name: Perambulations
This is your last dance.

Give! Give!
Give as good as you, get.

Get! Get!
Get as good as you, give.

Step! Step!
Feel the earth, quake.

Dance! Dance!
This is your last, dance.

This is your last dance.

Give as good as you get.
Get as good as you give.
Dream forever always.
This is your last dance.