shoulder surfing

by the complex engine

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released November 1, 2017

Drums on (1) & (2) - Myles Alpress, tracked by Tom Healey
- (1) & (3) Catherine Walker
- (1) Rachel Bailey and John Guy Howell
Violin (2) - Sam Prebble

Mastered by Simon Lynch at Stebbings

Artwork - Hamish MacDonald
All else unless credited - Mike Stoodley


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.....Flickers of Cabaret Voltaire..…jabs early 80s Gaelo-celtic geetar melody generously wrapped in an Eno-esque crust with undertones of post-industrial industrialness"

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Track Name: a slip in time
she was a slip in time
this friend of mine
a slip in time

she messed with minds
for no reason she
messed with mine

always said, the strangest things
always said, the weirdest things
always said, the little things
will go

she moved with grace and ease
wherever she pleased
with grace and ease

she was always lost
but she always had
that one way back

always said, the strangest things
always said, the weirdest things
always said, the little things
will go

She said
I'm gonna float on the whispers you've never heard
I'm gonna lie in your sleep every time you wake
I'm gonna sing in the choirs of your mind
I'm gonna seep through your memories until you break

I watched my friend unwind
spin undone and turn unkind
with no peace of mind she went flying back
she had lost all track

all the little things
all the little things
Track Name: put a x through it
I talk in circles cos I can't stand squares
its a lifetime decision for people with no vision
goin' nowhere

Well, we've drawn a strange geometry
it's just two dimensions you and me
tangled symmetry

We stand looking outto see where we've been
with one easy move we've unraveled the truth
the lala bird sings

We have scaled new heights to see what we've destroyed
I put a cross through it through everything
returned schadenfreude

When I cover my eyes
I see a silhouette fall
When I cover my ears
I hear the oceans form
There ain't nothing left
what the fuck.
Track Name: age of mistakes
that sure is fucked up, yeah
and you won't say it straight
that's a whole world of pain
to bring into play

that's jaw dropping dumb, yeah
for this age of mistakes
run from your fears
run from your ideas

you've got an odd way of seeing things
you've got an odd way of hearing things
I wish I could help

when you're lost
in the pounding,