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Forget + An Introduction to

by Thoughts Detecting Machines

Down to One 03:23
The blue-eyed boy with the brown eyes I couldn't tell if he was crying I couldn't tell if he was with us Or if he was in Amsterdam The brand new girl in the old dress Says someone should call his mom I think it's time we cut her loose Before she takes all of us down We are the stars of our own show Full of asides and inside jokes We are the fittest of the weak We're children playing in the street We don't know our destination We held hands and jumped aboard We took a look at all our options And traded them for something more We are so far away from home We don't respond when we are called| These are events beyond control And now our crowd is down to one
Going Home 04:14
Our sisters are missing Our brothers are lost Lovers are strangers Our children are gone I never knew what we were here for But we're finally going home We started as saviors With god on our side Now we are survivors Defending the line Forever is never a good thing So we're finally going home Broken in battle And crippled by fear Serving in silence Forgotten for years We cannot repair or repay you But you're finally going home
Wrap me in a soft white blanket Carry me as if I'm weightless Build a place for me to hide and Hold me in your arms when I'm asleep We arrive with desert eyes We read our lines through paper skin and In the spring the chinese lanterns Turn to red hearts dried inside a cage Day after day We fill the space Forget and replace Day after day The books, the bricks The past in glass The paintings and the photographs We walk a mile across the room I'm holding you the way you once held me Day after day We rearrange But nothing's the same Day after day Living in clover Over and over Day after day We sit and wait Wasting away Day after day
Code To Me 02:35
Touch me if you can With your empty hands Wire your desire Send me all your Broken links Send all your private dreams Send me everything Cause it's all code to me It's code to me You and I are friends We have never met I know who you are Just forget the Boundary That used to exist between The code and reality And put all your trust in me Trust in me Here come the thieves Here come the clones Here come a million echo chamber drones I'm here to serve I'm here to save I give a little bit and then I take and take What you see Is what you get from me And what I get from you Is all that lies underneath All that you buy All that you need All that you sell All that you keep All you despise All you believe All that you are Is code to me You're code to me Here come the sheep Here come the ants Here comes the algorithmic song and dance Define the pattern And then recurse Regurgitate the past just like a mother bird
In Grey 03:57
Vapor trails like fingernails on the blackboard of the sky They trace the pace of our race across the great divide Seasons arrive and depart in a day Climate controls keep us safe/sane I'm in grey Beyond all sound I'm looking down upon the blue and green There is no difference between the window and the screen Highways and skyways recede underneath Corridors endlessly set on repeat Infinite midnight the sunrise contained Falling forever we never escape I'm in grey Out of touch and out of reach Above the air we breathe Balanced on the edge of sleep And drained of memory Frozen in a perfect state As the ones who love you change You will always be the same Blinded by starlight with god in our eyes Salt in the mouth and surrounded by fire We are the righteous the flightless in air Aloft for a moment then thrown back to earth I'm in grey
Adam + Eve 03:43
Disconnect the telephone Sell off everything we own Find a place that's always warm Find a place to build a home You and me I'll be Adam, you'll be Eve We'll start again, we'll make believe We're the only one's alive We'll make the time we'll take our time You and me I'll be Adam and you'll be Eve With room to grow and room to breathe Out of the woods and into the trees I'll be Adam and you'll be Eve The garden never looked so good Everything is where it should be We are Swimming in a sea of stars Who knows who or where we are You and me I'll be Adam, you'll be Eve We'll start again, we'll make believe You'll be Adam, I'll be Eve I'll be Adam, you'll be Eve
Pouring Sun 02:22
Summer hangs heavy from the trees Everything is green Lust erupts and spreads like a disease Burning through the leaves It's pouring sun All the rain is gone I remember when I couldn't wait for another day like this Couples walking down the street believe That they're in love Blinded by the chemicals released Just wait till they wear off It's pouring sun Ever since you've been gone It's pouring sun and I don't have anyone I can share it with The world is starting to turn And I'm starting to burn It's pouring sun and I don't think I can take another day like this
Level Me Out 03:22
I know I'm safe but I feel trapped I've got it all but there's a catch I can't get up I can't relax I wanted sunshine I got rain All of my blue skies turned to gray There is no pill for how I feel White knuckles hands upon the wheel You are the only thing that's real Level me out For every savior in the sky There is a burning lake of fire For every lightning bolt of bliss There is a thunderhead of piss For every pleasure there's a risk For every mountain there's a ditch For every high five there's a fist Level me out
Knot 02:47
If I tried, I bet I Could tie a knot in anything Make the simple complicated Turn a bond into a broken chain Expert and well-rehearsed In the fine art of deflection Conversations filled with blanks Thoughtless until it was much too late We go too far And we can't find a way back And there's a pause And then there is the shift Souvenirs of all the years Packed into a couple boxes Left for free, kicked to the curb Picked over and passed by passersby The walls are bare And the stairs are filled with echoes The bed is made And the house is a museum
Dominique is shopping for a gun And a matching pair of pants Todd patrols the south perimeter Locking down the backyard fence The kids are in the treehouse looking out For aliens and terrorists The neighbor wasn't joking when he said There's more than one way to skin a cat This is the pulse The shelves are bare and the lines stretch down the block And the sirens never stop The net is dead and we're all left in the dark As the rolling blackouts start Free market radicals blow up the banks And we lose the family keep Boil the water and stoke the fire Making tea we cannot drink This is the pulse We hunt in packs and we educate our own In the art of self defense Digging up the dirt attack the facts Scorch the earth rewrite the past Survival of the fittest in the streets But never in the schools We have not evolved, we are animals This is the pulse
The doctor says "it's got to go" The body's weak but you can keep your soul I don't know The heart begins to atrophy And when it's gone will what's left still be me? Or us? Or them? My friends? Take good care of the machines And the machines will take good care of you On the street I can pass But underneath I am sand and glass Built to last They were always there for me And now I am always there for them My only friends Take good care of the machines And the machines will take care of you Memories are all I am And now they're in someone else's hands They won't let me forget The heat begins to slip away Frozen in these never ending days I sit and wait to break Take good care of the machines Or the machines will take care of you From I to us from rust to dust Atoms in the body of our host The parts that make the whole We are thrown back to the sea An ocean filled with orphan processes We are one and we is gone
The Rug 04:00
Sweep me underneath the rug pretend I'm dead, pretend I don't exist Never should have gotten out of bed I knew it was, it was a mistake Watch the seasons pass by at sixty five On the morning drive Worry down the edge force fed The rounded peg has finally set Where you live is who you are What you watch is who you are What you buy is who you are It’s who you are, it’s who you are The man who thinks he's my boss tells me I'm late But I'm not even here He keeps talking but I haven't heard a word He's said for a year What you drive is who you are Where you park is who you are What you make is who you are It’s who you are, it’s who you are I microwave my three squares a day But still I run out of time Unwind online non-stop window-shopping For a life outside There's no need to reflect hold up the mirror And check for a breath Take two capsules prescribed at night And call if symptoms persist Where you go is who you are Where you went is who you are Who you know is who you are It’s who you are, it’s who you are


released June 4, 2013

Channeled by Rick Valentin at Studio Tedium

Tracks 1-6 are from the "Forget" EP
Mastered by Chris Goosman

Tracks 7-12 are from the "An Introduction to" EP
Mastered by Carl Saff


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Thoughts Detecting Machines Normal, Illinois

Rick Valentin spent a good part of the past 30 years touring and recording with the indie guitar group Poster Children. He also spent the '90s playing synthesizers with the instrumental electronic combo Salaryman. Thoughts Detecting Machines is Rick armed with only a guitar and laptop, building loops into songs that are simultaneously emotional and mechanical. ... more

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