Crucible of Ideologies

by Flat Battery

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This album was started in late 2008 and completed in early 2009.

On this album I'd actually come up with a good 30 or so tracks, then whittled it down to the ones that were a reasonable length and had at least some sense of cohesion to one another. Then I added on Signals Through the Mist and Silent Again, which were created shortly after work on Crucible of Ideologies was originally concluded.

I've also included two bonus instrumental tracks that for some reason or another I never ended up recording the vocals for, but sounded pretty cool anyway. There is so much more from this era that I haven't released, but I'm just not confident enough with the work to release it yet. Perhaps eventually I will.

There was a lot more experimentation with production values on this album. I didn't have a clue what I was doing yet (still not sure if I do), but things definitely sound a lot more polished than previous works. Being careful not to flood the mix with bass is the lesson I took away with me from working on this album.

In terms of lyrics and ideas represented throughout this album, a lot of the stuff I wrote from this time was under the influence of depression and anxiety, with much logistical adversity also being endured in my life. It was a time of growth and struggle for me in equal measures. Not sure I agree with everything I said back then, but it's still worth sharing now.

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released February 23, 2009

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Flat Battery London, UK

London-based one-man band originally started in Johannesburg, South Africa. Recording music since 2005, many genres and styles have been explored.

Liam Wiser, the person behind this project, also creates electronic music under the name Rectifier: rectifire.bandcamp.com
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Track Name: Welcome to the Circus
Hey lover, prancing and preening
Dancing and dreaming
Chanting and screaming

Warm mother, tearing us apart
Dragging me so far
To save my heart

Got this ticket to nowhere
Not too sure if I'm coming back
No one around can argue
That you should cut me some slack

'Cause I've been running and hiding
Whispering and crying for you
'Cause broken is broken
So here is my token of you

Slowly, you're suffocating me
No chance of breaking free
Don't make beg and plead

In time, this is what you will find
In this whole pantomime, you leave it all behind
Track Name: History Repeats Itself
Hey you, on your own
Isn't there someone you could phone?
Hey you, feeling down
There's got to be something to kill that frown

Hey you, crying inside
Such a lonely feeling you shouldn't hide
Hey you, watching the clouds
There are not enough of us around

Hope is all we have when our friend go home
Some of us get lonely when we're on our own
Shut the blinds and pray for a helping hand
Through this frightful silence, just understand

Hey you, up on the roof
Believe in second chances, and I'm the proof
Hey you, with noose in hand
There is someone out there who understands

Hey you, so afraid
Don't let all your fears become your cage
Hey you, chasing the sun
Just so that you know, you're not the only one

Hope is all we have when our friend go home
Some of us get lonely when we're on our own
Shut the blinds and pray for a helping hand
Through this frightful silence, just understand
Track Name: Fool's Gold
And no, I never needed a credit card
To talk to a woman before
My pockets emptying at a rate of knots
Just to satisfy you

It seems the world has gone insane
Everyone here all plays this game
Getting all the green that you can find
I'm so glad I'm colourblind

And if you want more, murder and lie
Kill all the people and watch as they die
Nothing will ever change at all
Will we continue to fall?

All gold is fool's gold to me, and I can see
People all lie and cheat and steal, and nobody's real
All gold is fool's gold to me, and you will see
Lying and cheating and stealing, and no one is feeling

Prepare yourself for a system failure, 'cause
Nothing this stupid was meant to survive
Everybody's running in circles, and
Nobody just lives out their lives

Falling down a deeper and deeper hole
Just because you're too proud to crawl
And everybody wants to get somewhere
But they don't even know where they are

And if you want more, embezzle and whore
Make some decisions, don't care what they're for
And at this point will we continue to change, or
Will we continue to fall?

All gold is fool's gold to me, and I can see
People all lie and cheat and steal, and nobody's real
All gold is fool's gold to me, and you will see
Lying and cheating and stealing, and no one is feeling

Gotta get some money, don't really care how
Gotta get some money, and then I'm breaking out

All gold is fool's gold to me, and I can see
People all lie and cheat and steal, and nobody's real
All gold is fool's gold to me, and you will see
Lying and cheating and stealing, and no one is feeling
Track Name: Signals Through the Mist
You're somewhere in this dark place
I can hear you breathing
This heart's beating in both your hands
As I sing

You make feel much stronger
Much weaker at the same time
You are my North star, now
My whole life's for you

Sometimes a little rough edges
Make things interesting
Sometimes it feels a little like
I'm in a haze, signalling to you

Where's your heart gone?
Has your heart gone baby?
Missing you, but you're so
But you're oh so near me

Oh, I feel empty, I
Feel emptied inside
No, no more tears to
No more tear to cry

Why do you want to choose
Being alone now and being lonely later?
So few chances in life to find the ones
Who will truly care

I see so many things inside of you
That you try to hide
Choose love and happiness with
Me and I could help you fly

We're going nowhere

Where's your heart gone?
Has your heart gone baby?
Missing you, but you're so
But you're oh so near me

Oh, I feel empty, I
Feel emptied inside
No, no more tears to
No more tear to cry
Track Name: Silent Again
There must be some other way
Here comes the silence, washing
Over everything

Turn off the light, come back to bed
There are evils in my head which wait for
No one to break free

Free me

Wide-eyed and bushy tailed, until
The tides have turned
Now it's time to get what we have earned
Turn it into a contest to see
Who's more forlorn
No matter what you say, I miss you more

Silence overwhelms me, only
Loneliness abound
Here we go again
Bright light in the dark sky
Won't you carry me away?

This silence is killing me

Silence overwhelms me, only
Loneliness abound
Here we go again
Bright light in the dark sky
Won't you carry me away?

Feeling lonely (here we go again)
Feeling alone (here we go again)

Silence overwhelms me, only
Loneliness abound
Here we go again
Bright light in the dark sky
Won't you carry me away?