Darkly

by Flat Battery

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about

This album was originally completed at the start of 2011. I'd reached a pretty good point in my life and had time to sit down and really mess with ideas.

The title of the album is a reference to Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly, and the track Electric Sheep is a reference to the same author's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, also known as Blade Runner.

I've also thrown in a bonus track for all those hopeless romantics out there.

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released March 26, 2011

Liam Wiser (vocals, lyrics, guitar, programming and production)

Additional credits on Run: Frances Frylinck (vocals)

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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: Electric Sheep
Turn on the screen, and
Say hello, there is
Nowhere we can't go

Turn off your brain, and
Plug it in, we'll
See just where you might fit in

So press agree, don't
Read the terms, they
Contain all of these big words

Depressing life
That you have made
Sitting inside cyberspace

Watching me as I count electric sheep
Watching you as you so quietly weep
The stress and loneliness gets under our skin
Don't see where the dreams end or where they begin

Turn off the screen, and
Say goodbye to the
Sacred, cherished lie

You'll hurry now before the
Fake, hollow thoughts
Fade away

Watching me as I count electric sheep
Watching you as you so quietly weep
The stress and loneliness gets under our skin
Don't see where the dreams end or where they begin

Just turn it off

So disagree, deny
The herd, but you're
Still there, trapped in big words

Depressing life
That you have made
Sitting outside the human race

Turn it off

Watching me as I count electric sheep
Watching you as you so quietly weep
The stress and loneliness gets under our skin
Don't see where the dreams end or where they begin
Track Name: Reverie
This is a story about every
Single person I know
Who've had their tender hearts
Ripped apart and left with a hole

We try and try and yet
Goodbye's the only word we can say
A single sound comes from the ground
It's footsteps leading away

We hope against hope that the
Boat will float even as it rocks
Nothing to do except feel blue
Listening to ticking clocks

Or maybe skydive into someone's life
If we're feeling brave
Or better yet, we'll just forget how we were
Meant to behave

The only thing that saves
Me from caving in
Under these memories
Is this reverie

So, we'll live high-strung and
Will be seen for all the things that we're not
To be a walking coping mechanism
Is what we're taught

Let's trade in self-respect for money
Each and every working day
And on the weekend we'll pretend that
Everything is okay

The only thing that saves
Me from caving in
Under these memories
Is this reverie

Slipping away, just
Sliding away

Trapped in these lives we never chose
A generation that just froze
This is a story about every
Single person I know
Track Name: Dust
I am sitting inside a twilight
Now I will do everything I must
All of my pain and hatred turns into
A handful of dust

You were there all along, I was
Just as right as wrong to
Blame all the misery and
Blisters on finger on you

I saw a little glow as you
Let everything go, then
You wanted everything again

I am sitting inside a twilight
Now I will do everything I must
All of my pain and hatred turns into
A handful of dust
Track Name: Energy!
This energy is taking over me
Can now see something I could never see
Went through the motions far too many times
You read this energy between lines

It's filling up every corner now
I've got to share this energy somehow
There's not much more of this that I can show
I only have one word: go!

This energy is taking over me
Can now see something I could never see
Went through the motions far too many times
You read this energy between lines

Food for the soul
Caffeine for the mind
When you're in the mode
You're dancing all night

Feels like a weight's been lifted off of me
No reason to complain
'Cause I have energy

This energy is taking over me
Can now see something I could never see
Went through the motions far too many times
You read this energy between lines
Track Name: Run
A dream made so disjointed
And painful to behold
Such empty headed anger
You seem oh so cold, so cold

Then it turned into a nightmare
And for what it's worth
You truly did hang in there
But the feeling won't return

When you've been burned

Looking on the bright side
We're still alive, we're still alive
Don't say that you didn't try
'Cause that's a lie, that's a lie

This Jekyll and Hyde behaviour
Only compounds all your woes
Now you're total strangers
Strangers that you know

You play the game of blaming
Because you can't let go
You've never been too good with failure
And now you've lost control, but

Looking on the bright side
We're still alive, we're still alive
Don't say that you didn't try
'Cause that's a lie, that's a lie

So run in your own direction
If it's meant to be then we will see
Each other again

Looking on the bright side
We're still alive, we're still alive
Don't say that you didn't try
'Cause that's a lie, that's a lie
Track Name: Wind-up Angels
You can do
Anything that you want
Do you want to be loved
Or just be known?

Well, who can say
What is right, what is wrong?
This is something you
Decide for yourself

Hey, when there's a price on
Everything, nothing is true
And you'll get just what
You paid for

Wind you up and watch you go
Circling me fast and slow
You don't know and I don't know, so
Wind me up and watch me go

I can do
Anything that I want
Well and good if it should
Be pleasing you, but

It's not opinion that
I'm searching for
I look for happiness and
Higher truth

What the hell is
Your damn problem now?
Touchiness isn't
Really my thing, so

You can either help
Me understand, or just
Leave me out of these
Battles with yourself

Wind you up and watch you go
Circling me fast and slow
You don't know and I don't know, so
Wind me up and watch me go

Watch me go
Watch me

Wind you up and watch you go
Circling me fast and slow
You don't know and I don't know, so
Wind me up and watch me go
Track Name: Sore Eyes
There's something alive in here with me
Doesn't know what it wants to be
Sometimes I can feel it grow
But there's one thing that I know, that:

I love you baby
Want you to take me
Won't you come and
Hold me through the night, alright?
I need you darlin'
Howling at the moon and stars, and
Without you, I'm a
Lonely lonely sight (for sore eyes)

I'm swimmin' around inside my head
Trying to catch my thoughts again
I find it hard to let things slide
Every once in a while
But you know that:

I love you baby
Want you to take me
Won't you come and
Hold me through the night, alright?
I need you darlin'
Howling at the moon and stars, and
Without you, I'm a
Lonely lonely sight (for sore eyes)

Eyes
Can't
Close
Not tonight
I
Can't sleep
At all
I
Would do
It all again
Just
For you

I love you baby
Want you to take me
Won't you come and
Hold me through the night, alright?
I need you darlin'
Howling at the moon and stars, and
Without you, I'm a
Lonely lonely sight (for sore eyes)
Track Name: If You Say So
I fell and stumbled on air
You picked me up with mere words
I fall and stumble again
You kiss me where it hurts, and sing:

Close your eyes, young soul
You need time to grow
Walk on through the cold
With your own blindfold

I hear a mighty roar
Filling up all I know
So say that you want more
Well, if you say so...

Close your eyes, young soul
You need time to grow
Walk on through the cold
With your own blindfold