I​/​O

by Flat Battery

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2009 was coming to an end, and it had been a stinker of a year for me. It was an incredibly stressful and difficult year in my life. The music I made during this time was profoundly negative as a result, and even the equipment I had to make it with was in poor condition, so things feel very rough and unpolished in contrast to Crucible of Ideologies, and more than a little dark.

The lyrical content was mainly self-criticism, from looking in the mirror and seeing a whole bunch of things I wanted to change. While some of this can come off as quite intense, it eventually took me down a road of self-forgiveness and renewed enthusiasm for my life, let alone my music.

I only had the emotional energy to squeeze out four whole tracks during this time, so this one's unambiguously an EP. The title refers to the term input/output, commonly abbreviated to I/O in computing.

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released January 27, 2010

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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: Any Time
So here we go now once again
Nothing new to show for what you are
Time after time you'd be surprised
By how you've travelled so far

You look inside for answers but
You can't see anything at all
You never try to hide the fact that
You can't help but just fall

You play the game you cannot win
Obsessed with seven deadly sins
I am the needle, you're the pin
I'll pull you out so that we can begin

So dull your nerves to ease the pain
It'll only come right back again
To cut it off just make a smile
And won't you leave it there a while?
Track Name: Darkest Dreams
Grow the fuck up!

We're all up in the air here, but
Have a fucking care
You're not the only one who's
Got frustrations

Don't wanna lecture, but
You do protect your heart
Enough to keep you
From having fun

Always just the same, you're
Always just the same, you're
Always just the same, you're
Always just the same!

I don't want to be you, but
I'll hear you in my darkest dreams, fool
I'll hear you!
And I wouldn't want to meet you, but
I'll see you when my blackest thoughts move
I'll see you!

Now you're a reasonable man
A man with many plans, but
Nothing seems to change, don't
It feel that way?

Sometimes to lose yourself is to
Find there's someone else
Deep inside you, just
Feeling blue

Always just the same, you're
Always just the same, you're
Always just the same, you're
Always just the same!

I don't want to be you, but
I'll hear you in my darkest dreams, fool
I'll hear you!
And I wouldn't want to meet you, but
I'll see you when my blackest thoughts move
I'll see you!

Make the monster and the man will disappear
So resurrect yourself in love without fear
Life is cruel, but you don't have to be
I double dare you just to try listening to me

I don't want to be you, but
I'll hear you in my darkest dreams, fool
I'll hear you!
And I wouldn't want to meet you, but
I'll see you when my blackest thoughts move
I'll see you!
Track Name: Interesting Times
Got a fucking bag of things
You won't want if you
Dare look my way
Come around and see what
You've found if you think that
You're the same

Hanging onto a moment
Taking it blow by blow
Giving in to all your great despairs
Until you let this go

Let it go

Can't you see it's beautiful, this
Day that's near to end?
These are interesting times that
We are living in

You've gotta recondition yourself
To what you left behind
If it's the past that you want to last
And not your present time

Digging a deeper hole
Feeling so hungry and bold
These frights and furies that
I endure are all part of your cure

Can't you see it's beautiful, this
Day that's near to end?
These are interesting times that
We are living in

Welcome to a place, to
A place you will
Never want to leave, and
If you were disturbed
It always hurts, and
Leaves you here to bleed

Choking on feelings that
You can't bring your-
Self to swallow whole
Watch as the spirit dies
In your eyes

Let it go

Can't you see it's beautiful, this
Day that's near to end?
These are interesting times that
We are living in

Let it go

Can't you see it's beautiful, this
Day that's near to end?
These are interesting times that
We are living in

Let it go
Track Name: This Side Down
Fist full of nothingness
Spinning around inside your head
Pieces of broken glass in your words
Making it hard to understand

This is no one's fault you see
This is how it has to be
I hope you find yourself again
My friend

Something deep inside you is
Reaching out to say that
Something far behind you should
Not be in your way, you'd
Best go and paddle on be-
Fore you should drown, oh no, in an
Ocean full of metaphors
For down

Now if there's a heaven
Couldn't honestly say
Life's only just begun
You think it's gone away

Now if you feel empty
Just fill yourself up again
Please be careful now of
Who or what you're letting in

Nobody's to blame here, this I see
Time to look at this so peacefully
I know that you will find a way
One day

Something deep inside you is
Reaching out to say that
Something far behind you should
Not be in your way, you'd
Best go and paddle on be-
Fore you should drown, oh no, in an
Ocean full of metaphors
For down

So hold right on, there's only
One way to settle this now, so
Just be strong, you've got to
Let it, let it all out

Something deep inside you is
Reaching out to say that
Something far behind you should
Not be in your way, you'd
Best go and paddle on be-
Fore you should drown, in an
Ocean

Yeah, an ocean