down to the junkyard

by moody alien

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*** Limited edition CD & MC +/or Digital Album available from thirstyleavesmusic.bandcamp.com ***

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9 spontaneous compositions forged into 40 minutes of pure feeling.

...Or is it "a non guitarist's attempt to find new usage for the most widely used acoustic instrument"?
How about "Art for Art's sake"?
"was it spring? did there blow a harsh wind?"
and did Harry have a hairy head after all?...

You might just have to figure it out for yourself.
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released September 9, 2016

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>> S0N0 played electric guitar & effects on #1.
soundcloud.com/s0n0
>> Aris Tegos played bouzouki on #2.
stateoftension.bandcamp.com
>> Alexandru Hegyesi (aka shanyio) played bowed & plucked dulcimer on #4 & #8 and autoharp on #8.
shanyio.bandcamp.com
>> all n4tural live-coded the harmonica treatment and wrote & recited the words on #5, recited the words on #9.
soundcloud.com/all-n4tural
>> Skouras in Spetsai played keys, trombone, drums and did additional mixing on #5.
soundcloud.com/skouras-in-spetsai
>> George Avramidis played trumpet on #7.
georgeavramidis.weebly.com

moody alien (mis- +/or ab-)used a classical guitar, 2 harmonicas, a trumpet, a cello, a double bass, a glockenspiel, a toy piano, a small drum, cymbals, windchimes, a rainstick, plastic beaters, sticks & canes & sand from the beach, a condenser microphone, field & miscellaneous recordings, numerous household items as well as a few body parts.
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production & artwork by moody alien.
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>my eternal gratitude to everyone who contributed to this either by playing or by leaving instruments at my place.
this album is dedicated to my father, who often had to improvise his way through hard times.<
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P & C Thirsty Leaves Music, 2016.

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moody alien Θεσσαλονίκη, Greece

moody (adj.): [...] subject to sharply varying moods [...]

alien (n.): [...] anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found [...]

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Track Name: crest, fallen
"crest fallen
the borders were gilded
guilt was her games
til the brisket splayed to the hilt
the borders were fallen
the quest was amiss
crest fallen
her games were built
on the belief that borders
no matter how crisp
would be filled with briskets
and splayed to the hilt
crest fallen
not tardy
nor looked in the eye
her games was guilty
she wanted to be built
she asked for borders
and I splayed them to the hilt"

--all n4tural-- [2012, unpublished]
Track Name: twelve in a dozen
[ΠΑΡΑΞΕΝΑ ΥΠΟΚΕΙΜΕΝΑ]

"Παφλασμός μακρινού αυτοκινήτου
ακολουθεί δεύτερος
Κελάιδισμα αντικρυνής γρίλιας
θέλει λάδωμα
Μην το γυρνάς στα πολιτικά
είναι προσωπικό το θέμα
Έστω κι αν όχι έμμετρο
είναι προσωπικό
Έχει να κάνει μ' ένα σώμα
πτώμα στον καναπέ
Βαρύ φορτίο η ξεκούραση
βαρύ σάβανο το χασμουρητό
Το θέμα είναι προσωπικό

Παράξενα υποκείμενα κάνουν εμφάνιση
στην πόρτα
Η πόρτα κλειστή

Πάλι τα δυο μας·
πότε θα γίνουμε τέσσερα;
πότε θα γίνουμε εφτά;
κι ύστερα δώδεκα
για να καταλήξουμε κανένα;

Κινητήρας αφρισμένων κυμάτων
νεκρή φύση νούμερο ένα
-υπάρχει και δεύτερη:
διάτρητο πλέγμα φυλλωμάτων (!)
Ήταν άνοιξη;
Φύσαγε άνεμος δριμύς;
δεν υπήρχε τίποτε να πεις,
δώδεκα ίσον κανένα
άπειρη λογική
δώδεκα ίσον κανένα
δεν έβρισκες σε ποιον να το πεις

Παράξενα υποκείμενα θα έκαναν εμφάνιση
αν οι πόρτες ήταν αριθμημένες."

--Takis Kalamarakis--
[2000, unpublished - rough english translation by moody alien]