The Machine That Made Us

by Flotation Toy Warning

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      €9.50 EUR  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Side A: Controlling the Sea - Due to Adverse Weather Conditions All of My Heroes Have Surrendered - Everything That is Difficult Will Come to an End
    Side B: I Quite Like It When He Sings - Kings of Foxgloves

    Side C: When the Boat Comes Inside Your House - Driving Under the Influence of Loneliness - To Live for Longer Slides
    Side B: The Moongoose Analogue

    Double LP gatefold. Uncoated paperboard sleeve, printed inner sleeve. Comes with a free download code.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Machine That Made Us via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 1 day

      €19.50 EUR or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD: digipack three panels with booklet (16 p.), matt paper.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Machine That Made Us via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 1 day

      €14.20 EUR or more 

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

credits

released June 16, 2017

Paul Carter: lead vocals, samples, programming.
Ben Clay: guitar, bass.
Nainesh Shah: guitar, bass, vocals.
Steve Swindon: drums.
Vicky West: keyboards, samples, vocals.

Cover art by Michael Byzewski at Aesthetic Apparatus
Design and layout by Vicky West.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Talitres France

Created in 2001 and found in the wine country of Bordeaux, France, Talitres houses an eccentric roster of wordly indie musicians from Britain, France, Scandinavia, Australia, Canada, and the US.

The label has been known for releasing the music of bands like The Walkmen, The National or The Organ and more recently for the acclaimed debut albums of Ewert & The Two Dragons & Motorama.
... more

contact / help

Contact Talitres

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Controlling The Sea
My own Napoleon met his fate, with a smile on his face in summer time
By all accounts ventured he was running late, for a series of dates with his own lifetime
Bemused by your ambush at his garden gate, his head was twisted by your nonsense rhyme
For I was he when we came to be, and I can't always free all the hostages you take inside of me

And when it goes wrong, I sing my own song
It's a sad song I'll only sing for you
And, when I sing loud, it cuts the noise out
And only you remain, now
As the games end, like an old friend
I call the right one in
Then there's the strange case, that we both make
For keeping the out-takes in

Bye Bye Napoleon, I've boxed the tape, but it's getting late, and I won't make time
To re-run the chase scene, endless one-off takes, none of which make good on the finish line
Send Arthur Wellesley my warm embrace, but I have his author on the other line
For that was me when this came to be, and I can't always free all the hostages you take inside of me

And when it goes wrong, I sing my own song
It's a sad song I'll only sing for you
And, when I sing loud, it cuts the noise out
And only you remain, now
As the games end, like an old friend
I call the right one in
Then there's the strange case, that we both make
For keeping the out-takes in
Track Name: Due To Adverse Weather Conditions, All Of My Heroes Have Surrendered
Make your way to the basement

Say hi to the queen

She’s grateful for your sacrifice

But it won’t be how it seems



Her love is stashed away in tins

Her teeth are chipped but clean

Since the revolution came

That’s just the way it’s been



Every day she begs the truth

And every day I lie

On maps I chart where thousands march
Though we number 25


See the trees and see their branches

Burning bright with palace stanchions

I will not tell lies to you, I would love her here today
Sometimes when her eyelids fall I don’t know what to say



The queen is here crowned in complaisance, an empty throne astride

Please entertain her vanity and its many blushing brides

I close my eyes and it’s here in me

And ornate frieze and glaze break down into my heart

Break down into my heart

And all the freezing days break down into my heart beneath the ground

I conceal you here but you are far from free or safe and sound

All the days break down into my heart

All the days break down into my heart



You're hiding nothing here to warm my heart

For I am not the same man now

Who once mistook your mess for a work of art

That only he could read somehow



I feel less lonely when we’re apart

But I am not the same man now

Who once mistook your mess for a work of art

That only he could read somehow



Warm and warm and warm my heart

For I am not the same man now



Make your way to the basement

Say hi to the queen

If she feigns an interest

Don’t dwell on where she’s been



See the trees with blackened branches

Defy the night with palace stanchions



I cannot tell lies to you

I would love her here today



The queen stands brooding in the basement

A hunger in her eyes
The weight of every move she makes

Will help your world capsize



I close my eyes and she’s here in me

And ornate frieze and glaze break down

Into my heart

All the missing days break down

Into my heart beneath the ground

I am concealed in here with you

But dare not move or make a sound



All the days break down into my heart


You're hiding nothing here to warm my heart

For I am not the same man now

Who once mistook your mess for a work of art

That only he could read somehow



I feel less lonely when we’re apart

But I am not the same man now

Who once mistook your mess for a work of art

That only he could read somehow



Warm and warm and warm my heart

For I am not the same man now
Track Name: Everything That Is Difficult Will Come To An End
I don’t have much time, none of really do
So I’ll be fucked if I’ll be spending it with you

You’re making history my friend, that said
Your histrionics drive me round the bend
You have to take what the slipstream sends
When your salad days have reached an end
You're changing my mind

Come take me out where the wild things grow
And teach me all that I ought to know
You're changing my mind


Come fish me out of the idiot soup
And all the fun of your other loops
You're changing my mind


I wrote this letter to myself
Well you know me, I like to help
It justifies the harm we do
Wrapped up in pretty songs for you

I’m sorry that I woke you up
But you’re trussed up here like Lilliput
You know I had to join a queue
Just to dry these jokes on you

I kept you how I saw you last
And you’re smiling in that photograph
I know we buried ‘ought to do’
But mother has more games for you

The open door was just a test
I’m glad you failed it like the best
What passes for a view round here
Has a curious taste of understeer

Come fish me out of the idiot soup
And all the fun of my other loops
You're changing my mind

Yes, I could have called you more
Well, okay I never called at all
These parts of me so sharp and curved
Have ways I cannot shape to words

You shelter in their soft skin glow
Drink in its warmth, then let it go
The mine you need just isn’t here
You sat and watched him disappear

At times I would have bombed the past
My cartoon worlds, they always cast
You as punch-drunk, me as slow
Both patsy to the undertow

Oh let him go, he won’t get far
He dribbles words, I drive the car
It gets us where we need to be
With disappointing frequency

Are we still running, is this thing on?
He’ll catch it when you’re sure the moments gone
When you think we're only chasing unicorns
He’ll have it in the walk between two rooms

Oh let him go, he won’t get far
he dribbles words, I drive the car
We drag him where he needs to be
With disappointing frequency
Track Name: A Season Underground
It came on Tuesday when harmonic dreams had meaning
By Wednesday night the sense had crept away
I always see you as a young man as I read them
I wrote that down so some part of you remained

I keep his words and I eat them when I need them
They fill the space when I have nothing left to say
I have no shape, these scribblings that surround me secure the 'heads
Though the frame shrinks by the day

And so I wrote sat on stone steps in the harbour
Not fully grown, though it seems like yesterday

In the beginning there was hope
And all the world was mine
A fluttering palace of flax and rope
And all the world was mine
In the beginning the figurehead spoke
And all the world was mine
A chart with a line scribed bold, unbroken, and all the world is mine
In the beginning you helmed the role
And all the world was mine
In the beginning there was hope
And all the world was my design

I keep his words and I eat them when I need them
They fill the space - what a stupid thing to say

All my dreams are loving angels coming here in such disguise
Track Name: I Quite Like It When He Sings
I’m calling for volunteers to climb the mountain
Must have experience of the war

Must be able to write in the journals that I keep
Much better than those who went before

Must have experience of the good times
So we understand just what the bad times are for

Must be armed with fear and firm convictions
Unless your conviction is you’re not entirely sure

I will dedicate a sea to my contradictions
After all the empty years they’ve washed ashore

But what of the overflow?
Warm roads that my debris closed

Scripts late of mothballed shows
Stray hopes left with no way home

I, who must detain them all
when days scrape, I can hear them call

You, as you’d dress for her
The sweet scent that would lead you there
Soft lines only she could know
As you shine in her afterglow

I, who would hold everything
Hold me, I am your broken king
Let go, and I fear the height
That’s why I must climb at night
Track Name: King Of Foxgloves
I came here today to tell you
It’s the end of your world as you know it
I will leave here tomorrow alone
I do not need you, any more

Oh do not smile at me
I will not fall for such things
I cannot pretend I still love you
Any more than I can pretend I can fly
Now the fears I had have gone, I’ll be on my way

Hold me, fold me
Tell me all you want to do
Touch me, mould me
I am the only one for you
Twist me, roll me
You know my love is made for you

That’s my glass from which you are drinking
And my bed on which you stubbornly lied
Last night was just a farewell performance
Now we’re closing, I’m calling time

Oh do not smile at me
I will not fall for such things
I cannot pretend I still love you
Nobody sells that kind of disguise,
Now the love I had has gone, I’ll be on my way

Hold me, fold me
Tell me all you want to do
Touch me, mould me
I am the only one for you
Twist me, roll me
You know my love is made for you
Track Name: When The Boat Comes Inside Your House
In my mind I was a star
Heaped in praise for my art
But I wasn't, not at all
My mother loved me
But not much more

I made a mark upon the wall
Just to prove I was that tall
But on the inside
I'm four foot three,
Because the wall won't
Won't come with me

As a child I dreamed of travelling to Mars
But getting lonely needn't take you so far from home
Reading kids' encyclopaedias - it's where I stole all of my best ideas
My friend

In my mind I was a star
Heaped in praise for my art
But I wasn't, not at all
My mother loved me
But not much more

There was a man, I read today
Who once claimed he'd saved the day
But when he looked back
It was plain to see - the day was too sad for him to keep

The painful days don't stay here with me
They're just a flash like a drive through museum, my friend

They're tangled days when I think of them
but if you asked I'd do it all again, my friend

They're tangled days when I think of them
but if you asked I'd do it all again, my friend
Track Name: Driving Under The Influence Of Loneliness
Drive, drive for miles, to a place where you feel safe

Step down from the car, you're leaving, you won't be travelling no more

Take off your hat, put your clothes on the floor beside of that

You're leaving, you won't be needing, to dress for dinner no more
Track Name: To Live For Longer Slides
The art of failure really has no school
There is no handbook on how to be a fool
If it makes any difference to you
I trembled here before you
Always hoped if I listened to you, we’d chase the dark away

I wrote it all in a book of songs
That no one ever sings


I'm sorry I left you nothing more
I was never one for things

Hours, there were hours, so many hours, when I just don’t know where I was

There were better versions of me
I miss them now they’re gone
They had to break
It was my mistake to think they’d always carry on

And when the trembled beast’s upon me
And most of me is gone
I hope you find a way that heals
So you, alone, can carry on

I know it’s raining,
But did you have to build an ark?
You go easy now, that’s how religions start
But who will you listen to when the trembled beast comes calling?
Will the ones that I listened to cradle you the same?

I wrote it all in a book of songs
That no one ever sings
I'm sorry I left you nothing more
I was never one for things

Hours, there were hours, so many hours, when I just don’t know where I was

There were better versions of me
I miss them now they’re gone
They had to break
It was my mistake to think they’d always carry on

I stand and point and I distract you
I do it just for fun
But I do the same just to shift the blame
When I can’t control what’s going on

When I get tired a loop within me
Clicks and switches on
And what it says is where I am for days
I see no good in anyone

Can you still see the love that’s hidden
When I slide and cut you down?
Cos that’s the me I swore I’d never be
The saddest form of hand me down

I try to hide the thirst within me
The damage that it brings
Sometimes I need the way it heals
So I don’t feel a single thing

And when the trembled beast’s upon me,
And most of me is gone
I hope you find a way that heals
So you, alone, can carry on
Track Name: The Moongoose Analogue
I was on the way to Mandalay,
Couldn't care less for your problems
These things you care about don't bother me

I was on the way to Mandalay
Couldn't care less about your problems
These things you care about don't bother me

And the heart of it is all that I can bear
These things don't write themselves
Take it from me

There will be no 'forever'
There will be, no 'til the end of time'
Not much, but, that much
Is clear to me

There will be no 'forever',
There will be no 'til the end of time'
Not much, but, that much
Is clear to me

I was on the way to Mandalay
Couldn't care less for your problems
These things you care about don't bother me

I was on the way to Mandalay
Couldn't care less about your problems
These things you care about don't bother me

Every part of it, I try to write it down
These things they come in cells
Taken from me

There will be no 'forever'
There will be no 'til the end of time'
Not much, but, that much
Is clear to me

There will be no 'forever'
There will be, no 'til the end of time'
Just words, but, a last cut
Then you set me free

I was on the way to Mandalay
Couldn't care less about your problems
These things you care about don't bother me

And the heart of it is all that I can bear
These things don't write themselves
Take it from me

Friends may come and friends may go
But I know you'll be back for more
(I was always on your side)
Friends may come and friends may go
But I know you'll be back for more