OSCILLA

by The Observatory

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1.
05:38
Subterfuge We are invisible, illegible by choice The apostates of subterfuge mired in this infernal lie We don't need to be seen We don't need to be heard We just want to disappear Disappear now Disappear now Disappear now We are invisible, illegible by choice The apostates of subterfuge mired in this inferno of life
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14:51
Oscilla Re-assemble the atoms of our Zomian mind So we can climb out Re-assemble the atoms of our Zomian mind Zone of refusal Re-assemble the atoms of our Zomian mind Drift like vagrants A fire incantation for us A fire incantation for us A fire incantation for us A fire incantation for us Re-assemble the atoms of our Zomian mind So we can climb up high Wander along and beyond the borders Up in the highlands of my Zomia Flux and formlessness Chameleons of freedom Flux and statelessness Our debts are forgiven Flux and oscillation Swing a new luck around Oscilla's highest ground A fire incantation for us A fire incantation for us A fire incantation for us A fire incantation for us Pagan thoughts Disorder Pagan thoughts Disorder Pagan thoughts Disorder What say peoples? Never would have thought As patience wears thin Oh what a fucking joke Able lies A fire incantation Fallen for it A fire incantation Able lies A fire incantation Disbelievers A fire incantation for us Inner barbarians Keepers of the forest We are acephalous Egalitarian peoples What? How? People say Do they forget about tomorrow? I can't seem to get away
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05:55
Autodidact In the face of power Do you crumble or do you honestly express yourself? In the face of power You can smile Be happy Happy in your slavery There's god in your money Behind their backs you're a different person You vent your spleen In the land of power Open up the vault to the heart of the centre and dismantle its hold on us Don't accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it God is such a mindfuck god is dead Keep a distance from the system The system seeks to dominate our thoughts Keep a distance from institutions of puppetry Look at the little emperors now Rolling out their own red carpets Keep a distance from the system The system seeks to dominate our thoughts Keep a distance Look at the little emperors now Rolling out their own red carpets Rolling out their own red carpets
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Distilled ashes Bold as solid forms and structures Lining up the straightest roads Pouring out of cul-de-sacs Like dinner is served When the sound of mind erosion is a humming sound of meditation Contemplation Stable lines and minds Lead us from temptation No more idle hands for the devil No more idle hands for the devil Boldest knuckleheads and numbskulls Lapping up the trickle down Living to be grateful for the privileges When the sound of mind control is a pretty sound of malediction Stable minds are able Ready for delusion No more choices left for the sheeple No more choices left for the sheeple When the sound of mind erosion is a humming sound of education Manipulation People are poured away People are poured away People are poured away Taxidermy Singaporia Singaporia Taxidermy Taxidermy Singaporia Pour out Pour out

about

Oscilla is the imagined swing of our imperfect times. The gait of the invisible beast we embody. Flux and formlessness. It represents a new kind of hope.

The current constellation of The Observatory are vibrations of shifting rhythms, synth bass space, oscillators and abused guitars. Repetition is at the heart of their riff. Hammering out a certain truth. Noise, rock, and melancholy. A society in tumult, divided. Where new forms of oppression are actively met with new strategies of resistance.

credits

released August 15, 2014

Music composed and performed by The Observatory
Lyrics by Leslie Low

Cheryl Ong – Drums, Percussion
Dharma – Guitar
Leslie Low – Guitar, Vocal
Vivian Wang – Synth Bass, Keys, Percussion
Yuen Chee Wai – Synth, Electronics

Recorded live at The Black Axis, Singapore, May 2014
Engineered by Johnny Sarcophagus
Mixed by Leslie Low
Mastered by James Plotkin

Concept and direction by The Observatory
Photos from “On the blue shores of silence” by Philipp Aldrup
Typography, layout and additional photography by Yuen Chee Wai

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The Observatory Singapore, Singapore

The Observatory’s music is texturally complex and viscerally emotional, crossing wasted borders and musical extremities that parallel polarities within human existence, provoking and inspiring in a deeply enigmatic way. The group draws inspiration from their Southeast Asian roots and heroes of new music and art. ... more

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