Phantasmagoric Menagerie (EP)

by Animal Holograms

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released August 15, 2015

'Phantasmagoric Menagerie' was recorded at the Anodyne Audiotorium in Chicago beginning in mid April of 2015 and was completed in late July. Mixing and mastering began in June and was finished in early August shortly before it's release on August 15th, 2015.

Recording Engineer: Jason Williams
Assistant Recording Engineer: Miles Flack
Mixing Engineer: Jason Williams
Mastering Engineer: Jason Williams
Produced by Jason Williams
Album Cover Art: Craig Tilman
Album Cover Design & Layout: Jason Williams

All Music and lyrics written by Jason Williams
Monoblack Records (2015)

Vocals, guitars, dulcimer, programming & synth: Jason Williams
Bass: Ryan Dahl
Drums: Sam Brown

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Animal Holograms Chicago, Illinois

Inspired by the sounds of Autolux, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, Deerhunter, Tame Impala, The Doors, Big Star, My Bloody Valentine and Of Montreal among many others, Animal Holograms is an experimental grungegaze/dreampop collective with baroque pop influences from Chicago, IL. ... more

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Track Name: Black Cats
I've been going over black cats in my mind
I don't know if I can make it but I know I'll try
I put on my shoes, but I do not lie
You've been making me to choose but I don't want this life
You've been making me to suffer, but I don't know why

Come and waste time with...

Black cats scratching at the screen on my front porch
Turning the metal into cinders for this torch
Fires burning the city down to glass
Turning the atmosphere into an oxygen mask

I was in the other lane
I was going the other way
I was in the backyard waiting for my train
I didn't think that it was going to come anyway

I am a moral cripple whose actions react and ripple
Through time like vines crawling
High in the atmosphere it's where light is loud I can almost hear it
And now that we've finally found peace with the ground

I've been going over black cats in my mind
I've been dreaming of a dark dance behind my closed eyes
I put on my shoes, but I do not lie
I've been going over black cats, black cats in my mind...
Track Name: Psychoasis
[Audio sample of a Hunter S. Thompson quote from his novel 'Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas', taken from Terry Gilliam's film adaptation of the novel and recited by Johnny Depp in his portrayal of H.S. Thompson: "We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. . . .So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.”]

You've been wrong lyin' to your daughter
And I've been long, longing for a partner
But you don't know me half as well as you should

Well I've been gone just a little bit longer
With every time I get a little stronger
But you don't know me half as well as you should

We've been going over all the names
the same way we do it in the games in our heads
I'm dead
We're dead
Together we might feel alive

I've been strung out for forty hours
Wasting time cutting paper flowers
But you don't know me half as well as you should

Hearts gathered up and torn apart in two
Four then eight until it's through
I'm not done with you
I'm dyin' to hear the truth

Darts thrown into the face of your shadow
Poking holes through years of damage
I'm not done with you
I'm dyin' to hear the truth
I'll never be finished with this
I'm trying my best not to be missed
Track Name: Ferdinand Hodler
Swirling and shattering
The heart of a century old woman
Staring at me, I'm frozen; I can't move
I was humbled by the paint
And I stumble before I faint

I was so captivated my soul was elevated
To a height I had never known until now
I don't ever want to come down
I want to stay here until I drown
In the brilliance of her

My head is so full of chemicals I'm losing myself in the wall
The dissolution of my thoughts into a stochastic syntactic fall
I am helpless as I merge and become the son
Of the Mother of whom I have no memory of

Some sort of history comes in between us
I don't want to hear about anything that we do
I was brought here by you
And I'll stay here until I find the Truth

My head is so full of chemicals I'm losing myself in the wall
The dissolution of my thoughts into a stochastic syntactic fall
Well, I am helpless as I merge and become the son
Of the Mother of whom I have no memory of

Home is a warm cave in the Dark
I lurk in a well for water to expel

The Devil inside my pocket
Made a bet with me and he lost it all
The Devil inside the socket
Electrocuted himself to Hell

My head is so full of chemicals I'm losing myself in the wall
The dissolution of my thoughts into a stochastic syntactic fall
I am helpless as I merge and become the Sun
Of the Mother of whom I have no memory of

The Devil inside my pocket
Made a bet with me and he lost it all
The Devil inside the socket
Electrocuted himself to Hell
Track Name: Hello, my Dark
[Terrence McKenna audio sample: "...the psychedelic state, to transcend the belief in the inner world and the outer world as being somehow separate"]

Blood no longer flows through my veins
Everybody in my dreams are tryin' to kill me
Open up your lie
And talk with me tonight
Let's get inside
Inside...

I just might be down enough
On my luck to consider opening up
Old wounds
I just might be scared enough
Of my Dark to entrust my embarrassments
With you

My Shadow talks
And I'll listen to it

Desperado, Frenchman lyin' down on the couch I am walkin' by
An official by my side
There's a plot to have me killed under these hallway lights

A junkie kickin' his habit falls out of his habitat
My chance to grab at that gun
I shoot and run
The hit man hired to do me in is just behind....
Track Name: The World is Math (outro)
[Max Tegmark (theoretical physicist & mathematician) audio sampled from BBC Horizon: "I think our universe isn't just described by math, I think it 'is' math. I think our entire universe is a giant mathematical structure that we're apart of and that that's the reason why the more we study physics, the more mathematical regularities we keep discovering."]
Track Name: Speed Queen - (b-side)
Slipping on the winter ice
I grabbed you by the hand
Gripping onto you we headed out
Into the night laid without a plan

Speed Queen skipping under Holy bridges
Wishing West coast wishes
Trying to escape the whole nightmare
Of the middle American path

But don't get stuck with me
In this cold and miserable old city

Playing knots & crosses with our feet on the sidewalk
Three sheets to the wind
With our Yacht-bound heading on our ship unsteadily
Moving through backwater eddies

Speed Queen sailing under flags all flailing
She's thinking about somewhere else
With every intention to escape attention
She knows just where she's going

But don't get stuck with me
In this cold and miserable old city

Slipping on the winter ice
I grabbed you by the hand
Gripping onto you we headed out
Into the night laid without a plan

Speed Queen skipping under Holy bridges
Wishing West coast wishes
Trying to escape the whole nightmare
Of the middle American path

But don't get stuck with me
In this cold and miserable old city
But don't get stuck with me
In this cold and miserable old city
Track Name: Gypsy Droves (b-side/unfinished recording)
Nobody's sleepin',
The countryside is littered with open eyes
The Devil on the moon dancin' like a fool
Lures all the flies to our rotted fruit

When the Gypsy Droves arrive
They'll steal our hearts to turn into motorbikes
And ride into the centre of your idyllic town
To make the Earth there now a nomad Heaven

Every afternoon a thousand children die
The Devil dancing on the moon still attracts the flies
If all I had to do was sin to prove that life's not boring
That pouring rain is glory
And that the last page in the book
Isn't the end of the story