Mood Swings

by Malenky Slovos

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The first full-length album from the Italian Indie band is an effervescent mix of electro-acoustic trumpet, post-punk guitars and synthesizers.

The third studio outing from Malenky Slovos features 13 tracks (+ 3 bonus tracks), resulting from over three years of live shows and recordings.
As the title suggests, songs vary greatly in tone and mood: the new wave tinged Mother Hurt and Matterplay coexist with the more delicate Whited Out and the Eno cover By This River or the quirky disco-funk of Small Town Paranoia and Knowledge Base.

"Having played these songs live for some years now, we've manged to really distill their essence: entire sections were ditched over time in favour of texture and mood. Accordion, piano, glockenspiel, ethnic percussions, uke and more were used occasionally to extend the band's core set-up. So, the final tracks rarely reach the four minute mark, but they draw from a rich palette of sounds to create a unique atmosphere"

"A roller coaster ride through crumbling dead malls and Mother Earth's cries, cheap love potions and reversed tarots, global conspiracies and small town paranoia, off-the-shelf knowledge which proves elusive and not-really-from-outer-space parasites who'd want us to OBEY..."

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released June 8, 2016

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Track Name: Dead Mall
As this rainfall knows no rest,
it’s been filling up with “guests”,
packed inside.

Should the cold declare a truce,
they could slow down on their
booze for a while.

Warning signs along the way,
Warning signs that intimate:
“stay away!”

Holes ‘n’ cuts adorn the fence,
shards of glass and trash abound
all around.

Urb-ex lovers dig this place,
a crumbling giant in decay,
fit tribute to a time and age
blind and insane

It's our mission,
to improve your life,
and I can proudly say,
we achieved our aims

How many times,
you demanded it ?
Now it’s yours!

Holes ‘n’ cuts adorn the fence,
shards of glass and trash
abound all around.

Here, to put it simply,
the largest, the coolest mall:

Stripped of metals, set afire,
in the hall the mural
struggles to survive

ninety-five shops
upscale food court
swimming pool, gym,
mega-supermarket

Please, you, come to save me
Track Name: Matterplay
I whisper fright from the radio
My startling frames in videos
Life’s a mad, cruel rodeo
Your neighbour might be a criminal
Protect, caress your fears now
Brick walls around your backyard

From television studios,
I move your inner dominoes
Drink up your medicine now,
you’ve got no better way out

Wobbling on the verge of a cliff
Time to wake up
Wobbling on the edge of abyss
Time to wake up

An evil army is marching on,
they creep inside all things you know
$pread updates in the background,
like a disturbing carillon
Protect, caress your fears now,
Barb wires around your backyard

Safer with your pills and a gun
by the bedside
Safer in a shelter under ground
in the backyard

Hysteria!
Track Name: Mother Hurt
I gave myself to you
Offense, abuse were my reward
You bruised my skin
this morning for the last time:
small price to get rid of you!

No more chemical poisons
through my veins, no!
Chemicals, chemicals, chemicals,

No more brownfields, littering, landfills,
asphalt scars!
Brownfields, littering, landfills,
asphalt scars

To discard their nuclear waste,
shoved that junk into my depths!
Isotopes, isotopes, isotopes

Slaughtered, plundered, spread disgrace,
wrecked my body, fled to space!

It’s hard to admit that I
was once so proud and fond of you!
I’ve glimpsed your likes
this morning for the last time
I’m rid for good of you!

No more chemical poisons
through my veins, no!
Chemicals, chemicals, chemicals

No more brownfields, littering, landfills,
concrete slabs!
Brownfields, littering, landfills,
concrete slabs

To discard their nuclear waste,
shoved that junk into my depths!
Isotopes, isotopes, isotopes

Slaughtered, plundered, spread disgrace,
wrecked my body, fled to space!
Parasites, parasites, parasites

Good bye, son, you won’t be missed here!
Good bye, soon, my face will be healed
Good bye, son, my face will be healed!

No more chemical poisons through my veins, no!
No more brownfields, littering, landfills, acid rain!
No more nuclear waste, no! Into my veins
Isotopes, isotopes, isotopes
No more concrete slabs, oil spills, asphalt scars,
no more parasites!
Track Name: Home Movies
You run for shelter from the sparks
You scan the night sky for a star
You point the toy gun at the cam,
You glance up,

towards a soldier, towards a son,
a distant father you’ve never known

Stars shine no matter what’s
going on down here

An RPG round has hit the hatch,
the blast is deafening,
my vision’s blurred
Baby pray for me

You run to the playhouse, and let no one in
Dressed like a ghost, you’re chasing mom

Bang your toddler drum set
made of pots and spoons,
Ask the burning question right on cue

The new president promised
to call us back,
but three years have passed
and nothing has happened yet!

Oh yes, he promised
to get us back,
but this guerrilla warfare
is taking its bloody toll

on many a soldier, on many a son,
assaulted women raped by their own.

Stars shine no matter when,
all this shame’ll be over

on countless injured
on broken souls
on missing lovers, forever lost
Baby wait for me
Track Name: 17 Words
He scribbled down what’d be his last
seventeen words
and no matter the fear inside,
he knew it was time for it.

Before the eyes of the lord of war,
an extreme prayer,
wrapped in flames in the gathering dusk,
demanded end to it.

Just the outrage of a madman,
heartless father, idealistic fool!
Such a courage in this young man!

Without a husband, without a dad,
just a few words,
to accept his will as an act of love,
to come to terms with it.

Just the outrage of a madman,
heartless father, idealistic fool!
Such a courage, in this young man.

His name resounds across the oceans
His name resounds across the oceans
His name resounds across the oceans
His name resounds across the oceans
Track Name: Antiquambience
I'll take my secrets to my grave
so I'll never have to say
what thoughts are crossing through my mind
As It's getting over me, listen:
Antiquambience creeping up my shoulders now,
Antiquambience filling up my brain

I'll be restless, my necessities,
they'll get hold of me, never let me free
I'll be wearing masks, I'll be failing tasks
I'll be stabbing backs, I'll be shuffling decks
I'll be

And as the years keep falling down
thousand lines are showing up
over the surface of my skin
as it's getting older, listen:
Antiquambiance never left my body
Antiquambience never left my brain

I've been restless, my necessities
they got hold of me, they don't let me free
I've been useless, my tenacity
brought me nothing good, when I thought it would

I've been gutless, unbelievably so,
I got nothing at all that I could control
I'll be dreaming up new realities,
there's no way at all, I can free myself from this...
Track Name: Small Town Paranoia
Something crazy is happening,
looking out for the cat on the balcony!
A dark figure's hunched in the corner,
like the scary bum with the box
in that useless flick.

He keeps staring, dead silent
Inexpressive, black painted face
So scared
He’s creeping me out!
Keep calm

Yes he creeps me out!
I feel my breath dying,
chest aches, it's on fire

He creeps me out!
Those weird eyes
Paralyzed, I pray
it's a dream

It turns out to be a fantasy,
as I wake up dazed
it’s a sudden epiphany

The cat’s purring on the pillow
Black coffee, scrambled eggs and cheese
So tired
and then out in the cold air
Sleep tight

I plan the vacations,
stepping out across the lawn
I smile and wave to my neighbors,
so proud of such a nice and cozy place

Insane!
He’s driving the empty
bus I’m used to take.
Trapped in a nightmare
looping in my brain:
A dream in a dream

which creeps me out!
My breath dies,
chest aches, it's on fire

He creeps me out
Those weird eyes
Praying for a dream
in a dream
Track Name: Knowledge Base
I know rhythm, patterns,
chords and scales,
playing out loud in my brain

I know kata, stances,
strikes and blocks,
ways to be calm and aware

I’ve got wikis,
I’ve got forums,
I’ve got billions pages
to scrape at will
I’m ready

Human Nature escapes me

I’ve got guidelines, patterns,
entities,
all neatly stored in my brain

I’ve got wikis,
I’ve got forums,
I’ve got knowledge bases
to query at will
I’m ready

Human nature escapes me
Track Name: Lori
Magic potions and occult
I can't say I cared so much for

But I wondered at the sign
on that day in May on South Road

A tune out of time
lured me inside
My will bent, intoxicating scents
the air was thick and white

Two green gems filled up the space
in the dark left by dim lamplight

Like a dream of falling down
through the pages of her mind, oh

How could I resist?
My whole world would twist
Now I know, all this sounds quite absurd
but I'm in love again
Track Name: Nine Lives
Believe my words:
“They come from space!”
For our disgrace,
no one is listening

We'd better react now,
before their dominion grows:
every wasted chance,
may well be the last!

Nine lives,
morphing their faces
they managed somehow to survive.
Nine lives,
to steal and exploit, extinguish
all freedoms and rule

They come from space
No one is listening!

They wandered the universe
to finally land on earth:
where they found their gold,
where they found their luck!

Nine lives,
morphing their faces
no longer required to survive…
Down here,
morphing their parties
the faces can stay just the same!

Too late to react now
No way to resist us
there's no way out
Track Name: Santa Got It Wrong
Watch out, Maggie, the world’s duller
than it first seems:

it loves labels, promotes stereotypes.

“Glam neck-lace and pink cell-phone,
for a sweet girl”.

“A train, darling, ‘s a boys’ present:
Santa got it wrong!”

At times, it seems a sly design,
a plan to anesthetize
and shape your minds:
you lose all your pride,
grow as advertised.

And with what you own
you do what you want:
you use it, you break it,
you throw it off.

Watch out, Maggie, the world’s meaner
than it first seems:

distorts beauty, dictates models
from the tv screen.

At times,
it seems a sly design,
a plan to anesthetize
and shape your minds:
you put aside your brains,
end up being on sale.

And with what you own
you do what you want:
you use it, you break it,
you throw it off.

Watch Out, Maggie
Watch Out