tIME mACHINES

by Michael McGlennon

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    10 morbid psychedelic folk songs made to walk you through the strangest of times. Screen printed black and yellow artwork on electric blue cassettes in lemon yellow cases. Tucked around the cassette is a 7 panel j-card pull out with colourful, sexually explicit comics and an illustrated lyrics sheet. Each tape comes with download codes and stickers. The songs on tape are the same as digital streams and downloads, however, the tapes come with exclusive additional audio.

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OH WHAT A WASTE OF SKIN OH WHAT A STATE I'M IN WATCHING THE SKY SPLIT OPEN MY HEADS A BROKEN MACHINE AND I CAN FEEL IT RUSTING STUCK IN THE DITCH
2.
I WAKE UP SCREAMING ALL THE TIME MY RAINBOW GREW SHARK TEETH TODAY I'D LIKE TO MAKE THIS DISAPPEAR I ONLY MAKE BIRDS FLY AWAY I BREAK REARVIEW MIRRORS JUST BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE SEEING WHO I WAS THROWN TO THE GROUND AND SHATTERING YOU MAKE ME DREAM OF VIOLENT THINGS I SKINNED MY LOVE ALIVE I DO SUCH SILLY THINGS SOMETIMES YOU KNOW THE THOUGHTS THAT LAUGHTER BRINGS YOU MAKE ME DREAM OF VIOLENT THINGS
3.
MY FRIEND USED TO CATCH CRICKETS HE’D GIVE ME NIGHTMARES AND CIGARETTES HE KEPT THEM CRICKETS AS PETS IN BOTTLES WITH ASHES AND HALF BUILT SHIPS WHILE HIS DAD WROTE BOOKS ABOUT A BLISSFUL POST-APOCALYPSE HE DID EXPERIMENTS IN HIS BASEMENT WHEN TIME WAS JUST A THING TO ENDURE HE HID HIS NOTES IN THE CRACKS IN THE ODL CEMENT HIS THOUGHTS ON BLACKHOLES AND HOW TO SEE INTO THE FUTURE EVERYONE WANTS TO DISCOVER FIRE THAT’S WHY WE BUILD THESE TIME MACHINES
4.
I’M GONNA LAUNCH MYSELF INTO SPACE JUST TO SEE THE DUMB LOOK ON YOUR FACE I’M GONNA SHOW THE WHOLE WORLD THAT YOU’RE WRONG IT’S NOT A SPHERE AT ALL AND I WON'T MISS YOU WHEN I’M GONE SO I BUILT A ROCKETSHIP IN MY GARAGE THE EARTH IS FLAT I’M SMART AND I CAN TALK TO GOD GONNA TAKE IT TO THE DESERT ALL BY MYSELF I’M NOT AFRAID TO DIE GODS BY MY SIDE WITH NO ONE ELSE YOU CAN FIND ME AT THE END OF THIS RAINBOW UP TO THE FIRMAMENT BACK DOWN BELOW DON’T MAKE ME LAUGH FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE FROM P HERE IT’S CLEAR LIKE A PANCAKE
5.
YOUR FACE#2 02:16
I KISSED YOUR FACE AND I CAME BACK FROM OUTER SPACE A CRASH LANDING ON YOUR BEDROOM FLOOR MY RETURN WAS A TRIUMPH AND I’M A LITTLE LESS UNSURE OF THINGS I NEVER WAS I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU I NEVER TRIED TO LIVE BEFORE I GET SO BORED IN EMPTY ROOMS INSIDE MY HEAD SO COME INSIDE AND LOCK THE DOOR IF WE COULD LOOK INSIDE UNTIL THINGS CAN’T GET SMALLER WE WOULD SEE WHERE ALL TRUTHS END IT’S JUST A THOUGHT I GET WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES AND WISH I COULD JUST SEE FURTHER IN I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU I NEVER TRIED TO LIVE BEFORE I GET SO SCARED ALONE IN ROOMS INSIDE MY HEAD SO COME INSIDE AND LOCK THE DOOR
6.
THE SKY SPLIT OPEN FOR ME I CRIED MYSELF DRY THIS CLAY STAYS WET FOREVER UNDER A DREAMING MIND I’LL LEAVE MY BODY AGAIN TRY TO CONTROL IT NEXT TIME UNZIP ILLUSORY SKIN GO FOR A SWIM IN THE SKY AS I BREATH OUT TIME BLEEDS OUT AS I BREATH OUT OH NO I CUT MY HANDS IN HALF WITH A DULL BLADE NOW SUNLIGHTS OOZING OUT LIKE THEY’RE JUST FRIED EGGS I’LL CLIMB INTO MY CLOSED EYES THE STRANGE BALLOONS THAT THEY ARE I’M GONNA FLOAT TO THE MOON IT CAN’T BE TOO FAR AS I BREATH OUT TIME BLEEDS OUT AS I BREATH OUT TIME BLEEDS OUT AS I BREATH OUT TIME BLEEDS OUT
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MAKING DISAPPEARING DRAWINGS IN THE T.V. STATIC SNOW THE JOKE WAS NEVER MEANT TO LAST THE DUST JUST TRIES TO WATCH THE SHOW AND FINDS ITSELF ATTRACTIVE DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE ISN’T THAT FUNNY LETS STAGGER TO THE FINISH LINE STRAIGHT INTO THE LIGHT AND DON’T LOOK BACK I DON'T DO RERUNS ANYMORE I LET THE SCREEN GO BLACK THE ART OF ENDING THE PERFECT FADE OUT THIS IS SERENITY AND THIS IS HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY I WAS JUST A DRAWING IN THE T.V. STATIC SNOW BORN TO VANISH BUT IT WAS FUN SERENDIPITY I’LL NEVER REALLY KNOW WHAT A JOKE IS ANYWAY DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE ISN’T THAT FUNNY
9.
A STRAY 03:06
I STUBBED MY TOE AND I CALLED YOUR NAME WHEN I WAS WALKING THROUGH A CLOUD I’LL NEVER MAKE IT OUT ALIVE I CAN’T HEAR MY VOICE ABOVE THE SOUND I’M NOT A STRAY I’VE JUST LOST MY WAY HAPPINESS IS A CAT THAT CAN SLEEP IN THE BREAKDOWN LANE OF A HIGHWAY COMPARE FEELING FULL TO BEING EATEN ALIVE AND YOU’LL BE HAPPY TO SURVIVE IT’S ABOUT TIME YOU LEARNED TO FLY AMD MAKE YOUR WAY BACK TO THE SKY
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about

'tIME mACHINES' is a morbid psychedelic folk album that takes us on a journey through our nostalgic hunger for the past, tunneling backwards to the wellspring of a creative impulse. This album originates in an idling grief that cut McGlennon off from his community of songwriters, following the death of a band member in his post-punk group Bravery Cat. The creative engine running, now with nowhere to go, songs kept being written down and forgotten. Cassette tapes and notebooks were buried in boxes. With the death of his idol, Daniel Johnston, McGlennon was called back to the ambition of making music as honest and fearless as possible. The dozens of songs that had only lived briefly in cassettes and notebooks were exhumed over the following months for consideration. Some of the raw Panasonic Slimline recordings were included as an aesthetic tribute to Johnston, other songs were selected to be recorded in studio with fully realized instrumentation. Each song, whether it’s the darkly hilarious story of an ingenious scheme on flat-earthers to build a rocket ship and prove them wrong, or an exquisitely wrought story of loving someone enough that you become immortal as long as you are with them, feels like a cut into McGlennon's subconscious fresh and joyously raw. This is the music that writes itself at 4AM when the last long thread of your mind comes loose and your heart starts to scream. It is at turns sentimental, darkly hilarious, exquisitely crafted and low fi as a drunken message on your answering machine. Listen and remember the dreams you wrote down so long ago and put in a box in your crawl space. Listen to this album and empty the box, travel through the stained cardboard portal that is 'tIME mACHINES'

A blurry and dense trip companion of clouded hum alongs grinning with a comforting glow. Well planned tracks of sincere and wonderfully confusing confessionals communicated with reverberous dark colors through veils of organ and guitar. Sweet and benevolent gestures of sounds abound. A must - Steven Cerio

Love this collection of beautiful raw recordings from Michael McGlennon. What a great homage to Johnston's spirit. These tunes are peaceful, experimental and heartfelt - Friendly Rich

credits

released February 19, 2021

All songs written and performed by Michael McGlennon. Recorded and mixed by Michael McGlennon and Dave Plowman. Dylan Moore plays Ronroco on tIME tRAVELER and YOUR FACE #2. Mastered by Dave Plowman at Patchwork Sound.

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