Almost Lifelike

by Shadowplay

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    This sophomore album pushes the band into musical maturity. Post-hardcore, prog-rock, post-rock, instrumentals with vocals that take influence from 70's and 90's rock/grunge. Here there is time in noise.

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Shadowplay's second album "Almost Lifelike" is unlike anything the band has ever done before. In their early years the group was very clearly influenced by the sounds of classic rock and grunge music from the 70's and 90's. This time around, the horizon of influence is far more vast. The bands most recent release of original material before "Almost Lifelike" was the 2013 single "Sandy Eyes" and it was the first time they were connected with producer Ted Richardson. "Sandy Eyes", named after the Hurricane that brought devastation to the group's home state the year prior, was certainly an improvement in their production quality; however, it was still very clearly a song in the classic rock vein. The band was smart to choose to work with Richardson again for their next album. What's different about "Almost Lifelike" is apparent almost immediately on the album's first song: "Zach Likes Trains". For one thing, it's the very first song the band has recorded that wasn't written by guitarist Dan Holden or multi-instrumentalist John Sellers. Edward Flynn kicks off the record with yet subtly guitar arpeggio very much in the veins of post-rock bands like Maserati or Mogwai, and when lead singer Andrew Corkery begins to sing he's more subtle than ever before. The ambiance slowly builds to a sudden dynamic shift, and as soon newly requited drummer Jamile Wiggins hits the snare Shadowplay sounds like an entirely new animal in comparison to their early work. On "Almost Lifelike" the songs are brooding, and Ted Richardson does a wonderful job of keeping the band's intricacies compressed and cohesive when they need to be, and he's also not afraid to let the crescendo's really explode when the material demands it. Lead single "Empty Skeleton" sounds like if Rage Against the Machine and Phantogram had a baby. "All That We Hear" is both smooth jazz and the inner turmoil of Slint. On their new album the band describes Kanye West through metaphors not too dissimilar to Shakespeare's Macbeth all above a cacophony and beat only heard on Battles songs. Shadowplay makes peace with lovers both past and current and demands our governments be held accountable for their actions. For all it's weirdness, Richardson keeps this work strangely cohesive, and it truly is unlike any other album out there. If the bands early releases were Pablo Honey, this is the Bends en route to O.K. Computer. Each songwriter is present here in full form and beginning to blossom. After hearing this record, we can only hope the next one comes out sooner rather than later.

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released June 24, 2016

Shadowplay is Corkery, Flynn, Sellers, Wiggins

Andrew Corkery
Lead Vocals on all tracks, Lyrics on tracks 4 and 8

Dan Holden
Composer: tracks 3, 7, and 10, Lyrics: tracks 3,7, and 10, Guitar: all tracks, Lead Guitar: tracks 3, 5, and 7, Acoustic Guitar on tracks 6,
Bass & Piano on track 3, Vocals: Tracks 3, 7, and 10

Eddie Flynn
Composer: tracks 1, 2, 4, and 8, Lyrics on tracks 1 and 4,
Guitar: tracks 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, and 10, Lead Guitar on track 1, Bass: 2, 5, 6, and 9, Vocals on track 6

Jamile Wiggins
Drums on all tracks

John Sellers
Composer: tracks 2, 5, 6, and 9, Lyrics: tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9, Guitar
tracks 2, 5, 6 and 9, Lead Guitar on track 6. Lead Guitar on track 6, Bass on tracks 1, 4, 7, 8 and 10, Vocals on tracks 2, 5, 9, and 10, Glockenspiel on track 2, Aux percussion on tracks 2 and 9

Ted Richardson
Tambourine on track 2

ALMOST LIFELIKE produced by Ted Richardson and SHADOWPLAY

Mixed and Mastered by Ted Richardson

Album Art Designed by Dan Holden, Photography by Max Pulcini, model is Ryan Hoover, interior organization and graphic design by Crisanne Glasser, band photo by Reji Berrouet

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Track Name: Zack Likes Trains
Zach Likes Trains

Verse
A train at night
Within our sight
To whisk us both away

You grasped my hand
And understand
There’s nothing left for us to say

Wasting time
You had to chime
“Hey aren’t you glad
You’re leaving here with me?”

But where will I be led?

I guess I shouldn’t care


Verse
Check the sign
And watch the time
Or we could miss the ride

The thrill of loss
Is worth the cost
Of casting everything aside

Take the step
Or feel regret
“It's finally here
We have to leave right now”

But then the moment's gone

And I don't even care


Verse
The sky was black
When you came back
But I could see your face

Your face was old
Your stare was cold
Your life was written in your gaze

Times that passed
And times that last
They're in your eyes
And I could see them all

But was I one of them?

Why would I want to be?
Track Name: Amira
Amira

She gapes at everything she sees
But her focus is like the wind
She talks to herself
But she comes to a good place in the end

It’s all a little broken
But broken things are beautiful

She’ll clear her throat as if to speak
But then she only smiles
She says ‘how wonderful to be here together
Despite the long time and distant miles’

It’s all a little broken

Chorus

If this is a lie
I wouldn’t have it any other way
I’m addicted
‘Cause broken things are beautiful
If this is a lie
I wouldn’t have it any other way
I’m addicted
‘Cause broken things are beautiful

If she’s feeling right, she’ll say the words
Tell you what you want to hear
Tell you of your future
But the words are never very clear

It’s all a little broken
But broken things are beautiful

One day I found her sitting in the grass
With her leather notebook and pens
While she drew a mandala
She told me how it all began

It’s all a little broken
But broken things are beautiful



If this is a lie
I wouldn’t have it any other way
I’m addicted
‘Cause broken things are beautiful
If this is a lie
I wouldn’t have it any other way
I’m addicted
‘Cause broken things are beautiful

If this is a lie
I’m addicted
Track Name: Basement (Full of Spiders)
Basement

Verse

They’re generating fear
And we’re losing ourselves
Snatched up by confusion
While their profits are made
It’s laid out in front of us
But we’re looking away
An illusion they’ve created
And we become more and more depraved

Pre Chorus

We know we’re the ones at fault
For the innocent people displaced
Realization does not give us pardon
For avoiding to see through these people’s eyes

Chorus
They say they protect us
By monitoring us all
Searching for one in a billion
Headlines revoked and redacted
Censorship conflates fear with inaction


Bridge
In 1988, the Reagan administration provided aid to terrorists in Angola, which led to 1.5 million deaths

In 1990, the Central American wars were culminated by the murder of six Jesuit priests by US-trained Salvadoran terrorists

The US government terrorized the people of Cuba for over 30 years in an attempt to bring about an uprising that would lead to a US invasion.


End Verse
Victims’ voices covered in darkness
Lust of power, not without consequence
Actor’s actions never absolved
Never tried, never convicted
When the world cannot police our leaders
We have to take responsibility
Time to establish the precedents
So the people are the final judge and jury


Chorus
Our democracy’s metastasized
Accountable for an unstable world
It’s time to be their recourse
No regrets and no remorse
Track Name: It's Time
It’s Time

My fingers, they play on
My lord my mind is gone
No more do I think I can wait for you

My head now it is gone
I think it was the gun
No more do my racing thoughts betray me

The bullets fill the holes
Where my thoughts could roam
And now my thoughts are filled with empty shells

Chorus

Dreaming’s a waste for fools
I don’t have time to waste today
No more, no more, nor more
All things I’ve said and done, I’ve got no more to say

I’m sinking deeper now
In thoughts that pull me down
And soon I wont be able to breathe the air

Well please forgive me love
I hear the call above
We’ll be together again when it is time

Chorus

Dreaming’s a waste for fools
I don’t have time to waste today
No more, no more, nor more
All things I’ve said and done, I’ve got no more to say

Well please forgive me love
I hear the call above
We’ll be together again when it is time
Track Name: All That We Hear
All That We Hear

These things we’ve learned
Like the fronds of ferns
Start to wilt in the autumn

On these cave walls
We begin to scrawl
The story of our genesis

I sought something to put pictures in my mind
So I wouldn’t think in words any longer

All that we hear
Resounds from very near
Against a cloud of chaos

As the fire burns this night
We dance within a twilight
Just as we’ve practiced

Maybe when the air is thicker than today
And the mornings come a little earlier
There will be time to understand ourselves fully

These things we’ve earned
We so quickly burn
And rejoice thereafter

All we’ve become
Pulls within our lungs
Sets our chests to flutter

How can I make life feel like the natural procession of true existence
And not just the figment of the creator’s imagination
Track Name: She's Doing Well
She’s Doing Well

We found each other within this common place
A moment I found I’ll never replace

All I ask for is one sincere gift for her
Life, mankind, and all that the world can bestow.

Now I am assured, she’s doing well
Barriers brought down, she’s doing well
The wounds are all healed, she’s doing well
This is true I know, she is doing well

Offer transparency to those I care for

Transcend plagued eyes of lust so compassion can endure

Two eyes filled with passion simplicity withholds its scope.

All I ask for is one sincere gift for her
Life, mankind, and all that the world can bestow.

Now I am assured, she’s doing well
Barriers brought down, she’s doing well
The wounds are all healed, she’s doing well
This is true I know, she’s doing well

I can’t confine these thoughts any more
I feel closer than ever before

What I am caused the pain or duress
It’s worth it all for your happiness




Whatever may be always I will know
Intrinsic nature ambitions inspired
Memories and thoughts shall remain and grow
Your insight I will forever admire

For she’s doing well
This is true I know
Track Name: Spectre
Spectre

I’m not just a face
I’m not just a pill bottle
Though it may save my grace
Give comfort and coddle

You, you beautiful spectre
Where are the actions to mark your words
You, you beautiful spectre
Where are the beliefs to bind your bones

Chorus

I used to judge every little thing
Because the world upset me
I used to count every rat and cage,
Malingering endlessly

I am the spectre, an apparition, a ghost
A thousand people and a thousand minds I host
A thousand lives and thousand deaths I’ll boast
A spirit of this time, I’ll encroach

Chorus

I used to judge every little thing
Because the world upset me
I used to count every rat and cage,
Malingering endlessly

The many faces of me
Changing random and free
My cognitive killing spree