Spice, Gold and Tales Untold

by Ana Patan

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1.
Undeciphered 03:04
undeciphered eyes of amber and spice, gold and tales untold, she has her place in foreverness and she couldn't care less. slender goddess from outer spheres, pure angelic savage beast, dressed in the softest velvet gown and soaked in sun. undeciphered eyes of amber and spice, gold and tales untold her majesty rules over the nation lost in meditation lost in meditation with a soft vibrating hum, understatement of sovereign charm, of the best in life she knows what to choose or elegantly refuse. a splendid display of dignity, an icon of sensuality, touch absorbing, love receiving, easy coming, easy leaving, undeciphered eyes of amber and spice and gold and tales untold her majesty rules over the nation lost in meditation. [instr.] rubber and springs, step like feather, razor sharp or baby tender, sneaky and soft and sentimental sipping with a rose petal, undeciphered eyes of amber and spice and gold and tales untold her majesty rules over the nation lost in meditation. undeciphered eyes of amber of spice and gold and tales untold she has her place in foreverness and she couldn't care less...
2.
general conspiracy trying to keep you away from me! general conspiracy trying to keep you safe from me! I did my best to get there on time but they simply planned it all too fine, there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you safe from me! I tried to get to you on time but my dress zipper just broke down, so it's back to my jeans and sport shoes so much for looking pretty for you! there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you away from me! there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you safe from me! I did my best to get there on time but they simply planned it all too fine, there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you safe from me! I really tried to get it right but my old car just wouldn't start, though I used my best technical skills, hitting the steering wheel and kicking the wheels! there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you away from me! there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you safe from me! I did my best to get there on time, but they simply planned it all too fine, there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you safe from me! [instr.] I did my best to get there on time, but they planned it all too fine! there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you safe... then when I could finally start it I went on and got caught in the traffic! there was some demonstration for human rights... well what about my right to get there on time?! there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you away from me! there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you safe from me! I did my best to get there on time, but they simply planned it all too fine! there's a general conspiracy trying to keep you away from me! general conspiracy trying to keep you safe from me...
3.
trivialize love they can advertise anything they want to me now I don't care I've got everything anybody could have I've got my holy grail I've never ever had all these never ever had this deep inner peace your presence in my life is the most precious thing I have it makes me wanna trivialize love by putting it in a pop song trivialize love in a pop song you're the most peculiar substance I've come upon across the globe I really don't know what they made you of but they have done a good job I've never ever had this strength never knew what selflessness really meant your presence in my life is the most precious thing I have it makes me wanna trivialize love by putting it in a pop song trivialize love in a pop song [instr.] everything fades by the feeling I get when I am with you nothing really matters while it all starts making sense out of the blue your presence in my life makes me trivialize love, the most precious thing I have, it in a pop song trivialize love...
4.
The Human 03:43
we are working hard to dig that hole in the ozone layer and we are melting the ice around the polar bear, the only tiger our kids will know will be in the story books, yes we are doing our very best to make our blue planet blue! well, we defeated the lion, put the eagle to shame, cleared those messy forests, got some acid in the rain, oiled all the oceans, radioactivated the fish, they should finally find out who’s the master of these! cause the human is lord, the human is king the human is strong, the human is big, the human is so immortal, the human is so important the human is the only thing… to… have a soul, and put it all in building machines for killing other humans who believe in other things, who would love another country or praise another god, who would have another colour or too much oil or gold! because the human is lord, the human is king the human is strong, the human is big the human is so immortal, the human is so important the human is the only thing! [instr.] …the human is… …the human is… the human is super dooper, the human is extra fit, the human is the real sh… shuttles will be waiting when this planet is done to take us all away to a nicer one, to a better one, more generous, more tolerant and clean, that will show some respect for our human needs! because the human is lord the human is king the human is strong, the human is big the human is so immortal, the human is so important, the human is the only thing the only thing… the only thing…
5.
my feet touch the stones of the pavement and I feel in my bones the whole movement of this world, big world, I feel the warmth and the cold, I feel the shine and the rain and the pleasure and the pain... my hair blows in the breeze of a new wishing well, I'm at peace, I'm at peace, as you can probably tell by this smile, bright smile in the corner of my eye, by the way that I hug the wind and the sky and the blue morning light and I feel so pure and plain, left without complain, nothing left to gain, it's all here in my heart and brain. pure and plain, left without complain, nothing left to gain, it's all here, running through my veins. everything that's been said is right here on my lips, everything that's been touched is at my fingertips, I'm in love, in love, head over heels and above, and each chamber of my heart is a conservation jar for this feeling so... pure and plain, left without complain, nothing left to gain, it's all here in my heart and brain. pure and plain, left without complain, nothing left to gain, it's all here, running through my veins.
6.
Soarele Meu 03:06
hey, baby, am mai trecut prin asta de inca zece mii de ori, n-ai sa ma faci sa te rog si sa pling, n-am sa simt nici macar fiori. si ce daca ne-am despartit, sa stii ca lumea nu s-a sfirsit. o sa ma doara, n-o sa ma doara, soarele meu din nou o sa rasara. soarele meu din nou o sa rasara, soarele meu din nou o sa rasara, soarele meu din nou o sa rasara, soarele meu din nou o sa rasara. n-ai crezut in vorbele mele, nu m-ai cunoscut indeajuns, i-ai ascultat pe ei si iata, iata acum unde s-a ajuns... desi nu ma crezi imi pare rau de tine si, daca asta iti face mai bine, afla ca nu esti nici primul, nici ultimul baiat care sa plinga dupa mine. soarele meu din nou o sa rasara, soarele meu din nou o sa rasara, soarele meu din nou o sa rasara, soarele meu din nou o sa rasara.
7.
I'm a twenty-first century citizen, gotta meet demands and be on top of them, if I'm good enough for now, well that ain't gonna last, I'd better get better soon and get better fast. I use a credit card for paying my bill, emoticons to express how I feel, got less time for family, more online fun, got passwords to remember and upgrades to run. I have to get smarter, get thinner, get younger if I wanna make it get popular, get healthier, get happier, or else learn how to fake it! heavier ego, easier money, tinier mobile, larger TV, gotta keep getting loans to buy more than I need, drink more than I should drink, eat more than I should eat, trying to get smarter, get thinner, get younger if I wanna make it get popular, get healthier, get happier, or else learn how to fake it! [instr.] I live in the 21st century, I'm a cripple emotional amputee, achieving and competing, alone in the crowd, long lost nature's rejected bastard still trying to get smarter, get thinner, get younger if I wanna make it get popular, get healthier, get happier, or else learn how to fake it! get smarter, get thinner, get younger if I wanna make it get popular, get healthier, get happier, or else learn how to fake it!
8.
Hot Hot 04:31
and then you get another hot cup of coffee, holding on to this beautiful dinner night, and I have one more dessert, though I know I may not... I make easy conversation about the film I saw yesterday, though all I really wanna say is I find you so hot hot... [instr.] I oddly got the closest seat to the fireplace in this restaurant. am I really dressed that warm? why do I feel so hot hot? and when you're smiling like that and joking like that and watching my lips like that, don't know about your coffee, but I'm surely hot hot... [instr.] and then you get another hot cup of coffee, holding on to this beautiful dinner night, and I have one more dessert, though I know I may not...
9.
how could we live before, before we bought our water at the superstore? did we suffer more before we got our food from a distant shore? was there life on earth before internet, and was it even worth? how could people be before there was TV? did we miss what we didn't know of? were we less proud or in love? how could we live before without a car waiting in front of the door, without refrigerator, or the good old lightbulb and telephone? how did the world then look, before they made the paper and printed the book? was the life real hard before the money and the credit card? did da Vinci need any CPU speed? did Napoleon miss a red button? what would the church now say, if we haven't had Darwin and Galilei? were the people really bad before they made up God? [instr.] were we less cool and amazing? were we less stupid and lazy? was life a bore before the rock could roll, before the fire could burn, before the wheel could turn, before the compass could spin, before the aspirin, before the chili and pepper, before the toilet paper, before the laser and shampoo, before the high heel shoe, before the satellite, before the organ transplant, before the hamburgers, before the dinosaurs, before the spine and the fang, before the big went "bang!!!"?
10.
I am lying on an ivory grand piano listening to colors, in the middle of the glass and concrete jungle there are flowers. I am lying on a black marble bench listening to colors, the purple in the orchid tree, the yellow in the talking parrot... colors on hormones, so sharp and strong, alive and high, colors on hormones pushing up the sky! I am lying on a windowsill just twenty floors below the top of the world, up and down, left and right, day and night colors spread uncontrolled... and they grow, and they grow, they take over what's left of my once latin soul, and they get to me, I forget I'm just an alien in old Hong Kong... colors on hormones, so sharp and strong, alive and high, colors on hormones pushing up the sky!

about

This is the album I've always wanted to make!
No compromise, and a mind of its own... it grew beyond what I would have dared to imagine!
The making of it took about a decade from start to finish, it meant a long process of evolving as a human being in order to be able to express these things musically.
Out of about one hundred, twenty songs were recorded, in a few versions each, the good old analog way, on 2 inch tape, not without the inherent hardships. Ten pieces convinced their way onto the record in the end, boiled down from 13 large tape reels, of a total weight of about 100 kg (~220 lbs).
Performed as in a live setting, with very simple instrumentation - just drums, bass, guitar and vocals - and almost no effects, compression or EQ, they're meant to sound as natural, raw and dynamic as if the three of us would be performing right in front of you, in the same room. We don't even follow a metronome, letting everything breathe in a natural pulse. No tricks, nothing there to impress, but the song itself. And some pretty good drumming and bass playing! You're listening to San Francisco multitalent Jonathan Herrera, Zoltan Csörsz of Flower Kings fame, Jamal Evans on percussion...
None less than Jonas Hellborg put down most of the bass tracks, plus invaluable knowledge, advice and assistance on the old-school way to make a record!
And, yes, Devin Townsend himself found his way to the studio and kept contributing personal wisdom on how to "just put the whole thing out there and move on!".
So, there I go, here you are!
From now on, it's your problem! ;)

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released February 10, 2021

Recorded analog at Bardo Music Studios
Mixed by Scud Noonan
Vocals and guitars Ana Patan
Bass Jonas Hellborg, Devin Townsend (3), Jonathan Herrera (5, 8, 9)
Drums Zoltan Csörsz
All songs by Ana Patan

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Ana Patan Berlin, Germany

"a Berlin-based singer/songwriter/guitarist with a sophisticated jazz/rock style. Her material is characterised by a sultry vocal delivery, along with intelligent and witty lyrics that highlight her broadminded attitude to life." Radio Wigwam, UK

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