OCCULTED TIMES

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released October 22, 2012

Ghost on tape is:

Xavier Girardot - Vocals/Bass
Mathieu Zuzek - Guitar/Vocals
Maytew Durand - Drums

Mixed and mastered by Mathieu Kabi at Indie Ear Studio

Recorded by Mathieu Zuzek at Sinsat
Assisted by Francesco Brown
Drums recorded by Mathieu Zuzek, Jean-Michel Cros and Ayumu Matsuo at Studio La Vache 2

"EVP at midnight (an introduction to the unknown)" by Thomas M. Hatcher

Artwork by Freddy Coste

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Track Name: The Uncanny
Every night, a lullaby
Whispered by the unknown
Revealing the unseen
Interferring with the flow
They were born in the dark
They cropped up when the walls came tumbling down
They were kept in the dark
Out of sight !
They took shape

In cold mist and burning steam
Haunting this open-eyed dream
As dense as ethereal
I'm embracing the surreal

Every night, they come around
Distraught, I got no control
See the bright paintings toned down
Rubbing out the vaninishing point
They were born in the dark
They cropped up when the walls came tumbling down
They were kept in the dark
Out of sight !
They took shape

In cold mist and burning steam
Haunting this open-eyed dream
As dense as ethereal
I'm embracing the surreal

Cold mist and burning steam
As dense as ethereal
Every night
Cold mist and burning steam
As dense as ethereal
Every night
Track Name: On this silent screen
A blurry picture,
An arrow on a string,
Pulled from the stage, it pierces me, it pierces me.
As I'm turning over this
Unwatchable scene
Damocles warheads are still bloomin'

A distant place, infected by the rain
Black rain of shame sent by the king of pain
In front of those frames my feelings gain the upper hand
And I wait and wonder
I just wait and wonder
No !

A sad look slowly,
On this silent screen,
Get through the times. It reaches me, it reaches me
When the white flash burned the film
We disappeared
Black shadows on walls are still craving

A distant place, infected by the rain
Black rain of shame sent by the king of pain
In front of those frames my feelings gain the upper hand
And I wait and wonder
I just wait and wonder
No !
Track Name: The final blackout
We obscured it to the sight
We banned the words which could describe it
This black and white depiction screams a truth, it reminds us that
We will leave our skins

We'll never win, never win, never win

We'd like to shut the time in a glass dome,
A capture of the last condition
We do not control, not control
Some purchased drinks 'n exhilaration
We'll spend the night
Waiting for the final blackout

Watch silly hopes in the stream
As they move with the swirls and hit the banks
Some of us will end their run in the next dam and will swim in sludge,
They won't reach the sea

We'll never win, never win, never win

We'd like to shut the time in a glass dome,
A capture of the last condition
We do not control, not control
Some purchased drinks 'n exhilaration
We'll spend the night
Waiting for the final blackout

A chess game against the dark
On an island that never sleeps at night
We'll close the book with no regret at all
But scream after the end
Track Name: Serendipity
We were young, in a storm of never ending lies
Irony and fists for defence
Mocking values, ignoring evidence
We were running through the night
Overcoming fear, in defiance of what we should have learned in heavy books

Now,
We must supply our own light
One by one, they fall down in the dark
Now,
We hold a grudge for what we've been
Praying for, serendipity to come

We were strong, in spite of everything we went through
A pretend struggle
That turned to be a pretext for laziness
We were running through the night
Overcoming fear, in defiance of what we should have learned in heavy books

Now,
We must supply our own light
One by one, they fall down in the dark
Now,
We hold a grudge for what we've been
Praying for, serendipity to come

We took off the mask and the outfit
We took off the mask and the outfit
We took off the mask and the outfit
We took off the mask and the outfit

Now,
We must supply our own light
One by one, they fall down in the dark
Now,
We hold a grudge for what we've been
Praying for serendipity to come

With no regrets,
Sincerely yours,
With no regret at all, the curtain call
Track Name: No words
Can't reach the form that needs to be,
Everything here's 'bout thoughts and doubt
Temptation and frustration's ground,
In this quicksand we drown

I wish I never back down
I wish I never back down
Nonsense sentences translate my groundless fears
I wish I never back down
I pray I never back down
To tell my worst dreads, my mouth's bringing up

No words No words No words No words
No words No words No words No words

We tried so much to extinguish
The fire that burns inside me
No more hard feelings to spread
With ashes for flesh and bones

I wish I'll never back down
I wish I'll never back down
Nonsense sentences translate my groundless fears
I wish I'll never back down
I pray I'll never back down
To tell my worst dreads, my mouth's bringing up

No words No words No words No words
No words No words No words No words

This buzzing noise will never end, will never end, it will never end
Until I faint, a gun in hand. How to deal with my own brain drain ?
A strange feeling I'll never think again, I'll never breath again
All these twisted words combined for nothing, for nothing
Track Name: Our deserted town
A rusty taste on my tongue for years, no place for apologies
Time lets the barb-wire grow over our thin white fences
Hear the sound, hear the sound of the bombs tonight
Here's the sound, here's the sound of my voice

Each of the lines we've drawn, I've crossed out them all
Won't make the same mistake again, as you can see
Your enclave was wiped of the map on this yellow night
Our deserted town

A dusty wind blows on my sand table, no more traces of enemies
We've burned the past, plastered with mud, how did we get there ?
Here's the sound, here's the sound of my voice

Each of the lines we've drawn, I've crossed out them all
Won't make the same mistake again, as you can see
Your enclave was wiped of the map on this yellow night
Our deserted town

Each of the notes we wrote, I've trashed them all
Won't make the same mistake again, as you can see
Track Name: In a black box
On a seat waiting for that willing suspension of disbelief, the reason we came here
Turn off the light
Recover sight
We're groping in the dark
Flickering night

Floating bright faces in close order watch the ghosts dance on the screen, shivers and thrills 'til they scream
Turn off the light
Recover sight
We're groping in the dark
Flickering night
Woooo

Everyone, 'n everynight,
In a black box, devoured by time
Everyone here's frighten to shut their eyes

In a black box, devoured by time
Tonight !
Track Name: Occulted times
The white walls kept the happiness
Of a beloved child
Bodies escaped but not the mind
We hardly cleaned up the liquor store
To soil his blood
With nicotine and cheap red wine

I get it now, I write it ...
Somehow, medicine and drugs were useless,
Nothing else but ruins, they left
You keep restoring
As I pass by the reflection of a lost keepsake,
The distorted figure remains faceless
We just share an opened skin
I get it now, I write it down

The quill breaks with the weight of words
Black ink spread in
The marble veins of his memories
A palimpsest, a repentance
Occulted times
The manuscript was made of stains

Somehow, medicine and drugs were useless,
A different time, a different type, a different shape
Somehow, nothing else but ruins, they left,
A different time, a different shape

get it now, I write it down
Track Name: We drift along
It's not like abandoning the ship
We crawl in search of lost time, just show me a grip
The tree house burns
The tree house burns

Day in, Day out
Lights off, we got nothing to hold on to
Day in Day out
We drift along

As we get older, the cracks draw the ground
Reasons step into the breach, you're building a new town above
The tree house burns
The tree house burns

Day in, Day out
Lights off, we got nothing to hold on to
Day in Day out
We drift along
Track Name: The ghost and the machine
Could you please turn on the light,
This room became cold and dry
Something in the developing bath
Haunted and intricate path
His photographs, he swears, have never lied, they never lie

The spotlights dazzle the set
There is no more room to rest
A wind blows in the shooting script
From the attic to the crypt
This unexpected presence never dies, it will never die

Presencing absence by defeating distance,
They are "what has been", they are "what has been"
Can't leave this endless loop, this scary fiction
They are "what has been", they are "what has been"
Track Name: White noises
From the deep, a sound
Your tone of voice that comes from the underground
That river of words
Snatches of sentences, distant verbs

My own denial
You still live in my own denial
You're breathing in my own denial
I know, deep within me
That you can't really die

Hope for a change
That turned out to be the worst of your nightmares
Blood has spread inside
The body you left, blue and white

My own denial
You still live in my own denial
You're breathing in my own denial
I Know deep within me,
That you can't really die

We're laughing, we're laughing, we're laughing
Tellin' you goodbye