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Iwazaru / Mizaru

by Robocobra Quartet

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Iwazaru 02:50
thoughtful plan as an island of a man didn't pay chipping away 'til i've got nothing left to say chipping away 'til i'm bare and i see no evil anywhere "speak only if it improves upon the silence" i guess i'll choose deaf as well as mute at least my pinball game would improve.
Mizaru 03:52
reverie never fail me i'm currently the parsee but i'd rather live like ali a strafe to the side in lieu of a step back into hindsight i dream fast and loose but today i'm slow and skintight i don't dream at night reverie endlessly i wouldn't wish upon my latest enemy my hands outstretched at 180 living the life o' reality i dream of playing it cruel but when i shift gear, i stall i don't dream at all i guess the drone will always get through i'll call when i know what to do but i won't promise you when dark figures emerge, i'll do what i do i dream of getting stuck on a hill-start knocked back, dominos do their part sodium cascades there's something about trains eternal verge of tears but i haven't cried for years i dream of no fear but neurosis takes the wheel and steers


"In 2015 we wrote three songs named after the 'hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil' monkeys. The track Mizaru was a proper musical collaboration between Nathan and I - it was written on a Fender Bass VI which is sort of somewhere between a bass and a guitar. We tried to get the dream-like vibe of impressionist composers like Satie and Debussy - I still love that song and we play it all the time live. There's a really grumbly cool sound from a BOSS slicer pedal in the second verse that I wish we turned up louder in the mix. Iwazaru is some kind of weird off-kilter bossa nova with lyrics basically telling myself to stop talking so much (here I am five years later typing random spiel). There was also a third recording titled Kikazaru ("hear no evil") which wasn't released by us but went on a compilation instead (see what we did there). Fiona McDonnell did the artwork for this and we've been really close pals since. Check her out online, she's a great illustrator. Small Town America Records did these cool lathe-cut records, they looked great but did not sound very good but hey there's always spotify?". - Chris, April 2020


released October 16, 2015

Tom Tabori - Soprano Sax
Jamie Mackenzie - Tenor Sax
Nathan Rodgers - Bass
Chris Ryan - Drums/Vocals

Recorded by Chris Ryan at Start Together Studios, Belfast
Assistant Engineering by Chris Brazier
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio, New York
Artwork by Fiona McDonnell

Lathe-cut 7" vinyl release by Smalltown America
Digital release by Abbreviated Records




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