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released June 4, 2013

All words by Mojdeh, except lyrical adaptations of "PacMan" (by Bitch & Animal) and "Fever 103" (by Sylvia Plath)
Music by »radiant devices«
Mojdeh: vox, acoustic guitar, bass, metal percussion
Fyodor Sakhnovski: electric guitar, bass, metal percussion
Nick Webster: beats, electronics, synths
Mason Payne: drums
Guest musicians: DJ MaxAbstrax (synths, electronics, "PacMan"), Ira Ochs (cello, "Fever 103")
Samples: Mike Bibby on "Something Stronger", and Hollow Frames on "Of The People"
Cover art by Mojdeh Stoakley and Millicent Bradleigh

Vocals and electric guitar recorded by Mojdeh at The Viral Sound Lab
Drums recorded by Mason Payne at The Viral Sound Lab
Acoustic guitar, bass and metal percussion recorded by Dave Nelson at Alley Cat Recording, except on "Something Stronger," metal percussion recorded by Kerry J Haps of Hey, Darlin' Records at the Birchwood Room, Archmart
Mixed by Dave Nelson at Alley Cat Recording
Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room

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Track Name: Something Stronger
SOMETHING STRONGER
lyrics © Mojdeh Stoakley

It's something stronger than me
It's this thing this feeling
It's the pressure, it's building

Still, this feeling I can't evade
I beg you to let me free
Let me be with my body lonesome
Let me try to find purity
Let me try to find the value that's left in me

Don't! You're pushing me (the pressure)
Don't! You're pushing me (the pressure)
Don't! Your pushing me to give into you!

Pressure.
Endlessly caving in
It's building, It's building

Regret the use of this flesh
Letting - living - going - being
Coming to you - pressure! (pressure)

Don't! You're pushing me (the pressure)
Don't! You're pushing me (the pressure)
Don't! Your pushing me to give into you!

Your power is over...
Track Name: The Gateway
THE GATEWAY
lyrics © Mojdeh Stoakley

Between this brim and these glasses
you might catch a glimpse of my eyes.
Its the implications of what that means
that scares me, 'cause my eyes are
supposed to be the portal to my soul,
you wouldn't have to listen anymore,
and everything that's ME you'd know,
but I'd prefer to remain a mystery,
I'd prefer to remain a mystery,
I'd prefer to remain a mystery,
and maybe some day,
I'll leave you an open window!

Don't concern yourself with where
this poem ends and this song begins!
'Cause my words run synonymous with my groove
And if it rhymes that's a product of the fact
that linguistics can make you move
So I implore you to let your body find the rhythm of this tune!
Open up...

Between this brim and these glasses
you might catch a glimpse of my eyes.
The portal to my soul.
You wouldn't have to listen anymore and
everything that's ME you'd know but,
I'd prefer to remain a mystery,
I'd prefer to remain a mystery,
I'd prefer to remain a mystery,
I'd prefer to remain a mystery!
And maybe someday,
I'll leave you an open window!

Oh no,
don't concern yourself with where
this poem ends and this song begins!
'Cause my words run synonymous with my groove
And if it rhymes that's a product of the fact
that linguistics can make you move
So I implore you to let your body find the rhythm of this tune!
Open up, open up...
Track Name: A Need To (Deepen)
A NEED TO (DEEPEN)
lyrics © Mojdeh Stoakley

I've got worry, I've got pain
I'm not the only one left in this game
And I feel it seems quite lonely
And I feel I've nothing left to gain

It's a struggle to find balance between empathy and self-respect
I need to deepen on things that have meaning

I've got worry, I've got strength
I'm not the only one that remains
And I feel I've spent some time searching
And I feel there must be a reason for this

Finding hope in gesture meant to incite action
I need to deepen on things that result with reaction

These words between us they mean nothing unless we bring them meaning
And in doing so we are responsible for them remaining in tact
This is fact
Can the seed be planted without coming back?

I've got worry, I'm not the same
It's a struggle to find balance between empathy and self-respect
A need to deepen on things that have meaning
Finding hope in gesture meant to incite action
I need to deepen on things that result with reaction
A need to deepen on things that cause duress
A need to deepen on things that may change

These words between us, these words
Needs nurture, needs water, nurture, water
Protect.
Track Name: PacMan
PACMAN
lyrics © Bitch & Animal (adaptation by, Mojdeh Stoakley)

Tonight the city’s like a Pacman board
I wanna know how many power pellets ‘til I get to your door
All the angled streets, and the blinking lights
How many of my steps to your door?
How many of my steps to your door?

Oh you know who you are
Just look out the window, the ghosts aren’t that far
There’s smoke brown boy and all the suburbs are watching
There’s smoke brown boy and all the suburbs are watching

When the world stops I wanna ride with you
Your footsteps are approaching my moves
I’m on a joyful ride
I’m moving on to my next three lives
I’m a quarter junkie
And I’m thirsty for you!
And I’m thirsty for you!

And I’m
Thirsty for you!
Track Name: Statement Of
STATEMENT OF
lyrics © Mojdeh Stoakley

I feel hurt
I feel
that there's nowhere to escape
judgments and norms
expectations and form,
so I was born, because

I make my choices
and
I let other things dissipate

I will continue
to move my mind
my form forward

Anticipation.
To deviate.

I will continue to
take the kink,
out of the nappy,
and out of the curls!

Because no matter what I do,
what I choose of comfort,
It becomes my,
it becomes my,
it becomes my,

STATEMENT OF!
Track Name: Of The People
OF THE PEOPLE
lyrics © Mojdeh Stoakley

Every land has a language
That language has a taste
Building every sentence savory
Salt and lime
The cadence makes the flavor rich

Every country has a melody
that's made of faces.
Filling notes,
the passages are folk.
The folk make the stories
that begin with grass and end with war!
The folk make our history
Our history, our history is torn!

The best we can do,
make light of history,
take pride in our legacy,
celebrate each brushstroke
of culture!

A nation is no more than genre,
a country no more than cuisine,
all is music, all hearts hunger,
and all folk be hopeful of imminent unity!
Track Name: Much Less Desired
MUCH LESS DESIRED
lyrics © Mojdeh Stoakley

If the prospect of our morrow is set
then our future is written
immanent – impending – and subsequent
But I'd try to reel in the minutes
Pull them back like skin
From the outside in - And begin again
Starting with acceptance
I should admit the past
And a new picture would begin
Allowing each frame to build on the last
This would be my path

The trouble is that I’m troubled
And that places a hitch in my plan of finding acknowledgment from myself again
I remain unsettled which poses problematic
Allowing for a much less direct journey to my fate
I worry about the possibilities
I worry about the unease

Because I fear these triggers are reminders that not all things are built for change
Some things must be pried open and re-made
Hijacked, hacked and distorted
So that these glimpses of experience can be re-sorted and filed away

Promptly, I’d realize that my potential is somewhat set
I can change it – but only a little bit
Because it is immanent – impending
All of which makes me feel unfit
All of which makes me much less desired
All of which is subsequent
Track Name: Am I
AM I
lyrics © Mojdeh Stoakley

This place of brick and wood no longer my home
no longer the place where my dreams are made up

Couldn't you have done better
Couldn't you have done better
( I don't know, I don't know )

And am I asking too much
And am I asking too much
And am I asking too much
And am I asking too much
I can't breathe, I can't breathe anymore
I can't breathe, I can't breathe anymore

It seems I'm a family of one,
livin' in a house of five.
On occasion I gain companionship
from the man on the other side
Not for long 'cause we've only got days left
'til our lives are gonna change,
yes, for the worst

Couldn't you have done better
Couldn't you have done better
( I don't know, I don't know )

And am I asking too much
And am I asking too much
And am I asking too much
And am I asking too much
I can't breathe, I can't breathe anymore
I can't breathe, I can't breathe anymore

Maybe I'm askin' too much.
I just need a little security.
Maybe I'm askin' too much.
I just need a little room to breathe.

( I don't know ) I don't know about you
( I don't know ) I don't know about you

Maybe i, maybe I...
Maybe I am askin' too much
Track Name: She
SHE
lyrics © Mojdeh Stoakley

She didn't want to live that day.

Wrote herself a note,
put it in her breast pocket,
walked around with a knot in her stomach,
but she didn't do anything about it.

Didn't want to see that day.

She closed the shutters,
turned off the lights,
and sang herself to sleep...
WOKE UP! HER HEART BEATING!
THROAT BURNED! COULDN'T SPEAK!

She stopped up the tub turned the knob and settled in.

Around the edges the water brimmed!
Eyes closed and all bubbled out.
Everything but her oxygen.
She lost consciousness again.

Came to and refused to relax that day!

Pulled herself out of the wetness
water puss from each step
cotton clinging to her flesh
Sodium saturated face she couldn't wait
She couldn't

So she carefully pulled her declaration,
slowly pealed the page.
Lines faded from the wet.
Text missing.
Placed it in the sun.

She stayed.
She didn't want to...

The note, an ink-blurred-mess,
it said all, but none would know...

She didn't wanna live that day...
She didn't wanna live that day...
but she did.
Track Name: Hell Hath No Fury
HELL HATH NO FURY
lyrics © Mojdeh Stoakley

What I've got, it grows.
Nothing physical could compare to this humiliation.

There's no use trying to push through,
for what you're looking for.

What are you lookin' for?
Don't ignore me?
Look me in the face!
What was treasured is broken.
Value un-replaced!
But I place you! I know the truth!

There's no use trying to push through!
Bound your own hands, from returning here!

Hell hath no fury like this!
Hell hath no fury like this!
Hell hath no fury like this!

Come on!?

And this scorn won't let you in!
Track Name: Fever 103
FEVER 103
lyrics © Sylvia Plath (adaptation by, Mojdeh Stoakley)

Pure, what does it mean?
The tongues of hell are dull,
dull as a triple, tongues of dull,
fat Cerberus wheezes at the gate,
incapable of licking clean!

One scarf will catch an anchor in the wheel.
Such yellow sullen smokes, they will not rise!

Devilish leopard!
Radiation turned it white and killed it in an hour!

Greasing the bodies of adulterers,
like Hiroshima ash and eating in, the sin.

Darling, all night I have been flickering,
off, on, off, on,
The sheets grow heavy as a lecher's kiss.
Three days, three nights,
lemon-water, chicken-water, water make me wretch!

I am too pure for you or anyone!
Your body hurts me like the world hurts god!

I am a lantern!
My head a moon of japanese paper,
my gold beaten skin,
it's indefinitely delicate,
it's, it's, it's indefinitely expensive!

Greasing the bodies of adulterers,
like Hiroshima ash and eating in, the sin.

I am pure as a virgin attended by roses.

Greasing the bodies of adulterers,
like Hiroshima ash and eating in,
(like Hiroshima ash and eating in)
the sin.

like Hiroshima ash and eating in
like Hiroshima ash and eating in
like Hiroshima ash and eating in
the sin
the sin
the sin
THE SIN
THE SIN

OH, I AM PURE!

It's indefinitely delicately, it's indefinitely expensive
It's indefinitely delicately, it's indefinitely expensive
like Hiroshima ash and
like Hiroshima ash and
like Hiroshima ash and
like Hiroshima ash and
the sin
the sin

I am pure.