The Tower

by Magical Trash

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1.
Death 04:40
2.
Blame You 04:13
I don't blame you Might congratulate you If I saw you now Do what we're told Laugh when we're old Mouth full of blood I don't blame you now It's gone blurry I'm not worried Thinking of you now Tell me your story I'm not in a hurry Straight through my neck I don't blame you now I don't blame you now
3.
Bad Faith 03:01
Don't make me explain myself Every single time If you were listening You would've got the point just fine It should've been over when You said the quiet part loud But even then I still Gave the benefit of the doubt I'm not here to educate you I won't waste my breath No more LMGTFYou When you raised the threat of death You're no authority Your ideas are shitty When you cry "free speech" You really mean "don't question me" Both sides No Bad faith
4.
Litany 02:49
Been around Been around Long enough to know Nothing changes Nothing changes Bad is fast and good is slow It feels good to waste We feel good when we get a taste of That saccharine sweet bliss Of hard-fought ignorance Been around Been around Long enough to know Nothing changes Money never changes hands It's just show It feels good to waste We feel good when we get a taste of That saccharine sweet bliss Of hard-fought ignorance
5.
We never really had time We felt it long before No profit was sent To those buried in the hole The final degrees Never enough More and more Filled the South with debris From accounts underwater, offshore We never really had space Everywhere is commodity Co-opt the words Public to private, no privacy Generational debt Hold the interest overhead Until all that's left Is a superfund inheritance We never had a chance Every voice was silenced We need control of damage But your only language is violence You sold out your kids You sold out your kids kids You sold out your kids kids kids And when you die We'll still have to live
6.
Elegy 05:47
I'm not in love With the old world But I'm not ready To say goodbye Did you recognize yourself In the mirror Of your age? A bell is struck A monument Every good thing Must come to end I don't need there to be more Than this The shortest year I've ever lived It happened so Slow I don't recognize myself In your place I was in love I was in love I was in love With the old world But now I'm ready Now I'm ready Now I'm ready To say goodbye To say goodbye To say goodbye To say goodbye To say goodbye
7.
Narratives 04:52
It's a story we're told Narratives shaped into a convenient flow Said don't make comparisons Don't look too deep The past is passed And the story was written to keep Us buying And selling It's a story we've made Narratives we've shaped So we don't have to change We're buying We're selling
8.
Apology 03:02
Wrapped up in our bodies Performing identities I just like to argue when I know No one's really listening When I'm gone Don't depoliticize me Don't make me your apology Did I even like you? I don't even like myself The thing in you was the thing in me Performing something else When I'm gone Don't depoliticize me Don't make me your apology

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This album is non-profit. If you'd like to send me money I will donate it to Black Socialists in America (blacksocialists.us).

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Every year has become weirder than the last. We've become aware of how fragile the balance of our world is. Ecosystems are collapsing, markets are collapsing, and the world of our parents and grandparents is coming to its inevitable conclusion. What does it mean to live and die under the spell of late capitalism? To be in a place where multiple worlds exist in parallel, and in contradiction?

Written over a period of two years, "The Tower" is an attempt to reconcile what it means to exist during a period of massive upheaval: to see the edges of a new world, yet feel powerless to transform the systems we are entangled within. Running the gamut from motorik beats to ambient interludes to snarling post-punk, utilizing field recordings from a cell phone, grappling with losses both personal and global, attempting to fuse together a meaningful worldview, "The Tower" casts its shadow on those willing to leap in the twilight of an empire.

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released April 17, 2020

Written and recorded by Mark E. Carter between 2018 and 2019 in various apartments in Amsterdam, NL with an OP-1, Lil Trees Channel Cat, MicroBrute, SPD-SX, cell phone, and Logic.

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