A Farewell to Reason

by Automatic Tasty

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1.
I’m in love with the modern world I’m in love with modern feelings I don’t reap, and I don’t sow I just think about modern feelings A modern man needs a modern girl A modern man in a modern world I go outside, I leave my room See traffic lights in full bloom
2.
A Happy Town 06:29
The happy town is full of happy people The happy church has a happy steeple The happy people live happy lives Happy husbands, happy wives Happy news on the TV screen We’re all one big happy world it seems Happy people never disagree Happy people like you and me The happy town is full of fruits Who march and sing in rainbow boots See them marching through that happy world See those happy boys and girls This happy world is rough Sometimes I worry that I’m not neurotic enough
3.
A storm blows up from paradise Forward progress Change the channel, roll the dice Forward progress Ships are sailing o’er the main Forward progress Their engines make a sweet refrain Forward progress Tomorrow better than before Forward progress Memory thrown overboard Forward progress I walk this road forever, I walk this road forever Good road, good road Bad weather I walk this road forever, I walk this road forever
4.
Wake Up Dead 04:05
If you’re troubled with despair and dread Or worrying in your bed Just remember today instead That tomorrow, tomorrow you might wake up dead Wake up dead – oh Lord! Tomorrow you might wake up dead Wake up dead – oh Lord! Tomorrow you might wake up dead There’s a road stretched out ahead And it’s down that road we tread Today say what was unsaid Cos tomorrow, tomorrow you might wake up dead Wake up dead – oh Lord! Tomorrow you might wake up dead Wake up dead – oh Lord! Tomorrow you might wake up dead
5.
These Days 04:51
Who can say how the story ends? Who can say, Lord who can know? I forgot my lines when I went onstage And now it’s nearly time to go These days, so strange – they say what’s odd is even One day, I swear – I’ll bid farewell to reason Who can tell what it really means? Where is the script for my small part? I can’t recall what I was meant to say But your name’s written on my heart… These days, so strange – they say what’s odd is even One day, I swear – I’ll bid farewell to reason No more lonesome valleys No more heavy loads You can fly my heart into the sun Or you can dance me down the road… These days, so strange – they say what’s odd is even One day, I swear – I’ll bid farewell to reason
6.
Onward, onward – there’s no turning back We’re going onward, forward – on down the track Onward, onward – all through the night! We’re marching onwards, forwards – come what might! Nameless faces, look to the sky as one When over the ruins, comes a Rising Sun Dawn of morning, we salute at last We return to the future, of a golden past…
7.

about

Automatic Tasty departs slightly from his pastoral acid sound and picks up the microphone for a collection of melancholic pop songs entitled 'A Farewell To Reason'.

From the side-eyed sarcasm of 'A Happy Town' to the reflective urgency of 'Wake Up Dead', the album traverses landscapes of sorrow and good humour - representing a stoic acceptance of the problems of modern life and a yearning for something different. 'Something special happened with these songs - I've never had a desire to sing or anything, but the words and melodies all kind of fell out of the cosmos fully formed'. While some pieces such as 'Ballad For A Modern Man' convey a certain urban sense of loneliness and isolation, others like 'Onward Forward' are more optimistic. 'These songs are my own attempt at navigating a certain melancholy which was hanging around me at the time I think. They're very dear to me'.

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Imíonn Automatic Tasty beagán óna ghnáth fuaim 'acid' aige, chun cnuasach cianach amhráin pop dar teideal 'A Farewell To Reason' a chur fénár mbráid.

Ó íoróntacht íogánta 'A Happy Town' go dithneas smaointeach 'Wake Up Dead', cuimsíonn an albam buairt agus áthas - léiriú stócach ar fadhbanna an saol comhaimseartha in éindí le brionglóidíocht tnúthánach, dóchasach. 'Tharla rud eicínt speisialta leis na hamhráin seo - níor theastaigh uaim aon chanadh a dhéanamh ariamh cheana, ach do thit na focail agus na foinn ón spéir anuas ina iomláine'. Tá iarmhaireacht agus uaigneacht le bhraistint i leithéidí 'Ballad For A Modern Man', agus soirbhíochas croíúil i leitheidí 'Onward Forward'; 'Is iarracht iad na hamhráin seo cineál dubhachas a bhí ionam a thrasnú is dóigh liom. Tá mo chroí iontu istigh'.

credits

released November 9, 2020

Music, Lyrics, and Production by Jonny Dillon
Ceol, Liricí agus Léiriú le Jonny Dillon

Mastered by Brendan Zacharias at Cirrus Audio
Máistirchóipeáil le Brendan Zacharias ag Cirrus Audio
www.cirrusaudio.com.au

Photography and artwork by Garry MacLennan
Griangrafadóireacht agus Ealaín le Garry MacLennan
garrymaclennan.com

Art direction by Not The Kind
Stiúradh Ealaíne le Not The Kind
www.notthekind.com

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