Small Town Mysteries

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1.
Eight & Sand (free) 02:42
This path... It brought us to the burning coast And I want to know What's on your mind? Tough times 'Tween the storm and the forest fire Compromising lies Luck goes on trial We've waited long enough dragging hopefully Door to door. Come in. For the better or worse in a span of a century We've harnessed our beliefs From the factory walls through the stamps of burocracy To burn our wood and reasons to proceed You'll see There's no place for honesty Stones in shallow creeks Lay cold and still But they'll kill Once you dare to build a shrine Wish for better life Left unfulfilled We've waited long enough dragging hopefully Door to door. Come in. For the better or worse in a span of a century We've harnessed our beliefs From the factory walls through the stamps of burocracy To burn our wood and reasons to proceed This path... It brought us to the burning coast And I want to know... We've waited long enough dragging hopefully Worn out human skins For the better or worse in a span of a century We've harnessed our beliefs From the factory walls, through the crooked democracy We go hand in hand and chanting: Let me live!
2.
I'll Ride the Bomb (free) 01:38
So we're back in the trenches as it seems And you're waging the war again, oh please Can you give me some rest, a planned retreat Just a day in the week?! We fight, and I'm stuck in the crossfire, constantly While you're sending your troops and cavalry With a venomous grin - admit defeat! It's like a kick in the teeth! I can't believe you're having fun But I promise that it's true I'll ride the bomb only If it falls right down on your roof Can we call it a truce and have some tea? I'll be back at the frontline, honestly Treatin' wounded and counting casualties If that's what you need! Squad — stand easy! I can't believe you're having fun But I promise that it's true I'll ride the bomb only If it falls right down on your roof Oh, I'll ride the bomb only If it hits the ground next to you
3.
Chekhov's Gun (free) 03:32
Now picture cold nights So far from home and I Was broke and hungry In this town of towering lies And I wonder why She came close So close to crack the shell A friendly smile It took me ages, countless miles Until I realised This girl was a Chekhov's gun Loaded and waiting for her time In the final act of the boring play But the moment never came and All the actors left the stage Now she's wondering what went wrong and when I can relate My friend, There's no need to pretend I was a gutless fool and I was so unfair But I'd never dare To ask to hold her hand While I was out there down and drinking Someone smarter combed her hair Well, I was unaware We both were the Chekhov's guns Loaded and waiting for our time In the final act of the boring play And we'll carry our pawnshop hearts Suppressing memories 'til they stop Or atleast until we meet again If we ever meet again We laughed in the hallways We drank after midnight And once I recall waking up in her bed But it never got past All those innocent stories We both had our vows and we both knew back then That the seasons were changing And tempers were boiling Since I came in town I was destined to leave True. But I still remember Those days they were golden And traces of powder Will always remain underneath
4.
Blake's Tyger (free) 02:31
I was baptized in fire Got cooled down in the water I was raised among liars And tattooed by pens of the restless reporters I've been crumpling that paper By the rusty typewriter Modern day Diogenes I rambled the streets with a cigarette lighter But I still try To sneak through the hole in the fence To the woods in the pale moon light So horrified I'm still searching for paw prints of the one that has once burned bright The Blake’s Tyger I'm the echoing depots Housing old locomotives I'm the dust from the sawmills A remnant, a trace of the yesterdays forests In this world without borders So depressivly hopeless I'm still searching for wisdom 'tween Old writers and poets But I still try To sneak through the hole in the fence To the woods in the pale moon light So horrified I'm still searching for paw prints of the one that has once burned bright The Blake’s… Tyger, Tyger burning bright In the forest of the night Who's immortal hand or eye Could frame that frightful symmetry

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“Small Town Mysteries” is a tough one. Conceived during a five hour long spontaneous jam session with a let-it-all-out approach it both harkens back to the artists’ punk-rock upbringing and follows the course set by the first album. The voice is back and the crumpled paper poetry is back but this time with a bunch of fellow Karelian musicians to bounce off of. The result - four songs, oscillating from a gentle whisper to a desperate outcry, disjointed, reflection-fueled but unmistakably notforme!

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released November 10, 2017

Lyrics, vocals & guitar: Pavel Mokhort
Bass guitar: Anatoly Nikulin
Drums: Ruslan Popov
Backing vocals: Dasha Rozhina (3)
Keys: Vladimir Zhmurin (3)
Accordion: Dmitriy Dobrinin (4)

Album cover by Inna Shakhova and Pavel Mokhort

Recorded at Kukkovka Hell Studios, Petrozavodsk, Karelia, August, 2017
Mixing & mastering by Anatoly Nikulin, St.Petersburg, September, 2017

Special thanks to Nikolai Kuskov, Maksim Parasukov, Alex Fry, Evgeny Startsev, Nikolai Protsuk and everyone who helped to make this one possible.

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