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End​.​Game.

by Luscious-235

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Mr Creep Fan Page retro sound, voice that recalls the 80's, I love these tracks, Amazing work, I recommend it
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conor1977 This is my favourite album of the year. since I heard it I haven't been able to stop. This does not sound like nostalgia, it sounds like a masterpiece album transmitted from an alternate past. Favorite track: Ocean City.
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1.
19A0-12-31 01:04
[instrumental]
2.
Partied like it was 1979 Or ‘85 Because it was And it felt like Everything was alright But I knew We knew This couldn’t last Too much too fast That night I held you tight Until New Year’s Day Forgive our mistakes We can wipe away Everything that went wrong New Year’s Day Start with a clean slate They say Shining futures Await So I left our room That underground concrete tomb Picked my way through the debris Around me Alone I think I forgot something I remember a light so blinding Now I can’t see a thing I can’t see you New Year’s Day Throw it all away Yesterday Is gone for good New Year’s Day We will find our way Have no fear New Year’s Day Is here
3.
Ocean City 04:57
The stolen mixtape plays Listen to what they say Heading to the rendez-vous The company knows It’s me and you They’re on to us They won’t give up Dreams of stopping the waves Missing piece of the puzzle placed In the white car Driving fast Windows down Music full-blast The lighthouse on the beach We can beat the heat Ocean City is waiting for us Ocean City and all we have lost We could be there today We’ll find a way Back To Ocean City Secrets that we know Cracks are starting to grow Pyramids in the sand Technology got out of hand A hard reset We can’t forget Ocean City We’ll find a way back To Ocean City and all that we lack Can you feel the space? And what has been erased? A place called Ocean City Memories starting to fade Of Ocean City and the lost decade A moment in time Can we rewind? Why can’t we find Ocean City?
4.
Do you want to go out midnight driving? Do you want to go to the midnight drive-in? We could see “The Wall” “Heavy Metal” is on Come on Midnight Drivn You and I We could drive all night You and I We could drive all night Do you want to go out midnight driving? Do you want to go to the midnight drive-in? John Carpenter’s “The Thing” Or maybe “Halloween” On screen Midnight Drivn Red and white Lines and lights Summertime We could drive all night Do you want to go out midnight driving? Do you want to go to the midnight drive-in? “Rocky Horror Show” And then “El Topo” Let’s go Midnight Drivn Do you want to go out midnight driving? Do you want to go to the midnight drive-in? We could see “The Wall” “Heavy Metal” is on Come on Midnight Drivn
5.
Seeing past My fingers touch the glass In the world left behind The breeze and sea Miami I wish you were around Windblown sand on the freeway Palm trees rustle overhead Better off dead You had the machines all running Today I saw them cracking down Once I held you close Guess it’s just the work and your ghost Holding me here now The coat of night wrapped around me Worrying at the threads Better off dead
6.
Black Dawn 04:37
Daylight rolling back Time gone off track Chrome pyramids on the skyline They say it’s an eclipse But the truth is stranger The rusting tape of the world you know They’ll erase and change it It’s a black dawn On a dark day Replay The remains of the day Complex patterns of color and shape Evidence is mounting A secret history of sin Lost in the garden With three wolves closing in It’s a black dawn In a phantom time Black dawn Chrome pyramids on the skyline It’s a black dawn On an empty place It’s a black dawn On a blank landscape
7.
War Games 03:26
Let’s connect And spread out the board And if you’re good Maybe you can score The stakes are high Your dice are hot Are you ready to roll? Show me what you got On the battlefield Face to face Hand to hand You know what it takes Launch codes ready Missiles gonna shoot Out of control Aiming at you It’s so hard It’s so hard for you It’s so hard for you to lose Will you fight for love? Head to head for love We could play War Games We could play War Games The assassins dance Tonight Stormtrooper in drag Tonight Pleasure principles Tonight Let’s play Tonight
8.
J-9 06:16
She was made Just for me She works and plays While I sleep She’s just like You used to be But we don’t fight And she won’t leave J-9 is waiting for me at home She tells me I’ll never be alone J-9 knows everything that I like I can’t wait to be with her tonight Now I’m not alone She’s there You don’t understand us But I don’t care J-9 (I say) this feels like love She smiles and it’s close enough J-9 is charging and soon I can turn her on Updating... It won’t be long Is there something wrong? Nothing’s wrong Is there something wrong? Nothing Nothing’s wrong
9.
The video rewinds You know it feels like the end Of something Or nothing How much is left? Familiar sequence of scenes I’ve never seen before Am I awake or dreaming? Can’t tell anymore Silhouettes are dancing In front of my eyes There are pieces missing Edited and spliced This life feels like Video at night In uncertain times Like video at night Should I be watching this? It doesn’t seem right Dark secrets and passion Feel it growing inside Is it a phantom? Or is it fantasy? Fragments of the future? Or motes of memory? Go for a ride Like a video at night All shadows and light Like video at night Scrambled channels on cable TV In the static signals a message for me So blurry and bright Like video at night Close my eyes Like video at night
10.
Yamanote line Waiting for the train Shinagawa eki Tokyo rain Gray stones under your feet Neon lights the street You think you’ve got it all figured out You’re really in the swing But you don’t understand a word (わかりません) You don’t understand a thing (わかりません)
11.
19AF-XX-XX 01:05
[instrumental]

about

You don’t remember.

In the year 1979, humanity experienced dramatic, rapid technological advancement which has since been completely expunged from the historical record. One day, everything was blurry analog. And the next, primitive but rapidly evolving digital. Where did it come from? How did everything change so fast? Some say it was extraterrestrials. Or ancient secrets from the Toltecs, Mayans, or Egyptians. Maybe it was a series of covert government projects.

Within one year, the first iteration of smartphones were commonplace. 2 years after 1979, artificial humans were walking the streets, holding jobs, and paying taxes. The economies of the world turned while artificials happily carried out their functions and humans reaped the benefits. It was a utopia. Until it wasn’t.

Growing paranoia -- fueled by the uncontrolled rise of technology and coupled with religious fundamentalism -- was at the forefront of the global conversation. Some humans and governments were afraid of being completely usurped by the artificials and overwhelmed by technology. Perhaps rightfully so.

In the 3rd year, the governments of the world enacted what they called “Operation End Game”. A “hard reset” on technology and society. Nuclear warheads detonated at high altitudes, with the resulting electro-magnetic pulses destroying all electronics. Millions died in the ensuing damage and chaos.

But you don’t remember any of it. You still believe only 6 years separate “1979” and “1985”. How can humanity forget an entire decade? We were there. We remember everything.

The following years (no one knows for sure, but estimates put it between 5-8) were used to rebuild, repair, and restart everything in a carefully controlled fashion. Drugs broadcast via air, water, radio, and television provided historical scrubbing and psychological programming.

The entirety of humanity was left with no record or memory of the event. The few remaining fragments and facts have been pieced together by a small community. They call this lost time “The 19A0s”.

And so you don’t remember. But we do. We are Luscious-235 -- a band consisting of a human (Sid Luscious) and an artificial (Unit 235). When Operation End Game was enacted, we were playing a show, deep in an underground parking garage in Los Angeles. Under the concrete and dirt, we were shielded from the effects of the EMP. We survived. We remember everything.

This is our story. This is our music. This is the 19A0s.

credits

released January 1, 2019

Unit-235 (Brian L. Ward): guitars, synthesizers, and microcomputer
Sid Luscious (Anu Kirk): vocals, guitars, synthesizers, and microcomputer

All songs written by Anu Kirk and Brian L. Ward
Produced and Engineered by Luscious-235 at Blue Moscow and Galvanic Sentience
Special thanks to Iran Narges and Treacy Ward

Mastered by Michael Hateley for Lotus Mastering

Jacket art by John Karborn
Sleeve design by Iran Narges

This record was made possible in part by support from Phyllis Latham and Neutron Sound

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Luscious-235

Luscious-235 is a joint venture between former 80s superstar Sid Luscious and the artificial entity known as Unit 235.

Working together from separate locations, they are using electronic devices to uncover the secrets of the lost decade of the 19A0s.

The resulting transmissions are information-dense, disguised as pop songs.
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