GILDED CAGE

by CURXES

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Bleak and oblique post-apopalyptic songs.

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released October 20, 2017

For updates on future releases, please visit www.curxes.com or follow me on Bandcamp.

Written and performed by Roberta Fidora, except “In Your Neighbourhood”, written by Roberta Fidora and Andrew E. Wright.

Additional performances by Mike James, Grace James and P.J.E. Davy. Recorded, produced and mixed by Deluxe Flamingos and Roberta Fidora. Mastered at Stardelta Mastering, with thanks to independent community arts fund, the Mike Howley Trust and Quay Arts, based on the Isle of Wight. Art direction and photography by Rob Luckins.

Curxes: www.curxes.com
Deluxe Flamingos: deluxeflamingos.bandcamp.com
P.J.E. Davy: www.pjedavy.com
Rob Luckins: www.welcometothedarkslide.co.uk
Quay Arts: www.quayarts.org

Copyright 2017 Curxes / AWAL
Publishing 2017 Curxes / Sentric Music

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"Ideal synth pop for melancholics..." - MOJO Magazine.

Bleak & oblique choral post-pop songs. New album ‘Gilded Cage’ out now.

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Track Name: YOUTH ASCENSION
The thrill of the chase
Breaks down in your haste
To limit yourself
Oh, you bring the doubt
And I'll bring the date

It's never valid, it's never valid, it's never valid
Just like you 'are'
But if you built things
Not on your offerings
Or your demanding
We might start

O young believers, o young believers, young Boudiceas
They're all around
If you could hear us, if you could bear us, if you could see us
But when we're found
Oh, just you wait...

Youth ascension
From a wealth of forced transitions
Youth Ascension
Hounded by your definition
Always

Your time is up
You've held my head long underwater
'Cause you can't see it, you can't see it
From an elder mouth, I become the author
Do what you want to, do what you want to
You take my highs
And filter them through your deception
Well, you can keep them, you can keep them
I can only try to hold it together
'Cause I still believe in, I still believe in
Life

You'll be with or without
Beyond reasonable doubt
'Cause there used to be something they all spoke about
But it's no more
You really feel you've got to prove something
(Oh, do I need this, oh, do I need this, oh no, not really)
To be right
(For my sins)

Youth ascension
From a wealth of forced transitions
Youth Ascension
(You really feel you've got to prove something)
Hounded by your definition
(To be right)
Always

Your time is up
You've held my head long underwater
'Cause you can't see it, you can't see it
From an elder mouth, I become the author
Do what you want to, do what you want to
You take my highs
And filter them through your deception
Well you can keep them, you can keep them
I can only try to hold it together
'Cause I still believe in, I still believe in
Life
Track Name: HALLOWS
How do you get a seat at brain height?
When you return us to the bad times

Cross go, walk up, you're moth, you're bug
Back home, it's death, it's gone, it's crushed
Hello 'Hallows'

How do you get a seat at brain height?
When you base reason on a dislike

Cross go, walk up, you're moth, you're bug
Back home, it's death, it's gone, it's crushed
Hello 'Hallows'

All the way up there
All the way down here
Track Name: LET ME DOWN
Caution advised
Death to surprise
Anyone better could surmise

Holding in shame
Being the blend
Of your dead pets and absent friends
Only just

And I could never make you understand it
When all your sympathy is secondhand
It's obvious
Because you're looking for a quick return and
You don't want to spend it on concern
For both of us

Not good enough
For me to trust
A worn piece of work
The worst of it
I swerve to miss
But plummet headfirst
Again

Hanging around here since 2am
Promising I never will again
Treating avoidance as some suspense
To let me down

And I could never make you understand it
When all your sympathy is secondhand
It's obvious
Because you're looking for a quick return and
You don't want to spend it on concern
For both of us

Hours and hours, of future lost
Not that a crook ever counts the cost
A war on wealth that never was
Learn the hard way and all because

Hanging around here since 2am
Promising I never will again
Treating avoidance as some suspense
You let me down

Try again
Now you've found
That I've left
You let me down

And I know that every time
You'll let me down
Track Name: FURTHER ON
[INSTRUMENTAL]
Track Name: CARICATURE
Don't fight me
I'm a caricature
You wanna pick a fight with someone your own size
Don't fight
(Don't x10)
Don't fight
(Don't x10)

Put me in my place
A pixel dot
Justify your rage
It's good
But here's a heads up

Don't fight, don't fight me
I'm a caricature
Don't fight, don't fight me
I'm a caricature

Now that we are all
Invested in
Some proportions blown
Stones thrown
But there's just one more thing

Don't fight, don't fight me
I'm a caricature

(Don't)

Don't fight me
I'm a caricature
You wanna pick a fight with someone your own size
Don't fight
(Don't x10)
Don't fight
(Don't x10)

Don't fight me
I'm a caricature
You wanna pick a fight with someone your own size
Don't fight me
I'm a caricature
You wanna pick a fight with someone your own size / from real life
Don't fight
(Don't x10)
Don't fight
(Don't x10)

Here, unsheltered from
The search deluxe
Green and pleasant forms
You've sworn
Well, here's a heads up

Don't fight, don't fight me
It's a caricature
Don't fight, don't fight me
It's a caricature

Don't fight
Track Name: IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
No resonance of place
No thought or deed
Can fill this dead space

My given land cares not
For who you are
But what have you got

You won't show us
You won't show us
Like I thought you would
Come to "treat" us
Come to lead us
In your neighbourhood

And when you crow, "it's no great loss"
Do you say it
Just because

You won't show us
You won't show us
Like I thought you would
Come to "treat" us
Come to lead us
In your neighbourhood

N-E-I-G-H-B-O-U-R-H-O-O-D
N-E-I-G-H-B-O-U-R-H-O-O-D
In your neighbourhood

You won't show us
You won't show us
Like I thought you would
Come to "treat" us
Come to lead us
In your neighbourhood
You won't show us
Get to know us
Like I thought you would
Supersede us
You don't need us
In your neighbourhood
(N-E-I-G-H-B-O-U-R-H-O-O-D)
You won't show us
Get to know us
(N-E-I-G-H-B-O-U-R-H-O-O-D)
Like I thought you would
(N-E-I-G-H-B-O-U-R-H-O-O-D)
I won't grieve it
When I leave it
(N-E-I-G-H-B-O-U-R-H-O-O-D)
Leave your neighbourhood

N-E-I-G-H-B-O-U-R-H-O-O-D
Track Name: FUNCTIONAL
When you say things and you don't really mean them
All my bones grow inward and suddenly seize up
Now

Now
Now
Watching it tumbling down
Down
Down
I'm barely functional now

It is a fortitude
That will persist
In spite of all things
(I'm barely functional)
And I shall tolerate you
If you insist
Inside I will flinch
(I'm barely functional)

When you invent an imagin'ry treason
All my limbs will start uncontrollably bleeding
Out

Now
Now
Watching it tumbling down
Down
Down
I'm barely functional now
Now
Now
Watching it tumbling down
Down
Down
I'm barely functional
Now
Track Name: UNISEUM
[INSTRUMENTAL]
Track Name: THE STARS, LIKE DUST
Give them the gift
Give them the gift
'Cause if they gave it to me
I'd only waste it
Give him the gift
Give him the gift
'Cause if they passed it to me
I'd only waste it

Then we'll stand outside
The little world they've built
Of fears

When you outlive
When you outlive
An age of infinite dread
Your leisure left us with
Gold in a bag, wrapped in a flag
That doesn't love back
You found you came to the fore
For cloth that bore a myth

Now we stand outside
The little world they've built
For years
Now we stand outside
The little world they've built
The little world they've built
Track Name: SILENT RUNNING
Well, I am over overdrive
So far from view

Silent running
Here becoming
An endless echo
Finding fragments
Of attachment
I've known
Silent running
Here becoming
An understander
Drifting further
Than you'll observe
Into the unknown

Here on the surface
It is just fine
A spectrum view
And I shall never quite return
Or need you

Silent running
Here becoming
An endless echo
Finding fragments
Of attachment
I've known
Silent running
Here becoming
An understander
Drifting further
Than you'll observe
Into the unknown

Silent running
Silent running
Silent running
Silent running
Into the unknown
Track Name: MISERY MASS
Oh the troubled line
Of accomplished facts
(Misery mass, stand at the back, misery mass, slip through the cracks)
When it's not your fight
And you counteract
(Misery mass, stand at the side, misery mass, we're taught to hide)
Where there are no lights
There's no-one to impress
(Misery mass, standing around, misery mass, when you surround)
Will you ask me more?
Will you hear me less?
It's anyone's guess

Don't want to dance in front of strangers I don't know
Nuh huh
Oh no
Don't want to validate the people I've outgrown
Nuh huh
(Don't, don't, don't)
(Oh no)
Can we go somewhere else?
Where we can be ourselves?

If we held our smiles
We'd be free to go
(Misery mass, stand at the back, misery mass, slip through the cracks)
And we don't go out very often
'Cause "pristine" is part of the problem
I'm for radio

Don't want to dance in front of strangers I don't know
Nuh huh
Oh no
Don't want to validate the people I've outgrown
Nuh huh
Oh no
Can we go somewhere else?
Where we can be ourselves
Truly?

Don't want to dance in front of strangers I don't know
Nuh huh
Oh no
Don't want to validate the people I've outgrown
Nuh huh
Oh no
Don't want to dance in front of strangers I don't know
Nuh huh
(Don't wanna dance)
Oh no
Don't want to validate the people I've outgrown
Nuh huh
Oh no
Can we go somewhere else?
Where we can be ourselves?
Track Name: BEAST MOVES
[INSTRUMENTAL]
Track Name: CASSIE
The sound you heard has broken
And day
The things you love are dying
It's ok

None of them know you belong
Neither does anyone else
Numbers divided in sums
Merely a part of thyself
Subtracting where it's from

(Merely a part of thyself)

Talking in powers of ten
Being in powers of none
Never step outside the house
Living inside of the sun
With stardust in your lungs

None of them know
None of them know
None of them know
The placeholders

You want magic, brought to life
Yet you can see it's not
And all the years become you
In ways your means cannot

Cassie
Cassie

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