Here be Dragons

by Atlas

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released March 15, 2014

Written and performed by Atlas.
Atlas is Muhammad Magad (guitar), Taufiq Rashid (guitar), Timothy Neo (bass and backing vocals), Zac Yeap (keyboard), Jiang Lim (drums) and Catherine Yeo (lead vocals).
Produced, mixed and recorded by Leonard Soosay at Snakeweed Studios.
Mastered by Matthew Gray at Matthew Gray Mastering.
Art by Yeo Jian Long.

Supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

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Formed on the 23rd of January 2011, Atlas melds ambient guitar riffs, math rock influenced beats and intense melodies, creating noodles of music quite unlike anything you've known. Have a taste.

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Track Name: 42/24
In the cover of night,
sleep escapes you again.
You watched how your life unfold,
played out in your head.
In the bright daylight,
you'll start running again.
Away from the frames of your life,
all the stills and the negatives.

See how you run, how you run, how you run.
Don't look back, won't look back, can't look back.

Now you're cutting through the maze,
tearing at the seams.
But the threads hold you fast,
they are here to stay.
If you wander in the night,
you'll get burnt by the flames.
You're still in the frames of your life,
but you're writing the plot for now.

See how you run, how you run, how you run.
Don't look back, won't look back, can't look back.
Track Name: Seven
Still as still as the lake can be,
it's mirror trembled as I tread on it.
A sorry life, reflections show,
slip beneath now I can't see.

Made you care, made you weep,
soon to be the Devil's keep.
With drink in hand and left in rags,
became the shadow I tried to flee.

All my life, these golden coins and love and dreams.
Black night, daylight, this is my final deed.

Afterlife shan't be kind to me,
that horse and ox will accompany.
Won't be lonely now at least,
soon to be the Devil's keep.

Seek no mercy for my soul,
in your good graces I can't be.
The boogeyman of your dreams,
this calling's found me, finally.

All my life, these golden coins and love and dreams.
Black night, daylight, this is my final deed.
Track Name: Genius (Life in Transit)
Glance, iridescent rays of the sun, shine.
Stuck as I am, take heed for the path I am on pines.
Autumn leaves, the smell of lingering cigars and lime.
A one step, two step; my feet on the yacht, the smoke got to my lungs.
It floated by, a cage forever tempting, caught me by her metal rungs.

Life in transit.
Life in transit.

Now, rivers percolating, meandering mountain tops.
Fire spates down, warm, yet merciful on the undeserving lot.
The living wait in eagerness for everything to stop.
Kyrie eleison, chirpy inflections, ambrosial greens.
Animals dead, are we raptured? Earth, smashed to smithereens.

Life in transit.
Life in transit.
Track Name: Land Over the Sea
These metal giants wake,
with eyes of glass and bones of steel.
Wood and vine yield to brick,
towns set ablaze but untouched by flames.

What was lost, we wrote in books,
with the trees by the river, by the creek,
and sighed about the fallen ones
of the land over the sea.

What was once here,
it's gone for now,
it's gone for now.

What was once here,
it's gone for now,
it's gone for now.

This coal in our hands,
light up my heart,
fuel my heart.

This coal in our heads,
light up my heart,
fuel my heart.
Track Name: East Oriental Club
Heart of gold,
fist of iron.
Bare your fangs,
hide and bend.
Played by your rules,
too easy to fall.

Forgive the hurt,
come out of the wood work.
Won't miss what we haven't seen,
won't climb where we haven't been.

There's a fine line,
one that I danced on.
There's a fine line,
that we're all dancing on.

Bonhomie,
don't lose me.
Bonhomie,
don't lose me

Forgive the hurt,
come out of the wood work.
Won't miss what we haven't seen,
won't climb where we haven't been.

Forgive the hurt,
come out of the wood work.
Won't miss what we haven't seen,
won't climb where we haven't been.
Track Name: In (Im)Polite Company
In my own little sphere,
all that I hold dear,
is fading away,
but I'm not.
The days are hard,
but people need to part,
instead of fighting time
all our lives.

Oh! Why should I try to be you!
When all I can is to be me?
Remember how we would be free?

No! I don't wanna grow,
but you've got to know,
things might turn out fine,
keep calm and carry on!
The days you feel down,
when it's hard not to frown,
with a loaded gun to your head,
keep calm and carry on!

It won't be easy, they never said it was.
But no you're not alone, no you're never-
It won't be easy, they never said it was.
But no you're not alone, no you're never alone.
Track Name: Obsoletion
I took took a back seat on a train ride,
away from your heart, heart.
I breathed deep with clenched fists and a tired mind,
staring at the start, start.

Obsoletion no,
obsoletion no.
Obsoletion no,
obsoletion no.

Getting by with three whiffs of your shadow,
leave me in the dark, dark.
Your brick walls, your manic rush to the shore line,
struggling to be a part, part.

Obsoletion no,
obsoletion no.
Obsoletion no,
obsoletion no.

Obsoletion no,
obsoletion no.
Obsoletion no,
obsoletion no.

I took took a back seat on a train ride,
away from your heart, heart.
I breathed deep with clenched fists and a tired mind,
staring at the start, start.
Track Name: Attractor Dynamics
Talk through walls, tell me tales, you know how I'd believe them; well I haven't the slightest clue,
I stole all I could and left myself barren.
Won't lie to you and tell you that I didn't see it coming; oh the signs were everywhere,
what I don't know won't hurt me, really.

Let's play pretend,
let's play pretend,
let's play pretend

Fears come, they sneak out at night.
Thoughts come, present all the time.
Tears come, you ate my heart out tonight.

This heavy air, heavy words, dragged us ever further
down,
down,
down.
Track Name: Tread Softly in the Half-light
Now, silence at the other end.
Things better left unsaid.
I laid my cloths of gold,
at your feet,
at your feet.

Wounds, they close but the fear lingers.
Give them all your gold,
but hold on to your soul.
What never was, will never be,
never be.

It’s not about love,
I fear it won’t go.
It’s not about love,
I fear it won’t go.
It’s not about love.
Can’t you fade away?
Can’t you fade away?
Won’t you go?
Won’t you go?
Now I know
We’ve all grown
cold.
Track Name: We Edge Closer to the Start
Standing at the edge,
your heart leaps once more;
and the voice inside your head,
cries again.
It's time now,
you sink or swim.
Fear never left,
love never left.

Sink!
Swim!
(ad infinitum)