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Michael Stuchbery Was a fan of Harem Scarem back in the day, Pilgrim's Progress hardly left my turntable for 2 years. Have followed the Body Electric over the years also but this new album is a Tour de Force - well done!
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Sublime is a concept album - a unique fusion of music, science, philosophy and politics extolling the wonders of the universe and our urgent need to take more care of this planet. Imagine Brian Wilson collaborating with Carl Sagan or rock star scientist Brian Cox. A dazzling array of sounds sculpted into a dramatic sonic canvas highlighting distinctive, intelligent lyrics. Side one is titled ‘Physics’, side two is ‘Ecology’. Mixed by former Avalanches virtuoso Darren Seltmann and featuring a bevy of talented musicians. Sublime boldly goes where few rock albums have gone before.

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released April 21, 2017

CHARLIE MARSHALL - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion
BRYAN COLECHIN - Bass, Vocals
TIM DEANE - Piano, Organ, Synthesiser, Vocals
CLARE MOORE - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
ANDREW WATSON - Violin, Viola

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Troy Rogan - Cello, Shane Reilly - Pedal steel, Jack Howard - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, James Macauley - Trombone, Emily Hayes - Vocals, Flip Case - Vocals, Kofi Kunkpe - Djembe, Louie Marshall - Saxophone

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Charlie Marshall Melbourne, Australia

Charlie Marshall is a critically acclaimed songwriter from Melbourne. Previous bands - the legendary blues/punk outfit Harem Scarem and long-standing solo lineup The Body Electric - have featured musicians from The Dirty Three, Avalanches, Beasts of Bourbon, Hunters and Collectors, Surrealists, Chris Wilson and The Moodists. Some of Charlie's recent songs are inspired by his passion for science. ... more

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Track Name: I have landed
I HAVE LANDED
I was born one day inside a star
I travelled high and wide, I’ve come so far
Across the ages, down through eons
I have landed here and now
I was crystal bright, forged in fire
I burst up through clouds higher and higher
I fell from nowhere, into the light
I have landed here and now
How long has this been going on, I lost track of time
Maybe it’s just a circular thing, one unbroken line

It was happenstance that led inexorably to this
So many chance events, a chain of hit and miss
Conspired to make me, to create me, I have landed here and now
Something so inconceivable, something quite sublime
Travelling across the universe, the grandest of designs

Conjured up from deep time so long ago
How it came to pass I’ll never know
But I offer my thanks into the ether to have landed here and now
To be so happy here and now, so very lucky to be here
Track Name: Almighty carousel
ALMIGHTY CAROUSEL
We're spinning on this mighty magnet
Vibrating with the restless atoms
Enlivened by some strange electrons
Held steady by the gravitation

Created in a solar ferment, hard wired with electric current
Excited by the radiation
But we're kind of frightened since we split that atom
Almighty carousel let's hope we live to tell
Who knows what's up or down, let's just keep spinning round

We're pushing 'gainst a great inertia
Momentum’s gonna push us further
Bombarded by the quarks and photons
Kaleidoscope of force and motion
Almighty carousel let's hope we live to tell
Who knows what's up or down, let's just keep spinning round
Track Name: Curious Minds
CURIOUS MINDS
I’ve been wondering how we got here. Are we all alone?
Calling out from this pale blue dot “Is someone else at home?”
I’ve been watching the light that moves so swiftly across the sky
Paints the world so blue and sends it to my eye
Been thinking ‘bout curious minds, Albert Einstein rides on a beam of light
Time and space join as one, so sublime, the wonder it shines

I’ve been dreaming of neutrinos, the minutest things
Rushing through the void on vibrating strings
Been thinking ‘bout exuberant minds
Michael Faraday sees magical lines
Force electric, magnetic, divine, the wonder it shines

Been thinking about inspired minds
Hubble’s universe expands all around
Trace it back to primordial time – Bang!
And it shines, let it shine
Curious minds let the wonder shine
Track Name: Not a cruel machine
NOT A CRUEL MACHINE
So they tell you there’s no purpose and it all comes down to chance

And the universe don’t know you, yeah it’s just a crazy dance

And they tell you you’re alone in a world that’s cold and mean

But just take a look around you this is not a cruel machine



So we’re living in a jungle and it’s red in tooth and claw

And we’re dying without knowing what the hell we came here for

But the Social Darwinists were just out to kick the weak

We can be materialists and it’s not all bleak cos

Everything connects there’s a hidden theme

Take a look around, this world of ours is not a cruel machine



Cos there’s also symbiosis in your mitochondria

Altruism from meiosis

You were born inside a star



So there’s no need for religion, there’s no spirit in the sky

Just this wondrous evolution is what led to you and I

There’s no magic in the stars, they’re just hot and dense but

There’s still beauty in it all, it makes perfect sense ‘cos

Everything connects, it’s a Gaian scene

This old world of ours, I’m telling you it’s not a cruel machine



So open up your eyes and internalise this meme

It’s a wonderland, this world is not a cruel machine
Track Name: Shoulders of giants
SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
Crawling cross a glittering plain, searching for a key to explain
Senses leading you on, deep into forever beyond
Gaze out on an ocean so wide, open up a box that beguiles
Stand up on the shoulders of giants, you can see for miles
And you might find, you can use your mind
Read the signs, standing on the shoulders of giants

Climbing up a mountain so high, reaching from the land to the sky
Stand up on the shoulders of giants, you can see for miles
And you might find, the secrets of the mind
Art and science, standing on the shoulders of giants

Standing on the shoulders of giants
Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Herschel
Faraday, Maxwell, Einstein, Hubble
Leavit, Dirac, Lemaitre, Payne-Kaposhkin
Gamow, Weinberg, Hawking, Alan Guth
Track Name: Walk lightly
WALK LIGHTLY

It’s a fragile ecosystem that we’ve all got to exist in

We’ve got to learn some give and take

Take care for goodness sake

Walk lightly on the face of the earth



Now Bob Dylan said the times they are a changing

But maybe it’s just the deckchairs rearranging

While the mothership earth keeps taking a belting

And the icebergs, they just keep on a melting

Walk lightly on the face of the earth



Now some people they go and they blame the scientists

Who race for the prize irrespective of the costs

But it’s the growth economics that promotes the racing

Along with the climate deniers and their rabid green hating

We’ve got to walk lightly on the face of the earth



We’re living in an age called the anthropocene

Which threatens to be the shorteat age that’s ever been

Dominated by a species with the rare distinction

Of being the only one to cause a global mass extinction

Walk lightly on the face of the earth



Now we’re facing a problem there’s no denying

And you needn’t be a hippy or a Gaian*

To know that we need more symbiosis

Not this destructive, shallow, massive psychosis

You know we’ve got to walk lightly on the face of the earth
Track Name: Chaos calling
CHAOS CALLING
A little butterfly it flaps its wings on the West African forest rim
Sending small vibrations ‘cross the sea that strengthen unexpectedly
Inside the the thermals rising up into the air
Across the ocean bound for who knows where
New Orleans best beware
Because it’s chaos working from a small disturbance
To a huge influence. Who knows where

As the Coriolis induced spin creates a seething vortex spiralling
Across the boiling Gulf of Mexico. Water superheated by a warming globe
And now Katrina’s headed straight for New Orleans
And all the levee banks are full of leaks
They’ll be breached by the sea
Because it’s Chaos calling with a distant warning for a racially divided USA

Massive inundation of this cruel, unequal nation
Hits the poor and black neighbourhoods
While the wealthy stand by and look

And from the staggering incompetence of a fumbling US president
Comes relief so slow and unrehearsed, only Tony Abbot could do worse
Bush surveys the wreckage from high in the air
The US president just does not care
But George W, best beware
Because it’s chaos calling with a special warning for a racist US president
It’s just chaos working to reveal the failings of the US Commander in Chief
Allowing all to see his stupidity
Track Name: Caught in the spotlight
CAUGHT IN THE SPOTLIGHT
I don’t want to face it, listen or debate it
I know that you’re crazy so I’ll stay complacent, blinkered
Saying all my prayers and maximising shares
Cos I haven’t any cares I’m staying unaware and stupid
Caught in the spotlight, blinded
Like the fools we are caught in the spotlight and the gunsight’s loom

It’s the way I live, there’s nothing here to give
Cos you’re just a negative, there’s no alternative that suits me
You can go to hell, that’s where you people dwell
Cos you got nothing to sell and I am buying nothing from you
Caught in the spotlight, blinded
Like the fools we are caught in the spotlight and the gunsight’s raised
Track Name: So many ways
SO MANY WAYS
My daughter, what will I bequeath you?
And what is our gift to those who will come
Will it be wisdom or will it be pain?
Sometimes I wonder how they do sleep
Those spirits who lie in our hopes and our dreams
Will they stay mute in the face of our greed?

Tell me, will the tiger still prowl?
In forests of old still gardened by time
Or will we deny him a place in our scheme
Oh please, don’t let us ever give in
We’ve got the future to win

Look up from the city that shrouds
And open your eyes, let in the light
The light that ignites all of life from above
And cherish the soil and the sweet rain
The worm and the bee, flower and seed
The leaf and the bud and the forest to be

Tell me will the lion still roar? Will the eagle still glide?
Will the zebra run? Will the dolphin swim?
Will we only know them from a book?
Oh please, don’t let us ever give in
We’ve got the future to win

My daughter, see the pattern that binds
The whole and the part, future and past
Culture and nature and body and soul
And know, good souls must never give in
We’ve got the future to win
Let’s open our eyes to begin
Let’s speak in plain words to begin
There’s so many ways to begin