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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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Starburst 01:13
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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
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Physics 00:11
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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
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Einstein 00:10
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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
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Tennyson 00:12
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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
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Newton 00:15
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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
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Walk lightly 05:59
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
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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
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Warming 00:11
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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
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Attenborough 00:15
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So many ways 05:38
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
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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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