phase​\​transition [demo]

by m.d. edwards

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m.d. edwards began as a solo, acoustic-guitar-based, song writing project, and released 2 albums (Walk Through Paint in 2012 and Empty Head Words in 2014).

The guitar has been set aside for now, to make way for an experimental looping project, using keyboards, sample machines, and effect pedals. This is hardware-based electronica, with no computers.

All songs are performed live, as heard in these recordings, by m.d. edwards, still solo.

This "album" will be a place for uploads of demo versions of songs that will eventually be properly recorded and released as a new album in late 2015.

This album will be called phase\transition.

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released May 12, 2015

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M.D. Edwards

M.D. Edwards is a singer-songwriter originally based out of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and currently living on the road throughout North America.

His debut LP, 'Walk Through Paint', was released in May 2012 on 12"vinyl and iTunes; and his second LP, 'Empty Head Words', was released on CD in November 2013, and will be available on iTunes soon.
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Track Name: view\hider [demo]
People get stuck in ruts and they start to give up
They say 'enough is enough' but then adjust and just feel hopeless
Well I'm hopeless too we could commiserate in low tones
And in dark cafes and back rooms and on inebriated patios
And I'll say it on your stereo, and even if it's very low
It could carry you backwards in time to when you were fairly old
And you were lost and hidden in plain view

Sadness is a virtue here and smiles are eccentric
Upsetting minds of their own time just like when Dylan went electric
But the times they are a changin' and we're just waitin' for new calendars
And throwin' out our watches for when aeons become hours
And yet nothing ever comes of it though you can say it isn't so
We must be drowning now in latency - what we hear has already been spoken
Now we're lost and hidden in plain view

Here's a little trick I do and not like it's anything new
I take some words of my own choosing and I set them to a time and tune,
And I write a little song for you, It isn't very hard to do
The trick is not to think too much, the words will simply come to you
What a sad little antenna, you see, the signal's coming through
But the reception, it is fuzzy, and you've got to strain to see the view
It might get lost and hidden in plain view

And I was thinking these thoughts but I didn't own my own views
So I wondered who else might be out there maybe thinking them too
I had a golden touch and I was king of the fools
I guess the joke was on me but I was laughing at you
There were plenty of fish out there, but I was drowning and consumed in isolation in my in-ground temperature-adjusted swimming pool
Now I'm plugging in this microphone and building beats like backbones
And wiring up the circuitry while my kingdom is in overthrow
Whose crown is now too weary on this preposterous throne? Who now is lost and alone, nothing but Midas and his gold?
Are you lost and hidden in plain view?
Track Name: [s]word\[s]wallower [demo]
Between the smoke and the mirrors / this is a disappearing act
And invoking my fears is precursor to its habitat
I'll pull a rabbit out my hat / like magic / and an ace out my sleeve
And sing the incantation / you want to believe so desperately [so desperately so]

[sing:] Lord I was pretty / pretty as a bird / Lord I was frightened to walk this ugly earth
All of my belonging to this tired world / Just rained down on the inside

So pick a card / any card now / have a look / put it back
Be my volunteer even if I just saw you in half / in half
I was walking on coals till I just got cold feet
And I was swallowing swords while I was just lost for speech / for speech / for speech [so desperately so]

City within a city / I was mayor for a day
And the streets never looked so pretty / Until I resigned and it decayed
Into a world within a world / A river in the sea
Subatomic particles containing galaxies
Mother Earth could give birth tonight / I saw an acorn breaking from a tree inside
Solar flare and lunar tide / A life allowed and a life denied...

Between the smoke and the mirrors / this is a disappearing act
And invoking my fears is precursor to its habitat
I'll pull a rabbit out my hat / like magic / and an ace out my sleeve
And sing the incantation / you want to believe so desperately / so desperately so

[sing:] Lord I was pretty / pretty as a bird / Lord I was frightened to walk this ugly earth
All of my belonging to this tired world / Just rained down on the inside
Lord I was pretty / pretty as they came / Lord I was frightened I would never look the same again
And everybody knew me as a beauty till the day / It rained down on the inside
So Lord I'm still pretty / pretty as a bird / and I can walk the earth an angel and be misunderstood
If to live amongst the darkness is to brighten up a room / I'll rain down on the inside / so desperately so