Out of Orbit

by Alphanaut

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Out Of Orbit, the first full-length Alphanaut album, is a brave fusion of ambient music, European-style techno, contemporary pop, progressive rock, avant-garde jazz, and even hip-hop. Fans of Brian Eno's electro-trippy mid-Seventies albums, Talk Talk's landmark Spirit Of Eden and Laughing Stock, and Laurie Anderson's pioneering art-pop will find much to cherish here; others will simply be startled by the breadth of Alan's musicianship. The lyrics are every bit as thoughtful as the arrangements: Alan tackles contemporary alienation, the meaninglessness of war, rootlessness, and spiritual dislocation on Out Of Orbit. His vocals are, invariably, precise and evocative; sometimes whispered, sometimes sweetly-sung, always engrossing.

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released January 26, 2010

Mark Alan: Vocals, Programming & Arrangements
Jorge Villanueva: Drums 1 - 8 & 10 • Perc. 1, 7 & 11
Chavo Villanueva: Guitars & Ebo 1, 4, 5, 10 & 11 • Bass 11
Ted Scarlett: Guitars 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 & 9 • Organ 3
Ryan Roberts: Electric Bass 1, 2, 3, 4 & 7 • Upright Bass 10
Larry Kutcher: Piano 2, 4 & 7
Benedikt Brydern: String Assistance 5, 6, 7 & 8
William Bing: Trumpet 7 & 10
Rachel Oliva: Backing Vocals 4 & 5 • Duet 10

All tracks written by Mark Alan except: 10 & 11
Mark Alan & Chavo Villanueva
Produced by Mark Alan & Ted Scarlett

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Alphanaut Los Angeles, California

Alphanaut is the musical brainchild of Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Mark Alan.

With a third full length release titled "Meanwhile Back on Earth" due out January 1st, 2016 the Alphanaut sound morphs again, this time into modern electronic-pop. Micro-beats, live drums, electric guitars and keyboards all combine together with hints from the 60s, 70s 80s and the now.
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Track Name: Timid Creature
I want to stay here
Where the silence grows
Where the fires never burn
Where the silence grows

I want to stay here
Where innocence is king
To be removed from everything
Where the silence grows

And when my number
Is called I’ll remember
To write it all down, to write it all down

And when my number
Is called I’ll remember
To throw down my guard
Not to take it so hard

I want to stay here
Behind my fence of stone and wire
In the safety of my room
And watch the timid creature run into the fire

I want to stay here
Timid creature that I am
Dried from the waters that I swam
Timid creature that I am

And when….

Love can be an energy
Or love can be an enemy
Love is the end of every storm
Love is the end of every storm

Love can be an enemy
Or love can be an energy
Love is the end of every storm
Love is the end of every storm
Track Name: Safe and White
Your blowing bubbles around your yard
Close your eyes while keeping guard
You’re having trouble making sense
Of what happens out beyond your fence

Here come the nines but you are a ten
It’s more about than you comprehend
Replace the TV every year
But never watch them out of fear

Some people ride through life
Some people steer
Some people speak words
But they never hear

Some people fly through life
While others just walk
Some people complain
But they never talk

Mr Jones is acting strange
You prey that someday he will change
Try and try with all your might
To keep your life safe and white

When every single line from you
Starts with “I’m the kind of person who”
You talk and talk but never hear
You’re the same old sucker every year

Some people …
Track Name: Never Been To Athens
I'm a man of many words
Though few have been said
I viewed them all perspectively
But hid them away in my head

I've never been to Athens
I've never been to Rome
Never been anywhere that ever felt like home
I never had a compass to show me the way
To the safety of your arms

Tethered to the Earth
In the shadow of my fears
I may have smiled
But I never met their eyes in twenty years

I've never been to Athens…

The wind rises and carries me
To the places I'd dreamt I'd be
I close my eyes, strengthen ties
And see your eyes right in front of me

I've never been to Athens…

I've never been to Venus
I've never been to Mars
I've never been some place
With so many stars
I drift of towards them
And find my own way
Can you see me, can you see me
Track Name: More Than I Do
You lit the fuse then you turned around
Running for glory from higher ground
With a smile doing as you please
To skew the world by a few degrees

Holding back their swollen pride
But they keep the hate inside
It’s a gun in an innocent hand
The baby boy playing the man

You say, you understand this more than I do
Comprehend this more than I do
So please explain to me
Why they are my enemy
You understand this more than I do
Comprehend this more than I do
So please explain to me
Why I am your enemy

And when your back is to the wall
When you live and give it all
The little girl fallen in her yard
Her father dealt the hardest card

You drop the bombs and start the war
Push the boys and ask for more
It’s the blood on some distant sand
Turns to black beneath the caravan

You say, you understand this more than I do
Comprehend this more than I do
So please explain to me
Why I am your enemy
Track Name: This Time
I’ve been lied to and I’ve lied
I’ve been tied to and I’ve tied
I’ve been broken and I’ve broke
And shattered dreams before I awoke
And there have been centuries
When you meant more to me
But now you take the time you draw the line, hey hey

You say, believe me
This day, believe me
This time, this time

You come to my defense
But it makes no difference this time
Desire is my reward
But these are treasures I cannot afford this time

And I’ve traded greater things
Than the treasures of a thousand kings
And I’ve faded like the smoke
To find that love was an unbearable joke
And there have been memories
When you meant more to me
But now you take the time you draw the line, hey hey

You say, believe me
This day, believe me
This time, this time

You come to my defense
But it makes no difference this time
Desire is my reward
But these are treasures I cannot afford this time
Track Name: Mystery Loves Company
Your hatred fears the secular mind
With the holy ghost you hide behind
The halls of truth are open wide
But you can choose the doors you hide behind
Cause your kind of virtue is no place I would hide in
I choose the housed I want to reside in

I can’t hold you up
You can’t hold me down
Mystery loves company when the best is not around
What’s hidden in the tea leaves
Or written in the stars
Mystery loves company no matter who you are

You read my mind
What a waste of your time
I blew your doors right off their hinges and gave you the answers
What do you want me to say
Je nes vous pas parlez
Is it am I, are you, did you, do you, can you think of something better to say

I can’t hold you up
You can’t hold me down
Mystery loves company when the best is not around
What’s hidden in the tea leaves
Or written in the stars
Mystery loves company no matter who you are
Track Name: Without You
Raise your hands up to heaven
I’m reaching out to you
Rest your holy heart in the temple of my hands
I had waited for you
In and out of my life
But lost, the moment has gone away now

All I wanted was to see in your eyes
Someone who cared without compromise
This distant need had eternity aching
In a place where a heart is breaking
I’ve been waiting for you
I’ve been waiting for you

Raise your eyes up to heaven
I’m sanctified by you
Wash my weary soul with the grace of your hands
I’ve been waiting for you
In and out of my life
Please don’t take this moment away now

All I wanted was to see in your eyes
Someone who cared without compromise
This distant need has eternity aching
In a place where a heart is breaking
I’ve been waiting for you
I’ve been waiting for you

Raise your hands up to heaven
I’m reaching out to you
Rest your holy heart in the temple of my hands
I’ve been waiting for you
I’ve been waiting for you

How was I breathing without you
How was I dreaming without you
How was I, now how am I
Something’s keeping the terror in me alive

How was I breathing without you
How was I dreaming without you
How was I, now how am I
Something’s keeping the memory of you alive
Track Name: Happily Sedated
Look up, power down your cel phone
Line is busy, the call’s not free
Something’s up in the days of plenty
Too many people marking absentee
At a time when you had more money
Smiled and drove along happily
But no matter what your mind is thinking
I can hear you body singing

But if you're happily sedated
In the life that you created
Those who only disagree
Will shut the book and let it be

Get out from under your headphones
Shuffle up from your MP3s
If you want to draw my attention
Open up your mouth, stop texting me
There were days when skies were sunny
But it shifted so violently
No matter what you the future’s bringing
I can hear your body singing

But if you're happily sedated
Thinking life is overrated
Take a page from history
Shut the book and let it be

Haven't you heard your religion's withdrawn
So buddy get your dogma off of my front lawn

Because I'm happily sedated
In a life incorporated
I may not ever come around
But my boots are firmly on the ground

We’re all happily sedated
Life incorporated
Take a page from history
Shut the book and let it be
Track Name: Don't Hide Away From The Sun
Don’t hide away from the sun
When the fog clears and the rains dry
Grab the switch to reset the circuitry
Push the door and step outside of your mind

If your universe contracts
And the black holes try and pull you in
Stand your ground and reset telemetry
When the voice says your strength is wearing thin

Come here boy
It’s good to have you around
Spit out that pill
And don’t make a sound

Don’t hide away from the sun
When day falls away from the night
Push off the doubt of complicity
And let your true self ignite

When gravity causes collapse
Pull away as it tries to pull you in
Skip off the surface of darker things
When the doubt tries to seep under you skin

Come here boy
It’s good to have you around
Spit out that pill
And don’t make a sound
Cause there’s a bad, bad dream bedside
And it’s got your name
Once you dream it
You’ll never be the same
Track Name: Satellites Crashing
Please darling do not fight
I haven’t got the strength tonight
Let’s just agree we’re not at war
Cannot fight it any more

You and I are just satellites crashing
Falling stars when ever we disagree
Here we are satellites crashing
Filling the sky with beautiful debris

I don’t care who’s wrong or right
Don’t reengage or reignite
Plant the flag upon the shore
And drop the armor that we wore

Because you and I…