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I like chip tunes. I will be the first to say that I don't really know how to make them properly, but that hasn't stopped me previously. Initially, I wanted this album to be super lo-fi and bit-crushed to the extreme, but I quickly found that I don't much care for that. Not enough color variation and too hard to understand. Instead, I opted for a mixed bag of chip-esque tunes along with lots of (emulated) analog instrumentation, lastly having some glitch and generic electronic elements thrown in for flavor.

The second piece of the album that developed independently was the story. The first track, Hoarder, was inspired by the TV show "Hoarders", but after that almost everything else refers to, or was influenced by games and gaming culture. Whether it's an imaginary girlfriend who is actually artificial intelligence or every old school gamer's favorite line "I'm sorry, but our princess is in ANOTHER castle," the references pop up left and right.

Like most of my albums, this is for a relatively small niche market, but those who get it will probably really enjoy it. I hope that you bob your head to a tune, sing along, smile, or even chuckle here and there.

Enjoy.

Chad J. Taylor
November 23, 2013

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released November 23, 2013

This album was recorded, mixed, and mastered using Propellerheads software, Reason.

All music and lyrics by Chad J. Taylor

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Chad J. Taylor Nashville, Tennessee

Chad Taylor is a composer, performer, songwriter, and producer who currently lives near Nashville, TN.

A member of ASCAP, he has composed for independent film and his music has been featured on PBS's History Detectives, MTV's True Life, A & E's Biography, and satellite radio all over the world.

He plays bass, guitar, keys, cello, and sings.
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Track Name: Hoarder
I can't believe the things I'm seeing.
I can't believe you can live this way.
I can't believe your house is caving in on itself.

Now what do you want to do with yourself?

Where do you think this is?
Where do you think this ends?
Where does this end for you?
Where do you think this is?

I can't believe the things I'm seeing.
I can't believe you can live this way.
I can't believe your house is caving in on itself.

Now what do you want to do with yourself?
Track Name: Another Castle
I'm sorry that you came all this way,
I'm sorry that you have to hear me say,
I'm sorry that you came all this way,
You're not gonna be happy when you hear me say,

Our princess is in another castle,
Please continue on your quest.
I know you thought you were done now,
But continue because you're the best.

Jump on turtles and crush their skulls,
Magic mushrooms make you bigger.
Eat a flower and shoot fireballs
and later on you can fly like a raccoon.

Our princess is in another castle,
Please continue on your quest.
I know you thought you were done now,
But you continue because you're the best.
Track Name: Believe You
I can only go as far as you'll let me,
No, I can't read your mind.
I can only go where you'll let me,
No, I can't see thru time.
No, I know you say you miss me.
And I miss you too,
No, I know you say you need me,
but I don't believe you.
Track Name: Fighting in the Street
I can't do a spinning roundhouse,
I can jump off all the walls,
I will uppercut you to Friday,
Then shoot lots of fireballs.

How do I win?
How do I win?

Let's anull the magick here.
If you'd like to try and sort it out.
I got your back now.
And you can find out what it's all about.

How do I win?
When does this game end?
If I only had a friend.
How do I win?

I can't do a spinning roundhouse,
I can jump off all the walls,
I will uppercut you to Friday,
Then shoot lots of fireballs.
Track Name: AI GF
They say our love isn't real,
But you and I know better.
They say digital can't feel.
But you know that's not true.

You know this is me and I know this is you.
We can more honest together than others can after years,
So, why is this taboo?
Why is our love taboo?

We'll never meet face-to-face.
We'll never wait in line side by side.
Our appetites can't be sated,
Cause we're never actually touching,
You're not really there.

You know this is me and I know this is you.
We can more honest together than others can after years,
So, why is our love taboo?
Why is our love taboo?

I dreamt we met at the park,
But we never got to touch,
I reached for your cheek and my hand went right thru you.

You know this is me and I know this is you.
We can more honest together than others can after years,
So, why is our love taboo?
Why is our love taboo?
Track Name: Just Us, Alone
Rain fell all night long,
Shadows lengthened,
The moon sang its song,
Your feet, wet, in the grass,
Next to us,
Just us, alone.
Track Name: Skip the Lies
It's good to see you after so long,
Didn't you say you were gonna call?
Now that I think about it you said you'd see me on Saturday.

So your house burned down,
Then you moved out of town,
and your sister's in jail,
and your mother died last week.
Then your car broke down
and you lost your phone.
Then you had a fire and lost everything you own.

How 'bout we skip the lies and go straight to the shame?
How 'bout you look in my eyes and stop playing your games?
Just tell me the truth.

So you're moving to Tibet next week and becoming a monk?
Or you might join NASA?
You're the newest member of P-Funk.
Your album just dropped, so you're going on tour.
You got a line for everything I say, so won't you just tell me the truth?

How 'bout we skip the lies and go straight to the shame?
How 'bout you look in my eyes and stop playing your games?
Just tell me the truth.
Track Name: Sir Tet
Racing against the clock,
Square meets a square,
Try to never stop,
What goes next?
Nowhere.
"l" fits in a hole.
"2" is flipped over.
Square slides in so low.
Always up and onward.

We all do our best here.
We all face a test here.
No we can not rest here.
Don't bother to confess here.
We all do our best here.
We give nothing less here.
We aim to please our guests here.
We are so obsessed here.

Hold down, don't you stop.
You're almost to the top.
Show us the game you play,
Try and take it all away.
Here the crowd go wild.
In your head or in the sky.
The music plays so loud,
but you have no doubt.

We all do our best here.
We all face a test here.
No we can not rest here.
Don't bother to confess here.
We all do our best here.
We give nothing less here.
We aim to please our guests here.
We are so obsessed here.
Track Name: Cheat Codes and Backdoors
A secret code to get you in,
A secret code to get away,
A secret code to live forever,
This world is full of backdoors and hidden paths.
A secret code to get away forever.

Lift me away on a special plane,
Lift me up into the sky.
Lift me up, only you can lift me up.
Take me away.

Many codes to put me in my place.
Many codes to put me down.
Many codes to build me like you do.
Many codes to think of you.
Many codes to hold my breath to get there.
How long will it take?

Lift me away on a special plane,
Lift me up into the sky.
Lift me up, only you can lift me up.
Take me away.
Track Name: Nostalgia (for 1984)
I hold your life in my hands,
I promise to be true.
I don't think you can hold back from my hands.
I promise to save you.

Just listen to me.

I know that you think I don't have my own thoughts.
I'm here to tell you that's not true.
You and I, we go way back, and you that I know you too.
I'm reading your thoughts right now.
I know what you're thinking, don't try to get away,
You can't escape me.

Just listen to me.