Stars Turn Inside Out

by The Nature Strip

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about

Abduction by aliens. Encounters with clowns and tigers. A game involving sleep deprivation. A library of regret. Einsteinian space/time delusions. The Nature Strip’s tunes are obviously written directly from experience. The whole thing rides - bumpily at times - on a magic carpet of guitars and vocal harmonies, synthesisers (real and virtual) and rhythms pulled from the bowels of old Casios, as well as played by human hands.

The Nature Strip began as the duo of Peter Marley and John Encarnacao, who did three albums as Warmer for W.Minc and Half a Cow (johnencarnacao.bandcamp.com). TNS is a whole new beast though - brighter, poppier, harder, faster . . . Their songwriting intersects in a rambling holiday house in Currarong, three hours south of Sydney on Australia’s east coast. Pete brings science fiction and vocal harmony hooks by the bucketful, John brings the curveballs and adult themes. They share respect for The Well Written Pop Song. Together they produce tracks that raid '70s and '80s power pop and new wave in an almost random fashion to make new pocket masterpieces of the misremembered.

Track by track:

Beautiful Rain
The album’s opener features the first reference to outer space, or aliens, with some guitars that jangle like paisley and others that tower and teeter like skyscrapers. Who knew that the portal to another dimension was a toy piano?

Three-Foot High Sissy Bar
No spaceships here - the mode of transport, and escape, is the humble dragster. The track itself stomps like a pair of Marc Bolan’s platforms, although it might be PJ Harvey wearing them. The drum sound is courtesy of the reverb of a two-story stairwell . . . and a pair of maracas standing in for drum sticks.

Fly Through
This one’s a blinding ray of galloping poptimism, though there is a verse about death . . . Highlights the Marley-E vocal blend. The Everly Brothers they may not be, but they got their own thing.

It’s Inside You
Enter the Portuguese guitar (it sounds a bit like a mandolin, but deeper) . . . and the cello for extra heaviosity. Another dose of killer jangle. The lyrics sound kinda cosmic. Light one up and let us know what you think.

What A Life
It could happen to anyone, seeing your future written in someone else’s face. As poignant as a Colin Moulding song on an old XTC record, this one ambles along on an acoustic-driven groove.

Worst One
This is the song that kicked the record off really, John helping Pete to finish a three-quarter done power pop monster. Some channelling of Big Star and Badfinger going on here.

Hero
Pete melts the stoniest of hearts, smashing through meteors, battling with tigers and giants, diving deep for the prize - all for you. With a half-broken piano and an r’n’b drum loop that rumbles like a dinosaur.

Sugar Crash
Do we have to spell this one out? ‘A man and a woman pick from the apple tree’. Quotes Robert Johnson and sounds a bit like Kiss gone punk.

Beyond The Nether
Outer space? Actually, more like the other side of consciousness, wherever that is. The closest thing to punk here, with a toxic Casio date-stamped 1980 contributing to the claustrophobia.

If You Try
A kindred soul to ‘What A Life’, this one also stares down love with a kiss of life.

credits

released May 1, 2013

Instruments and voices by Peter Marley and John Encarnacao.
Cello on 'Hero' and 'It's Inside You' by Anthea Cottee
Drums on 'What A Life', "Worst One', 'Sugar Crash', 'Beyond The Nether' and 'If You Try' by Jess Ciampa.

Recorded by Peter Marley with John Encarnacao
Basic tracks for 'What A Life', "Worst One', 'Sugar Crash', 'Beyond The Nether' and 'If You Try', and cello parts recorded at Building O by Adrian Barr.
All songs remixed by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz
Mastered by Michael Macken
John Encarnacao is published by Mushroom.

Cover art and design by Nic Dalton.

Thanks to Tobes Colvin, Hoot Gibson, Bee Levine, Zoe Carides, Tim Whitten, Paris Mason, Stephen Creswell, Jess Ciampa, Nic Dalton, Mick D, and MC.

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Track Name: Beautiful Rain
and they hang in the sky, little darts in the light
and i soak it up like a cloth wrung dry for too long.
and it’s all black and white and i love everything right now
and i’m not on a thing but i feel higher than a kite

you can’t ignore what’s given to you

and the lights shining black on the road all looks clean and new
and the air’s full of bats cos they know - are they on patrol?
and the dog’s fur is wet and she sits, faithful and contrite
and the stones on the ground rebound the light from satellites

you can’t ignore what’s given to you in the beautiful rain

and the sky’s full of light and they’ve come to end what they’ve begun
no time for goodbyes, you’ll miss me now i’m gone
and the earth is a ball is a pin is a dot, the stars turn inside out.

you can’t ignore what’s given to you in the beautiful rain
Track Name: Three Foot High Sissy Bar
3 foot high sissy bar and a flag on the top
nothing else can come close best machine on the block

we light the wheels

3 foot high sissy bar we laugh at trucks we ain’t afraid of cars
favourite thongs on my feet leopard skin on my seat

we light the wheels
we take the hills yeah yeah

sissy bar 3 foot high
that thing so tall it nearly touch the sky
3 speed stick on the frame
watch your flares don’t get caught in the chain

we light the wheels
we take the hills yeah yeah

we don’t care about dads and mothers
whether they’ll split or stay together
if they’ll laugh or if they’ll fight
get drunk smash things shout all night
no we don’t care about dads and mothers
just go riding with our friends and brothers

3 foot high sissy bar no skin my knees lots of ankle scars
Go wherever we want, thrillseekers on the hunt

we light the wheels
we take the hills yeah yeah
Track Name: Fly Through
you are to me like grass under my feet
a shady place when the world turns up the heat
you're my oxygen, my heroine my helium, my spine
i dont know where you have to be
stay a while keep me company
you're the day maker the darkness melts away when you fly through

fly through

i'm a coward die a thousand deaths
i'd do anything to keep you drawing breath
it’s a wonder i don't understand
as i fade leave it all behind who'll be there to hear me say goodbye
more than anything i’d ask for what you sing when you fly through

fly through

colours flashing
splashing over me
crystal crashing

lying here baking in the sun i can feel the process has began

tell me something i'd really like to know
how the earth ends who'll be first to go
you’re the oracle, the miracle the way that you fly through

fly through
Track Name: It's Inside You
every time you talk it’s a song
every time you talk it’s a song
the rain and the sunshine hum along
every time you talk it’s a song

every time you move it’s a riot
every time you move it’s a riot
spirits inside you know no quiet
every time you move it’s a riot

everything you need is inside you
people that you meet are there to guide you
the truth is always there to surprise you
everything you need is inside you
it’s inside you

every time you sleep it surrounds you
every time you sleep it surrounds you
you don’t even realise what’s found you
every time you sleep it surrounds you

everything you need is inside you
it’s inside you
Track Name: What A Life
will you shine on the cliffs for me
mirrors blazing far out to sea?
while i crash from one wave to the next
cry in the troughs and wave from the crests

will you stay lucky for me
four in my hand and one up my sleeve?
when i spin the big coloured wheel
cross your fingers do what you feel

oh what a life even in this place
i see my future written in your face

will you dance the spanish for me
rose in your mouth, red shoes on your feet?
is that something you still want to do
after all i’ve put you through?

oh what a life even in this place
i see my future written in your face

i’m falling through seven layers of hell
i’m counting friends on my way down the well

will you keep searching for me?
while i crash from one wave to the next
the tide is fast my kitten can’t swim
in the fog rolling over and over me

oh what a life even in this place
i see my future written in your face
oh what a life living here with you
do you get tired of this roller coaster too?

roller coaster
Track Name: Worst One
please, i’m so weak
i’ll take my medication on my knees
these bones will creak
you can’t beat the laws of physics
you rock my boat, you make me seasick

you were the worst one, won’t be the last one
don’t take me over, don’t take me under

dreams on my street
i can’t rest until i find your feet
swords through my words
i don’t know why you’re contrary
that’s not in my dictionary

you were the worst one, won’t be the last one
don’t take me over

on and on i’m lying in your secret song
like nothing’s wrong

come to the freak show they do it so slow
look in the window

on and on i’m lying in your secret song
like nothing’s wrong

browsing in my library of regret
i’ve a few you need to make your set
i know the one you want to borrow,
that one’s out, come back tomorrow

you were the worst one, won’t be the last one
don’t take me over, don’t take me under
come to the freak show, they do it so slow
don’t take me over!
Track Name: Hero
i’m the last man standing for the crowd
blood and bodies everywhere around
the emperor is weighing choices, he hears the cruellest voices
drops his thumb to grind me to the ground

well it’s alright, yeah it’s alright
i’d gladly gladiate again for you

flying back from space so deep and dark
aliens and sun-storms dog my course
will you want this travelled soul a thousand light years old
but thanks to einstein younger than i was?

well it’s alright, yeah it’s alright
i named a dozen planets after you

well it’s alright, yeah it’s alright
i’d crash into that meteor for you

my last trick is diving in this pool
to fetch a statue of you way way down
big shoes stop me swimming back up, my breath is leaving my lungs
everyone just laughs: a drowning clown

well it’s alright, it’s alright
i stole the circus for you for a while

well it’s alright, oh yeah it’s alright
the elephants and tigers have you now
Track Name: Sugar Crash
i wanna go where all light penetrates
i wanna go where no-one’ll set me straight
no god above no saints watching over me
a man and a woman pick from the apple tree
you say this is holy if you would just hold me

sugar crash you gamble night sweats in the day
sugar crash you tremble unable to say
sugar crash remember how you got your way

give me a sign a stroke of the tender kind
give me the kind of sweets that are hard to find
i never understood what you take me for
i never said that i’d knock you back for more
in a new position we’re no longer wishing

sugar crash you gamble night sweats in the day
sugar crash you tremble unable to say
sugar crash remember how you got your way

in a new position come on in my kitchen

sugar crash you gamble night sweats in the day
sugar crash you tremble unable to say
sugar crash remember how you got your way

fresh batch my sugar crash
flash trash my sugar
fresh catch my sugar crash
flash trash my sugar
Track Name: Beyond The Nether
You look so relaxed in sleep
i see you submerged so deep
But what you dream about I can’t figure out
We lose so much time each day
sleeping our lives away
and when you close your eyes I can’t supervise
beginning to understand
beginning to hatch a plan
if i could only make make you stay awake all the time

let me take you down beyond the nether
this is what I mean by sleep together
beyond the nether

This is where we paint your face
this is where we paint my face
We’re together now we're together now
Stay here for days on end
i know you’re my special friend
We both start to shake not asleep or awake
This is the missing verse
the one that I wrote at first
Was a load of shit I wouldn’t have a bar of it

Let me take you down beyond the nether
This is what I mean by sleep together
Beyond the nether

Let me take you down beyond the nether
This is what I mean by sleep together
We can play this game in any weather
Let me take you down beyond the nether
Track Name: If You Try
save me from the quicksand i can hardly feel myself
i’ve got seconds left to love you
could really use some help
there’s a rope made of barbed wire and a life saver of thorns
take your pick i’m ready can’t swim in here no more
this is all my fault
your kiss of life says it all

so if you try to bring me round

all the times i let you struggle looking on just like the crowd
shames me to my very middle i’m a firm believer now
when did i become an actor? when was that decision made?
when did i turn out to be this villain, creep and thief?

so if you try to bring me round
even if i die you won’t let me down

save me from the quicksand it’s up around my neck
i got seconds left to love you no that’s milliseconds left
i can’t see us now, no not now

if you try to bring me round
even if i die you won’t let me down