Duplex

by Sacha Mullin

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The follow-up to 2013's WHELM. Produced by Sacha Mullin & Todd Rittmann (U.S. Maple, Dead Rider). "Questions" produced by James Sanger and Sacha.

Featuring performances from members of CHEER-ACCIDENT, American Draft, Guzzlemug, Annmarie Cullen (Saucy Monky), Judi Donaghy-Vinar (Voicestra), and Emily Bindiger (Leonard Cohen, Cowboy Bebop).

"Immaculate vocals. Mullin['s] oddly tuneful songs sound a bit like George Michael fronting far-out jam band Gong in a Broadway-style revue." -Chicago Reader (Gossip Wolf)

"Chicago singer-songwriter Sacha Mullin would appear to have much affection for music from the ’80s. The drums on his song Crow, taken from his album Duplex, remind me of Kate Bush, his vocals remind me of Rick Astley, and the production calls to mind the Pet Shop Boys. If you want a cogent concentration of music from that era, then Crow may just be the song for you."
- BBC Radio 6 (Fresh on the Net)

" ...A modern prog texture here along with some stuff that calls to mind 80s music. This gets quite intense at times. [...] This is tastefully twisted, yet still accessible at the same time.”
– Music Street Journal

“…Releasing his second album titled Duplex, Sacha is striving to impress listeners. Off this album, the song 'Crow' is a great way to introduce yourself to his sound. […]Sacha’s voice is at the center, displaying impeccable clarity, a nice bright tone and shimmering vibrato, [singing through] truly infectious melodies that will stick with you long after the song is over. The hook is where Sacha cuts loose on the vocals with high flying falsetto runs showcasing his vocal prowess.”
– Indie Spoonful

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released July 15, 2017

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Track Name: Intro
Hey!
Track Name: Crow
we were in this together;
we were born to win
but now, our bearings will weaken anon,
as it was i who wore us thin

see, it's tough tough tough when you don't see it coming;
you're quick to the numbing, and mumbling, all up in your mind
and it's rough rough rough with the stuff from the over-explaining;
called it's raining shame decried from 'how could i be blind',
and 'i've been so unkind'

so,
in order to make it right,
i've gotta eat crow
and to mend these oversights,
i've gotta try,
or risk that you might go-
please don't go

we hang our weather,
and in that, we eclipse our means
wallowing ain't gonna fix this at all,
we are circling

see, it's tough tough tough when you don't see it coming;
you're quick to the numbing, and mumbling, all up in your mind
so, enough 'nough 'nough with the brusque little letters;
i should've known better, i should've known better,
and i will,
just indulge me the time

in order to make it right,
i've gotta eat crow
and to mend these oversights,
i've gotta try,
or risk that you might go-

we were once two flames alike,
so, "put out the light,
then put out the light"
and in mending these oversights,
oh, you might go
don't go...

but let me grow
Track Name: Dive
i thought that i'd be so much better
i thought that i'd feel better, better
i thought that i'd be OK
i thought that i--
i thought that i'd
come to terms with it all;
to terms with the fall
i thought that i'd be so much better
i thought that i'd feel better, better
i thought that i'd be OK
i thought that i'd be OK
i thought you'd save me from the deep, dark water
i thought you'd sieve me from the noise and fodder
i thought that i would thrive
i thought that i'd be alive,
and not have to dive

through the forest, by the light of the moon:
'saw a robin, 'tried to stop my croon
i thought that that i'd be so much better
i thought that i'd feel better, better
i thought that i'd be OK
i thought that i'd be OK
i thought you'd save me from the deep, dark water
i thought you'd sieve me from the noise and fodder
i thought that i would thrive
i thought that i'd be alive,
and not have to dive

i haven't got much sleep-
turn to page 260 in Nigellissima:
'eggs in purgatory'
i cannot wait to eat them, and fall back to hell
i rather want to die
don't worry, y'all, hyperbole wins every time
i'm just a soap inside;
a dirty boy who rather needs a hue and cry

i thought (you'd save me from)
i thought (you'd sieve me from)
i thought that i would thrive
i thought that i'd be alive,
and not have to dive
not have to dive

hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me,
hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me,
hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me,
hold me, hold me, hold me, ...

I WANNA LIFE
I WANNA LIFE
Track Name: ユーレカ
+ いつか僕らはキスをする。
この夢が 現実になる時
僕達の心には愛がある。
ユーレカ! やっと君を見つけたよ。

この広大な宇宙に質問がある。
僕の声、聞こえるか?
電波さえ届かない
些細な世界だけど、
僕達には愛がいるんだ。
(きっと)

運命は、溶融衝撃なみたいなものなんだ。
月は、新しい空に浮かんで
鮮やかな思い出は、祈りに似ている。
幸福は僕達にしか作れない。

ニュアンスとかあまり解らないけど、
僕は僕のまま生きている。
勿論孤独を認めることは困難。
敏感な僕だけど、 やっばり、成長したいって
空に何度も呼びかけるんだ。

僕の人生がシネマの中に咲く様に
他人には、解らない事が沢山ある
でも愛だけは、皆んなが求める物。
僕達には、愛がある。: 音楽

+ REPEAT
ALL I WANT IS YOU
ALL I WANT IS YOU
Track Name: Questions
who am i?
a face and hair
a body,
unfinished
a reflection in glass
unreal

questions, i
watch TV
'listen to songs,
'talk about love

questions, i
don't like your answers
if i had one myself,
it would be wrong
too

who are you?
a look and a smile
a promise
unfulfilled
a reflection in my eyes
unreal

questions, i
watch tv
'listen to songs,
'talk about love

questions, i
don't like your answers
if i had one myself
it would be wrong
too

who are we?
a boy and a girl
an aching hunger
unfed

a reflection of the times
of chance
of a circumstance
unreal
Track Name: Dream Ain't Dead
Feel the pull
More sunshine
So profound
Feeling fine
Edify me
Domestically
Do you fear you?
Are you free?

How am I supposed to know
Is where I'm planted good to sow?

I step outside to bold alarms
I breathe in air that borders red
I dream I'm in Grandmother's arms
I'm dreaming that the dream ain't dead
(Dream ain't dead)

I look at crumbling pillars:
How do I avoid this?
So many orbits 'round the suns of others
These unsung talents sung by mothers
And souls ascend because of colour

'Lost more lives beyond my own
Let's be real, we die alone

I wake up fighting for that little light
I see through lies inside my head
I saunter through this morning fog
Daydreaming that the dream ain't dead

And it's hard, to admit when you are failing;
to admit that night ship sailing represents your part
Hardened, as I'm gifted words of wisdom;
Like an aphoristic biscuit that I'll sure discard

I make the pledge to see this through
I vow to see it to the end
I know that we are not alone
In dreaming --
In knowing that the dream ain't dead
There's life and laughter I've misread

Bloom where you are planted,
Sow seeds of joy
Track Name: Applejack
Full of regret
I'm not obsessed,
But I am haunted
By one dear friendship that I ruined
Seems to echo back at me when I meet someone new
A fear of "will I hurt you too?";
A fear of singing about you

But that's how it is
I was obsessed
I was wrong for that,
Despite my pure intent
I love myself now, but I cringe at who I was
If only I had met you now,
But this is now, and not what was

God, growing up has such a learning curve
Thought I was fine, really had some nerve
I think I was intimidated
Put you on a nervous pedestal,
And that's simply not embracing you
Just a concept of what you do
Can't believe I played the fool

Applejack,
I really had me going
It really does my head in
When I think back

Applejack
I swear that somewhere within,
I could've been a good friend
But I drove off-track~

Full of regret, ooh
It's you
And the memory of the snare drum brushing
But everything 'bout me seemed to be off rhy~thm
'Wish I could call you, to explain
But I'd succumb to that old game

Of putting my foot straight into my mouth;
Awkward phrasing heads us to the south
Of a wonderful rapport
I've always been the odd sort

Applejack,
The cycle that I lived in;
That hole that I kept digging,
Was rather sad

Oh, Applejack,
I hope you'd cut me some slack
We were only teens, and at that,
Who knew that it would leave a stinging impact?

Remember when
I sassed Sam Dixon
At the Varsity?
I think we laughed at that for weeks.
Or walking to Al's and then waiting there for hours
Or being in your red Bug with
Nathaniel's upright bass backseat driving?

Though well and fine,
'Guess it takes tomes and time
To recognise
That while all things end,
That good can carry on
Beyond estrangement
Whilst it's an ancient ghost,
Just knowing you made me a better person
And that now I can give myself
The closure, the permission,
to move on

Applejack,
We're finally here at the end,
So here's the message I send:
I only wish you the best,
And you deserve nothing less
So sorry bout all this mess
I only wish you the best,
I only wish you the best,
I swear I'll give it a rest
Track Name: Fools (Are We)
whenever you look outside your window,
i hope you find a sense of one
with the will you've disintegrated
as you head for New Mexican sun

what fools are we
fools are we
we used to be a family

there were funds to solve our problems
there was reverence for the no-longer-with
there was anxiousness about your vile 'other'
there's no chance that i can forgive

what fools are we
fools are we
we used to be a family

it's quite sad to find a shrinking universe,
but i gather there will soon be more space
sending prayers to the other dimension, oh,
won't glue the parts of your disgrace; your about face

you're bound to guilt, but exempt from jail
you break my essence when you come to mind
your blindness overrode decency
though we're related,
we're not of a kind
you fool
fool...

(hey) would'ja kill me if i was in your care?
your new freedom has abrogated air
would'ja kill me if i was in your care?
your new freedom has abrogated heir
Track Name: White Hot Room
Hard choice to dance with the devil
And I want to live?
Guess that means a way to sway alone,
With the terrible one within

May I have this dance
In the White Hot Room?
Like Red, I marvel at the
Way I've bloomed

These thoughts, they 'save'
How long ’til an early grave?

Pulled and shattered
And whole again
Time to time to consciousness
I can see the solar wind;
Hear the starsong’s resonance

May I have this dance
In the White Hot Room?
Like Red, I marvel at the
Way I've bloomed

Often I’m afraid
Of my costume
Would you be surprised
When I’m exhumed?

These thoughts, they 'save',
How long ’til an early grave?

Save me
Save me, baby,
That ain’t me
I am ashen; I am sea

Save me baby
That ain’t me
Lest I be reborn
Track Name: Accept Treasure
allow the goodness in
allow the light within
let it soak into your skin
- unending -
and then the joy will win

accept sincerity
live by hilarity
leave loneliness at bay
for love abounds,
and it's here to stay

x marks the spot
x marks the spot
x marks the spot
look at what you’ve got