Small Music From Broken Windows

by Marco Machera

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1.
The Glimpse 02:28
the silent, numb stare as you gently fall apart once close at hand not anymore replacing, robbing away shades of black and white so profound and fragile the love we have denied we secretly lied to each other islands far from view we smile, we forget the good and the bad things strange how it works how love unfolds, when it's all gone the hurting, sweet glimpse. look, it's all gone it's all gone.
2.
I have no real memories I have no real knowledge I'm the dazed and the disappointed I'm the barren and the broken Here's the rabbit hole I've been diggin' Here's the loneliness I have to bear with My decaying house with high ceilings And outside, the giant trees with no end in sight The sun and the moon playing hide and seek Behind the blue leaves of uncertainity. I lie down on grass and dream of things That are so distant and obscure Some old snapshots of the sunny world beyond the endless forests I wander the labyrinth of nighted silence
3.
Frantic 03:34 video
In my solitude I could rest no more I went down the road to the neighborhood Above the giant trees Into the outer sky Grows the tall black tower I resolved to climb How long's the day How long's the night Doesn't matter when you can't keep alive How loud you talk How hard you try Doesn't matter when you can't keep alive In my solitude I could rest no more I went down the road to the neighborhood I will scale the tower So I can glimpse the sky And if I fall and die I won't really mind
4.
The Tower 01:48
5.
The Things 04:16
Things I've done They're never gone They're scattered all the way The kitchen floor The cracked wall Paint is peeling off I stumble over some chest of drawers some scraps of paper in the back of my mind another life... Please forgive the angry words The times I fell, and never rose The day I didn't show some love I never meant to leave you alone I can't pretend to be that strong I think you've broken all my bones But there's one thing I know I never thought that love could be so wrong
6.
Climb 03:35
I go brick by brick No sign of weariness I cling to footholds in the swell of darkness I got to climb Oh, I got to climb Well I'm terrified What if I lose the grip What if I catch no light and I sink down deep? Still I climb Oh I got to climb I'm ten feet tall now I swear, I'm ten feet tall I'll be growing taller 'till my hands get sore I got to climb Oh, I got to climb I'm the unwept, the unhonored, I'm the man unsung I'll pull away the curtain and unveil the scars I got to climb Oh, I got to climb
7.
8.
Ghost Town 04:15
On solid ground, I stagger out, upon the gravel path The ancient stone church striving against the moonlight the forgotten roads, the empty bars ruins and failures of a lifetime I seem to recall the broken saturday nights all the fucking words I whispered in your ear softly spoken, deep in love where have they gone? I'm lost in a ghost town sullen and worn I'll be racing the night 'till I find the way home I hear small music from the broken windows This is where I lived This is where I learned I'd walk up and down doing time on the streets I feel nothing's changed and I have got nothing to lose but myself and I feel nothing's changed I'm lost in a ghost town sullen and worn I'll be racing the night 'till I find the way home
9.
The House 02:25
Stealing moments from the open windows I found the treasure within my reach The house where people meet and pour joie de vivre I'm stepping in
10.
From a single bright moment of hope to the blackest convulsion of despair The lighted room becomes all dark I see your face, quickly, among the crying masks Just like the day I saw you riding the car oh boy, was it totally random and it was too fast to acknowledge too fast for anything but a broken heart that stays with us forever, yet another one like a scar on the arm and i sing in my head... now i turn around, you've disappeared everybody ran away in shock and all that's left is an empty room with a wounded heart
11.
The Shards 03:48
The shards, by the light of the moon I'm weeping out the anger, the hurtache the dead life I swear, you did me no harm I thought you did But here I am empty, weightless.

about

“Unhappy is he to whom the memories of childhood bring only fear and sadness. Wretched is he who looks back upon lone hours in vast and dismal chambers with brown hangings and maddening rows of antique books, or upon awed watches in twilight groves of grotesque, gigantic, and vine-encumbered trees that silently wave twisted branches far aloft. Such a lot the gods gave to me - to me, the dazed, the disappointed; the barren, the broken. And yet I am strangely content and cling desperately to those sere memories, when my mind momentarily threatens to reach beyond to the other.”

Extract from “The Outsider”, H.P. Lovecraft (1926)

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released September 1, 2017

Produced by Marco Machera

Tweaking, mixing and mastering by Francesco Zampi and Marco Machera

Artwork design by Maurizio Di Feo and Marco Lafirenza

Executive producer: Claudio Scortichini

All music and lyrics written by Marco Machera

Recorded at The Bunker Home Studio in Latina, Italy, between 2013 and 2017. Additional recordings took place in studios across Italy, USA and Finland.

This recording features samples from the "Freesound" project - www.freesound.org

I'd like to thank my family and friends for the ongoing support, and all the wonderful musicians involved in this project. Thanks also to Lakland basses, Pigtronix, and Eventide, Kevin Andrews at "Expanding Hands Music", "Obiettivo Musica" in Latina and Alberto Dalla Libera at "Vinileria". Hoooonk to the Three of a Perfect Pair Music Camp gang. Special thanks to Julie Slick and EchoTest.

Extra special thanks reserved for Maurizio Di Feo and Marco Lafirenza, who helped me visualizing the music, and Francesco Zampi, for all the hard work and counselling.

My gratitude goes to Claudio Scortichini, who made this album a reality.

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Marco Machera is an Italian singer-songwriter. He likes to say: “I don’t play music – I make it happen”.

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