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Black Mandala I

by Miscellen

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1.
Odyssey I 06:24
That day we left with no look back On a destiny with no manifest And ‘Going Out West’ by Tom Waits Blasting out from that old tape deck Now it’s too late Now it’s too late With our demands left unmet Like wild things so nearly trapped Those good times can’t be returned The tags torn off that’s all we learned Things turn out but never fix Two broken pieces sometimes fit Call us lucky if bad luck counts Could be better but it’s too late now Now it’s too late Now it’s too late Credits: Jason Sevanick - Bass, Guitar, Oud, Synth, Ukelele Joe King - Drums Paul Green - Lyrics Tyler Wolosin - Vocals ___
2.
Nova 03:39 video
I walk toward the light Could be a supernova Or a dumpster fire Under the Sun You really wanna collide now? Into me Under the Sun You really wanna collide now? Into me Under the Sun, under the Sun There’s just one thing left to do When I’m seeing red and feeling blue I open my head I open my head and stick in a spoon Under the Sun You really wanna collide now? Into me Under the Sun You really wanna collide now? Into me Credits: Jason Sevanick - Bass, Guitar, Lyrics, Synth, Tibetan Singing Bowl Joe King - Drums, Percussion Rick Furr - Guitar Tyler Wolosin – Vocals, Lyrics ___
3.
Odyssey II 03:45
Things turn out never fix Some broken pieces fit Call us lucky, bad luck counts Could be better but it’s too late now No going back for us That time has past It’s too late now for us It’s too late So let’s make this last Our demands left unmet Wild things so nearly trapped Good times can’t be returned The tags torn off is all we learned Wreckage Dragging We can’t hang on Credits: China Blue Fish - Vocals Jason Sevanick - Bass, Guitar, Oud, Sueng, Tanpura, Ukelele Joe King - Drums, Percussion Paul Green - Lyrics ___
4.
Gaian Dolls 04:51
Show some love for them Gaian Dolls You need them more than the other way around They’ll turn you inside out Show some love for them Gaian Dolls Or eventually they just won’t bother To come on by And you’ll be high and dry Make some way for them Gaian Dolls You need them more than the other way around Inside out Gaian dolls They’ll turn you inside out Just won’t… Come on by Or you’ll be high and dry You’ll be high and dry Credits: China Blue Fish - Vocal Textures Jason Sevanick - Bass, Guitar, Lyrics, Piano Joe King - Drums Rick Furr - Guitar Tyler Wolosin - Vocals ___
5.
Wise Guy 03:05
Goodbye, Wise Guy Let me show you the door You took your wisdom off the shelf Left it on the floor What was the lesson you were trying to teach me? That everything turns brown, eventually? Everything turns brown, eventually Credtis: Jason Sevanick - Bass, Guitar, Lyrics, Synth Joe King - Drums Rick Furr - Guitar Tyler Wolosin - Vocals ___
6.
She… she’s up to no good Down goes the stone fruit Now she’s catching some clouds She’s not ready to come down She rides off on a spoon Out and over the moon She… she hangs on a wire Now she wants to go higher Credits: China Blue Fish - Vocals Jason Sevanick - Bass, Guitar, Lyrics, Synth Joe King - Drums, Percussion ___
7.
You must go home Been a stranger for too long Wandering the wasteland Lost to yourself You must go home The cycle is complete No mountain or valley Can set you free Gone too long Away from home The ties that bind So frayed and torn The pains of this world Came early to you Hunger and cold Like lessons in school Some monsters slain Others released In the eyes of their mothers You are the beast You must go home To lay this to rest Further you run child The closer you get You must go home To see what’s lost We’re in the ground, child But never forgot You must go home A stranger too long Wandering wastelands Lost to yourself You must go home To see what is lost We’re in the ground, child But never forgot Gone too long Away from home Ties that bind Never frayed or torn Never frayed or torn Never frayed or torn Credits: China Blue Fish - Vocals Jason Sevanick - Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Synth, Voice, Zither Joe King - Drums, Percussion Paul Green - Lyrics, Percussion, Violin Rick Furr - Guitar Tyler Wolosin - Vocals ___
8.
She… she’s up to no good Down goes the stone fruit Now she’s catching some clouds She’s not ready to come down She rides off on a spoon Out and over the moon She… she hangs on a wire Now she wants to go higher She’ll come some day She’ll come some way She’ll come some day She’ll still be above you Credits: Jason Sevanick - Backing Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Lyrics Joe King - Drums, Percussion Paul Green - Violin Rick Furr - Guitar Tyler Wolosin - Vocals ___

about

On the 2nd anniversary of their debut, the depraved wanderings of psychedelic alt rock band MISCELLEN have led them into mystical terrain on Black Mandala, their new double-album about journeys which is being separately released in two parts.

Just like this dispersed group of journeymen, with varying degrees of instinct, reluctance, and delirium, you are navigating through time and space in a vessel of skin and faulty wiring that largely defies your understanding. You look for patterns among the vast incoherence and you find outlines of a cosmos that could be real or maybe just products of your imaginings.

With a modest sense of your origin and nothing more than dreams of your destination, you swerve in and out of the gravitational waves of culture and identity that you encounter along the course – and you feverishly adjust the controls of all the devices in front of you that have been constructed to manipulate nature in hopes of not having to experience it.

To find your way, you have to crash and collide with everyone else trying to find theirs, and the wreckage is left in place to provide choices and intrigue to all those who follow. The headwinds of ambiguity keep eroding what you’ve tried to align and leave your viscera unsynchronized with your mind. So, what to do… what to do? The only thing you can. You hurl yourself forward, across the stars and past the light – into the void where time and space fold back on themselves in an elaborate design and there’s nothing but black… the Black Mandala.

The songs on MISCELLEN’s Black Mandala reflect this journey you are on -- evolving between moments that speed up and slow down… between cerebral passageways and large, hard-hitting episodes that reinforce the idea of experiences not ending the same way they began. While still predominantly adherent to a contemporary blend of psychedelic and heavy alternative rock, MISCELLEN expands their sound on Black Mandala with transcendent instrumentation and influences from eastern traditions. Black Mandala is a voyage in two parts:

Black Mandala I (August 26, 2022)

ODYSSEY I briefly eases you in before it's ‘off ya go’ on a wild ride. On NOVA, hypnotic tones and a bossa nova beat dissolve into a chorus that bursts with heat and light. The journey continues near and far with ODYSSEY II, and GAIAN DOLLS just jams out while promoting the acceptance and elevation of those who have been denied both. WISE GUY accepts that some wisdom may be gained along the way, but some people who lay claim to it with certainty may be full of shit and the duality of growth and decay will persist. GONE TOO LONG is a vivid evocation to return against the counterpoint of STONE FRUIT and its consuming desire to escape.

Black Mandala II – (when and where it takes you next, you’ll come to know)

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released August 26, 2022

All songs written, recorded, and produced by MISCELLEN.

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