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Let's!

by Mecha Maiko

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Volke Already been through this once and I feel like I've been time warped back to an era I didn't even know existed. After the cerebral 'Okiya', 'Let's!' just shows the massive range Mecha Maiko has right this moment and is still developing. From the electro swing vibes of 'Apathy' to the banging beeps of 90's pop stars channeled in 'Phones', there is no lack of excitement or creativity here. Recommended on all accounts as I still haven't stopped thinking of all the dancing thrums and pulses within. Favorite track: Trust.
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D83 Impressive how this young "ex-Astronaut" has developed, a Synthpop surprises hit Album with an adult atmosphere & think inspiring lyrics. I thought Mecha's last work was a little bit playful, maybe it was just a foreplay to this highest entertainment Level. Favorite track: Meet Me At The Arcade.
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RockyV☆ Some artists you just buy cause they released something.

Maiko is one of those artists and Let's is a great release.

There's maybe 2 tracks I'm not that big on but I could care less seeing how I love the rest so much. Favorite track: Phones.
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Illweevil Thank you Mecha Maiko for continuing to bless those who are still devoted to the Bandcamp gods on your journey of creating complementary melodies to your uniquely soft vocals. Favorite track: Phones.
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pentagram_sam So frickin' good. Favorite track: Trust.
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IDK On Oct 4: I found a diary posted by its owner. It reveals they're a SeamRipper/Peeper/Creeper. 助けて! I close it shut.

The diary resumes playback by itself as I flee to an Arcade. Bratty Apathy blocks my way. Summoning its wiser sibling, Stranger, clears my path. Still the Diary trails me. It is immaterial! I wanna ignore it, I wanna say no. Oddities creeps up, lulling me back to the waking world.

"Let's" is a paranormal phenomenon. My ESP sensors eagerly await メカさん's next apparition. Favorite track: Trust.
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Mecha Maiko is back to blow you away with her most dance-oriented record to date. For Let’s! she has drawn inspiration from her favourite upbeat 90s dance and freestyle jams to create a sound that is uniquely hers. Aimed at a more DJ-friendly approach, these tracks will find a happy home on the dance floor.

Mecha Maiko has taken a stylized, deliberate approach to the writing process with hardware accompaniments that expand on the stylistic framework laid out in Okiya, released earlier this year. This record draws on the anxiety felt in a late-stage capitalist society and seeks to agitate that uncomfortable energy within us to shake us from our collective paralysis of shock. Inspiring, uplifting and motivating, these songs are unmistakably laser-lit dirges of the dystopia.

Anyone who has been following her trajectory will be thrilled to hear some familiar sounds as this record gives recognition to Mecha Maiko’s hidden gems to be found on Unloved and Unreleased, reinvented and enhanced alongside a slew of new sonic explorations ranging from techno-tinged power jams to delicate calls to introspection.

Her single ‘Phones’ is currently available and serves as an indication that this record is a strong entry in Mecha Maiko’s discography.

Keep an eye out for Mecha Maiko to DJ or perform her stellar live set of synth and vocals near you soon. (Tour date info TBA)

credits

released October 4, 2019

All songs written, produced, and performed by Hayley Stewart.
Additional lyrics and vocals by Blake Voss (Vandal Moon) on Meet Me At The Arcade.
Audio engineering by Jack Marko.
Vocal engineering by Alex Gamble and Al-P.
Co-production by Jack Marko & Al-P.
Additional production by Matthew Butterworth.
Mixing by Jack Marko, Alex Gamble and Al-P.
Mastering by JFK.
Studios provided by MSTRTRKS and The Treatment Centre.
Album design by Hayley Stewart. Designs based off Hajime Ouchi’s Geometric and Optical Illusions.
Copywriting by Christian XI.

Special thanks to MSTRKRFT, Bulkhead & the entire ORO family (including Joan). Thank you Zack, Neighbourhood Studios, Duncan, and everyone who helped shape this release in ways both big and small. It means more than I can say.

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Track Name: Apathy
Iʼve had enough
Canʼt waste
time on petty stuff
Oh, time
Serious and cool
How am I supposed to
compete with you?
Hi!
Smart Centre babies with your
sweet and sticky cries
Choking back the candy
that mother buys
Hi!
Closing down the parks while
daddy closes his eyes
Theyʼll tell you to be good now
but you better get wise
Apathy is not sexy
Apathy is not sexy
Apathy does not succeed
Apathy does not do anything
It just lets us sleep
Yeah humans, weʼre so evil
Brains that often seem medieval
and even when we see that string
and feel the tug, we canʼt help but sing
but Iʼm tired of sitting cynically
knowing people just like me
would come together if we knew how
so I want you letʼs do it now like
Hi!
Imperfect beings have a
fragile sense of pride
Makes it all too easy
to stand aside
Cute!
Look at just how
straight she shoots
If we know the answers,
we shouldnʼt stay mute
Iʼve had enough
I know Iʼm not alone
It might be tough
but itʼs better than turning into stone
Apathy is not sexy
Apathy is not sexy
Apathy does not succeed
Apathy does not do anything
Track Name: Meet Me At The Arcade
You download all my love
CPU kill-screen youʼre all Iʼm thinking of
Kiss me hold me
Say youʼre sorry
Be my avatar tonight
Alright
(Ah, oh, ah ohh) Who you think youʼre
trying to play?
(Ah, oh, ah ohh) My heart doesnʼt open
that way
(Ah, oh, ah ohh) Who you think youʼre
trying to play?
(Ah, ah, ah ahh) If you need me Iʼll be at
the arcade
A B X Y Y X B A Y B A X Y A B A- Oh!
Alright
You really wanna know me?
I bet you think you own me
You think you can dispose me?
I am immaterial!
(Ah, oh, ah ohh) Who you think youʼre
trying to play?
(Ah, oh, ah ohh) My heart doesnʼt open
that way
(Ah, oh, ah ohh) Who you think youʼre
trying to play?
(Ah, ah, ah ahh) If you need me Iʼll be at
the arcade
(A B X Y Y A B X Y A B X Y A B oh…)
Track Name: End Of Your Life
(At the end of your life)
Iʼd like to ask you
what you do with your money
Do you buy oil and honey
and silver dangly things
Could you make a portrait
with all the things that you own
And just how much would you cost
Could you give it all away
At the end of your life
Was it worth it
Standing tall and acting cold
At the end of your life
Will you miss it
Feeling warmth from another soul
I will break you
into a human being
Iʼd like to think that
youʼd want the same for me
Baby, sʼokay
Thereʼs some things weʼre bound to get
wrong
Thereʼs many prizes
to make us play along
At the end of your life
At the end of your life
I donʼt know if it is
At the end of your life
Was it worth it
Standing tall and acting cold
At the end of your life
Will you miss it
Feeling warmth from another soul
At the end of your life
Was it worth it
Standing tall and acting cold
At the end of your life
Will you miss it
Feeling warmth from another soul, ohoh
Track Name: Trust
Felt right in the moment
in the moment it was okay
Hold on just remember
all the words I didn't say
And it was accidental
that I let you speak
and I was under stress
and I was feeling weak
It was dumb of me to think that no one
else would feel that way
You caught me at the break of day
Don't you look at me like that
I promise I'm coming right back
Don't you look at me like that
Do you trust, do you trust I'm not an
animal?
(Chorus:)
If you love me
And it feels right
Why am I afraid to tell you how Iʼm
feeling inside?
If you love me
Like a real man
Why does it feel like everything is out of
my hands?
If you love me
But you donʼt care
Banking on the fact I said Iʼd always be
there
Do you trust, do you trust Iʼm not an
animal?
Being a real girl
Means you're stuck in the real world
Kept myself sedated
Thinking this was all Iʼd ever know
Thought that we might take off
Get away from our hometown
If I walk alone though
There would be no limits to where Iʼd go
Don't you look at me like that
I promise I'm coming right back
Oh, oh, donʼt you look at me like that
Do you trust, do you trust I'm not an
animal?
(Chorus x2)
Oooh
Iʼm not an animal
Iʼm not an animal
Iʼm not an animal
Hoo-oo-oo-ooh
Track Name: Change Alot
Weʼve parked our station here for good
Hold on much longer than you should
Theyʼve kicked the sand a thousand
times
Repeat the cycle, wipe your eyes
Too much to lose
when might they fall
Iʼm here to stay
Iʼm standing tall
Heart full of flames
wonʼt let it die
I canʼt deny
Oh, I donʼt wanna change alot
Oh, I donʼt wanna change alot
Ah
Iʼve been careful
to find the truth
not too eager
whenever it might hurt you
hurt you
Now that Iʼve glimpsed this place
I donʼt wanna look away, ah
Too much to lose
when might they fall
Iʼm here to stay
Iʼm standing tall
Heart full of flames
wonʼt let it die
I canʼt deny
Oh, I donʼt wanna change alot
Oh, I donʼt wanna change alot
Oh, I donʼt wanna change alot
Oh, I donʼt wanna change alot
(Change alot) Ah
Track Name: Phones
My votes go nowhere
but my mind is tapped
They know what I want
and exploit that
I know that I like you
but they donʼt know how much
If I keep you a secret
youʼll be safe from their touch
Phones!
I donʼt need to prove to anyone
I donʼt need a few
I only need one
Tell me what you need now, baby
and Iʼll make it right
Tell me what you need now, baby
whatʼs on your mind
Tell me what you need now, baby
cause youʼre the best
Tell me what you need now, baby
I know youʼre stressed
Tell me what you need now, baby
and Iʼll make it right
Tell me what you need now, baby
whatʼs on your mind
Tell me what you need now, baby
cause they think they know
Tell me what you need now, baby
Iʼll make it, Iʼll make it go
Hey CSIS, hey CSIS
Ha-ahh ohhh, ah-huh, ah-huh
Track Name: Alive
I never hated you
Itʼs not your soul, itʼs just the things that
you do
and I have hated myself
but understand Iʼm a product of a
system but itʼs time to recognize
What I oughta do
Giving fucks doesnʼt mean youʼre a
pesky SJW
Kiss me, Iʼm not dead yet
Iʼm just tired of feeling dead inside
Do you feel alive?
Do you feel alive?
Do you feel alive?
Do you feel alive?
They like to call us trash
Lay bodies down to waste
We now confront the past
While they race off to space
They've tried to sell us death
and they argue that we asked for it
Once forgotten now drumming in my
ear
Somebodyʼs gotta do it so shake away
the fear
Do you feel alive?
Do you feel alive?
Do you feel alive?
Do you feel alive?
Do you feel alive? (I feel I feel alive)
Do you feel alive? (I feel I feel alive)
Do you feel alive? (I feel I feel alive!)
Do you feel alive? (Yes yes yes yes yes
yes!) Ah!
Kiss me, Iʼm not dead yet
Iʼm just tired of feeling dead inside
Track Name: I Can't Wait
We used to drill for water
now itʼs breaking down the door
Itʼs laughing at our borders
and changing your décor
Itʼs just the place you live in
A box upon the ground
Its value is imagined
but your being is profound
(Chorus:)
Oh, I canʼt wait
Oh, the system degrades
I can try to tell you, tell you
What you already know
Leave something for me
Have something to show
We let them drill for money
A hole into the heart
Convert it to a substance
That rips us all apart
You have behaved correctly
Now come and claim your prize
Theyʼll speak at you directly
And look towards your eyes
(Chorus x2)
Oddities
I donʼt have a hundred thousand dollars
like they do
To push my power onto you
To take you by your slender throat
and breathe in words you didnʼt know
would ever find a way inside of you
A hundred thousand dollars in the well
to keep me under their spell
to get ahead at any cost, if Iʼm not
lustful I am lost
I die with them or die inside a cell
Itʼs a little bit odd
I help to build their fairytales
Itʼs just a little bit odd (odd)
we know thatʼs all they are
Itʼs a little bit odd
we know weʼre linked to everything
Itʼs a little bit odd (odd)
that they think this could last for a
moment more
Track Name: Oddities
Oddities

I don’t have a hundred thousand dollars like they do
To push my power onto you
To take you by your slender throat
and breathe in words you didn’t know
would ever find a way inside of you

A hundred thousand dollars in the well
to keep me under their spell
to get ahead at any cost, if I’m not lustful I am lost
I die with them or die inside a cell

It’s a little bit odd
I help to build their fairytales
It’s just a little bit odd (odd)
we know that’s all they are
It’s a little bit odd
we know we’re linked to everything
It’s a little bit odd (odd)
that they think this could last for a moment more
Track Name: Be The Reaper
I feel bad
for your kids
still theyʼre much too young to notice
live your life
under names
that remove you from your person
Keeping busy
goals for every day
I get drunk from the illusion
We choose to use our bodies this way
Teaching desires
learning the shame
Trading our tokens
laying the blame
I want to be the reaper
Touch your clothes and watch them
crumble
I like to be the creeper
peeking into you
watching what you do
Ahh, do you feel the same?
Grasping at shadows
There but itʼs empty
like painting on sparkles
Shining in vain
I want to
I want to
I want to
I, I
I think it slipped right past me once
past me twice
If I try hard enough
I might open my eyes
I want to be the reaper
Touch your clothes and watch them
crumble
I like to be the creeper
peeking into you
watching what you do

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