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Let's!

by Mecha Maiko

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tengu225 Every track is great but Change Alot has been on repeat for DAYS. Mecha Maiko never disappoints. Favorite track: Change Alot.
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jo Really Wonderful song writing and super catchy melodies, with thoughtful lyrics. Each track branches out in unique textures in the synth spectrum and presents such a rich and incredibly enjoyable sonic experience, all wrapped in meticulous production. So much to appreciate and be inspired by! Favorite track: Be The Reaper.
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dj SHE-RA There are so many different styles mixed so intelligently together in this album it makes it one of the most stand out albums of the synthwave scene. It breaks the rules and takes us further, to a way more interesting place! Absolute winner!! Favorite track: Phones.
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1.
Apathy 04:00
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
2.
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…)
3.
(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
4.
Trust 05:11
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
5.
Change Alot 03:49
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
6.
Phones 03:17
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
7.
Alive 03:49
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
8.
I Can't Wait 04:42
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)
9.
Oddities 03:26
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
10.
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

about

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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Mecha Maiko is a Toronto-based synth pop project by Hayley Stewart.

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