Phoenix Syndrome

by AJ Froman

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Lute FP Still trying to figure this one out. Some reviewers suggested it's like Florence and the Machine done to a 70s prog rock backdrop, and maybe that's a good description. I think I'm having trouble settling one way or another because while I really like half the songs, with the other half I find the lyrics a bit distracting. I'd like the band to focus more on the amazing sounds and less on delivering a message.

On a positive note, I must say I love the album art.
Andreas
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Andreas If this is psychedelic, I'm a man - which I am, last time I looked; but after going through this brain-frying, synapse-melting musical onslaught I'm not so sure any more. Doesn't matter, I'll just give it another go, and another, and... Favorite track: Vantage.
Vyacheslav Potapov (VP)
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Vyacheslav Potapov (VP) What a beautiful album!!! The spirit of the 70s is in this group! Favorite track: Vantage.
Dillon Ethier
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Dillon Ethier Intense psychedelic prog rock, astounding! In fact, KILLER! As Vyacheslav points out, the vibe is pure '70s, in the best possible ways. The female vocalist is incredible, wielding a powerful voice simultaneously recalling Florence + the Machine and The Mars Volta (to my ear, at least) - enhancing the visceral darkness of the lyrics. In Paul Rote nomenclature this would be classified as FFPPR, I think. Favorite track: Freedom Ticket.
paul rote
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paul rote audible LSD , leaves no fried brain syndrome. well at least after one listen. heavy acid folk prog. Favorite track: Phoenix Syndrome.
PJD
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PJD Tremendous progressive psych. If you listen to Stranger's Nod and the Guarda Nocturno set, I think you'll hit buy. Favorite track: Stranger's Nod.
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Produced & recorded by:
AJ Froman at the Frozone Layer, San Diego, CA
Chris Deuchars at Earthverb Studios, Cardiff, CA
Scott Ragotskie at Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA

Mixed by: AJ Froman

Mastered by: Ken Volpe

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released January 26, 2016

Albert Bowman: guitar & soundscape
Gerry Hilera: violin
Jeff Shaefer: guitar & minibrute
Jimmy Ovadia: album art
John Joyce: bass, percussion, & ebow
Mike Shaefer: graphic design
Sarah Norwood: vocals
Sean Conners: samples
Tilley Stranger: djembe
William Hart: drums

Special thanks to: Ann Auwerda, Brett Walling, Chris Deuchars & Earthverb Studios, Gerry Hilera, Jimmy Ovadia, Ken Volpe, Mike Shaefer, Sean Conners, Tilley Stranger, and YOU.

All songs written by AJ Froman.

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AJ Froman San Diego, California

AJ Froman is Albert Bowman, John Joyce, Jeff Shaefer, Sarah Norwood, William Hart, and Jimmy Ovadia. A psychedelic, progressive, experimental music project from San Diego consisting of driving dancy riffs and melodic breakdowns.

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Track Name: Phoenix Syndrome
listen, discover, look and see. walk in beauty. be the change you want to see. with the intelligence of your body, love is all you need. don't be afraid to create. it's already okay. just let it out to the clouds. to the planets. to the universe. it will return. don't be afraid to create. it's already okay. write it down. put it out. watch it float away. ah. and when it visits me? i'll thank you. the morning brings the blues. I sing them away. fall in love together now. ah. resilient together now. rhythmic together now, as we move together now. breathe together now. feel it getting better now. listen, look and see. walk in beauty. be the change you want to see. just let it out. to the clouds. to the planets. to the universe. it will return.
Track Name: Stranger's Nod
It rained destruction; the preface is unknown to me until the day I choose to read
I can't bear to look, I can pay no mind, I can evacuate my intellect and tolerate what accumulates inside
A well of negativity swells deep underneath and sings sweetly to me, my infatuation grows, as I disregard the precious moment fleeting
Paralyzed by clarity surrounding me so suddenly, transfixed by the emptiness of self imposed reality, privileged in a three-walled room, with a skylight, and an audible view of vibrations living flourescently, craving the star lit moon incessantly
Paper flower fragile and open, redundant and broken, well-mannered well spoken, held up by my own grip, whipped, and further twisted by the wind
I feel like you feel when you feel like you know that you were born with your feet wet. sterilized, objectified, hypnotized, sexualized, confined to gravity, space, time
We have a choice
We've lost our connection with so many things slipping through the crack of our collective dreams, wandering blind towards the setting sun on the highest rung of humanity; indulging in perpetual stories of tragedy, choking on the falsity of mediated reality, basing our existence upon people we will never meet, spewing our resentment from the comfort of the driver's seat
We're all warm to the touch, we all grew from mother's womb, we are mirrors of ourselves
Help me wake up, get out of bed, to ride the gap, to ride the gap around the bend your light, to my line of site, so i can see that this weight is a farce, I've been lost in the dark
I can't hold on and allow the down to drag me around, I can arrive, I can realize that the burden isn't mine
And this moment
Track Name: Vantage
I
 can 
imagine 
the 
view; full
 spectrum 
of 
perspective 
seeping
 through 
from 
the
 top, 
and 
all 
around

No 
judgment, 
no 
pain

I 
can 
imagine 
my 
mind 
whispering; 
thoughts 
just
 passing 
through 
without 
stopping, 
wanting

No 
judgment, 
no 
pain

I
 feel
 it 
happening,
 yeah
 it’s 
happening
 now

I 
feel 
i t
happening, 
yeah 
it’s 
happening 
all 
around

There’s 
no 
self‐doubt, 
no 
violence, 
no 
disabling 
silence, 
stagnance, 
regret, disgust, 
disdain

Oh, 
no 
judgment, 
no 
pain

It’s
 insane

Track Name: Freedom Ticket
Who is they?
I can't see their eyes, but I know they have irises tainted, tinted cotton green, a smoke screen, a demographic, and a following
Who is them?
I can't feel their skin but I can feel my skin crawl every time it's our skin they try to make us feel uncomfortable in‐ consolable, unfathomable attempts for control of your true self, source, soul
Desensitization, serious injury or death, fatigue and dry mouth, here to serve and protect you while you age in traffic, while you order online, while you watch T.V. cc’d and buried alive in isolation, false problems, false solutions
Your bones are made of diamonds, your blood is made of gold, they aim to limit the height of your sight, they aim to limit how deep you choose to go
When it's right you’ll know that fear is the reason they make it all up
They want you enlisted, twisted, exploited, addicted, in debt, and locked up
Fear is the reason you do what you’re told, but they want you dependent on products that kill, sell your pulse so they can buy another thrill
They feed
Transition without retribution, transition with LOVE
I have an inclination we can give it all up
Let go, we have each others hands hold
I have an inclination we have been through enough
Let go, knowledge is the path to growth and power
In each other we can trust
Track Name: Birthday Moon
I smile and run in the right directions
The skies they still fall and whip me around, pull me through, and show me a new way to be
Pull me through
Show me a new way to be
In an empty sky, I'm full inside
New moon show me a new way to be
Pull me through
Show me a new way to be open
Track Name: Guarda Nocturno I-IV (live)
can I get high enough for the ground to make sense?
will all the cracks disappear as I ascend?
no words to justify
no words to justify
beyond name and form

no words to justify
no words to justify

I want to understand
so I can, its a dance
I want to understand

im not buying into something I cant feel
money isnt real
not for a moment longer than I have to
how poorly words describe
fabricated by my mind
but you feel me if you want to

I dont want to sing an angry song
I just want you to come along
walk with me
we'll die and they'll write books
about every step we took
underneath the trees
in the breeze
on our knees

I dont want to write an angry song
I just want you to come along
walk with me

no words to justify
no words to justify

I dont want to be an angry song
I just want you to come along
walk with me
we'll die and they'll write books about every step we took
underneath the trees
in the breeze
on our feet

i trust the sunshine wasn't wasted

falling into resistance
slow down
die to the past
now