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by Null Device

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Null Device comes blazing back with an album of pure synthpop, drawing on influences from the past four decades of electronic music.

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released September 9, 2016

Null Device is: Eric Oehler, Eric Goedken, Jill Sheridan, and Kendra Kreutz

All songs 2016
published by Null Device Media Industries

Produced by Null Device
Engineered and Mastered by Eric Oehler at Submersible Studios, Madison, www.submersiblestudios.com
Assistant Engineer: Lenore Schmoldt

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For over two decades, Null Device has been producing electronic pop - or at least, that’s what they tell people. In truth, they’ve never been quite that straightforward. They’ve always kept pop hooks and big synth riffs at their core, but they’ve also written songs in Arabic and count a cellist among their full-time members. ... more

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Track Name: Shadow and Flame
In this wonder, in this joy
The stakes rise higher
And nothing can be certain
Except my desire
As the day slides down
And the shadows loom sharp
My fears trace the edge
Of the silence in the dark

Here in the calm, in the quiet and the frost
We flow deep, past the dark and the lost
Rise and fall, where still and soft
We flow through, while the shadows cross
Here in the calm, without a sound
We flow deep, we are hidden and found
Rise and fall, as the night comes down
We flow here, when the shadows surround

In this wonder, in this joy
The stakes rise higher
As I watch the shadows falling
We balance on a wire
Now the wind blows wild
And the skyline bends
We sway at the edge
Where the night descends

Here in the calm, the winds sigh hushed
We flow deep, past the fire and the dust
Rise and fall, and search where we must
We flow through, while the shadows rush
Here in the calm, without a sound
We flow deep, we are hidden and found
Rise and fall, as the night comes down
We flow here, when the shadows surround

In this shadow, in this flame
The skies burn with rust
As I watch the sunlight peel back
Day fades to dusk
And the stakes rise higher
Where the night will spread
And I stray no more
On the path ahead

Here in the calm, in the quiet and the frost
We flow deep, past the dark and the lost
Rise and fall, where still and soft
We flow through, while the shadows cross
Here in the calm, without a sound
We flow deep, we are hidden and found
Rise and fall, as the night comes down
We flow here, when the shadows surround

Here in the calm, the winds sigh hushed
We flow deep, past the fire and the dust
Rise and fall, and search where we must
We flow through, while the shadows rush
Here in the calm, without a sound
We flow deep, we are hidden and found
Rise and fall, as the night comes down
We flow here, when the shadows surround
Track Name: Freefall
Tonight my timing’s right in tune
Move in waves like light from the moon
See lanterns out to mark my way
No more illusions pull me astray
Tonight my timing’s right in tune

From this course
Nothing can pull me away
No stars light the city
No suns shine the day
I lost you once
But we remain bound
And my freefall follows the sound

Precise, the journey’s never been
The pristine arc, it isn’t my friend
Still watchmen wave me right on through
Tonight no one will keep me from you
Precise, the journey’s never been

Passion is setting the stage
The cell holding me, it isn’t a cage
Crossfire from the lost and drawn
Shows me how to stave off the dawn
Passion is setting the stage

I’ll cross one more night and then
I know I’ll never fly again
Track Name: Faraway
Staring at the surface
From the shallows to the deep
The stars float on a mirror
Of the dark and restless sea
Where the night dissolves in mist
And follows on the tide
There’s a penance to be paid
As the shifting waves collide
I gaze into the distance
Where these pictures rise and stir
And move out in the ebb and flow
On waves that hone and blur

And I long to breathe the air
As pure as the night
To watch the lighthouse fade
To a faraway sight
Where I cannot hold
To the vanishing shore
The night is laid bare
Like never before

Listening to the cadence
In the song of sullen waves
Calling out in idle verse
The echoes grow and fade
Currents rushing past my ears
And motions flooded black
Now I look across the way
Only night stares back
While ships search far and wide
On waves that heave and sigh
They won’t notice from these depths
This silent lullaby

And I long to hear the sound
As pure as the night
To watch the lighthouse fade
To a faraway sight
Where I cannot hold
To the vanishing shore
The night is laid bare
Like never before

As I look across the way
Only night stares back

And I long to feel the cold
As pure as the night
To watch the lighthouse fade
To a faraway sight
Where I can’t return
To the vanishing shore
The night is laid bare
Like never before
Track Name: Maker
Hold your head high
That’s what they told me
We’ve got everything to get you by
And that’s what they sold me

When I’m where I want to be
The promised fate is never found
Flip the switch inside my head
And my thoughts tumble to the ground

My cares are free
My affairs are blind
Each sound’s a conflagration
Burning roads out of mind
My words are free
My cares are mine
Each sound is revealed as
Inspiration in mind

Live for your dreams
That’s what they said to me
We’ve got everything that you will need
And that’s how they paid me

Standing in the lions’ den
Feel the strain in every beat
Burn with passion to endure
Or I tumble to defeat

My cares are free
My affairs are blind
Each sound’s a conflagration
Burning roads out of mind
My words are free
My cares are mine
Each sound is revealed as
Inspiration in mind

With chin held high
That’s how they sold me
And everyone right by your side
That’s what they told me

When I race wild horses
Hearing all their thunderous sound
I face a deafening reply
As I tumble to ground
Track Name: The Desire
The promoter compliments our set
But he’s gritting his teeth
And I know that we’re the only act that
He didn’t see
‘Cause we played to 9 members of the opening bands
And a lonely bartender
With too much time on his hands

Then the bartender says
“I’ll buy you a round.
You guys have got a really great sound!”

We don’t do it for the money
We don’t do it for the fame
But the desire to be heard
Still remains
We don’t do it for the money
We don’t do it for the fame
But the desire to be heard
Is still the same

It’s a Tuesday night
And we’re sharing the stage
With some hip young acts that are
Half my age
I meet a music journalist
From my hometown, she says
“I didn’t know you guys were still around.”

Then a 22-year old
Shakes my hand
says “You inspired me to start
My own band”

Saturday night
And I’m sitting at home
Hunched over a keyboard
Plugged into headphones
I’ve been working on this track
Since 7AM
My family wonders if they’ll ever see me again

Then I adjust a fader
And then I press play
Now this track says exactly
What we want it to say…

We don’t do it for the money…
We don’t do it for the fame…
Track Name: 3 AM
I remember 3 am
People in a daze
Spilling out into the streets
I remember 3 am
The feel of this city
As it passed beneath my feet

I remember 3 am
The moon was shining faintly
Through a dark, dark haze of clouds
I remember 3 am
Liberated out from
All the push of the crowds

I feel the pull from your eyes
Each step shows that we’re alive
I watch the shadows with you near
Maybe we should stop right here

Should we be left alone?
Is this wise, out on our own?
Still we dare to speak aloud
Should we go rejoin the crowd?

I remember 3 am
Ears are ringing
Eyes are burning
Thoroughly awake
I remember 3 am
Lonely cars passing
In the light, late night rain

I remember 3 am
Streetlights shining orange
Over concrete building walls
I remember 3 am
Sounds of taxis
Sounds of rain and lovelorn calls

I feel the pull from your eyes
Each step shows that we’re alive
I watch the shadows with you near
Maybe we should stop right here
We found ourselves alone
Is it wise, who could have known?
We slide as one in the night
Here together until first light

I remember 3 am
Fingers touching
Hands are clasping
As we move along
I remember 3 am
The rush of the moment
And the thrill of the song

I remember 3 am
Footsteps come together
It’s just like we belong
I remember 3 am
Chances taken slowly
Play like rightest wrongs

I remember 3 am
You and I together
In a city we didn’t know
I remember 3 am
My arm around your shoulder
In the city’s ebb and flow

I remember 3 am
Walking home with you
Made a lovely memory
I remember 3 am
I wouldn’t trade that night
For anything
Anything
Track Name: We Reach Tonight
Press your finger on my pulse
Follow in the rhythm
Where flesh and bone and breath become
Beacons burning crimson
If you reach you will find
In the air as we are driven
And every star a flare to rise
Throughout our kingdom

Anywhere we’ve been, make no delay
All that is done, with this we are made
And we will hold, wherever we are
All that is ours, never so far

As you reach out for me
We hold fire to the wind
We’ll cross through lost frontiers
Touch as flames rush in
Where the path twists into shadows
It’s just a trick of light
Illusions by our side
Will not distract tonight

Anywhere we’ve been, time to make haste
All that is done, with this we are made
And we will hold, showing so clear
All that is ours, always held near

Now we’re turning hand in hand
And we push as clock hands press
We hold to every vow
In each trial and test
As the moments toll like echoes
Of our step and of our pace
They’ll call us all throughout the night
As we follow to this place

Anywhere we’ve been, time to make way
All that is done, with this we are made
And we will hold, here in our sight
All that is ours, we reach tonight
Track Name: All Along This Line
As I walk this line, winding back again
Trace along the edge, circle back where I have been
Moving in between, through the clouded light
Blurring in the gray, I can’t see in black and white
Devotion that won’t matter, truth that cannot speak
Going through the motions as my stride grows weak
Follow step by step, meant to fall in line
But I start to falter as I redefine

All along this line, strung up in between
Let the threads unravel, pull them at the seams
Chasing at the edge, now it’s time to know
It’s pulsing in my blood, it’s pushing hard as stone

Time has worn us down, but it also makes us sharp
Pieces come together where they break apart
In this broken moment, ringing out tonight
Pull me past the edge, and see in black and white
Out along this line, it buckles and it bends
Nothing to hold back, there’s no more consequence
Building to this moment, now the time is right
With everything to lose but nothing more denied

As I walk along, hear the stirring at the edge
Catches in my ear, somewhere past the ledge
Calling out from stillness, as the switch points lock
And I tumble down with the countdown on the clock
Track Name: Concentric
Circles and circles
I see concentric circles
Leading and calling
Circles in the wind

Backwards and forwards
I move backwards and forwards

Leading and fading
Moving in the night

Circles and circles
I see concentric circles
Pulling and falling
Circles in the wind

Coast to coast
And ship to shore
These circles on my lips
Coast to coast
And night to day
These circles on my lips

Motion and ballast
I see oceans and conflicts
Flowing and falling
Daybreak in the sky

Motion and headway
I see billboards and sidewalks
Growing and clawing
Catch the fire inside