Practically Sentient

by Alchemy

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about

"Practically Sentient" is the result of six months work recording a full-length album, mostly by myself, in between doing academic work and watching cooking shows on TV.

It is the first proper full length album I've recorded with 12 tracks of punk-ish drums, metal-ish guitars, industrial-ish programming, 80's-style keyboards, Commodore 64-ish melodies and hardcore-style vocals.

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released August 8, 2009

Produced and engineered by Troels Pleimert.
Mixed and mastered by Rasmus Lund-Hansen & Troels Pleimert.

Recorded at Broken Gold Studios, Roskilde and TMD Studios, Roskilde - February-June 2009.
Mixed and mastered at The Intergalactic House of Donuts, Roskilde - June-July 2009.

Music and lyrics by Troels Pleimert, except tracks 2, 7 and 8: lyrics by David Warmind and Troels Pleimert.

All guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, programming and vocals performed by Troels Pleimert, except tracks 2, 7, 8 and 10: vocals by David Warmind; track 3: vocals and additional drum programming by Bjørn Rørbæk Pedersen; track 10: acoustic and electric guitars by Dion Førslev Pedersen; and track 11: broken guitar by Leonard Kramer.

Sleeve photography by Mette Florentin. Design and layout by Troels Pleimert.

This album is dedicated to my wonderfully cute, impossibly patient wife.

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A disparate output of everything from industrial punk to 90's-inspired electronica defines Alchemy, the musical alter-ego of Troels Pleimert.

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Track Name: Holy Fire
In the beginning there was darkness
Then God said let there be light
He didn't count on it being so fucking bright
It burned the unholy
It burned their souls away
It burned the unholy
It burned their souls away

All disappearing from me
All coming down again
All just apologies - too many fucking apologies

The fire rages now
Rages within us all
We're all perched in our pews
Waiting for him to call
To tell us who to spare and who to burn away
To tell us who to spare and who to burn away

There's useless people in demand
There's a crucifix on sale
There's a fear of flying up too high
For fear of going stale

There's fucking in the closet space
But violence on the air
There is, however, censorship
So no one dares to swear

No one says I love you
No one says you're all right
No one says I care for you
So I bid you good-night

Like a boy with matches
We all play with fire now
Our summoner dispatches
A carving knife for the holy cow
No one tells us to stop now
No one says it's wrong
No one tells us to stop now
No one says it's wrong

As long as we believe it
The fire never dies
As long as we perceive it
The fire's still alive
No need to think too hard
No need to listen
No need to think too hard
No need to listen
Track Name: The Talent Show
If you could see me now
The light in my face
I am the baddest motherfucker up in this place
I can tell you'll oblige
When I show the fake sincerity in my eyes
I have trust
I have faith
I have everything that's guaranteed to get me laid
I got lust for the fame
I'll prance and dance and sing to stay in the game

This is the talent show
Would you just let me know
What is needed
How to cheat it
Whose dick do I have to suck around here, man?

This is the talent show
I do not want to go
Fade into the light obscure
I'll claw and wail my way up top
And all you haters, shut the fuck up

If you could hear them cheer
Man, I'm shitting myself
I'm orbiting the planet of success and wealth
I'll admit, I'm surprised
I never thought that anyone would buy these lies
When I cry
I feel real
All these bitches need to know just how I feel
Wow
'Sat for me?
All these favors make it hard to keep up the intensity

When all this ends
Will I still be there when you have
Turned off all the lights and still say
When would it end
I'd keep my innermost unfolded
If I hadn't already sold it

Is there nowhere to go
After the talent show
If the dosage of my fame is less then I don't want to know
Is my stance even, Lance?
Would you just take a glance?
Thanks, you're a sweetheart
Of course I'll still remember you
I'm on the talent show
I know just where to go
I have the poise, the presence and my puckered lips to show
I know what lies between
Just give me my fifteen
I'll defy everyone who says that I was not meant to be

Is it all over now
How 'bout just one more bow?
I couldn't bear it if I didn't give them what they wanted
You want me to go away
How about if I could stay
I'm sure I could convince you there is something I could do

When all this ends
Will I still be there when you have
Turned off all the lights and still say
This is the talent show
Would you just let me know
What is needed
How to cheat it
Whose dick do I have to suck around here, man?
Track Name: From Genus to Livestock
It's amazing what you've done
Let me shake your fucking hand
I'm sure that scar will heal soon
You detest what we demand

I'm amazed at what you've done
All around you we revolve
The solution's now at hand
All the problems this will solve

I'm sure I don't need to tell you
I'm sure I don't need to say
Genius needs recognition
Genius needs recognition
Genius needs recognition
Genius needs recognition

I appall myself with
My lack of understanding
I disgust myself with just
How little I grasp
It's enough for me to just be
Around your creative aura
If I could, I would melt
Myself into you
Then slowly fade away
Silent and unspoken
Like a virus
Waiting for the antidote

It's amazing what you've done
No discernible complications
It's all just better now
We owe it all to you

I'm sure you'll forgive me for this
I'm sure you won't mind me saying
I'm sure I don't need to tell you
I'm sure I don't need to say

Let me shake your fucking hand
Let me shake your fucking hand
Let me shake your fucking hand
Let me shake your fucking hand
Let me shake your fucking hand
Let me shake your fucking hand
Let me shake your fucking hand
Take two of these, then leave me alone
Track Name: Down the Well
I forgot the tingling in my lips
I forgot the virtues of old
I see the error of my ways
When I lay down

I forgot the effigies of you
I forgot the epitaphs of youth
I see a pattern dance around
When I lay down

I remember I want to forget
I remember all those things they said
I'd appreciate the peace
When I lay down

I regret the pressures of myself
I resent the beatings in my head
I see the blister on my face
When I lay down

There is no one to blame
When I reinvent myself
The world around me blurs
When I reinvent myself
I have no other choice but
To reinvent myself
I'll die the minute I don't
Reinvent myself

I forgot the light rain on my feet
Forgot the pleasures of defeat
I see God pissing in the rain
When I lay down

I once remembered or forgot
I once conceded all my thoughts
I never once spoke out your name
When I lay down

I'd love to leave it or forget
I'd fuck the treasures in my head
I want to love it all instead
When I lay down

I'd hate to see it all come down
I'd lose myself if I could
I'd cry if I remembered how
When I lay down
Track Name: The Recluse
The sunlight fades and I'm still inside
No one around that can hurt my pride
Turn off the light, let the world subside
We've all the time in the world to decide
Who lives - who dies

The twilight fades to a deeper red
I'm up when everyone else is in bed
I think of the time when I imagined you said
There has to be a life outside my head
Who cares - all lies
In here - time flies

Don't tell me to leave
I've nowhere to go
Don't tell me to stay
I'd just go nowhere slow
Don't say get out
You don't know what's there
Don't tell me you'll help
'Cos I know you don't care

Dusk has set and I'm feeling fine
Don't know why it took me all this time
To realize that I'm not yours but you are mine
If it's from a distance then it's not a crime
Who's there - not me

Evening has settled, turning into night
Don't know about you, but man I'm feeling alright
My eyes are open and my heart is alight
Don't mean to scare you but you're in my sight
It's you - not me
Release - Set free

Don't tell me to leave, I've nowhere to go
Don't tell me to stay, I'd just go nowhere slow
Don't say get out, you don't know what's there
Don't tell me you'll help, 'cos I know you don't care
Don't tell me that it's wrong, 'cos I know it's true
It's every man's wish to be close to you
They say I'm all alone, but I know it's false
Who do they think built all these walls?

Midnight comes and so do I
My inhibitions free, now I can let them fly
My innermost desires now liquified
I may be far away, but at least I tried
To reach - to touch

The daylight dawns and I'm still inside
No one around that can hurt my pride
Turn off the light, let the world subside
We've all the time in the world to decide
Who lives - who dies
No fears - no lies
Track Name: Make It Stop
I'll shine your shoes with my spit
I'll dial you up a whore
I'm lean but you are my fit
I'm good for more
I'll empty out the ashtrays
I'll clean the beds up nice
I'll smile at every cliché
I'm yours at any price

I wish that I was there
I wish that you were here
I wish that I was there
I wish that you were here
Just make it stop
Just make it stop
Just make it stop until I'm down and out
Oh god just make it stop

We mix these potions
We dim all the lights
We go through the motions
And stay up all night
Some voice is calling us
It says it's all right
We're not even listening
We're in the blinding light

I wish that I was back there
I wish that you were here
I wish that I was back there
I wanna make it clear

This is all no good for me
I know that now
but the way you entice me
I just don't know how
I'd sever all my ties with you if it would set me free
If you could only be a little less fantastic
And a little less like me
Track Name: When the Tide Breaks
One day the wave just broke and spat me back out
I woke up to watch it break and staggered back home
My echoes rung sadly through the empty bedroom walls
I'm certain that this is where it all changed

Sometimes the tide just breaks and brings you back home
Sometimes the water's so quiet it makes you whole

Never prepare for a time when the well runs dry
Take hold of your promises and go where it goes

Teach us that time is a constant, and I'll remember
Tell us of a time well spent and love on the embers
Touch us in kind as we drink from the fires of beauty
Tell us it all goes on, it all goes on

Sometimes the tide just breaks and brings you back home
Sometimes the water's so quiet it makes you whole
Sometimes the tide just breaks and sends you back home
Sometimes the water's so warm that it makes you whole

Never prepare for a time when the well runs dry
Take hold of your promise and go where it goes
Never hold out for a minute that never comes your way
Take hold of your fortunes and go where they go

One day the wave just broke and spat me back out
I woke up to watch it break and staggered back home
My echoes rang sadly throughout the bedroom walls
I'm certain that this is where it all changed

I know that it's all fucked up, baby
I know it's my fault
We both know it's all fucked up, baby
We know who's at fault

I'm sorry for all that I've done to you
I'm sorry you cried
I wanted to be there for you, baby
Just know that I tried

I'm sorry for pasts unforgiven
I'm sorry I lied
I want you to know that I need you
Right here tonight

One day the wave just broke and spat me back out
I woke up to watch it break and staggered back home
My echoes rang sadly throughout the bedroom walls
I'm certain that this is where it all changed
Track Name: Delay the Cataclysm
I've seen the future as a row of faces
Shooting out from the atmosphere
Blazing trails across the vast unknown
As yet, anyway, to all of us

Maybe we are a blueprint
Maybe a freak of accident
Maybe I'm wrong and God is not merely transcendent
Maybe the vastness hides a secret we cannot imagine
Maybe our reason is the drive we can't explain

I'm not a theist
I'm not a fan of simple solutions
I'm not a deist
I don't just want invented answers
But if I had to pray along
For just this single song
And offer up a single prayer
It would be this one

God, delay the cataclysm