Morals (Deluxe Edition)

by TEEPEE

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1.
Subconscious 02:17
I never wanted to wake up I never wanted to wake up from my dream But I knew I had to wake up But I knew I had to wake up eventually I never tried to protect my body I never tried to protect my body from the astral queen Subconscious Queen This cosmic scene
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Tecum Uman 05:20
Alvarado and Tecum Warriors from different worlds came face to face They used this song to say Uman had no clue The horse had no clue An error that led to this tune An error that killed Tecum Tira, Tira, Tira, Tira flecha..
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Your Majesty 02:33
Your majesty I just want her all for me All for me Her and I till she dies
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I told you so Don't stand under that tree That durian tree I told you so Don't touch Mary Shes got a disease Don't lean on me when you need a body to cry on I told you so, I told you many times.
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Philippines 02:22
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I'm a sewing machine Don't pull on my strings I'm a sewing machine Dont pull on my strings I'll seam and I'll tease I'm a sewing machine Don't pull on my Don't pull on my
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Purgatory 02:18
Statistics show We fall apart Everyday I feel gay And after school I feel soar I just want to go home And fall to my bed And fall to my pillows And fall to my covers I just want to dream About you and me With no opportunity In purgatory
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Satisfied 03:24
Satisfied in this Satisfied in this broken world Satisfied in this lonely world We’ll meet when both worlds collide Satisfied in this broken world Satisfied in this broken world Satisfied in this We’ll meet when both worlds collide
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It's not my fault It's not my fault I told you to get away
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Well I told you over and over And I told you over and over Don't open that door I said don't open that door Well I told you over and over And I told you over and over I said don't open that door I said don't open that door You'll fall back to null You'll fall right back into null You'll fall back to null You'll fall right back into null
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Whenever your around it all feels wrong you never want to be by me Every time I tell you your hearts not right You always want to pick a fight Whenever your around it all feels wrong I never want to be by you There's a section in my heart it's all dried up It never seems to get wet Whenever were in bed it all feels wrong I know you like to fake it Every time I tell you your dress looks nice You always have to change it There's a section in my heart it's all dried up It never seems to get wet It never seems too
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about

Morals is Senzei 03 and its release late in the year really fucks up our tentative “Best Of…” lists. The diversity we’ve come to appreciate from the Teepee live show is all over this brisk full length, but expert composition and sequencing keep the affair an overall cohesive statement. The crux of this record is the unity of analog and digital sources as streamed through one sonic vision. Strong guitar melodies are almost always paired with soaring synthetic drones and subtle/well-orchestrated digital details and accents. Every song lasts for the perfect amount of time.

“Subconcious” starts the record with an aural blast of color, a pleasant throbbing pulse that sounds like the sonic equivalent to seeing trails. It’s a really great opener, in part because it gets the listener acquainted with the thick, dripping reverb this album is completely soaked in. Dude can rock and dude can supply some sentimental melody, and all of it sounds like it's in a cavern in a tunnel in the glorious dark. But - and this is important - none of it sounds like shit. Every bit of echo and fuzz is deliberate and demonstrates a wide skill-set pertaining not only to songwriting but also home recording. This would always mean a lot but in the current wave of garage oversaturation it’s especially refreshing to see a break from formulaic lazy-fi rock n roll.

“Your Majesty” is a nice synth ballad wedged between a pair of drum machine driven rockers “Tecum Uman” and “I Told You So!” The latter is a devastatingly classic sounding number with a totally timeless (simultaneously dated in a “90s” indie-rock sort of way) riff that calls to mind television theme songs (Kids In The Hall and Pete + Pete are good reference points, but this is ultimately way hazier) that already sounded nostalgic the first time you heard them. And that’s before you even get to the bridge, which actually makes the guitar sound like it’s glowing. There are some strong acoustic numbers: The chords in “Phillipines” resonates with “Unplugged” Nirvana, until the fantastic finger-picked harmony kicks in alongside a chanted reverb-mantra and the whole thing starts to sound like om-bliss garage rock folk music. “Satisfied” is a more than pleasant strummer with some warm drones and heart next to the title on the back of the LP, alluding to the possible influence for such a nice tune. The closer, “It’s Not My Fault” is the album's most straightforward song: Teepee sits before you naked, playing an unprocessed acoustic guitar and singing for the only time on the entire record with no effects on his vocals.

“Morals” gets noisy too: “Yes You Khan Bismillah” overflows with dense jungle drones and building, pounding percussion. It’s the most ethereal track until you get to “No Man’s Land” which should fill your quota for ominous psychedelia. It’s definitely the darkest song on the record and calls to mind running around in the woods, sweating, the sound of your own thoughts producing an infinitely refracting echo.

We might have done Teepee a great disservice by opening this piece by calling him “lo-fi” because, like we mentioned earlier, this LP is crisp and clear, which makes all of the echo and fuzz that much more successful. The deliberateness, intentionality and sheer level of craft that went into the composition and production of this record is remarkable.
-Matt Preira

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released March 1, 2011

Limited 12" vinyl version released by Senzei Records.
Recorded, Written, and Played by Erix Laurent
Instrumentation: Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Drum Machines, and flutes.
Recorded at a private studio, Florida 2009
Remastered by Albert Ovadia, Florida March 2011
Cover Design & Art Direction by Erix Laurent

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