Permutation EP

by an0va // Invalids

How many can fit through Before the light turns back to red We stayed low And watched it passing overhead Would the image fade forever If you couldn’t keep from blinking Taking time to gather what’s inside it It’s lost, we’ve lost Careful sleight, inherent machinations On us it’s lost To lead back, all back around Over turning back around And it fell for the past seven days straight Undisturbed save the tracks and the shapes we made Wanted to make sure it froze strong enough before We tried to take our first steps out across the lake But we couldn’t wait Lights in windows Some bucolic visual A careful, crafted scene Heightened will of Some historic ritual Careful not to be seen We’ve tried, we’ve tried To retain forever What we couldn’t keep from sinking There were lessons to learn from inevitable faults Some exact approach But we fashioned a framework of comfortable corners And were never called on So there we sat So there we stay (a cull of all concern) Called to come out once the sun had shown By light, how slick the surface glowed We followed, quiet, right up to the edge Each step evoked a sound Of fissures fanning out A crack and slowing groan What we would always doubt Pierced the silent shroud Continued on across One foot after the next Like we were always taught Change to new clothes, stage an upright pose It wasn’t good enough Tired of passing by, all the ends, all the turns On all the same roads Feeding back, listening until we hear something That sounds like what we spoke Giving in and weighing all the things we’ve missed Against what we’ve actually done and wanted to do But just couldn’t move
"...who looks inside awakes." "Who looks outside dreams..." "There's no coming to consciousness without pain." "In all chaos, there is a cosmos. In all disorder, a secret order." -Carl Jung


Released on Eberic Records on March 31, 2015
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This split album was born of the idea of chiptune/traditional-rock cross-over, whereupon each artist would write a new song for the album and subsequently cover the other's.

an0va creates music using a Nintendo Gameboy, which is limited to producing only four simultaneous sounds at any given time. Invalids creates music with both hands on multiple stringed instruments, which allows for lush arrays of notes at any given time. Thus the covers of the other artist's tracks must manipulate the original arrangements accordingly. The an0va cover of Invalids' song must distill the most important four simultaneous notes throughout. The Invalids cover of an0va's song must expand upon the original limited note set.

The "Permutation EP" is so-called in culmination of common themes of mathematics and statistics in each artist's musical ethos, such that the album credits in the set of [composed by, performed by] form a permutation.


released March 31, 2015

Track 1 written by an0va, performed by an0va
Track 2 written by Invalids, performed by Invalids
Track 3 written by Invalids, performed by an0va
Track 4 written by an0va, performed by Invalids

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Artwork by Yvette Young


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