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Underneath These Dying Stars

by Color Theory

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Marcello Painless
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Marcello Painless I love the song 'The Darkness'.
But also the whole album. What an incredible Album with fantastic melodies. Love it. Favorite track: The Darkness.
hunter dutton
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hunter dutton TRICK reminds me of that moment the DJ plays a downtempo track, late at night, to get the kids to the bar for last call.... and the few of us that can dance to anything dissolve into the ether, dancing, on the dance floor. Favorite track: Trick of the Light.
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maxvoyage Undoubtedly purchase of the year for me. Absolutely beautiful creation from start to finish.. Deeply recommended !! Well, okay, the last track is indeed an eargasm <3 Favorite track: The Darkroom.
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Crystal 04:25
What’s precious inside me Won’t let itself be known To come out of hiding Is to end up alone No I won’t break down in front of you Oh of all the stupid things to do I won’t let you in I won’t cross the line I’ve been burnt too many times I want to believe Want to be alive Look into my crystal eyes Where a shout of joy Is waiting to be born Is waiting to be born You slice me right open A dazzling crystal blade So thin I can’t feel it So fast I can’t evade And you cut right to the heart of it And it only hurt a little bit
You’ve been forgotten For months and moments Enough to make me Scream that I don’t love you But when I’m driving Alone at midnight I scan the sidestreets For signs of you Can’t leave it alone To think that you were right It’s like you’re still here In the corner of my eye Tip of the tongue Trick of the light This expectation Is my creation I know it isn’t healthy To dwell on this Hallucination The sharp sensation Of hungering for Something different
When I’m with you I’ve got superpowers And nothing at all to fear I’m immortal And I can move mountains Delirious but sincere If you want me to I’ll place the ocean in your hands If you want me to I’ll charm the world with your humanity Whatever makes you happy When I’m with you Nobody can stop me And no one can take your place I adore you My love is a promise You’ve already won the race When I’m with you I dream of forever And how we’re already there Time is motion The drifting of planets The wind blowing through your hair If you want me to I’ll melt the desert with your smile If you want me to I’ll map the stars to your astrology Whatever makes you happy
The Darkness 04:32
I am the night All your grievances and pain Are swallowed whole In the black of my domain We belong outside Walking bleary-eyed Through the empty streets Where the monsters meet In the darkness We stand alone In a world of vacant cars Let nothing change Underneath these dying stars In the status quo Of the streetlamp’s glow I will feast on you As the shadows do In the darkness But I’m torn away By the light of day Stark and methodical In this frame Nothing looks the same Landmarks of my daily life Glimmer with magic by night When you get tired There’s a mattress on the floor If you undress I won’t pressure you for more I’ll lay by your side Still but satisfied Counting phantom sheep As the lonely weep In the darkness
In the driver’s seat Weaving through the steel parade In our daily procession Speed is liberty While my mind is free to drift In and out of aggression Piloting a death machine Peaceful and hypnotizing Laying down to fall asleep Stressful and worrying Predisposed to ruminate Over some nebulous fate Get your priorities straight In a quiet room Lurk imaginary beasts Rising as the world slumbers What may never be Ribbons drifting in the wind Yet I can’t help but wonder In the here and now Let our hearts be undisturbed By the blossoming chaos
The Rot 03:52
When did it happen? The circling of crows The love of a lifetime Began to decompose I wanted to touch you Our fingers stained with rust The chain that connects us Corroding into dust It’s like trying to hold onto A moment or a thought But it’s already over We can’t deny the rot The sting of rejection I had to get away Without exception All things will decay I suffer in silence Knowing it won’t last My memory eroding Layers of the past Do I still love you? It’s hard for me to say So I’ll cling to it lightly Until it rots away
Why do you giggle when we talk? You do that quite a lot Why won’t you look me in the eye? You’re not the shy type I try your cell again You turn the screen to show your friends Yes I saw it You have your fun I’m your straight man The serious one I feel alive when I’m with you So you must feel it too Nervous and awkward and confused I guess that proves it I lean in for a kiss You turn your head Another misunderstanding All in good fun I can take it The serious one I know exactly where to be To accidentally meet Always in public but discreet Enough to tell you I love you don’t you laugh It’s not a joke on your behalf Now you’ve got me under your thumb On the case I’m the serious one I’ve laid it on the line And if I’m yours you must be mine We can’t have you looking so glum I’m the straight man The serious one
She hums underneath the covers We share a bed but not a soul She’s wearing a suit of armor And her touch is always cold But somewhere in that uncanny valley We built a life, a sort of family I almost convince myself I’m happy She’s made of wires, she’s made of wires She’s nearly perfect Romantically superhuman But she isn’t you We’re mutually codependent I’m both her master and her slave Obedient and efficient I long to see her misbehave But I am her God, her one religion This is the stuff of science fiction Tells me she loves me with conviction She’s made of wires, she’s made of wires She worships my imperfections This mess of blood and guts and germs No matter how much I love her We’ll never be on equal terms I wonder if we could make her jealous She’s not the type to be possessive Just one kiss and she would get the message She’s good at math, she’s good at math
Wrath 03:11
There’s something about our love That makes us suffer A scraping of soul on bone It feels like punishment Fanning the flames Twisting the time frames We’re diabolical Doubling the dares Caught in the crosshairs It’s downright biblical But far be it from me To walk the holy path And fail to stoke your wrath There’s something about our love That makes us tougher A joining of jagged halves It reeks of happiness We’re getting cynical Death is digital
Cakewalk 02:46
No one said it would be this easy Winning me over by degrees She sings happy songs in minor keys And it makes me feel blissfully sad Give me all you got I can’t get enough I can’t get enough of Love in hard times Obvious rhymes Simple truths convincingly said Don’t get worked up Take a shortcut jitterbug Put one foot ahead It’s a cakewalk When life is a one-sided contest Every day brings another conquest Fear the worst and hope for the best But no future is truthfully bad
The Darkroom 05:15
I sense potential here A certain tension in the air Despair And with a flash of light Embrace the beauty of this night Delight Seen through a different lens We could be more than friends Strange developments Happening too soon In the darkroom Dance in your Sunday best Cast off the weight upon your chest Express Entrap me with a pose A poem flirting in your prose Exposed Under a waning moon The scent of madness fills the room Perfume We will remember this Secure the moment with a kiss Focus


I never set out to make a “dark” record.

It just sort of happened. Over the past two years, I wrote about whatever I was feeling at the time, and certain themes naturally emerged.

While I’ve endured more than my fair share of challenges recently, I assure you this isn’t some thinly disguised cry for help! I’ve always been fascinated with bleak subject matter. The older I get, the more eager I am to explore the shadowy depths of the human spirit.

Rest assured, it’s not all death and decay. There’s plenty of optimism to balance things out. In fact, the set kicks off with what might be my most hopeful song yet.

Is it my best album? Quite possibly. It’s certainly the best sounding! It’s also noteworthy because, for the first time, I did all the design and layout myself.

Includes an exclusive 17-page digital booklet


released October 6, 2023

Special thanks to patrons Page One Project, Amy BuGoudi, John Mondick, Burt Empson, Reina Lorenzi, Tom Martine, Travis Murdock, James Bloom, Jonathan Albin, Ernesto Peralta, TheLeftExit, Heath Sims, and Valski.


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