Underground Light Machine

by Cindergarden

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about

The official debut album 2006.

This is darkwave. This is electrogoth. Jaymie redefines what dark electronic and dark ambient should be with this album. The tracks are strong, expressive, emotive and accessible. The whole album is expertly executed and aims to strike a chord with your deepest emotions and darkest thoughts. By the end of the album you are left aching for more. Exquisite darkness that is painfully wonderful. ----Chris Stead, Althaus Webzine

There's at least a touch of Skinny Puppy in Jaymie Valentine's past. It comes through in subtle ways on her debut album, in the slow electro beats of "Mask Of Silence" or the simple synthesizer arpeggios of "Stranger." Valentine's Cindergarden project, however, is ultimately less about industrial terror than disquieting dreams; there's a dark surrealism throughout her music that perfectly matches the whimsical but creepy album art. Think Rasputina with keyboards instead of cellos, or perhaps a dreamier, more languid version of the psychotic dolly imagery of Switchblade Symphony and Jack Off Jill. It's all lovely stuff, ranging from synthpop-influenced dance tracks like "Ubiquitous" to softer pieces like "Sad Eye Doll," with tinny electric pianos on "Bad Dreams" and music box chimes on "Wasteland" giving things a particular feeling of nostalgia that evokes Victorian ghost children languishing in dusty attics. "Dirty Ritual" is also a stunning track, with fuzzy vocals contrasted by crisp, lacy harpsichords. Valentine delivers most of her vocals in a sort of breathy whisper that's quite suited to the album's moods, but the rich harmonies of "Dying Kind" show a voice that's arrestingly pretty when she wants it to be. Underground Light Machine is a stunning debut, and presages great things to come. Valentine has already discovered her artistic voice; the only question left is what she will say with it next. ----Matthew Johnson, Grave Concerns

credits

released June 6, 2006

Cindergarden is Jaymie Valentine

Mixed by Lee McCartney

Mastered by Ted Phelps

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Track Name: One By One
The shadows surrounding
strange how they move one by one
The curtains are drawing
twisted stand alone one by one
In silence, the wreckage
bleeding hearts succumb one by one
Vacant souls you and I
Images born to die
Fingerprints to be made
fingerprints always fade
One more truth one more lie
one more need to wonder why
Paper dolls gone insane
warm insides still remain
Shallow eyes navigate
wicked path demonstrate
The shadows are marching one by one
the wretched they're finding one by one
One more truth one more lie
one more need to wonder why
Track Name: Medicine
Need a dose of therapy
the cure is not in front of me
crippled with loyal disease
I've tried every one of these
This will help you this will hurt you
Something tells me I'm not well
locked up in this padded cell
sometimes I must be restrained
strange relations when I'm chained
This will help you this will hurt you
Let the sick wash over me
inside the gates from where I see
find release when I submit to the illness I admit
something tells me I'm not well
locked up in this padded cell
This will help you this will hurt you
Track Name: Mask of Silence
Mask Of Silence

Hold out my hand mixed blessings received
I must defend myself against the odds preconceived
Shadowy figures, what's their intent
Dirt on their hands, they're not innocent

You must hold this mask of silence
You can wait now in the violence

Precious by day victim by sight
Little time left to bring injustice to the light
I must allow myself some places to go
where they cannot find me
A side I'll never show

You must hold this mask of silence
You can wait now in the violence
You must come now we've been waiting
One more lost soul for the taking
Track Name: Stranger
Stranger

Forgot I could see your face
I don't look anymore
Letters from the past
touch in between the pains that last

I kept holding on
are you holding on

Can you find me
See, time's the stranger
Have you found now where there was danger

Silence and miles
Long before we closed the door

And you wait so long
that the truth is still unknown
I have a different heart
different eyes see through the part

Are you holding on

Forgot I could see your face
I don't look anymore
Letters from the past
touch in between the pains that last

I kept holding on
Are you holding on

Can you find me
See, time's the stranger
Have you found now where there was danger

Silence and miles
Long before we closed the door
Track Name: Ubiquitous
Ubiquitous

Stripped away
Ego burns, visions stay
Integrate
Knowledge found, love and hate

Somehow it's all the same
empty screams devoid of blame
forever trying to replace
an incomplete mystery face

Trauma takes
Innocence, cradle breaks
Without a trace
Fairy tale falling grace

Somehow it's all the same
we get strong in a twisted game
Holding on to fate
missing link, hollow state
Track Name: Wasteland
Nothing comes as close as you
to the truth I'm searching for
If I never find my way
through the wasteland taste of sour dreams
I guess I've been here before
Hold me now give me a sign
I will be blindly faithful
One more chance to find a relic of survival
Through the mazes of the soul
I have seen the moments pour
Will you guide me to the truth
through the wasteland I see in my dreams
I have not been here before
Track Name: Sad Eye Doll
Sad Eye Doll

Little steps
through the hall
ever find
ever fall

sleeping pill
whisper tall
weeping words
on the wall

Echo the endless, echo the essence
ever eternal, the sleep of a sad eye doll

Quiet dead
breath of night
hallowed
hollow sight

wretched need
in the light
paler shade
pallor white

broken teeth
heart alone
sleeping child
still unknown

fingers crossed
cold as stone
tiny dreams
ever sewn

Echo the endless, echo the essence
ever eternal, the sleep of a sad eye doll

Gutter holes stuffed with rabbits' feet
as blood ran through the street
blindfolds washed up on the shore
in the alleyways of limbos' door
Track Name: Dirty Ritual
Dirty Ritual

We'll build a dirty ritual
An alter on fire
we'll build a dirty ritual
we'll find our own messiah

Give us our communion now
sometime we'd forgotten how
we need blood and sacrifice
felt the noose paid the price
this unholy time we pray
will not be our judgement day

We'll build a dirty ritual
An alter on fire
we'll build a dirty ritual
we'll find our own messiah

Keep us quiet, medicate
all these lives that suffocate
when we're numb and still with fear
we won't know what brought us here
we can hardly concentrate
on who we are are and what we hate

We'll build a dirty ritual
An alter on fire
we'll build a dirty ritual
we'll find our own messiah
Track Name: Disintegrate
Apocalypse, inside your hand
Matches strike, your demand
Stars gone out, mirrors break
Nothing more, give or take

I watch you set the world on fire
We watch the world disintegrate
I find you with one desire
To watch the world disintegrate

Dirty magic casts a spell
Ashes fall souls to tell
Sacred heart on it's knees
Voodoo scars no one sees
Coursing through every vein
The disease meets with restrain
Blood is spilled violent red
Broken words never said

I watch you set the world on fire
We watch the world disintegrate
I find you with one desire
To watch the world disintegrate

Turning out burning eyes
Faded convoluted skies
Dead asylums, haunted sleep
Madmen find, madmen keep
Hang on an inverted cross
Cornerstones to touch the loss
Mark my words, a record bare
Salem burns 'til no one's there

I watch you set the world on fire
We watch the world disintegrate
I find you with one desire
To watch the world disintegrate

Blinding how your tinders glow
Incinerate, 'cinerate!
Incandescent tortures grow
Incinerate, 'cineraaate!

We watch the world disintegrate
To watch the world disintegrate
Track Name: Bad Dreams
Something watching me
wake up, still can't see
Something in the air
the night leaves me bare
Wake to restless doubt
and fear creeping out
Strange light comes my way
bad dreams, here to stay
Underground light machine
twisted forms are making their way in
Won't say what they mean
cryptic and obscene
Falling through the seam
it was just a dream
Some things hide too deep
find me in my sleep
One realm, haunting night
lost in tainted sight
Devil angels sing
my mind's offering
Strange light comes my way
bad dreams, here to stay
Underground light machine
twisted forms are making their way in
Pray my soul to keep
when this grim will reap
Focused on despair
signs are everywhere
Uknown in this skin
what the darkness bring
Strange light comes my way
bad dreams, here to stay
Won't say what they mean
cryptic and obscene
Falling through the seam
it was just a dream
Track Name: Dying Kind
Closer darling
we're the dying the kind
lucid, feel me
touch where I am blind
In the shadow that you make
In the serpent that you wake
Says the bell of every tower
You take a piece of power
Closer darling
through our deep disguise
waking underneath
the darkest skies
In the shadow that you make
In the serpent that you wake
Says the bell of every tower
You take a piece of power
Closer, find me
through, we seek and hide
quiet soldiers
to the other side
In the shadow that you make
In the serpent that you wake
Says the bell of every tower
Track Name: The Big Reveal
The Big Reveal

The silence is a game
one last right final claim
stake into the heart of blame
potent light upon the shame

In the light of the remains
the killing wars, the ways we came
In the light of lost, insane
the killing was all a game

Gutted dreams, violet stain
focus lost on the pain
disconnected from the brain
scapel nurse, we break the chain

In the light of the remains
the killing wars, the ways we came
In the light of lost, insane
the killing was all a game

Shut down functions, poison seal
siamese watchers kneel
waiting for something real
torn apart, the big reveal

In the light of the remains
the killing wars, the ways we came
In the light of lost, insane
the killing was all a game

Imprint steps, walk away
static traces, remnants stay
box of blood and worms to keep
sorrow ghosts from which they seep

In the light of the remains
the killing wars, the ways we came
In the light of lost, insane
the killing was all a game