Hallucinations

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This is a bit of a silly and naïve one lyrically. I wrote this after I’d been left to look after the house for my parents for a week whilst they were away on holiday. A big scaredy-custard with only the cats for company. It is a renovated stone steading in the middle of the quiet countryside. For some reason one night I just felt really genuinely scared… ghouls! Basically, I was exhausted from constantly driving the hour long trip back and forth to Glasgow to rehearse and play gigs with my band, and as a creative person your imagination can conjure up some really wild things. You start to hear weird noises and your half shut eyelids can make you think you’ve seen something in your peripheral vision. In a silly way, I guess it’s an ode to how being scared is actually quite a beautiful thing. I wanted this song to have a light-hearted vibe as well as carrying dark and haunting elements. Gav also had the idea to record the backing vocals with the ‘Abba technique’... I had to sing each line slowed down and in a lower tone to be pitch-shifted back up to the key and double-tracked, resulting in vocals sounding like that of a beautiful mermaid.

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The kettle stopped and I started to notice it then
A silence that lingered in the kitchen
Sitting in this big old house alone at night
Eyes so weak and blurring the night

Blurring the night

…and then my imagination started to wonder
hallucinations haunting my comfort zone
exaggerating shadows and sounds

I turned the TV on real loud and acted real content
I think that everyone gets scared from time to time
Now my bed is so cold tonight
And I can’t seem to reach the light

Blurring the night

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from Prehistoric Friends, released October 23, 2015

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Prehistoric Friends Glasgow, UK

Prehistoric Friends is the solo project of Scottish multi-instrumentalist Liam Chapman (Friends in America, Quickbeam, Miaoux Miaoux) and violist Nichola Kerr. They hide in Glasgow and create organ and viola driven atmospheric/dream-pop and have whimsical stage-chatter

Perhaps for fans of Youth Lagoon, Throw Me The Statue, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac.
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