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2002’s Asphodel found the Machine in the Garden exploring songs of love and desire, sorrow and despair, always searching for the quiet beauty underneath the darkness. Harmonious female vocals sit atop resonant guitar riffs and layered electronics.


released June 1, 2002

Engineered, mixed and produced by Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman
Mastered by Flam at Mindswerve Studios, NYC
Layout and design by Summer Bowman and Roger Fracé
Photography by Donna Clancy-Goertz

All songs written and performed by Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman
Except “Ghost” written and performed by Summer Bowman
“Photographic” written by Vince Clarke, published by Musical Moments Publishing. Released under license.


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the Machine in the Garden Austin, Texas

The Machine in the Garden is a gothic/darkwave duo featuring Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman. Since their formation, Roger and Summer have developed and advanced their unique style through years of collaborating and intertwining their musical tastes.

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Track Name: Masks
we are lost into the fire
but time is not within our minds
and words expose the depths within
tearing trauma deep inside

searing light dancing by
the lost ones inside their minds
channeling madness in the dark
wakeful silence holding close

the masquerade dances on
hidden thoughts without faces
cutting through your
frightened eyes

the time is now, the masks collide
their faces dancing without minds
why we never hoped to care
to see the sorrows exposed

the spotlights shine on their cold stares
the dust creeps inside our minds
mindless forms without thought
find existence outside time

will they see you?
they won't love you
fading away
Track Name: Outside
will I ever be there?
will they ever care?

there was never a time
with any meaning
never a place
to find a beginning

the words never spoken
and the past long forgotten
the road never traveled
and the memories now gone

why don't you see them?
I'm sure you know them
why can't you hear them?
for they are there

the future never happened
and the feeling displaced
as if in some other light
and into the dawn of the day

a thought outside of time
it could just go away
transparent eyes look inside
through to my senses

these games they play
I'm on the outside
I feel so far away
Track Name: Time
something that never happened
if it hadn't begun
this terrible feeling
without any meaning
a daylight so grim
and the conscious within
the future's lost in the distance
never knowing their names
and inside my mind
the passing of time
Track Name: Wonderland
feel the water that falls down
and washes me clean
from all the stars of the fears
that linger in my dreams

I want to drive my eyes away
no more to wonder
taken in the hands of fate
days filled with thunder

here we are here we stand
trapped inside this wonderland
moving in circles falling around
they go up but we fall down

I hear you again
again, again
I hear you again
again, again

the nights drown away in stars
growing deeper and colder
nothing can awake my mind
another year older

why we always soon forget
with no reason
how low we are again
taken with the seasons
Track Name: Icarus
it's out of my control
what you find follows
something set in motion
until the ends of the earth

you're above it all
so you'll never see
the terrible mistakes
you can't ever correct

and take me there
fly above
take me away
far from here
Track Name: Ghost
do you see the brightness of the earth?
and do you see the way I'm fading?
I am the bird and she is within me
I am the stars that you can see
do you feel the winds of the day?
and do you feel the sun's rays?
I'm the bird and she's within me
do you see the weakness in my eyes?
and do you feel the shadow in my skies?
can you feel that?
can you feel me?
cause I can feel you
away, running away from me
you're all running away from me
far away, far from everything
there is today
can you feel it rain?
can't you feel it rain down?
feel me coming away from you
you pull away, and away from me
you take me away, you take me away
taking me far from my place
taking me close to the end of space
can you feel me?
feel me
Track Name: Open
I am a million hues of shade
a tide within me
a life will change meaning
be open to me

before we couldn't be
I would know where to go
we understand
I see

things come apart slowly
suspending time
these things within the weary
to drown within me
Track Name: Clarity
it's difficult to see where you're going
when the rains come with no warning
my eyes are all blurry
and my hands shake with fear

feels like I'm drowning
in a sea of myself
won't someone
release me

what I'm seeing will not disappear
it won't stop if you ask it to
you can't think it away
cleansed or confused
Track Name: Dawn
fly hence, shadows, that do not keep
watchful sorrows charm'd in sleep!
tho' the eyes be overtaken,
yet the heart doth ever waken
thoughts chain'd up in busy snares
of continual woes and care:
love and griefs are so exprest
as they rather sigh than rest.
fly hence, shadows, that do not keep
watchful sorrow charm'd in sleep!
Track Name: Echo
it seems strange
the way their thoughts bang around
inside stair steps
up and down

echo, it echoes
before and after

going in
the wrong direction
and I know
we won't reach our destination
in my head
bring me around to the exit
get me out
I can't see through

all around me
I did this to myself
all around me
echo, it just echoes
Track Name: Cry
I cry for the things you know
the things that you must say

fly my soul into the air
it isn't as though you don't know
by now they all know
and all I can do is cry

these are the things we can't see
places we will never go
feelings we won't encounter
lives we don't want to live
Track Name: Seek
being within the outside
in a voice of my own
to truly have a place
worth something
I've been so many places
done so many things
had so many dreams
fought for nothing

for the glory of
for the silent ones
I seek you
for the end of
for the gathered one
I seek you

will they ever listen
do they think I can't
hear them whispering?
they stare at me
Track Name: One
Go wherever you are from
Beneath the skin of the waves
You have come from the waters
In the essence of the air

You are not the one who's lost
For the others, they know
Of the rain in your hopes
In the land of the one

You see all, you assume all
On a rock all alone
Turn away from your shame
Hide your face

Feelings about the way
Things are around you
Don't let that slip away
Why not hold on?

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