Shadow Puppets

by the Machine in the Garden

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Shadow Puppets is easily the band’s defining moment—a seamless amalgam of electronics, ethereal melodies and sensuous rhythms. The album is often very dynamic and anthemic, yet equally convincing when quiet and introspective. As always, Summer Bowman’s startlingly beautiful vocal performances flutter effortlessly with power and humble emotional softness, perfectly balancing the strength of the guitars, complex beats and synths. Together with Roger Fracé, the duo has composed a passionate album that transcends the darkwave genre.

Alternative dance-friendly tracks include “The Inside World,” “Spider’s Bride” (a duet with Roger) and “Goodbye” while beautiful ballads such as “Winter Fell” and “More Unto Fire Dreamt” showcase Summer’s emotive vocals. But the band also experiments—stretching their talents
with unique electronic rhythm arrangements with tracks “Mantra,” “Mother” and “If Ever.” The track “Suspend,” which foreshadowed the album on the Electica Volume 2 compilation, has been expanded with aggressive guitars.

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released April 1, 2005

All songs written and performed by Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman.
Except “Mother” written and published by Elaine Walker of ZIA (ASCAP). Used with permission.
“Spider’s Bride” written by Roger Fracé, Dan Neet and Brian McGarvey. Published by Dan Neet (ASCAP). Used with permission.

Engineered, mixed and produced by Roger Fracé and Summer Bowman.
Additional engineering and mixing on “Suspend” by Pete Murray.
Mastered by John Stinson at Stinson Studios, Austin, Texas.
Layout, design and photography by Summer Bowman and Roger Fracé

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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: This Silence
Deep in the nothing of my doubts
It draws them further on the stream
I own the way down through
Sinking, falling over and away

They are not waiting for me now
It knows the promises they bring
The lights would shine true in my eyes
A moment far, far away

Here we are
I know I will reach the end
From across
I don't see this silence, no, no, no…

What would it take to fall asleep
To slip deep into the veil
Far beneath eternity
Hidden with secrecy, stolen away

But time knows nothing any more
For their travels in the dreams
The clocks are ticking down
Storm's travels taken all away
Track Name: The Inside World
I have lost today
The vision passed
You'll see the same
Within confusion

Nothing but the same
All monotony
Nothing but knowing
Time is leaving

It's reaching toward me
On the foreign sands
Words will find a way
To heal my past

And the tables will turn
Your choice is made
I understand
It must be this way

Looking through the pieces
Of my mind - a betrayal
Following the footsteps
Of the real world - it's blinding

And I never dream
They don't come to me
I sit in isolation
Finding peace

This is not a game
They don't know the rules
I find a way
To use it against them all

I'm not losing my mind
If it's all the same
If you can find
Another thing to say

You know the truth
They can't know my name
To see the power
I've already gained
Track Name: Winter Fell
Waiting for my own fault
I doubt the long road
There's a place I must go to
Won't I wander alone

Into the trail of the wind
Across a foreign soil
Tired and colder
I long to return

I'm not my own self
A new life
She treads behind me
A white dream

Running from the shadows
Running home
They're fast behind me
A breath each night

Where are you now
A long continent to go
A vision of forests
I speak the words…of wisdom
Track Name: Mantra
No tongues speak the same
My words don't find them
Your lips move for different thoughts
I speak no evil

No eyes look on the same
Your eyes can't feel my pain
Sight won't correct your vision
I see no evil

No ears hear the same
My sounds don't correct your days
Our ears hear no thoughts
I hear no evil
Track Name: Suspend
Trapped in time
At the edge of reality
If I could stand
And look it in the eyes
And change back
To the way things were
Take everything away
So I am not suspended
Suspended above my life
Hovering around my fears
Feelings change
You've changed too

And I can't speak
And I can't know
And I'm not alone
And I fall

And I am far
And I am fear
And my tears flood
And I fall

And I can't see
And I can't leave
And I'm far beyond
And I fall

And I am near
And I am real
And my heart longs
And I am
Track Name: More Unto Fire Dreamt
Fly into the arms of the wind
Into the path of eternity waiting
Union worn away by time
Shattered by misunderstanding

Finding whispers in the ground
Lies muttered in waves of pain
Scratching and burning of the past
Dancing and dreaming in circles

Take this air beneath me
A breath that now drowns
Imminent perception of life
Left without a glance behind

More unto fire dreamt
Coursed by a stream of light shining
Drawn by the sights of clouds
Night sky breathes into me
Track Name: Mother
She's sick, in need
Life support, system failure
Atmosphere control error
Emergency procedures must take effect

No alternative, cannot abandon ship
We'll die with her, Mother

She's sick in need
Life support, system failure
Atmosphere control error
Suffocation process must take effect

No alternative, cannot abandon ship
We'll die with her, Mother
Track Name: Spider's Bride
we are watching while you sleep
we are the nightmares in your dreams
we are everywhere
we are everywhere
we are the ones snatching souls
we are the ones in control
we are everywhere
we are everywhere

come let me put my arms around you
come let me pray beside you
come let show you a true god

feelings of submission
the ageless come
the dust in a darkened corner
seems so alive
watching eyes
spiders peer over me

eight legged angels spin by night
catching all misguided flying by
a living god who waits patiently
without a twitch
body snatching technique very quick

don't lie
why'd you lie
don't deny it to yourself
this time
Track Name: Illusions In Rain
Push the tender nights aside
As emotions drift by
Many thoughts collide
Cruel ravishing strains

The heavens open wide
And the windows close tight
And the wind it sings by my side
Never a sorrow

And now the words leave
No explanation for me
How can we see
The illusions dance away
Track Name: If Ever
If ever we could bind it up
Integrate it in our souls
Find the time we saw blind
Figure the wrongs gone right

If ever we learned what we had lost
Incomplete and worn
With no sweetness I can have it
A thousand times of nothing

Don't you stop here
Playing with my dirty fears
Falling down the drain
It ended yesterday

If ever we could push away
Smother all the pain
Tear the day down
Smooth all the insanity over

If ever we knew the truth
And grasp the lies within
Wouldn't make it all right
To deny all the things we have done
Track Name: Goodbye
Fly away
All alone today
Like the birds
Say our parting words

It falls to me
Frayed and old and beat
See it fade
All the dreams we made

I bid my final goodbye
It's time to say goodbye

And my body falls beneath the clouds
And my body falls beneath the waves

It ends this way
To find another place
So goodbye…