The Human Animal

by Android Lust

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about

A journey through the psyche of man, as man realizes the futility of living in the grips of ego and surrenders to seek answers within.

The Human Animal is the fourth studio release from Android Lust, brainchild of NYC based singer/songwriter/producer Shikhee. It comes four years after the release of Devour, Rise and Take Flight, a track from which garnered a spot on the official Navy NCIS soundtrack album. The Human Animal sees Shikhee collaborating with her live band for the first time in a studio release, giving it an unexpected organic warmth while maintaining her trademark machine edge that cuts uncomfortably if you dare to let it in.

Known for her uncompromising ear for fresh sounds, Shikhee scoured the NYC streets and subways with a portable recorder, collecting sounds that found their way as rhythmic and melodic elements throughout the album.

There is also a bonus remix of "God In The Hole" by Jerome Dillon (formerly of Nine Inch Nails, nearLY), and Anthony Baldino - an atmospheric opus that is a chilling end to the journey.

credits

released August 10, 2010

Produced by Shikhee
Mixed by Christopher Jon at the IceBox
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music

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Track Name: Intimate Stranger
I am the water beneath your steps
I am the fire on your breath
I am the air the giver of life
I am the earth the keeper of hives

I am a soldier a needy hand
I am a seeker of the promised land
An occasional taker
A memory bearer
A tally keeper
The intimate stranger

We are bound we must be found
We are the way to heaven
We live in the dark but we breathe as one
We must come together

I am a digger in questions hide
I seek out answers that fit my doubting mind
A constant thinker
A judgement maker
Unconscious sleeper
The intimate stranger

We are bound we must be found
We are the way to heaven
We're still in the dark but we breathe as one
We must come together

I am water
I am fire
I am aether
I am your answer
I am the seeker
The righteous soldier
The unbeliever
The intimate stranger
Track Name: Rub Me Raw
Since you I met
I don't know how
My reasons have failed
This thing I've allowed
Your crystal fey heart
It's easy to crack
So I tread with care
Lest I come under attack

Won't you smother me till I am sick of you
Crush me till I scream for you
Rub me till I bleed for you
Rub me raw

I am dizzy with speed
Split in two
I am sewn by a thread
And stuck with glue
My fingers they stroke
The skin of angels
I am burned by their heat
I was marked before I fell

Won't you smother me till I am sick of you
Crush me till I scream for you
Rub me till I bleed for you
Rub me raw
Burn me till I beg for you
Strip me so I sink in you
Rub me till I bleed for you
Rub me raw
Track Name: Saint Over
I've given you chance after chance after chance after chance
You keep failing
I told you once, told you twice, even thrice, a hundred times
I am no mind reader
Just say it to me like it is what you mean
And what you feel in English
This reading in between the lines is better done
And a lot more fun between the sheets

I sat through time after time after time after time
Your little stories
Tried to show my concern while I thought
About my cat and my laundry
Just give it to me straight and hard rough and raw
Sick and twisted down and dirty
I told you over and over and over and over
You don't hear me

Do you even know
The ones you love to blame
We're just trying our best the best the best we can
You're not the saint you claim
Track Name: God in the Hole
I wanna feel good
With my personal god
Tell me what to do
Tell me who to love

I see you walking
With the weight of the world
On your shoulders
Let me ease it

I wanna look good
For my personal god
Tell me how to feel
Tell me who to hurt

I see you hiding
Deep down in your hole
I would lend a hand
You can trust me

I wanna show you
My personal god
I've been hiding him
Hiding in the hole

I wanna feel good
With my personal god
I wanna look good
For my personal god
Track Name: It's on You
Did I burn your hand
It's on you
Did I steal your land
It's on you
Was I talking down
It's on you
Did I hide did I run

Did you hear my speech
Oh glory
Did you see my rage
Oh glory
Do you believe in anger
Oh glory
It's the only thing that matters

We're forever apart
But the blame's on you
So I broke your heart
But the blame's on you
I know I am in denial
But the blame's on you
I see just fine through Texan blinders

I will do as I please
Oh glory
Rewrite history
Oh glory
Shout and stomp my feet
Oh glory
Show me no wound I swear I will scream

Am I causing you harm
It's on you
I've got my rich boy charm
It's on you
I'll stay or walk as I want
It's on you
damn you It's my way or no way

We're forever apart
But the blame's on you
So I broke your heart
But the blame's on you
I know I am in denial
But the blame's on you
I never cared enough to work it out
Track Name: The Return
I wanna stop this war
Didn't know I was lost
I am ready to make my way home
And stop this war
What was I fighting for
I am ready to make my way home
Track Name: A New Heaven
Is this a new kind of heaven
It's upto me

They say that heaven is right here right beside the lake
If you drink from it you will know the secret but you must be brave
I searched for years and years and many men fell on the way
Each step on this road to god leads me back to where I lay

Are we the ones
We're seeking under this sun

The say just let it go and let it be it'll fall in place
Watch yourself as you dive to the lows you know and the depths you crave
Making love to my past has left me cold alone and grey
I've been knocking on the door of god let me in so long I prayed

Are we the ones
We're seeking under this sun
Are we the ones
Dig see what's underground

Is this a new kind of heaven
Feeling my way I must be returning
Is this a new kind of heaven
Feeling my way I must be returning

Are we the ones
We're seeking under this sun
Are we the ones
Dig see what's underground
Track Name: Into the Sun
Dig deep dig
Under around
Scratch peel dig
Dig beneath the sound

Dig deep dig
Dig under the earth
Did deep dig
Dig for your jewels and your pearls

I pray for my mother
I pray for my lover
I pray for a sister who's struck by the sun
May you through water
May you through fire
May you through aether reach the one you want

Dig deep dig
Under flesh and bones
Dig until you bleed
Under breath under stone

Dig deep dig
Dig past all of your lines
Set the animal free
Know it's his yours hers and mine

I pray for my mother
I pray for my lover
I pray for a sister who's struck by the sun
May you through water
May you through fire
May you through aether reach the one

I pray for my mother
I pray for my lover
I pray for my sister their travels be done
Into the heart of
A brightness so blinding
As you make your way and journey back into the sun
Track Name: One World
One world to another
One day we discover
What's to become
What have we done
Pray we may recover

One world to another
One day we discover
One heart to another
One glance feeds the other
One chance we give the giver
To return to mother
Track Name: Flow (of impermanence)
Flow flow flow
Where does it go
I had gone so high
Now fallen low
Flow flow flow

I thought it stuck
But it came apart
So I let it go
Flow flow flow

I had a heart
Where did it go
I laid it bare
The animal I know
Clawed many holes
Let it drain
To the river below
Flow flow flow
Track Name: God in the Hole (version)
I wanna feel good
With my personal god
Tell me what to do
Tell me who to love

I see you walking
With the weight of the world
On your shoulders
Let me ease it

I wanna look good
For my personal god
Tell me how to feel
Tell me who to hurt

I see you hiding
Deep down in your hole
I would lend a hand
You can trust me