True Faith

by Nanokill

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    Nanokill‘s debut album. 13 tracks. French/Swiss/Canadian duo mixing fine & dark electro-pop, rock, downtempo, new wave, with engaged/explicit lyrics. Packaged in 1 panel limited edition digipack CD with a 8 pages booklet and a sticker.

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The French/Swiss/Canadian duet Nanokill releases their first album “True Faith”. Their name may not ring a bell, and that’s for a reason : this duet goes off the beaten path and one almost has to look for them to find them. Once the meeting has been set off, the (black) magic works its tricks and the initiatory trip may begin.

Their stories are dark, very dark, and one can hear that. Choosing the protection of shadows over the revealing light, the night raptor displayed on the sleeve sports eyes of fire, sentry outpost of an invisible border. Through 13 titles, for more than an hour, Nanokill follows their unique musical path, borrowing their rhythmic base of samples and loops (“Es la Reina y”, “The last one”, “Turn me off”) from Trip hop trended bands such as Massive Attack, Portishead or Sigur Rós, their ever-present drum machines, influences from Kraftwerk’s electro (“Numbers”), blended into a mechanistic music (“Commission Report”, “Laudanum”), or some saturated guitar sounds with powerful and aggressive rhythmic lines (“I Wish You Hell”, “My Dark”, “Transitional Object”) from the Pixies and TV on the Radio’s indie rock (“Wolf like me”, “Will do”). Titles’ length, harmonic variations – “Turn me off” really feels like the jewel of harmonic and melodic perfection that it is – the esoteric mood, nearly oneiric, do bring to mind the masters of Space rock : Pink Floyd.

By bringing his own essence – arising from his first garage rock bands (the Ultimate Triangle, the Astroboys) where he shaped his hand – to this happy melting of genres, Axel Noon sharpens the edges, lifts the veil and nails Nanokill’s colours to the mast. With a voice quality diversified and possessed ; sometimes in a mermaid-like, hypnotic and sweet manner, ready to sink the first ship that sails by (“Turn me off”, “Babybox”), sometimes with a benevolent sensuality inside an electro Trip hop ballad (“River of no return” – this album’s first cover, unclassifiable, of the ever-lasting icon Marilyn Monroe) or armed to the teeth with threatening and assertive bass sounds (“I wish you hell”), with rending, though mastered, high-pitched tones (“My Dark”, “Es la Reina y”), all of it showing an undeniable talent and an intrinsic playing strength. Eve d’Orso sets up the deal and largely contributes to Nanokill’s surprising musical identity, indefinable and singular. Built on machines, carried by a cinema-oriented spirit – that we can witness on stage – “True Faith” keeps moving between reality and dystopia, dreadful (and almost foretelling) visions of what our world could turn into.

The mystical and most magnificent “True Faith”, the second cover (New Order) – eponymous title of this album – is breath-taking, literally ecstatic. It is no happenstance that this title feels like a glare in the dark of the night, a lifeline near the reef ; it is what remains in the end, a single drop of hope, even if it is bitter. Because magic always looks like it requires a sacrifice, a price to pay that comes along the granted wish ; after listening to “True Faith”, one might forget the daylight outside and legitimately muse on whether one managed to leave unscathed. Not so sure.

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released December 14, 2015

Eve d'Orso : vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizer programming
Axel Noon : background vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, drums programming

Recorded in 2014 and 2015 with Dolly Mobile Studio in Abbeville, Troyes, Bruxelles, Rochefort and London

Mastered by Raphaël Jonin in JRaph i.n.g. studio

Photography : Trevor Barnes, Chräcker Heller

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Nanokill Paris, France

Axel and Eve met for the first time in 2009, during the European
Exopolitics Summit in Barcelona. Their commitments and ideas about the world merged and brought them together, music united them. Together, they formed Nanokill, a name that is an explicit war cry or warning, those we never read about as they’re usually relegated to an asterisk, written in lowercase letters. ... more

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Track Name: My Dark
My Dark

I'm your Dear, i'm your doll
You're my fear when you call
I'm your girl, i'm your bitch
And you know how to switch

i'm your thing, your black pearl
I'm staying in the circle
I'm ok, i'm insane
You're my way, you're my shame

I'm your Dear, i'm your doll
You're my fear when you call
You know where to find me
You know why i am screamin'

You know what i'm goin' through
You know why i hide away from you
We play our part, caught in your black
Please don't tell, please don't ask

I'm your girl, i'm your bitch
And you know how to switch
I'm your thing, your black pearl
I will stay, stay in the circle
I'm okay, i'm insane
You're my way, you're my shame
You're my worm, my desire
You come from my empire

Meet me in the depths of my soul
Release me from my weird cravings
Embrace me till i'm out of control
Bound each other as strange siblings

I'm your Dear, i'm your doll
You're my fear when you call
I'm at your command 'cause you're my Dark
Go ahead, make me feel the Spark

Don't look at me
Don't see me now
Track Name: Es la reina y
Es la Reina Y

I'm listening to your voice
I hope you have the choice, dear
Are you there with me, dear,
Will you stay for free ?

You're lost in my foolish mind
Lost in my space and time, dear
Are you gonna possess me
I invite you if you agree

You are trapped in ice
I wanna be your eyes
You are trapped in the cold
I know i have to be bold

I wanna be your ship
The secret that i keep
I wanna feel your wave
I'm willing to be brave
Until you get inside my chest
I will know no rest

You're trapped in ice
I wanna be your eyes
You're trapped in the cold
I know i have to be bold
I close my mouth tight before the final fight
You opened my mouth and you opened my mind

I'm listening to your voice
I hope you have the choice, dear
Are you there with me, dear,
will you stay for free ?
I was supposed to ask and you asked
I was supposed to scream and you screamed

I get trapped in ice
you became my eyes
I get trapped in the cold
't was too late to be bold
Did you kiss me in a lie ?
Did you leave me in a lie ?
Did you kiss me in a lie ?
Did you leave me alive ?
Did you kiss me goodbye ?
Track Name: Laudanum
Laudanum

Laudamus false prophets
Laudamus virginis filium
Laudamus pornography
Laudamus slavery

Are we stupid, are we serious ?
We corrupted sex we love our chains
Perfect pattern, human bondage
They keep us alive, docile in our cage

Laudamus our masters
Laudamus the workers
Laudamus gold and money
Laudamus private property

Nothing matters, say your prayers
Unemployement terrifies
Manipulation by repetition
Lies are comin' true
We learned to buy or die

Laudamus TV reality
No time for anything else
Laudamus mediocrity
Memory, history, science, truth, who cares ?
Laudamus the pictures
They treat us like children
Laudamus false choices
We do not see the deceptions

Laudamus inhumanity
We hate weak people
Laudamus apathy
In a brave new world
Track Name: Transitional Object
Transitional Object

Where is my watchdog ?
my bodyguard, my Predator
to go outside
Where's my warrior ?
My Darth Vador
So i don't have to hide

where are my Uruk-hai ?
Or my vampire ?
When Aragorn is gone

I want my Predator
I want my Yautja

He scares everyone with his strength and his face
He will kill anyone who will tread on my dreams
Where is my Chewie or my Yeti
Spike the Bloody, do you hear me ?

I want my Predator
I want my Yautja

"Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand"
( W. B. Yeats)

I want my Predator
With his great disintegrator
To protect me from the C.I.A
As long as he will stay

I want my Predator
I want my Yautja

Where's my amazing Gort ?
Where is my escort ?
Track Name: I Wish You Hell
I Wish You Hell

you with your rat poison
And you with your bait cage
You with your damn passion
You dressed up as G.I.

You with your male hormones
And with your bloody hand
You with all your dam guns
It seems you're compensating

You with your so-called honor code
And you with your license to kill
You with the corpses you're so proud of
There's no hope for your future

Nature's waiting for the right time
To send you back to the slime

You and your stench of death
And your sadistic shots
You with your killerface
You'll have to pay the price

You with your ghoulish trophies
You sacrifice your useless slaves
You with your harmful theories
That you teach to your children

Well, well, well.
I'm not sorry for your loss
There is one place
I think you should come across
I hope you will
I wish you hell

Do you remember the broken bones ?
Do you remember the torn flesh ?
Did you see the dead on their thrones ?
You know what to expect, i guess

Nature's waiting for the right time
To send friends of yours back to the slime
Nature's waiting for the right time
To send all of you back to the slime
Nature is patient like a mourning widow
Slowly building your scaffold
to give the death blow
Track Name: River of no return
River of no Return

Wailaree wailaree
If you listen you can hear it call

There is a river called the river of no return
Sometimes it's peaceful and sometimes wild and free
Love is a traveller on the river of no return
Swept on forever to be lost in the stormy sea

Wailaree wailaree
If you listen

I can hear the river call
I can hear my lover call "come to me"
I lost my love on the river and forever my heart will yearn
Gone, gone forever down the river of no return

Wailaree wailaree
He'll never return to me
He'll never return
Never
Track Name: Commission Report
Commission Report

"He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past."
(George Orwell, 1984)

1941
Pear Harbor attack
One year after
Roberts Commission
10 Millions de dollars

1963
The Kennedy assassination
Seven days after
Warren Commission
50 Millions de dollars

Commission Report
This goes to the grave with us
This goes to the grave

Challenger shuttle crash
1986
Seven days after
Rogers Commission
50 Millions de dollars

Lewinskygate
1998

"i did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.
I never told anybody to lie, not a single time, never." (B.Clinton)

Starr Commission
67 Millions de dollars

This goes to the grave with us
This goes to the grave
"Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor." (Project for a New American Century)

9/11 Attacks
Year 2001
441 days after
Kean Commission
14 Millions de dollars

This goes to the grave with us
This goes to the grave

"Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, i would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing." (D. Eisenhower)

2003
Global war on terrorism

"Saddam Hussein has gone to elaborate lengths, spent enormous sums, taken great risks to build and keep weapons of mass destruction." (G.W.Bush.2003)
"Saddam Hussein is determined to get his hands on a nuclear bomb. Active chemical munitions bunkers, mobile production facilities" (C. Powell)
"We know he's got chemical weapons, he's got them". (G.W. Bush)

Iraqui Freedom
777 Milliards de dollars
Mission accomplished

Commission Report
This goes to the grave with us
Track Name: Babybox
Babybox

I don't wanna fly
Don't wanna try
My life is too tough
And i 've cried enough for months

I'm in a stem cell
Like Venus in her shell
you don't want me to live
It's not hard to forgive
You don't want me to die
But hope has run dry

They can call me bad luck
I fell of the truck
The truck fell out of the sky
I don't want to get high
Can you stay clean tonight ?

Leg'mich in eine Babybox
I will try to survive
Leg'mich in eine Babybox
Because i am still alive
I'm still alive

Ich war im Gedächtnis
Ich ging verloren
Im Metallgefängnis
Wär' ich nie geboren

Die Welt tut mir kalt
Die Welt tut mir Weh
Es tut mir wirklich Leid
I'll find another way

The infusion set is my friend
With my ID bracelet
Engraved with a name that
They 'd better not forget
Ich ging verloren

Leg'mich in eine Babybox
I will try to survive
Leg'mich in eine Babybox
Because i am still alive
The earth should have been my home
The human world, will it be my grave ?
Hier ist der Sarg of Wisdom
The earth should have been my home
The human world, will it be my grave ?
I'm gasping for air like a slave
Track Name: Demokratur
Demokratur

Nehmen Sie Platz
Liebe Menschheit
Nehmen Sie Platz
Es bleibt nur Erzatz

The box is magic
eschatologic
sicher Sieger
You may say
You're a dreamer
You're a dreamer

Combien vaux-tu ?
Combien veux-tu ?
J'ai ce qu'il te faut
Là sous le manteau

Ersatz Coffees
Ersatz Freedom
Ersatz Kisses
Original Kingdom
Ersatz Ideas
Ersatz Euros
Ersatz Goodies
Original NATO

Combien veux-tu ?
Combien vaux-tu ?
You really have to realize
Mais pendant qu'ils dorment
Pendant qu'ils dorment...

Ersatz Living
Ersatz Kinder
Ersatz Feeling
Original Murder
Ersatz Nobelpreis
Ersatz Al- Quaeda
Ersatz GMO- Rice
Real Carcinoma
Ersatz Penis
Ersatz Terrors
Ersatz Justice
Original Silent Wars
Ersatz Women
Ersatz Sheepbrains
Ersatz Human
Original Aliens

Liebe Menschheit
Arbeit macht frei
you really have to realize
You're only a piece of merchandise

Ersatz Coffees
Ersatz Freedom
Ersatz Kisses
Original Kingdom
Ersatz Ideas
Ersatz Euros
Ersatz Goodies
Original NATO
Ersatz Memory
Ersatz Frieden
Ersatz Equality
Real Repression
Ersatz Women
Ersatz Sheepbrains
Ersatz Human
Original Aliens

You may say you're a dreamer
We may say we are dreamers

Ersatz New Age
Ersatz Media
Ersatz Knowledge
Real Propaganda
Track Name: The last one
The last one

I was the last of my species
Can you believe it ?
I hoped constantly
I looked at the horizon

I needed to hide
I needed to pray
Green Leaf
Wind in the sky
River water
Leaf shaped wind
In a green river

I felt so lonely
And all my thoughts like sunflowers
Were turned hopelessly
To the dead sun of my bloodline
Which is no more and never will

I was the last of my kind
Can you realize
Listen well
Can't your hear me wailing

Green Leaf
Wind in the sky
River water
Leaf shaped wind
Water from the sky
In a green wind
Leaf in the sky
Air and water
Wind and leaves
Water of my tears
In a green river

But you don't listen
You hear nothing
But you don't listen
And i'm fading away
Track Name: True Faith
True Faith

I feel so extraordinary
Something's got a hold on me
I get this feeling I'm in motion
A sudden sense of liberty
I don't care 'cause I'm not there
I don't care if I'm here tomorrow
Again and again I've taken too much
Of the things that cost you too much

I used to think that the day would never come
I'd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost replaced by fear

When I was a very small girl
Very small boys talked to me
Now that we've grown up together
They're afraid of what they see
That's the price that we all pay
Our valued destiny comes to nothing
I can't tell you where we're going
I guess there was just no way of knowing

I used to think that the day would never come
I'd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, i lost
I used to think that the day would never come

I feel so extraordinary
Something's got a hold on me
I get this feeling I'm in motion
A sudden sense of liberty
The chances are we've gone too far
You took my time and you took my money
Now I fear you've left me standing
In a world that's so demanding

I used to think that the day would never come
I'd see delight in the shade of the morning sun
I used to think that the day would never come
I used to think that my life would depend on the morning sun...
Track Name: Cats don't lie
Cats don't lie

Everything will be fine
Nothing is on the line, i swear
We'll get out of this shit
Soon it will be finished, it's fair
He'll never cheat on you
She will never leave you
They promised
They will always be there
To protect you and share
The bliss

Trust me it doesn't hurt
Forget all you have heard so far
You will not feel a thing
Looks like a dream
It's not that hard
All will be as before
This is not your last hour
You're fine
Good always defeats Evil
Bad boys will go to hell

Cross your heart and hope to die
Hope the cat will spit in your eye

The wheel goes round and round
Your luck hasn't run out, try again
Experts and men of faith
know the rules of death, amen
And they wish you the best
Thanks to them, you are blessed my friend
They're gonna save your soul
if you fall down the rabbit hole
But the truth is
It won't be easy
It won't be fun

No one is here for you
When you need someone
There is no second chance
When the time is done
People die on the street
Even if we don't hear about it
Here's where the story ends
And you're wearing a gun
But the truth is
No one cares, all people lie
Cross my heart, hope to die
But the truth is everybody lies
Cross my heart, hope to die
No one cares, all people lie
Cross my heart and hope to die
If i do tell a lie
Track Name: Turn me off
Turn me off

Do you realize how i feel
When i face all alone
A world who gave up to the devil
All the power and every hope

My faith is almost dead
But my suffering lives on
Because of those who pray
While killing for God
God forgives
Does he ? really ?

Turn me off
I'll keep your face on my screen
You're the only world i wanna live in
Please turn me off
Make me sleep
Till i forget reality
No happy ending, no better place
Please i'm running out of breath

I have no spiritual substitute
Nor the soul of a soldier
There's nothing helping me out
To accept human nature

My earth is almost dead
Elites of the world live on
They take, they use, they break
There's no plan B for New year's Eve
We can go to hell

Turn me, turn me off
I will keep the faith far away from me
Because nothing helps my pain
So we have a deal
Please turn me off
Make me sleep
For eternity, without dreamin'
I will, i will pretend
It's just a game
Please do the same

Now let's close our eyes
A sleeping curse will be our demise
Don't wake us up except to die
Please no lullaby
Turn me
Turn me off

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