The Safety Machine

by Alex Monk

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    The download of the album includes bonus track 'Friday Film Special' which was intended as the last track of the record but to keep vinyl fidelity high I decided to omit the track. I hope you enjoy it. Alex
    Selected reviews..
    This sounds gloriously bleak and haunting with acoustic guitar, organ drones and ghostly atmospherics. Alex’s vocal and delivery occasionally recall good old Jhon Balance and I’m reminded of Coil on more than one occasion. As far as I can gauge the chap’s only had a few CDr’s out previous to this so let’s hope the vinyl grabs some attention as there is some real visionary stuff happening here, seeping with loneliness and a pervading melancholy. There’s a lot to digest here, from spooked ambient to more ethereal vistas. Hand numbered edition of 310 copies in lovely screened jacket with download. Recommended.
    Norman Records
    This transmuting of familiar elements beyond mere pastiche into something more mysterious resonates with the music – it is old fashioned yet a-historic, familiar yet fractured and uncanny…Such psychedelic territories have been overworked and overexploited by others, but Monk has succeeded in finding a distinct voice, which is greatly to his credit and anticipates greater things yet to come.
    The Wire
    Alex Monk addresses this elephant in the womb by revisiting the genre’s earliest ancestors for inspiration- medieval plainsong, modal folk music, and the European classical modernist composers of the early twentieth century. Channelling these sources through a filter of minimalist music, dub, Krautrock and the various innovations of the post-industrial diaspora, The Safety Machine blends free improvisation with considered composition, gently guiding the listener down into the depths of their own mental underworld and, crucially, back out again.
    The Quietus
    Rich in instrumentation, and conjuring trances through almost shamanistic chants and drones ‘The Safety Machine’ still manages to find song based structures to ground itself. We could have traveled back in time several decades, for all its psychedelic keyboards and sonics, not to mention lofi production technique. Its raw, unrestrained feel gives the album an edgy tension, at times achingly beautiful, always intriguing. One to put on the headphones, close your eyes and become immersed in.
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    310 hand numbered copies. Silk screened open jacket.

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Psychophoria (free download), To the edge of your dreams - Selected works 2007-15, Fragments Of Lost Rivers, Indiscreet Mirror, Kit Mikayi, Exchanging Chairs, and The Safety Machine. , and , .

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released October 29, 2010



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Alex Monk is a musician and producer based in London. He uses the structure of song to convey a range of emotions and moods,combined with a spirit that allows sounds and melodies to evolve through the essence of the moment. Live performances lend themselves to a range of sound sources and instruments though the voice often lies at the centre; sometimes employed only as an instrument itself. ... more

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Track Name: Masks Survive
As you walk the morning forth;
No longer frail without love
No longer conscious of your ghosts;
And all judgement is dispersed

Senses regained you touch the earth;
Rise from slumber, rebirth
A new justice to shield us all;
The chains to the past fall below

It's only you that loves the mask
On advice so fraudulent
Watch the atoms as they glow;
Burning fear of the unknown
Track Name: The ocean you chose
Spiders flash
Across my eyes
Are you still mine?
In the distance
there's a dusty sky
The lens focus
On the rain

A peaceful drive
Quietens my mind
I channel my thoughts again
I never imagined that memory
as dust
Oh how I thought it would last