Proof of Concept

by Nancy Babich

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released October 27, 2015

Elena Kalinina, Jessica Winter
Track 7 uses excerpt from "Remont" by Zvuki Mu

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Track Name: Lone
I never meant to solve the riddle of the mirror. I never meant to break it, my dear. Now I belong to my secret and it belongs to me and never shall we set each other free.

I understand the things you tried to say to me. I understood them/then, but I didn't let you see. Now I belong to my secret and it belongs to me, and never shall we see each other free.

Never could have seen it coming. Never could have been prevented. Never is too late. I should have known better, should have spoke more often. Talked to you more often than I did.
Track Name: Hibernate
Living in the moment, you start to forget
Any other moments and what they felt like
I'm stuck with these habits that keep me alive
I regulate my body and they keep me in line
So I won't look at you and you won't look at me
And we'll just keep on thinking that we're staring at each other
I try to remember, I try to forget
When time starts to bleed in memories fade away

There's nothing left to do and there's nothing left to write
There's just too much to think about, I'll never get it right

Frayed nerves keep on screaming like the teeth inside my head
And everything's too painful now to touch or to remove
These memories taste bitter now they're not inside my head
I'm leaving them for you now I've done too much as it is
There's nowhere I can run to hide to hide from myself
So when I close my eyes at night I'm right in front of me
Everything looks broken, can't find a way to heal
I'm gonna try to hibernate, I hope to see you again

There's nothing left to do and there's nothing left to write
There's just too much to think about, I'll never get it right
Track Name: Carriers
Something hidden guiding me along
Things, machines, electric grids let me know what I am on
Demons laughing in the radiowaves
Phantom cigarette burns covering your perfect hands

Why do we pretend to know? Why all this patience? We're so unhealthy...

We are all transmitters, we are all carriers. Open to anything, anything at all.

I put all my weaknesses on god
Just to learn that I can't trust that much
These gestures help us build a common life
But I'm afraid I'm only losing touch
Track Name: Territory
Walking down the street at midnight, panicking at every corner, picnicking at every graveyard, I forgot who my idols were.
Don't treat me like a war! I know what I'm for!
I thought I found a way, I thought I found a calling, now I'm back to tell you love isn't territory.
Don't treat me like a war! I know what love's for! So watch me love...
Track Name: Rotting Symbols
The names of your hometowns are slowly losing their meanings
Aren't you fucking scared? Can't you see it?
I am so good at keeping calm, but I too have a limit

Rotting symbols, even as you set them down
Trickle down violence, no place to stand
Nothing else to go on
It has no name, it has no symbol
So inevitable, self-willful

I am so good at staying at free; don't let me do to you what I did to me
Track Name: Мой Друг
мой друг... я жду тебя уже который день. а от тебя осталась только тень. и твои папиросы на столе -- так замыкается круг.
nothing to do but watch TV. nothing to do but sit alone and slowly lose my wits.
мой друг... куда куда куда же ты ушла? а я не знала, милая моя. не знала какова же боль твоя
Track Name: Transhuman
You can hear what I can feel
I'm tasting visions touching sound
It's all trapped inside my head
And I struggle to get it out

I know my insides make me human
But these parts fit awkwardly
I want to nullify my body
And run away, run away from who I am

I'll make the knot that holds us tighter and twist it till it's right
Hope it never comes undone
But I know the rope will break

When my body is exhausted
Inside I'm wide awake
I put my soul inside of wires
Let the currents carry me

I know my insides make me human
But these parts fit awkwardly
I want to nullify my body
And run away, run away from who I am
Track Name: Hesitation
Static in my head... yes or no... tell me A or B... I really really need a friend! Air and flesh and blood and bone! The fault-lines through our lives run 1 of 2 ways.

Feels like I got hurt badly. Feel like I'm bleeding out. This town got no place for me. I just pretend that I'm still around.

Til action, there is only hesitation. Til words, there's only the vaguest doubt.

Better just sleep.