Mirrors To Remind Ourselves Who We Are

by North by Northwest

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Daniel This is a very sweet debut album with pretty nice and lengthy tracks that keep growing on you. The opening track gives you a perfect glimpse of what you can expect from the rest of the album - roots from grunge of the 90's mixed with sweet progressive/post rock and refined with an occasional nuance of metal. Good stuff! Maybe it's just me, but sometimes some sort of Mediterranean flair comes through e.g. the beginning of the opener. Nice addition! Favorite track: A Manifesto of Creativity.
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released July 26, 2013

North by Northwest is:
Andrea Carletti: vocals, guitars
Federico Forleo: guitars, vocals, keyboards, glockenspiel, samples
Federico Giorgi: bass
Fabio Luppi: drums

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Fabio "Reeks" Recchia at Hombrelobo, Rome, Italy.
Artwork, design and packaging by Cecilia Campironi - Studio Arturo

All music by Federico Forleo except for "The Seeds of Doubt" by Federico Forleo and North by Northwest
All lyrics by Andrea Carletti

Pellinore Records [Catalog: PELR-01]
New Sonic Records [Catalog: NSR006]

℗ & © 2013

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North by Northwest Rome, Italy

North by Northwest reveals itself in long compositions, sophisticated vocal and guitar harmonies, epic melodies, refined chord sequences, violent outbursts and calm atmospheres. It owes these virtues to the most elegant progressive rock, to post-rock and post-metal, to grunge and various forms of alternative rock.

Its first full-length album is titled "Mirrors To Remind Ourselves Who We Are".
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Track Name: A Manifesto of Creativity
Oh there’s a love song
Playing on the radio
I listen, it’s made of candies
It’s just hypocrisy

Now there’s a hate song
It’s violent and dark and cool
I listen, it’s made of steroids
And false virility

Now tonight we’re tryin’ to innovate
We’re bored of goin’ along with majority

Alone and unaware
You tried to have your say
No one came to tell you
How to be creative

Here, faithful to your songs
I'm tryin’ to give ‘em life
I’m singing with simple words
Your musical visions.

Now tonight we’re tryin’ to innovate
And oh, I feel we’re one when we start to play
We won’t chase some dream or lose our face
‘Cause our only aim’s the aesthetic faith we create

Tonight we’re sailing through your souls
We’ll let unwise brains breath our thoughts
Behold the wasting of the world!
It’s shattered!
Your humble guts will tremble at
the noise of our loud mourning howls
about the desert in your minds

It's with creativity
we'll tear you away from apathy
I’m sure illiteracy
is draggin’ us in a dead-end street
You fear who walks next to us
and don’t regret your selfishness.
We try with inventiveness
to tear you away from your cynicism.
Track Name: Still Waiting
Still waiting alone here
I am bored. People walking around

Still waiting to go away
I can't leave. Rain is making me tired

Everything's wet and worst
Let me sleep a minute more
People don't care and walk
It's crazy
I feel I'm losing control

Still waiting to try
To escape from this jail of rain
Track Name: An Unmerciful Dialogue
One intense fear
Help me I’m here

I try to take my time
To calm the fears I’ve got in my head

The pictures and sounds of void
I'm afraid, they're making me die!

I'm what you see
But now I’m free

Your mind is what you need
I believe that you could be safe

Don't you see you're goin' insane?
Everything is making you cry!

Why should I leave you alone? Who do you want to become?
Why should I turn aside? Why do you think that I’m blind?

(Waiting so long, I know you’re gone
Waiting so long, I’m gone)
Why is your faith so blind to make you feel that Love is well and alive?
His time is done and we're alone and you see: this fiction is not what we need as we die!
As we die!
As we die!
As we die!

Save me, girl, from darkness
And calm my heart
I am sick of the sight of his face
I am here to cry, to die...
That’s what I mean

It’s six years since I have known your voice
Four years of love
Before my angels went silent
Tonight there’s only me

I want to know what your eyes say
I try to know who I am
I fear I’ve lost what you gave me and again
It’s pain!

I’d love you to say
“Dear, I’m here to stay…”
What makes you afraid?
I am here to stay
Track Name: The Long Goodbye
I am rich and safe, why should I believe in what you say?
I don’t need to be the one that tries to change the world in vain.
(He’s gonna break)

I am poor and scared, and I am going to die ignored and sad.
It’s something to be said, my ugly life’s been wasted and ashamed.

All my angels fall

So move on your way!
Refuse to obey!
Track Name: The Seeds of Doubt
I’m among those ones
who’re afraid of what’s to come.
Our future is uncertain,
our path is still unknown.
I can't tolerate those prophets
who keep shoutin’ on TV:
“You will make it, my good friend.
Don’t worry, vote for me.”

I’ve never found that easy
to understand a way
to free everyone’s fredoom
and let anyone stay.
I can’t tolerate stupidity
and ignorance today.
It’s wastin’ all the world.
The pope should know this well…

I’m waitin’ life to tell me all my faults,
to tell me when I’ve betrayed what I thought.
Don’t waste your time and try to understand
a way to change the world by doing what you can.

Around our lives there’s a world
that lives a cultural decline.
People don’t seem to understand
the hell we’re fallin’ in.
They’re sellin’ what they can.

I’m waitin’ life to tell me all my faults,
to tell me when I’ve betrayed what I thought.
Don’t waste your time and try to understand:
we’re fallin’ into HELL and WE JUST WON’T BE SAVED.
Track Name: Me, Myself and I
Strange is the rain
It surrounds my brain
Now here it comes again

It’s all like your tears
They fall down for years
I say “was it all for her?”

Scream that you’re so far
Scream “are your hands to blame?”
Scream “are my own words uncertain?”

Strange is the rain
It surrounds my head
Now here it comes again

It’s all like your fears
Blood in my tears
You say “I don’t know my hands…”

Scream that you’re so far
Scream “are your hands to blame?”
Scream “are my own words making my soul burn?”
making my soul burn
It slow burns
It slow burns

Scream that you’re so far
Scream “are your hands to blame?”
Scream “are my own words making my soul burn?”
making my soul burn
(You’re just a fool!)
It slow burns
It slow burns