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Ice Storm X

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1.
Iceberg 01:33
We sometimes think life is perfect or life is bad But we don't know how it is until things are past All I remember is the time we were all alive I know I'm forgetting the things that I didn't like I'm overwhelmed, I don't know, I'm not feeling right Everything seems to be happening all at once I can't believe I am doubting day after night How I wish I could do something here and now But you know, we can't live exclusively in our minds I wouldn't rather be anywhere, I know that's a lie I do nothing 'bout it, but I wish my life was better Good fate can only take you as far as you let her And I don't know what will tomorrow be like I just know I'm the result of the things that I try I gotta take a decision at once I gotta do what I can, but first I gotta go back Dreams end unexpectedly How did I get to the place that I am? How did I get to this point
2.
Macroplaza 03:30
Here we are Not a care in the world When you smile I need love, I need more There's nowhere else I’d rather go, oh And everything is looking up, up You realize that we're so happy? 'Cause when we both dance, we're so happy I don't need anything I’m happy Girl, I found your color It's calling me, it's calling me, it's calling me Ay, I don't know, I’m feeling gone, gone, gone It's getting me, it's getting me, it's getting me Would you know? They say something is wrong And I know They see nothing at all Not hanging out with that kind of people anymore Not gonna try and change all the people in the world Ain't nobody matter here but us, woah-ohh Spinnin' round and round in our own world, woah-ohh You realize that we're so happy? 'Cause when we both dance, we're so happy I don't need anything I’m happy (One, two, three, yeah!) Do you wanna be real? Don't you wanna feel okay? Do you wanna be real? Don't you wanna take it there? Do you wanna be real? Don't you wanna feel okay? Do you wanna be real? Don't you wanna take it there? Do you wanna be real? Don't you wanna feel okay? Do you wanna be real? Don't you wanna take it there?
3.
Sun Prism 03:35
We got the sun We got a chemical run If you feel, we can dance 'Cause I got a good sound And you love a rave Well, I got a smiley face You say you're just a friend When you're really something else I feel the love Do you feel it too? As we movin' so close I can feel your heart racing too Baby, you're my song And my blood flows on Can't time just stop for a day? 'Cause I just need to say Yeah! I'll take you to the future Something's there for us Come on, let's go! I gotta show you something I can't say right now Nothing's too much! I'll take you to the future Something's there for us Come on, let's go! I gotta show you something I can't say right now Nothing's too much Yeah! I'll take you to the future Something's there for us Come on, let's go! I gotta show you something I can't say right now Nothing's too much! I'll take you to the future Something's there for us Come on, let's go! I gotta show you something I can't say right now Nothing's too- We got the sun We got a chemical run If you feel, we can dance 'Cause I got a good sound And you love a rave Well, I got a smiley face You say you're just a friend When you're really something else I feel the love Do you feel it too? As we movin' so close I can feel your heart racing too Baby, you're my song And my blood flows on Can't time just stop for a day? 'Cause I just need to say
4.
Hail 04:22
Muted voice is kind Dust is screaming, running fast Combine As we shiver in the harshest light Holding to survive Two hearts are beating out of sight Tandem lives Voluntarily rely Will you take the lead? When I fall asleep Come take over me Let me be real Girl, we made for one another Girl, we made to love each other Girl, we made for one another Take my hand now, you're my lover Girl, we made for one another Girl, we made to love each other Girl, we made for one another Take my hand now, you're my lover Stopping time The northern wind is grazing by The light The two of us embrace a night For life The heat escaping from your eyes Keep and hide As long as we can stand outside I'll hold you tight I'll hold you tight I'll hold you tight I'll hold you tight A private self Ideal needs Is what you want A loving deed The hidden mind Beneath a dream So consciously Bespokenly Girl, we made for one another Girl, we made to love each other Girl, we made for one another Take my hand now, you're my lover Girl, we made for one another Girl, we made to love each other Girl, we made for one another Take my hand now, you're my lover Girl, we made for one another Girl, we made to love each other Girl, we made for one another Take my hand now, you're my lover Girl, we made for one another Girl, we made to love each other Girl, we made for one another Take my hand now, you're my lover Girl, we made for one another Girl, we made to love each other Girl, we made for one another Take my hand now, you're my lover Girl, we made for one another Girl, we made to love each other Girl, we made for one another Take my hand now, you're my lover
5.
Kids with no attention End like this Kids around rejection End like this Kids with no attention End like this Fucked, fucked In the head like this Kids around rejection End like this Finding somewhere Where we can be My best there Is somewhere I can't be I know my head say Here's not the place for me I need to get there And put me on my feet I must get better And take on everybody Kids with no attention End like this Fucked, fucked In the head like this Kids around rejection End like this Finding somewhere Where we can beat the others And write the offers This is our song Whose dreams just taste like nothing? Oo-ohh The next day Is more of the same thing The sun is shining But I just want to sleep Nobody gets me They think I want to be Sold with a rent fee And lend me my own happy Kids with no connection Feel like this Fucked, fucked Every day like this Those that make the question Don't know how to make it out And beat elections Anybody? Any day now Any day now Any day now Any day now We're gonna do it Any day now Any day now Any day now Any day now... Every day I'm feeling like the ones That put me down have a reason Every day I'm feeling like the ones Who say I'm right are at wrong What is the reason? Any day now Any day now Any day now Any day now We will become the greatest Any day now Any day now Any day now Any day now... Kids made to perfection Live like this Kids that are the exception Feel like this Kids with no connection Feel like this Perfect, perfect Every day like this Kids around rejection End like this Finding somewhere Where we can beat the others And write the offers This is our song Whose dreams just taste like nothing? Oo-ohh
6.
Square Boy 00:50
7.
Alone 02:44
Oh Two kids all alone I'm not ready for fun Please let me into your world Oh Two kids all alone I'm not ready for fun Please let me into your world Oh I was angry and bored I had a loaded gun Please let me taste the words Oh We were angry and bored We had a loaded gun Please let me taste the words (Yeah) (Oh) Oh Two kids all alone I'm not ready for fun Please let me into your world Oh Two kids all alone I'm not ready for fun Please let me into your world Oh I was angry and bored I had a loaded gun Please let me taste the words
8.
Cactus Bliss 03:59
(Uh) I tried to talk to you last night Tried not to talk, too You were so cold; it all went dark I thought I just had a chance The ending of sorrow Is the Beginning of wisdom The ending of sorrow Is the Beginning of wisdom To be aware once more Rewind the time loss To pause with a click With a click And take the chance once more Maybe this way you'll know my fate Try to remember I woke up not knowing what I was I won't forget her The ending of sorrow Is the Beginning of wisdom (Oh) The ending of sorrow Is the Beginning of wisdom To be aware once more And take the chances To pause with a click With a click To fall in a glimpse With a click To be aware Once more And take the chances (To fall with a click)
9.
The Light 04:06
Do you see the light? Do you see the sun coming through your window? Do you see the sun approaching? Do you see the day that's coming? Do you see the light? Do you see the sun coming through your window? Do you see the storm approaching? Do you see the love that's coming? Do you see the light? Do you see the sun coming through your window? Do you see the storm approaching? Do you see the sun that's coming? Do you see the light? Do you see the sun coming through your window? Do you see the love approaching? Do you see the day that's coming? The time has come To fight for your life And your place in the galaxy We, the space punks Order you to wake up to reality This is the call To cede power to love And challenge normality There is nothing you can't do Use your true strength And reshape this insanity Through years and years Of thoughts and actions You've proven finality You are the chosen one The ultimate hope For the fate of humanity We are like you We are from the future And we've transcended mortality Now it's your turn To give all you got And stop this catastrophe! You got the fire And you're set to win We know you'll never give up It's time to fight 'em All the way up to the top They will know your name This is the time, and Are we not good men? Are we not human? Gotta pray, gotta hope, gotta fight Oh, don't let them be stronger Are we not good men? Are we not human? Gotta pray, gotta hope, gotta fight We won't let them be stronger Bang! Bang! Bang! These are the days Where the waves had psychos warned Stand back! This how our bodies will be fighting We got our strength In the numbers that we've grown We are back! We got our names the right to shout them These are the invaders That you'd never imagined These are the sounds That encode on how to fight ‘em These are the words That will make the photons fire These are the powers That will bring peace to your planet You got the fire And you're set to win We know you'll never give up It's time to fight 'em All the way up to the top They will know your name This is the time, and Are we not good men? Are we not human? Gotta pray, gotta hope, gotta fight Oh, don't let them be stronger Are we not good men? Are we not human? Gotta pray, gotta hope, gotta fight We won't let them be stronger Do you see the light? Do you see the sun coming through your window? Do you see the sun approaching? Do you see the day that's coming? Do you see the light? Do you see the sun coming through your window? Do you see the storm approaching? Do you see the love that's coming? Do you see the light? Do you see the sun coming through your window? Do you see the storm approaching? Do you see the sun that's coming? Do you see the light? Do you see the sun coming through your window? Do you see the love approaching?
10.
Summer Blue 04:35
Baby summer blue I am feeling so good We're gonna have a good time (We're gonna have a good time) There ain't much time Until the sun goes down Let's rock before the night (Let's rock before the night) Baby summer blue I am feeling so good We're gonna have a good time (We're gonna have a good time) There ain't much time Until the sun goes down Let's rock before the night (Let's rock before the night) Baby summer blue I am feeling so good We're gonna have a good time (We're gonna have a good time) There ain't much time Until the sun goes down Let's rock before the night (Let's rock before the night) Baby summer blue I am feeling so good We're gonna have a good time (We're gonna have a good time) There ain't much time Until the sun goes down Let's rock before the night (Let's rock before the night) Baby summer blue I am feeling so good We're gonna have a good time There ain't much time Until the sun goes down Let's rock before the night (Let's rock before the night) Baby summer blue I am feeling so good We're gonna have a good time (We're gonna have a good time) There ain't much time Until the sun goes down Let's rock before the night (Let's rock before the night) Baby summer blue I am feeling so good We're gonna have a good time (We're gonna have a good time) There ain't much time Until the sun goes down Let's rock before the night (Let's rock before the night) Baby summer blue I am feeling so good We're gonna have a good time (We're gonna have a good time) There ain't much time Until the sun goes down Let's rock before the night (Let's rock before the night) Baby summer blue I am feeling so good We're gonna have a good time (We're gonna have a good time) There ain't much time Until the sun goes down Let's rock before the night (Let's rock before the night) (We're gonna have a good time) (Let's rock before the night) (We're gonna have a good time) (Let's rock before the night)
11.
Ginseng 04:40
Wake me up when the sun comes out at night Wake me up when the stars come down Maybe we will then break free Don't wake anyone up, come on now I don't care if I’m losing all I got I'm winning you, ain't I? Hey, just as you live ready I'm waiting for a sign I'm waiting for a song And hey, just as you run down Outletting all the fun Screaming out a song I will be, I will just be here Just waiting all alone Staring at the sun You might be just as young forever So tell me where to go Just tell me where to go And I’ll be Just waiting out in a field Shortly I will be gone With you For you Leaving all the world I'll be Just waiting out in a field Shortly I will be gone With you For you Nobody will know Hey, just as you live ready I'm waiting for a sign I'm waiting for a song And hey, just as you run down Outletting all the fun Screaming out a song I will be, I will just be here Just waiting all alone Staring at the sun You might be just as young forever So tell me where to go Just tell me where to go And hey, just as you live ready I'm waiting for a sign I'm waiting for a song And hey, just as you run down Outletting all the fun Screaming out a song I will be, I will just be here Just waiting all alone Staring at the sun You might be just as young forever So tell me where to go Just tell me where to go (Hey) Hey, just as you live ready I'm waiting for a sign I'm waiting for a song And hey, just as you run down Outletting all the fun Screaming out a song I will be, I will just be here Just waiting all alone Staring at the sun You might be just as young forever So tell me where to go Just tell me where to go And hey, just as you live ready I'm waiting for a sign I'm waiting for a song And hey, just as you run down Outletting all the fun Screaming out a song I will be, I will just be here Just waiting all alone Staring at the sun You might be just as young forever So tell me where to go Just tell me where to go
12.
I like everything that's ugly And the pretty parts too You know existence is not a choice for me This is the setting we were written to I wish my life was perfect I wish I didn't feel any pain I keep forgetting that I shouldn't be smiling I desire everything that can't be had It's just 'cause I am better than you I don't believe in any of you I'm done waiting for someone to pop up It's me, and just me, and nobody else It's just 'cause I am better than you It's just I’m that much better than you Sick of waiting here beside your bed I'm the future, I’m the future, and nobody else I really hate to see my body Wish I could just stop being so dull When you see me, I know I ain’t no nobody This is the feeling I am driven to I wish my flesh was brighter I wish I didn’t have to fight For the people to acknowledge I’m somebody Yes, you know you’ve been pushing all of us down It's just 'cause I am better than you I don't believe in any of you I'm done waiting for someone to pop up It's me, and just me, and nobody else
13.
Ice Storm 03:59
When the storm finally comes Will we all make it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you When the storm's finally gone Will we have made it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you When the storm finally comes Will we all make it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you When the storm's finally gone Will we have made it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you (I’ll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you) (I’ll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you) When the storm finally comes Will we all make it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you When the storm's finally gone Will we have made it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you If the storm doesn't come It means we made it I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you If all goes how I long It means I’ll make it I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you If the storm doesn't come It means we made it I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you If all goes how I long It means I’ll make it I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you If the storm doesn't come It means we made it If all goes how I long It means I’ll make it When the storm finally comes Will we all make it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you When the storm's finally gone Will we have made it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you When the storm finally comes Will we all make it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you When the storm's finally gone Will we have made it? I'll be ready for you I'll be waiting for you
14.
Binary Star 04:59
Baby love me like a binary star Let us close our eyes like our love is being born And into a supernova one day we will go Tell me how you wanna go, how you wanna explode Baby love me like a binary star Let us close our eyes like our love is being born And into a supernova one day we will go Tell me how you wanna go, how you wanna explode I want you to love me I want you to love me Can't you see? I want you to love me I want you to love me Can't you see? I want you to love me I want you to love me Can't you see? I want you to love me I want you to love me Can't you see? Baby love me like a binary star Let us close our eyes like our love is being born And into a supernova one day we will go Tell me how you wanna go, how you wanna explode Baby love me like a binary star Let us close our eyes like our love is being born And into a supernova one day we will go Tell me how you wanna go, how you wanna explode Baby love me like a binary star Let us close our eyes like our love is being born And into a supernova one day we will go Tell me how you wanna go, how you wanna explode Baby love me like a binary star Let us close our eyes like our love is being born And into a supernova one day we will go Tell me how you wanna go, how you wanna explode Baby love me like a binary star Let us close our eyes like our love is being born And into a supernova one day we will go Tell me how you wanna go, how you wanna explode Baby love me like a binary star Let us close our eyes like our love is being born And into a supernova one day we will go Tell me how you wanna go, how you wanna explode

about

A band like Lucid Den could not have been born anywhere but Monterrey, a city where making art is an act of civil defiance in itself against its conservative work-centered culture that permeates everything from its aesthetics to its politics; and an album like Ice Storm X could not have been made by any other band but Lucid Den: a trio with a finely-tuned ear for making maximalist dance-pop anthems with post-ironic lyrics based on a myriad of influences. What started in 2014 as the bedroom project of two high school graduates making ambient electronic music inspired by video game soundtracks (explorations that culminated with the release of Astropunk, the band's first studio album in 2016), slowly evolved into a futuristic experimental pop trio, turning heads in their hometown's indie scene with their energetic, ambitious performances and sharing the stage with artists such as Prince Daddy & The Hyena and McKinley Dixon.

Citing everything from ABBA and Earth Wind and Fire to Animal Collective and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu as inspiration, Lucid Den subverts every possible expectation for a northern Mexican indie outfit. Adventuristic. Electronic. English language. But reasons for these apparent impossibilities exist, which must be found beyond simplistic, stereotypical narratives. The year is 2011. The psychopathic and needless Mexican Drug War made "Stay at home" a mode-de-vie for the masses a whole decade before it was cool to do so, and a generation of introverted, understandably sheltered teens forged their subcultural identity in the online world. Raised by the internet, a teenage misfit Otrembu Eio found his home in noise rock, chillwave, IDM, and anime openings. Forming an authentic identity by appropriating foreign cultural artifacts and adapting them to one's experience is as Mexican a thing as it gets –just take a look at corridos or cumbia– Otrembu only did it in his own bedroom and without anyone knowing. Friendless and moneyless, it's easy to see how no one noticed "ATLC" or "Eternal Summer" when they first came out, yet, after observing every microgenre of the late '00s and '10s that came and went –chiptune, bloghouse, seapunk– even attending the legendary virtual festival SPF420, a maverick, aggressively experimental aesthetic silently consolidated. Simply put, Lucid Den is both a case study for Internet-era globalization and the latest, most authentic form of "Mexican music" out there.

Ice Storm X is an album heavy on local, international, and interplanetary references. "Macroplaza" –named after the main square of the band's hometown– sounds like an alternate-universe MGMT using Game Boys as instruments, while the unbelievably funky "Sun Prism" could easily be a Yasutaka Nakata production. "Summer Blue" passes as a lost French touch MTV hit from the late '90s, but "Perfect!" is Justice remaking a more introspective 100 gecs. "The Light" is a fiery, stadium-ready, neo-psychedelic religious experience of a synth rock anthem, all while "Binary Star" is Lucid Den's take on transhuman space-disco romance, as told with bassy post-EDM synths over a spiced-up four-on-the-floor beat. "Alone" and "Cactus Bliss" are two lush gems of synthpop perfection that compliment each other ever so elegantly. Other tracks present a dark side to the cyberdelic show: the retro-'00s trance pop number "Hail" is a frigid, creepy-cute love song, while "Ice Storm" is an ominous ambient prayer that somehow turns into doom metal before fading away like a bitcrushed dream.

Lucid Den have found a way to travel from Earth to far space and back in just under an hour, and can't wait to take you with them.

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Almost three years in the making, Mexican band Lucid Den's sophomore studio album "Ice Storm X" is a synthpop epic about metamodernism, existential fate, youth, and love.

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released June 25, 2021

Album download includes PDF booklet with lyrics and liner notes.

"Iceberg"
Music, lyrics, and vocals: Otrembu Eio
Written, recorded and produced 2020, vocals recorded 2021

"Macroplaza"
Music and lyrics: Otrembu Eio
Vocals: George Luge
Drums: Wicho
Written, recorded and produced 2018, vocals recorded 2020, drums recorded 2021

"Sun Prism"
Music, lyrics, and vocals: Otrembu Eio
Written, recorded and produced 2019

"Hail"
Music: Otrembu Eio and Dark Genesis
Lyrics and vocals: Otrembu Eio
Written, recorded and produced 2019

"Perfect! (feat. Swirl)"
Music: Otrembu Eio and George Luge
Lyrics: Otrembu Eio
Vocals: Swirl
Written, recorded and produced 2020

"Square Boy"
Music: Dark Genesis
Written, recorded and produced 2018

"Alone"
Music: Otrembu Eio and George Luge
Lyrics: Otrembu Eio
Vocals and guitar: George Luge
Drums: Wicho
Written 2017, re-recorded and produced 2019, vocals and drums recorded 2021

"Cactus Bliss"
Music: Otrembu Eio and Dark Genesis
Lyrics and vocals: George Luge
Drums: Wicho
Written, recorded and produced 2018, vocals recorded 2020, drums recorded 2021

"The Light"
Music and vocals: Otrembu Eio and George Luge
Lyrics: Otrembu Eio
Guitar: George Luge
Written, recorded and produced 2020, vocals recorded 2020-21, guitar solo recorded 2021

"Summer Blue"
Music: Otrembu Eio, Dark Genesis, and George Luge
Lyrics and vocals: Otrembu Eio
Drums: Wicho
Written, recorded and produced 2018, synth intro recorded 2020, drums recorded 2021

"Ginseng"
Music: Otrembu Eio and Dark Genesis
Lyrics: Otrembu Eio
Vocals: George Luge
Drums: Wicho
Written 2018, re-recorded and produced 2019, vocals recorded 2020, drums recorded 2021

"Better Than You"
Music: Otrembu Eio
Lyrics: Otrembu Eio and George Luge
Vocals: George Luge
Written, recorded and produced 2020

"Ice Storm"
Music: Otrembu Eio and George Luge
Guitar: George Luge
Lyrics and vocals: Otrembu Eio
Written 2020, re-recorded and produced 2021

"Binary Star"
Music: Otrembu Eio and Dark Genesis
Lyrics and vocals: Otrembu Eio
Drums: Wicho
Written, recorded and produced 2018, extra vocals and drums recorded 2021

Lucid Den is Otrembu Eio, George Luge, and Wicho.
Recorded 2018-2021 in Monterrey by Lucid Den, mixed and mastered 2021 by Otrembu Eio.
Artwork by @f4iryqueen_xhio, remixed by Otrembu Eio.
©+℗ 2021 Lucid Den. All Rights Reserved.

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Lucid Den Monterrey, Mexico

Lucid Den is an experimental pop band attempting to both perfect earworm melody and push the limits of the musically acceptable.

Members:
Otrembu Eio
George Luge
Wicho

Past Members:
Dark Genesis

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