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Marginalia

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about

One year and a half after the European release of “Pieces” Baby Guru return with their luggage full of enthusiastic reviews, unforgettable experiences from their live performances in Greece and abroad but most of all full of brand new music. Their third album “Marginalia” is set for release across Europe in March 2014 and is the band's most ambitious work to date.

“Marginalia” doesn’t thrive in the margins, but justifies its title with a never-ending expansion of the mind and body through its musical substance. Prins Obi, King Elephant and Sir Kosmiche are, as always, the exclusive creators of the album (composition, production, arrangement, recording) and with the help of the band’s unofficial fourth member (Christina) they attempt to fuse high quality pop with synthesizer music and riveting grooves. The album was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York. 11 tracks create a cohesive whole, brimming with lyricism, electrifying, atmospheric sounds and irresistible hooks. Among them a little surprise: the first Baby Guru track sung in their native language.

“Marginalia” is out on cd, vinyl including bonus cd and digital album from Inner Ear.

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released March 24, 2014

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Produced, arranged, composed & performed by Baby Guru
Lyrics by Prins Obi

Recorded at King Elephant's basement from February to July 2013 (Athens, Greece)
Engineered and mixed by King Elephant
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound (New York)

Prins Obi: vocals, synthesizers, organ, casiotone, harpsichord, electric piano, clavinova, acoustic guitar, percussion, samples
King Elephant: drums, percussion, synthesisers, organ, angel tone, harpsichord, clavinova, programming
Sir Kosmiche: bass, electric & acoustic guitars

Christina: lead vocals on "Baby You 're So Weird"/additional vocals on "Marginalia", "Behaviour", "We Need So Space", "Anticipation" & "Most Of The Times"

Artwork by Ifigenia Vasiliou
Portraits by Eftychia Vlachou

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Baby Guru Athens, Greece

Baby Guru is an ever-evolving musical organism consisting of four childhood friends. Tired of the typical rock band thing, they lay emphasis on spontaneity and unexpected inspiration, while they cultivate an obsession with the kraut rock legacy, pop melodies, psychedelic music and mama Africa percussion experiments. Baby Guru are: Prins Obi, King Elephant, Sir Kosmiche and Kon Kon. ... more

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Track Name: Especially When
dragged by the weight of the stone
staring at the fading lights
can you see the sign on the wall
kissing you goodbye?
attracted by the easy beat
craving for the big, big change
you're so desperate, what's the matter baby?
your style was perfect in the first place

when you're crying out for help
I can feel you, but is this your little breakaway?
have you seen through their disguise
and you found out that there is no funny crowded place?
when you're walking on the tides
have they told you that the deepest ocean lies beneath your mind?

dragged by the weight of the stone
gazing at the city lights
have you noticed the sign of the times
kissing you goodbye?
driven by a lousy beat
labyrinths inside your head
praying all the time, wishing for the bad trip
to come to an end

when you're crying out for help
I can feel you, but is this your little breakaway?
have you seen through their disguise
and you found out that there is no funny crowded place?
when you're walking on the tides
have they told you that the deepest ocean lies beneath your mind?
Track Name: Baby You're So Weird
baby, you're so weird
talking to yourself at night

wish you could believe
wish you could tranquilize your mind

all the other girls seem to be on top of you

lying on the beach
you exploded way too soon

save yourself and please come back to me

break it down, is it so hard to see (the truth)?

baby, you're so weird
speaking in a different tongue

now you're someone else
I wonder what you're doing in this song

all the other girls seem to be on top of you

talking to yourself
you exploded way too soon

save yourself and please come back to me

break it down, is it so hard to see (the truth)?

save yourself and please come back to me

break it down, is it so hard to see (the truth)?
Track Name: Exegesis
κάποια μέρα θα 'ρθεις ξανά
να μου γνέψεις σαν τη πρώτη φορά
το κεφάλι θα 'ναι σκυφτό
και οι ελπίδες θα παίζουν κρυφτό

Sally Princess, what have you done?
place their freedom into a jar
bring it slowly, silence the voice
they will fall down, leave them no choice

όταν έρθεις, κοίτα καλά
μες στα μάτια, στοχαστικά

bring it slowly, leave them no choice
they will fall down, silence the voice
Track Name: Marginalia
for the bright ones and the dark ones, there's a song
that can send their sentiments around the globe
I can teach you all the things you have to say
when the walls are crumbling down and you've lost your way

spinning backwards, moving forward, find the light
when you came here, you seemed way down the line
I can teach you all the things you're afraid to say
when the walls are crumbling down and you've lost your way

those humans can't really take it
they seek shelter in the shady grove
reach for the sky, but all they find is the void
those fuzzy creatures like it
they seem to float in the middle of a cloud
and you can find your piece of mind, darara, run to me

those humans can't really take it
they seek shelter in the shady grove
reach for the sky, but all they find is the void
those fuzzy creatures like it
they seem to float in the middle of a cloud
and you can find your piece of mind, darara, run to me
Track Name: Behaviour
have you ever seen the beauty?
it is not exactly beauty, it just made you feel alive
so rise above your problems
drifting through the daydream, catch your breath and learn to shine

have they told you about your heroes?
they were not exactly heroes, they were human beings in pain
living through the nighttime
consumed by their sorrow and defined by their shame

we lost it, drowning in fantasies
feeling the echoes creeping down our spine
false pretense, natural harmony
silent devotion struck us blind

now that you came here
I wonder what you're dealing with, you seem a little sad
is it my behaviour?
am I the intruder that is driving you mad?

we lost it, drowning in fantasies
feeling the echoes creeping down our spine
false pretense, natural harmony
silent devotion struck us blind

we lost it, drowning in fantasies
feeling the echoes creeping down our spine
false pretense, natural harmony
silent devotion struck us blind
Track Name: Explain
Christine, how many boyfriends you can count
that couldn't touch your soul and left you down and out?
Christine, how many lies can you accept?
floating downstream, it is such a mess

sounds from the other side
doesn't make a difference
they vanish out of sight
things I cannot explain
buzzing like a monologue
outside the frame

Christine, give me time to explain
my feelings could be yours, but you threw them down the drain
Christine, it is time for me to go
you really clipped my wings, put on your gown

things I cannot refuse
doesn't make a difference
it's the life you have to choose
things I cannot explain
buzzing like a monologue
in pictures I can frame
Track Name: We Need Some Space
we were pushed down in the hole
of past regrets and fears
we really had no time to breathe
but now the time has come
to let these feelings go
to find a silly substitute for hope

phony pictures on the wall
I could live there out of sight
have you vanished from the scenery of time?
let this quarrel shake your eyes
I can't lie it anymore
now we need some space to call our own

we were dragged down in the hole
of loneliness and grief
we really had no time to think
but now the time has come
to let these feelings go
to find a modern substitute for hope

let this quarrel shake your eyes
I can't lie it anymore
now we need some space to call our own
phony pictures on the wall
I could live there out of sight
have you vanished from the scenery of time?
Track Name: Two Days Ago
two days ago, two days ago
two days ago, you promised your heart to me
two days ago, two days ago
two days ago, you promised your heart to me
two days ago, two days ago
two days ago, you promised your heart to me
two days ago, two days ago
two days ago, you promised your heart to me

(δυο μέρες πριν) two days ago, two days ago (δυο μέρες πριν)
two days ago, you promised your heart to me
(δυο μέρες πριν) two days ago, two days ago (δυο μέρες πριν)
two days ago, you promised your heart to me
two days ago, two days ago
two days ago, you promised your heart to me
two days ago, two days ago
two days ago, you promised your heart to me

and all the headlights turned us blind
but can you feel it baby?
now I can see through your disguise
it's not the way we're used to

you build a garden in your grave
you build a garden to keep me sane
you build a garden in your grave
you build a garden to keep me sane
you build a garden in your grave
you build a garden to keep me sane
you build a garden in your grave
you build a garden to keep me sane

and all the headlights turned us blind
but can you feel it baby?
now I can see through your disguise
it's not the way we're used to
Track Name: Turtle Hearts
these notions floating around
they nearly make me bleed
strange colours, deafening sounds
a symmetry of dying leaves
I see you spinning around
I got a turtle heart that waits to be crowned

I wake up, feeling so sad
I cannot retreat
gazing at the sheltering sky
for some kind of relief
I sit down on the ground
I got a racing heart that has to slow down

one thought leads to the other
can we tell when the schemer has to lie?
sad-eyed we wait for the summer
praying for the pale moon to shine
a cup of magical tears will keep us safe
safe from suffering
we reached for the final border
giving out but never giving in

one thought leads to the other
can we tell when the schemer has to lie?
sad-eyed we wait for the summer
praying for the pale moon to shine
a cup of magical tears will keep us safe
safe from suffering
we reached for the final border
giving out but never giving in
Track Name: Anticipation
now I know what to say
because the sun stopped shining upon you

all the time, I'm waiting for your call baby
all the time, I'm waiting for your call baby
all the time, I'm waiting for the signs in the sky
all the time, I'm looking at the stars shining bright

all the time, I'm waiting for your call baby
(take a minute to think about this stuff, never look ahead)
all the time, I'm waiting for your call baby
(take a minute to think about this stuff, never look ahead)
all the time, I'm waiting for the signs in the sky
(take a minute to think about this stuff, never look ahead)
all the time, I'm looking at the stars shining bright
(take a minute to think about this stuff, never look ahead)

come on

can we fake it? do you think we can work things out?
can we fake it? do you think we can work things out?
Track Name: Most of the Times
you make me feel alright, sometimes baby
you make me feel alright, sometimes
you make me feel alright, sometimes baby
you make me feel alright, sometimes
you make me feel alright, sometimes baby
you make me feel alright, sometimes
you make me feel alright, sometimes baby
you make me feel alright, sometimes

most of the times, you just make me sad
most of the times, you just make me mad
most of the times, you just make me sad

you make me feel alright, sometimes baby
you make me feel alright, sometimes
keep the grace and your friends from above
that keep you satisfied
may the lord and his kingdom come
don't let it take you by surprise

most of the times, you just make me sad
most of the times, you just make me mad
most of the times, you just make me sad
most of the times, you just make me mad

baby, baby, baby, baby
baby, baby, baby, baby

I can't help this hazy feeling
hanging around with you
I can't help this hazy feeling
hanging around with you
I can't help this hazy feeling
hanging around with you
with you, with you