STEREOCHROME

The Fader 


Tiptoe Through the Crypto

i see this life flash before my eyes
a million suns tend to hypnotize
cactus make me crazy I realize
growin' helped to shrink me down to size
I realize

sun is beatin' down upon my shoulders
world keep spinning round as I get older, yea
move across the ground, towards the boulders
shaman tell me now, gimme some orders
I need some water

he said know not what you know
go only where you go

you gotta tiptoe through the crypto
set your mind countdown for liftoff
now when you're locked up by calypso
keep on tip toe'n thru the crypto

oh if you're king for a day it'll haunt you all your life
but you're the gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme that feelin' type
and then you don't give a damn If you kill the desert blue
but you can't be a man if you cannot tell the truth
tell me who are you?
because you know not what you know
you go only where I go

you gotta tiptoe through the crypto
set your mind countdown for liftoff
now when you're locked up by calypso
keep on tip toe'n thru the crypto

It's So Hard
there's almost nothing I wouldn't do
and there are many things I'd do for you
and I am ready now to come on through
it's true, just tell me to

'cause it's so hard for you baby, this I know
it's getting so hard for you lately that's for sure

it's getting so rough 
and though you have come so far it isn't enough
you've got to work it out, lets see what you can do
i'm telling you to

'cause it's so hard for you baby, this I know
it's getting so hard for you lately that's for sure
yea it's so hard for you baby, this I know
so hard for you lately that's for sure

now I can promise you eventually
all of this pressure will be relieved 
and when this happens girl we finally can sleep
but we got to keep on at it right now 

'cause it's hard for you baby, this I know
it's getting so hard for you lately that's for sure
yea it's so hard for you baby, this I know
so hard for you lately that's for sure

Gettin' a Little Closer

well I've been around this planet now a hundred times
and I've seen all that you can see (ooh ooh ooh)
though you'd never understand it I will tell you why (I'll tell you)
you've just got to, (yea) you need to believe
i've seen it (I've seen it)
an hour or two is all that it took
and i didn't even leave my front door (no no no)
i've got the power (yea) and you can come take a look
if you're feeling the need to explore (gimme more)

oh the sky, the water, the mountains
colors of green and blue (green and blue)
we can find the fountain
that will keep us alive oh yes I'm telling the truth I've seen it

gettin' a little closer everyday 
gettin' a little closer all the time 

well now everybody's singing all these songs of love
and it keeps ringing out in my ears
just as sure as there are stars up in the sky above
i can dry away your tears
'cause I've been picking up those pieces of the love that we lost
and it reminds me of what I used to be
anything was possible no matter the cost
now there's a timeline we need to complete

now we all know there are some problems in the world these days
we all ask ourselves what can we do?
oh we can sing and play all of our fears away 
and just hope that everybody's gonna join in too

because the sky, the water the mountains
they were created for me and for you (me and you)
we can find the fountain
at the top of the world oh yes I know we can do it I've seen it

gettin' a little closer everyday
gettin' a little closer all the time

Turkuaz

Credible bios are supposed to be objective and not full of superlatives and hyperbole, but it’s hard to avoid gushing when the subject is a funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who—even on an off night—can blow away a room on the basis of sheer physics alone. That’s one way to describe Turkuaz, but it doesn’t address the music. In this regard, as with any band, influences are everything. One cannot escape them as one seeks to carve out a unique sound for themselves. Still, there are so many benefits to having Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James, Parliament and Bohannon in your record collection. With this as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of jittery, world-pop-power groove—reminiscent of Remain In Light era Talking Heads—and a passion for Motown and R&B, resulting in a refreshing twist on the funk idiom. Turkuaz certainly does have sheer size in their favor, but when broken down into the basic components, each stands out on their own. Founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell had the cream of the crop to choose from at Berklee, but making it happen as a large touring ensemble takes more than chops: it takes the right blend of personalities. When Turkuaz takes the stage, the chemistry is clear. The special combination of elements—singers in sequined dresses, guys in tails (or sometimes all of them in jumpsuits or other complimentary outfits) horns, keys, guitars, amps and drums and smiles all around… well, it’s easy to get caught up in the explosive auditory and visual circus and find oneself dancing. Despite all of the gear and people on stage, it becomes clear that it is not the size that matters here: it is the performance.