Simple Machines

Simple Machines

 Austin, Texas, USA
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Blending elements of synth pop, indie folk and modern R&B, Simple Machines create an altogether unique and enjoyable listen.

Biography

Simple Machines has a sound that is hard to describe but easy to get into, one whose homespun origins and organic growth reflect the unique charm and diverse musical character of the group’s hometown Austin, Texas. In the spring of 2008, a casual jam session between then-college classmates John Edwards and Marino Petriccione made it clear the two had stumbled upon a very promising musical chemistry. A prolific series of songwriting sessions and a homemade demo would soon follow. Encouraged by enthusiastic responses and eager to develop their project into something more ambitious, the two recruited a handful of close friends to join on various instruments. As the newly dubbed Simple Machines outfit began rehearsing, the songs took on an entirely new feel, as each new member left his own distinctive mark on the group’s sound.

On the heels of several successful local shows, Simple Machines recorded their self-titled debut EP in the summer of 2010. The release’s four tracks present an impressive musical range: the swaggering R&B thump of “Where I When I” is a surprising contrast to the smooth electropop of opener “Cloud Cover”. Meanwhile, the soothing pulse of final track “Under Your Eyelid” arrives as a fitting comedown to the party-fueled dance floor grooves of “Fun”. Though the sonic landscape of the EP may be varied, the amiable vocals of John Edwards tie everything together, creating a sound that is as cohesive as it is diverse. Upon its recent release in the fall of 2010, the EP has already been enthusiastically received by several local Austin publications, prompting comparisons to such electropop luminaries as Hot Chip and Junior Boys.

Lyrics

Cloud Cover

Written By: Simple Machines

iced over against the deep blue
spent days breathing you

clouds coming in
clouds coming in

let us go from this all as one
i'll let go as this one lets us

cloud cover partly see through
takes time for me to get to
cloud cover partly see through
passing us by

wind carries you
wind carries you

let us go from this all as one
i'll let go as this one lets us

Where I When I

Written By: Simple Machines

i can't remember where i or when i
get there i'll know for sure

not yet fully awake in more ways than one
can't quite understand it
somehow settle the state that i once was
ask me if i planned it
did you plan it?

i can't remember where i or when i
get there i'll know for sure

in a kind of reverie
told me to deal with what's in front of me
hear and i forget
see and i remember
do and i understand
can you feel it?

i can't remember where i or when i
get there i'll know for sure

Fun

Written By: Simple Machines

one thing that you and i know
is how to live life and let go
one thing you and i know
one life to live

just have fun

after you cross
you see what i came for
after the loss
finally bring you and we know
don't let love cross you and let you lose

just have fun

i knew that you'd be there
when the time comes
cause i know and we know
it's on it's way
when the time comes
it's on it's way

just have fun

Discography

Simple Machines EP

Set List

Goes to Show
Cloud Cover
Under Your Eyelid
Where I When I
The Beat
Building a Fort
A Little More
Enzymes
Fun