Ichi Go Ichi E

by The Sound Movement

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"The Sound Movement's nearly ten-year history together (first as acquaintances in other groups then from 2001 as their own trio) gives their debut album a lot of experience to draw on, not least of which is their haphazard way of making their way around the world from Australia to Japan to the U.K.. But the last port of call is where they were able to release their debut album in the end, with the short-but-makes-the-most-of-it Ichi Go Ichi E compiling a variety of recordings that result in an enjoyable first formal effort. If nothing else, the timing given the music world at large couldn't be better for them -- their crisp, bright turn around guitar-driven post-punk recalls similar U.K. '80s music obsessives like the Black Watch, who the trio almost uncannily clone on the opening "A Million Lost Dogs." From there the album's eight songs make their rich way -- not as strident and dramatic as, say, early Echo & the Bunnymen or the Chameleons, but neither as tensely wound up as the Comsat Angels, the Sound Movement emphasize a cooler restraint even while keeping the pace brisk and their arrangements busy. Frontman Andrew Day's guitar playing takes the lead at many points over his singing, but that's to the band's credit, as he sounds much more like he's flowing with the music rather than declaiming over it. Sometimes his phrases cut through with sudden impact, as on the descending chorus of "When We Fight Like This," possibly the album's highlight. The rhythm section of Kat Johnston and Josh Gross similarly blend into the guitar wash rather than cutting through it, but Johnston's bass sometimes steps to the fore to provide melodic contrast, as on "Modern Condition." "On Your Peaceful Day" is another sharp standout, especially due to Day's surf-leaning guitar on the extended conclusion, a nice touch set against the calmer sounds around it."

All Music Guide

“A wonderful mix of early Bunnymen meets Ride coupled with a dash of The Church”

Music Week UK Sept 2004

“Rarely can a band pull off the darker pop vibe of the 80s without sounding bland or pointless. The Sound Movement seem to have taken the sound of that era and moulded it into their own liking – crafting interesting cuts that sound wholly modern as well as retro” -

Beat Magazine (Aus), Feb 2004

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released May 1, 2006

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The Sound Movement Melbourne, Australia

Formed in 2002, an atmospheric post-punk dreampop band by Andrew Day (Nightswimmer, N.I.L, Suicide Bankers) and Kat Johnston. The band evolved over many lineups revolving around the core of Day and Johnston and were based between 2004-2012 in Melbourne (AU) Tokyo (JP) Manchester (UK) and London (UK). They released their debut on Truck Records Oxford UK in 2006 and then Shifting Sounds. ... more

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Track Name: A Million Lost Dogs
A MILLION LOST DOGS

Is this mess around me a symbol of my life
And when something drops, then will I fall down
My favourite plant is here, it also has my name
It died in the winter with a million lost dogs

Words seem so strange when they..
When they can't explain
And reason is weak only when it rhymes
On a day that won't last
What a shame that we couldn't live in this town
And let it be our house

And were struggling, and we're trying so hard
Just to keep our pride these days
These are such desperate times
I want to see them end
Where we fit in....where we fit in

I'll wait for you on the field when the storm is gone
I wait til night sets in
I know that you won't show
You won't show

With scope that's really daunting
When options seemed so few
Just what really happened
Where did I go wrong

Words seem so strange when they..
When they can't explain
And reason is weak only when it rhymes
On a day that won't last
What a shame that we couldn't live in this town
And let it be our house

And were struggling, and we're trying so hard
Just to keep our pride these days
These are such desperate times
I want to see them end
Where we fit in....where we fit in


© 2006 Andrew Day.
Track Name: Modern Condition
MODERN CONDITION

I wake up in the sun every single day
I'm watching space and I don't see you

I think about you now
I think about you every day
I write another line

I look out on the world
Now its gone
And I wonder where you are
I wonder where you are
I wonder where you are

Rain falling down every single day
Nothing really happened on the day you went away

I guess we always knew that this day would come
Crashing like a tidal wave
Here we go again its no use in fighting
What we can't control

Somewhere on the streets
Twelve million people rush around alone each day
We catch each others eyes then we look away
Why do we always look down

Could there be a better feeling than this hopelessness
To push on us onto that which we have denied for so long


© 2006 Andrew Day.
Track Name: When We Fight Like This
WHEN WE FIGHT LIKE THIS

In an act of desperation
I threw my hopes off
Watch the distance
Just another lesson
And then it put me in my place

Nothing ever this early
Was meant to be this easy
Nothing ever this easy
Was meant to be this great

I think I can cope with the pressure like this
I think I can live when it splits my head
But when we fight like this we can't see straight
I'll give you what you want, just wait for me

Can you keep a promise
Because I'm telling this just to you
If we make a pact
Then will you follow it through

Days they sometimes go this way
And when it happens it's a shame
Because you know this world is dark
And its never gonna change

Silver line white time gold heart red start
Headline no sign up down in my town
Big smile crying lying frantic all ecstatic
Up down in my town

Silver line white time gold heart head start
Redline no sign up down in my town
Big smile crying lying frantic all ecstatic
Up down in my town


© 2006 Andrew Day.
Track Name: On Your Peaceful Day
ON YOUR PEACEFUL DAY

When your guard was down
You bowed and let the sun take a piece of you
And on your peaceful day they all moved in
And home was never the same

Did they break you down
you know when it shows
Its alright to be scared

Did they let you go
I know how it feels
I'm in line with you

Breakdown with the voice in the crowd
Draw away and then the change
Twenty four could be all that's in store


© 2006 Andrew Day.
We never made peace and that hurts even more

All the smallest waves
All those promises could all be so fair
Life in an ordinary world
Never lived up to the tears that we were served

Inspiration proved to be the hardest gift of our humankind
Simple pain was easy to diagnose with hope
But a broken life is too far gone

Did they let you go
I know how it feels
I'm in line with you

Breakdown with the voice in the crowd
Draw away and then the change
Twenty four could be all that's in store
We never made peace and that hurts even more

All the smallest waves
All those promises could all be so fair
Life in an ordinary world
Never lived up to the tears that we were served
Track Name: Questions
QUESTIONS

You came to me with a rose in one hand
And a question behind your back
I watched you laugh then I felt the pain behind your eyes
When I went to sleep
You shook me and the whole world moved

I may be silent but my mind is racing now
Lost in the crowds
I may not move but every single thought it shows
You know it shows
You know it does

And when the morning comes
You know that it will be
Another change of heart
Confuse me and lose me

And here we are again

We lie awake
Anticipate
We lie awake
And ruminate

A day a week before
I thought we failed before
I thought that we'd failed
We'd failed before

I may be silent but my mind is racing now
Lost in the clouds
I may not move but every single thought it shows
You know it shows
You know it does

And here we are again
And if we balance this
Will it roll on the side
That helps us sleep tonight


© 2006 Andrew Day.
Track Name: Warm Face
WARM FACE

A satellite and it's in your eye
Its sunrise so watch the sky tonight
There could be a show for all to see
I'll be there , well all be there

In winter charades
In autumn parades you take the streets
Feel the atmosphere beguile and turn up a crooked smile
Warm face promises everything
And today it lets us sing
So throw your heavy hearted lines
Stop the play and let's begin

You should know those faces come and go
You are here, you'll always be here
A meeting place
The world has closed its streets
People come out and watch the day go by

In winter charades
In autumn parades you take the streets
Feel the atmosphere beguile and turn up a crooked smile
Warm face promises everything
And today it lets us sing
So throw your heavy hearted lines
Stop the play and let's begin


© 2006 Andrew Day.
Track Name: In Dark Sunlight
IN DARK SUNLIGHT

Life it rolls on now
And while we age with lines
I can hear the sea in the distance
And its only in my mind
I watch you fly your kite
On a warm and stormy night
I drew your face on the silver moon
And it said I'll meet you soon

We were just playing out the days
They were numbered yet beautiful
I've slept and watch this life unfold
It's picturesque and spent and high

World's exploding now
It all moves on
And these
Dreams of better things
Cross our paths
In the summer breeze

Karma plays with the waves
She's chasing the white line
She's rolling on a bed of stars
And dreaming every night

A streamer of dark sunlight
Splashed across the sky
The endless day drew closed
And left us running for our lives

We were just playing out the days
They were numbered yet beautiful
I've slept and watch this life unfold
It's picturesque and spent and high

World's exploding now
It all moves on
And these dreams of better things cross our paths
In the summer breeze


© 2006 Andrew Day
Track Name: The Empty Beach
THE EMPTY BEACH

On a december night we nearly died
It seems so long ago now, but I still cry
Fate changes nothing at all - a single move
It can point in any direction but we're still close

The wrong place at the right time
A sad fortune, but fortune nonetheless

A sad beginning somewhere 1996
And when I face the street, it never looks the same
We made our start on a tragic note but it drew us together
I called out to you I'm so glad you heard

It really hurts when they say you did the wrong thing
No one can recreate two moments in time
Try to control a tailspin
I tell you its hard
Try to control what's out of control
And you will understand

A sad beginning somewhere 1996
And when I face the street, it never looks the same
We made our start on a tragic note but it drew us together
I called out to you I'm so glad you heard

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