Watercolours

by Mechanical Pterodactyl

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Praise for Watercolours:

"An outstanding work of finely crafted experimental pop songs."
- Bandcamp Hunter, bandcamphunter.tumblr.com

"...given the prevailing quality of the tunes. Listen to the whole album through, this isn’t a hear-one-heard-’em-all situation."
- Tommy, Sound Doctrine, sounddoc.net

"...these heinously talented Melbourne crew make beautiful music."
- Lucas Thomas, "5 Tracks You Gotta Hear" Vulture Magazine, vulturemagazine.com.au

"An incredible listen and incredible mastery... If you’re looking for something fresh, something innovative and an album that will satisfy all your moods, this is one to put on your record player... 4/5"
- Amy Bastow, "Kiss My Arts" Joy FM 94.9, amybastow.com

"4/5"
- David Smith, BMA Magazine

"I hear it here. Nguyen is going places. He has to. He is too good to fail."
- Frank Gutch Jr, Segarini, bobsegarini.wordpress.com

credits

released August 31, 2012

Personnel:
Yen Nguyen – Vox, Gtr, Drums, Synths, Percussion, Programming
Jenny Lee – Vox
Munro Melano – Keys
Kane Watters – Electric Bass
Gareth Hill – Double Bass
Joel Woolf – Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Nick Keeling – Trombone
Xani Kolac – Violin

All songs written by Yen Nguyen
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Yen Nguyen
at 10 Kinds of Handsome and at Newmarket Studios

Drums engineered by Fraser Montgomery at Newmarket Studios
Woodwinds engineered by Joel Woolf at All Green Man.

Mastered by John Ruberto at Crystal Mastering

Artwork by Aliça Bryson-Haynes
Layout by Samantha Sokolis Merola, Teresa Villanueva

Thankyou…
Fraser, Muchtar, Jules at Newmarket, Maj for lending his congas, Hugh Perry for lending his dad’s 808, Benny B for lending his woodblock, Julian Abrahams for lending me Munro’s wah pedal, everyone that gave invaluable feedback, my housemates for putting up with all the noise, my family, friends and loved ones

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Mechanical Pterodactyl Melbourne, Australia

The Mechanical Pterodactyl was built by multi-instrumentalist/ producer Yen Nguyen, joined at times by a five-piece band of regular collaborators. Drawing on influences such as Bon Iver, Radiohead and James Blake, Yen was surprised to find that instead of a band he had created a primitive flying machine, playing a style of music loosely categorised as Folktronica. ... more

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Track Name: Watercolours
I am a waterfall, I slowly pour it all away,
I am a raging flood, I drown out all that's in my way

I'm just a cloud that longs to rain,
A breathing reminder of your pain

Where is my lover gone? I thought I saw her here today,
She is my only one, my only one that I can't name

I'm just a cloud that longs to rain,
A breathing reminder of your pain

Winter came too fast, turned this age to ice,
Is she free at last? Is she free at last?

I'm just a cloud that longs to rain,
A breathing reminder of your pain
Track Name: Was It Wrong?
Home, I can't let go,
so please don't go, where I can't go

You'll grow, I know you'll grow,
While I follow, I'm far too slow

And I held on but I held too tight,
If I held you back I didn't Know at the time,
I was wrong to think you could be mine,
Was it wrong to think you could be mine?

Evolve, and I'll grow old,
But not grow cold, I hope that shows

Explode, like fire and stone,
It's all I've known, until your song

And I held on but I held too tight,
If I held you back I didn't Know at the time,
I was wrong to think you could be mine,
Was it wrong to think you could be mine?

And I don't know which of us is right,
And if time heals wounds I'll wound in time,
And I know that your somewhere down the line,
Yeah I know you're somewhere down the line
Track Name: Runway
Save somewhere a place for me,
I'll face falling to sit in your tree

I'm a long way, we've come a long way,
We'll say goodbye to the runway

We'll sleep strange hours, to wake in your arms,
I'll make you a promise, I cross my heart

I won't run away, if you won't run away,
We'll say goodbye to the runway

So don't waste your money taking off...

Change nothing, just stay who you are,
I have no answers nor questions of her

I won't run away, if you won't run away,
We'll say goodbye to the runway

So don't waste your money taking off...
Track Name: Digital Berlin Wall
They fell from skies, machines that came to life,
These satellites, with piercing pairs of eyes,
Breach their confines, they lock us up inside,
We leave tonight

Cause selling my soul,
Is taking its toll,
It's getting so cold,
On this side of the wall

Connecting lines, across the great divide,
Our troubled minds, to the abyss confide,
The fading light, will someday leave us blind,
All in good time

Cause selling my soul,
Is taking its toll,
It's getting so cold,
On this side of the wall
Track Name: Pieces in a Game
Pieces in a game,
To keep me occupied,
I didn't want to think,
I didn't want to feel at all,
Cut the circulation off,
Back inside the box

And now you play your queen,
And I threw all my lovers out,
And I don't feel a thing,
I'm turning into someone else,
Someone I don't want to be,
And I can't ask for help

I lost you in the fire,
It's pouring from our wounds,
It's keeping us all warm,
It's burning down our homes

It's judgement day again,
My time's already come and gone,
I haven't changed a thing,
So easily corruptible,
I'm sick of letting God decide,
On where to draw the line

I lost you in the fire,
It's pouring from our wounds,
It's keeping us all warm,
It's burning down our homes
Track Name: Revolver
When the alarm's been rung
And you run for your life,
Like a coin that's spinning on the edge of a knife

And when the fire's gone out
And it's safe to return,
Do you light another to see what it burns?

As the smoke begins to fill your lungs,
You cough it up just like you've always done,
What's a gun to a soldier when the war is won over?
What's a gun to a soldier now?

And when your scars are gone,
When you've healed your insides,
Think of what they looked like,
They're what kept you alive

As the smoke begins to fill your lungs,
You cough it up just like you've always done,
What's a gun to a soldier when the war is won over?
When the war is behind you,
Don't look over your shoulder,
What's a gun to a soldier?
Track Name: Like Riding a Bike
I have awoken what long lay asleep underground,
Searched all these years,
Without knowing we hunted it down

Trying to make up for time spent in the lost and found,
Creating monsters is the only way I know how

Savour the warning signs, before the world ignites

I have grown tired of being tucked in safe and sound,
Broken machines rust by highways like salt to the ground

This life is just one short hour,
It doesn't always shine but it's mine

Savour the warning signs, before the world ignites

I have awoken what long lay asleep underground,
Cogs turning gears, spinning wheels,
Slowly turning us round
Track Name: Temporary
Words for you are temporary,
They fall behind...
It always catches up to me,
I've tried to run, I've tried to hide, but I fall behind

All we hold sacred,
What we think we're made of,
Just poses for pictures,
That fall by the wayside

I tried not to blame you,
I wanted to save you,
I tried to replace you,
So I could escape you

Words keep pouring endlessly,
The more I write...
And ink stains leave their mark on me,
Can you drop a line?

All we hold sacred,
What we think that we're made of,
Just poses for pictures,
That fall by the wayside

I tried not to blame you,
I just wanted to save you,
I tried to replace you,
But I could never escape you

There's always a trade-off,
When you test what you're made of,
Just poses for pictures,
Watch them fall by the wayside,

I put it on paper,
As if words could change you,
I tried to replace you,
But you're a permanent fixture
Track Name: Asleep at the Wheel
They told you once, they told you twice,
Everyone's got their eye on the prize,
Throw down your glove and say goodnight,
Get in the ring, learn how to fight

Oh, asleep at the wheel, you know how it feels,
Waging a war, against a closed door,
Take me alive, you've already won

They told you once, they told you twice,
Every fish needs the bait 'fore it bites,
If I was a bee I'd build a hive,
And honey I'd be sinker and line

Oh, asleep at the wheel, you know how it feels,
Waging a war, against a closed door,
Take me alive, you've already won