White Label

by Atoms Apart

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about

Mike and Emil Favila always wanted to make electronic music, they just didn't know where to start. They didn't know any producers, so Mike just bought some music software and a guidebook. Neither of them played keyboards, so Emil started watching shaky tutorials on YouTube. They didn't have an endless budget, so they build a studio at home and started recording. After a while, it just seemed easier to handle it themselves.

Every guitar and keyboard riff, every drum roll (programmed or played), every Beach Boys harmony would be recorded in their basement. Though the brothers didn't plan it this way, this new music married the sweetness of the synthpop they sang along with in the Philippines, but still held the tension and urgency of the Washington, DC bands they worshipped.

The debut album from Atoms Apart is called White Label, in tribute to those handmade bootleg records, discreetly identified by a rubber stamp logo. The entire album was recorded and mixed by Mike, with help from John Maheu (Pietasters). White Label was mastered by Huntley Miller (Zedd, Bad Plus, Owsla). The album contains an alternate mix from Fractal (BT, Au5) and a remix from MadScience. White Label is out now on Bandcamp, Itunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3 and all major digital outlets.

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released 17 June 2014

all songs written by Atoms Apart.

all vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums + programming by Emil + Mike Favila except for keys on Less (Tini Favila) + vocals on You (Carmela Fernandez).

recorded by Mike Favila. additional drum recording by JP Maheu.
mixed by Atoms Apart + JP Maheu. mastered by Huntley Miller.

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Brothers Mike and Emil Favila are an electronic pop duo from Washington DC. They write, perform and record all their own music, lyrics and videos. Their sound has been compared to bands like Postal Service, M83 and New Order. Their debut album White Label is out now on Bandcamp, Itunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3 and all major digital outlets. ... more

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Track Name: Planetarium
each dot of you
a particle comes through
they fade the lights
for only us this room

a lonely moon peeks through
easily, for you and me
the room goes dark
your fingers trace the way

it whirs so loud, the spin of the machine
makes me the little kid i've always been
the dome just disappears
we stare up, a sky of mirrors
without the atmosphere somehow we breathe

will i see you in stars?
the constellations part
will i see you in stars?
the brightest point of light

and though we are still worlds apart from here
the galaxy is not enough for me.

your silhouette, the lights cannot repeat
a pantomime of hands across the sheet
sink in the chairs till you
see satellites reveal to you
you hesitate, but i'm prepared to wait
Track Name: Alive
I dreamt of mountaintops
of lava flowing south
my bedroom turned to ash
as fire ate my house

i sprinted back so fast
until our van took off
but i could feel the heat
the tires melted off

i'm alive
i made it through another night
i'm alive
i didn't know my life was mine

surrounded by the sharks
my paradise collapsed
against the bluest sky
would they rip me in half?

i paddled like a ghost
but they caught up so fast
a fin against my arms
i take my final lap

i suspend like water over the falls - i didn't know what i had dreamt
like a film with missing reels -- i am lost - i didn't see where it began
Track Name: Less
Wonder aloud about the tinge I feel
The static i store within my wrists
Sprinting the city now I see you briefly
i can’t be quiet, can’t be still

Don’t have to be a mess
You are my skin
Without you i am less
i hold you in

Could not survive a wreck
You are my sin
Without you, I’m the rest
i hold you in

The buzzing inside my chest just feels like bees
Been failing to jar it up for weeks
If I could relay to you the waves I feel
They threaten to drown me, hold my breath
Track Name: Oceans
When all the city's dark
When all the sirens stop
its midnight with the high beams on
i never ask aloud

The miles and minutes separate
Within this room i’ll wait, i’ll wait
you've never needed rescuing
the tide is low
lets walk right in.

The ocean knows what you withhold -let go
I want the rest of you

you never mention wars you lost
when all the shooting stopped
the decade where you came apart
but you've kept count
of hidden scars

i want to know of every snow
of every shouting episode
you've kept afloat with air you own
but take my hand - don't swim alone

at night, give in
you cry so soon
if you have to leave
then i'll leave with you.
Track Name: Turnaround
whip around like a hurricane
that's how i met you then
under better circumstance
could the world have spun our way?

you're my north star in the dark
release light constantly
like a fever in my heart
ever since i'm wobbling

every time i look, my heart stops beating
every time i think i'm right, i'm turned about
i still struggle to define what 'this' is
for some reason i can never turn you down

every time i think we've lost our meaning
even if we're done my heart can't turn away
even though i think you want the world
i just want to turn this thing around

on a cliff - a precipice
you call out to me
like the love i have never touched
not the friend that i have been

but like a blizzard in a sphere
you shook my outsides in
i can't withstand all the turbulence
every turn is damaging
Track Name: You
when i first heard you speak
a sirena at sea
all my movements had ceased
an anchored fleet

every boat now would stop
halting waves in the dark
cannot move even when i chose

in the three weeks we've seen
marionette i have been
but your toys never sleep
a broken beat

nights begin, waltzes start
cut the strings, fall apart
moving to any song you choose

its something that you left me
its something that you wrote me
abandon what i said

you whisper it so gently
this echo that you left me
decaying in my legs, my chest, my head
it's so good.
Track Name: Home
i am a stranger wherever i go
A flash light at midnight aglow
like a ghost, i float alone

would i see if someone was signalling me?
launching flares in the blue above the sea.

but when i look around, i am where i should be
in the dark i shine like an new memory

but the rain won't stop - it's too warm to leave.
am i home now?
i'm home now.

i am a house made of paper mache
constructed to crumble today
take a card, the walls decay.

would i see if they sent a beacon for me?
launching flares in the blue above the sea.
Track Name: Siren
my ears are filled with lyrics of last night
we made a wish to keep a lock of light
if i could sing to you - the riddles that we grew
present a key to open every room

are we moving in separate ways
am i willing you now to stay
can we just stop and destroy the space?
should we stay up all night
should we turn off the lights

we used to sing a secret call/response
until we chose the notes that could be lost
you were the words i knew - the melody i choose
a hundred years of hymns would fill the air
Track Name: Follower
i grew up your clone
could not breathe or exist alone
but i want much more
my first dream of a space unknown
a vast sea just beyond the shore

but will i follow the patterns of old?
will i carve out directions my heart won't disown?
but can i dive beyond the waves
to make it through the tide unscathed?
can i cast off your shadow alone?

every story’s yours
when i speak, i repeat your lore
but your sway, your pull
cannot be all my orbit knows
Track Name: So Far Away
standing next to you
it never seemed a pointless thing to do
we would pass a word between us every hour
sentences just seemed to flower

no one searched for me
the waves abated when you'd count to 3
even when your house was continents apart
your letters filled me up

we live so half awake
i want to take you so far away
with everything to prove
I want to take you so far away

but every time we change our hearts in the dark
all i want to do is live by the rain
if i could set the way
i want to take you so far away

grow tall with you
a lottery of sorts i entered through
tossing paper airplanes through the night
we'd both turn off our lights

morse code melodies
encoding every song you hummed for me
and even though the skies were kept by you alone
this time i'll hold my own

but can't change the way i've seen
hurricanes can't change their flow
even though we both have compasses,
i am lost without.

plan cautiously
your chutes and ladders shatter carelessly
even though you've always been the stronger one
i know that things go wrong
Track Name: Isis
meant it when i said i had to lie about
the words i had to keep
the shouting in my sleep

burning in my bed has driven you away
can you come back tonight?
a fire left to say

i'll never be home without you
i want to be whole again
i'll never be home without you
our eyes in the darkness
but where do we start?

used to tracing out the lines of sand myself
it's my raining in my hair
there's paper everywhere

well we can't stop now
and all because
the world won't stop
to mend our loss
Track Name: Cities
if i ever see your face in a crowd
will i run? Will i hesitate?
a look of you burn every one to dust
and yet i still follow north

remember when you used to be
content with how the rain would feel.

cities fall down when they let you out in the world
still I call out the way for you.

every foot that trampled you under ground
you crush with a whispered word
the shockwaves from your hands lay buildings flat
the wake in your path means that

i can't forget you used to be
a blade of grass beneath concrete.
Track Name: Oceans (Fractal Mix)
When all the city's dark
When all the sirens stop
its midnight with the high beams on
i never ask aloud

The miles and minutes separate
Within this room i’ll wait, i’ll wait
you've never needed rescuing
the tide is low
lets walk right in.

The ocean knows what you withhold -let go
I want the rest of you

you never mention wars you lost
when all the shooting stopped
the decade where you came apart
but you've kept count
of hidden scars

i want to know of every snow
of every shouting episode
you've kept afloat with air you own
but take my hand - don't swim alone

at night, give in
you cry so soon
if you have to leave
then i'll leave with you.
Track Name: Turnaround (Madscience Remix)
whip around like a hurricane
that's how i met you then
under better circumstance
could the world have spun our way?

you're my north star in the dark
release light constantly
like a fever in my heart
ever since i'm wobbling

every time i look, my heart stops beating
every time i think i'm right, i'm turned about
i still struggle to define what 'this' is
for some reason i can never turn you down

every time i think we've lost our meaning
even if we're done my heart can't turn away
even though i think you want the world
i just want to turn this thing around

on a cliff - a precipice
you call out to me
like the love i have never touched
not the friend that i have been

but like a blizzard in a sphere
you shook my outsides in
i can't withstand all the turbulence
every turn is damaging