Still Life

by Palermo

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    Palermo's debut album is released under the Crazy Iris records in 2013.
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After the first CD "We Are No Longer the Same" (AMDISCS, 2010) under the name TABLE, it took three years for two students (Dominik Gajarský, Roman Štětina) of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague to complete the 9-track follow up under the name Palermo. This alias links the aesthetics of the band directly to one of Joseph Beuy's students - the mythical character of painter Blinky Palermo. Three of the albums tracks are symbolically dedicated to three persons: Blinky Palermo, Jacob Lawrence and Ludwig Wittgenstein. The change in alias also comes with a new approach to production. The sound is characterized as brighter and uses a more sophisticated implementation of acoustic instrumentation(bass, guitar, percussions) as opposed to purely electronic techniques. The vocals of Dominik Gajarský reference the late 70´s and early 80´s figures of pop.

"Still Life" is available in a limited edition of 500 pieces on heavy weight 180g 12'' black vinyl.

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released 09 July 2013

lyrics and music: Dominik Gajarský
beats: Roman Štětina
mix and post-production: Dominik Gajarský, Roman Štětina
prepared for a vinyl: Ondřej Ježek
cover photo: Michal Pěchouček
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PALERMO Prague, Czech Republic

Palermo (formerly known as TABLE) is a band formed by a couple of students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Under the previous name they released an album "We Are No Longer the Same" (2009). They were mostly connected with production groups such as A.M.180 COLLECTIVE or PAF. The current name of the band may refer to a gangster ethos, but is rather inspired by a German artist Blinky Palermo. ... more

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Track Name: Book of Ethics
I gave you everything what I've had
and all those things which I love and which I pretend

look at my empty hands

there's nothing
there's nothing

but

I'll keep every piece of you in my head
and all the things you gave me
and every word you said

school is like a time machine
without a switch for the future
and a seat for a human being
it's a kind of a barrage

time passed but it's still the same
six years of patience with no hope for a change
look at our empty hands still nothing
there's nothing

but

I'll keep every piece of you in my head
and all the things you gave me
and every word you said

your heart is like the book of ethics
Track Name: Monochrom
Don't cry it's only a sad painting
it's only a sad painting from me

face a truth
it's stolen from the gallery
it's stolen from the gallery for you

you said that I'm a different person now
that I'm a different person now to you

so now you've got to dance alone
Track Name: Still Life
White has always been the best
valances, wooden vase and ancient masks
who will escape from this depends

on a hole underneath the fence
hole underneath the fence

I'm just a piece of the still life
Track Name: Ageless
I'll finish what you began
your memory will never decamp

you never vanish like someone else
you never vanish like someone else

gimme your books, pen, glasses, shirts, jeans, tees, lens,
gimme a chance to finish what you began

you never vanish like someone else
you never vanish like someone else

gimme your books, pen, glasses, shirts, jeans, tees, lens,
gloves, bed, pillows, lens
gimme a chance to finish what you began
Track Name: Blue Disk and Staff
When it talks to me it's like a different mode
it's like a memory the color you can see
white as chalk and blue as a sea
those colors you can see
colors you can see

the name of the city was better than yours
the name of the city was better than yours
when it talks to me it's like a different mode
in this language I can hear
in this language of yours

you saw the ocean just once in your life
you saw the ocean just once in your life

you're faraway but we're so close
you're faraway but we're so close
Track Name: Lecture
It was on the top of my list
until the last two years

but now I don't know what to think

so tell me your definition of love
tell me your definition of love

when I rest my ear on your chest
I can't hear the sound of your heart

I've always heard what you thought
you made a sign in my mind

you're highly educated
you've already heard something about it

so tell me your definition of love
Track Name: Break a Law
It's a moment that I'll never forget
when you offered me your cigarette
when you offered me your cigarette


we were so young maybe seventeen
do you know what I mean

those tiger hand shackles on your bed
brought fantasies into my head

and you said:

break a law with me

I'm not jealous I'm just asking to myself:

whose are those pants on the floor?
who's in that picture on your wall?
who's on the phone?
who's on the phone?

I didn't want to go back home
on my own
Track Name: Old Wave
I've never felt like it's all over
I've never felt like I'm at the end

waiting for old wave

I'd love to be someone normal
a laborer or a fisherman

sitting on the shore
with someone by my side
or totally alone

I hate those college boys
those so-called philosophers in my class

waiting for old wave
Track Name: Clean Shield
When I saw that shape
cutting the light
light

then I held my breath
tightly in my lungs
my lungs

I'd love to have a clean shield
but I'm afraid because I'm hesitant