Listen/download Anecdata’s Undelete – out on May 29, 2021. A sprawling double album that ranges from the quirky indie-pop and Gary Numan synths of ‘The Effing News’ to the expansive dreamy soundscapes of ‘198X’ and ‘Petrov’s False Alarm’.

All songs written, recorded, mixed and mastered by D Satherley / Anecdata. Recorded 2020 and 2021 in west Auckland (except ‘Drift’, recorded 2017).

Stream it on Spotify, Apple Music and everywhere else. Or download it from Bandcamp and get three bonus songs, an alternate mix of ‘The Wow! Signal’ and demo tracks.

Lyrics

198X

i never second-guess fate, nothing can ever be late
if it was meant to be at all
we are the lucky ones now, no thermonuclear cloud will
put an end to this cannonball

whatever will be, will be; it’s out of our hands, you see
was it in ever at all?
we are the lucky ones now, no hyper-capitalist society
can put an end to this free-for-all

Agenda 21

someone has to die so that another can live
and you do not belong, you do not belong here
it’s become your home yet you keep killing your hosts
and you do not belong, you do not belong here

i heard the new order says it’s here to cover
up the fact we’re here to kill off everyone else
then it doesn’t matter whatever your colour
we’re the same, i get it now, i want to get out

and stay alive, no matter what the experts say is right
and stay alive, no matter what agenda 21

don’t fall for that alright
don’t fall for that white lie

what if we made the world a better place to live?
for no reason at all, for no reason at all
what a poisonous thought, treasonous to be kind
and it does not belong, it does not belong here

control all the people, hypodermic needle
immune to the brainwashing that took out the enfeeble
i have no agenda, number or a letter
i just want the others to be treated the same

and stay alive, no matter what the experts say is right
and stay alive, no matter what agenda 21

don’t fall for that alright
don’t fall for that white lie

The Effing News

now listen
if i was just a puppet, with strings around my fingers
just typing out the message the lizards want you hearing
then why do they complain so much ado about the nothing?
it’s like i can write what i want with no one listening

it’s nothing you want to know
we’re tracking what you view
what’s happening in your world
it’s just the effing news
you don’t want to be informed
you want “reality”
don’t say you haven’t been warned
that nothing comes for free
that’s the enemy
that’s the effing news, you see

my bosses
they didn’t like the first verse, they wanted you to know that
they have an iron fist on my writing like an autocrat
they only let me write it to plausibly deny it
and fire me and scapegoat me and call it fake news

whatever you wanna hear, it’s bound to be out there
whatever you wanna hear, it’s bound to be out there
whatever you wanna hear, it’s bound to be out there
this is the effing news

Across the Sea

Instrumental

Timezones

what can we do, are these our lives from here?
timezone apart, how can i sync with your ghost
we pass in the night, minds on different planes
but as i’m coming up…

you’re coming down
nothing will get you up
where we are now
where we are now

there seems no escape from the tyranny of time
always too long to wait for anything
i get up at 4, you get home at eight and clear your mind with tv
i fix mine with empty rules

nothing will bring me down
where we are now
where we are now
in time

2022

where’s the map? I need a map to know
just where i’ve been and where i am
where’s the app? i need an app to know
who i’m closest to and who they are

where’s the code? i need a code to know
if i’ve got the virus
where’s my neighbour been? i don’t know their name
i need to know now

who are you? you take your air back
i don’t wanna be breath friends
what the fuck, what do you mean it’s like the flu?
hey! don’t say that to my face

it’s 2021, it ain’t time to have fun
can you wait until twenty-two?
twenty-two

2020, it sucked the kumura
but 2021 is worse
22, i’m gonna make a call
it won’t matter one bit

don’t say that to my face
it’s 2021, it ain’t time to have fun
can you wait until twenty-two?

it’s 2021, it ain’t time to have fun
can you wait until twenty-two?
twenty-four

Rest Home at the End of the Universe

time will kill us all
and in the end i don’t want to die alone in space
far away from here there is a line we can cross
into new dimensions of time
and so quantum physics saved our lives
from the end of the universe
death will stay at home
and in the end we will live on as what we emerged from
neutrons, they can’t decide just which state they’re in
itching back and forth forever

ABQ (You're on Your Own)

we come in peace and love
and from the stars above, we call off
the rolling dice and cars and pull off
the plaster cast and say

you’re on your own
you’re on your own
i say, you’re on your own now
we don’t want to be the ones

a faulty hologram
vibrations of a string in 10D
brains in a high school lab in albuquerque
or in the outer reaches of our world, no

you’re on your own
i say, you’re on your own now
we don’t want to be the one
to find you, now
to hunt you down
don’t want to catch you, oh no
we don’t want to be the ones

to find you, now
to hunt you down
don’t want to catch you, oh no
we don’t want to be the ones

you’re on your own
you’re on your own
i say, you’re on your own now
we don’t want to be the ones

Billionaires

you won’t change the world by living from paycheck to check
we’re living in a billionaire’s dream
without money you are held back

illuminati, they haven’t got a thing on elon and jeff amazon
hermetic order, they haven’t got a thing on bill gates and siblings walton

you won’t ever see them living in a shotgun shack
their wealth only goes up
no matter how bad things get

the bilderbergers, they haven’t got a thing on larrys page and ellison
the mafia don, he hasn’t got a thing on all the mark zuckerberg clones

Generative Adversarial Network

Instrumental

The Best Move's Not to Play

we’ve got the big guns, stocked up for big fun
ballistic and guided, traditional and nukes
they’re pointed at your wives, kids, pets and your lives
there’s no escape forbid, a human error fluke

and now just as it was before
the best move’s not to play

if we get lazy, in case of crazy
it might be wise to consult a baby
now they might not say too much, and demand such and such
but they will spew more sense than you are making

and now just as it was before
the best move’s not to play

and now just as it was before
the best move’s not to play

i’ve got you in my sight, right back at you, comrade
and what about the world? it’s not on my list

and now just as it was before
the best move’s not to play

Nell

this is the day
the day that you will get on the train
i’ll never hear from you or your voice ever again
and i never knew your last name
don’t think i’ve forgotten
i don’t forget

Hide the Decline (We're No Better than You)

i don’t know what i’m doing
i’ve never read a journal on climate science before
all that i know i know from reading wishart and bellamy
don’t show me the door
i heard they hid the decline
and that was good enough for me and my backward advice
i heard they used a trick, they used a trick, they used a trick
to hide what they thought were Gaia’s white lies
i know i’m just a guy but they think they know better
and we’re no better than you
we’re no better than you
i’ve never worn a white coat
or learned the difference between mean, mode and median
still i feel i’m qualified
they’ve never been, never been, never been in a real job
argument over
i know i’m just a guy but they think they know better
cause they’re no better than you
and we’re no better than you
we’re no better than you
i know i’m just a fraud but they think they know better
cause they know better
and we know better than you
we know better than you
because we are the scientists and you are just denialists
because we are the nihilists and you are too idealistic
it makes one cry for the days before the internet ruined our collective intellect
we’re no better than you

Cindy's Kindy

there’s no room to move ’cause they let too many in
too many is too many is too many jacinda

if they don’t wanna listen then they won’t be the living
might have been

simply lock them out, tell them that they can’t come in
all because they want to scull hydroxychloroquine

if they don’t wanna listen then they won’t be the living
might have been

how do you sleep at night, keeping everyone alive
we’re all in cindy’s kindy, church at the drive-in

if they don’t wanna listen then they won’t be the living
get a grip

get a grip
get a grip on the world we live in
get a grip
get a grip
get a grip on the world we live in

we live under the dome, we don’t love to call it home
but it keeps the covid out so we don’t want to roam

if they don’t wanna listen then they won’t be the living
might have been

why don’t you move to your beloved home, sweden?
why don’t you move to your beloved home, sweden?
why don’t you move to your beloved home, sweden?
why don’t you move to your beloved home, sweden?

Drift

Instrumental

Landlords

we need you poor, so forever poor
if we compete on fruits of labour, we have none

we only know how to extract, we only think of the impact
when it hits our bottom lines or the types of wine we buy

parasite, itchy mite, neolithic appetite
greedy guts, full of pus, waiting for the bubble bust
out of sight, out of mind, while you pay up i’ll be fine
parasite? be polite, on the street you’ll be tonight

if you don’t pay more than half you earn
how will i afford avocado? we have none

we call ourselves the providers, but all we bring are the spiders
they can trap you in our web
as you watch our prices rise even higher

Band T-Shirt

i never saw the point in wearing ties
fake civility is lies
there’s nothing but the truth when you casualise
so put on a band t-shirt, don’t be shy
it has to be a black one, and outsized

band t-shirt, black t-shirt, band t-shirt, black

nirvana and the beatles, crowded house
the smashing pumpkins, weezer and pink floyd
the clash and ryan adams, the spice girls
as long as it’s a black shirt, it is good

band t-shirt, black t-shirt, band t-shirt, black

Petrov's False Alarm

if the radar never can lie
then it’s time for us to die
if the doomsday machine is set

but there’s something i don’t understand
that just five is enough to land
a boom that cannot be come back from
and blow us sky-high

i told them ‘false alarm’
they don’t wanna do us harm
i might have saved the world

they said ‘yes you are right’
‘your next shift is tonight’
you might have saved the world

but that’s your job

and i couldn’t tell my wife
how i might have saved her life
i was meant to be a nobody
but then the wall fell

i told them ‘false alarm’
they don’t wanna do us harm
i might have saved the world

they said ‘yes you are right’
‘your next shift is tonight’
you might have saved the world

but that’s your job

Evacuate

when i used to believe in things i knew weren’t true
i still hoped they were
now it takes a lot to want the world to be
that messed up, i learned

the more i talk, the worse it seems
the less i say, the worse it is

my world used to be so small that i could ride
across it daily
why did we surrender to the nine to five
’cause it means nothing

the more i talk, the worse it seems
the less i say, the worse it is

all of my friends, they might as well all be dead
evacuate
all of my friends, they might as well all be dead
nothing has changed
evacuate

The Everything

if you don’t want to look stupid
then you should not do stupid things
it ain’t hard to be misanthropic
but it takes love to be the king

so must you be the one to win?
must you be the everything?
i thought we were here to win, but
you must be the everything

if you don’t want to look nazi
then you should not do nazi things
if you want to be seen as a good
bada-bing, then don’t do the bad

so must you be the one to win?
must you be the everything?
i thought we were here to win, but
you must be the everything

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Undelete

Release Date : May 29, 2021
Artist : Anecdata
Genres : alt-rock, indie, new wave, post-punk, rock, synth, synthpop