Introspect

by Michael Oakley

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Bladetrain3r Left Behind is my vote for "Most 80s track of 2019" which is an achievement thanks to the retro synth explosion going on right now. It also immediately made me buy the album.

As for the rest, they aren't all 100% to my taste but Michael's silky smooth voice and technical mastery shine through in every track, while still showing bravery to experiment in each song. Favorite track: Left Behind.
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ROBOCROCKETT Without any doubt 'Left Behind' is 'the best vocal (sytnth) song (ever) of 2019'

Welcome back to the 80s!! :) Favorite track: Left Behind.
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Shawn Robak I had really enjoyed Michael's previous album "California" - but this album takes it to a whole new level. There is a LOT of musical maturity in the whole Introspect album on many fronts... buildups into delightfully complex arrangements as each song progresses - after starting with a familiar sound & feel to set the hook on each track. Great arrangements and production work and a signature and also matured vocal sound that would be right at home in any movie or tv show from 1985. XLNT! Enjoy! Favorite track: Crystal Ships.
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Michael Oakley releases his most ambitious project yet. Packed with masterful melodies and songwriting, Introspect is the quintessential Retro Lovers album. It has everything! Sit back and enjoy the Introspect vision.

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released March 8, 2019

Album Cover designed by Arkuma Hiyomoto
Photography by Brad A Kinnan

Huge thanks & credit in the making of this album goes to: Lynda Oakley, Ollie Wride,Israel Medina, Brad A. Kinnan, Pete Maher, Derek Elliotson, John Kunkel, Dana Jean Phoenix, James Meays, Chris Huggett, Philipp Johann D’Atri & Rowan J Parker.

Software used: Propellerhead Reason 10, Ableton 10, Reveal Sound Spire, Lennar Digital Sylenth1, UVI: Emulation 1&2, Darklight, OB Legacy, USQ 1, Waverunner, FM Suite & EGP. Korg M1, TAL U NO LX, Rob Papen Blue and Dexed.

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Track Name: Left Behind
Holding on to something that will never come back
Your childhood’s gone and we’re moving
Every moment will pass
And the dream you sold to pay for some romantic affair
Was the lie you told yourself when no one else was there

God knows all of the roads I’ve travelled
Lying lowly beneath the shadows
All the time wishing I was giving more…

More
You gotta give more
You gotta give more
To keep this dream alive
You gotta give more
You gotta give more
So we aren’t left behind

So surreal
This kaleidoscoped reality
Wasted years
Trying to be something I’m not

Sick and tired of this mask I’m wearing
Tied and bound to a cross I’m bearing
All the time wishing I was giving more…

More
You gotta give more
You gotta give more
To keep this dream alive
You gotta give more
You gotta give more
So we aren’t left behind
Track Name: Crystal Ships
I’ve been living in the same dream
I’ve got every one of your moves down
Time slipped from your hour glass
So I’m laying all the memories out
We’re dreamers, trailblazer keepers
Who think they know it all
We were sailing by the lonely street lights
Never thought we’d fall

In my darkest days I’m falling down
Give me wings to fly this cold heart out

Sometimes I get this feeling, it comes and goes
Wonder what my life would be with you here but I’ll never know
Cause it’s cold on the outside
I’ll spend my whole life waiting for one more chance
My arms are reaching to hold you and join in the dance
Or are we crystal ships just passing by?

So I’m hanging to a night scene
In the town that we both carved out
Traced our idols from the big screen
But now the picture’s losing sound
Oh your voice fills my head
Can you tell me where you’ve run
Cause the lonely street lights hold no answers
On what this world’s become without you

Running every risk to claim ourselves
Taking chances like nobody else

Sometimes I get this feeling, it comes and goes
Wonder what my life would be with you here but I’ll never know
Cause it’s cold on the outside
I’ll spend my whole life waiting for one more chance
My arms are reaching to hold you and join in the dance
Or are we crystal ships just passing by?
Track Name: Control
Calling from a distance
I hear your voice again
All the signs are pointing to
What I don’t understand

Are you now the kiss of life hiding in the dark
Cause every time I’ve reached alone
Feels like I’m missing every mark

I’ll take a chance tonight
Another roll of the dice
I can’t lose with you…

High… But you’re falling like the rain
Blinded by illusion, but you do it all over again
High… You know it’s just a game
Not looking for forever
Just a chance to start again

They say I’m out of action
Losing all control
I’m keeping count of every move
In a city I call home
You never gave a warning
Like an arrow tears the sky
Bring me to my senses cause tomorrows open wide

I feel more alive than I ever did in time
I can’t lose with you

High… But you’re falling like the rain
Blinded by illusion, but you do it all over again
High… You know it’s just a game
Not looking for forever
I just wanna start over again
Track Name: Rain
I’ve got to get out
This city’s like a graveyard pulling me down
I scream and I shout
But no one hears the words that I’m trying to say
I’ve been feeling for a while like I don’t belong
Been tryin to get it right but so far I’ve been wrong
And even though I’m weak I’ve been trying to be strong
For too long, too long, too long, too long…

These are the days when the rain pours down
You’re never sure if you’re lost or found
If I could be someone else for a day
Maybe I’d find my way back home

I’ll pretend that I’m lost
On the tail of an Atlantic breeze
I’ll be the man that I want
The kind that writes his own philosophies
You know it’s funny how we strive for a lifetime
Never knowing what it is that can satisfy
It’s the only thought that fills a one track mind
To keep on, keep on, keep on, keep on…

These are the days when the rain pours down
You’re never sure if you’re lost or found
If I could be someone else for a day
Maybe I’d find my way back home
These are the days when the rain pours down
Thirty years caught in a border town
So take a chance and step out
Maybe we’ll find a way back home
Track Name: Now I'm Alive (Feat. Dana Jean Phoenix)
I’m in the dark all alone
Devoid surrounding me
I hear your voice in muffled tones
I’m reaching to you, see me
I feel your heat, your electricity
Digital love, your source code is holding me

And some say this ain’t real
But how do they know what we feel?
You don’t need to explain and neither do I
Cause with you by my side now, now I’m alive

Out here we stand, two of a kind
We’ll take on every leap, pave the lines
They’re shutting down the sun on young lovers dream
So we lit up on our own for this land to see

They tried to shake us, to separate us
Why don’t those haters see that they can’t break us?

Some say this ain’t real
But how do they know what we feel?
You don’t need to explain and neither do I
Cause with you by my side now, now I’m alive
Track Name: Push It To The Limit
Working for this town
A stranger to myself
He's waiting for the showdown
He took a chance like nobody else
Down by the harbour
He works the five day line
Holding to your Daddy's words
"Never lose what's in your sight"

It don't matter what they say
There ain't no price on tryin' to change
Grabbing hands just want a taste
Of everything you work for

Push it to the limit
Gonna take what's mine
Push it to the limit
Cause you're the only thing on my mind

Dawn upon wasteland
Now in my rear view sight
Got a ticket to the border
I don't know where I'll land tonight
Over the Peace Bridge coasting
I'm chasing Liberty's light
Don't give in, give it all you've got

I've taken measures
and laid my master plan
Surfed every channel
and mapped the desert sands
With an unrelenting smile I spin
Upon the wheels of chance
Never lost what's in my sight
Track Name: American Dream
I'm a head of over thinking
Hanging to a thinning thread
I’ve been searching in the rubble
For the pieces of a dream I still have

With every, televised distraction
Can’t shake what’s in my sights
And I’m 15 going on 35 and forever be
the boy from high school in the back of my mind

Woah American dream
Blinded by the city lights shining on me
Woah American Dream
You’re everything I wanted and all I want to see

With all these things I see
In my American Dream

My American dream

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