Wide Lying Smiles

by Nick and the Sun Machine

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Wide Lying Smiles is the debut album by St Albans based rock/folk/pop four-piece Nick and the Sun Machine. It's also the second studio album by established singer/songwriter Nick Stephenson.

The album consists of 11 new recordings that range from melodic folk rock songs like 'White Chalk' and 'Baby A' to the edgier, more progressive sounds of 'Fast Learner', 'Dream Fly' and 'Winters Blazes'.

It also contains blistering hard rock in 'Stoned Aching' and intricate folk balladry in 'For Her'. The bands four-part harmonies are all over the record and give the album a sense of unity amongst the various musical styles.

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released March 8, 2014

All songs by Nick Stephenson, arranged by The Sun Machine

Nick and the Sun Machine are:

Nick Stephenson: Lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar (on track 10)
Michael J Scott: Lead guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, synths
Joe White: Bass guitar, backing vocals
Simon Hadwin: Drums, percussion, melodica, backing vocals

Produced by Andy J Davies
Artwork by George White

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Nick and the Sun Machine Saint Albans, UK

‘Nick and the Sun Machine’ are an Alternative Folk/Rock band from St Albans, Hertfordshire and formed in March 2012.

Their sound is informed by contemporary innovators such as Animal Collective and Wild Beasts but also the inventive, angular pop of Blur and multi layered harmonies of The Beach Boys.
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Track Name: White Chalk
White Chalk on my level plane, rest my thoughts on the things that change

High up on the slops we did climb
Drinking up the patchwork skyline
Bring back thoughts of the strongest life
Love was never lost
Be it hard, be it kind and..

Don’t take comfort in what stays the same
Rest my thoughts on the things that change

Undulations, slopes of bracken
Fought so hard to get back here and the ground is white
Memory stirs my soul
I see magic I can’t control and I..

Don’t take comfort in what stays the same
Rest my thoughts on the things that change
Don’t take comfort in what stays the same
As I pour white chalk on this level plane

If the world was this stired, I could put my words to rest
If nature ruled the earth, could not be sold at any cost
Would you think about it at any price?
Would you think about it at all?

I will leave a poem of loss, pinned against a thicket I can’t pass, had my way with covers and classics
Do away with the tragic romantic and I..

Don’t take comfort in what stays the same
Rest my thoughts on the things that change
Don’t take comfort in what stays the same As I pour white chalk on this level plane
Track Name: Ask Me For My Name
Same recurring dream again, sticks his fingers into place, standing proud among the world entire.

Save the lives of many more, his magazine article, darkness for the painting dark desire.

Pleased to look upon the place, watercolour rich with space, dreamed up for the empty minded snakes.

Venom is a casualty, words and smoke loose me all power needs and antidote to take.

Wish that I could talk to you; wish I always walked with you just to know what you’re going through

And it’s only you that asks me, only you that asks me, only you that asks me for my name.
Track Name: Acid Rain Clouds
Plastered to seating in the heart of town, anger shouts at an unseen man. The woman squeezes the device in her hand, she’s red as iron, casts a throwing stone

Throwing stones

Better not tease or belittle or boast. Red reactions and electric fires. Don’t relent, deceive, abuse or toast the remnants of your hearts desires

Your desires

Filthy washing line hanging over her head
Acid rain clouds
Scold the drift of time, undercurrent of dread
Acid rain clouds

Foul lament corrodes a forest of dreams
Notes reside beside a burning brick wall
If all that matters is the climb to the top
Don’t waste you seconds coz this won’t shield your soul

Shield your soul

Filthy washing line hanging over her head
Acid rain clouds
Scold the drift of time, undercurrent of dread
Acid rain clouds

Paper words cut close shredding you into pieces
You’re disposable
Open nerves you sold, you delight in just tasting the fruit of stale revolt.

Fruit of stale revolt
Track Name: Fiery Sky
Am I gonna haunt your mind forever?
Am I gonna run for shelter?
Now I know this decision is right
If I were to haunt your mind

And I’m gonna warn you everyday
To run with me, fight with me; dine with this fool in a fiery sky

There’d be satisfaction on both our sides
Am I gonna make you run with me through the world?
Coz to the world that would be an impossibility
To the world any sign of love it seems free

And I’m gonna warn you everyday
To run with me, fight with me; dine with this fool in a fiery sky

In a fiery sky (repeated)
Track Name: Baby A
An empty vessel lies awake. I sink my ship, I loose my un- abandoned prey
And I want to see what’s in your way
I get horses down to ruin stages flying phase

And I’ve got no mind to be tied down or be confined
Baby I’ve got no mind

A sly snake moves and rattles thorns
And he cracks when he sees his ideas worn
Oh his thunder stolen, so put out
The tensions swollen and now there’s room for doubt
Room for doubt

And I’ve got no mind to be tied down or be confined
Baby I’ve got no mind

Oh I’ve been dreaming, dreaming drinking up my own mind! (repeat)
Track Name: For Her
On the wings of screaming trees, took her hand and wrote to me
I only saw what I wanted to see

Round the corner, driven to distraction, wind blowing up my coat
If I make a single mistake
She’ll hear the ruined words I wrote

I turned to take the woman’s hand she soothed and held a weary man.
Part affection, all belief
Singing as a goddess only can!

Now I know which way I want to see the life in her grow
She could not wish me elsewhere
I’d never willingly go
Track Name: Winters Blazes
Out on the street it’s a horror show of great proportions a pound spent here, a shadow clearer. Are cold breezes coming home to stay in houses?

Do you remember when things were lighter? When he was owner and held his own against the rope that pulled him down, tis the season to be older.

To put on shows of happy endings and happy beginnings look, look what you’re spending.

Look what you’re spending. Do brave faces come out to see you in mirrored places?

Circus lights at Piccadilly, saw the freak show, London’s stinking lines.
Bloody fists and twisted faces
Rat race virus
Winters blazes

Circus lights at Piccadilly, saw the freak show, London’s stinking lines.
Bloody fists and twisted faces
Rat race virus
Winters blazes

Out on the streets it’s a horror show
Track Name: Glass Clinic
Oh with issues getting bigger with could see life through glass eyes. And with mercy as an outfit, start to bridge our tangled minds.
Now it so easy to be thankful for what you know is real and harsh. Loose change could leave naked, give up love and give up laughs

Only a word, only a word to get you down
Only a world, only a world to leave you bound.

Peculiar workers are leaving home
Turning a corner on their own
Standing in waves of monochrome
Peculiar workers on their own
Are on their own
Are on their own

Oh with holes in tiny places and trees of great divide
And memory, tearing taste as if to shatter straightened lives.
Slide across the axis to divine and distant shapes
Clatter falls the rain cloud leaving galiant mistakes

Only a word, only a word to get you down
Only a world, only a world to leave you bound.

Peculiar workers are leaving home
Turning a corner on their own
Standing in waves of monochrome
Peculiar workers on their own
Are on their own
Are on their own
Track Name: Dream Fly
Empty headed, one of these guys, I didn’t recognise.
He had moustache, wore a blue jumper, piercing green eyes.
As we flew past cities, air borne shorts, rust in abandoned theme parks

Covered with rain, cover with rain, covered with rain, covered with rain!

Scrapers emerging, I’ll level with you coz you’ll never touch my cloud. A curious feeling I’m not meant to be, left in these strangers’ hands.
As we flew past cities, air borne thoughts, rust in abandoned theme parks

Covered with rain, cover with rain, covered with rain, covered with rain!

Out of the only ones I knew, he was sitting there, drum sticks in his hands, a most peculiar stare.
I had a thought that we could crash, meet the ocean floor, tangled tight in seaweed. Have we done this before?

With logic hanging loosely with a slight of hand, I could not let us fly. But I came close to jumping off the other ride. Brief moment of madness, catch it quickly it might vanish before that morning

I will wake up soon (repeat)

Am I still dreaming, in-between states, stuck on a mind warp bridge. A dangerous crossing, sharp silver below, leaves only a dazzling glow.
And I’ve got to find her and take my leave or soar deeper into these trees

Covered with rain, cover with rain, covered with rain, covered with rain!

Out of the only ones I knew, he was sitting there, reason on his mind, a most inviting stare.
I had a thought that we could crash, meet the ocean floor, tangled tight in seaweed. Have we done this before?

With logic hanging loosely and the other guys, I could not let us die. But I came close to jumping off the other ride

And I will get my passport, I did not get the chance to say goodbye that morning

I will wake up soon (repeat)
Track Name: Stoned Aching
Well I’m lying in a drainpipe, snowy white note. Hazy on a Monday, forget what I’m about.
I don’t have nothing and I don’t know what I need

In a room where I forgot myself surrounded by my friends. Heart keeps beating all for nothing, all for what I’ve spent and I don’t have nothing and I don’t know what I need.

Stoned aching breaks through your bedroom wall, can’t stop it from hitting you now, Stoned aching breaks through your bedroom walls, can’t stop it from hurting you now.
Stoned aching breaks through your bedroom walls, can’t stop it, can’t stop it no. Stoned aching breaks through your bedroom walls, can’t stop it from hitting, hitting you now.

Damaged from the shaking, infected through the veins, using what you need the most to saturate your brain.
You don’t have nothing and you don’t know what you need.

And your dropping by an underpass, waiting for an hour, friends are fascinated by it’s loving strange power and once you had nothing, now you know what you need.
You know what you need baby!!

Stoned aching breaks through your bedroom wall, can’t stop it from hitting you now, Stoned aching breaks through your bedroom walls, can’t stop it from hurting you now.
Stoned aching breaks through your bedroom walls, can’t stop it, can’t stop it no. Stoned aching breaks through your bedroom walls, can’t stop it from hitting, hitting you now.

Stoned Aching (repeated)
Track Name: Fast Learner
I have fallen to the floor, made big decisions I really tried before.
You are only what you perceive, raw as passion, unaffected (repeat)

We’ll go faster, all enhancing further, both of you know it when you’re a fast learner (repeat x4)

Wish I’d known enough to call you everyday

Everyday

You have gone so much further than you’d like, than you’d like (repeat x2)
We all like the complicated, creative thinkers.

We’ll go faster, all enhancing further, both of you know it when you’re a fast learner (repeat x4)

Wish I’d known enough to call you everyday yeah!