Reality Is My Play Thing (Double Album)

by Phi Yaan-Zek

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This expansive double album of genre-bending progressive tracks unites Yaan-Zek with a bunch of his long-time friends who happen to be a collection of the world’s most respected and revered instrumentalists. Reality… sees the continuation of Phi’s 15 year collaboration with global drum superstar Marco Minnemann (Steven Wilson, Aristocrats). Virtuoso keyboardist Lalle Larsson (Karmakanic, Anderson/Stolt) has a connection to the Phi’s story that runs even deeper, having worked with him since the early 90s. Rounding out the core band are Zappa band legend Mike Keneally on keyboards, vocals and guitar, and bassist-to-the-stars Bryan Beller providing the signature lowend presence that has underpinned records and tours by Satriani, Vai, Dethklok and The Aristocrats for the last two decades.

Recorded in the UK and Southern California Reality Is My Play Thing is an exhilarating blend of the intricate-yet-accessible west coast rock of Frank Zappa or Steely Dan together with a distinctly British off-kilter eccentricity (XTC, Gentle Giant, Cardiacs) married to the sweeping cinematic grandeur of Steven Wilson or even John Barry. The 11 year gestation has yielded an epic project - the core double album (expanded to a triple album for the special edition!) has two distinct halves - one disc is vocal and the second mostly instrumental. Maintaining a balance between accessibility and at times intense instrumental complexity, the entire set has a deeply cohesive feel that rewards deeper listening.

‘Music has its own timing’ says Phi, ‘I mean I have been releasing other albums since my last solo album Solar Flare in 2005’. There’s two albums as part of Marco Minnemann’s Normalizer Project, and 3 albums with Ley Lines, an improvising prog-fusion trio with IQ/Frost* drummer Andy Edwards and bassist Steve Lawson.

“Going against a world of instant gratification, this album needed the time to develop and gestate into something unique and beautiful. It’s about having the patience to let something evolve naturally. Besides I’m still working on albums I started over 20 years ago now!”

Available as a download in multiple formats, including high resolution 96k 24bit wav files, plus double CD and triple disc set editions.

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released June 21, 2018

Phi Yaan-Zek - vocals & guitar
Marco Minnemann - drums
Bryan Beller - bass
Mike Keneally - vocals, keyboards & guitar
Lalle Larsson - piano, electric piano & hammond organ
Ola Olsson - trumpet & flugelhorn
Murphy McCaleb - bass trombone
George Sleightholme - clarinet & bass clarinet

All music and lyrics written by Phi Yaan-Zek

Mixed by Phi Yaan-Zek at Sci-Phi Studios and Sylvan Studios

Mastered by Tim Debney at Fluid Mastering

Produced by Phi Yaan-Zek

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Track Name: Abigail's Place
Beyond the starry meadow
Where the Moon meets the Sun
Seven Sisters gather
To welcome everyone

A circle from the Heavens
Divided into five
Discard your fig leaf
And step through to feel alive - feel alive

We’re going, we’re going, we’re going, we’re going to Abigail’s Place
Yes we’re going, we’re going, we’re going, we’re going to Abigail’s Place (x2) - Abigail’s Place

The Maiden with her flowers
The Hunter with his bow
Pointing to the pathway
To where the river flows

A garden of the ages
Lights dancing everywhere
The finest jewels of feeling
There for us to share - us to share

We’re going, we’re going, we’re going, we’re going to Abigail’s Place
Yes we’re going, we’re going, we’re going, we’re going to Abigail’s Place (x2) - Abigail’s Place

I fly UFOs… I fly UFOs… I fly UFOs… I fly UFOs…
I fly UFOs… I fly UFOs… I fly UFOs… I fly UFOs…

Feel alive - feel alive

We’re going, we’re going, we’re going, we’re going to Abigail’s Place
Yes we’re going, we’re going, we’re going, we’re going to Abigail’s Place
We’re going, we’re going, we’re going, we’re going to Abigail’s Place
Yes we’re going, we’re going, we’re going, we’re going to Abigail’s Place - Abigail’s Place (x2)
Track Name: Down From The Mountain
Hiding - from everything I’ve ever left unsaid
When regret - can easily be a prison cell
Open up - to elements that will stimulate
The sun's out - so why still choose to hibernate

Coming down from the mountain
You can live life again
Give up the isolation
Don't get stuck in your head
Coming down from the mountain
Decide what you want to be
The heartache gives you the focus
To change your reality - change that reality

Exploding - like fireworks under the skin
My senses - are trying to take it all in
A time to - throw all care to the wind
My high horse - has taken off a galloping

Coming down from the mountain
You can live life again
Give up the isolation
Don't get stuck in your head
Coming down from the mountain
Decide what you want to be
The heartache gives you the focus
To change your reality - change that reality

Out of my head - you take me out of my head
Feeling good instead of dead
Out of my head - take me out of my head
Feeling good instead of dead
It all opens up when you jump off the edge

Coming down from the mountain
You can live life again
Give up the isolation
Don't get stuck in your head
Coming down from the mountain
Decide what you want to be
The heartache gives you the focus
To change your reality - change that reality - change that reality
Track Name: Kindling
Rekindle the fire
That childhood desire
Life was your play thing
Each feeling had wings
They came to deceive
Selling their bitter sweets
A state of decay
Moulded to their way

Living someone else’s life
Wed to regret, clothed in sorrow
Have to change don't realise
Can't postpone it till tomorrow

A life of control
The troll has his toll
Feed fear to the herd
What's normal is absurd
You're losing the pulse
Your dreams become dust
Can't lie to yourself
Inside Is your wealth

Living someone else’s life
Wed to regret, clothed in sorrow
Have to change don't realise
Can't postpone it till tomorrow

Programs to over ride
A spark inside
Potential energy
You're more than you seem
Rekindle the fire
Your childhood desire
A stick for the pile
To find that lost child

Living someone else’s life
Wed to regret, clothed in sorrow
Have to change don't realise
Can't postpone it till tomorrow
Track Name: Frequency Calling
No signal - seems broken
Your messages - forgotten
So borrow - this radio
And allow your - dreams to flow

Ever fearing - hidden danger
Interference - makes us strangers
These horizons - oceans apart
Destination - always takes me to my heart

Aah, haah, haah - your frequency’s calling
Aah, haah, haah - your frequency’s calling

Small labels - small boxes
It leaves me - unconscious
We’re shrinking - please say when
You’re head’s full - of spam again

In your smile - time moves slowly
All the while - you do know me
Interactions - from afar
Destination - always takes me to my heart

Aah, haah, haah - your frequency’s calling
Aah, haah, haah - your frequency’s calling
Aah, haah, haah - your frequency calling
Aah, haah, haah - this frequency’s calling

Dreaming sunshine - by your side
Recognising - we can't hide
Strong attraction - where you are
Destination - always takes me to my heart

Aah, haah, haah - your frequency’s calling
Aah, haah, haah - your frequency calling
Aah, haah, haah - your frequency’s calling
Aah, haah, haah - this frequency calling
Track Name: Break The Ice
Sometimes I feel I wanna cry
Let it out with a sigh
No matter how hard I try
It always stays stuck inside

My confidence went on holiday
And left a note for me to say
I'll be back when you learn to trust
Cos you create your own bad luck

And I'm the tin man from Oz
Looking for the heart he's lost
Wanting to take the risk
But moments are always missed
I’m frozen to the spot
The land that time forgot
Turned my back on life
Trapped in low fahrenheit
And I gotta do anything just to break the ice

Colder when I look away
Never let you have a say
I’ll pretend you’re unattainable
When I'm the one who's unavailable

Make of it what you will
The cure’s in a sugar pill
Things don't always click I know
Learn the lesson and let go

And I'm the tin man from Oz
Looking for the heart he's lost
Wanting to take the risk
Moments are always missed
I’m frozen to the spot
The land that time forgot
Turned my back on life
Trapped in low fahrenheit
And I gotta do anything just to break the ice

Found a coin in my shoe today
Must be a sign not to loose faith
No need to pay for each step I take
It’s no big deal to make mistakes

And I'm the tin man from Oz
Looking for the heart he's lost
Wanting to take the risk
Moments are always missed
I’m frozen to the spot
The land that time forgot
Turned my back on life
Trapped in low fahrenheit
And I gotta do anything just to break the ice
Yes do anything just to break the ice
Track Name: Wondrous Self
This stone I throw into the ocean
Connecting the dots, she's there in feeling
Each wave reveals the hidden places
Inner landscapes that she embraces

Come back to me
Like to dream it again you see
Come back to me
Oh what's the secret

Love to feel it
Love to know it
Everything
Opening to that
Wondrous Self
Wondrous Self
Wondrous Self
Wondrous Self

Catching the clues, edge of my vision
Your language has new, many new dimensions
Dissolved by a smile into the Ether
How can I talk by keeping silent?

Come back to me
Like to dream it again you see
Come back to me
Oh what's the secret

Love to feel it
Love to know it
Everything
Opening to that
Wondrous Self
Wondrous Self
Wondrous Self
Wondrous Self

Come back to me
Like to dream it again you see
Come back to me
Oh what's the secret

Love to feel it
Love to know it
Everything
Opening to that
Wondrous Self
Wondrous Self
Wondrous Self
Wondrous Self
Track Name: Subtle
Keep your head in the clouds
Emotions underground
It’s solitary confinement
While standing in a crowd

Bombarded by their choices
Become desensitised
Have to close my eyes to feel what's real
Beneath the fear and lies

It hides in the subtle
It hides in the subtle

Crossfade into twilight
The sandman hits his mark
There's a calling sign upon the door
For the glowing ones who pass

A faint haunting melody
Lingers in the air
The clocks all stop and fall apart
Sparks appear from nowhere

It hides in the subtle
It hides in the subtle
It hides in the subtle
It hides in the subtle

All activity ceases
Conformity starts to wake
The reality police will tell you
That what you saw didn't take place

It hides in the subtle
It hides in the subtle
It hides in the subtle
It hides in the subtle
Track Name: The Killer Of The Spontaneous
Got me armour-plated
But inside I'm so frustrated
With rusted ball and chain
I'm hostage to this hidden pain

Who took out all the fun?
This heaviness kills momentum
Easy to play it safe
But all that's left is empty space

Meet the killer of the spon-t-t-t-taneous
The killer of the spon-t-t-t-taneous

Who wants to pay the fine?
When bureaucrats run the mind
Act out what they want
Rubber stamp each response

Indulge in some Tourette’s
Grated cheese melts the best
It’s PC overload
Who's gonna play the scapegoat?

Meet the killer of the spon-t-t-t-taneous
The killer of the spon-t-t-t-taneous

Gotta find a way
To break out of automatic
And know how I really feel...
Gotta find a way
To break out of automatic
And know how I really feel...

Meet the killer of the spon-t-t-t-taneous
The killer of the spon-t-t-t-taneous
The killer of the spon-t-t-t-taneous
Meet the killer of the spon-t-t-t-taneous

Gotta find a way
To break out of automatic
And know how I really feel...
Gotta find a way
To break out of automatic
And know how I really feel...
Gotta find a way
To break out of automatic
And know how I really feel...
Gotta find a way
To break out of automatic
And know how I really feel...
Track Name: Threads
Aah gently weavin’
Back and forth I go
Mmm spin another yarn
With new clothes to show

Spend my moments
A picking at the holes
Until there's nothin’
Nothin’ left at all

If I was honest for just one time
You would see through my disguise
There would be nowhere left to hide
I feel these threads tuggin’ deep inside, intertwined, my hands are tied

What say, you today?

Pins and needles
Stimulate the skin
These snagging feelin’s
Unravelling at will

I’ll spend these moments
Picking at those holes
And still there's nothin’
Nothin’ left at all

If I was honest for just one time
You would see through my disguise
There would be nowhere left to hide
I feel these threads tuggin’ deep inside, intertwined, my hands are tied

If I was honest for just one time
You would see through my disguise
There would be nowhere left to hide
I feel these threads tuggin’ deep inside,
intertwined, my hands are tied,
so no more lies, let's get wise,
explore the skies, feel new highs,
win first prize, kiss your thighs,
and then decide?

What say, you today?
Track Name: Alive
Here and now is all
Bounce back from the fall
Circumvent my head
A new world to invent

Wanna be alive
Gonna dive into this feeling
Wanna be alive
Its time to wake up screaming
Wanna be alive
Gonna dive into this feeling
Wanna be alive
Kick start my very being, being, being

Turning into a zombie
I got to find the real me
And ooze into the zone
Embrace my flesh and bone

Wanna be alive
Gonna dive into this feeling
Wanna be alive
Its time to wake up screaming, screaming
Wanna be alive
Gonna dive into this feeling
Wanna be alive
Kick start my very being, being, being, being, being, be!

Wanna be alive
Gonna dive into this feeling
Wanna be alive
Its time to wake up screaming, screaming
Wanna be alive
Gonna dive into this feeling
Wanna be alive
Kick start my very being, being, being, being
being, being, being, being
being, being, being, be!
Track Name: Cryptic Terrestrials
“Imagine a gravity wave similar to the electromagnetic gravity wave that the Earth produces. The technology has existed for a long time to phase shift that wave, so that it will work against the natural gravity wave of the Earth. One of the many offshoots of this knowledge is the production of a craft capable of generating its own gravitational field. Being inside such a field doesn't exactly shield you, but fundamentally you are in… and this may be a rather strange way to say it… but it’s almost a different realm.”
Track Name: Also Sprach Die Kiwi
And the kiwi fruit said:
“We’re delish,
Eat us today,
We’re part of the fabric,
With which you can play.”
Track Name: One Of The Weirdest Things Just Happened...
Next saved message, received today at 5:45pm:

“Alright Phi, it’s Matt here, just thought I’d give you a quick call. One of the weirdest things just happened!

I can’t make any sense out of it cos er…
Just I’m stood out in the cold at the moment, freezing my bollocks off, near Avebury, underneath this little copse of trees and er… Coming back from work and I saw these two stars, that looked really weird…

And then um… I saw these other couple of stars I didn’t recognise. I got out of my car and this, just this huge black object just went over the, glided over the top of my head…

It was kind of cylindrical or disc shaped, which is big black object with two little lights on each end. It just went right over my head, it didn’t make any sound at all.

Didn’t (have) no winker light, it wasn’t a plane, I don’t know what the fuck it was. It’s just… totally crazy and I just wanted to er share that with you really cos er it’s so weird.

One of the weirdest things just happened.

I can’t make any sense out of it.

I’ll give you, might give you a call back sometime. I was just… anyway, I wanted to speak to someone, stood in the middle of a field at the moment looking at the night sky.

I’ll try and catch you a bit later. Hope you’re well. OK take care mate, bye.”

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