Take to the Ocean and hit the Sun

by The Colours Seen From Behind

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The Colours Seen From Behind is the work of Mauro Costagli, head of OuZeL rec and drummer of Lo-fi Sucks!. Mauro writes and plays his own tunes under this pseudonym since 1999, when the tape-label CVR (ONQ, Cefodie, Burt Reynols Ensemble, Priscilla) released TCSFB's first C46 cassette containing 11 songs. A few years later the Colours shared a split-tape with Morose for the British label Bliss in 2002, and appeared on a number of compilations both in Italy (for OuZeL, Under My Bed) and abroad (Dhyana, Germany; Fighting Godzilla, U.S.A.), but never had a chance to play live until 2006 when, for the first time, Mauro played his songs arranged for gutar and voice only, in a small venue in Tokyo. Since then, Mauro played live both alone and with friends, exploring different types of sound - say, indierock when he played in line-ups with gutars, bass and drums, as well as more experimental setups when accompained only by a cello and a cajon.
In late 2011 Mauro recorded four songs that have now been released as an EP entitled Take to the Ocean and Hit the Sun (OuZeL rec and Under My Bed rec, Autumn 2012).


The current line-up of the band is:
Mauro Costagli - voice and guitar
Simona Motta - cello
Alessandro Zangani - bass guitar
Sebastiano Rossi - guitar
Michele Truglio - drums

Associated acts:
Sebastiano and Alessandro play also in Do Nascimiento and June Miller;
Simona Motta played the cello in the first two records of Morose, and is a member of Uncomfortable Cigarettes.

Further info / concert info:
www.OuZeL.net

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released December 20, 2012

Words and music by Mauro Costagli.
All sounds by Mauro Costagli (voice, guitars, drums, organs, piano), Simona Motta (cello and backing vocals) and Alessandro Zangani (bass and fretless bass guitar).
Recorded by Sebastiano Rossi and Alessandro Zangani at Sottosuono / G.Grama Studio, Carrara, Italy.
Mixed by Sebastiano Rossi, Alessandro Zangani and Mauro Costagli at Sottosuono / G.Grama Studio, Carrara, Italy.
Mastered by Emilio Pozzolini of Port Royal at the Butcher Studio, Genova, Italy.
Front cover painting: "Fuga", by Simona Motta (oil, acrylic and wax crayon on canvas, 2011).
Produced by Sottosuono.
Released by OuZeL and Under My Bed recordings.

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Track Name: People I Know
on my way back home i see donkeys,
marching in a row and ridden by monkeys.
the crowd on the road flow through the traffic;
a stray dog alone is longing for home.

you are the people i know, people i know.

is this a fairy tale? is this what we are?
is this what we struggled for, all we can do so far?
the children stare at the moon dreaming of flying away;
a herd of sheep amok is turning into wolves.

you are the people i know, people i know.
Track Name: Dumb
ten years of silence waiting for something new to say,
i was afraid of new experiences, i built up huge defenses.
everything went on to an end: the old owl told me to look for my friends,
i didn’t understand because i’m deaf, because my eyes are blind
‘cause my eyes are blind.

it is dangerous to lean out when the train is running fast,
it is not easy to grab a cloud, jump on it and hear the sound,
’cause no sound can be heard by a deaf man:
no sound and no melody, no fantasy.

becoming dumb, becoming dumb. becoming dumb, becoming dumb.

gigantic holes in my heart are breathing the solar wind,
a wide space gracefully imploding.
and dumb, becoming dumb, becoming dumb.
Track Name: On the Road Again
i’m on the road again: no plan and no schedule my friend.
this is how i got here, this is how i will leave this place.

i leave an empty room: i won’t look back and shut the door.
i will just disappear and music will stop.

i sunk in my own self and surf its tidal waves, oh my dear.
this is how i brew my paint, this how i color love and rage.

standing on the edge, countless times i lost the game,
but i kept self-control.
this is what i’ve got: i’m on the road again.
Track Name: Oh! My Dear
oh my dear,
how long does it take for my heart to heal?
the time it takes for my shoes to fall apart,
the time you take to break my heart,
compared to it ... just a fart.

we went to amsterdam, then flew to new york,
i drove to chicago, you were not in chicago,
now my heart oh my god! falls apart.