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Notions

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A year after the digital EP "Love Songs for Instant Success", Prins Obi (Baby Guru) is back with his first solo album, entitled "Notions".

“Notions” is a personal diary of convictions, sensations and hallucinations, in the form of 11 tracks, some recently written and others dating back even 10 years ago. The album was recorded at a leisurely pace during 2014 with the valuable assistance of King Elephant and featuring special guests such as Sir Kosmiche, Kon Kon, KU and Christina. It is an amalgam of pop songwriting and electronic music (with particular emphasis on the use of the Moog synthesizer) and carries psychedelic frills and an aroma of late 60's-early 70's, but with unexpected changes in style.

"Notions" is released on CD, LP + bonus cd and digital album from Inner Ear.

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released November 18, 2014

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Written and produced by George 'Prins Obi' Dimakis
except "Couples" written by Prins Obi & KU

Recorded at King Elephant's basement
Co-produced, engineered and mixed by King Elephant
Mastered by Yiannis Christodoulatos at Sweetspot

Prins Obi: vocals, Moog synthesizer, keyboards, vocoder, acoustic guitar, percussion
King Elephant: drums, percussion, programming, synth bass
Sir Kosmiche: bass on "Sorrow", "The Warmest Colour" & "Naked Dancers Union"
Kon Kon: acoustic guitar on "Weekend Lovers", "Kineta" & "Naked Dancers Union"
Christina: backing vocals on "Weekend Lovers"
KU: backing vocals on "Couples"

God bless The Dream Warriors

Cover photo by Eftychia Vlachou
Artwork by Ifigenia Vasiliou

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Prins Obi Athens, Greece

Prins Obi is the moniker of Georgios Dimakis: musician, pharmacist and member of Baby Guru.
In December 2013, his digital EP “Love Songs for Instant Success” was given as a free download, while in November 2014 his first solo album, entitled “Notions”, was released from Inner Ear. His sophomore LP, “The Age of Tourlou”, is out now and it will be played live with the help of The Dream Warriors. ... more

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Track Name: Weekend Lovers
once in a while we steal some time to hit the road
like a bunch of weekend lovers
lose track of time, I think I'm blind, you're not really mine
but the mystery still hovers
get it straight, time to cultivate or alienate
keeping all the good times
forget our fears, lies through the years
and we're moving around

despite our doubts and the promises
we still can't decide and it all comes down
feels like we're spinning round

once in a while we steal some time to hit the road
like a bunch of weekend lovers
lose track of time, I think I'm blind, you're not really mine
but the mystery still hovers
get it straight, time to cultivate or alienate
keeping all the good times
forget our fears, lies through the years
and we're moving around

despite our doubts and the promises
we still can't decide and it all comes down
feels like we're spinning round
Track Name: Sorrow
you say that it's alright, I can't believe you
there's a secret sorrow hanging over you
do you think we can try it?
do you think we can work things out?
broken promises, that's what life is about

you can share the pain with me
I can wait until it's over
all the dreams have now wore thin
we are dead inside and sober

you stare at the skyline seeking for the truth
dive in the colours to rearrange your youth
all that you lived for
seems to fade away
someone is drowning, another soul betrayed

you can share the pain with me
I can wait until it's over
all the dreams have now wore thin
we are dead inside and sober
Track Name: Evening Gown
she's a seasoned prophet dancing on the beach
then she floats above with an air of grief
till she lands on the water skipping sacred stones
she wears the strangest stars on her evening gown
duplicates the words of forgotten souls
and she stares at the stillness of a thousand winds
collecting promises and spreading them across the breeze
you can see her singing rhymes to a bottomless well
she wears the strangest stars on her evening gown
duplicates the words of forgotten souls
she wears the strangest stars on her evening gown
duplicates the words of forgotten souls
Track Name: Larry the King
Larry the King is a four track operator
he did some production for the military band
later on, he did music for the movies
he never had in mind to become a star
Larry the King never drinks coffee
you will never see him high on drugs
he's only obsessed with the pineapple juices
add some milk, let him do the math

and the girls in the van would say:
"Larry, can we go any faster?"
he would laugh like a five-year-old
who is plotting disasters

Larry the King is a freak of a nature
his intelligence overcomes the average man
he drowns himself in a river of samples
he promised me he would never start a band

and the girls in the van would say:
"Larry, can we go any faster?"
he would laugh like a five-year-old
who is plotting disasters
and the girls in the van would say:
"Larry, can we go any faster?"
Larry, Larry, Larry, quite contrary
he would laugh like a five-year-old
who is having fun
Track Name: Those Stormy Eyes
those stormy eyes have seen so much to talk about it
magic in disguise, it goes around without a warning
they've seen the sun, they've seen the skies
they've seen the ever-changing light

those tired eyes can't find no rest or comfort zone
magic in disguise, they seek redemption through this song
I've seen the moon, I've shut the blinds
I've watched the ever-turning tides
Track Name: Notions
Hazy Jane lost her mind
sacred spirits so naive
burn the bridge, hum the tune
bring the fairness, spoil the kids
now the silence takes its form
ringing voices, where you've been?
have you travelled way too low?
have you vanished from the scene?

we rise into this perfect motion
oh, to fly again

γυαλιστερές επιφάνεις, σκάρτες διαφάνειες
τα ποντίκια στέκονται μπροστά στο laptop
και λοιδορούν

Hazy Jane lost her mind
sacred spirits so naive
burn the bridge, hum the tune
bring the fairness we can use
now the silence takes its form
ringing voices, where you've been?
have you travelled way too low?
have you vanished from the scene?

we rise into this perfect motion
oh, to fly again
we fall in a cascade of notions
oh, to learn again
Track Name: The Warmest Colour
give it time and maybe learn to shine
let your life blessed with your passions
step outside, crawling back inside
there's no pride left in this madhouse
learn to fall, now you're on your own
the love of your life is the girl next door
break the vows, survive anyhow
all is dream, all is forgotten

exposing all your silver babies
out on the desert shore
place them on the crimson carpet
that lies on the ocean floor

give it time, maybe learn to smile
all your life, roaming through darkness
I could see the design, hear your muted cries
telling lies, prepare some confessions

exposing all your silver babies
out on the desert shore
place them on the crimson carpet
all in a row, all in a row
Track Name: Couples
Precious Lisa, you need a man
I have to earn before I learn to spend
got to admit that our distance grows
Sweet Ophelia, let the burden flow
every now and then I'm touching your soul
got to admit that we need to let it go
Lady Banana, touch me there
I can feel the weight on your neck
let's get together and shove it all to heck

everything's brighter now
and we found a way to grow
isn't it funny how
everything took its round?

Precious Lisa, you need a man
I have to earn before I learn to spend
got to admit that our distance grows
Sweet Ophelia, let the burden flow
every now and then I'm touching your soul
got to admit that we need to let it go
Lady Banana, touch me there
I can feel the weight on your neck
let's get together and shove it all to heck

everything's brighter now
and we found a way to grow
isn't it funny how
everything took its round?
Track Name: Idolize You
seal your boogie nights with class and deceit
glorify all you've got to say
rest your weary head, ignore your beliefs
starting all over again

in all your parades and dances
I'm looking for the one
who can stand in your way

you don't care about anything at all
you just mind your own business
your compassion is nowhere to be found
your mongrel eyes defy restraints

in all your parades and dances
I'm looking for the one
who can stand in your way
stand in your way

blame it on the eerie state that we're in
interweaven with loads of confusion
isolating the most precious sentiment
I found out you're something else
no one doubts about your prevalence
but turn it around
keep your feet on the ground
keep your feet on the ground
Track Name: Naked Dancers Union
lift me higher, quicken the pace for the carnival fest
your desire has begun to create all this mess
lift me higher, quicken the pace for the carnival fest
your desire has begun to create all this mess

let the sunlight play around your hair with grace
rejoice and sing along
this monster they've built, has to be taken down
we'll cover its screams with our song

there's no one to point the finger at
it's a hell of our own device
you can't blame the authorities
the enemy nestles inside us

we belong to the silly race
that fucks around and never takes the blame
hurting each other
we're attached to a phony world
with Facebook addicts and semi-precious whores
drowning each other
we should turn it upside down
stop the pretense, try to find the light
helping each other
'cause inside these dirty deeds
there's a spark that shines for you and me
loving each other