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The Age of Tourlou

by Prins Obi

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about

Once Prins Obi completed recording the fourth Baby Guru album with his other three friends and band co-members, everybody was happy but he, in a moment of an unfulfilled creative need, proposed to others to continue to record and make the album a double LP. The remaining three, advised him to leave the album in peace (and they did very well so).

But a need for further expression was eating him up inside, so he decided to put aside the space opera (called "Fanfare for the Astro-Man") that he was working on but to keep its most interesting musical moments, which he recorded at Sundayman’s Inhousemusic Studio with the artist’s valuable help. Alongside he jammed at King Elephant’s Marginalia Studio with the new Dream Warriors (with members from The Voyage Limpid Sound, Chickn and Baby Guru) and occasionally with Baby Guru themselves, trying to put in order the ideas that he composed during his free weekends by the sea.

The result of all these is called ¨The Age of Tourlou”, a project of multi-sided philosophy and at the same time a tribute to pop culture. An album about the collapse of ideologies and mockery of the modern Western world, but also the necessary lightness that a man has to seek at certain moments in order to cope with the unbearable weight he is bearing.

¨The Age of Tourlou” will be out on limited edition red vinyl LP (+cd version) and digital album on Record Store Day 2017 via Inner Ear.

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released April 22, 2017

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Written and produced by Georgios 'Prins Obi' Dimakis except "Into the Light" (additional music by Sergios Voudris), "Finish What You Start" (additional music by Angelos Krallis), "Heavy Feet" (lyrics and additional music by KU) and "Flower Child" (additional music by King Elephant)

Creative assistance by King Elephant, Sergios Voudris, Angelos Krallis, Sundayman and Kon Kon (God bless The Dream Warriors)

Recording sessions for this album started in February 2016 and concluded in June 2016 (Athens, Greece)
Mixed by King Elephant at Marginalia Studio (July-August 2016)
Mastered by Yiannis Christodoulatos at Sweetspot Studio (September-October 2016)

Artwork by Kostas Pantoulas
Graphic design by Ifigenia Vasiliou

"Into the Light", "Astro-Man Theme" and "Chasing Baboons" are excerpts from the soundtrack of the (yet) unfinished space opera "Fanfare for the Astro-Man"

* click on each track for detailed credits

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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: Anatolian Rock
Anatolian Rock, you make me feel so incompetent
Anatolian Rock, I feel like I'm being beaten
Anatolian Rock, I think I'm only spinning
Anatolian Rock, on this iPod you're only winning

Blackwood secrecy, a band from Japan
can't compete with your genuine brand
eastern flourishes, arpeggios from hell
perfect grooves, I'm a fool for you Anatolian Rock

Anatolian Rock, you're teasing me
can't really foresee where I'm gonna be
a girl from Venus and a flower child
can't compare to your eastern vibe
(Anatolian Rock, you make me feel so incompetent
Anatolian Rock, I feel like I'm being beaten)

Royal secrecy, not even Steely Dan
can't compare to my unrequited love
snakes on fire chanting for Allah
aphrodisiac vibes, I'm a fool for you Anatolian Rock
Track Name: Too Demanding
place your faith in friends, learn to absorb
guide the spinning wheel, don't be too demanding
embrace the challenges stirring up your life
there's also wealth in quietness, never be too demanding
take your lover down, show her around
she can have everything, never be demanding
your superstition takes a lot of your brain
time to get over it, you're too demanding

hearing their whispers, kissing the tide
don't get too formal, you will end up more wise

place your faith in friends, learn to absorb
guide the spinning wheel, don't be too demanding
embrace the challenges stirring up your life
there's also wealth in quietness, never be too demanding
take your lover down, show her around
she can have everything, she can't be demanding
this constellation is a ghost of the past
relics and remnants, time is too demanding

there's dust on the water, the leaves begin to sway
cherish the moment, nothing really stays the same
look up their faces, see yourself through their eyes
they're here to help you, not alone in this fight
Track Name: Distant Cousins
every facet of the galaxy transforms into you
there's little time for the big surprise, we've got to assume
in a minute, we won't be there, we'll disappear
is the vacuum-star-eternity the same as fear?

It's your burnt emotion blazing in the dark
and your stranded devotion from the other side
you kept me waiting somewhere in between
just a victim of your meteorite (meteorite)

with a shockwave of centurions you left too soon (too soon, too soon)
you can't really blame the Cylons for the sinister move (their move, our move)
you're the source of inspiration when you're kicking your wife (your wife, your wife)
or disrupt the harmony with your vicious mind (your mind, their mind)

It's your burnt emotion blazing in the dark
and your stranded devotion from the other side
have you kept me waiting somewhere in between?
just a victim of your uncertain kind
you're a deft companion swimming in a stream
I think I'll follow, you're my everything
and your widened vision hiding in the dark
distant cousins of the finest kind, big surprise
Track Name: Into the Light
you felt it in your precious moments
staring at that look in her eyes
those ringing sounds don't seem so scary
the tweeting birds have eased your mind

into the void… and I start to fall
into the light… and I fly once more

confined in your self-imposed exile
you taste the sorrow in your mouth
waiting for the non-believers
their talking tree begins to sprout

into the void… and I start to fall
into the light… where I glide
Track Name: Rafinity
let not the mighty man boast of his might
Lord, I'm going home tonight
for all that you wished for
for all you've left behind
love, I'm coming home tonight

those distant, gilded treasures
banished from my sight
they fell into a sea of glitter
buy I got you by my side

let not the mighty man boast of his might
Lord, I'm going home tonight
for all that you wished for
for all you've left behind
love, I'm coming home tonight

the distant, golden pleasures
now they seem obscene
I have to cross the limits
giving birth to a sparkle deep within
Track Name: Finish What You Start
take your artifacts and make them shine
like the fiercest glaze
if it works for you, hit the wall
you need someone to blame
let the phonies in, control your life
now you've got it made
quitting everything and everyone
before it is too late

I always tell you, "finish what you start"
but you're hanging around
don't you know I have the mind of a Guru?
despite the facts I'm not better than you
but you're crossing the line
I know you live the life of a Zulu
dipping your fingers in the huge cosmic hole
the world is so small
I think you're losing your way
like a monster with dope in his brain
half-finished stew
maybe we're going insane

pack your things and leave this town
back into the wild
save your prayers, keep them underground
sing them for a while
for the ugly elements locked inside the safe
won't restore the evidence and let you glide into the light

I always tell you, "finish what you start"
but you're hanging around
don't you know I have the mind of a Guru?
despite the facts I'm not better than you
but you're crossing the line
I know you lead the life of a Zulu
dipping your fingers in the huge cosmic hole
the world is so small
I think you're losing your way
like a monster with dope in his brain
half-finished day
maybe we're going insane
Track Name: Chasing Baboons
lean on the promise of the eastern delight
learning to speak with half-closed mind
floating around on a piece of a ground
have you gazed at the signs of the eagull?
lost in the jungle chasing baboons
kissing the silence and the empty spoons
one step at a time and the words really rhyme
have you noticed the flight of the seagulls?

take the promise of the eastern delight
learning to sleep with half-closed eyes
floating around on a piece of a ground
have you gazed at the signs of the eagull?
wondering why the song doesn't rhyme
have you noticed the signs of the seagulls?
Track Name: Reserve the Right to Fail
I sit here feeling lonely
I miss everybody's moaning
in my heart I'm feeling empty
and some people are a distant memory
I wish I could stop pretending
that a bigger world awaits for me
now I am older
and the childhood dreams have ceased to be
and I have grown colder
the walls are coming closer
I need an ounce of magic
to release me from the tragic...

…situation that I've put myself again and again
feeling lost, lost, lost

mama, I'm not a hero
at least I'm not a zero
I reserve the right to fail
but I still remain afraid
now I am older
and the walls are coming closer
I need an ounce of magic
to release me from the tragic…

…situation that I've put myself again and again
and I've caught myself sick of this fight
feeling lost, lost, lost, lost
Track Name: Galactika
Battlestar Galactika, aaa
Track Name: Heavy Feet
heavy feet, where do you go?
seasons fly against you now
let the sun show you where's the gold
starry eyes, you are afraid
did you learn how to behave?
I can tell you are in denial

in this universe of abdication
where is your inclination?
your refusals begin to shutter
and you feel that you're just a modern man
in this universe of accusations
you are starting to lose your patience
your excuses are your bread and butter
'cause you know you're just a modern man

confrontations will surpass
your aggression is world class
and your decompression will not last
tell me now, is it a fraud?
is it you and isn't it hard
to arrange your field of regard?

in this universe of different options
what's the point of your rust corruption?
you can tell me that you cannot be bothered
but I know you're just a modern man
I don't care what you are after
I don't care for your sarcastic laughter
when I see you I don't mean to stutter
but I guess I'm just a modern man
Track Name: The Age of Tourlou
lean on the promise of the eastern delight
learning to fall with the western demise
spinning around in a whirlpool
someone dies for you tonight
lost in the jungle chasing baboons
kissing the silence and the empty spoons
when all those innocent seagulls
became birds of prey?

where is the sound of the silent alarm?
reaping your mind like a thunderous bark
forget the monsters with dope in their brain
I'm wondering if you could hear those golden whispers

lean on the promise of the eastern delight
learning to speak with half-closed mind
spinning around in a whirlpool
I could die for you tonight

where is the sound of the silent alarm?
reaping your mind like a thunderous bark
forget the monsters with dope in their brain
I'm wondering if you could hear...

…those golden whispers kissing the tide
crossing the airlines, kissing your mind
there's blood in your nostrils, a flock of baboons
nowhere to lean on, it's the age of tourlou
Track Name: Flower Child
I got love and no restraints
into my heart again
so please tell me your little secret
before I die in vain
all these people going nowhere
am I one of them?
trading essence for connections
they just buy and sell

flower child, flower child

you just whisper little secrets
into a dying tree (dying tree)
reaching out for protection
can you just let them be?
(let them be into a dying tree)

flower child (flower child)
flower child (flower child)