Emulator

by Adrian Star

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1980's era pop style music. Album is entitled "Emulator" as nearly every electronic and drum sound was recorded using the legendary synthesizer/sampler EMU-Emulator II from 1984. Recorded only with musical instruments (including synthesizers) from 1982-1987. No soft synths were used. Inspired by such artists as Depeche Mode, Corey Hart, Berlin, Tears For Fears, Real Life, Naked Eyes, New Order, Eurogliders and many more pop/new wave artists of the 1980s.

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released January 1, 2014

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Adrian Star Phoenix, Arizona

Adrian Star is a 1980's anachronism in music. His synth-pop sound is influenced heavily by genres of the 80's such as New Wave, Top 40 Pop, and R&B Dance. He uses vintage hard synthesizers and older recording equipment to achieve his signature sound. He does not use any "soft synths" (software based synthesizers). He plays his basslines and melodies in real time by hand on hard vintage synths. ... more

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Track Name: Burning Higher
Never ever hesitating to tell me the words I want
You never make it complicated, giving me what I want
Working on the plans I'm making, my fever won't turn around
Contradicting all the pages, I don't want to bring it down

Got a fever burning higher
Hotter than a fire
Got a fever burning higher, higher

Confidence in your condition reminds me of my inhibitions
Every now and then I've faded, but coming right back to life

Got a fever burning higher, my heat is around you
Hotter than a fire, my flame surrounds you
Got a fever burning higher, higher

Working on the plans I'm making, my fever won't turn around
Contradicting all the pages, I don't want to bring it down

Got a fever burning higher, my heat is around you
Hotter than a fire, my flame surrounds you
Got a fever burning higher, higher
Got a fever burning higher, higher

Hotter than a fire, higher (extended)

My heat is around you
My flame surrounds you
Track Name: In The Dark
This time you're shaking in the cold
There's nothing left for you to hold
Ahh ahh ahh, ahh ahh ahh
Another night out in the dark
Ahh ahh ahh, ahh ahh ahh

Right at the end you suffer
Losing your love and your hunger
How will you break the chains that held you down
and tried to take your heart?

They say in time you're gonna fall

And all that time you suffered
Losing the love that you hungered
How could the chains that tie you
keep you from the one that held your heart?

Your love waits, your heart breaks
Your love waits, your heart breaks
Your love waits, your heart breaks

Ahh ahh ahh, ahh ahh ahh

Another night out in the dark

Right at the end you suffer
Losing your love and your hunger
How will you break the chains that held you down
and tried to take your heart?
And all that time you suffered
Losing the love that you hungered
How could the chains that tie you
keep you from the one that held your heart?

From the one that held your heart

Your love waits, your heart breaks
Your love waits
Another night out in the dark
Track Name: Dead Man's Dance
Have you ever crossed the path of a black cat?
I know better but I don't believe it
Have you walked under a ladder, then looked back
to see him staring at you in a cape and top hat?

Spellbound, they're here just for you
Captivated by the glow of the autumn moon
Spellbound, locked in a trance
Nothing left to do but the dead man's dance

Have you ever cracked a mirror and then knew
for seven years you'd pay for that too?
You go all the way to Salem looking for the cure
but in the House of Seven Gables you fall in a trap door

Spellbound, they're here just for you
Captivated by the glow of the autumn moon
Spellbound, locked in a trance
Nothing left to do but the dead man's dance

You run from Derby Street to the harbor
You think you're getting close but it keeps getting farther
The leaves on the ground are brown and many colors
Reminding you just how they die before the winter

Spellbound, they're here just for you
Captivated by the glow of the autumn moon
Spellbound, locked in a trance
Nothing left to do but the dead man's dance

Nothing left to do but the dead man's dance
Dead man's dance, dead man's dance
Track Name: Shadows
Into a way to make what
We want more of, so we'll take it
And in the light we're no one
As a dark copy, then they'll see us there

We are shadows. We exist out of the light
We are shadows. Forced to follow though we're right
Lonely shadows. We're never really there
We're only shadows

Individuality...
It is not what they can see

We are shadows. We exist out of the light
We are shadows. Forced to follow though we're right
Lonely shadows. Where nobody cares what you do
We're only shadows

It's tough enough just to be ourselves
In a world where they can't tell

That we are shadows. We're never really there
Lonely shadows. Nobody really cares
We are shadows. We're only shadows
Individuality...
It's not what they can see
It's tough enough just to be ourselves
In a world where they can't tell

We are shadows. We exist out of the light
We are shadows. Forced to follow though we're right
Lonely shadows. We're never really there
We're only shadows. Nobody really cares
We're only shadows. We exist out of the light
Lonely shadows. Forced to follow though we're right
Lonely shadows. We're never really there
We are shadows. Nobody really cares
Track Name: Heart Attack
It's been so long since I've seen you for the first time
Oh the rhythm in my chest beats out of time
It wonders when you'll be mine

Heart attack (heart attack)
You're giving me a heart attack (heart attack)
The only thing is you I lack
Come to me and stop this heart attack
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

Give me the time to make you, you all mine
Yeah eeh yeah eh
I've lost my breath waiting for your will
to share with me the rest

Heart attack (heart attack)
You're giving me a heart attack (heart attack)
The only thing is you I lack
Come to me and stop this heart attack

Heart attack (heart attack)
You're giving me a heart attack (heart attack)
The only thing is you I lack
Come to me and stop this heart attack
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh, oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Track Name: Little Jason
1985, way back home
Living for the day, that's all we'd know
We'd pile up all the leaves and burn a fire
while the Gipper made everything seem just fine
Walking to the park, father and sons
We'd stay all day til the night had come
Three dollars is all we had
But money didn't matter cause we had dad

Hey now, calling little Jason where are you?
Hey now, hey now little Jason I miss you

Everything that we would do
meant so much I already knew
I got older when I'd left and set
All grown up I'd never forget
One day I'd come back home
reminiscing of the life I'd known
Where did I go? Where's the little me?
I still miss you

Hey now, calling little Jason where are you?
Hey now, hey now little Jason I miss you

Everyone spoke face to face with comfort
Visit each other with no appointment
Life was real, '85 was something
My friends were not on a screen, they were someone

Hey now, calling little Jason where are you?
Hey now, hey now little Jason I miss you
Hey now, calling little Jason where are you?
Hey now, hey now little Jason I miss you
Track Name: Remember The Time
Bringing back the time
It's not too late to try
They tell you not to live in the past (but)
Remember those days and make them last

Well there's a little thing called memory lane
It's never closed, open everyday
Innocence, happiness
It grabs you in a care free way

It may be something you won't understand
but remembering makes me a better man
Don't think of the now that makes you cry... remember the time

You can't forget that summer
There was nothing better
They tell you not to live in the past
Remember those days and you make them last

Well there's a little thing called memory lane
It's never closed, open everyday
Innocence, happiness
The best things last even if in the past

If it feels right, it's worth a fight... it's something we both know is right
Don't think of the now that makes you cry... remember the time

It may be something you won't understand
but remembering makes me a better man
Don't think of the now that makes you cry... remember the time

If it feels right, it's worth a fight... it's something we all know is right
Don't think of the now that makes you cry... remember the time
Track Name: Obsession
Just that one time together, I never gave you my number
So how did you find me on your own?

I never gave you my real name or where I lived, oh no
And my pockets were empty, no ID or 411 on me

Oh, oh, oh, oh. Oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh.

Just that one time together, I never gave you my number
So how did you find me on your own?
That night was only touch and go

You say if you can't have me, then no one else can, oh no
And most people would freak out, but I stalked you to so let's get out
I watched you dressing in your house

We're crazy together. We're stalking together
We're obsessed together. We deserve each other

Just that one time together, you never gave me your number
But I found you easily on my own
Just that one time together, you never gave me your number
I found you easily on my own
That night was not just touch and go
That night was not just touch and go
Track Name: I'm Falling
I never thought this could happen
I never thought I could feel this way
Until this strange reaction today
You give me a new sensation
In a place that has no name
Something tells me I'll never feel the same
Now it's all changed

I'm falling, falling
Falling, falling
I'm falling, falling
Falling, falling

What have you done to me
I'm falling endlessly
I began to slip, I didn't know what was coming next
Even so, I was not prepared for this
Not prepared for this

I'm falling, falling
Falling, falling
I'm falling, falling
Falling, falling
Track Name: Turn & Go
You never know when you're not alone
The feeling it's right when it's not at all
There could be someone hiding their face
Waiting in an alley way
Who's wearing a coat that goes down to the ground
You're looking for help but there's no one around
You then see the person whom you already know
You turn back fast and away you go

Turn back fast and go
Answer questions with no
If they catch you, don't go

They tell you your taxes are long overdue
They tell you your friend's in the emergency room
They tell you anything to get you to talk
They'll want to know everything you've bought
The next thing you know they'll be breaking your leg
Letting you know it's revenge for your debt
Sounds like they just want to collect
Is it the mob or the government?

Turn back fast and go
Answer questions with no
If they catch you, don't go
Turn back fast and go
Answer questions with no
If they catch you, turn and go