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''I have a hyena sleeping in my lap and it’s by this pale light now, that I see you my long lost youth”

It’s been 5 years since the release of the previous album of Illegal Operation, "3rd Day". Their new album is entitled "Down" and is their last cocktail. The band has been following the same magical recipe for years now: rehearsals, live, collaborations, study, reflections and confrontations. Jam sessions are the container where the 5 Illegal mix all these notes, the distillation of their souls, influences and ideas that carry a lifetime.

The 6 tracks of "Down" were assembled from these jam sessions. An album, that touches both the dark and the optimistic side of modern blues, in late beats and covered with soil and mud, drunk on the bar, forgotten by friends and worries, airy, calm, full of light like a fairy tale, sweaty as it wakes up from a nightmare, reconciled to life and death and always beside you to make a friendly pat on your back.

The recording, production and mixing took place at the studio Zero Gravity, with host Dimitris Dimitriadis, who was totally emotionally and energetically united with the music galaxy of Illegal Operation. The Susami team turned the music into a picture by designing the album's cover with special care and love.

“Down” is out on LP (incl. cd version) and digital album via Inner Ear.

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released May 5, 2017

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All songs by Illegal Operation except “By A Pale Light" lyrics: Tom Hollingworth

Recorded at Zero gravity (www.zerogravitystudios.gr) by Dimitris Dimitriades assisted by Kostas Mitrakos, Yiannis Tsafos and Christos Filios
Mixed by Dimitris Dimitriades at Zero Gravity
Produced by Dimitris Dimitriades and Illegal Operation
Mastered by Yiannis Christodoulatos at Sweetspot Studio

Artwork by Susami (www.susamicreative.com)

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Track Name: Down
THE SUN IS SHINING AND THE RIVERS FLOW
STARS ARE SHIVERING AND THE GRASS GROW TALL
THE MOON IS MADE OF SILVER ALL THE CLOUDS ARE GONE
WE NEVER CARE ABOUT WHAT ARRIVES WITH WAR

HEY IT’S GETTING ME DOWN
HEY DOWN TO THE GROUND
HEY WE‘RE ALL GOING DOWN
DOWN DOWN BELOW THE GROUND

BIRDS ARE HUMING AND THE BREEZE IS COOL
TREES ARE SHADY AND THE SKY‘S SPOTLESS BLUE
THE FISH ARE JUMPING AND THE COTTON IS HIGH
SO GRAB A SPOON AND SWALLOW THIS LIE

HEY IT’S GETTING ME DOWN
HEY DOWN TO THE GROUND
HEY WE‘RE ALL FALLING DOWN
DOWN DOWN BELOW THE GROUND

HEY I’M GOING DOWN
HEY DOWN TO THE GROUND
HEY WE‘RE ALL ROLLING DOWN
DOWN DOWN BELOW THE GROUND
Track Name: A Whisper
it was a warm wet night
the moon came up behind the hill yellowish,
had the shape of the dagger I bought long ago in Cairo
the air was thick, everything was still and silent
and then a whisper that became louder as the moon climbed all the way up at the top of the sky
a whisper or maybe a hum or a moan that chilled my spine and froze my heart

there is a wind calling my name
and I think i am insane
I am riding this race straight to hell

and the moon is so bright
it is burning me inside
oh the moon wears a face on its face

I thought it was a soft breeze
passing trough the needles of the pine trees that stood solemnly at the side of the hill
but as the whisper got more intense I remembered a voice coming from the past, speaking softly caressing my ears it became sweet and sour and then bitter
and suddenly
the whisper stopped
it stopped with a yell

there is a wind calling my name
and I think i am insane
I am riding this race straight to hell

and the moon is so bright
it is burning me inside
oh the moon wears a face on its face
Track Name: Getting There
I’M GETTING THERE LORD
I’M GETTING THERE SOON
I’M GETTING THERE LORD
I’M GETTING THERE SOON

I’M GETTING THERE LORD
I’M GETTING THERE SOON
I’M GETTING OLD LORD
I’M GETTING THERE SOON
Track Name: By A Pale Light
IT’S BY A PALE LIGHT NOW THAT I SEE YOU
IT’S BY A LONG FIELD THAT I WALK
IT’S A SLOW DRIP DOWN FROM A WELL
FILLED WITH THOUGHTS
LIKE DANGEROUS TIMES IS FORCED INTO A GLASS
I HAVE A HYENA SLEEPING IN MY LAP
AND IT’S BY THIS PALE LIGHT NOW
THAT I SEE YOU MY LONG LOST YOUTH


IT’S BY A PALE LIGHT NOW THAT I SEE YOU
IT’S BEEN SLOW DRIP DOWN TO A WELL
FILLED WITH THORNES
WAKE UP WAKE UP MY ONLY FRIEND
WAKE UP AND RAISE YOURSELF IN UNDILUTED ANGER
LIKE DANGEROUS TIMES ΙS FORCED INTO A GLASS
IT’S BY A PALE LIGHT NOW THAT WE MEET
Track Name: Barstool Blues
EARLY IN THE MORNING
LATE AT NIGHT
WHEN THE PHONE KEEPS RINGIN’
BARSTOOL BLUES

EARLY IN THE MORNING
LATE AT NIGHT
WHEN THE FOLKS ARE SINGING
BARSTOOL BLUES

EARLY IN THE MORNING
LATE AT NIGHT
WHEN I GOT THIS FEELING
BARSTOOL BLUES

EARLY IN THE MORNING
LATE AT NIGHT
WHEN MY HEAD IS SPINNING
BARSTOOL BLUES
Track Name: I'll Change Your Mind
YOU TRY TO ESCAPE
YOU TRY TO GET OUT
ITS ALWAYS THE SAME
SUSPICIONS AND SHAME

I‘LL CHANGE YOUR MIND…

YOU LIE WHEN YOU SLEEP
YOU LIE WHEN YOU LIE
YOU‘RE A TOY IN YOUR GAME
JUST A DOLL WITHOUT A NAME

I‘LL CHANGE YOUR MIND…