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[UPDATE] shake your hair in slowmo is available for free download under the "Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives" license.

A middle-aged drunk reminiscing in the days of his youth when he meets a long-lost friend, a coked-up yuppie who has suicidal thoughts while he's dancing with a strange woman, an insane derelict roaming the streets in spiritual dialogue with an ancient god – these and many more are the stories of one night in one city. And as the minds of its people, its light and its very soul are altered by the passing of time, as the crazed lust for life turns into a sorrow as ancient as the stones of which its houses are built, so is the sound of the city changed and never the same.

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released September 16, 2016

All songs with the exception of "a feeling" written and composed by Tobias Rißling

"a feeling" written by Tobias Rißling, co-composed by Tobias Rißling and Christian Dietrich

All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Tobias Rißling

Art work by Rieke Angersbach and Sarina Mödinger


All music and lyrics are and remain the intellectual property of the aforementioned composer(s) and lyricist, who hold all copyrights to said music, which may only be used as per the bandcamp.com terms and conditions. Tobias Rißling holds all copyrights to the recordings made available on this site.

Special thanks to Kavinsky, Lazerhawk, Perturbator, The Midnight and so many other Synthwave artist who made me fall in love with the sound of retro synthesizers. Keep up the good work, I wish you nothing but the best.

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retrocide Munich, Germany

retrocide is an indie music project dedicated to creating unique pop tunes by merging synthwave retro sounds, club beats and soulful vocals.

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Track Name: carry me back
long time no see, sit down and have a drink with me
remember the good times, the days we were young
back when it didn't matter to make the right calls
even our failures used to be fun
raise your glass to the past

so carry be back, to the good old days
it's all in your head, the love remains
take my hand, let's go back in time
no regrets, is easier said than done

god, we used to be so much fun
those years with you were the time of my life
you said, I'm gonna trust you to make the right calls
all things must end, now this is goodbye
raise your glass to the past

so carry be back, to the good old days
it's all in your head, the love remains
take my hand, let's go back in time
no regrets, is easier said than done

all the plans I made, things didn't turn out quite that way
and now here we are and I'm too loaded to speak
I know you said, I'll trust you to make the right calls
I guess you were wrong to put your trust in me
raise your glass to the past

so carry be back, to the good old days
it's all in your head, the love remains
take my hand, let's go back in time
no regrets, is easier said than done

oh we used to be so much fun
and those years with you were the time of my life
Track Name: a feeling
gimme a feeling, gimme a light they can't put out
show me your love, slide your tongue into my mouth
gimme a feeling, I need it like air, I'm hungry for life
I'm out in the dark, pull me out bath me in light

gimme a feeling, gimme a light they can't put out
gimme a feeling, gimme a light they can't put out

feel the shadows, hunting like beasts in the dark of the night
show me your love, take me to beats and neon lights
gimme a feeling, shaking my soul like the touch of a ghost
follow your heart, fuck me the way that hurts the most

gimme a feeling, gimme a light they can't put out
gimme a feeling, gimme a light they can't put out

I keep moving on and on, and they can't figure me out
I keep moving, they keep trying

gimme a feeling, gimme a light they can't put out
gimme a feeling, gimme a light they can't put out
gimme your love and a feeling to keep me alive
follow your heart and keep me breathing

I keep moving on and on, and they can't figure me out
I keep moving, they keep trying
Track Name: you keep me safe
in the dark streets you come into your own
you hunt fiends, kill beasts, you're in the zone
I feel you, I fear you

you pull a little stunt, take a punch, get on your feet
you bring monsters twice your size down to their knees
I want you, I need you

you've figured it out, you're so pro

hey now, I can be your man
put down your gun and take my hand
I know, I know that you're so bold
you keep me safe and the vampires from my door

when the fight gets mean and the challenge intense
you give your life, re-spawn and do it again
I adore you, I love you

you've figured it out, you're so pro

hey now, I can be your man
put down your gun and take my hand
I know, I know that you're so bold
you keep me safe and the vampires from my door

oh baby you're so pro

hey now, I can be your man
put down your gun and take my hand
I know, I know that you're so bold
you keep me safe and the …

hey now, I can be your man
put down your gun and take my hand
I know, I know that you're so bold
you keep me safe and the vampires from my door

… my door
I know, I know that you're so bold
you keep me safe and the vampires from my door

… my door
Track Name: shake your hair in slowmo
I'm so well off, got my MBA
everybody cares about what I have to say
the measure of success is the amount of cash
come pop a cork with me, oh do you feel the beat

oh baby shake your hair in slowmo and whip it in my face
move your body stop and go, dance the night away
life's been good I guess, but hey that's not for me to say
my last hurrah
listen to my heart, and hear it failing

I'm making it rain, I'm spending all my money on blow
share my self-hate, be part of the show
but this is my last night, I'm dropping the mic
and for this shred of decency, come baby dance with me

oh baby shake your hair in slowmo and whip it in my face
move your body stop and go, dance the night away
life's been good I guess, but hey that's not for me to say
my last hurrah

oh baby shake your hair in slowmo and whip it in my face
move your body stop and go, dance the night away
life's been good I guess, but hey that's not for me to say
my last hurrah
listen to my heart, and hear it failing
… hear it failing
Track Name: maybe I care
drop it now, drop the hammer now
drop it now, drop the hammer now
I've got a twisted mind, I wear my shades in the club
I told you I'm fine, but maybe I'm scared

maybe I'm scared, a little freaked
maybe I care how you feel

slow it down, slow the hammer down
slow it down, slow the hammer down
don't break up with me, I'm better than I lead to believe
if I'm being an ass, it's all just an act

maybe I'm scared, a little freaked
maybe I care how you feel

… how you feel

I've got a twisted mind, I wear my shades in the club
I told you I'm fine, but maybe I'm …

maybe I'm scared, a little freaked
maybe I care how you feel

maybe I'm scared, a little freaked
maybe I care how you feel

… how you feel

I've got a twisted mind, I wear my shades in the club
Track Name: nothing in life
hop into the car, the night has just begun
I'm still young at heart, I know how to have fun
see the lights, drinks on me, let's go mental
there's no time, there's just love

there's nothing in life I would rather do
I'll never let you heal
finding truth in this, finding truth in that
stay with me, and I'll never let you heal

today was pretty bad, tomorrow will be worse
all the dreams we have are such a lovely curse
lift me up, past and future are in shambles
fool around, all is lost

there's nothing in life I would rather do
I'll never let you heal
finding truth in this, finding truth in that
stay with me, and I'll never let you heal

so this is the part where you and me break up
you never give up, don't you, no you never give up
so this is the part where the whole drama starts
you never give up, don't you, no you never give up

so this is the part where you and me break up
you never give up, don't you, no you never give up
so this is the part where the whole drama starts
I'll never let you go

there's nothing in life I would rather do
I'll never let you heal
finding truth in this, finding truth in that
stay with me, and I'll never let you heal

there's nothing in life I would rather do
I'll never let you heal
finding truth in this, finding truth in that
stay with me, and I'll never let you heal

so this is the part where you and me break up
you never give up, don't you, no you never give up
so this is the part where the whole drama starts
I'll never let you go
Track Name: backroom spotlight
a little older, a little bit colder
this city is a hateful beast
every year weighs heavy on my shoulders
what I want, I'm nowhere near

is there anyone else, is there anyone like me
I'm looking for love
here I stand
in the backroom spotlight
still hoping for more
I'm biding my time
some dreams survive these neon nights

dark thoughts spawning waking hours
like shotguns blowing holes in my mind
the child in me was overpowered
I've grown hard and so unkind

is there anyone else, is there anyone like me
I'm looking for love
here I stand
in the backroom spotlight
still hoping for more
I'm biding my time
some dreams survive …

is there anyone else, is there anyone like me
I'm looking for love
here I stand
in the backroom spotlight
still hoping for more
I'm biding my time
some dreams survive these neon nights
Track Name: nightcrawlers
we're freaks, yes we are
we're creatures of the night
we sleep, yes we do
when they walk in sunlight

we tell stories they can hardly bear to hear
and we shoot things that are tough to see
fear and anger keep the show alive
no darkness, no light

cameras on, there's murder to see
we all love a good murder
time to shine, I'm your guiding light
we are all nightcrawlers

we fly through the streets
neon signs and blue lights
no time is our creed
there's no escaping the sunrise

we all started out as decent human beings
but we saw things that you can't unsee
blood and gore keep the show alive
no darkness, no light

cameras on, there's murder to see
we all love a good murder
time to shine, I'm your guiding light
we are all nightcrawlers

cameras on, there's murder to see
we all love a good murder
time to shine, I'm your guiding light
we are all nightcrawlers

cameras on, there's murder to see
we all love a good murder
time to shine, I'm your guiding light
we are all nightcrawlers
Track Name: the taiko man
(taiko taiko man, taiko taiko onii-chan
taiko taiko man, brother drum, he knows you, man)

so life treats me like a dog, I'm out on the streets
being seen, being free, up in the distance echoes a beat
boom boom boom, like thunder hailing the moon
boom boom boom, shake your hips to the rhythm of doom

and there he plays, the taiko taiko man
he knows my fate, he knows that we're the damned
don't turn away, your own death isn't far
killer and prey are true to what they are

nowhere to run away, the streets are not safe
cold falls the rain, I am not sane
nowhere to run away, the streets are not safe
cold falls the rain, I'm insane

(I'm running away, but I'm still part)
(taiko taiko man, taiko taiko onii-chan
taiko taiko man, brother drum, he knows you, man)

here I go, here I am, still alive, all over again
everything on repeat, something new my heart skips a beat
this is me, this is you, the taiko man he can't be fooled
boom boom boom, shake your hips to the rhythm of doom

nowhere to run away, the streets are not safe
cold falls the rain, I am not sane
nowhere to run away, the streets are not safe
cold falls the rain, I'm insane

(taiko taiko man, taiko taiko onii-chan
taiko taiko man, brother drum, he knows you, man)
Track Name: where's my fire
where's my fire
got to find it and light it back up
where's my fire
got to find it and ignite the flame

where's my fire
got to find it and light it back up
where's my fire
got to find it and ignite the flame

where's the shy kid singing in the gospel choir
hallelujah praise the lord
where's my love of sound, where's my holy ground
don't know the man I am no more

I'm a superstar
hair and make-up done and off I go
if I've got fame I don't need love
time to give the crowd out there a show

where's my fire
got to find it and light it back up
where's my fire
got to find it and ignite the flame

where's my fire
got to find it and light it back up
where's my fire
got to find it and ignite the flame

where's the poor kid dreaming of the good life
down the river of no name
wanting expensive cars and a trophy wife
a longing raw and still untamed

in the sizzling lights
I can feel how much I've changed the world
this is like any other nights
raise your hands and let my fire emerge

where's my fire
got to find it and light it back up
where's my fire
got to find it and ignite the flame

where's my fire
got to find it and light it back up
where's my fire
got to find it and ignite the flame

where's the heat, back me up
sex and sweat, back me up

I'm a superstar
hair and make-up done and off I go
if I've got fame I don't need love
time to give the crowd out there a show

in the sizzling lights
I can feel how much I've changed the world
this is like any other nights
raise your hands and let the flames emerge

where's my fire
got to find it and light it back up
where's my fire
got to find it and ignite the flame

where's my fire
got to find it and light it back up
where's my fire
got to find it and ignite the flame

where's my soul
got to find it and light it back up
where's my soul
got to find it and ignite the flame

where's my soul
got to find it and light it back up
where's my fire
where's my fire
Track Name: open your heart
oh are you so alone by your own choice
can you stand the sound of your own voice
I know what it's like not to fit in
so full of remorse, it makes your head spin

I've live my whole life in a shell
at some point they all went and wished me well
I've carefully set up a living hell
and the worst part, I don't even hate myself

open your heart

oh from the shadows the nightmares arise
the darkness engulfs me and I come alive
when I see you I see me ten years ago
full of potential but rotten to the bone

you've lived your whole life under a spell
nothing matters, all will be well
so let me be the first to tell
nothing's guaranteed except you love yourself

open your heart

open your heart and throw your arms around me and kiss me
open your heart and throw your arms around my neck

open your heart and throw your arms around me and kiss me
open your heart and throw your arms around my neck

open your heart and throw your arms around me and kiss me
open your heart and sink your fangs into my neck

with body and soul, what do you feel
I'll help you let got, let's just get real
I'll save you and you'll save me
And together we'll turn into human beings

open your heart