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“Watch This” album from Shumu Studios – Coming Soon

  • 14 Songs

  • 8 Genres

  • A Varied Journey

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The Story Behind “Watch This”

Here I am, near the end of a long and arduous journey that started back in 2014 with a simple idea: “why don’t I compose and record my own album? How hard can it be? Put together a few songs and in a couple of months I’m done”. Man, was I wrong!At the time I had been playing guitar and studying music for eight years. I had been in a few bands that unfortunately didn’t work out, so I decided that the best thing I could do…was to do it all myself.

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Later Edit:

In May 2018 I entered the studio with four amazing singers and recorded vocals. Currently I’m mixing and mastering each song which will be released one per month.

Later(er?) Edit:

August 2020: Getting ready to release the first song (out of 14). Stay tuned!

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Lyrics

Written by Shumu, except for “Beyond” and “Copilita Fara Minte”

(Music & Lyrics: Shumu, Vocals: James Hoskin, Iulia “Blonda” Irimia)

She won’t stick around
Said she will be gone
She wanna see the world
Starting with the River of no Return.
Now, wild horses couldn’t stop her
She said “tie me down, I’ll still pass your offer,
It’s been a nice ride, we’ve been through a lot,
But the flame went out n’Some Like it Hot!”
Then I grabbed her arm and we started to kiss
And in this bliss I told her: “Baby, Watch This!
Watch this, baby!”

It’s been a while n I’m on the road
Ain’t lookin’ back, granted my trail gets cold
I’ll be a shooting star on Hollywood
Got One Silver Dollar, an’ lookin’ good   
I’ve got my ticket to The Asphalt Jungle
I’m like a Misfit, I like to ramble
Something’s Gotta Give, I’ll make my dime
I ain’t worried though, so I’ll take my time

Five, five, five,
Five years passed on by
My baby – she’s long gone
She lookin’ for the good life
My blonde, restless girl
Seen her on T.V., you know I…
I seen her in the press
Lookin’ damn fine in an evening dress,
With a smile that says “Baby, watch this!”

Now, ten years have passed
Since she went astray
And though I built myself a brand new life   
You’ll be the one that got away
I thought I saw you on the street just the other day
Wearin’ your dark shaded glasses
And I said “oh, how I miss the way we used to kiss            
And then you said “now close your eyes, Watch This!”

(Music & Lyrics: Shumu, Vocals: James Hoskin, Iulia O.)
       
I got up this mornin’
Urgent thought in my head
It was so plain and clear to me
Made me jump right out of bed, well I…

Aah, I packed up my suitcase
Headed out on the road
Gotta leave this town by nightfall
Leave my baby all alone
I wanna find myself a woman,
Never do me no wrong
                                                           
So I got out on the highway
New life ahead of me
I stopped in at a sleazy motel
Maybe grab a bite to eat
At the bar she came up to me and said:
“Baby, you want company?”   
In her eyes I could see her spell
She said: “No, I never kiss-and-tell” 

Aah, I packed up my suitcase
Headed out on the road
Gonna leave this town by sunrise
Not a worry in the world
I wanna find myself a woman,
Never do me no wrong.

Soon I’ll reach the promised land
Shouldn’t be too hard to find
A place full of sunshine
And my woman on the sand
My sleek, brunette knockout
Waiting…patiently
When she see me comin’ baby
She say: “Baby, I know you lookin’ for me!”

Aah, I packed up my suitcase
Been a while on the road
In this town I found a good woman
Took from my heart a heavy load
I’m gonna take real good care of my dream girl
Now that I finally found a home. 

(Music & Lyrics: Shumu, Vocals: Sorin “Soso” Lazar)

Centuries ago they would know

That somewhere ahead in time
Would be the end of the line
They warned us about what we should do
But the more n’more we try,
We seem to fail to comply
This only goes to show
We don’t know where to go, now

On and on we seek the truth, the meaning of existence
But it’s from within our souls that we get the resistance
Erase your rage, just try to escape from all these cages
Before all time is done and comes the fall of ages.

Time does not stand by,
Some of those who died left their words for humankind
But we don’t see them ‘cause we’re too blind
In all the money, power, hate – we left our souls behind
This only goes to show
We don’t know where to go, now

On and on we seek the truth, meaning of existence
But it’s from within our souls that we get the resistance
Erase your rage, just try to escape from these cages
Before all time is done and comes the fall of ages.

(Music, Lyrics and Vocals: Shumu)

Daca…iti pun acum pe-o tava sufletul meu

Vei accepta neconditionat sau spui “nimic nu e etern”?
De cand am zis “nu mai vorbim” ma aflu in infern
Dar si-mpreuna cand eram totul era la fel
Zilele trec fara rost pe langa mine
In pahare goale arunc amare suspine
Cand ma gandesc ca in trecut eu te-am avut
Nu pot sa inteleg ce s-a-ntamplat si ne-am pierdut

Alerg stingher, simt ca tot ce fac e in eter
“Punct. Si de la capat” cu o inima de fier
De cand nu capat ce credeam caaa mi se cuvine
Vad Universul “cu alti ochi” si-asa este mai bine
Detasat voi lasa in urma ce-am cladit
Viitorului ii spun deschis “bine ai venit”
Asa ca spun la revedere vechiului eu
Un nou drum o sa imi fac oricat va fi de greu

Cand te-am intalnit
Nu m-am gandit
Ca-n urma ta vei lasa un vis neimplinit

Din cand in cand in gand tu mai tot apari
Din subconstient aparent nu vrei sa dispari
Ai ramas fata-n tricoul si boxeri albi
Cu trup de felina si cu ochii tai calzi
Port in mine amintirile-mpartite cu tine
O vreme buna ca a noastra nu cred ca mai vine
Si-acum imi amintesc jocul de lumini ce cresc
In ochii tai atunci cand ii privesc

Si…nimic nu mi se pare firesc, imi spun: “Si gata!”
Imi cauterizez veninul cu Veritasaga
Trag pe urechi doua casti iar ei                                                                                  
Imi spun ca totu-i efemer desi-am simtit ca traiesc printre zei
Desi de cand tu ai plecat a ramas deschisa plaga
Acum doar ucigasul perfect poate-nlatura otrava
Nu ma-ndoiesc ca traiesc un prezent alternativ
Cand inchid ochii silueta ta se-apropie-ostentativ.

Cand te-am intalnit
Nu m-am gandit

Ca-n urma ta vei lasa un vis neimplinit
Inca o noapte vine, ma afund in vise tulburi
Inca ma tulburi pasind indiferenta-n ale mele
Ganduri – cunoscand prea bine harta sufletului meu
Cantand la corzile sale precum Orfeu
Nu inteleg de ce inca poti patrunde la nucleu
Precum zeii antici traversand prin Empireu
Ma intreb daca in punctul zero ma voi regasi mereu

Daca…iti pun acum pe-o tava…sufletul meu…

(Music & Lyrics: Shumu, Vocals: James Hoskin)

Now is the time, it’s been so long
Since the last time you felt strong
Come on go wild, be wild tonight
So let the good times roll, everything’s all right!
Now is the time to live your life
Roll the dice and make no compromise
Now is the time, just lose control
You know it’s only rock n’roll!

There was a time when all were wild,
Out on the road in the midnight air
All loved and lost, had big dreams,
No fear of the spirit or extremes
Forever free was the state of mind, oh!

Now is the time, it’s been so long
Since the last time you felt strong
Come on go wild, be wild tonight
So let the good times roll, everything’s all right!
Now is the time to live your life
Roll the dice and make no compromise
Now is the time, just lose control
You know it’s only rock n’roll!

Ride on the wave and be young to the end
You gotta keep your spirit alive
If you find peace of mind, happiness gonna see you thrive
Now let the music guide your soul! Look out!

Now is the time, it’s been so long
Since the last time you felt strong
Come on go wild, be wild tonight
So let the good times roll, everything’s all right!
Now is the time to live your life
Roll the dice and make no compromise
Now is the time, just lose control
You know it’s only fuckin’ rock n’roll!

(Music & Lyrics: Shumu, Vocals: James Hoskin, Iulia “Blonda” Irimia)

Mysterious babe – long, dark hair – got me going tonight, I swear
Alone, in a corner – deep black shades – eyes of a panther, evil ways
Sleek silhouette, satin dress – feline moves, slim cigarette
Auburn lips, so full and wet – eye contact and we’re…all…set

Here comes the crescent moon, gliding through
The deserted dance floor of this empty room
Night owls stalking – getting restless
Fadin’ away, becoming faceless
Smoke fills the club, time accelerates
My heart is pounding, I start to shake
Got your arms around me, whispering sweet lies
Your soul is poison in a sly disguise

Midnight passed an eternity ago
And ever since you’re mine, forevermore
One bad choice, I took your voice
Of reason bare, now dream and rejoice
Reminisce the night – that’s all you got left
Became your slave of pleasure, makin’ me sweat
Remember the mirror, above the bed?
Through the looking glass, you‘re tangled in…my…web!

Here comes the crescent moon, gliding through
The empty bed in this deserted room
Twilight creeping; I’m getting restless
Fadin’ away, becoming reckless
Mist fills the room and time stands still
I carry on, against my will
Ensnared inside you, sensing my demise
Your soul is poison in a sly disguise

You…are…harmony in motion, on top of me
Swearin’ devotion, swayin’ regally
Moaning, screaming, out of breath
Wearin‘ you out, makin’ you sweat
But then the room turned black, I’m feeling dread
In this eerie gloom I see your skin has shed
Starin’ at me, not makin’ a sound
I should have known you were damn…hell…bound

I see the crescent moon, melting through
Your sinful soul, knowing what you do
Night owls stalking, getting restless
You steal their spirits, turn them faceless
With a brief twilight, you bring eternal night
To a new astral plane, you take flight
Sleek shape-shifter, emotional drifter
I’m forever yours, my immortal trickster, yeah!

(Music & Lyrics: Shumu, Vocals: Sorin “Soso” Lazar)

You appeared without a warning
And I thought that it would last
Then you were gone and left me mourning
Should of seen it come to pass
And now my mind is lost inside a tornado
At the core you’re grinning slightly to remind
It was my choice to invite within the shadow
That would keep me seamlessly forever blind

Akathisia grips my soul                           
Psychotropics engulf my very core
I’m about to lose my mind
Amazing alternate realities unwind

Memories burned 
Breaching, the truth unfolds
Past life deferred
Future uncertain holds
Meanings foretold
By sages now dust and bones
Trying to mould
My lacerated soul

I find myself inside a realm of elation
But this may change as I enter the next dimension
This place of wonder is now shaping my obsession
I feel it preparing me for my last ascension
I’m stuck here in this astral plane
Never to return again
Expanded consciousness following its course
Carries my spirit through the depths of the Source

Akathisia bears my soul
Psychotropics embraced my core
I sense a clarity of mind
Amazing alternate realities unwind 

(Music & Lyrics: Shumu, Vocals: James Hoskin)

I’ve been longin’ for this moment
Night falls from the skies
My bed entangles me; the distant wind cries     
I’m Lost in Some Dimension
I’ve been breaking at the seams…still
I feel a swaying ascension…oh,
I love you starring in my dreams
Babe, how you soothe my weary soul
I’m torn without you when the trail gets cold…I’m
Blissfully gliding in a formless abyss     
And it goes like this:

I found my muse
On an elysian cruise
I’m forever seduced
Yeah, these are my
Scarlet(t) Blues,
Alright!

It’s 4 a.m. – I return from Wonderland
Lit up a smoke I found on the nightstand
Gazin’ out the window at the neon skyline
Oh, if only you were mine
Ease your spirit, I will help it shine
We belong together – yes it’s by design
I’d start with a soft word and a kiss     
Center of my attention, you a mark I’ll never miss
I’ll take you right to the top of the world
Roaming places far, to humanity unknown
Wandering by an uncharted sea side
I need just one thing: well,
I think you know what it is

I found my muse
On an elysian cruise
I’m forever seduced
Yeah, these are my
Scarlet(t) Blues,
Alright!

(Music: Shumu, Sorin “Soso” Lazar, Lyrics & Vocals: Sorin “Soso” Lazar)

So old, but still so much to learn,
Passing through, nothing to hold on to
Born from the same obscure Mother
And left alone, divided to fall.
The world cannot save itself
No one cares as it bids farewell
But it’s not allowed to die in peace
What will be left after this?

Are we the ones that make the world revolve
Or are we the center of the universe?
Open our eyes,
There is more beyond!

How can you value a gift
When so far away from it you drift?
Grasp for answers, none comes to mind
So here we are, alone by design.
Light and darkness, expressions of life
As we play on the edge of a knife.
But what will be left in the end to see?
To be?

Are we the ones that make the world revolve
Or are we the center of the universe?
Open our eyes,
There is more beyond!

As above, so below
This goes to show how little we know,
When some turn their hope towards the sky
But all of their gods have run to hide
And others who turn it farther away
Will also turn the night into day
And we will witness a new era dawned…
For there is more beyond!

Are we the ones that make the world revolve
Or are we the center of the universe?
Open our eyes,
For there is more beyond!

feat. Balaurul (Trooper)

(Music & Lyrics: Shumu, Vocals: James Hoskin)

As I sit and reminisce about a time when I lived in pure bliss
I get lost inside a maze of my own creation where I drift for days
I walk on paths built from regrets; stepping on flagstones – events I can’t forget.
Winding corridors filled with memories lay before my eyes, stretching into infinity.

There was a time I believed…through love everything could be achieved
You were right here by my side…in me you always did confide
Our days were melting into white nights…as our spirits reached new heights
But everything good will soon come to pass…nothing is what it seems…
Through the looking glass.

I catch a glimpse of your smile, behind a veil but as I draw closer, it does not prevail
And so I follow through…incessantly my heart skips a beat, feeling you near me
I pass barred windows…of my mind – behind each one memories rewind
Ahead I see a gateway…surrounded my mist – where the fear of losing is my antagonist.

There was a time I believed…through love everything could be achieved
You were right here by my side…in me you always did confide
Our days were melting into white nights…as our spirits reached new heights
But everything good will soon come to pass…nothing is what it seems…
Through the looking glass.

Beyond the threshold of this weary maze I see an Endless River shrouded in haze
Lucidity shines miles away and its voice grows stronger calling me
Your silhouette pulls me in…gracefully…while its fading dark shadow spells uncertainty.

There was a time I believed…through love everything could be achieved
You were right here by my side…in me you always did confide
Our days were melting into white nights…as our spirits reached new heights
But everything good will soon come to pass…nothing is what it seems…
Through…the looking…glass.

(Music: Shumu, Vocals: Sorin “Soso” Lazar, Iulia “Blonda” Irimia, Lyrics: Unknown)

Copilita fara minte,
Nu iti cer a ma iubi
Dar te rog, te rog fierbinte
Da-mi o bucatica de…
                – De ce, domnule, de ce?

De iubire-armonioasa
Si de faptul fecioresc
Domnisoara, domnisoara
Lasa-ma sa te lungesc
                – Pai cum, domnule, pai cum?

Uite-asa frumos pe spate
Da-ti fustita la o parte
Sa-ti vad trupusorul gol
Sa-mi descarc al meu pistol
                -…vrei sa ma-mpusti?

Pai nu te-mpusc ca esti frumoasa,
Si esti plina de-al tau foc
Domnisoara, domnisoara,
Lasa-ma doar intr-un loc.
                – Unde, dom’le, unde te crezi aicea?

In padurea-ntunecoasa
Unde soare nu era
Domnisoara, domnisoara
Nu nu nu si da da da
                – Aaa…da?

Multumesc copila draga
Pentru fapta ce-ai facut
Eu te las de-acum ‘nainte
Doar pe tine-am sa te…
                – Sa ce, dom’le…sa ce?

Sa te mut ca pe-o regina
Ca pe-un ingeras ceresc
Domnisoara, domnisoara
Doar pe tine te iubesc!

(Music, Lyrics and Vocals: Shumu)

Wow…I too, am sick of doubt…
The colours…were melting…
Between the gleaming precepts of humankind and the yearnings buried deep in my subconscious
I find that what I want and what I need are two different things.
In light of my short years lived so far in this superficial realm
I draw the conclusion that given a fair amount of time, nothing is what it seems.
Viewing past events from the 3rd person
I notice a pattern taking shape:
Whatever we build…will eventually break.
Have you ever wondered why lovers come and go but a handful of friends remain forever…if you’re lucky.
There are no truly immutable rules, no guidelines to which we must conform
And nothing is sacred…outside of your unconscious self,
Where the real axioms of life dwell. Those which once upon a time we knew all too well,
But as we grow in age we diminish in sage.
Due to superficial worries brought upon by society
We forget all about our blissful nature as we delve deeper into the worst plague of all: the quiet…and creeping…routine.

My reality dictates that we still live by the lie which is the concept of family.
For we are too weary in thinking, too frail in feeling and too volatile within to be pillars of strength to each other in the long run.
Too many variables at stake to keep a person constant.
The extent to which we change is directly proportional to our incapacity to accept this truth.
Who were you three years ago? What were your intentions, your expectations and views of the world? Go back three more years.
Remind yourself of past events and hold on to those thoughts. Now go even further back in time.
How many versions of yourself have you encountered along the way?
How many versions of yourself will you morph into as the years pass?

We start out with the best and most noble intentions because genuine kindness and caring are by default our strongest driving forces.
But the passage of time has the side effect of numbing our senses to the point of…dispersing the natural vibration that animates our true selves.
Frailty can be a blessing and a curse. It implies and invites the nurturing embrace of that certain someone else yearned for to complement one’s self.
Then, through the realization that nothing lasts forever, fear slowly creeps in. The secret is in knowing that it’s not so bad as long as you can keep the fear from your mind.
In the words of the great Bill Hicks: “It’s just a ride”.

Imagine no money, visualize a world where mankind can elevate its consciousness, not worrying about tomorrow
But being free to focus inward, achieving its full potential,
Not being fed fake reference points that in the end favor only a select few on top of a distorted food chain.
Picture Maslow’s hierarchy of needs having only the top stage. The implications of this point to an apparently utopian plane of existence which gives clarity to the mind and brings bliss to the soul.
Every day, allow yourself time – Give yourself time to wander in places unreachable to the conscious. Through repetition you’ll be able to soar and achieve great levels of remembering and understanding of your initial, unaltered being.

In a Liquid Sonic Dream I got Lost in Some Dimension where time did not exist,
Therefore I had everything but time, and it was…unique.
I was comfortably numb, going through every shade of every feeling contained within my soul, realizing we are all fragments of the same consciousness, perpetually becoming more aware of itself, therefore the concept of “loneliness” became obsolete.
Transcending time and matter reveals truth and wisdom otherwise inaccessible.
I do not have the answers for you. Returning to the physical body,
In the grand, major scheme of things, my life is in a minor key, sometimes diminished intervals are my thoughts, passing tones comprise my wishes and discordant harmonies clash as my mind and heart contradict, striving to reach the utopian concept that is happiness.

Regarding women – the most beautiful aspect of life on Earth – I believe that we, as men, fall in love with an illusion that we instantly create in our minds after catching a short glimpse of your character as a result of a five minute talk in an appropriate setting and atmosphere.
And it’s because of our native human code embedded in us at birth that we cannot stay monogamous…for a long amount  of time.
Why?
Because we constantly aspire to perfection and once we see the human flaws of “our other half”, we tend to fall in love with…the next illusion instantly created in our minds in the next appropriate setting and atmosphere.
This is equally available both ways, I don’t believe in double standards.
Except that we, as men, have more hair, even in the most unusual places.

I draw the conclusion that given a fair amount of time, nothing is what it seems.
In light of my short years lived so far in this superficial realm
I find that what I want and what I need are two different things.
Between the yearnings buried deep in my subconscious
And the gleaming precepts of humankind…
The colours were melting…
Wow…I too, am sick of doubt.

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