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The Next Last Time

by Stochastic Theory

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Hold Up 03:44
Ok ok let’s go we’ve done this all before If you could just move a little just a few feet more Man you’d be there yeah you’d be there You’d be on the other side Where the people talk like people And the runners cannot hide Hey now, what’s the holdup You know the feeling when it’s time to fold up You take your toys and you’re going home Because you know either way that you’ll be going alone So step back with your hesitation Don’t want to hear about your reservations Don’t try to tell me that the time ain’t right Because it’s just another minute and it’s just another night It’s a lip, it’s a cusp, it’s a deficit of trust If you want to overcome you know you know you know you must Open up, settle in, find the motion to begin You either execute maneuvers or you’re paralyzed again I can show this I can throws this I can throw this all away Yeah I know this so let’s go this thing won’t last another day You gotta carpe carpe diem cuz no one will set you free Until you push and pull and find the key to what you gotta say
Who Knew 03:51
Sorry if I’m unprepared Give me just, just one moment I’m in a state of disrepair I need time to process process I never thought to think ahead Nothing’s ever made me want to The precedents have always said There’s no point in hanging onto hope Oh no Well who knew, who knew that I’d Be with you right now and Who knew, who knew what you’d say And who knew, who knew that I’d Get to you somehow and Who knew, who knew that you’d stay When I look you in the eyes My pulse quickens when I think You might see through my disguise And I can hear the laughter laughter Loving you from over there I gotta say was much less frightening Now I cannot help but stare My heart’s racing faster faster, oh Oh no Around and around and around again
Ignore the buzzing in the back of your head Ignore the needles that are buried in red Ignore the place, the face the time Just keep the pace, and cross the line Ignore the speed with which you’re running at walls Ignore the height of unavoidable falls Ignore the future when it always cries Just look in front of your eyes You don’t have to know where you’re going Just drive the car Try not to notice the knowing We’re not going far We fall out the window the window We lay in the road We may not have sinned, oh, but we know We’re not going far Embrace the rushing that will move you along Embrace abandon like you’re living a song Preserve this moment in the deep of your heart For when it’s falling apart
Bubble 04:46
I want it to be pure Let’s not complicate Cut away the strings Hide and isolate Call it more than lust Simply change the name Falling for the trust As we play the game What is true tonight What I testify Won’t survive the light But it’s not a lie Clinging to the time Sweet and singular Tomorrow will not find What it brings to bear Stay, stay Pushing tomorrow away Way Hold Play, pray Empty and hollow delay Lay Hold Fearing what’s ahead There’s no looking back When we reach the end Swell and fade to black Willing to believe Please just stay with me Never never leave Please just lay with me And I will dance, if you will
Straight Up 04:27
Cycling 04:50
I grabbed tight when I figured it could be It’s not quite what I figured it would be Let the world move maybe it’ll fall in line Well I wanted it as much as you do But trust me that won’t make it come true I hate to think that we’re both just wasting our time I don’t think our eyes took time to adjust To the brightness of the want and the hope and the lust I don’t think our minds took time to agree When my heart wanted you and yours wanted me Well I had this all planned out in a dream But on waking nothing’s ever as clean Well God knows we’ve lived this failure before But each glimmer leaves us wanting it more In the future I see glimpses of my dreams As they draw nearer they are never what they seem
I couldn’t tell you just when it happened An hour, a week or a second’s time The glamor it faltered the fantasy stalled For the moment it took for it all to die All that we wanted was life’s sweet music Somewhere a heart shares a common tune Desperate dancing decaying our chances Of finding the right one to listen to How much sooner than you did I grasp it How surprised are you going to be Are you as frightened as I was to face it Will you walk away crying from me Light shone brightly on hopeful signals For all that we wanted to seem so strong But all of the sound had no point but to drown Out the voice that was saying it all along Maybe I should’ve known Maybe you should have too So I’m taking the blame It’s the best I can do
Let the echoes bounce around They come behind and you find a familiar sound The heart breaks like it always will The cruel game may maim but it rarely kills I swear, I swear, I swear This was the last last time I swear, I swear This was the last last time I close my eyes and I clench my fists As I strain to refrain but I can’t resist Somehow it gets me every time I see hope and I choke as it strike me blind


It has been six years since Stochastic Theory’s last full-length album, 2006’s Opposite Extremes, and eight since Chuck Spencer’s debut Soliloquy slammed into the synthpop/ebm scene with the surprise hit “What You Weren’t” (made popular on Dependent Records’ huge Septic compilation series). Now Stochastic Theory is back with The Next Last Time, taking his sound further than before while preserving the best elements from the previous albums. From the upbeat rhythms of the opener “Hold Up” to the plaintive “Best I Can Do” and “Bubble” to the surprisingly emotional cover of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” (and no, that’s not a joke), The Next Last Time showcases not only Spencer’s knack for catchy lyrics and vocal rhythms, but also his deeper understanding of what simply makes a damn good song. The album also includes remixes from I:Scintilla, The Gothsicles, and Kelly Shafer (who did the Echo Virus mix of What You Weren’t).

For the uninitiated, Stochastic Theory came out of the same fertile Madison, Wisconsin electronic scene that spawned Stromkern, Caustic, Null Device, the aforementioned Gothsicles, and others. Like the rest, Stochastic Theory has its own unique voice in a scene dominated with too many copycats. Spencer’s introspective lyrics, tight rhythms, and strong hooks showed influences ranging from the more traditional (Depeche Mode) to indie (Bloc Party, Postal Service) and allowed his vision to quickly stand out from the pack. And now it will again with The Next Last Time.

It’s great to have him back


released September 18, 2012


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Stochastic Theory Madison, Wisconsin

Stochastic Theory is the Madison, WI based music project created by Chuck Spencer in 2001. After a decade of DJing in the goth/industrial scene, Chuck started Stochastic Theory to bring together that scene's music with a broader set of influences from indie rock to pop. The subsequent years brought three full-length albums culminating in the 2012 release “The Next Last Time”. ... more

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