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Listening Bones

by Perhaps Contraption

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Listening Bones is available as a heavy duty Gatefold CD package with intricate collage artwork by Jade Tomlinson of Expanded Eye.

    Complete with beautiful double sided 8 panel poster and detailed liner notes.

    Each purchase comes with a couple of lovely Perhaps Contraption stickers and a .pdf score of all of the original songs on the album.

    2 bonus tracks from previous Perhaps Contraption albums are also included...

    Includes unlimited streaming of Listening Bones via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Digital Album
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    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

    Also includes .jpg's of the album posters, individual pictures for each track by Expanded Eye, and a bonus song from our previous album "Business".

    We also accept donations in Bitcoin!

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Blimey, it's a copy of our avant-rock fuelled first LP "Sludge & Tripe" combined with the new brass-powered LP "Listening Bones" for a measly tenner.

    Both are housed in double gatefold packaging with intricate artwork and recording notes amongst the booklets and posters galore. We will throw in sticker or two for good measure...

    Includes unlimited streaming of Listening Bones via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Gatefold CD, Limited Edition A3 Posters & Download
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This package includes the CD, stickers, and two extremely limited edition A3 posters.

    One is the abstract image of a sperm entering an egg used for the "Cousin / Grandma" artwork. It is drawn, designed, signed and numbered by Squier Squier.
    It's available on brown or white recycled card, so please specify when ordering.

    The other poster is an enlargement of the album's intricate collage poster (minus the cumbersome recording notes, so the composition can breathe in all it's glory).
    Designed by Jade Tomlinson of Expanded Eye.

    This includes a couple of delicious Perhaps Contraption stickers (because everyone loves a sticker).

    Includes unlimited streaming of Listening Bones via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Cousin, Dad, Cousin, Cousin, Cousin, Dad, Cousin GRANDMA I ain't got no Cousin no Cousin I ain't got no... All I've got's my brother, sister I ain't got no Cousin no Cousin I ain't got no... Mumma gone ‘n’ left me (Cousin, Dad) Mumma gone away (Cousin, Cousin) Mumma gonna tell me (Cousin, Dad) I've got no Identity. She's repressed by my (Grandma / Cousin) She's repressed by my (Grandma / Cousin) She. Multiplication, Yeah, it's a truth. Smoothing the friction, One becomes two. I’ve got no Identity.
Listening bones Little tools Ossicles Move inside our, Ears hands are boiling, stave is broken, mouths are kissing... we are walking, business sulking, ears are hearing... We'll boil your hands, soothing, you find you found again... They are selling Fuss and Sex But it has no RELEVANCE (meaning more than) Little bones, moving you hear you heard again... They are selling Gloss and tripe But it has no ELEGANCE (unlike listening) Ossicles attached to ligaments, Eardrum pushes the Hammer, which collides with the Anvil, which shoves the Stirrup into the nerve, (Listen) (listening bones little tools Ossicles move inside our ears)
Some people get so high on Drugs They make their head Erode They build their own Coffins, coffins, coffins, coffins, Brains can create so much FUN I make mine really NUMB By watching Television, television, television. One day I’ll have to be so BRAVE To lie in my own GRAVE I have to bear the pressure, pleasure, ULTRA LEISURE Some people do it with a CROSS They’re labelling the LOST I have to get to Heaven, hello CEREBELLUM
(general animalistic whooping ensues) My blood boils with the tropic heat, and the rhythm of my heart is the tom tom beat (You bring out the savage in me) Primitive love cries reach my ears with the passion of a hundred million years (You bring out the savage in me) Woaah, call it madness or sin, how was I to know, what was creeping within me? Just like Tarzan I'll be your ape man, you're getting so ferocious that you can't escape man, you'll find out how wild I can be, when, you bring the savage in me. (more incoherent shrieking and parping)
Breath your Breath (breath it) Take your Time (take it) Hold it in (hold it) Let it go (let it) (all together) (I’ve got a chameleon on my hat, I will never own a house, I like to sleep in public toilets, gentlemen should wear more hats, , tea is the water of life, I can’t remember what I say in this bit, the human race is the fastest race ) Do it before you die.
Everyone, everyone around here, everyone is so, near, so in love. So in love.
Dig 05:13
Still pushing, the daisies up. Still pushing, the daisies up. Dig, your, deep, hole, in, the earth Dig it in the Earth. Dig, Dig. Dig, DIG.


The latest incarnation of Perhaps Contraption, this lung-powered mobile device, was formed through a process of serendipity and tenacity, desperation and inspiration, sometime in April 2011.

After a long, muddy, glittering and glorious summer parading these sounds, our voices and the ever-squeaky mutant pram around various festivals, we decided to record it.

We hope your ossicles are pleased.


released November 3, 2012

On Listening Bones, Perhaps Contraption are comprised of;

Squier Squier voice, flute, piccolo
DeeDee Window voice, drums
Mickey Bones voice, trombone
Felicity Status voice, clarinet, glockenspiel
Horace Sousatron voice, tuba
Emily Andromeda voice, french horn
The Bracket voice, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Uncle Shhh voice, bass trombone

Captured on 4 consecutive Sundays during October 2011, at the Premises Solar-Powered Studios, London.

Produced and mixed by Jason Howes and Squier Squier (apart from Drugs and Faith, and Listen! which Peter Z and Squier fiddled with.)
Jason then mastered the whole thing at The Premises sometime in March 2012.

(Excessively detailed recording notes now)

Cousin was inspired by Susie Showers, with all her great words and clapping. This was then regurgitated and orchestrated by Squier Squier. DeeDee sung the top line and we played it. All lyrics by Susie, except the “Multiplication” and“Brother’s Sister” lines by Squier.

The Ossicles is conceptual continuity from our previous album Business. Composed & structured by Squier with extra time decoration insight by Perhaps Contraption. The “listen” a capella section was improvised in the studio.

Drugs and Faith is conceptual continuity from “Make it come out Green” on our debut album Sludge and Tripe. Lyrics and music by Squier. Vocal harmonies and glockenspiel by Felicity Status.

You bring out the savage in me was written by Sam Coslow & recorded by Valaida Snow in 1934. Published by Cinephonic Music Co Ltd. All rights reserved.
It was restructured by DeeDee & Squier and embellished by the rest of the device quite some time later. (Chuckles the Clown plays shaky egg too). Love to Molly Carol for the inspiration.

Breathe your Breath was assembled from a number of improvisations. A chameleon named Jeff was a protagonist in an early version. Lyrics by Squier Squier, (apart from the tangled outburst in the middle). Music by Perhaps Contraption.

The National Anthem is by Thomas Yorke, Philip Selway, Edward O’Brien, Colin Greenwood and Jonathan Greenwood of Radiohead.
Published by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
This version was inspired by Environmental Encroachment & performing with The Transformational Fire Conclave All Stars Marching Band at Burning Man, 2010. Rebuilt by Squier, embellished by P.C. Shaky egg & floor tom magic by Chuckles.

Listen! is an improvisation. then sliced and manipulated by Squier & Peter Z.

Dig, words and music by Squier Squier, apart from the final section conjured up by Perhaps Contraption. Certain parts were developed from the page & improved by the player’s own musical majesty.


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