Google Portrait (ft. Joakim)

by Gryphon Rue

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Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fJ3lunVips

"There are two versions of Google Portrait--this is an avantpop update on the original folk version, featuring a children's choir. Joakim sampled the kids voices for this version, and the yearning of their untrained voices offers a subtext, a meditation on our bestowal to the young, how technology affects human relationships. Google Portrait fills the gap between our visceral experience and everyday abstractions; we've become ghosts in the machine. Our selfies have conquered mass media. Was this a pyrrhic victory?"

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I don’t wanna be cool, all I want is your eyes on me
framed in a Google Portrait

The all-seeing eye and the second mind
strike a strange alliance in a Google Portrait

Trademark the sky, let the cumulus cry,
I bet she was high in the company portrait

ooooooo

We don’t wanna be cool, all we want is your eyes on us
framed in a Google Portrait

We surrender control to the Queen of Catacombs,
She's a thin-wristed jailer with a silver jawbone

And when we feel depressed, we don’t pay it any mind
there is infinite time to refresh that portrait

ooooooo

The all-seeing eye and the second mind
strike a strange alliance in a Google Portrait

The all-seeing eye and the second mind s
strike a strange alliance in a Google Portrait

credits

released September 19, 2016
Gryphon Rue - vocals, guitars, synths, production
Joakim - mod synths, samples, mixing, production
Freddy Deboe - baritone sax
Will Epstein - tenor sax

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