Laughing Dreams

by The Ocular Audio Experiment

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Alex Pollock of The Ocular Audio Experiment has kept himself busy since the band’s multi-release year of 2012 (The Witch’s Whispering Tomes Parts 1, 2, and Ghoul). After four years of fighting to complete the album, Pollock and The Ocular Audio Experiment are finally self-releasing, Laughing Dreams. In step with the band’s DIY approach, the album was produced, written, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Pollock, as described by him, “in three bedrooms and a closet.”

Laughing Dreams is a nine song love-letter experiment to conventional psychedelic rock, folk, doom and pop; drawing on, aspiring toward and blending influences such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Velvet Underground, High On Fire, Black Angels, Spacemen 3, Mercury Rev, BRMC, Cave In, The Warlocks, Echo & The Bunnymen and a long roster of others. According to Pollock, “The influences that color the album are all groups and individuals who have, for whatever reason, inspired me to try and give the best of myself toward what I like about music, with and by my own means. I just wanted to pay tribute to that spirit and try to do something great without being anybody special, cool or extraordinary.”

Special thanks to:

Molly Kimmerling, Andrew Fisher, Ed Craig, Brad Alderman, Nathaniel Bartrum, Bob Kropf, Brenda Withers, Torie Leigh, Jonathan Fielding, Stacy Fischer

Artwork by Torie Leigh

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released March 22, 2016

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The Ocular Audio Experiment Somerville, Massachusetts

The Ocular Audio Experiment formed in 2010, more or less as a broad umbrella to host audio and visual art experiments by Alex Pollock. Since then, it has slowly been developing into a live band unit, opening for acclaimed psychedelic rock and folk acts such as: Quilt, Mmoss, Ghost Box Orchestra, Dinowalrus and others. ... more

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Track Name: Sweet Dreams
I’m not sure when
It started seemin’
Like maybe things for me
Were all through changin’

But ever since then
All I’m findin’
Is this rotten sour
Bitter feelin’

Where did all the sweet dreams go?
Where did all the sweet dreams go?
Where did all the sweet dreams go?
Where did all the sweet dreams go?
I don’t know

There’s still that part of me
That wants to believe
Things could be different
I should keep trying

But then I look around
And I just come back down
There’s nothin’ here for me
But trouble now

Where did all the sweet dreams go?
Where did all the sweet dreams go?
Where did all the sweet dreams go?
Where did all the sweet dreams go?
I don’t know

Sweet dreams turned to tears
Sweet dreams left me here
Sweet dreams, it feels so bad
Sweet dreams, please come back

The Ocular Audio Experiment
@2016
Track Name: Now It's Strange
Now it seems so different than it was
When tomorrow was some dream bubblin’ with fun
That laughin’ feelin’ and the butterflies
You woke to find that they had passed you by

Now it’s strange
You’re just here
With your face
Etched in years

All the wonderlands you travel in your time
Just to settle for a little peace of mind
And look back at how far you’ve grown away
From everyone and everything you came

Now it’s strange
You’re just here
With your face
Etched in years

Do you ever get thinkin’
What have I been doin’?
My whole life has passed me by
Like I was never even here

Isn’t it so weird, gettin’ old?
How it happens before you know
And then when it starts to seem
Not so far to where we’re going

Now it’s strange
You’re just here
With your face
Etched in years

The Ocular Audio Experiment
@2016
Track Name: Saddest Thing
I heard you say the saddest thing
Maybe you’re not worth your own dreams
You believed a long time ago
But nothin’ came of them and somewhere you got old

It was so clear and then you lost your way
Was it The Call you heard or just a sound you made
Does it really matter either way?
Try as hard as you can things don’t ever change

There is no path or sign that shows
You can’t turn back, where would you go?
Will you get there? You could never know
But giving up is saying you won’t

I know it makes you mad how phony things are
It’s a fuckin’ joke and you got no chance at all
You say, ‘whatever it don’t get you down’
But you’re just lookin’ for a reason to stick around

There is no path or sign that shows
You can’t turn back, where would you go?
Will you get there? You could never know
But giving up is saying you won’t

You find yourself where dreams turns to fire
Black smoke rising off the pyre
You find yourself where dreams turns to fire
Black smoke rising off the pyre

Nothin’ says you’ll get a fair shake
So let the work you do be the take
And though it may not seem like it now
The only thing can stop you is your own doubt

There is no path or sign that shows
You can’t turn back, where would you go?
Will you get there? You could never know
But giving up is saying you won’t

The Ocular Audio Experiment
@2016
Track Name: Alive
Who knows how long I’ll be around
Or where at last my heart will give out
But till then, I think I’ll have some fun
Let nothin’ hold me back from what I love

I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive

People tell me that I’m crazy
But I don’t care what they’re saying
What makes it sad is that they think they’re free
While all I’m doin’ is just bein’ me

I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive

I feel so happy
I feel so happy
ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha ha ha

I feel so happy
I feel so happy
ha ha ha-ha-ha-ha ha ha

It’s so borin’ playin’ by your rules
I’d rather be a freak than one of your fools
You wanna hold me down, but you can’t now
I’m past your reach, chasin’ dreams without a doubt


I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive
I’m alive

The Ocular Audio Experiment
@2016
Track Name: Mountain Is Tall
The mountain is tall
That climbs to the call
I’ll try for it
Though my means are small

Oh it’s so hard
Like I might fall down
But I’ll do what I can
Until my legs give out

It’s like there’s less you can know
Than back there
Just you’re on your own
And that you may fail

But I won’t be afraid
To lose as I am
To lose with my heart
To lose with my hands

It’s so heavy
The whole way along
But it won’t break me
I’m gonna be strong

And even when I cry
‘Cause how it’s tough
I won’t quit goin’
I won’t ever give up

The Ocular Audio Experiment
@2016
Track Name: Brother To War
I sent my brother to war
But I sent him to hell a long time before
You looked around
Saw your only way out
And now, you ain’t here no more

There’s a door opens for some it seems
I can hear you there, knocking
But it don’t open for you
No matter what you do
‘Cause it’s locked, and I have the keys

I could have loved you
I could have loved you
I could have loved you
Better than I did

I think of how much we’re the same
But the breaks I caught never came your way
Still you were happy for me
Gettin’ kicked to your knees
And I just watched your heart break
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@2016
Track Name: Set Me Free
And then, like a fog broke, I could see
I was exactly where I was supposed to be

I could not believe
That through all
Of my searching
I was never lost

Then I turned, and you were there, by my side
And I understand how your love had been my guide

Every turn I took
You seemed to tell
There was no path but
What lead to myself

You set me free
You set me free
You set me free
You set me free

I saw all directions revealed like sunrise
But I was only looking in your eyes

And I knew
There was no fear
Nowhere to get
I was here

The Ocular Audio Experiment
@2016
Track Name: God Skulls
Are we really nothin’
Without our gods?
Lost once we wander
from the altar hall

Hail
Hail
Hail
Hail

Will our eyes only open
To see what they do?
Are there none others left to find
Than their truths?

Hail
Hail
Hail
Hail

If we’re lucky maybe we meet
Someone who reminds us to believe
But when in return we trade ourselves
We lose sight of what they fought to teach

For all our heroes are
They don’t mean a thing
When the limits of their love
Are the furthest that we reach

The Ocular Audio Experiment
@2016