Robots in the Orchestra

by I Am Your Autopilot

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This album was written and recorded in Manchester by Ben Evans, Jasper Wilkinson and Graeme Brooker. Bringing together influences from artists as diverse as Air, Spiritualized, Simon and Garfunkel and Francois Couperin the album veers from the heartbreaking to the jubilant.

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released October 16, 2012

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I Am Your Autopilot Manchester, UK

I Am Your Autopilot draw from a diverse range of influences from Laurie Anderson to Simon & Garfunkel, Air to Grizzly Bear, Brian Eno to Couperin. The music has a cinematic, heartbreaking, jubilant quality, with soaring vocal harmonies. The live line-up includes Jonny Lexus and Joel Nally. I Am Your Autopilot continue to work closely with US multimedia artist and musician, Fredo Viola (The Turn). ... more

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Track Name: Smokescreens
There is no plan,
The time will come,
When we will open our eyes,
And see what we have done.

We will hide it well,
Behind smokescreens,
We will hide it inside this glass.

There is no plan,
Plans come undone,
When all the lines have come down,
And static fills our minds.

We will hide it well,
Behind smokescreens,
We will hide it inside this glass.

We’ll close our eyes,
We’ll stay inside,
Behind these four walls,
Behind these four walls we’ll hide.

We will hide it well,
Behind smokescreens,
We will hide it inside this glass.
Track Name: All In Our Hands
Looking for a plan,
A sky blue sky,
Looking for a blueprint,
How to get by.

You’re talking like you preach,
While the dumbstruck stand,
So throw back your head,
Lift your hands.

How about making something ourselves,
How about making something up.
How about making something ourselves,
How about making something up.

I’ve been making money,
That was never mine,
These premonitions hit me,
All the time.

If we like the title,
We might read the book,
We haven’t found the writer,
Where we’ve looked.

How about making something ourselves,
How about making something up.
How about making something ourselves,
How about making something up.

No one will,
Be making plans for us,
It’s all in our hands,
All in our hands.

How about making something ourselves,
How about making something up.
How about making something ourselves,
How about making something up.
Track Name: We've Been Here Before
Air is thick with words that we’ve not heard before,
Data that is lost to the receiver,
Messages won’t help us in these strange times,
Messages got lost in the ether.

Robots have been playing in the orchestra,
They’re my best friends since you passed away,
Since you passed away I have been so strong,
Seems like you’ve not been here for so long.

Feels like we’ve been here before



Soon they will stop talking if we want them to,
Think that the conductor might have seen you,
If I had the chance I would leave today,
If I had the chance I’d believe in you.

Feels like we’ve been here before
Track Name: Airside
Making our home in between the lines
Watch the dust of information falling from a clear sky.
You don’t know what I know,
Move too fast then too slow,
You don’t know what time, time is anyway
Waiting on the airside.


Can you tell me which direction I should go to leave,
Something high and something low,
Numbers will not guide me now.


Children look on,
As we pass them by,
Looking for a sign of recognition of a shared life.
If you know what I know,
Move too fast then too slow,
You don’t know what time, time is anyway,
Waiting on the airside.
Track Name: Think Of The Words
Half a mind to stay here,
Think we got the idea,
That we’re being sincere,
So what if we might be.

If you’ve got something to say,
Just think of the words and blow them away,
Cos in the cold light of day,
We’ll never be heard.

We’re walking on a fine line,
Living in between times,
Waiting for the sunshine,
To colour your pale eyes.

If you’ve got something to say,
Just think of the words and blow them away,
Cos in the cold light of day,
We’ll never be heard.

Don’t be afraid to close your eyes,
The seconds will keep on moving left to right,
Some of them live and some will die,
Sometimes I think it might be best if they collide.

If you’ve got something to say,
Just think of the words and blow them away,
Cos in the cold light of day,
We’ll never be heard.

Take the words and blow them away,
Take the words and blow them away…
Track Name: Empty Heart
If I saw you,
If I saw you,
Maybe we could lie under horror movie skies,
Where the light shines in your eyes like a flame.
If I saw you,
If I saw you.

If I saw you,
If I saw you,
Would the soundtrack that you bring,
Be the songs we used to sing,
Or does nothing ever last or stay the same.
If I saw you,
If I saw you,

If I called you,
If I called you,
Would you smile and let me in and call me back again,
Or does nothing ever last or stay the same.

You take an empty heart,
Take an empty heart and fill it all the way…
Track Name: Yesterday's Signs
Take your cold hands,
Place them over mine,
When the snow falls down,
Yesterday’s signs,
Will leave us behind.

When the slowdive,
Of the aeroplane,
Casts a shadow,
Over our home,
The sirens will sound.

If you stand very still,
You can hear the airwaves,
If you move very slow,
You can see the atmosphere,
If you close, close your eyes,
You can hear, hear the sound of the engines dying.
So come and close your eyes,
And fill this empty night.
And keep your cold hands close, close to mine.

When the slowdive,
Take your cold hands,
Of the aeroplane,
Place them over mine,
Casts a shadow,
When the snow falls down,
Over our home,
Yesterday’s signs,
The sirens will sound.
Track Name: Traces
Give us space,
A space that we can call our own,
Forever.
A room where we can lie,
Side by side.

Give us hope,
The hope that we can live or die,
Together.
The sound-track that we sing,
Line by line.

Time won’t lie,
As generations pass us by,
We’ll watch,
The traces of our lives,
Printed in your eyes.
Printed in your eyes.
Printed in your eyes.
Track Name: Timelines
Time-lines are closing in,
On a fixed point,
On a sliding scale.

I’m in a constant space,
I’m surrounded by,
An unbroken line.

When lines are closing in again,
Closing in again, closing in again.

I’ll find comfort,
So familiar I won’t recognise.
When lines are closing in again,
Closing in again, closing in again.

Time-lines are closing in,
On a fixed point,
On a sliding scale.

Time-lines are closing in,
On a fixed point,
On a sliding scale.
Track Name: Five Lanes
When we find the time has come,
To choose the questions one by one,
And all our words have come undone,
I feel so tired of moving on.

I don’t know what to do.
I don’t know what to do,
But close my eyes with you,
And see you for the first time again.

When the picture breaks the frame,
The image comes to life again,
Half remembered lies and dreams,
Fill in all our missing scenes.

I don’t know what to do.
I don’t know what to do,
But close my eyes with you,
And see you for the first time again.
And see you for the first time again.

We’ll find ourselves,
In a place where,
Five lanes turn to one,
Combined.

Why don’t we live where,
The conditions are better,
And rain won’t fall.
Why don’t we sit where,
We can see if we’ll ever,
Get there at all.
The seed that falls the furthest from the tree,
Will grow and grow.