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Chapter One Of X: The Human Condition

HIDE

come aboard
feel the railway sun
when the bored
awake at fall

can’t abide
where you hide

one more stairway
one more ticket to
azure grey
one more cloud away
one more stair

come aboard
run the railway sun
i watch you hide
eyes so soft to me

but i can’t abide
where you hide
and it’s
one more stairway
one more ticket to
reason away
one more feeling
one more please

i’m cold
i’m cold

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X: The Human Condition Live

“The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
– Charles DuBois

Synthesizing music, film, and an unforgettable live experience, this innovative indie band, X: THC is evolving and redefining how a live show is presented and experienced within the model of the music industry.

The immersive, live concert performance is accompanied by X: THC”s original film, X: The Human Condition, whose wistful and mysterious imagery creates an utterly unique and uplifting experience. Citing Tim Burton, Michel Gondry, Jean Cocteau, and The Brothers Grimm as major influences, X: THC’s visual companion to the performance is a surrealistic, psychological trip inside the human subconscious.

The music of X: The Human Condition has been featured on board Continental Airlines, on Mexican TV’s Las Trampas del Deseo, in rotation on many worldwide online radio stations, and on over 100 U.S. college radio stations. The “little indie project that could” has received rave reviews globally, from as far as Australia, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Argentina, Germany, Columbia, The Virgin Islands, Mexico, Poland, Brazil, Albania, Russia, Hungary, Latvia, The UK, Peru, and Japan.

X: THC are probably the kind of band that you’d enjoy so much you would want to keep them to yourself, only you won’t be able to, because you’re so damned excited about the music…”

SphereMag, UK

The haunting and hypnotic melodies plus the dark yet uplifting film seem to remain in your thoughts long after you’ve finished them.”

 -BlogCritics 

“May build on many of the stepping stones of the past, but is definitely an album and concept that treads towards the future, and new possibilities in ways that many artists have not even started to consider…

Slowdivemusic Blog

“It is more than just an album, it is an audio-visual assault on your senses….a brilliant work of art.”

-TheScene, AU

“Deeply and genuinely moving”
-Popdose

“X: The Human Condition is an emotionally cataclysmic event that will resonate in your subconscious for weeks. In a world where live action accompanied by video stimulus is the new trend…Michael Nova’s avant-garde production remains unparalleled.”

UnratedNYC Magazine 

“The realization of X: The Human Condition is absolutely remarkable…a fascinating experience”

-Side-Line Music Magazine

 

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Reactions

 

sphere copy”A hypnotic and chilling journey that
examines the complexities of human nature”
– SphereMag, UK

 

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“It is more than just an album,
it is an audio-visual assault on your senses….
a brilliant work of art.”

-TheScene, AU

 

 

 

popdose-logo“Deeply and genuinely moving”
-Popdose

 

 

popsyndicatewide2“The DVD is awesome and fills one with a sense of yearning…wonderful exploration
into relationships and searching for a change…I was captivated.”-Pop Syndicate

 

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“The haunting and hypnotic melodies plus the dark yet uplifting film seem to remain in your thoughts long after you’ve finished them.” -BlogCritics

 

 

sideline“The realization of X: The Human Condition is absolutely remarkable…a fascinating experience” – Side-Line Music Magazine

 

 

unratednyc“X: The Human Condition is an emotionally cataclysmic event that will resonate in your subconscious for weeks. In a world where live action accompanied by video stimulus is the new trend…Michael Nova’s avant-garde production remains unparalleled.”
-UnratedNYC Magazine

 

SlowDiveMusicLogo-purple“May build on many of the stepping stones of the past, but is definitely an album and concept that treads towards the future, and new possibilities in ways that many artists have not even started to consider” – Slowdivemusic Blog

 

lateralnoise “X:THC have managed to melt various genres of music into a big music cauldron! From the dark spoken introduction in “Hide” to the jazzy “Tag, You’re it” you have the impression that there is more than one band performing on this wonderful CD. And yet, it remains coherent the whole time… I bet that you’re going to love this album!”– Lateral Noise

 

X: THC

More to come…

Fall Down Seven Times, Rise Up Eight

Hypnotical Entertainment will release “Seasons,” the first single from multimedia group X: THC’s second album, Fall Down Seven Times, Rise Up Eight this fall.  Continuing its track record of evolving how music is presented and experienced in the new music industry, X: THC will release the album exclusively online in stages, one song at a time.   The album, co-written and co-produced by Michael Nova and Chris (Ninjaboy) Liang, is X: THC’s first release since their innovative film and music multimedia CD/DVD package X: The Human Condition in 2010.  The new release will be preceded by a special online release of the debut film X: The Human Condition in a series of ten music video webisode chapters.

The lead track, “Seasons,” features a new wave electronic pop vibe that is at once both throwback and current sounding with atmospheric keyboards, soaring guitars, and catchy hooks along with the haunting vocals and timeless, meaningful lyrics that the group is known for. It will kick off the countdown to the release of Fall Down Seven Times, Rise Up Eight.

Release Date: Fall, 2014

Worth Fighting For

 Chapter Seven of X: The Human Condition

YOU’RE WORTH FIGHTING FOR

where…
Cellophane flowers fall
never rainbows at all
though your eyes i can see
lucid dreams
through the veil

you’re worth fighting for
my love
you’re what my fight is for
you’re worth fighting for
my love
you’re what the fight is for
outside where

where…
faces melt in the rain
looking through window pain
through your eyes
i can feel
liquid dreams
through the veil

you’re worth fighting for
my love
you’re what my fight is for
you’re worth fighting for
my love
you’re what the fight is for
outside where

where…

you’re worth fighting for
my love
you’re what my fight is for
you’re worth fighting for
my love
you’re what the fight is for
outside where

where…

 

(This song was featured on the Dew Tour Videos 2012)

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X: THC

X: THC is:
MICHAEL NOVA, vocals
TIENNE, guitars and keyboards
JOHN BOLLINGER, percussion
Produced by Michael Nova and Chris (Ninjaboy) Liang

X: THC combines chilled, shattered beats, soulful vibery, and edgy indie rock songwriting to create a lush, ambient soundscape. The songs conjure shades of post-punk, new wave, and electronica —yet they weave a seductive, hypnotic sound all their own.

X: THC’s music has been featured on board Aircalin Airlines, Continental Airlines, on Mexican TV’s popular show, “Las Trampas del Deseo”, in rotation on many worldwide online radio stations, and on over 100 U.S. college radio stations. X: THC has received rave reviews globally, from as far as Australia, Russia, Greece, Portugal, Brazil, Albania, Turkey, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Argentina, Germany, Columbia, The Virgin Islands, Mexico, Poland, The UK, Peru, and Japan.

X: THC’s musicians are diverse artists who have produced sound design for HBO, Showtime, ABC, SciFi, USA, and Oxygen networks, performed with, or played on albums by Public Enemy, Popa Chubby, DJ Red Alert, The NY Chamber Opera, and shared stages with Costanza, Mudville, Natalie Walker, BM Linx, J.Viewz, and many more.

Following the success of the group’s first release, X: The Human Condition, X: THC’s followup album, Fall Down Seven Times, Rise Up Eight will be released Fall, 2014.

A Human Flood

Chapter Two Of X: The Human Condition

A HUMAN FLOOD

calm down
calm down
I’ll get up late
by myself

calling distant worlds
on the telephone
washing different faces
in the glass

caught out
in the snow
summer rain
a human flood

calm down
calm down
they mean no harm
by harming you

wishing different words
were spoken
grey familiar places
pale my eyes

and every smell
in this hood
brings back memories
of a human flood

calm down
calm down
they mean no harm
harming you

calm down
calm down
I’m assimilating you
into myself

calm down
calm down
I’m trading you
with myself

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The Creature From The Blackened Room

Chapter Five Of X: The Human Condition

The Creature From The Blackened Room

she never played the part
of the happy girl
there’s no depth in that
she’d explain

living by the moon
and what is felt
not seen
and most importantly
the mood

and no one
understands
how could anyone
understand

her
the creature from the blackened room

i found the creature’s smile
in my box this year
many human friends
she explains

living by the sun
and what is seen
not felt
and not to fall into
that mood

and someone
understands
now someone
understands

but in some room
darkened by a cloud
of it’s own design
a creature sits in depth

understanding every word
she ever said
but a thousand words too late
and a million miles away

and no one
understands

 

(This song is featured on Mexican TV’s popular program, Las Trampas del Deseo)

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Monster

Chapter Three of “X: The Human Condition

MONSTER

i hide my face
from the world
all the world

i close my mind
so i don’t see
outside me

monster
monster

i mask my body
in clothes too large

i veil my eyes
so you can’t see
inside me

monster
monster

you created me once
why do you run away now?

your frankenstein
your broken mind
your terror eyes
your frankenstein

monster
monster

it doesn’t matter to me
no nothing matters to me anymore

your frankenstein
your broken mind
your terror eyes
your frankenstein

and don’t you know that the cornfields will be
happy
happy
and all the windmills in the village
will turn
one way
or the other way

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Tag You’re It

 Chapter Ten Of X: The Human Condition

TAG YOU’RE IT!

deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper and deeper
closer and closer and closer and closer and closer

angel on your shoulder
tearing out the gray from blue
On the outside
warming on the inside
melting into understand
understand
understand

farther and farther and farther and farther and farther
longer and longer and longer and longer and longer

and there’s more in the grey sky
than there is in the blue…

black and white to color
watch the motion in your mind
deep inside you
feel you got the meaning
feel you really understand
tag you’re it
tag you’re it

farther and farther and farther and farther and farther
longer and longer and longer and longer and longer

and there’s more in the grey sky
than there is in the blue…

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