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OYEZ

by YAY MARIA

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OYEZ!!! For a while there, I was scared we wouldn’t make it BUT WE’RE HERE NOW! Aren’t you proud of us? Times were tough Things got rough ARE YOU WITH ME? It’s better when we’re together ARE YOU WITH ME? I’VE GOT SUMMIT TO SAY! I SAY WE STORM THE GATES! TEAR IT DOWN & MAKE SUMMIT BOOTIFUL IN ITS PLACE! It’ll be OK OYEZ LUV WE ARE STILL ALIVE! DON’T WANNA DIE! I WANNA THRIVE! YAY MY LUVZ! ALL I WANNA DO IS DANCE & LAUGH & BE WITH YOU! OYEZ LUVZ! BEFORE WE DONE LETS OVERCOME & HAVE SUM FUN! NOLITE TE BASTARDES CARBORONDORUM!!! OYEZ La, la, la, la OYEZ!
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TEMPLATE 03:20
Born. Slapped on yr bum. “What the fuck?” Absorb. Helpless mimic. Attach to face Ricochet. Wait. Indoctrinate. No fate. Education. Atoms split apart. Didn’t ask to be here. Chorus No we don’t fit the template No, I don’t think we’ll ever fit their template Afraid. What do you really want? It’s too late. Innate. Gravitate or deviate. Big. Clubbed to debt. Someone I met. Marriage. Kiss yr friend. Is this adulthood? Wages slave. “I’ve turned into my rents.” Suburbia. Fear. Family. Rinse/repeat. Then burn the house down. Chorus No we don’t fit the template No, I don’t think we’ll ever fit their template Afraid. What do you really want? It’s too late. Innate. FML TBH. Can’t relate. Opening my eyes in the morning Like Russian roulette Everything to play for Nothing you can actually get So why change? Nothing like working for a living. Old. Jesus is coming for you. Divorce. Don’t leave me. Crisis. Take the kids. Retire. In fire. Surplus to requirement. Pontificate - what did it all mean? Just went along & then nothingness. Anything afterwards? No set way for living your life & that’s OK Yr great! No wrong or right Feel No shame As long as you’re not hurting anyone Don’t judge. No hate Just love. I see the light
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People are social animals I never felt I fit in Am I the only one who’s like this? Normies: YEP! I tried to be like them Since shunning them I know now I can’t do it all alone Am I only there if they see me? No nobility in solitude (SOLO) Don’t go; don’t take it away from me Chorus Y’know now more than ever We need to stick together We know we need each other GOOD GOD! Good to know I’ve got a friend Y’know now more than ever We need to stick together We know we need each other GOOD GOD! Good to know there’s a place to go for lost souls We need to seize the means of production The loneliness which capitalism institutes is set to ruin everything GOOD GOD! Let’s go! Let’s have some fun!
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WOEBOT 04:00
I would kiss you if I could I would talk to you if I thought it would do any good When I fall, they won’t fuck me up In his kingdom, we’ll overcome I’ll take anyone We’re hurting no-one I won’t try to fix you I figured we all felt like this Bullies are boring cowards I pity their ignorance While we’re resplendent I won’t try to fix you I’m a woman
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TRU CRUSH 02:42
Bitch, I’m not one to judge To dickheads: once we’re dead; that’s it Nothing exists in this shit abyss So why waste time being a big dick? When yr my tru crush You are my tru crush Them silly fuckers love to say that their way is the only right way HEY! Fuck em O babes Yr so brave Yr so punk U r my tru crush; u r my try crush I tried to silence what’s inside I heard that pride goeth before a slide But why? There’s no hiding what’s inside When yr my tru crush U r my tru crush No, I don’t wanna die alone I’m thrown by the infinity of unknowns But there’s only one thing that I need to know R u my tru crush? Yea, you’re my tru crush U r my tru crush; u r my tru crush
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WE WOZ ERE 03:14
Don’t you wanna be remembered? Carve into a rock “Queer history’s a bonfire” I know we never ever will stop I never asked to be here & yet here we are Summit in my blood I live in fear What if everybody forgets us? TERFS wanna ban me Nazis wanna kill me Your husband/wife, they wanna fuck me Eternity You won’t erase me I know my name now Remember me Chorus Shit I think that we’re really gonna make it (They can) beat me, ban me, kill me They’ll never destroy me & I’m gonna live my life with no fear & you gotta know we’ve always been here Do ya hear? I’m here I’m queer I’m not going anywhere Feel like I’m falling Or am I flying? "Yours isn’t the burden of yesterday but the treasures of tomorrow Yes, I want to be remembered I want to be treasured I want to be etched into the fabric of time Forever held in loving memory No, We will not be forgotten We forge a path for others to follow Each footstep is a life raft And a prayer Yes, We have always been here Our lives written in blood and bone The ancestors summoned by our rage We will be heard No, You are not falling my dear You are as free as the wind I can see you soar lifted up high"
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PLASTIK PINK 05:12
I take what I want. I don’t care where it comes from. Tis all for the greater good. I am what you want. Baby, this is not a cult. Come up. Climb into my bed. You are rational. Take a pill. It’s all for the taking. I wouldn’t lie to you. Just wanna be free. Gimme liberty. FEED ME! It’s not a pyramid scheme. Daddio, don’t we have fun together? We bring out the worst Not good for each other But FUCK IT, FUCK IT, FUCK IT! Go on an adventure But FUCK IT, FUCK IT, FUCK IT! Babes, are you a winner? But FUCK IT, FUCK IT, FUCK IT! Or are you a loser? Gimme a hit; don’t give a shit & FUCK IT!! I’ll kill everyone if they don’t shut the fuck up. Don’t it feel good to not care? I run this city. Baby, kill your enemy. I am forever your GOD!!! Bitch, that dick is trying to take your shit Are you gonna let him get away with it? Destroy everything But FUCK IT, FUCK IT, FUCK IT! Go on an adventure But FUCK IT, FUCK IT, FUCK IT! Babes, are you a winner? But FUCK IT, FUCK IT, FUCK IT! Or are you a loser? Gimme a hit; don’t give a shit But FUCK IT, FUCK IT, FUCK IT! Your garden is on fire But FUCK IT, FUCK IT, FUCK IT! Give in to desire But FUCK IT, FUCK IT, FUCK IT! A phallic horizon I dare you There’s no undo So FUCK IT!! Why didn’t you say something? We’re all gonna die.
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This isn’t about me It’s about history & authenticity So much bigger than me The misery I refused to see Forgive me Too caught up in kinesis & adrift in this abyss of indifference To notice any seismic shift We raise our fist in catatonic bliss Chorus Down on my knees; hold the volunteers hand *It felt too big for me to understand Now here I am & I've always been trans It’s real; the joy I feel Im ready to stand Up on my feet Euphoria won’t hide *All that I know is that it feels right Repression is never worth the fight Forgive yourself You are all you have. This isn’t self-pity & it isn’t a plea to authority It’s about an apology I’m sorry Where do we go from here? What I see isn’t clear, but I need to hear what you think & how you feel What is real & whether we can heel
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EUPHORIA 03:29
In the dream there was a big, numbing fear He stood over me Nobody near Listen to yourself & see what u hear I’m beneath no one. It’s all too clear Broken in silence Within congruence Painted nails Breathing nothing but air & the sun is out Lit up my queerness There is still time to get better A tear In the dream I felt the euphoria Swelling with senses In full congruence Break out in relentless bliss. Experience In euphoria This is you in your body.
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No, I don’t see why Nothing I can’t do Say you love me Sadness fucked up my youth If you look in the mirror & don’t like what you see Indeed, it might be high time for a remedy Chorus It’s been so long Relentless & blue But at least I know now that I can get through to you Searching someday for somebody somewhere Out there I know soon enough we’ll git… Fight or flight Flew Traversing the dunes & I fought my way through to get through to you Facing the shore To cross, I need some help Got this far Sunset We survived ourselves Chorus It’s been so long Relentless & blue But at least I know now that I can get through to you Searching someday for somebody somewhere Out there I know soon enough we’ll get there Some say we survived ourselves
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Touch Now I can feel it Not enough It's all too much As it rushes Connect to what I find tactile Scent The memories are too intense Uncovering our lost senses A flourishing system I’m now aware Taste A delicate & tender kiss Appreciate I wanna live Sister, never thought I'd get this far Look Being queer is beautiful Whatever happens, there is no pull Except this Listen Being Queer is beautiful. (Bell ringing)

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Contact tom@yearofglad.co.uk for any info, interview requests or to discuss these magnificent songs 💕

-- OYEZ by YAY MARIA --

YAY MARIA (she/her) is a trans & queer musician hailing from Derby (UK), deep in the hinterlands of the Midlands, with a few important things she would like to say. In 2020, while the world was shaken by uncertainty, Maria Machin was crafting an album fixed on making powerful and unshakable affirmations of joy, love and solidarity.

The journey to OYEZ began as an exploratory, shifting electronic pop solo project, and a special moniker set clearly apart from all of her previous work (My Psychoanalyst, Grawl!x).

It would become an outlet to embrace and explore Maria’s gender transition, and a space in which her identity as a trans woman was central - in tiny performance spaces in familiar haunts, Maria would dim the lights, project expansive found-footage creations, and friends and loved ones would in these moments see Maria in flashes of ephemeral light and shadow, free from the oppressive expectation of gender normativity, often for the first time.

Her debut record deftly captures this sense for the profound art experience. Drawing production inspiration from diverse sources such as Wendy Carlos, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Charli XCX, OYEZ feels freeing, untethered by expectation and playful by design. Grouping together expertly selected featured artists (Franx, Emzae, Zera Tonin, the town crier for the idyllic Peak District town of Belper), Maria has crafted an ambitious work far beyond its humble DIY origins.

And the story that OYEZ tells is a universal one - a triumphant struggle against the bewildering mist of a society fractured and made cruel by the hidden pains of difference and the oppressive weight of traumas past. YAY MARIA leads us from here to a place of pure joy, where hope is found in simple acts of togetherness, and in a series of rousing proclamations, culminating in her final battle cry:

"BEING QUEER IS BEAUTIFUL"

YAY MARIA is the antidote to othering - she is an empowered outsider who has the unique ability to use music as a means to make you feel loved, understood, and truly yourself.

OYEZ is released on bandcamp on September 16th w/ bonus tracks exclusive to the bandcamp release.

- YEAR OF GLAD

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released September 16, 2021

Label: YEAR OF GLAD
Composer/ Performer: YAY MARIA (Maria Machin)
Producer: TOM JOHN HALL
Artwork/Visuals: SIAN MORRELL
HEATHER KRUDD
Photography: DAN WHEELER
Make-up: CHERRY BOMB
Mastering: JOE CAITHNESS

‘Oyez’ Vocal Ensemble: SEAS OF MIRTH, JANE EP, KT.LEGO,
RICHARD BELFITT, SAM JORDAN,
SOPHIE WALES, SWAP C, VOM VORTON,
RAQUEL VEGA
Vox on ‘Template’
& ‘Epiphany’: FRANX
Vox on ‘Plastik Pink’: ZERA TONIN
Vox on ‘Shopping Centre’: EMZAE
Vox on ‘We’ll Get There’: TOM JOHN HALL
Poem on ‘We Woz Ere’
Written & Performed by: EMERCIANA DECOUZA
Saxophone on ‘FINALE’: CHRIS TREE
Town Crier: BRENDA WILSON

Thanks: JO LEWIS, SIAN MORRELL, KATE HARESNAPE, LOUISE CROFT, ROBIN NEWMAN, ROWAN HYDE, HAUS OF DREAD, BIFF, COB, DANIELLE COTTERIL, SAGE, SOPHIE WALES, THE BARKERWOODS, PIPPA NAYER, LAURA MI, MIA VIOLET, NIALL McGONAGLE, 10pm CLUB, SOPHIE SPARHAM, All at NTH, ICTHINGS PHOTOGRAPHY, EDIE ROBERTS, ANNA BOYD, SNUG RECORDING COMPANY, JT SOAR, AGATA

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YAY MARIA UK

Queer & trans musical artist (She/her) documenting her transition.

If I can make one outsider feel better about themselves then YAYAY!!

Debut album 'OYEZ' out NOW!!

“We can’t praise this artist enough, forever creating the most joyous and stunning intricate orchestrations.”

- Circuit Sweet
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