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Red Red Skies

by THE CATENARY WIRES

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Intravenous 02:49
Intravenous Nothing ever comes between us It's the only way that we know It demeans us See-through pipes and plastic levers But I'll gasp for breath if it goes Will it last for ever? Is it an eternal thing? Nothing lasts for ever So will we start suffering? Suffering Intravenous Intravenous Intravenous Intravenous True believers Trust this faith will never leave us It's the only way that we know Mars and Venus Pull so hard but not so grievous To leave us spinning all alone Will it last forever? Is this an eternal thing? Nothing lasts forever So will we start suffering? Suffering Intravenous Intravenous Intravenous Intravenous Under my skin I’ve got you again Till everything flows away Intravenous Intravenous Intravenous Intravenous
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You asked the time Then you brushed my arm discreetly And you held my gaze completely As I said half past nine And on the night bus The stories you were telling If it was a trap, I fell in Imagining our life But all the things that felt so good Contained the seeds of what would feel so wrong I'm waiting for the day When you walk away And for a year Felt like something had a hold of us A thousand things left half-discussed All ideas and ideals But then the cracks Started to appear. If I want to Do something you are not into It isn’t an attack Oh, all the things that felt so good Contained the seeds of what would feel so wrong I'm waiting for the day When you walk away, away When you walk away, away And you never said you wouldn’t leave me It's been a while Books, CDs and art you gave to me Is long read, listened to and seen And lying in a pile Oh I should sell All of it on eBay, realise The end of us, the end of lies The ending of a spell But all the things that felt so good Contained the seeds of what would feel so wrong I'm waiting for the day When you walk away, away When you walk away, away And you never said you wouldn’t leave me
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A different scene Around me Every message that I send Sometimes the sea Sometimes cities Doesn't matter in the end Cos you're not answering They don't get through They're confetti in the air Are you happy, are you crying still? I know, I'm not supposed to care You'd like it here The water's clear You would like the silver sand A full moonrise In lazy skies A thousand miles above the land But you're not answering They don't get through They're confetti in the air Are you happy, are you crying still? I know, I'm not supposed to care I'm not supposed to care I know, but maybe you're still there A rented car An empty bar Makes no difference in the end A different scene Around me Every message that I send
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Red, red eyes in the morning Still sore from yesterday Our last day, it is dawning So what do you say? Well, we could drive to the old house Pilgrimage to the shrine Try real hard to remember What do you say? Yeah we could look at the photos Talk them through one by one And we could share out the records We never play We never play Funny how as we're lying here Feels just like our first day Silence goes on forever So what do you say? Red, red skies in the morning Speak of storms in the day We'll face them on our own now So what do you say? Could this day last forever? What's the secret of love? The answer lies in the records We never play We never play Funny how as we're lying here Feels just like our first day Silence goes on forever So what do you say?
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Throw another love song on the fire Watch the paper curling Black and white notes twirling On the pyre Throw another love song on the fire Throw another love song on the fire Cos I am cold and lonely And these flames are the only Warmth inside Throw another love song on the fire Thanks for making me unhappy Thanks for making me so blue Cos these songs were never any good They're better used as kindling wood I know… And so... Throw another love song on the fire I lost my inspiration Cos my enamouration Was a lie Throw another love song on the fire Thanks for making me unhappy Thanks for making me so blue Cos those songs were all delusional And I won't sing them any more I know… And so… Throw another love song on the fire
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It was over before it started In my head only Still shocked how it made you harden Your heart against me Oh, I don't know a thing about love I never did And all the songs I've sung Didn't tell the half of it Now too late, I love you The first time I ever saw you Cry and it's humbling And all of the things we tried to Build up start crumbling Oh, I don't know a thing about love I never did And all the songs I've sung Didn't tell the half of it Now too late, I love you Oh, I don't know a thing about love I never did And all the songs I've sung Didn't tell the half of it Tell the half of it All the songs that I've sung Didn't fool anyone Now too late I love you, you, you
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Like A Fool 02:41
You stole right into my heart Now you're in there, there's no way back If I tore us apart You know it would be really black so… Say you love me Say that it's true I'll believe you Like a fool Like a fool Now that we’re this age I was hoping that we might find Wisdom, calm and kindness I'm naive and oh so blind so… Say you love me Say that it's true I'll believe you Like a fool Like a fool If I tore it apart You know it would be really black Can you feel that pain inside? I think it's a heart attack Say you love me Say that it’s true I'll believe you Like a fool Say you love me Say that it’s true I'll believe you Cos I'm the kind of fool Who hangs around after school Just to catch a little glimpse of you Say you love me Say you love me
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The way Paul Klee scratched out a line And Bridget Riley bent them Now all they ever bring to mind Is he who can’t be mentioned And all the songs we listened to as one Well they’re ruined now And all the places and the things we’ve done Well they’re over From ‘Repetition’ by The Fall To ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’ I’m hating, hating, hating all The songs we used to play And all the places and the things we’ve done Well they’re ruined now And all the songs we listened to as one Well they’re over Why do things I love Remind me of someone I don’t The gothic tales of Tim Burton A bowl of homemade popcorn The indie clubs of Islington Now seem so cold and forlorn And all the songs we listened to as one Well they’re ruined now And all the places and the things we’ve done Well they’re over Why do things I love Remind me of someone I don’t It's been a long time now, it's hard To know why I'm not mending I somehow seem to find it hard To see this as an ending I hate the sight and sound of all you do But at the same time I'm not really getting over you Oh, no

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FORMATS: 10" Mini-LP [Clear Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 750 copies] / Mini-CD Digipak / Digital Mini Album

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A few days ago, we told you about Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey’s new project, THE CATENARY WIRES, whose name refers to the pattern made by the curves of the overhead cables that are suspended from pylons or above electric trains. This project is a development of the sadder, more melancholic songs of their career; it is elegant and serene without letting go of the pop melodies. Amelia and Rob have been behind some of the best indie-pop songs of the past 30 years, whether it was from their time with TALULAH GOSH, HEAVENLY, MARINE RESEARCH, or TENDER TRAP. THE CATENARY WIRES started when the two left London and found themselves in the middle of the countryside, with no clubs, no record stores or guitar shops, and no indie scene. They had disbanded TENDER TRAP, and they started writing songs with only a child’s acoustic guitar, just for their own entertainment. Everything changed when they were invited to play at the Arnolfini Art Gallery in Bristol, at an event celebrating their old label, Sarah Records. They played a few HEAVENLY songs, but also took the opportunity to try out some new material. The result was so exciting that it has brought us to this point, and this mini album, “Red Red Skies”, which will be released on June 1st, on clear 10” vinyl, on CD, and in digital format.

There are eight delicious songs, starting with “Intravenous”, which we already heard as the advance single. It’s a beautiful song that explores the mutual dependency that happens in romantic relationships and the subsequent loss of control of your own fate, and also the fear of dying and leaving the other person. “When You Walk Away” talks about those relationships that you begin with the full knowledge that they won’t last. Inspired by Leanne Shapton’s novel “Important Artefacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris: Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry”, its raw vocal reminiscent of Karen Peris’ and Paula Frazer’s. “A Different Scene” leaves us with a sense of resignation and with the image of confetti suspended in the air, dancing at the will of the wind. It’s the sweet taste of sadness. “The Records We Never Play”, however, shines with the brightness of MOJAVE 3 and the solemnity of TARNATION, taking us into a relationship that reinvents itself from the smallest details up. Another postcard from our journeys of the heart.

“Throw Another Love Song On The Fire” gives us even more brilliant lyrics, telling the story of heartbreak, but it is also a satire of songs about heartbreak. Superb, with the depth of Rob’s voice evoking Johnny Cash, while he sings “thanks for making me unhappy” and invokes Stephin Merritt. “Too Late, I Love You” moves us with its delicateness, like an innocently whispered confession, the admission of a weakness that makes beauty and emotion suddenly appear. “Like A Fool” has classical structures, a perfectly constructed song with a bare acoustic guitar, showing love in its simpler, more naive, appealing form. “Things I Love” closes the mini album with a list of records, artists, painters, and directors that our authors adore, increasing the feeling of intimacy and of this album being made to be told and sung, whispered and delivered, with hands open and palms up.

The collection of songs is produced by Brian O’Shaughnessy (who has worked with people like DENIM, Beth Orton, BIRDIE, GO-KART MOZART, THE CLIENTELE, COMET GAIN and ALLO DARLIN' to name a few), and it reminds us of the sounds of other pop-spirited duos like Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, Claudia Gonson and Stephin Merritt, and Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot. They have always been a magical duo, but with this new project, back-to-basics, they rise even higher than that paradise they earned for themselves decades ago.

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released June 1, 2015

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