Fading

by a Singer of Songs

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RecordBook If you type "a singer of songs" into Facebook browsing bar you'll find a fan page of a music group from Spain. By the information from its page you'll know they're play "indie/folk/something" and in "other information" field they affirmed they sings songs. They do. And they doesn't really cares about genre. But it is indie, it is folky, and it is something.  


Lieven came to Spain as a lonely refugee from Belgium ten years ago. He sang songs alone for a long while. He released "I Dig For Gold" in 2008 as a some sort of self helping therapy. As he admits it was a hard, dark time for him and writing those personal songs somehow helped him going. Therapy worked and Lieven released four albums after that. In meantime he assembled a band of other  refugees with drums, violin and double bass. Fifth album was written in his notebook and then arranged and recorded at the farm in the middle of nowhere during the winter. It was cold and very windy and maybe this makes "Fading" so intimate, like quiet whispering to yourself under the blanket on a cold, rainy night.

I like sad songs. Songs about unfulfilled love, about autumn, rain, winter... I think they're more authentic than Pharrell's "Happy". There is something catharsistic about sorrow. Live isn't easy, it's full of tears and pain and that's the only way to define happiness. For me this is what Fading is about. It's like finding a way from fucked up situation. Like a light at the end of the tunnel. Some said a Singer of Songs music is like a soundtrack for losers. It's not. It's an anthem for those who knows it won't be worst now, cause they hit the bottom. From now on it can be only better. It's an anthem for losers who accepted the fact they lost. And this acceptance change them into winners. "Fading" is an album of hope. I just regret I haven't got it with me when I was going through a hard time. Cause everyone went or will go through a hard time and this is what this record is about.


It is released on a white vinyl. It's beautiful! White disc with white labels, marked super simply "a" and "b". Inner sleeve with printed lyrics and some drawings. Cover itself, just black with a white tree but if you'll look closely you'll see whole background was made with a black marker. There aren't many projects which will fit into a "homemade" styling but "Fading" is definitely one of them. It is so real this way I almost regret I can't have it on a cassette. Branded as TDK or SONY with handwrite on it saying "a singer of songs, side a". But I have it on a white vinyl and it's marvelous and even though it seem like they don't care, they just sings songs which are folky something, they exactly knows what they doing and why. And it is something. Or maybe Something. With capitol S. Something to check, Something to listen. And I need more Something like this.
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Nick Green Cheers to Ryan Besford woke up to the news of this album's birth-wonderful Favorite track: Darker Than Dark.
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1.
04:22
you wake up each morning with the sun in your eyes the day flickers like it’s just been lit the neighbor plays her piano again conquering Beethoven bit by bit you whistle along to her hesitant notes while your morning coffee slowly drips you look out the window imagine a world in small scales in which you could easily fit the beautiful words you read describe a sorrowful life you don’t lead the luxury of imagining getting incredible crops without planting the seeds instead of breaking a branch you wait for the wind to bend the tree you were easily convinced that the only true company lies in a sad melody oh no no no ain’t it time for you to show what you’re really going for oh no no no your pride in being small hides ambition to be tall overdressed, understressed, walking from a to b in crooked lines is what you do best you dream of overrunning the world with your silence of angels being born in your chest now the sun’s going down and the coffee dried up and the neighbor has unexpected guests another day in small scales crumbles under the weight of its nothingness oh no no no ain’t it time for you to show what you’re really going for oh no no no your pride in being small hides ambition to be tall
2.
this is the day the sun won’t rise this is the way the angels cry and it’s getting lonesome in here now my lord is a bottle and my prayer a long and moaning cheer waking up to fall asleep through the knees onto the knees it’s getting cold in here and my dreams are at war i hate, i no longer fear bury me now don’t tell me which way to go i‘ve got to leave before the wind before the wind turns into snow she took me up to throw me down she got a smile for every frown but it got heartless in there until my voice was all silence and the silence was too much to bear so I move away to the other side i throw away what I used to hide it’s getting darker than dark ‘cause my life is a mess when you’re not around bury me now don’t tell me which way to go i‘ve got to leave before the wind before the wind turns into snow let’s watch it turn into snow
3.
04:33
so i reconsidered i will gladly take the fall for us both go back to the edge my friend the world is supposed to be at your feet do you know what you are waiting for my friend do you know what you are aching for my friend do you know what you are praying for it’s not you we were conceived to put out the fire but we’re slowly burning up inside do you know what you are waiting for my friend do you know what you are aching for my friend do you know what you are praying for it’s not you it’s not you who’s trying hard to understand you won’t know that you’re broken until someone makes you whole again my friend and it’s not you
4.
04:29
all night sitting on the unmade bed waiting for the blue sky to turn red you said you’d go, i said fine but not yet let you lay your head upon my chest all night sitting on the unmade bed waiting for the blue sky to turn red i played an anthem on a rusty string you turned on the light i saw you flinch maybe one day soon you will be back say i was the right train on the wrong track but i’m sober now i’m sober now
5.
the water drops in the sink the coffee blends with the ink words keep crawling away i’ve been waiting for a sign i’ve been staring through the blinds at a world so far from mine i can hear laughter, i can see light i see light, i see light his hand goes through your hair and you smile and you smile and you smile you’re not, you’re not you’re not coming home tonight and you think that’s alright i keep walking around my bones ache, my heart pounds i feel lost aching to be found i know i said i was wrong now i know i was just playing strong a ball and chain only last that long i can hear laughter, i can see light i see light, i see light his hand goes through your hair and you smile and you smile and you smile you’re not, you’re not you’re not coming home tonight and i know that’s alright
6.
i was not chosen i was picked up somewhere along the way i will remain quiet i will hide the map i drew under the backseat i will shatter every mirror that disagrees with me the signs here do not lie i am not where i thought i would be i thought i had all the answers but the questions weren’t made for you and me i will shatter every mirror that disagrees with me i will be forgotten so much will remain unknown there’s an end to this road for us both
7.
oh the nights, love, they’ve been long many days i wasn’t strong many times i wandered off fear of solitude i called love all the dark holes that i filled with vague sorrow and easy chills all the sorry stages i went through well, at least they led to you i will marry you and i will, i will be true i won’t promise i won’t stray but a path has now been laid i can’t tell you we won’t bleed but i’ll be there when you heal although the unknown pulls at me a home i’ll build for you and me this is the story we can tell of two who stumbled but never fell i will marry you and i will, i will be true
8.
03:15
time ain’t no friend of mine let’s just try to make this last until there is no suiting end to find stay, stay a little more ignore the temptations glued like a magnet on the back of each door so let’s put our phones down ignore the bright lights all around let’s find a quiet spot in the back, somewhere dark where we can silently embrace this moment because it’s already gone it’s already gone oh no, not this time i won’t let my nasty habits drive you straight out of my life and so, only the truth remains no we’ll never be a part again of something that is this great (x3) so let’s put our phones down ignore the bright lights all around let’s find a quiet spot in the back, somewhere dark where we can silently embrace this moment because it’s already gone it’s already gone
9.
all this time we’ve been apart it did not mend our broken hearts so we dug a hole and buried all the truths that we thought we’d always keep now the only things we need are the sun, a place to sit and a tree leaves shiver and then fall the only souvenirs of you and me all this time we’ve been apart it did not mend our broken hearts
10.
red, red carpet leading into the lion’s den free, free drinks and a guest list that won’t ever end you stroke, you stroke your beard as if you just found out you had grown one and your hair, your hair it points in more directions than the wind could have blown can you see i am here? can you see i am here? ‘cause i’m not, no i’m not no i’m not a bright part of your scene you hoist, you hoist your flag but there’s many more where this one came from and your words, your words, they bounce off the walls it’s the echo that makes them sound strong the flesh, the flesh comes so cheap here where everybody’s victory is your defeat it’s time, it’s time that i close this door and go back to where i once came from i came from nowhere and nowhere i belong i came from nowhere and nowhere i belong and it’s true, yes it’s true it’s so true i was enchanted by you

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released September 9, 2016

A Singer of Songs are Lieven Scheerlinck, Laura Räsänen, Pau Julià & Frank Rudow.

All these songs were written in a notebook by Lieven. Afterwards they were ripped from the pages, arranged and molded into the music you are listening to by Laura, Pau, Frank & Lieven. The four of them then went to Pastallé Sound, surrounded only by horses, hills and nothingness. Frank put wood on the fire and recorded the songs, praying for the wind to go silent. The ten songs were brought back to civilization and mixed by Frank in the intimacy of his home.

Mastered by Frank Rudow.
Design by Lu Mussini, based on Mabel Alonso’s fading dream.
Photography by Rafa Arocha.
Love, care & management by Mabel Alonso.
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I sing songs in the bathroom. In packed and empty venues. In gardens, sheds and churches. Once in a weird Finnish gym and also in the oldest house in Switzerland. On a boat and in a bus and in a horse farm. In noisy Italian bars and spookily silent Belgian rooms. On my own and with people.
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