SONG NOTES . . .
THE DARK ROOM
"Sometimes, when looking at photographs, you can catch a glimpse of an alternate reality… they have a ‘what if…’ quality to them. We see those younger, more hopeful faces frozen on paper… they look like us, but seem so far away from the people we’ve become that we hardly know them anymore.”
MAD ABOUT YOU
“A song about finding reality through fantasies, with a John Martyn-ish feel to it, helped enormously by the wonderful Andy on double-bass."
THE BOOK OF LOVE
“A song by the marvellous Stephin Merritt, from the Magnetic Field’s ’69 Love Songs’ triple album. This was a joy to arrange and record - such a gorgeous song, it even made me want to sing (albeit very quietly!). Then Peter Grabriel released ‘Scratch My Back’ and we were so glad that we’d decided not to do a string arrangement!”
SCREAM AT THE SKY
“Another song from the dark room… about one of those times when you find yourself in tears and you don’t know why… and you realise that the Beatles were wrong… sometimes love isn’t all you need. Musically we were thinking of the beautiful arrangements on some of Nick Drake’s songs when we wrote the cello and piano lines.”
LEAVING FOR THE LAST TIME
“This was a last minute addition to the album…improvised around a basic chord structure and recorded in one take… we were really pleased with how it turned out, which is just as well, as I don’t think either of us could have captured the same spirit again… a magical moment. The title came after the piece was recorded… the music has a melancholy mixture of beauty and sadness to it… and it made me think of the feeling you get when you’re leaving somewhere you’ve loved, knowing that you’ll never return… that mixture of not wanting to leave, yet knowing that you have to…”
FIGHT OR FLIGHT
“This string arrangement was great fun to write and the quartet really enjoyed playing it, which I think you can hear - we naively thought it would be ‘challenging’ for them, but they nailed it surprisingly quickly!.. Tim programmed a groovy rhythm track for us that always makes me think of the opening credits of “Run, Lola, Run”
“A song about new beginnings… with old loves…written in English, but translated into French by Anne-Marie, because sometimes, only the language d’amour will do! “
"Recorded very late in the studio sessions - a very raw and naked song that was very moving to hear for the first time... it came together really quickly... this is just the 2nd take and sounds sublime."