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Lost At Sea

by RobinPlaysChords

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Praise be yours to keep in case of danger Sweetness pressed into your mouth by a stranger March into the sea at will Hope your heart can love me still Go beyond the looking glass Waving white flags to the sky, I'll give way Bind my hands with silver wires and golden chains Crawl into the space beneath Lay me down in coral reef Below this dying sun The winds are still But the weight of life wills That in your heart You must Give in


Warwickshire-based musician Robin Jax, aka RobinPlaysChords, first saw the words "Teardrop Girl-Star" written in spray paint on a wall near Coventry Airport in 2010. This non sequitur set off a burst of creativity and marked the outset of a project that took nearly six years to complete.

Ahead of the release of Teardrop Girl-Star LP on 10th February 2017 comes "Lost At Sea". A winding guitar figure plays over the rumbling drums of Max Doohan (Noctürn), coupled to some of Robin's most evocative lyrical imagery yet - "silver wires and golden chains" tying the narrator down in coral reef, recalling the homophonic "lunar sea" of its parent album's title track. Drowned backing vocals guide the song's second half like celestial sirens singing sailors to danger, leading to a climax with a fatalistic bent ("In your heart/you must/give in").

The somewhat surrealist swirl of "Lost At Sea" is in stark contrast to its B-side "Institute Of Cultural Anxiety" - a noisy and sensorily overwhelming instrumental that just missed the cut for the album. Inspired by the Jeremy Millar-curated exhibition of the same name and a half-memory of Wilco's infamous "Less Than You Think", guitar strings clang and groan under the strain of heavy distortion before collapsing into a sparse ringing that disappears over the horizon, leaving the chaos behind.

Within the creation of Teardrop Girl-Star LP, "Lost At Sea" took five years to make the leap from paper to record. In its three minute running time, it makes an impression that will last a lifetime.


released January 20, 2017

All songs written by Robin Jax

All instruments played by Robin Jax
except drums by Max Doohan on "Lost At Sea"

Lost At Sea 
recorded at Hackney Road Studios, London, UK
Engineered, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jack Gilbert

Institute Of Cultural Anxiety 
recorded at Robin's house, Warwickshire, UK
Engineered, recorded and mixed by Robin Jax
Mastered by Jack Gilbert

Institute Of Cultural Anxiety is dedicated to Jeremy Millar


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Robin Jax’s exploits as RobinPlaysChords have been built on a slow but steady sonic development. New single "Miroslava", an "Anglo-Ukrainian love song", is out now via Tiergarten Records.


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