Teardrop Girl​-​Star LP

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Camryn Marquez The brilliance of this record is apparent; it has the ability to uplift the guitar beyond, what are typically, its limitations. It achieves the extracting of empathy from the listener without the need to overwhelm them with technicality and a cavalcade of fireworks. Its sincerity, honesty, and simplicity are immediately relatable to any listener. This is the sound of an artist compressing the entirety of their world into the body of a guitar and birthing a record that has ambience, emotivity, and can establish a rapport with and the respect of the listener. Favorite track: Flutterbys.
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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.

The Teardrop Girl-Star LP revolves around mental illness and apocalyptic imagery, set after the annihilation of all but one human, who falls under the protection of a guardian angel. The narrative comes from within a mind shaped by Aspergers' syndrome, depression and hallucinations, the latter observed in the swirling "Flutterbys" ("Paroxetine can help you see/All creation in the Iifa Tree") and "The Untempered Schism", which tells of things that live in the shadows, if they're even there at all ("There was a monster here before, behind the curtains/It almost killed me once, of that I'm certain").

For all of the panic and anxieties, the end of the world is not all doom and gloom. Hope glimmers throughout Teardrop Girl-Star LP. The title track offers a glimpse of transcendental companionship ("You'll lead me by the hand and sing a siren's song/And I will sing along"), whilst album closer "Swansong" ends on the cathartic line "You should know that all things will be", set against a gentle, twinkling piano that rises from the ashes of the expansive "Ascension", which drives "onwards and upwards" in a blaze of glory.

The album's title track was recorded with Mason Le Long (Batsch, Little Annie & Baby Dee) for its release, on an EP of the same name, in 2014. Further tracks would have to wait until a run of sessions between February and September 2016 - in studios in London, Leamington Spa and Kyiv - led to the album's completion, finished off in the hands of Jack Gilbert (Noctürn) after contributions from Tim Ellis (Jackdaw with Crowbar) and Sergey Kurochkin (Океан Ельзи).

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released February 10, 2017

All songs written by Robin Jax

All instruments played by Robin Jax
except drums by Max Doohan on
"Lost At Sea" & "The Untempered Schism"

Tracks 1 & 5-7 recorded at Hackney Road Studios, London, UK
Engineered & recorded by Jack Gilbert

Track 2 recorded at Woodcote Road, Leamington Spa, UK
Engineered & recorded by Mason Le Long

Tracks 3-4 recorded at LAMP, Leamington Spa, UK
Engineered & recorded by Tim Ellis

Track 8 recorded at MASK, Kyiv, Ukraine
Engineered & recorded by Sergey Kurochkin

Mixed and mastered by Jack Gilbert
except mixing by Mason Le Long on "Teardrop Girl-Star"

Artwork and design by Robin Jax

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Robin Jax’s exploits as RobinPlaysChords have been built on a slow but steady sonic development. Building on the release of 2014's "Teardrop Girl-Star EP", the forthcoming "Teardrop Girl-Star LP" is the culmination of six years of fine tuning a remarkably focused sound. Robin sings words that beckon you closer, to come forward across seemingly impassable distances. ... more

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Track Name: Cherry Blossom
I had a dream
That air turned to lead
I awoke in a place
Where angels did tread
A silent scream
Would echo for days
Throughout the garden
Where your body lay

Candles lit up the pyre
Strangled ashes of what came before
I stole onto the scene
As your heart pumped out the loneliest beat
Freedom is falling like cherry blossom
Falling down onto me
(And you)

Always falling
Track Name: Teardrop Girl-Star
You were the writing on the wall
Six long years to go
Count it soft and slowly
Let the days ebb and flow
Teardrop Girl-Star
Where was your year zero?
Your heart and its love alone
Still won't save the world
But between the finer lines
And the foot prints that we leave behind
You'll lead me by the hand and sing a siren's song
And I will sing along

If you're expecting rapture, then follow me
Across the darkness of the lunar sea

If you're expecting rapture, then follow me
Across the darkness of the lunar sea
If you're exploding outward, follow me
Across the darkness of the lunar sea
Track Name: Ghostly Apparitions
The method ends and the madness begins
I've seen a line being drawn under all of my sins
Now I'm floating to your hole under the stairs
I've climbed Jacob's Ladder and I'd do it again

You can lay down the law for the angels to abide
You can take a single seed from the sacred tree of life
And you can plant it in the soil again

You can sow a silver thread to cover both my eyes
This way it's safer
You can lead the walking dead to the place that we will lie
This path spells danger

I shouldn't have been seen
I shouldn't have been heard
Track Name: Flutterbys
Let all your colours run
Let the oxygen flow free
Fly yourself up to the sun
Like Icarus, fall with me

Yellowcake, pattercake
Hail Mary, full of grace
Paroxetine can help you see
All creation in the Iifa Tree

For all the leaves in the air
Turning, turning
All on a wing and a prayer
Turning, turning
Track Name: Lost At Sea
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
Track Name: The Untempered Schism
I was a favoured son so mercurial
A child doted on with materials
All the stars fell into position
Above a kind of living hell so unrepentant
I'm not the average kind
I couldn't fall back on a lie
I'd cut off the tongue that told it

There was a monster here before behind the curtains
It almost killed me once of that I'm certain
It appears in many forms and situations
And leads me to believe I was mistaken
I'm not the average kind
Spinning free in space and time
How I wish your eyes beheld it

Rein it in
Track Name: Ascension
I was dying
Strung out in ultra violet light
Held your hand in silence
As I saw you crying
Don't be scared
Don't be scared
Don't be scared

The air is thicker here
And my tongue can still taste ash
All these things should come to pass
In time, this will be made clear
My soul's unchained
My soul's unchained
My soul's unchained
From the ghosts that beckon me on

I return to the Iifa Tree
A willow weeping life itself
Now it rots in toxic air
And the branches fall into the sea
I fell to my knees
I fell to my knees
I fell

And then I was floating
I was floating

Onwards and upwards
Track Name: Swansong
I wrote this thinking of how you solidified
From a star in the galaxy calcified
Mind into matter, words on a paper scroll
I know down inside you're just a contemplative soul

You should know that all things will be
You should know that all things will be

We walked through fire to land's eternal ending point
From purgatory to freedom, hand in hand, we were joined
Scrawling your parting shots, ascending eventually
Crashing through heaven's gate in strokes of 1, 2, 3

You should know that all things will be
You should know that all things will be
You should know that all things will be
You should know that all things will

All
Things

Will
Be