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Teardrop Girl​-​Star LP

by RobinPlaysChords

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ROBINPLAYSCHORDS - TEARDROP GIRL-STAR LP (2LP TEST PRESSING)

2LP test pressing of RobinPlaysChords' 2017 album Teardrop Girl-Star LP. One of a kind.
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ABGESAGT I am so happy to support this artist. I remember hearing Teardrop Girl-Star a while ago and falling in love. That love hasn't stopped. Thank you for your music. Favorite track: Teardrop Girl-Star.
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€^£^¥^ß 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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    Teardrop Girl-Star LP and Teardrop Girl-Star EP on heavyweight vinyl, housed in plastic sleeves to keep dust mites and other vinyl-eating nasties away. LPs will ship in summer 2017.

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
Flutterbys 05:25
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
5.
Lost At Sea 04:28
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
6.
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
7.
Ascension 08:35
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
8.
Swansong 07:31
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

about

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).

credits

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. New single "Miroslava", an "Anglo-Ukrainian love song", is out now via Tiergarten Records.

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