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Meadow Lane Park

by LE SUPERHOMARD

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1.
In The Park 02:33
Instrumental
2.
Springtime 04:02
Long lazy days Feline naps in the shade I’ll stay alseep Spring song resounds In the flowers On the ground In swaying trees The humming bees Feel the light is dancing on my skin As we lie in blades of grass Close your eyes To imprint each bit Every moment, every kiss Strange vivid dreams Fade away in a haze I’m not asleep Maze of my mind Playing tricks Lost in time Spring brings to me New melodies Feel the light is dancing on my skin As we lie in blades of grass Close your eyes To imprint each bit Every moment, every kiss Every kiss Long sunlit days Fragrant breeze in the shade Spring brings to me A whole world to see Spring sings to me New melodies And dreams
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It’s all about a girl who’s walking in the street trying to find a way to flee The only way for her to live is to escape, find a door, find a gate She knows her days in here in the city come to an end And the idea of being freed, freed from the void Is so liberating but As she slides her back against the shop windows under her palms, wall after wall Swallowing her up and sucking her back in Like a mouth: door after door Because she feels so small and insignificant she wants out Going nowhere in the middle of everyone's anonymity Cos rather than finding herself in the midst of nowhere She was going nowhere in the middle of everyone...
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Paper Girl 02:41
Take a page Draw a happy face inside a heart Picture you, picture me, picture everyone Draw the lines Of fireworks exploding in the sky Red and blue, pink and green, cover all the white Paper girl, standing in a row of paper doll chain And look at him: hearts flying from his head around mine Thought bubble With shuttlecocks and racket on my mind Instead of hearts, ‘stead of love I have badminton! And all the other things That make me turn away From the space between us, from our paper chase Paper girl, standing in a row of paper doll chain And look at him: hearts flying from his head around mine
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Karaoking 03:10
He’s here on yet another bar-stool on Saturday night His 3-piece-suit’s too tight, he loosens-up his tie An uncomfortable tension fills the place like a cloud His spine is wet, his breathing fast As his turn approaches, he gets such a buzz From feeling/seeing the look on people’s faces in the room Takes one last sip of gin and bites the ice He cannot think, he can only perform He’s here on yet another bar-stool on Saturday night His 3-piece-suit is old-fashioned Mumbled voices take no notice of his move in the crowd His hands are sweating, his feet numb As his turn approaches, he gets such a buzz From feeling the look on people’s faces in the room Takes one last sip of gin and bites the ice He cannot think, he can only perform So far away and yet so close to the auditorium Fascinated and surprised at this plain man With such a voice, they’re overwhelmed, he doesn’t need to see the lines With eyes shut he over sings the grotesque of his style He needs no lyrics, it’s all in his heart Tonight is not like any other night This time he knows he’ll give it all he’s got Tonight is when he pulls away the mask
6.
Snowflakes 03:14
Instrumental
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Lie in the shade of the pink cherry trees And watch all the white clouds vaporize into bunnies Fenced in for safety and peace of mind Meadow Lane Park lives in memories of mine I see now Love is space and love is time measured by the heart We never grew apart On sweet ol’ Meadow Lane Sometimes I linger on my younger days in torn jeans Lived many adventures on Meadow Lane's green Games in the playground defied gravity Life kept us spinning on a merry-go-round I feel now Love is space and love is time measured by the heart We never grow apart Sweet ol’ Meadow Lane
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Tonight the villa has been re-decorated There’s clinking of champagne glasses And chandeliers glimmer on the walls The lights are dimmed and there’s a soft athmosphere The music is smooth piano playing and from every room Muttered voices of mingling socialites He’s the guy who will blow up the set, stick his shoe down the loo Everyone can see the elephant in the room His wit is a bit off, but it doesn’t bother him at all How does he do that? Ever met someone like him? I never met someone like him... But I wish I could... There’s more to him than meets the eye I know there’s more than meets the eye
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SDVB 03:05
Love in digital mode Decipher the codes Wire in and reload I feel like a spy Seeing through your eyes Wish I were by your side And it’s all A fingertip away And the world Sometimes feels deranged I often wonder who Will make me forget you I feel Sweet dark velvet blues Love in the space age Sometimes is a game Where we often are played The thrill of the chase Then a state of grace No romance at stake And it’s all A fingertip away And the world Sometimes feels dephased I often wonder who Will make me forget you I feel Sweet dark velvet blues Something dark and blue Some dark velvet bruise
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Wet leaves shining in the night Like black diamonds capture light At the crossroads there’s no sign of life But I know I’ve made it right on time, just wait A man appears now in a suit, no mistake A spark of mischief in his eyes, and a smile I hand over my guitar and watch It tuned by the man whose grin outshines the moon His melody springs in the dark Enchanting both my lonely soul and yearning heart Now I know for sure My fate is sealed I go by so many names A moniker for each new day I have a hellhound right on my trail Ain’t no point running boy when it’s time to play Time to play Time to pay
11.
Refuel 03:59
Take me to the sea - Reverie Somewhere make believe - Redwood trees We could drive your car - Matador Racing windows down - Engine roar Ride through the desert - Ancient flight Chase phantom comets - Silver light Can you hear the calling - Lost echo Fading in the canyons - Cosmic flow On the endless shore Gazing at the stars Dusty gas stations - On the road A tranquil visión - To bestow Galactic explosión - In your eyes Watching the horizon - As you sigh We’ll break free - Follow me We’ll break free - Follow me Put on your old shades And pretend We’re riding the fast lane Once again On the endless shore Gazing at the stars
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“Meadow Lane Park” is the first full-length album from the French quintet LE SUPERHOMARD, after having released a Mini-LP, "Maple Key" (on the Japanese label Rally Label, in the UK in Megadodo, in USA on Jigsaw Records and in France through the labels Le Pop Club Records and Echo Orange) and a Digital EP, and after the advance Single “Springtime”, released with Elefant Records. This is an album that, right from the cover and the titles of some of the songs, shows us its bucolic vocation. Just put on the song that opens the album, “In The Park”, and we can see that the landscapes they show us are injected with acid, flooded with stardust, with lysergic caresses, sweet and tremendously pleasant. We haven’t heard anything like this since that “The Noise Made By People” by BROADCAST.

The thing is, under the play of the synthesizers, under the psychedelic-style muted bases, strings and guitars aimed at lounge, they create an irresistible atmosphere that the album manages in a very special way. We already knew about the danceable roughness of “Springtime”. “Door After Door” tells us how strawberry fields would be if they had been discovered today, or how the dreaminess of Syd Barret would be. But “Paper Girl” sets up the first game: with the same elements we find a song that could have been a huge hit by ABBA arranged by Laetitia Sadier and Tim Gane. “Karaoking” develops a more classical concept of a song, with a piano presiding and arrangements that remind us somehow of the goldsmithing of another distinguished Frenchman close to Elefant, Mehdi Zannad. And the marvelous voice of Julie Big taking us toward sonic paradises. “Snowflakes” takes us back to Trish Keenan’s band, or even to those marvelous THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Landscapes colored with notes from outer space, or a new test of the power of music: how can a song be capable of painting the marvels of an unknown planet’s nature in your head. You don’t know where you are, but welcome.

“Meadow Lane Park” was another advance, with the lyrical strenght of its strings and the kraut rhythm of the powerful mellotrons. “Elephant In The Room” makes it clear how much of Burt Bacharach there is in these songs. Delicious. Majestic. Designed to break hearts without even talking about it. “SDVB” and “Black Diamond” put the synthesizers back in the starring role, as well as the arpeggiators, bringing us close to the eighties without betraying the essence of what we have heard so far, and continuing to give us great string arrangements and powerfully evocative details. “Refuel” dives back into kraut, jazz, astral worlds, submarine journeys. The capacity of the songs to excite our imagination is incredible, especially when it is closed by another instrumental “Back To Meadow Lane”: overflowing with lyricism, but at the same time visited by martian harmonies. This is all a musical banquet given to use by the band led by Christophe Vaillant.

LE SUPERHOMARD have made an important album, a descendent of a sound that almost was orphaned because of how difficult it is to build it: mixing these different elements and successfully waking up infinite worlds in the listener is a task that not everyone is capable of. But finally, the SuperLobster is here. There is nothing left to fear.

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released February 22, 2019

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