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Failing Songs

by Matt Elliott

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    Matt Elliott - Songs
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    Includes :

    - IDA027 - Drinking Songs - CD digisleeve :

    1/ C.F. Bundy 2/ Trying to explain 3/ The guilty party 4/ What's wrong ? 5/ The Kursk 6/ What the fuck am I doing on this battlefield 7/ A waste of blood 8/ The maid we messed.

    - IDA037 - Failing Songs - CD digisleeve :

    1/ Our weight in oil 2/ Chains 3/ The seance 4/ The failing song 5/ Broken bones 6/ Desamparado 7/ Lone gunman required 8/ Good pawn 9/ Compassion fatigue 10/ The ghost of Maria Callas 11/ Gone 12/ Planting seeds.

    - IDA049 - Howling Songs - CD digisleeve :

    1/ The Kübler-Ross model 2/ Something about ghosts 3/ How much in blood ? 4/ A broken flamenco 5/ Berlin & Bisenthal 6/ I name this ship the tragedy, bless her & all who sail with her 7/ The howling song 8/ Song for a failed relationship 9/ Bomb the stock exchange.

    - IDA067.1 - Failed Songs - CD cardboard sleeve :
    1/ Mellow 2/ Eulogy for Liam 3/ Melange 4/ South Canadian sea 5/ Song to child 6/ Lament 7/ Wedding song.

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Chains 05:09
The seance 04:26
Broken Bones 04:47
Desemparado 05:14
Good Pawn 01:53
Gone 03:27
Face full of sun And we run 'til we lose our way Bad thoughts are gone War is won And all's in it's place The day's all ours Until we trip on a grave Birds stop their song As you turn to me and say We will be gone


Matt Elliott has rather an atypical course... He used to work under the pseudo third eye foundation - emblematic figure of the English electronic scene recognized for his atypical electro tinted by drum' N bass. Since his first albums: “the mess we made” (domino records) and “drinking song” (Ici d’ailleurs…), Matt Elliott turns to compositions much more folk, forsaking the laptop and the machines - which go until disappearing on “failing songs”, to return to more traditional instruments (guitar, piano, violin...).

To succeed to “drinking songs”, because it’s really about songs, “failing songs” turns Matt Elliott into a true songwriter. He assumes completely his voice and sings very personal and dark texts (that we can find for the first time inside the booklet.) Songs whose subtle melodies contrast with the hardness of the words because "Failing songs" is a hard failure report. Between despair and cold anger, the texts talk about the liberal military evolution of the world that the author rejects. The Titles are as sublime as melancholic, bitter and sad, impressed by Slavic music, Greek, and besides, sometimes punctuated of Spanish guitars (the guitar which is from now the instrument of predilection, omnipresent although often combined with the violoncello’s languor), sometimes close to Dimitri Chostakovitch or Pascal Comelade’s sonorities at his beginnings an artist that Matt however reveals not to know).

“Failing songs” is one of these discs which we appreciate with several peoples or alone, an album which holds you and doesn’t leave you anymore, of those which one doesn’t arrange because their place is right next to the CD player. A sad music’s party which however reduces the heart of its listeners...

"Failing Songs is kind of part 2 of the Drinking Songs Trilogy & features the wonderful Patricia Arguelles Martinez on Violin & of course Chris Cole on Drum duties. It was all recorded at home except the violins which were recorded over night(s) in the village church. It's always hard to talk objectively about ones own music so I won't.Without wanting to put anyone off, the songs are mainly about our failures both personal & political & no objective person can really look at the world without accepting the fact that we as a species are basically a failure. I'm definitely one & glad to admit it. Incidentally i believe that the lyrics of at least one song will contravene some of the new laws passed by the British government to curb our basic freedoms in the name of counter terrorism but given that they are so out of touch with modern culture it shouldn't cause too much trouble."
Matt Elliott


released August 6, 2013


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