Goodbye

by SPEEDMARKET AVENUE

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FORMATS: Mini-LP 10" [Red Colour Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies] - On sale clicking here: bit.ly/LQa7Vj / Digital Mini Album

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It’s hard to believe, but it has been almost four years since that “Way Better Now” that we enjoyed so much, and that brought SPEEDMARKET AVENUE international recognition, especially in Sweden and England. But those four years weren’t in vain, and our stars have grown, and the group has grown with them. Evolutionary processes and above all Isak Klasson’s emotional break-up with his partner have given shape to this seven-song Mini-LP, “Goodbye”, which is also a break from the group’s musical past. It’s a break-up album in all respects, from the same conceptual school that FLEETWOOD MAC’s “Rumours”, Frank Sinatra’s “Watertown”, TREMBLING BLUE STARS “Her Handwriting”, and Bob Dylan’s “Blood on The Tracks” came from. But it’s simply a conceptual similarity; the music is too different to even compare it to those things. They are a band, which want to break from their chains and leave the past behind them.

There is one thing that hasn’t changed: SPEEDMARKET AVENUE are still capable of sounding personal, different, with no clear comparison, but holding on to their pop spirit and their capacity for marvelous melodies. The difference is that now the artists have grown, the summits are sharper, the peaks all filed to points. It’s like ARCADE FIRE with a special vision to achieve the perfect melody, capable of containing the intensity and delivering it in smaller, more palatable doses. The songwriters’ themselves define the album as dark-pop but, despite the frank and woeful feeling of the lyrics, the album gives off energy and vitality, turning pain into an impulse for continuous movement forward.

The album is musically exquisite, impossible to define apart from as a sum of the details that make up their personal language: like on “You Can’t Follow” and the ABBA-styled piano, or that fantastic “Goodbye” where we can feel THE TRIFFIDS in the dark beat. There are also unexpected moments, like on “Winter’s Been Long”, with its monotonous atmosphere that makes us think of Germany’s LA DUSSELDORF. But the band has always been characterized by its great melodies, and “How I Miss You” and “Open House” belong to the same harmonic school as any good song from THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN or Joan Baez.

Mixing guitars and synthesizers, echoes of the seventies and the eighties, and incredible choruses, “Goodbye” is such an exciting, unique, and magnificent album it takes your breath away. It will be released on a 10” vinyl, a format that Elefant Records continues pushing for, and which we're treating like a normal LP in every way possible. Without a doubt, this is a new paragraph in SPEEDMARKET AVENUE’s career, and it can only make them bigger. Continuous growth.

Produced by Jari Haapalainen (ED HARCOURT, INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY, THE CONCRETES, CAMERA OBSCURA, CLUB 8...)

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released November 12, 2012

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Track Name: You Can't Follow
In search for truth I'm leaving
This town a place for competing
Reflecting grey ideas
Packed, yet miles between us

But nature is green and glimmering
A dream so pure and shimmering
Mountains, fields and oceans

I must go I really have to see
I know generations went before me
Search for something I picture as real
Away from disappointments I want to be free
You can’t follow you can’t follow

I must go I really must go
I must escape my chains
I will reach out to know
You can't follow
Don't fight it, face it, get by
Just wait in faith I am telling you
You can't follow you can't follow

But nature is dark and Wendy
A dream so cold I'm freezing
Only lonely noises

I am scared I can not do it
Give up everything for the unknown and new
For roots and berries, for marvelous views
I stay disappointed I take it out on you
I am not going I am not going

I won't go I really won't go
Just blame my past I'm too clueless to know
I'm just a shadow
There are things that I'll never know
Just blame my past I'm too clueless to go
I'm just a shadow, just a shadow

There are things I must give up now
Cause I won't escape my chains I'll never know
If there's a rainbow, a rainbow
I won't go I really won't go
I won't escape my chains I'll never know
If there's a rainbow, a rainbow
Track Name: How I Miss You
I needed time and time
Waiting and awaiting
I told you I wouldn't go solo
Defenses were so low

I needed time to see
Thought you promised that you'd wait for me
Trust me I wouldn’t change my mind
I had left my second thoughts behind

You invaded new territory
Could've approached peacefully
Trust me I'd never leave your side
Couldn't find a better place to hide
Trust me I'd never leave your side
Couldn't find a better place to hide

I needed time and time
Waiting and awaiting
I told you I wouldn't go
So low defenses were

Slow down restless mind
Remember one dream at a time
Was just looking for a patch of sun
Now I miss you every day you're gone

Was just looking for a patch of sun
Now I miss you every day you're gone
Was just looking for a patch of sun
How I miss you every day you're gone
How I miss you every day you're gone
How I miss you every day you're gone

You're gone
How I miss you
Track Name: Open House
My eyes look down in shame
I am the child again
Who said something wrong
Now you know that I don't belong
Shower shower cold now
Make it go away
Oh no no no
It couldn't wash away the fail

My eyes look down in shame
Myself alone again
Here's to the memory of us
And the one I thought I was
Hit me hit me hard please
Make it go away
Oh no no no
It couldn't wash away the fail

It's ok ok to laugh now it's out there
Couldn't hide it open house anyway
Ok today to talk about it's everywhere
I really tried but you didn't stay
Couldn't wash away couldn't wash away
Open house today open house today

My eyes look down in shame
Myself revealed again
Now I can't deny
I am filthy I have no pride
Clock go faster faster please
Make it go away
Oh no no no
It couldn't wash away the fail

It's ok ok to laugh now it's out there
Couldn't hide it open house anyway
Ok today to talk about it's everywhere
I really tried but you didn't stay
Couldn't wash away couldn't wash away
Open house today open house today
Track Name: Goodbye
You say
"Wake up get ready to feel
Wake up get ready to live
Do you hear me now?
This has gone far too long
I am dying to live and love
And for time alone"

Ok our present's out of hand
But if I learn to understand
I can be anyone, I'll try
Or is it final, just goodbye?

You say
"See me now
You haven't in years
Meet my eyes
Building up tears
Why the pillow still
Over your head?
I am dying to live and love
And for time alone"

Ok our present's out of hand
But if I learn to understand
I can be anyone, I'll try
Or is it final, just goodbye?
So many things we could have done
I thought we've only just begun
So can we make another try?
Or is it final, just goodbye?

Complain complain complain
Explain
Again and again

Ok our present's out of hand
But if I learn to understand
I can be anyone, I'll try
Or is it final, just goodbye?
So many things we could have done
I thought we've only just begun
So can we make another try?
Or is it final, just goodbye?

Goodbye goodbye
Goodbye goodbye
Goodbye goodbye
Goodbye goodbye
Track Name: Not This Time
Just too much to say
Been raining and raining today
Such a cloudy sky
Never learned what's wrong
Been crying and crying so long
Nothing left to try

I left you at the station
Waited at the scene
Still waiting in between
I know I said I needed space then
Are you coming back?
When? Any time?

Just too much to take
4 am alone and awake
Such an average night
Never learned what's wrong
Been leaving and leaving so long
Nothing left to try

I left you at the station
Waited at the scene
Still waiting in between
I know I said I needed space then
Are you coming back?
When? Any time?

It's a fallen situation
But I am still believing
Waiting in between
But you you're trying to forget this
You're never coming back
Not this time not this time
Not this time not this time
Track Name: Away
Go away
Live today
No forgiving
No no

Cold resigned
Closed off mind
Once claimed sole right
Now you hardly say hello
Now you really have to go

Away
I forget you every day
Let the clouds hide the sun
Don't look back don't look down

Cold resigned
Closed off mind
Once claimed sole right
Once claimed every right
Once claimed every night
Now you really have to go

Away
I forget you every day
Let the clouds hide the sun
Don't look back don't look down

Away away away
I replace you every day
Take me out anytime
Take me home anyone
Track Name: Winter's Been Long
The platform is packed
I feel detached
Been snowing all morning
Here just in time
The ticket machine was out of order
I waited in line
Patient and kind

Take me on board
Take me on board
I've got a ticket
I've saved for my ticket

Which seat is mine
Which seat is mine
The window is fine
I've got a ticket
I've saved for my ticket
Excuse me excuse me

Already late
Trains always late
Conductor we're late
We've not been informed
Conductor what's wrong?
What's wrong?

"Sir, the winter's been long
We've been bleeding for so long"