New Romance

by THE CARROTS

supported by
/
  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

     €8.99 EUR  or more

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
02:03
5.
02:50
6.
02:30
7.
8.
02:09
9.
10.
11.
02:13
12.

about

LP [Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies]**Includes a free digital MP3 download [320 kbps] / CD-Digipak [Limited Edition of 1000 copies] On sale clicking here: bit.ly/16R4P5t / Digital Album

Five years ago, they left us longing for so many more songs, with those incredible, fun singles, “Doing Our Part” and “Beverly” (which were put together for an exclusive-edition CD in Japan). Since then we haven’t heard a lot about THE CARROTS, who have been busy with the countless parallel projects they’ve put together. But suddenly, they’ve finally finished everything up and their first full length, “New Romance”, is here. And with it, the Austin sextet is back to show us their special way of understanding “girl groups” through great songs and marvelous arrangements.

With a line-up solidified by Jason 'Chef' Pittman, Veronica Ortuño, Chris Lyons, Jason Pearson, Shelley McKann and Rose Russo, this album is fresh, with Veronica Ortuño’s versatile voice, capable of carrying songs from the sweetness of Diana Ross to the strength of Dionne Warwick. These past years of waiting have not been in vain, the group has increased their audience in the States, appearing in the media, touring all over the country, playing in some of the most prestigious clubs and bars in their city, like The Continental Club and Antone’s. They’ve played in SXSW, opened for Calvin Johnson (BEAT HAPPENING, K Records), and above all they’ve been preparing a practically perfect collection of songs that remind us how much we like THE RONNETTES, THE VELVETTES, SHANGRI-LA’s, THE MARVELETTES, and THE CRYSTALS, and they link them with contemporary artists like THE SCHOOL, GIGI, THE BANDANA SPLITS and THE YEARNING.

We have proof of this in “Baby, You Don’t Know,” the album’s first track, which puts the cards on the table right away: playful choruses and perfect pop melodies, but this time working with the efficiency of a tighter and rawer instrumentation, without strings or winds, letting the majority of the weight fall on the vocals. That’s why songs like “You Can’t Promise (Boys)” stand out with their more soul-styled spirit, somewhere between an early Marvin Gaye and a Martha Reeves in all her glory. Patiently, letting the excitement slip back into Veronica and Shelly’s soft inflections, songs like “Roping Me In” and “Sault Ste. Marie” softly caress us. “New Romance,” the album’s title track, lets the rhythm & blues spirit tear loose, and is one of the biggest surprises on the album, with echoes of Arthur Conley and Rufus Thomas. “Crystal Lake” is absolutely fantastic, with lyrics about youth, love, infidelity, jealousy… It’s repeated again and again throughout the album, but always situating the love stories in the golden age, when young people began to reveal themselves and decided that love, fun and music were the most important things in life. “Moment In Time” has that free but deeply melodic spirit of HERMAN DÜNE’s best pop songs and BELLE AND SEBASTIAN’s sweetness, with phrasing that is both so open and at the same time so tremendously catchy. And we couldn’t leave their first two singles out; the delicious and contagious “Doing Our Part” and a different version of their perfect teenage anthem, “Beverly”. The album closes with a surprising “Baby’s Unborn,” a delicious piece of minimalism, with scarce guitars, tambourines, and vocals. Because of or in spite of this, it’s probably one of the most beautiful songs on the album, with celestial harmonies and lyrics that wrap the song up in a play on words.

It’s a highly comforting album that flees from the stereotypes and tricks of the style to stand up tall and proud with its own personality and momentum. It was definitely, definitely, worth the wait.

credits

released March 18, 2013

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Enjoy Elefant Records on:

Elefant Website: www.elefant.com
Elefant Store [English]: www.elefant.com/en/tienda
Elefant Store [Spanish]: www.elefant.com/es/tienda
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/elefantrecords
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elefantrecordsfans
Twitter: www.twitter.com/elefantrecords
Dailymotion Channel: www.dailymotion.com/ElefantRecords
Tuenti: www.tuenti.com/elefantrecords

Bandcamp "Elefant Records Classics":
elefantrecordsclassics.bandcamp.com
Bandcamp "New Adventures In Pop":
newadventuresinpop.bandcamp.com
Bandcamp "Recuerdos Que Olvidé"
recuerdosqueolvide.bandcamp.com
Bandcamp "Stereophonic"
stereophonicelefantdancerecordings.bandcamp.com

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

tags

license

all rights reserved

feeds

feeds for this album, this artist

about

Elefant Records Madrid, Spain

100% Elefant on Bandcamp:

elefantrecordsclassics.bandcamp.com

newadventuresinpop.bandcamp.com

recuerdosqueolvide.bandcamp.com

reworkedbyseries.bandcamp.com

stereophonicelefantdancerecordings.bandcamp.com

Enjoy Elefant on:
... more

discography

contact / help

Contact Elefant Records

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Baby, You Don't Know
Honey, I saw you hanging around the other day
And I know what you’ve been trying to do
Trying to talk to my boyfriend
Trying to get him to love you

I don’t want a fight
But you’re annoying me
With the things that you say
About my... about my boyfriend and me

Telling people that we’re breaking up
But we’re going strong

So you better shut up
‘Cause baby, you don’t know (no no no)
Baby, you don’t know (no no no)

Better watch your step
‘Cause I’m watching you
I, I, I, I don’t know why you do the things you do

Now you’re spreading lies about us
You want him for yourself

So you better cut it out
‘Cause baby, you don’t know (no no no)
Baby, you don’t know (no no no)

Hey, girls
So, you know that I just got out of the pen, right?
(Yeah, we heard)
Well, you know what we’re gonna do tonight?
(What’s that?)
Time to wild out

Now you’re spreading lies about us
You want him for yourself

So you better shut up
You better cut it out
You better watch your mouth
‘Cause baby, you don’t know (no no no)
Baby, you don’t know (no no no)

You better shut up
You better watch your mouth
You better cut it out
‘Cause baby, you don’t know (no no no)
Baby, you don’t know (no no no)
No, no, no, no, no, baby, you don’t know
I said baby, you don’t know (no no no)
No, baby, you don’t know (no no no)
Track Name: Say It Ain't So
Tell me again why it has to end
‘Cause I don’t want to believe
Tell me the truth ‘fore it makes the news
That I won’t ever read

Say, say, say, say
Say, say it ain’t so
Say, say, say, say
Say, say it ain’t so

How much time will remain
Before it’s all down the drain?
How many days in a mindless haze
Will I have to complain?
The sun is on the horizon
Oh, yes, we used to be a perfect team
But now we say goodbye

Say, say, say, say
Say, say it ain’t so
Say, say, say, say
Say, say it ain’t so
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh (oh oh oh)
Oh oh oh (oh oh oh)
Oh oh oh (oh oh oh)
Oh oh (oh oh oh)

I’ve faced disaster before
My heart has been trampled on and ignored
Your lies don’t mean a thing
How can this huge planet stop each time you speak?
Stop pretending my world’s ending

What did I ever see
In your webs of deceit?
If you wanna break up, break up with me
Do it honestly
The sun is on the horizon
And now I think of all the fireballs
Behind its warming rays

Say, say, say, say
Say, say it ain’t so
Say, say, say, say
Say, say it ain’t so
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh (oh oh oh)
Oh oh oh (oh oh oh)
Oh oh oh (oh oh oh)
Oh oh (oh oh oh)
Track Name: You Can't Promise (Boys)
When I needed you most
You turned into a ghost
And disappeared from my company
When I asked you to stay
You had nothing to say
I can’t imagine that you care for me

Oh, what now (now)
What is the difference
Between quiet
And your cold kisses?
No, now, let’s be honest
I could try
But you can’t promise

You know, saying we’re through
Was the least you could do
Instead of leaving on the telephone
No, I’m not upset
Not an inch of regret
I just want you to leave me alone

You left (you left)
I cried (I cried)
Now go (now go)
Don’t you think twice
I’m not that nice
You quit (you quit)
With ease (with ease)
I’m fine (I'm fine)
Do what you please
I’m feeling free
Track Name: Crystal Lake
I don’t believe he fooled around on me
Tells me that he loves me
Shows me that he needs me, needs me
And he’s with me all the time

You say you saw him down at Crystal Lake (yes, we did)
Are you sure that it was him? (It was him)
He told me he’d be working late
And he never learned to swim

They were laughing (huh?)
They were splashing (what?)
They were working on their tans
They were talking (no way!)
It was shocking
They were even holding hands (oh yeah)

I should have seen this from a mile away
I could read it in his eyes
I didn’t think that it would end this way
But I shouldn’t be surprised

Just last weekend
Saw him speaking
To a girl with big brown eyes
They were flirting
And now I’m certain
I’ve getting wrapped up in his lies, oh, yeah

I should have seen this from a mile away
I could read it in his eyes
Didn’t think that it would end this way
But I shouldn’t be surprised

I shouldn’t be surprised
No, I shouldn’t be surprised
Track Name: Roping Me In
In the face of being alone
I’d take the tears and the sorrow
I’d stay at home

If I thought that you were the one (the one)
I’d take a moment, the weekend, I’d stay at home
I’d give you these things
All of my hopes and my dreams
Without an intention to steal
Your heart just for me
It’ll be how it should be
Without ever knowing, we’ll see

‘Cause you (you)
Keep on roping me in
And you just wont see it to the end
‘Cause you (you)
Keep on roping me in
And you just wont see it to the end

In the face of being alone
I’d take the tears and the sorrow
I’d stay at home

If I thought that you were the one (the one)
I’d take a moment, the weekend, I’d stay at home
I’d give you these things
All of my hopes and my dreams
Without an intention to steal
Your heart just for me
It’ll be how it should be
Without ever knowing, we’ll see

‘Cause you (you)
Keep on roping me in
And you just wont see it to the end
‘Cause you (you)
Keep on roping me in
And you just wont see it to the end

Your heart just for me
It’ll be how it should be
Without ever knowing we’ll see

‘Cause you (you)
Keep on roping me in
And you just wont see it to the end
‘Cause you (you)
Keep on roping me in
And you just wont see it to the end
It’s you (you)
Track Name: New Romance
It was a new romance
Night at the club
And that’s where I saw you
And I saw your glove
Love

The fog was thick
I moved to the music towards you
I put my hand on your hip
And we dipped
Tripped

Painted a pentagram
On your bedroom floor
You never noticed, 'cause
'Cause you never came home
You really knocked me out
With your gloomy eyes
And now, I’m in love with you

Come on and dance
I’m in the mood
Spinning in a circle
Like I do
Come on and say
Say the words
Say "I love you"

Took a walk in the park
Well after dark
I wanted to buy some pills cause I was sick over you
But it made things worse

When I knock on the door, oh please, let me in
I’m walking up the hill and I’m spinning
Lock me out or lock me in
Oh, my head is still spinning
Lock me out or lock me in
Oh, my head is still spinning
Track Name: Doing Our Part
Walking down the street I see everyone I’ve ever known
Walking down the street don’t see anyone I really know

(It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna go
(It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna know

You talk of leaving home, they say:
“Girl you’d better beware, these problems that you see
You know, you’re gonna see them anywhere”

(It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna go
(It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna know
(It’s fine, It’s fine) I don’t really wanna go

Do you wanna runaway runaway runaway? Oh
Ooooh, oooooh

I could stick around, I’m as happy as I’ve ever been
But I could leave town and I’d never feel this sad again

It’s fine

I’m bored and I’m tired
I’ve heard everything you have to say
I feel I’m wasting time and I cannot wait another day

Don’t ask too much. You will feel much better
And tell me why do we trust to leave these things for later?
And maybe one day we can find a place and we can go there
And sure, I’d like to stay, 'cause there’s no other place
That I could feel so, home
Track Name: Over
Over over over over over over over over
It’s all done now
Don’t think that she’ll ever call me back
She put me down
Thinking she should make the first attack
She’s gone and still
I’m quiet

We’re too far to fail to speak
I want your love, why can’t you see it now?
I’d dream of you if I could sleep
The crazy hours I keep to say hello

And you’re so far away
And it’s hard to bear
When I want you everywhere

Over over over over over over over over

Love and light
Travel through the phone wires from her house
Old questions asked
Hanging in the air and in my mouth

Oh, well, she says
Goodnight

We’re too far to fail to speak
I want your love, why can’t you see it now?
I’d dream of you if I could sleep
The crazy hours I keep to say hello

And you’re so far away
And it’s hard to bear
When I want you everywhere

Sorry to say that I was a fool
No one’s after me girl, I was after you
I was just thinking of any excuse
To get you over
Track Name: Moment In Time
You tell me
Our love is true

So much we gave as two
It carried inside my heart
I hope we’d never part
Oh, in time
Nights would go by
I'd close my eyes
And start to cry

Memories, oh
So deep within me

I felt I had it all
I was happy for awhile
You touched a feel in me
Could this really be?

It was a moment in time
I thought I’d have this all my life
The months passed
I went away
Without you, I couldn’t stay
Where is he?
Is all I hear
(So hard) It makes it so hard to deal

Pieces of me had gone astray
Your shadow lingered every day
Endlessly missed
The lips
I once kissed

So the pain begins
And tears start to burn
And all the love you gave
Took away with me

But you left me so low
How could you leave me so low?

I don’t want to hear
What you have to say
And all the feeling is drifting away

It was a moment in time
I thought I’d have this all my life

The moon’s cold light
Fell from the sky
The night you left
And said goodbye
Everything changed
Nothing stays the same

I don’t want to hear
What you have to say
And all the feeling is withered away
It’s very hard to bear
And I don’t want to stay our love is drifted away
Track Name: Sault Ste. Marie
When I’m beyond it I’m despondent like the world is ending
And that’s a feeling you have difficulty comprehending
You only come to town so you can put it down

You feel such hatred but it’s beautiful in my opinion
Must you criticize the majesty of my dominion?
I do not want to hear another jealous smear

Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh
We just disagree on Sault Ste. Marie
We just disagree on Sault Ste. Marie

Don’t bother calling me I’ll only be remote and distant
Say it all again and I will hardly even listen
I’m half a mile away from every word you say
I’m in a frozen wood and muffled by the falling snow
Pleasant thoughts of you were buried very long ago
I’ll wander aimlessly until I start to breathe

Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh
We just disagree on Sault Ste. Marie
We just disagree on Sault Ste. Marie

Winter replaced your warm embrace
I will never thaw
Atmosphere, crystal clear
Time passed us by
Track Name: Beverly
Beverly stay away from me
You break my heart every time you leave

Remember last Sunday you were gonna call me?
Never did hear the phone
Next time I see you
You’re out dancing and you wanna take me home
But remember that last time I saw you
You really did make me cry
You were standing with all your friends and
You wouldn’t even poke me in the eye

Beverly stay away from me
You break my heart every time you leave

Every time you talk to me
I can’t think and I can’t breathe

Beverly stay away from me
You break my heart every time you leave
You can’t take me home
You can’t call my phone
I’d rather be alone
Reading crappy poems

Beverly stay away from me
You break my heart every time you leave

Bah bah dah buh duh bah bah duhp buhp buhp
Track Name: Baby's Unborn
I still can’t believe
That no one’s going home with me
I can’t even conceive
There’s no baby for a girl like me
Why should there never be a baby for me?
Ohh, why should there never whatsoever for a girl like me?
I can’t enjoy that special boy
That every girl deploys and annoys me greatly
No laugh
No crying
No hug, no kiss from my very own guy and
All I need is a boy to squeeze

When I wake up from sleep
There’s no one in the room with me
It feels so incomplete
Without the patter of little feet
All of the others look like mothers to me
Ohh, is it apparent that I’m barren when they look back at me?
Oh, doctor, please
I’m on my knees
They’re Siamese
I’m not obese
You gotta help me
Everyone stop staring
At the dress I’m wearing
It isn’t fair
It isn’t fair
I’m desperate to deliver but my

Baby’s unborn
He’s up inside me
Quietly hiding
Baby’s unborn
No, I’m not tricking
I feel him kicking
Baby’s unborn
If I release him
I will decrease then
Baby’s unborn
He’s not obstructed
He’s just reluctant
Can you really blame that boy?
Baby’s unborn