Orbison

by ATTIC LIGHTS

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The Scottish band continues to release some of the best songs from their second album, “Super De Luxe” (their first for Elefant Records), and this time they’re doing it with a new digital single that includes a surprising video. The chosen song for this occasion is “Orbison”, a tribute to the legendary singer Roy Orbison and one of those trademark ATTIC LIGHTS songs: romantic yearning, powerful guitars, addictive choruses and bursting with energy. And we get a previously unreleased track as an extra gift, “Known Outsider”, on which ATTIC LIGHTS show us their more peaceful side, leaving the urgent electricity of the majority of their songs to one side and embracing a precious melody with deliciously unfolding guitar rhythms and an invigorating chorus.

And of course, the audiovisual element is full of pop culture references and homages to the great Roy Orbison, though, all of them, oddly enough, are indirect. We can enjoy a recreation of the turbulent scene from “Blue Velvet” (David Lynch) in which Dennis Hopper observes Dean Stockwell performing an androgynous interpretation of “In Dreams”. We also find scenes inspired by the sequence in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (Nicholas Roeg) in which David Bowie channel-surfs while Roy Orbison’s “Blue Bayou” plays in the background. Also referenced are the strange stories of Michael Kelly and his bizarre obsession with wrapping Roy Orbison in Cling-film. And last but not least, a direct reference to the video for “I Drove All Night”, with its classic black and white love story so beloved from the 80s.

It’s a delicacy that both fans of the band and fans of the composer of “Only The Lonely”, can enjoy, playing constantly with the viewer while throwing themselves fully into a classic, operatic, Roy Orbison-esque chorus of yearning and desire that chants, “I'm a man on fire tonight”.

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released March 24, 2014

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Track Name: Orbison
Does it matter, I have nothing, but a burning all around?
Can you lead me, to the water? Though I’d rather burn than drown
Pouring measures, taking numbers
Have I nothing else to do than turn to you?

Nothing but the beating of a drum
Nothing but the pounding of my blood

I’m a man on fire tonight
I’m a man on fire, you burn me out

Do you think straight, when you’re tied up?
Through your wicker arms I shout
Getting closer, getting warmer, getting all wrapped up in doubt
Are you going? Are you staying? Coz I’m getting tired of waiting
For you endlessly

Nothing but the beating of a drum
Nothing but the pounding of my blood

I’m a man on fire tonight
I’m a man on fire, you burn me out

Do you lie awake as I do, with your master switch you voodoo?
Do you dream the dream, or taste the taste
Of breath that lingers on your face?
The “Big O” spinning in his grave

I’m a man on fire tonight
I’m a man on fire, you burn me out
I’m a man on fire tonight
I’m a man on fire, you burn me out
Track Name: Known Outsider
So long even though you liked her
You’re standing but it’s hard to hide
You’re walking just a little slower
A girl like that is so hard to find

Now you’re lost, she’s gone and she’s never coming back
Say so long, she’s lost and she’s never coming back

Try hard not to run into her
It’s easier to stay inside
Remember that she wasn’t perfect
And you’ve always been a known outsider

Now you’re lost, she’s gone and she’s never coming back
Say so long, she’s lost and she’s never coming back

Remember that she wasn’t perfect at all
Remember that she wasn’t worth it at all
Remember that she wasn’t perfect

Now you’re lost, she’s gone and she’s never coming back
Say so long, she’s lost and she’s never coming back
Now you’re lost, she’s gone and she’s never coming back
Say so long, you’re lost and she’s never coming back

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