Red Red Skies

by THE CATENARY WIRES

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FORMATS: 10" Mini-LP [Clear Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 750 copies] / Mini-CD Digipak ➜ On sale clicking here: bit.ly/1Pu0CoA / Digital Mini Album

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A few days ago, we told you about Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey’s new project, THE CATENARY WIRES, whose name refers to the pattern made by the curves of the overhead cables that are suspended from pylons or above electric trains. This project is a development of the sadder, more melancholic songs of their career; it is elegant and serene without letting go of the pop melodies. Amelia and Rob have been behind some of the best indie-pop songs of the past 30 years, whether it was from their time with TALULAH GOSH, HEAVENLY, MARINE RESEARCH, or TENDER TRAP. THE CATENARY WIRES started when the two left London and found themselves in the middle of the countryside, with no clubs, no record stores or guitar shops, and no indie scene. They had disbanded TENDER TRAP, and they started writing songs with only a child’s acoustic guitar, just for their own entertainment. Everything changed when they were invited to play at the Arnolfini Art Gallery in Bristol, at an event celebrating their old label, Sarah Records. They played a few HEAVENLY songs, but also took the opportunity to try out some new material. The result was so exciting that it has brought us to this point, and this mini album, “Red Red Skies”, which will be released on June 1st, on clear 10” vinyl, on CD, and in digital format.

There are eight delicious songs, starting with “Intravenous”, which we already heard as the advance single. It’s a beautiful song that explores the mutual dependency that happens in romantic relationships and the subsequent loss of control of your own fate, and also the fear of dying and leaving the other person. “When You Walk Away” talks about those relationships that you begin with the full knowledge that they won’t last. Inspired by Leanne Shapton’s novel “Important Artefacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris: Including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry”, its raw vocal reminiscent of Karen Peris’ and Paula Frazer’s. “A Different Scene” leaves us with a sense of resignation and with the image of confetti suspended in the air, dancing at the will of the wind. It’s the sweet taste of sadness. “The Records We Never Play”, however, shines with the brightness of MOJAVE 3 and the solemnity of TARNATION, taking us into a relationship that reinvents itself from the smallest details up. Another postcard from our journeys of the heart.

“Throw Another Love Song On The Fire” gives us even more brilliant lyrics, telling the story of heartbreak, but it is also a satire of songs about heartbreak. Superb, with the depth of Rob’s voice evoking Johnny Cash, while he sings “thanks for making me unhappy” and invokes Stephin Merritt. “Too Late, I Love You” moves us with its delicateness, like an innocently whispered confession, the admission of a weakness that makes beauty and emotion suddenly appear. “Like A Fool” has classical structures, a perfectly constructed song with a bare acoustic guitar, showing love in its simpler, more naive, appealing form. “Things I Love” closes the mini album with a list of records, artists, painters, and directors that our authors adore, increasing the feeling of intimacy and of this album being made to be told and sung, whispered and delivered, with hands open and palms up.

The collection of songs is produced by Brian O’Shaughnessy (who has worked with people like DENIM, Beth Orton, BIRDIE, GO-KART MOZART, THE CLIENTELE, COMET GAIN and ALLO DARLIN' to name a few), and it reminds us of the sounds of other pop-spirited duos like Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, Claudia Gonson and Stephin Merritt, and Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot. They have always been a magical duo, but with this new project, back-to-basics, they rise even higher than that paradise they earned for themselves decades ago.

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released June 1, 2015

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Track Name: Intravenous
Intravenous
Nothing ever comes between us
It's the only way that we know

It demeans us
See-through pipes and plastic levers
But I'll gasp for breath if it goes

Will it last for ever?
Is it an eternal thing?
Nothing lasts for ever
So will we start suffering?
Suffering

Intravenous
Intravenous
Intravenous
Intravenous

True believers
Trust this faith will never leave us
It's the only way that we know

Mars and Venus
Pull so hard but not so grievous
To leave us spinning all alone

Will it last forever?
Is this an eternal thing?
Nothing lasts forever
So will we start suffering?
Suffering

Intravenous
Intravenous
Intravenous
Intravenous

Under my skin I’ve got you again
Till everything flows away

Intravenous
Intravenous
Intravenous
Intravenous
Track Name: When You Walk Away
You asked the time
Then you brushed my arm discreetly
And you held my gaze completely
As I said half past nine

And on the night bus
The stories you were telling
If it was a trap, I fell in
Imagining our life

But all the things that felt so good
Contained the seeds of what would feel so wrong
I'm waiting for the day
When you walk away

And for a year
Felt like something had a hold of us
A thousand things left half-discussed
All ideas and ideals

But then the cracks
Started to appear. If I want to
Do something you are not into
It isn’t an attack

Oh, all the things that felt so good
Contained the seeds of what would feel so wrong
I'm waiting for the day
When you walk away, away
When you walk away, away
And you never said you wouldn’t leave me

It's been a while
Books, CDs and art you gave to me
Is long read, listened to and seen
And lying in a pile

Oh I should sell
All of it on eBay, realise
The end of us, the end of lies
The ending of a spell

But all the things that felt so good
Contained the seeds of what would feel so wrong
I'm waiting for the day
When you walk away, away
When you walk away, away
And you never said you wouldn’t leave me
Track Name: A Different Scene
A different scene
Around me
Every message that I send

Sometimes the sea
Sometimes cities
Doesn't matter in the end

Cos you're not answering
They don't get through
They're confetti in the air

Are you happy, are you crying still?
I know, I'm not supposed to care

You'd like it here
The water's clear
You would like the silver sand

A full moonrise
In lazy skies
A thousand miles above the land

But you're not answering
They don't get through
They're confetti in the air

Are you happy, are you crying still?
I know, I'm not supposed to care

I'm not supposed to care
I know, but maybe you're still there

A rented car
An empty bar
Makes no difference in the end

A different scene
Around me
Every message that I send
Track Name: The Records We Never Play
Red, red eyes in the morning
Still sore from yesterday
Our last day, it is dawning
So what do you say?

Well, we could drive to the old house
Pilgrimage to the shrine
Try real hard to remember
What do you say?

Yeah we could look at the photos
Talk them through one by one
And we could share out the records
We never play
We never play

Funny how as we're lying here
Feels just like our first day
Silence goes on forever
So what do you say?

Red, red skies in the morning
Speak of storms in the day
We'll face them on our own now
So what do you say?

Could this day last forever?
What's the secret of love?
The answer lies in the records
We never play
We never play

Funny how as we're lying here
Feels just like our first day
Silence goes on forever
So what do you say?
Track Name: Throw Another Love Song On The Fire
Throw another love song on the fire
Watch the paper curling
Black and white notes twirling
On the pyre
Throw another love song on the fire

Throw another love song on the fire
Cos I am cold and lonely
And these flames are the only
Warmth inside
Throw another love song on the fire

Thanks for making me unhappy
Thanks for making me so blue
Cos these songs were never any good
They're better used as kindling wood
I know… And so...

Throw another love song on the fire
I lost my inspiration
Cos my enamouration
Was a lie
Throw another love song on the fire

Thanks for making me unhappy
Thanks for making me so blue
Cos those songs were all delusional
And I won't sing them any more
I know… And so…
Throw another love song on the fire
Track Name: Too Late, I Love You
It was over before it started
In my head only
Still shocked how it made you harden
Your heart against me

Oh, I don't know a thing about love
I never did
And all the songs I've sung
Didn't tell the half of it
Now too late, I love you

The first time I ever saw you
Cry and it's humbling
And all of the things we tried to
Build up start crumbling

Oh, I don't know a thing about love
I never did
And all the songs I've sung
Didn't tell the half of it
Now too late, I love you

Oh, I don't know a thing about love
I never did
And all the songs I've sung
Didn't tell the half of it
Tell the half of it
All the songs that I've sung
Didn't fool anyone
Now too late I love you, you, you
Track Name: Like A Fool
You stole right into my heart
Now you're in there, there's no way back
If I tore us apart
You know it would be really black so…

Say you love me
Say that it's true
I'll believe you
Like a fool
Like a fool

Now that we’re this age
I was hoping that we might find
Wisdom, calm and kindness
I'm naive and oh so blind so…

Say you love me
Say that it's true
I'll believe you
Like a fool
Like a fool

If I tore it apart
You know it would be really black
Can you feel that pain inside?
I think it's a heart attack

Say you love me
Say that it’s true
I'll believe you
Like a fool

Say you love me
Say that it’s true
I'll believe you
Cos I'm the kind of fool
Who hangs around after school
Just to catch a little glimpse of you

Say you love me
Say you love me
Track Name: Things I Love
The way Paul Klee scratched out a line
And Bridget Riley bent them
Now all they ever bring to mind
Is he who can’t be mentioned

And all the songs we listened to as one
Well they’re ruined now
And all the places and the things we’ve done
Well they’re over

From ‘Repetition’ by The Fall
To ‘It’s a Shame About Ray’
I’m hating, hating, hating all
The songs we used to play

And all the places and the things we’ve done
Well they’re ruined now
And all the songs we listened to as one
Well they’re over

Why do things I love
Remind me of someone I don’t

The gothic tales of Tim Burton
A bowl of homemade popcorn
The indie clubs of Islington
Now seem so cold and forlorn

And all the songs we listened to as one
Well they’re ruined now
And all the places and the things we’ve done
Well they’re over

Why do things I love
Remind me of someone I don’t

It's been a long time now, it's hard
To know why I'm not mending
I somehow seem to find it hard
To see this as an ending

I hate the sight and sound of all you do
But at the same time
I'm not really getting over you
Oh, no