Super De Luxe

by ATTIC LIGHTS

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We already told you the news when we put out the “Say You Love Me” single – the Scottish group ATTIC LIGHTS has a new album! After making themselves the best news to happen to pop music in recent years, now they’re releasing their second full-length album, “Super De Luxe,” on Elefant Records. Francis Macdonald (TEENAGE FANCLUB, NICE MAN) worked as a producer on the album, as did John McLaughlin, who has also produced groups like ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN and has worked with artists ranging from GLASSVEGAS to the very Lamont Dozier. Jim Lang also collaborated on the production work for the album and he made himself a fully entitled member of the group, led by Kev Sherry and Colin McArdle. And here we have it, with the same name as the jukebox that Tim Davidson, the group’s guitarist, has in his apartment. The jukebox has come to mean a lot to the group, a physical representation of nice, relaxing moments after the intense writing and recording sessions that went into the making of this incredible new album. It’s an energy boost, full of powerful guitars that push the limits with the vitality and the bright, luminous melodies that come from growing up in Glasgow.

“Say You Love Me” is the album’s opening track and is solid proof of all of the previously mentioned qualities. It opens the gates to the flood of potential singles the tremendously entertaining and easy-to-listen-to album is packed full of. Unleashed and epic, but with a delicious 50’s touch in the main melody, it describes the thin line between love and hate, and how one simple gesture can push us from one extreme to the other. It sounds like something that was absorbed from the inspiration of CAMERA OBSCURA who, by the way, along with MOGWAI, had remixed “Bring You Down” on one of ATTIC LIGHTS first singles, giving it that inimitable touch of the Scottish scene we mentioned earlier). “Future Bound” plays with funk and soul to ultimately unleash a melody that’s somewhere between THE BEACH BOYS’ harmonic fantasy and THE LEMONHEADS’ addictive pop. You can’t resist singing along every time with the chorus of the song, and it’s not the only song on the album that’s going to happen with. “Breathe For Me,” which is also available on the advance single, has emotions running high and choruses working as turning points in the song. The appearances and disappearances of guitars that would make Ken Stringfellow himself fall in love and that could appease Alex Chilton’s spirit, are ultimately those final straws that push us over the edge of intense emotions. “Stay Before You Leave” gives us another touch of bouncy, effective soul-pop, with vocal acrobatics that would be the envy of Canada’s SLOAN, while “Mona Lisa” joins the club of unforgettable choruses and sets off alarms for all fans of THE CARS and REDD KROSS.

“Don’t You” goes back to the most ferocious guitars, but without letting go of those harmonies that have occasionally linked the group to TEENAGE FANCLUB and FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE, and that have provoked such warm and positive reviews in magazines as prestigious as Mojo, Uncut, Q, NME, and The Guardian. “Hit And Miss” is incredible, balanced in between the best moments of Nick Lowe at his freshest and THE BOO RADLEYS. It’s a hit that shines with voices that fly to great heights, with the sixties spirit that pushes THE SMALL FACES’ most brilliant compositions. Playing with the title, we can say that this song is all hit and absolutely no miss. “Lock Me Out” is the only slow song on the whole album, a sweet and melancholic sigh that reminds us of TRAVIS – a group that, by the way, ATTIC LIGHTS have shared a stage with several times – dressed for the ball, with elegant and reverb-ed guitars. “Orbison”, a special homage to Roy Orbison, puts us back on the wake of the best power pop, somewhere between a burning Elvis Costello and a red hot THE RASPBERRIES, and pushes our euphoria up to unknown levels. “Gabrielle” closes the album with a touch of THE BEATLES, proving the Scottish band’s ability to sound tremendously contemporary and also show their love for Paul McCartney, while knowing how to wisely assimilate their diverse influences into their arrangements, vocals, and melodies.

This is definitely a major album, with high emotional voltage. It’s one of those albums that lets you believe in the power of music again. This is big news for the Scottish group’s fans, who, after four years of waiting, finally get some new songs. And what amazing songs they are. This is an album that we at Elefant Records are really proud of.

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released May 6, 2013

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Track Name: Say You Love Me
Your likes are all defined by all the things you hate
All you can talk about
Is what they are wrong about and all of their mistakes

I could try, if you wanted me to
Try to think like you
Like you do

Hey, hey, hey, hey, baby I hang on to every word you toss my
Way, hey, hey, hey
Day after day, I just can’t break away
It’s complicated, suffocated, close to hate, too much to take
I only want to hear you say you love me

Bite your lip and keep it bottled up inside
‘Cause when you open your mouth
I find it hard to tell the Jekyll from the Hyde

I could try, if you wanted me to
Try to think like you
Like you do

Hey, hey, hey, hey, baby I hang on to every word you toss my
Way, hey, hey, hey
Day after day, I just can’t break away
It’s complicated, suffocated, close to hate, too much to take
I only want to hear you say you love me

Hey baby, don’t you wanna say goodbye
You’re crazy, if you thought of you and I

Hey, hey, hey, hey, baby I hang on to every word you toss my
Way, hey, hey, hey
Day after day, I just can’t break away
It’s complicated, suffocated, close to hate, too much to take
I only want to hear you say you love me
Track Name: Future Bound
Giving up your love ‘cause I can’t give enough
I’m not from this time, I’ve a future mind
Say goodbye like friends would say, am I man enough?
I’m following me to a future beat

I know you’re living in the past
And baby my time here isn’t going to last
It’s better if I leave, if I leave
Yeah I’m going, I’m going, I’m going

I’m going way back, way back
Getting off the wrong track, wrong track
I’ll give you all your time back
‘Cause a love like yours gives me a heart attack

Giving up your love’s sweet flow from head to toe
I got so high on you I got vertigo
Hanging out with those troubles, where you go they go
I’m following me to a future beat

When love comes take its hand
But the truth is that you were made for another man
Oh I’d rather be, places that are new to me
I’m going, I’m going

I’m going way back, way back
Getting off the wrong track, wrong track
I’ll give you all your time back
‘Cause a love like yours gives me a heart attack

Take a step back
Take a step back
Take a step back
Take a step back in time

Take a step in time, to when you were mine
Give my love back, I’m a future boy and I’m future bound
I’m going way back, way back
Getting off the wrong track, wrong track
I’ll give you all your time back, time back
‘Cause a love like yours gives me a heart attack

I’m going way back, way back
Travelling on a new track
I’m getting all my time back
‘Cause a love like yours gives me a heart attack
Track Name: Breathe For Me
Roll down the window on the passenger side
And let the air come through
Looking at you I forget how to drive
But this is the perfect view
This is a bad place for us to break down
But you had the good sense to
Make it the opposite of hanging around
By all the good things that you do

When you go, go
I look at you and you light up and say

When you lose control
From the walls to wall
If you need it more
Just breathe for me

Remember you dress me up
You explain the science of picking a lane
But of course I couldn’t change
How the wind breaks us so clear

No you go, go
Into somewhere that I can’t explain

When you lose control
From the walls to wall
If you need it more
Just breathe for me

When the colour goes
Better close our eyes
And if you need it more
Then breathe for me

And I would fall on hands and knees
And I would pray and beg and plead
That the wave beneath me swells
With everything you need

Then you go, go
Now I dream that you light up my way

When you lose control
From the walls to wall
If you need it more
Just breathe for me

When the colour goes
Better close our eyes
And if you need it more
Then breathe for me
Track Name: Stay Before You Leave
Can’t get by without you baby
And I’m running out tonight
You’re my first and last to me
Everything has got to be alright

Don’t you know I need to love you?
You knock me off my stride
Long before, did I mean more
Or is this the love of all time?

Woken up with the slightest touch
With a love so much, you’re by my side
It feels so right to lie beside something that is so fine
My heart has no more beats to give
Why don’t you stay before you leave?

Can’t get by without you baby
Are you coming out tonight?
It’s so true my love for you is clearer than the sky

Don’t you know I can see you want me?
I can see it in your eyes
Just a look it’s all it took
You took me by surprise

Woken up with the slightest touch
With a love so much, you’re by my side
It feels so right to lie beside something that it is so fine
My heart has no more beats to give
Why don’t you stay before you leave?

Stay before you leave
Stay before you leave
Stay before you leave
Stay before you leave
Track Name: Mona Lisa
Skin feels softer than it was
The morning air is cool
My coffee’s never been like this before
As a general rule

I can’t remember why I’m sad
But then I go and do
A simple movement in an empty room
My mind is split in two

Feel like a Mona Lisa on a Sunday morning
My eyes are smiling but I can’t keep hanging around
I know at the most I

I only get a sideways glance
Before I look away (look away, look away, look away)
My back is burned by the sun you know
It happens every day

I’m shouting but my mouth is closed
My eyes are red and blue
(Red and blue, red and blue, red and blue)
One frozen moment in a memory
One lace to tie my shoe

Feel like a Mona Lisa on a Sunday morning
My eyes are smiling but I can’t keep hanging around
You know it’s always got to play its part

The heart is a dangerous thing
Ten out of ten for getting that right
It’s taken out of your hands
Curve of the earth
No clear line of sight

The secret is to understand
The light can cut right through
And there’s no chance of you forgetting me
And I’ll remember you

Feel like a Mona Lisa on a Sunday morning
My eyes are smiling but I can’t keep hanging around
You know it’s always gonna break your heart

Mona Lisa on a Sunday morning
My eyes are smiling but I can’t keep hanging around
You know it’s always gonna break your heart
Track Name: Don't You
She is hypnotic and she’s taking me over
One false move and she’ll be running for cover
‘Cause she’s so hard to hold but she’s easy to smother
She looks through me and she shakes me to my core
The signs are bad but the blame lies on my door
And she doesn’t care like she’s never not cared before

Don’t you – you got it
Don’t you – I need it
Don’t you – cause if you don’t I won’t do too
Don’t you – you got it
Don’t you – I need it
Don’t you – cause if you don’t I won’t do too

One look at her and my mind goes hazy
She is the one who is driving me lazy
‘Cause I say yes and she says maybe

I’m taking my time
And we don’t need to talk about it, live without it

Don’t you – you got it
Don’t you – I need it
Don’t you – cause if you don’t I won’t do too
Don’t you – you got it
Don’t you – I need it
Don’t you – cause if you don’t I won’t do too
Track Name: Hit And Miss
Last night we were starting to slide
Well I told you once and I told you twice, so whoa!
This to me is intolerable
When one is all I need

Get off your horse and get on your bike
You never phone so we never fight, whoa!
This machine is just impossible
When sweetness can’t succeed

She’s a hit, she’s a miss, with a cruel, cruel heart
Build it up together then she tears it apart
Talking down to me from the very start
It’s not the words its the way that you say it, way that you say it

Happy endings are out of sight
What will you turn into at midnight, whoa!
How you burned me down again I don’t know

This singer’s got a broken heart
And all the flowers in all the parks, whoa!
Won’t give this victory to you
‘Cause one is all I need

She’s a hit, she’s a miss, with a cruel, cruel heart
Build it up together then she tears it apart
Talking down to me from the very start
It’s not the words its the way that you say it, way that you say it

I give up
Track Name: Lock Me Out
Stand back, stand clear
It’s hard to breathe in this atmosphere
Bad drunk, bad day
Let all your troubles just slip away

Lock me out, send me away
‘Course I’ll cry, try and stay
Sleepless, weightless

Barge in, and out
You say it’s nothing but it’s worth a shout
Hands up, make sound
Don’t you want to say these things out loud?

Lock me out, send me away
‘Course I’ll cry, try and stay
Stateless, careless

Lock me out, send me away
‘Course I’ll cry, try and stay
Don’t stop, hold on
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: Gabrielle
Gabrielle, is it true, did you ever really do
All the things you wanted to?
Gabrielle did you stray, from your grey suburban bed
To the stories in your head?

Did you fall in love in Fiji?
Did you make the whole world care?
Did you say goodbye to Moscow?
See Australia from the air?

Did you punch your weight in good deeds?
Are there stories you can share?
Vicariously I show that I care

Did you see Africa in the morning?
Or did you stay right where you were?
Did your life become a pattern?
Or did you hear the whole world cheer?

Gabrielle is it true, that I didn’t notice you
On your hopefully life’s debut?
Gabrielle, when I dream
You have found a kind of peace
Though the world would treat you mean

Did your life span every ocean
In each corner of the land?
Was your heart met with devotion?
Did you live out all your plans?

In the days when we were younger
Only children in the dirt
And you were always scared of being hurt

Did you see, Africa in the morning?
Or did you stay right where you were?
Did your life become a pattern?
Or did you hear the whole world cheer?