The Last Detail

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We can’t contain our excitement. That Harvey Williams (ANOTHER SUNNY DAY, BLUEBOY, THE FIELD MICE, TREMBLING BLUE STARS) wanted to contribute to the press release about THE LAST DETAIL’s debut album (the name of the band comes from the 1973 movie starring Jack Nicholson) already says a lot about how special this group and this album are:

“So how should one react when one’s two favourite contemporary singer-songwriters decide to record an album together? Mehdi Zannad has a peerless collection of long-players & one-off 45’s behind him, under both his own name and as FUGU, while Erin Moran (A GIRL CALLED EDDY) released one of this century’s great lost albums back in 2004. The stakes were high, as were my expectations. Thankfully THE LAST DETAIL doesn’t disappoint. Breezy yet reflective. Melancholic but never maudlin, and always resolutely upbeat.

While there are occasional signals indicating the artists’ individual creative pasts, the album has a personality all its own, as all great collaborations do (Nancy & Lee, Gainsbourg & Birkin, PET SHOP BOYS & Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw & THE SMITHS...). Of course, there are nods to pop’s rich tapestry echoing through the record; such references are inevitable for a duo so knowledgeable and passionate about music. But the songs are far too emotional and honest to be dismissed as mere postmodernism; they live and breathe. And while it’s difficult to pick out highlights, I have to single out “Places” as particularly tremendous; lyrically a fond remembrance of times past set to a soaring, joyous melody with umpteen hooks: you think you’re hearing the chorus, then the song moves on to the real chorus. And then it does the same trick again. Magnificent”.

So, here we are. Erin Moran (A GIRL CALLED EDDY) and Mehdi Zannad (FUGU) have made an album together, which is going to be released on Elefant Records.
The collaboration began to take shape when Zannad fell in love with Erin’s exquisite voice on her debut album “A Girl Called Eddy” - produced with Richard Hawley and critically acclaimed in the press from Uncut to Mojo to Rolling Stone and The New York Times, while Erin was a fan of FUGU from the very first album - which she bought as a ‘staff recommends’ at the old Kim’s Video on Bleecker St. in New York City.

Erin Moran was born in the same hospital as Frank Sinatra in Hoboken (New Jersey), raised on the “Jersey Shore”, but has called NYC her home for decades. When her debut album was released in 2004, it not only received critical acclaim from the press, but also acquired her some A-list fans: childhood hero’s like Burt Bacharach and Gilbert O’Sullivan, and artists as diverse as Robert Smith of THE CURE, to Tracey Thorn, Jane Birkin, and Nina Persson. She can be heard singing on records by Ron Sexsmith, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS and many more, but interestingly (as Mehdi first heard her) she is the voice of the girl in the duet with Philippe Katerine; indie hit “Parlez-Vous Anglais Mr. Katerine?” which also just so happens to be the opening song on the Elefant compilation “Montecarlo” (released in 1997 for the inauguration of the “Colección De Las Ciudades”, and which includes the participation of among others, Harvey Williams himself). Synchronicity all around then.

Many have been wondering for years when A GIRL CALLED EDDY was going to release a second album… We finally have an answer to that question - at the beginning of 2019! (with a single before the end of this year) While waiting for that fans can calm their nerves with this very special project in collaboration with Mehdi Zannad.

Mehdi is a pop-raconteur: not only an established musician, songwriter, producer, but an architectural drawing master as well. He’s exhibited his work in gallery’s all over France and has been teaching in some of Paris’ most esteemed institutions. He’s released two marvelous albums as FUGU, singles shared with STEREOLAB and SAINT ETIENNE, co-wrote on the soundtrack for the film “La France” by Serge Bozon in 2007, arranged for Barbara Carlotti and TAHITI 80, produced APRIL MARCH, as well as releasing a delicious single on Elefant Records in 1998 (which we will be specifically re-releasing in a very special limited edition).

Erin and Mehdi met up in London, Paris and Nancy to write, and along the way held recording sessions in the band TAHITI 80’s Lab/recording studio in Rouen (where Zannad recorded his second full length, “As Found”). Erin wrote choruses that Mehdi turned into songs, and vice-versa, and both had brought some of their own already-written tunes on board when in 2014 Elefant Records showed up on the scene and offered them the possibility of making an album after hearing the first four songs from the project.
Sessions were booked, orchestra’s were contracted! and the record started to take shape with the help of various members of Mehdi’s core band of FUGU, as well as members of TAME IMPALA, SYD MATTERS and TAHITI 80.

And so finally, we have the prodigious result in our hands. On this album you can hear the work of songwriters who are tremendously in love with music. With deep respect and inspiration, care and affection. Spinning in their heads, always, the greats... Jimmy Webb, Paul McCartney, Eric Carmen, Carole King and Paddy McAloon. This is a perfect, stand-out collection of songs on which both authors take turns with the vocals. The album begins with “Softly (Part 1)” as a playful, catchy opening … “Fun Fair” breathes a certain air of classic romance, with the piano progression and that final development of sabadabadas that is evocative of Françoise Hardy and Claudine Longet. Enthralling. “You’re Not Mine” has something of the soberness and strength of Laura Nyro, of the melodic elegance of Evie Sands and Linda Perhacs, of the inspiration of Joni Mitchell and the mysticism of Judee Sill. It’s in the lines of these songs, which abound with the folk-pop of the sixties and seventies, where the album tries to find its place among the classics. That BEACH BOYS touch is present in a lot of harmonies, like “Trust Your Buddy”, now with Mehdi singing, but the production work brings them closer at times to the BEE GEES at their folk-iest. Aren’t you inevitably transported just listening to that guitar solo? Because, it’s time to confess, I don’t know if you’ve ever had the feeling of listening to a classic the very first time you hear a new song. That is what happened for us with “Take My Hand”, the absolute conviction that this song, with its majestic string arrangements, turns its references into travel companions. LOVE, John Denver, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, THE MILLENNIUM, THE LEFT BANKE… “Fairweather Friend” brings Erin back to lead vocals for a song that once again evokes a folk vibe of the early 70’s on a song she says she wrote ‘while staring at the cover of McCartneys “Ram” for far too long’.

The energy levels are off the charts with the incredible “Lazy”. The classical piano introduction, followed by a prodigious soul push, then breathtaking wind instruments and a chorus that makes you want to sing it with your arms reaching into the air, as if you were trying to touch the sky with Erin sounding like a latter-day Jackie DeShannon… “Talk To Me” takes an important stylistic leap, with production more marked by the 80’s and neon lights and Casio’s. The melody of the verses is exquisite and the chorus is downright immortal. But the thing is, if we try to read between the lines in the lyrics, could it be that this song is talking about the musical relationship between our two composers? Pure magic. And finally, it’s a show of the love of music and the unquestionable capacity of these two songwriters to build eternal songs, without worrying about what decade to turn to.

“Die Cast” is one of those songs that is so small, on such a big album, that it winds up becoming one of your favorites. It’s delicate and fragile, somewhere between a habanera and a border sound, cinematic, powerful in its smallness. “Tears” is more rock, closer to the BEATLES at their most energetic. Solid and evocative at the same time. And once again, that guitar solo with fuzz that takes us to the times when rock moved minds. To talk about “Places” after Harvey Williams’ words seems audacious. We just want to say that we totally agree. It’s a huge song, the purity of Brian Wilson, the sweetness of AMERICAN SPRING and the grandeur of Roger Nichols. “Softly (Part 2)” falls back into the melodic line that opens the album, but it gives it a tremendously fun fifties touch, with echoes of surf and garage, and makes it instrumental. To close the album, “Photographs” gives a melancholic touch, between clavichords and acoustic guitars -like the inevitable romanticism that also opened “Fun Fair”.

This is most definitely a special album, but beyond the names that have shaped it, it is special because it holds a group of inimitable songs that sometimes feels hard to believe were written in 2018. Inspiration, sonic artistry, respect and musical elegance. As if there were a secret rule: to remember every last detail. Even down to the album presentation, with fantastic design by the esteemed Julian House (of the “Intro” collective) who’s designed covers for STEREOLAB, CAN, PRIMAL SCREAM, BROADCAST, and many others. Everything in place.

They say, “God is in the details”. May we present to you, THE LAST DETAIL.

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released November 2, 2018

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Track Name: Softly (Part 1)
Come to me softly
Come to me gently
Come to me easy
Come to me clearly
Track Name: Fun Fair
This one’s for you
Beaming of blue
Now it’s your turn for a ride
You’re chasing me in the neon night
Your eyes so bright in the night
Forever more
You locked the door to your tender heart
Oh, can’t you see the child in me?
Oh, don’t worry now

You’re changing fast
And seconds last
A blinking flash in the night
Your kisses sweet
I feel so weak
I try to hide from your sight

Just for a while give me a smile
So clear and new
So, I can see the child in you
Oh, don’t worry now

Collect your price
Let’s do it nice
And peacefully
Pull apart

I try to be the one you see
But now I’m left in the dark
In the dark
Track Name: You're Not Mine
If I sound crazy it’s cause I am
I swear I’m tired of pretending like I
Just don’t care
Cause you’d see through it anyway
No matter what I say about it
It’s easy I know to just let go
I shouldn’t have let my feelings show

I see it all before me in basic black and white
You got simple conversations
No reasons to fight
But you’re so technicolor
That it makes me sad to think
She’ll lead you to the water
But you’ll never get a drink

Cause she’s safe and she’s fine
And she’s yours
You’re not mine
She’s everything a girl should be
She’s high when your low
There’s no chance she’ll ever let you go
Things are sometimes
Just like what they seem

I know you wish I didn’t talk about it
I wish I wasn’t so sure about it
I’m always gonna feel the same about you
If she wasn’t here I’d put my arms around you
It’s easy I know to just let go
And go for what you know is sure
Oh, sure I know

She’s safe and she’s fine
She’s yours
You’re not mine
She’s everything a man could dream
She’s high when you’re low
There’s no chance you’ll ever let her go
Things are sometimes
Just like what they seem
Track Name: Trust Your Buddy
Don't turn back
Make up your mind
Don't feel scared
I’m right behind

There's somebody if you need a buddy
Won't let you slip away hey, hey
When nobody can be found I promise it's me
At the end of the day

Don't forget what’s real and true
Don't regret what we’ve been through
There’s somebody who will be your buddy
Won't let you slip away hey, hey
When there’s nobody
You can trust your buddy
At the end of the day

Who else you’re gonna run to
Who else you’re gonna tell your secrets to
Who else is gonna love you like I do

There’s somebody
If you need a buddy
Won't let you slip away hey, hey
When nobody can be found
I promise it’s me
At the end of the day
Track Name: Take My Hand
My love will never reach an end
We part but then we’ll meet again
In the depths of confusion
Only love’s no illusion
Don’t you understand
Won’t you take my hand

If I allow myself to cry
Those tears they wouldn’t tell a lie
All I need is affection
And I crave your attention
Don’t you realize
Won’t you close your eyes

It’s all because of you
You make it seem oh, so true
Won’t you listen with sympathy
Just lay your head to lean on me

Our love is never meant to die
Why can’t we give it another try?
If there is no perfection
Only love brings direction
Don’t you understand
Won’t you take my hand
Track Name: Fairweather Friend
Picking up on that they sold you down the river
Picking up on that they won’t be back again
When you go down for the third time
When you went down they paid you no mind
And then once you close your eyes
Everything will be alright
Won’t you say goodbye
To fairweather friend

Picking up on that he’s in it for the money honey
Picking up on that you gave him your last dime

When you went you down for the last time
When you go down they pay you no mind
And they always close their eyes
Holding out for sunny skies
Won’t you say goodbye

To fair weather friend
Yeah, they always close their eyes
Holdin’ out for sunny skies
Won’t you say goodbye
To fairweather friend
Track Name: Lazy
Oh, I’m lazy yes, I’m lazy
And I do my best that’s what I’m like really
I’m lazy yes, I’m lazy
I give myself a rest
That’s what I’m like baby

I am a loner and I’ve learned the price
A free-form thinker
Never do it twice

Oh, I’m lazy yes, I’m lazy
And I do my best
That’s what I’m like really
I’m lazy yes, I’m lazy
I give myself a rest
That’s what I’m like baby

I am a loner and I’ve paid the price
A free-form thinker
Never do it twice
I am the roller
And I trust the dice
A sleepy believer
I take no advice
Track Name: Talk To Me
Standing here
Darling I want to help you find the words
From your heart every feeling every noun and verb
We don’t have time to get
Lost in translation
It’s tearing us apart this
Language that we don’t speak
Painting a picture bleak if you don’t

Talk to me (I want you / I need you to)
Talk to me (I want you / I need you)
I’ll talk to you
Just us two
Oh baby won’t cha
Talk to me (I want you / I need you to)
Talk to me (I want you /I need you)
I’ll talk to you
Just us two

Darling dear don’t write it in a letter
Ne le mets pas dans une lettre
Darling, dear, don’t write it in a book
Ne l’écris pas dans un livre
We don’t have time to get
Lost in translation
It’s tearing us apart this
Language that we don’t speak
Connection’s what I seek
Oh baby
Talk to me
Track Name: Die Cast
You’re the feeling that I want around me
You’re the feeling that I need
Warm aluminum and love surround me
You’re the book I have to read

I want to show you
I want to kiss you
I want to make it true
A metal hold upon my soul
Nothing compares
Nothing compares

You’re die cast in my heart
Forever
You’re die cast in my heart
You’re die cast in my heart
Forever
Die cast in my heart

I want to hold you
I want to touch you
I want to make it real

Surface unbreakable
Desire unshakeable
Nothing compares
Nothing compares

You’re die cast in my heart
Forever
Track Name: Tears
Tears are always the same
They’re pouring again for this love
Na, na, na, na, na
Tears in yellow and blue
On sixth avenue for this love
Na, na, na, na, na

Tears exploding again
We used to be friends now it’s gone
Na, na, na, na, na
Tears they’re wasted alone
I wanna go home in the moonlight
Na, na, na, na

Tears can crystalize your vision
In your eyes a new decision
Track Name: Places
Places I keep missing the faces
Of the friends I used to know
Where did the years all go?
Never ending recollections keep creeping in
Every corner and boulevard
Back in the old schoolyard

Life is cruel
Wish I was making the rules
Wish that I could put those happy times in little cans
And keep them near and close at hand

All of those moments they shouldn’t go away
So, I’d be constantly happy
Even the failures could last another day
It’s everything that I’m missing
Forever I need them to make it better
I love them all
Whatever I wish they would leave me never

Traces of those Saturday kisses
Like the sand washes over me
Tell me could it really be
That places hold inside of them memories
Watch them all roll out to sea
Only you ever had the key

Life is cruel
Wish I was making the rules
Wish that I could put those happy times in little cans
And keep them near and close at hand

All of those moments they shouldn’t go away
So, I’d be constantly happy
Even the failures could last another day
It’s everything that I’m missing
Forever I need them to make it better
I love them all
Whatever I wish they would leave me never

They’re all a part of me
Track Name: Softly (Part 2)
Instrumental
Track Name: Photographs
Hundreds of photographs
That we paste in a book
Bring me back with a look
It’s in the past drifting back

Hundreds of promises
That we wrecked on the shore
Like the smile that you wore
It’s in the past nothing more

Christmas mornings
Palace of Versailles
Midnight drunk with arms around the world
Captured still frames
Of you and me games
Like they say the camera never lies

Hundreds of photographs
That we paste in a book
Bring me back with a look

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