When You Need Me The Most

by ALPACA SPORTS

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FORMATS: 10" Mini-LP [Blue Colour Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 1000 copies] ➜ On sale clicking here: bit.ly/1FsEqGW / Digital Mini Album

"My Favourite Girlfriend" is a Bonus track not included in the physical format and that is a cover version from MILKYWAY (composed by Guille Milkyway [LA CASA AZUL] in 1994)

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► Watch the official video-clip of "Just Like Them": bit.ly/1NNQNp7
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Since they got started in the winter of 2011, everything has been big news about ALPACA SPORTS. Their indie pop has reached the ears of fans all over the world, from the United States to Japan to Peru, not to mention Spain, England, their native Sweden, and a dozen other countries. Almost all fans of this style have heard about their debut album and the numerous singles they have released over the last few months, with the album covers done by the Japanese illustrator Ray Kimura, or their unforgettable concerts in festivals like New York and Madrid Popfests, and Indietracks. Songs like “He Doesn't Even Like You”, “Just For Fun”, and “Just Like Johnny Marr” have already become a part of the collective memory of recent indie pop, and have made this tremendous young group so loved.

And now for the big news - Elefant Records is releasing “When You Need Me The Most”, the group’s new songs on a blue, 10”, 1000-copy, numbered-limited-edition. Six songs that are another great display of their immediacy, their contagious choruses, and their love for bands like THE SMITHS, ANOTHER SUNNY DAY and BELLE AND SEBASTIAN. It is an “international” album, as its own composers call it, and it makes it clear what an incredible experience ALPACA SPORTS is proving to be for Andreas Jonsson, Amanda Åkerman and Carl Jirestedt. Let’s take the trip step by step so we can understand better. First of all, Lisle Mitnik (TINY FIREFLIES, EDINE AVEC LISLE MITNIK ET SON ORCHESTRE, FIREFLIES, VERY TRULY YOURS...) forms part of the band from his homebase in Chicago; he participates in the songwriting online, which we can hear from his contributions on the guitar, organ, strings, etc. The drums and bass were recorded in New York, in the famous Marlborough Farms studios of Gary Olson (LADYBUG TRANSISTOR), who also added some trumpets. The musicians were Julia Rydholm (THE ESSEX GREEN, THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR) and Hampus Öhman-Frölund, the latter already a veteran from their previous recordings. The album was ultimately recorded and produced by Ian Catt (TREMBLING BLUE STARS, SHAMPOO, SAINT ETIENNE...) in London, and of course the cover art is straight from Japan by Ray Kimura herself. The first two videos from this release were recorded in their native Gothenburg (Sweden) and Paris, respectively. Of course, the label, as you know, is Spanish.

It is a trip around the world in six marvelous songs. “Just Like Them” gets things off to a lively start, and their instantaneous melodies fill the songs with freshness. A trademark hit, it tells a story of disappointment, the kind you feel when someone special who was really close to you for a long time changes and becomes just like everyone else. “Need Me The Most” leads us into a luminous mid-tempo, somewhere between THE PALE FOUNTAINS and THE GO-BETWEENS. “There's No One Like You” is another key moment on the album, and it closes the first side. It is soul pop and a line that we cannot get out of our heads: “It's been a long time now, since I saw you around”.

“I Love You” reminds us of the best of THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, with an ultra-seductive chorus and lyrics that make it clear what ALPACA SPORTS are like: direct, clear, open, free of crypticism and uncertainty... Straight to the heart. “Where'd You Go?” leans excellently toward the sixties sound that groups like THE SCHOOL and CAMERA OBSCURA cultivate so well. We wrap things up with “When I Hold You”, a slow, delicate song, like the first singles from Sarah Records.

It is an absolute pleasure for us to release ALPACA SPORTS’ new songs. These are songs that take you around the world. These are songs that make you happy.

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released October 2, 2015

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Track Name: Just Like Them
You only care about the money you make
Your shiny hair and your fancy car
Whatever happened to the friend I once had?
We used to count all the stars above
When the night came
Now you’re digging your own grave

I remember every winter we'd go
To the lake with our hockey skates
We always talked about the future we had
You always said we would stay the same
How could I know
My heart would freeze in the cold snow

You’re just like them

You only care about the money you make
Your shiny hair and your fancy car
Whatever happened to the friend I once had?
We used to count all the stars above
Now you are just like them
Now you’re digging your own grave

You’re just like them
I don’t want your car, don’t want your money
I don’t like your hair it’s looking funny
Sky’s full of stars but you don’t see them anymore

Baby you’re just like them
Track Name: Need Me The Most
Is there anything I can do now? Is there anything I can say?
Don't let her love just pass you by
I could hear my mama say
One of these days I’ll follow through
One of these days I’ll dare
It doesn’t matter if the sun falls down
I don’t care what people say

I’ll be the sunshine in your eyes
I’ll be the shoulder when you cry
And if you’re ever feeling scared, I’ll be there to hold your hand
And if you feel alone at night
I’ll be the moon that’s shining bright
Cause you know I’m always here when you need me the most

Say you love me, say you’ll never let me go

Is there anything I can do now? Is there anything I can say?
I want to tell you how I feel before the summer fades away
Cause I just can’t stop dreaming
About those days spent in the sand
Listening to the boats go by when we were walking hand in hand

I’ll be the sunshine in your eyes
I’ll be the shoulder when you cry
And if you’re ever feeling scared, I’ll be there to hold your hand
And if you feel alone at night
I’ll be the moon that’s shining bright
Cause you know I’m always here when you need me the most
Track Name: There's No One Like You
Walking home with our eyes closed
Cause we know every path in this old place
If I ever grow up I wanna be just like you
Tuesday nights on your sofa
Singing classics we love from the sixties
Oh God I felt so alone the day you left us waiting

It’s been a long time now, since I saw you around
But deep in my heart, I know I’ll see you again
It’s been a long time now, since I saw you around
But deep in my heart, I know I’ll see you again
There’s no one like you

Can I rest by your side for a while?
Dream away as we’re watching the clouds fly
If I ever grow up I wanna be just like you
Walking home in the cold rain
You always gave me a shoulder to lean on
Oh God I felt so alone the day you left us waiting

It’s been a long time now, since I saw you around
But deep in my heart, I know I’ll see you again
It’s been a long time now, since I saw you around
But deep in my heart, I know I’ll see you again

There’s no one like you
Track Name: I Love You
In dreams at night
I always try to take you far away
I needed those dreams
To keep my sadness at bay

We run and hide
And hold each other tight under the stars
And when the dawn comes
I just wanna stay in your arms

I love you (I love you too)
I love you (you know I do)
I love you (can’t hardly breath at night)
Oh baby tell me you feel it too

And when I wake
The love we had in dreams has gone away
But deep in my heart
I know I won't ever stray

In dreams tonight
I'll try to tell you all the things I feel
So maybe one day
The love we have can be real
I don't feel lonely when I'm with you
I don’t feel lonely when I’m with you
So if you're feeling this way too
Take me in your arms
(Won’t you) take me in your arms

I love you (I love you too)
I love you (you know I do)
I love you (can’t hardly breath at night)
Oh baby tell me you feel it too
Track Name: Where'd You Go?
I still walk
Up and down the same old street
Where we would whisper
The dreams we shared together

The tree house
That we built when we were five
Oh it's all gone now
And I wonder

Oh where’d you go?

The summer
When we swam beneath the sun
Where did our dreams go?
We used to say “forever”

Those secrets
That we swore we'd never tell
Do you remember?
What you told me

I’m sure you’ve changed
But so have I
I’m sure you’ve changed
But so have I
I’m sure you’ve changed
But I miss you
Yeah I miss you

Oh where’d you go?
Track Name: When I Hold You
I know a place on the far side of town
Where nobody ever goes

Say goodbye to those tears we once cried
We won’t need them anymore

When I hold you
All my troubles fade away, I don't have to feel afraid
When I hold you
Even if the sky is grey, everything will be okay when I have you

And all my dreams are coming true, when I hold you
When I hold you
And everything is feeling new, when I hold you
When I hold you
I feel alive, I feel alive

I walk around with my head in the clouds
Now I know where I belong
Say goodbye to those tears I once cried
My life began when I met you

When I hold you
All my troubles fade away, I don't have to feel afraid
When I hold you
Even if the sky is grey, everything will be okay when I have you

And there are things I can't explain
When I’m with you now it feels like we can fly away
And there are things I can't explain
When I’m with you now it feels like we can fly away

When I hold you

And all my dreams are coming true
When I hold you
When I hold you
And everything is feeling new
When I hold you
When I hold you, I feel alive, I feel alive
Track Name: My Favourite Girlfriend (Bonus Track)
There were so many times
When my hands needed care
Your were there to protect them

And the nights I was low
When my faith was too small
Your were right there to save it

From the iced days of Christmas
To the warmth of July
You've been always so gentle

Though I'm not always easy
You've been always so mild
I just want you to thank you
For being here by my side

When my hands needed care
Your were there to protect them

And for singing my songs
With a voice that I love
You're my favourite girlfriend

Though I'm not always easy
You've been always so mild
I just want you to thank you
For being here by my side

When my hands needed care
Your were there to protect me