QUIET

by Seins

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QUIET is the second release from Berlin-based set-up Seins, appearing on 12 „ vinyl, CD and as a download from June 6, 2014.

QUIET is an album of many influences, domineering clarity and many surprises – not just as far as the lyrics are concerned. A rare and sophisticated ride between rock/pop and electro. Strangely catchy melodies, skilfully ruptured time and again, are set in driving, rhythmically playful and wayward beats – sometimes reduced and then again massive.

Seins is not a band. Seins is not really a singer-songwriter project either, or someone who has cobbled up their music in the bedroom – QUIET is just too loud for that. And sophisticated. Yet, like some kind of kind of music auteur, reminiscent of the glory days of self-made filmmakers of the 70’s and 80’s, Michel Bo Michel wrote all songs and lyrics, did most of the producing and has started his own record label to be able to produce and release his music as independently as possible.

There is maybe an old school air about the way his voice takes effect on some of the songs, too, with its rare conspicuousness bringing to mind now almost extinct grandees of 8os art rock, like Brian Ferry, Robert Palmer or David Byrne. The very electronic instrumental piece Hair Cut in turn sounds as if the Jeans Team duly provided some raw musical denim. Heavy stoner rock elements (Pink Dress), distinctly finger-snapping party grooves (The Party) or meandering piano sounds (Iron and Cheese) are resounding elsewhere.

For the second album of his project founded in 2011, Michel didn’t really want go near guitars. Everything is in fact based on a few improvised drum grooves recorded in an abandoned studio. Electronic tuners and metronomes looped through guitar effects units had to pay for producing simple tones, and a Brazilian ukulele still had to take a punishing before genuine guitars were used after all.

Gaps were filled and left – and certain parts just come out of these gaps particularly well. For Michel Bo Michel, the songs are less about storytelling as they are about associative collages of images and lyrics, like half-watched Youtube videos that linger in your mind or odd snatches of memories recovered form some picturesque party or another, flashing before your eyes and ears...

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released June 6, 2014

Michel Bo Michel (vocals and all instruments)
Mizzi Blum (backing vocals on track 5)

Cover: »Untitled« © 2011 Andrea Winkler

Written, arranged and produced by Michel Bo Michel
Mixed by Peter Veismann (track 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8) and Johann Damm (track 6 and 7)
Mastered by Kai Blankenberg and Jens Dreesen at Skyline Tonfabrik, Düsseldorf

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Track Name: Overrated
And now I feel overrated

One more time I lost myself, some other time I will have to show then, that I‘m human, too

Why is it so hard for us?
Do we have to create misery?
Why do we never seem to learn?

Even though we keep trying we‘re tired and start to give up

And now I feel overrated
And so I will let you down

What if we just let it happen, the end will come, deeds will be done
Under the bridge and over the rainbow, sooner or later we‘ll all be gone

Some times I see, some times I don‘t, you have to tell me how you are
When you get angry at yourself, you know that it‘s burning and it‘s time to get up

And now I feel overrated
And so I will let you down

And now I feel overrated
And so I will let you down
Track Name: Miniature Dance
Doing a miniature dance.

Are you looking for change
with your hands in your pockets
and those are the front two pockets
of your denim blue china made pants?

With your hands in your pockets
and those are the front two pockets
of your denim blue china made pants.

Doing a miniature dance
with your fingers in the pockets of your pants.
Oh come on, you‘re not talking to me like that.
Now are you?

Your fingers are doing a miniature dance
Your fingers are doing a miniature dance
Your fingers are doing a miniature dance

Doing a miniature dance.
Doing a miniature dance.

The way I look back on this
didn‘t seem that important
with our hands up in the air
we met dancing all night at the bar.

With my hands up in the air
going crazy in front of her
the way we later left the bar
my fingers dancing on her back with her bra.

Looking for change, my fingers are doing a …
Dialing her number my fingers are doing a …
Let our hands meet so their fingers are doing a …
quick little miniature dance

My fingers are doing a miniature dance
Your fingers are doing a miniature dance
Our fingers are doing a miniature dance

Doing a miniature dance.
Doing a miniature dance.
Track Name: More Than This
Ah …

There must be more than this
cocktail drunk blonde waitress
more than you see that is
bow down before we kiss

Ah …
Track Name: The Party
It‘s not the way you dress in silk
I like your baby powder arm pits
When you put on your body milk
I like the way you stretch out for your feet

It‘s not about the hair cut
it‘s all about the body
It‘s not about the way you talk
it‘s how you rock the party

Remember, it‘s allways about you
even if I seem to ooh-ooh-ooh
And baby don‘t worry
’cause shaving to me is not a necessity
(not necessarily)

It‘s not about the hair cut
it‘s about the party

It‘s not about the hair cut
it‘s all about the body
It‘s not about the way you talk
it‘s how you rock the party

It‘s not about the hair cut
it‘s all about the body
It‘s not about the way you talk
it‘s how you rock the party
Track Name: I Leave
I feel a soft fading
like I disappear from here
We should get rid of time
the bright sunlight is burning
a hole in the sky

Take my eyes with you have my ears
to hear yourself saying „I‘m leaving“
when you cry my tears
I‘ll leave from here

I‘m feeding the horses
but they all are turning pale
Why am I as a black rabbits cowboy
lying here with my back on a rail

Take my eyes with you have my ears
to hear yourself saying „I‘m leaving“
when you cry my tears
I‘ll leave from here
Track Name: Iron And Cheese
You‘re my shade in the sunshine
we didn‘t get this far
for nothing and key lime
that‘s not who you are

’ wonder if I
have the nerve to ask you out
Maybe that‘s why
it‘s not the least bit that I‘m proud

Perhaps my body know
how much it has to eat
before I know how much it is
that I have to work

Please say hi to your husband
I wonder if he hears
You say he‘s a sweet guy
with cauliflower ears

Come and join us
see some fighting in a cage
Greased up bodies
going crazy in a rage

Perhaps my body knows
how long I have to live
before I know how much it is
I have left to give

My nose is bleeding
blood dripping on your long pale legs
Smell of iron and cheese
hot sweat with a little breeze

You know I‘m cheating
but this fire‘s good to burn away my fear
Salty sweet memories
wide awake than they disappear

You‘re my shade in the sunshine
my only one, and devine
This fire can save us

You’re my shade in the sunshine
my only one, and devine
You‘re my shade in the sunshine
Track Name: Clean Up (bonus track)
Some days feel like
lying awake at night
I’m lying and I can‘t go to sleep

I need a layer of dust
to remind myself that I must
clean up this mess

Is heaven gonna be all blue and white
What are you going to pray for tonight
Do you feel it‘s time to say goodbye
Do I think I’m wrong and you were right

I need a layer of dust
to remind myself that I must
clean up this mess