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The Crack

by Micatone

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1.
03:56
Come on take a walk with me Take my hand we move in peace Silent footprints, side by side Watch the ocean and the tide Stepping backwards Tracing time Quiet walking side by side As we lean into the breeze Pulling back, swimming upstream In the echoes of the shells Mermaids hissing deep sea tales Of those gone missing Torn up sails Blow a kiss and wish them well Mournful cry of the whales Hear the story that they tell It is heartache, don’t deny They are singing our goodbye In the echoes of the shells Mermaids hissing deep sea tales Of those gone missing Torn up sails Make a wish and wish me well
2.
What if the fire was fake What if there’s nothing at stake And all the vows that we take Are just words that shouldn’t have been said What if the fire was fake And all the words that we say And all the vows that we take Are easy to break Cause there’s nothing at stake We fell asleep in a fairytale sleep Didn’t wake for a hundred years We said the words, the words weren’t real Now we woke up Like the ashes that glow Fighting the night Shed a last light Before they die Like fireflies Leading us astray We lost our way In the dark What if the fire was fake What if there’s nothing at stake And all the vows that we take Are just words that shouldn’t have been said What if the fire was fake We’re loosing grip We’re loosing speed We swap our dreams for a little peace Trading them in for a spark of ease Trading our precious skin For beads What if the fire was fake And all the words that we say And all the vows that we take Are easy to break Cause there’s nothing at stake What if the fire was fake What if there’s nothing at stake And all the vows that we take Are just words that shouldn’t have been said What if the fire was fake
3.
04:17
On a clear and cold cold night We were out watching the harbor lights When you said you wish you could turn back the time And make it right So I said let’s try and start it all anew And we clumsily kissed and then did like lovers do Just a few steps over the line That parted your world from mine So sad to leave it all behind All gone, all gone Nothing more to lose But old memories Of half forgotten dreams All gone, all gone You’ve got nothing to lose but old memories And a bottle full of blues (All gone) You lost a lover, I lost a friend You lost hope I lost defense We lost the illusion Out of the blue You lost me and I lost you We can’t undo the past Just let go, move on Nothing more to lose But old memories Of half forgotten dreams All gone, all gone We’ve got nothing to lose but old memories And a bottle full of blues (All gone) All gone all gone Nothing more to lose But old memories Of half forgotten dreams All gone, all gone You’ve got nothing to lose but old memories And a bottle full of blues All gone, all gone All gone, all gone
4.
01:33
5.
03:33
Black dog howling at the moon Black dog no one there to comfort you Black dog you are lonesome just like me Black dog why so restless why so sad Black dog are the bad dreams making you mad Black dog won’t you keep me company? Ahuuu, Ahuuu, Ahuuu Black dog Black dog luring in the shade Black dog with the blues on parade Black dog you are lonely just like me Ahuuu, Ahuuu, Ahuuu Black dog
6.
03:54
As I look back Through the broken windows of the past Through broken glass Through shattered dreams not build to last Just pick up the phone Won’t you open up that door End your silent war Tell me you’re not hurting anymore Just pick up the phone Won’t you open up that door End your silent war Tell me you’re not hurting anymore (Pride or pain, it’s all in vain) The other day Across the street you looked the other way Wearing your pain like a medal But it’s all in vain Just pick up the phone Won’t you open up that door End your silent war Tell me you’re not hurting anymore Just pick up the phone Won’t you open up that door End your silent war Tell me you’re not hurting anymore As I look back Through the broken windows of the past Through broken glass Through shattered dreams not build to last I didn’t need a saviour now I know I didn’t need a wall around my soul I didn’t need someone to take control Ain’t gonna reap just what you sow Just pick up the phone Won’t you open up that door End your silent war Tell me you’re not hurting anymore (Pride or pain, it’s all in vain)
7.
04:11
Choir: So glad I met ya Happy together So glad I met ya Maybe forever Uuuh, the clouds don’t seem to be what they used to be Uuh, they look like giant castles in a candy sky Uuh, the world don’t seem to be what it used to be Since there is you and me Uuuh I never thought that I’d find peace Uuh, I never thought I could release Uuh the tension and anxiety But now I found relief And all shade is now bright And all dark is full of light It’s like the crack is wider now It’s like the crack is wider now Uuuh, how different the people on the street Uuuh, they seem so friendly as they walk on by Uuuh, and my face don’t seem what it used to be Cause I can’t hide a smile Uuuh, baby when I see your eyes Uuuh, so warm and blue and full of smiles Uuuh, I’m just a better human than I used to be Cause now there’s you and me And all shade is now bright And all dark is full of light It’s like the crack is wider now It’s like the crack is wider now And all shade is now bright And all dark is full of light It’s like the crack is wider now It’s like the crack is wider now It’s like the crack is wider now It’s like the crack is wider now....
8.
04:45
I left my father, I left my ma behind I left my woman Hear her crying every night That night they were coming for me I was lucky I escaped Eight days on a crowded boat Eight days on the open sea I sleep under trees Sleep under the stars Everyone I knew Seems to be dead or behind bars When I think of the old times Damascus before the war I played the bass in a hardcore band Now it all seems so far All through the barbed wire Through the cold Through the night and the wind and the rain I’m alone All through the barbed wire Through the cold Through the pain and the wind and the rain I still feel hope A place without fear A single nights rest A meal on the table And a little warmth at best My loved ones around me A heart that doesn’t hurt But all I got is my mother’s scarf And a handful of dirt All through the barbed wire Through the cold Through the night and the wind and the rain I’m alone All through the barbed wire Through the cold Through the night and the wind and the rain I still feel hope
9.
When you lead, I won’t follow When I walk, you turn the other way No direction we can agree on And no place that we can stay The countless times we parted And the countless times we tried And as often as we started How many times, how many times How many times do we have to say goodbye When I talk, you won’t listen When you speak my head is in the clouds How come I always want to be near you When all our ups have turned to downs The countless times we parted And the countless times we tried And as often as we started How many times, how many times How many times do we have to say goodbye

about

In today's music biz five years are an incredibly long time. The reasons why it took ages for the Berlin institution Micatone to finish their new, their fifth longplayer are manifold. First of all Boris Meinhold has been quite occupied with his new baby, the dark pop trio Ann & Bones, singer and frontwoman Lisa Bassenge released with „Wolke 8“ and „Canyon Songs“ two further solo albums which both caused a sensation. Another cause for the nearly unbearable time of waiting for the successor of “Wish I Was Here” becomes manifest while listening to “The Crack”. The formation founded in 1999 and back then the very first real pop act on Sonar Kollektiv wrote and composed new songs with extreme accuracy and audibly fine grinded them extensively. Till such time as their eclectic pop appeal already matured to perfection enhanced to a higher level. Each of the nine tracks is a holistic self-consistent complete artwork. As is right and proper for magistral pop songs.
“The Crack” is anything but just a well thought out assemblage of songs Micatone has recorded over the last five years. On the contrary: The opener “Shell Song” starts with the lines „Come on take a walk with me, take my hand we move in peace...“ and the finale track „Countless Times“ concludes with the words „How many times, how many times, how many times do we have to say goodbye“. A bridge is built not only musically, but also narrationally. Lisa Bassenge sings about farewell, jealousy, revenge, abandonment and fears but always also about freedom. Musically Micatone absents itself almost completely from Electronica without losing some sort of contact to contemporary club music in a broader sense. “Black Dog”, for example, is a dubby blues track for the early-morning dancefloor at home, “Barbed Wire” is a rave monster for beneath the sheets and “The Crack” swings as smoothly as a Sunday morning dance in the kitchen à deux. The waiting paid off by all accounts. Micatone needed the five years to deliver an album which will bring us joys for a very long time. May it be five years again in the worst case. Let's hope not.

credits

released December 1, 2017

All songs written by Lisa Bassenge and Boris Meinhold.

Lyrics by Lisa Bassenge.
Produced and mixed by Boris Meinhold at Compuphonic Bed Studio.

Mastered by Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
Artwork by Studio Lindhorst-Emme.
Product management by Oliver Glage.

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Micatone Berlin, Germany

Founded in 1999, Micatone has released four albums on the independent recordlabel Sonar Kollektiv. “Nine Songs” in 2001, “Is you Is,” 2003 and “Nomad Songs” in 2005 & "Wish I Was Here" in 2012.

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