Different Frequency (album CD)

by Alan Lauris

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BONUSTRACKS on: alanlauris.bandcamp.com/album/different-frequency-extras-digital-bonus

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Hoogtepunten zijn You Need A Schredder (waarin Lauris klinkt als het nóg nichterige broertje van Mika), het afwisselende Time Out (een Songfestivalrefreintje omringt door creatieve electropop) en de remix van 1987. Het origineel is al bijzonder vermakelijk, maar de remix met vette beat eronder en stukjes ingevoegd nieuws voegt echt wat toe. Het zijn de pareltjes van een sterk album.

A different drum.com:
'Alan presents a new album filled with traditional synthpop with a somewhat new romantic feel, with one quirky, fun song after another.'

Musicfrom.nl:
'Die eigen stijl is precies hetgene dat Alan Lauris boven veel andere singer/songwriters doet uitsteken.'

'Veel nummers op zijn album blijven opvallend goed hangen. Zo klinkt 'You Need A Shredder' alsof het rechtstreeks TMF op zou kunnen. Het is samen met openingsnummer 'Time Out' één van de fijnste liedjes op deze plaat.' 'Al met al maakt Alan Lauris unieke muziek.'

Radioindy.com:
'With a cool, restrained tenor voice not unlike Sparks’ Russell Mael (sans Mael’s outrageously wicked flights of falsetto), Lauris delivers proto-dance pop with an infectious nod-and-a-wink exuberance that’s irresistible.' 'the frenetic, “The Ratrace” (which is a little reminiscent of the wonderful 70’s Sparks knock-off band, Jet) is brilliant'

MyMusicSuccess.com:
Different Frequency has painted an aural landscape that's strongly reminiscent of the 80s electronic new wave and pop techno mixed with a small dash of 70s progressive rock sans guitar prominence.

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released March 1, 2009

All songs written by Alan Lauris; except Same old building; lyrics by John Coughlan, music by Alan Lauris; Performed by Alan Lauris with Leo Sienot (guitar on 1,4,5,7,11,12 and 13 and bass on 4,8 and 13), MC Snipper (rap on 4), Marcel Hendriks (additional vocals on 5) and ´Het Voorzetselkoor´ (additional vocals on 10); Produced, recorded and mixed by Alan Lauris in Canal Island Studios, The Netherlands, 2005-2008; Mastered by Lorenz Vauck at XARC mastering; Sleeve design by Maaike Nijholt and Alan Lauris; Photography by Sebastiaan ter Burg; label: www.canalisland.com

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Catching, melodic, sometimes touching, often funny popsongs with jazzy, electronic and classic influences.

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Track Name: Time out
Another day, another hero
In the ratrace to the top
From a nono to the CEO
He’s going fast and it doesn’t stop
I need to think while time goes on and on
I have to be the number one
and I just want to lay down in the sun

(aaaaaah) Come on mister Referee
(aaaaaah) It's all going too fast for me
(aaaaaah) I'm on a different frequency
(aaaaaah) And you can kill the enemy
for a while, or I will never catch up
I need a time out

I’m really good and have big ambitions
But I’m not going fast enough
I’m not a man of quick decisions
To stay the course is really tough
I like to play and keep things open
Like always being twenty-one
and I just want to lay down in the sun

(aaaaaah) Come on mister Referee
(aaaaaah) It's all going too fast for me
(aaaaaah) I'm on a different frequency
(aaaaaah) And you can kill the enemy
for a while, or I will never catch up
How will I ever catch up?
I want the time to stop
I need a time out

And how I want to lay down in the sun

I need a time out to chill
I need a time out to think
I need a time out to stand still
I need a time out to drink
I need a time out to relax
I need a time out to remind
I need a time out to go back in time
Track Name: Concrete and steel
We're building
We're building the building
that we're building

And progress we see
And proudness we feel
No blingbling we need
Just concrete and steel
Track Name: Twelve
Twelve tones to build this song
A carefully chosen sequence
It’s indifferent which one comes first
Cause they are all equal

Did you realize that twelve
Has liberating powers
Berg and Schoenberg knew it well
No need to count the hours
Twelve

1-8-7-3-2-6-5-4-11-10-9-12

Music, maths, the months, the stars
Twelve is true perfection
The apostles and rock and roll
Twelve is the connection
Twelve

1-8-7-3-2-6-5-4-11-10-9-12
Track Name: You need a shredder
Now that you are famous
What entertains us
Is every little detail of your private life
And when you tell us nothing
They'll search in your dustbin
And find the information we like

You need a shredder
You need a shredder
You need a shredder
You need a shredder

You need a shredder in your life
When you've got everything to lose
You want to keep your secrets to yourself
And so you choose
The shredder as your best friend
You can call him John
Though he's the one that sees it all
He'll never pass it on
The shredder

You need a shredder
You need a shredder
You need a shredder
You need a shredder

You need a shredder in your life
When you've got everything to hide
You’ve learned that there is no-one you can trust
So you decide
The shredder is your best friend
You can call him Pete
Though he's the one that sees it all
He's determined to delete
The shredder
You need a shredder

Is heel je leven openbaar
En ben je met die toestand klaar
Maak dan je dromen waar
Papierversnipperaar
Track Name: London or Berlin
London or Berlin
I’m a writer in need for some inspiration
So I visit my muse and then I know I can proceed
With what I want to do
So I’m going to London or Berlin

Sometimes you feel that you've dried up
Sometimes you feel that you're tied up

There’s only one remedy for me
It’s leaving right away
I’m heading west or east
By taking a plane or train

to London or Berlin
I write in my book that I feel free and I’m happy
And when I get a little bit lost I take a quick look
On my map and I’m back on track
It’s easy going in London or Berlin

It’s just a matter of knowing
It’s just a matter of going

(being) one of the crowd,
Just like a pigeon on Trafalgar Square
Nothing more and nothing less
Than being completely there

I meet you on a building site
I meet you in Kreuzberg in the middle of the night
or meet you by the London eye
And then I know.....it’s alright
And then I feel....so alive

London or Berlin
It’s no use to choose
They’re two sides of the same coin
That’s my muse
So I cannot lose
When I flip this coin to leave for London or Berlin
Track Name: 1987
Nothing like the sun, The joshua tree
Faith and Bad and Actually....
Nothing like the sun, The joshua tree
Faith and Bad and... ...

Actually my life began in the year that Warhol died
I remember Black monday and
the Herald of free enterprise
Meanwhile I, somehow I got somewhere
Like landing on the Red Square
And music was always in my mind
Always there and always right

I dicovered life in 1987
So all my life, I’ll remember ‘87
I started to explore though I'd been around before
Being born in 1974

I remember Reagan saying’ let’s tear down that wall’
Perestroyka and Glasnost ruled the headlines after all Meanwhile I, I was feeling quite strong
So I recorded my first song
and music was always in my mind
Always there and always right

I dicovered life in 1987
So all my life, I’ll remember ‘87
I started to explore though I'd been around before
Being born in 1974

Everybody has their own special year
It's deep in your heart
Cause it marks a new start in your life
And every now and then the music that you hear
Suddenly brings you back in time

I dicovered life in 1987
So all my life, I’ll remember ‘87
I started to explore though I'd been around before
Then I opened up and wanted more
Being born in 1974
Track Name: My second life
I want to be alone I’m sorry but it’s true
I need to slip into my secret world
And I’m not prepared to share this world
With anyone, so you’ll Just have to wait
‘till I come out of it again

O, it’s not that I am mad at you
And it’s not that I don’t care or that I
Don’t want to be with you
It’s just that I feel bad about my life
And all the things that I cannot change
Though I want to

My secret world is good and it makes me quite relaxed
My secret world has everything I need
It gives me power, new energy
And the strength to carry on
I’m doing what I want and I feel free

O, it’s true that I am hiding
And it’s true that it’s not fair
To keep a part of me from you
But my secret world’s providing
Me the part that’s missing here
And that's belonging to me too
So in this world I lead
My second life

There’s a picture in my mind
That shows exactly how my life should be
But it’s not reality
And it doesn’t count you out
Cause in my secret world you’re still
My only love and you’re with me
But for now, I really need
My second life
Track Name: Same old building
Same old building different world
Reminding me you're not my girl
Eeach single day is just the same
Aall the walls speak out your name

We keep passing on the stairs
But you act so unaware
Not a single sideways glance
Not a whisper of a chance

Still you act so unaware
Like you couldn't, wouldn't care for me
Like you did before
Am I so much different now ?
Go on show me how

Same old building different times
Separate futures, once aligned
Nervous pauses with your friends
I watch the signals that they send

This is killing me inside
You know it's something I can't hide
Maybe I could understand
If you just reached out a hand

You've moved on to better things
Found success and what that brings
Though it doesn't stretch to me
You're living on another plane
Things won't be the same
Track Name: Snowball
Well I climbed and here I stand
I’m alone and need a hand
So help me
Push my snowball off the top!
No I don’t talk double dutch
It’s quite heavy, it’s just too much
O help me
Push my snowball off the top!

Well, it's well prepared and the snow is thick
So it has potential to grow real big
And when it's runnning, It won’t easily stop

So come on and help me out
Should I scream or should I shout
Who’s gonna Push my snowball off the top!

(Het sneeuwbaleffect)

Well he climbed and there he stands
He’s alone and he needs a hand
So let’s help him
Push his snowball off the top!
No he didn’t talk double dutch
It’s quite heavy, it’s just too much
So let’s help him
Push his snowball off the top!

(Het sneeuwbaleffect)

(I’m gonna need a shredder)