Burnt Mementos

by BISCAY

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    ‘Burnt Mementos’ is Biscay's debut 6-track EP, and epitomises the band's retro vibe, fusing jazz, funk and soul grooves. This contrasts with the songs' contemporary subjects, wryly bemoaning the state of the modern world and the irony that few of us express gratitude for it. The songs explore a range of topics from the flawed worship of good looks, the pointless pursuit of status, bad dates and worse relationships.

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‘Burnt Mementos’ is Biscay's debut 6-track EP, and epitomises the band's retro vibe, fusing jazz, funk and soul grooves. This contrasts with the songs' contemporary subjects, wryly bemoaning the state of the modern world and the irony that few of us express gratitude for it. The songs explore a range of topics from the flawed worship of good looks, the pointless pursuit of status, bad dates and worse relationships.

All tracks are written by bandleader Phil Danter (with the exception of the French rap lyrics on Your Cold Heart, penned by Eléa and Thomas Melograna). Phil’s songs have seen considerable past success, 4 of them winning categories in the Indie International, Hollywood and UK Songwriting Contests in 2014/5.

Here’s the track-by-track guide for Burnt Mementos:
1. Pretty People – A light, poppy groove recalling Michael McDonald, which contrasts with the bitter polemic about the annoyingly good looking.
2. Little Miss Kryptonite – A Steely-Danesque bluesy shuffle, with a dark tale of a woman so disappointed by men that her default mode becomes attack.
3. Good Odds, Odd Goods – A retro Acid-Jazz groove combines with a thoroughly modern tale about men’s less than reliable dating profiles.
4. Arromanches – Slowish blues with unconventional chord changes and a story contrasting the heroism of D-day soldiers to the lives of today’s lazy beachgoers.
5. Space Dust – An old band favourite was the Dutch group Focus, which this recalls a little (with Hammond but without yodelling), whilst the lyrics espouse a mechanistic view of the universe.
6. Your Cold Heart – This mixes up pop, prog riffs, Brian May guitar and French rap! The lyric conveys the raw anger of being dumped, which we’re sure feels the same in French or English.

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released March 24, 2017

Recorded Aug-Sep 2016 at: 1) Vale Studios, Pershore (band) 2) Oliver’s Studio, Painswick (vocals) 3) Studio 6, cross house studios, Hornsey, London (saxes)
Studio engineers: 1) Chris D’adda, 2) Andy Baker, 3) Mike Lesirge
Mixed by Bobby Holland, Pentavarit Studios, Nashville
Mastered by Dan Shike @ Tone and Volume Mastering, Nashville
Album artwork: Veronique Suzanne
Album design: Phil Danter, Jessica Marston, Resound Media
Produced by Phil Danter, Biscay & Andy Baker
Executive Producer: Phil Danter

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Track Name: Pretty People
A NEW AGE I HOPE'S BEGUN, PREJUDICE NOW ON THE RUN
YET THERE'S ONE BREED MOST STILL HATE,
IT'S BECAUSE THEIR GIFT'S INNATE

THEY HAVE IT ALL, THEY GET EACH BREAK,
BUT EVERY ONE'S A FAKE

PRETTY PEOPLE SIMPLY VILE, KNOW JUST HOW TO USE A SMILE
PRETTY PEOPLE LIKED BY ALL, THEY'D BE FIRST AGAINST MY WALL

EXCUSED ALL BY ALL OF US, SADLY 'TWAS FOREVER THUS
CAST AS AD MEN'S BOURGEOISIE, THEY'RE WHAT WE'D ALL RATHER BE

THEY HAVE WHAT SELLS, SO TALL AND THIN
AND WE'RE ALL TAKEN IN

PRETTY PEOPLE ALWAYS COOL, LIFE WAS EASY ALL THRO' SCHOOL
PRETTY PEOPLE FILL OUR SCREENS, SO MUCH LESS THAN WHAT THEY SEEM

TIME WITH THEM IS SO MISSPENT, THEIR ROLE’S JUST TO ORNAMENT
ALWAYS GETTING ALL THE LUCK, PRETTY PEOPLE, PRETTY PEOPLE,
PRETTY PEOPLE SUCK!!
Track Name: Little Miss Kryptonite
YOU THINK WE’RE MATCHED I’LL SAY NOT QUITE,
WHEN YOU SAY BLACK I'LL SOON SAY WHITE
I’LL NEVER LET YOU PLAY THE KNIGHT,
AND ALL YOUR JOKES I’LL SAY ARE TRITE
I CAN’T WAIT TO SAY THAT IT’S NOT ALRIGHT,
ON YOUR EVERY FAULT I’LL SHINE ARC LIGHT
LITTLE MISS KRYPTONITE

YOU’LL TRY YOUR BEST AND YET DESPITE
YOUR COOLING WORDS I'LL SOON IGNITE
EACH ROW I'LL TRY TO KEEP A LIGHT, NOT HAPPY 'TIL I WIN OUTRIGHT
NEVER PLEASED WHEN YOU ARE BURNING BRIGHT,
I'LL SOON BLOW OUT YOUR PILOT LIGHT
LITTLE MISS KRYPTONITE

MISS KRYPTONITE, GIVE NO REPRIEVE,
JUST GRIND THEM DOWN, ‘COS SOON THEY’LL LEAVE

WITH EVERY ROW I'LL LAND A BITE, WHICH LINGERS LIKE A TOXIC MITE
TO KEEP YOU ITCHING THRO' THE NIGHT, SUCH IS THE POISON OF MY SPITE
WITH MY GAVEL POISED I WILL SOON INDICT,
SENDING YOU STRAIGHT DOWN FOR ANY SLIGHT
LITTLE MISS KRYPTONITE
Track Name: Good Odds, Odd Goods
PICKING THRU THE PROFILES, THIS GUY LEAPT OFF THE SCREEN
TALL AND DARK NEAR CENTRAL PARK, I COULDN'T FAULT ONE GENE
WE SOON WERE SWAPPING EMAILS, HE SEEMED SO DEBONAIR
SOON I HAD CONVINCED MYSELF, THIS ONE MIGHT JUST CARE

GOOD ODDS BUT ODD GOODS, PLYING THEIR WARES,
HOPE MEETS DECEPTION, CUPID DESPAIRS

IT CAME TO OUR FIRST PHONE CALL, HIS VOICE MADE ME MELT,
WITTY WITHOUT ARROGANCE, ON EVERY WORD I DWELT,
HE TOLD ME HE’D BEEN SINGLE FOR JUST ABOUT A YEAR,
THAT’S HE’S READY TO COMMIT, IT ALL SEEMED SO SINCERE

GOOD ODDS BUT ODD GOODS, PROFILES ON SHOW,
FLATTERING PHOTOS, SHOT LONG AGO

SOON MY FIRST DATE BECKONED, I GOT IN SUCH A STATE
THE BAR WAS CALLED THE LOVER’S LAIR, SO I THOUGHT ‘THIS IS FATE’

THE MOMENT THAT HE SHOWED UP, I FELT PART OF A STING
THIS OLDER, BALD GUY WANDERED IN, WITH HIS WEDDING RING

GOOD ODDS BUT ODD GOODS, WITH EACH LOG ON,
IT JUST CONFIRMS THE GOOD ONES HAVE GONE!!
Track Name: Arromanches
BASKING ON THIS BEACH TODAY, I SMILE AND WATCH THE CHILDREN PLAY
AND THINK OF ALL THOSE MEN WHEN THEY,
LAID DOWN THE LIVES WE LAZE AWAY
SEASIDE STROLLS WHERE DEATH KNELLS TOLLED, AT ARROMANCHES

LAUGHTER FROM A CRASHING WAVE, ANGRY MUMS WHEN NONE BEHAVE
WE ALL FORGET HOW MUCH THEY GAVE,
AS THEY WENT EARLY TO THEIR GRAVE
SEASIDE STROLLS WHERE DEATH KNELLS TOLLED, AT ARROMANCHES

HISTORY IS LEFT UNSAID, PICNICS EATEN TABLOIDS READ
AS YOU LIE SNOOZING OVER-FED, REMEMBER ONCE THE SEAS RAN RED
AT ARROMANCHES

NOT FOR THEM THESE FAMILY TRIPS,
SOME NEVER LEFT THEIR LANDING SHIPS
OR GOT DRAGGED UNDER BY THE RIPS,
BLOOD NOT ICE-CREAM ON THEIR LIPS
SEASIDE STROLLS WHERE DEATH KNELLS TOLLED, AT ARROMANCHES

LET US HOPE WHEN THEY LOOK DOWN,
ON FRACAS AT THIS SEASIDE TOWN
THE FREEDOM THAT THEY SEE'S OUR GAIN
MIGHT MEAN THEIR DEATHS WERE NOT IN VAIN, AT ARROMANCHES
Track Name: Space Dust
FOR THOSE WHO CLIMB THE GREASY POLE,
THEIR LIVES ON PERMANENT PAROLE
THEY HOLD ON TIGHT FOR EMPTY GOALS
THEN SLIDE STILL FURTHER FROM THEIR SOUL

SPACE DUST IS WHAT WE ARE, ALL OF US AND EVERY STAR
FLOATING LIKE GOSSAMER, WE’RE ALL BORN FROM NEBULA!

DON'T PRAISE YOURSELF FOR ALL YOU GAIN
AS THIS WILL LEAD YOU TO DEFAME
ALL OTHERS IN A FLAWED BLAME GAME
REGARD US ALL AS JUST THE SAME

SPACE DUST IS WHAT WE ARE, ALL OF US AND EVERY STAR
FLOATING LIKE GOSSAMER, WE’RE ALL BORN FROM NEBULA!

ONE FORCE, ONE ENERGY, NOT A SINGLE ABSENTEE
WE'RE ALL COSMIC DEBRIS, JUST THIS TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE…

SPACE DUST IS WHAT WE ARE, ALL OF US AND EVERY STAR
PUTS US ALL ON EQUAL PAR, GIVE IT UP AND LEARN SITAR!

TO FEVERED EGOS NEAR AND FAR, SPACE DUST’S REALLY ALL WE ARE!
Track Name: Your Cold Heart
TWICE YOU HAVE TAKEN THE BREATH RIGHT OUT OF ME
ONCE WHEN OUR EYES MET, NOW IT'S AS YOU LEAVE
GASPING AND EMPTY, RAGE RISES IN THE VOID
I HATE HOW YOU SMILED, I HATE YOUR NEW START,
AND NOW MOST OF ALL, I HATE YOUR COLD HEART

NOW HINDSIGHT TELLS ME HOW EMPTY WAS OUR PACT
ALL THOSE SWEET NOTHINGS, EACH I NOW REDACT
BURN ALL MEMENTOS, DENY I EVER CARED
I HATE YOUR WISE WORDS, I HATE YOU'RE SO SMART
AND NOW MOST OF ALL, I HATE YOUR COLD HEART

RAGE IS ALL I FEEL RIGHT NOW, YOU HAVE DARKENED ALL MY LIGHT
CAN'T PREDICT HOW I'LL BEHAVE, BEST STAY OUT OF SIGHT

I WAS A SIDESHOW WHILE YOU WERE THE MAIN ACT
CAST AS AN EXTRA, LEFT TO RE-ENACT,
AND NOW MY ANGER, IT ENTERS CENTRE STAGE

J’AIMAIS, L’ILLUSION, LE REVE, L’EMULSION BREVE, TES TREVES, TES PEINES
PLUS RIEN A FAIRE DE CETTE SEVE, QUI COULE DANS NOS VEINES
J’ETAIS LE FEU-FOLLET FROLANT LA FOULE EXALTEE
PUIS CE PACT QUI IMPACT TES MOTS INEXACTES ET
LA PARESSES DES GESTES LES CARESSES SANS LE RESTE
TON COEUR FROID MAINTENANT LOIN DE MOI, MA RAGE S’EN VA AVEC TOI