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1.
2.
04:15
I heard from my friend in the south Of Jezebels and Dark Grass-darts And tigers striped upon the bed By sunlight come and soon play dead She teaches me these wondrous things In letters that the postman brings And under corrugated skies Her hair is bright and shields her eyes From distance between The things we’ve both seen Her voice is clear inside my head 
And helps me when I’m feeling bad
 She tells me of a man she kept 
Inside a locket round her neck
 Until the day he came to grief 
Upon a simple salad leaf 
So she replaced him with a guy
 As dear to me as windy skies I sail on a sea
 That she builds for me
 In kind
3.
04:16
In the whole time wasted of our radical descent Did you take a look around at all the last minute repent Their fingernails were dirty but their eyes were shining white And the feathers in your cap still kept you grounded You met her in a bar the likes of which you'd never seen The locks were pulled and inside you lived out a mystery And no one knows society when they get out at ten And their faces have the look of being hounded What's that sound? Is it labour from above? They're tryin' to lift the lid They're tryin' to show you how to love But you don't need it now it's all come crashing down around And all you got's relief for being alone Your spirit's in the attic but your head is resting soft Upon the girl who once awake will smile and take off The day unfolds like innocence if innocence is grey And guilt's a reddy storm upon which innocence will play The phone call comes in shrilling all the promise of a king But quickly turns to solid black as cutting off it's ring You hark to hear the voice of him who joined you on this ride And now their teeth are bared and white and shining What's that sound? Is it labour from above? They're tryin' to lift the lid They're tryin' to show you how to love But you don't need it now it's all come crashing down around And all you got's relief for being alone So awkward now you head on back to find the door is closed And she who gave you shelter for that night has hit the road And you are all alone, there is no sign of your old mate And you start to think he wasn't even listening And as you lie losing your breath down at the bottom of this well It comes to you that maybe this ain't after all a hell The leaves are soft and cool to touch, they hold you in their arms And one last time you see the sky a-glistening What's that sound? Is it labour from above? They're tryin' to lift the lid They're tryin' to show you how to love But you don't need it now it's all come crashing down around And all you got's relief for being alone
4.
You're gonna have to walk a little differently down that street Oh man you'll see some things you might have never seen Look out the other side of that train you're moving on Otherwise you're staring at all the places she has gone When everything reminds you of the impossible you tried Think about something different, forget about the day she cried Careful on the stones of your new direction found... The sympathy of lovers isn’t always real, isn’t always sound That path that rose to meet two pairs of feet That bridge across the highway where you meet Shift these monuments around like sand The memory is more powerful than the hand Every angle changes Every sky is new How can this be hers When this is all from you That star she drew upon your wall is just another star She’s left those damn things everywhere you know... You're gonna have to walk a little differently down that street Oh man you'll see some things you might have never seen Look out the other side of that train you're moving on Otherwise you're staring at all the places she has gone That time you ran the stairs one floor to high To find you were alone but closer to the sky Now to wind your way back to the ground The sympathy of lovers isn’t always real, isn’t always sound That road it doesn't lead to her, it leads to something past And anyway it's just a road and these things never last Tear it up, destroy this place you've built up beam by beam You'll see when things are built again how easy it all seems That bus goes to a suburb Not towards her heart That light comes from a tower Not from golden hair The wind blows same as ever Now you are apart And in this city filled with light, still the people stare
5.
04:53
You said you’d follow anywhere but it was only a one-time deal How could I infer such things from gestures so unreal Now you cry rejection by that I didn’t take that chance But how was I to see that through your impossible dance And now you tell me not to dwell So much on times gone past But how can I avoid it When this pain is holding fast You said it was the proper thing That we went the way we did But all my doubts are playing out Now that they're not so well hid Now the hardness of it is still brightly lit By the light of one lost day And the pursuing furies want for fiery dust And so must I take solace In the steady path I chose When once I would have simply sated lust So for all these things I sit and stare across the foggy way And though we are divided now I know somehow we will stay Bound together through the weather cold and dark and clear And maybe when it warms again we’ll have just disappeared
6.
05:00
7.
01:46
I'm running so fast but I'm never alone I want my happy heart alone I'm running so fast to be on my own I want my happy heart alone But you are like pure gold in snow And that is just too cold
8.
03:23
9.
Hey fair and lonely world, where have you been? To come so mysterious - what lights have you seen? Hey fair and lonely girl, alight in the blue Your arms bring me happiness, and bear me anew Hey fair and lonely world, where have you been? To come so mysterious - what lights have you seen?

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Tracklisting:

1. Il Futuro Fantastico
2. Stampy
3. The Hedonist
4. How To Change A City
5. The Decision
6. Long You Lie
7. Happy Heart
8. For Roberto
9. What Lights Have You Seen?


From allmusic.com:

If Ned Collette didn't have such a fine voice, things might have been easier for him; the richness and emotional warmth he brought to the songs on his solo debut, Jokes and Trials, led many to expect he was going to become the next Nick Drake. But in his subsequent work, Collette has made it obvious he has no intention of being just another singer/songwriter, even if he had the makings of a great one. 2 is Collette's second album with his backing combo Wirewalker, and like Over the Stones, Under the Stars, this music is more about sound and structure than Collette's vocals, or even what he's singing. With bassist Ben Bourke largely missing from these sessions on paternity leave, Collette and percussionist Joe Talia constructed most of these tracks by themselves, and they've crafted a set of compelling soundscapes that are artful and evocative, embracing elements of musique concrète in their ambitious use of editing, layering the songs with sheets of percussion, keyboards, and found sounds, and bringing an almost cinematic depth to Collette's lovely but ambitious pop melodies. Given that Collette has a degree in modern composition, it should come as no great surprise that he can make an album as challenging as 2, but this music never feels pretentious or arty for its own sake; Collette's perspective may be intellectual, but he understands that emotion is what drives music, and he brings a soul and passion to material that could easily have seemed cool and aloof in the hands of others. And while the music speaks stronger than the words, Collette's gifts as a lyricist are genuine and he still has a pretty great voice. Maybe he'll never get to be the next Nick Drake, but judging from 2, being Ned Collette is a pretty impressive achievement in itself.

- Mark Deming

credits

released May 11, 2012

Ned Collette: voice, guitar, bass, synths, drums, drum machine
Joe Talia: drums, drum machine, synths, revox
Ben Bourke: absent

with

Byron Scullin: saxophone
Mirjam Smejkal: voice
Laura Jean: voice
Biddy Connor: voice
Gemma Ray: voice
Sascha Gersak: voice

Recorded and mixed by Joe Talia and Ned Collette in Berlin and Melbourne, 2011
Mastered by Byron Scullin at Deluxe

All songs written by Ned Collette. Music by Ned Collette & Wirewalker.

Cover: detail from 'Vuelo de Brujas' by Francisco de Goya. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Back cover photos: Dana Engfer
Sleeve photo: Joe Talia

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