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Songs of Refuge

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Polymath artist Daniel Biro returns with his first ever collection of songs. Written over a period of 20 years, the 14 songs are an ambient, Fender Rhodes-led, journey through melancholic worlds and dark emotional landscapes. After releasing a series of experimental electronic instrumental albums, along with an album with his psychedelic jazz band, Mysteries Of The Revolution, Biro returned to his love of song-writing to produce a very personal, intimate album with plenty of sonic experimentation.

Influences include David Sylvian, Scott Walker, Brian Eno and Portishead. The album features Biro on all instruments and vocals, except for a few guitar interventions by long-term collaborator Rob Palmer, and was mastered by award-winning engineer Mandy Parnell (Bjork, Brian Eno, John Martyn).

Apart from Biro’s voice, the common thread throughout the album is the Fender Rhodes electric piano, whose bell-like tones in repetitive patterns create fitting mesmerising soundscapes. In addition, Biro’s use of sound-design and retro-flavoured electronica set each song in a particular ‘cinematic’ environment.

Lyrically, the themes go from childhood innocence (Faces) to political violence (Activist) to lost loves (When Our Love Was Strong), as well as an ode to Old Europe. When it came to the design of the album, Biro decided to collaborate with friend and world-renowned artist David Breuer-Weil who selected 14 of his drawings, one for each song, to accompany the album.

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released May 1, 2012

Performed and recorded by Daniel Biro – Guitars: Rob Palmer
Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios

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Daniel Biro London, UK

Composer, keyboard player, producer, improvisor, songwriter, sound designer who loves the Rhodes electric piano + analog synths and makes jazz-fusion / electronic / ambient / art-prog / experimental music. From solo projects to working with his bands Echo Engine and Mysteries Of The Revolution, to film soundtracks, Daniel's unique cosmopolitan sound is at the centre of his multi-faceted universe. ... more

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Track Name: Summer
SUMMER

The wings are heavy on my shoulders
And the sun is getting colder
Lovers always will be summer
Lovers only live in summer

Grey and naked trees and skies
Mirror winter in your eyes
You see, lovers live in summer
Lovers always will be summer

And the rose has lost her colour
No one wants a dying flower
Of course, she'll be back in summer
In the air around you somewhere

God save us from his saviours
Pleasure changed to misbehaviour
Fears will disappear like thunder
When the fruit is ripe with wonder

Behind windows of ice
Stands the one who pays the price
I see lovers living summer
I see lovers being summer
...
Of course, she'll be back in summer
In the air around you somewhere
Track Name: Faces
FACES

There's a Susan, a Max and a Frank
There's a Jenny and Bill
There's the one who was always in tears
and pretty Lucille

There's a Linda and a Monica too
There's a Fred and a Ben
There's  the one who would always be late
And smiling Carmen

These are faces from a school yard
Fading slowly on a photograph
With awkward smiles
And impatient eyes to the future

There's Liz who was in love with Pat
But Pat loved Kate
There's the bully, the pet and the brat
They all used to hate

There are Charly and Charlotte the twins
That nothing could upset
And the best, best friend
One never forgets

These are faces from a school yard
Fading fast on a photograph
With simple smiles
And cheeky eyes to the future

There's the old iron gate and the trees
Where we used to carve names
And behind us the teacher we liked
Standing proud for the frame

These are faces from a school yard
Fading slowly on a photograph
With awkward smiles
And impatient eyes to the future
Track Name: Sad Little Man
SAD LITTLE MAN

You sad, sad little man
Blaming your troubles 
On anyone you can
You sad, sad little man
Pick on a race
A religion or a land
You sad little man

You sad, sad little man
You love your guns 
Or anything that goes bang
You sad, sad little man
You can't fly 
So you'll shoot down those who can
You sad little man
Track Name: Heaven
HEAVEN

Big house by the river
Cool shade, the lavender sun beats slowly
Like the heart of the old man who's thinking back
To what could have been

Long years, always kept on moving
Leaving empty rooms behind
Except for the ghosts of love's regrets
Breaking the promise

You're going to come with me to Heaven
With all the people I can't do without
I close my eyes and we're together
Locked in my memory we'll shine like a fire

Living the lives of roads not taken
Seeing myself as someone else
A broken mirror with so many broken hearts

A silent moment of perfection
Forget those words I should have said
Just give me a minute, I'm ready now
To be with you forever

Strong house, the end of Winter
Warm lights, the sunflower moon is lonely
Like the eyes of the old man who's running out of time
Now like before
Track Name: This Castle
THIS CASTLE

In the large dark rooms of this castle
The great sleep fell upon us
Our heavy eyelids
Our tired limbs
Fighting to stay awake
Our bodies melted
Leaving their mark
On the soft furniture
Winter's call to endless dreaming

We gave in so easily.
Track Name: January Man
JANUARY MAN

Welcome to my home pretty stranger
I'm better known as the January Man
You can stay as long as you want to
But I won't always be there

I was hoping for rain today
To wash my eyes filled with dust and clay
This heat makes it easy 
To hide away

You want to talk of all those years ago
When winter covered the world
How something like this could be
I never wanted to know

In that forest far from the clashes
Between the gates of heaven and the lake of ashes
I was cutting people's hair 
And breathing in the gasses

Little things take a different meaning
When you've been to hell and back
Now I live in this desert of plenty
If nothing else just to show you this

In this brooch a lock of hair
From when I shaved my mother's head
She who once had clothed me 
Was there naked

I was hoping for rain today
To wash my eyes filled with dust and clay
This heat makes it easy 
To hide away
Track Name: Old Europe
OLD EUROPE

Rise, rise and fall
City by city and stone by stone
Like me you have changed
Again and again you hold me
And give me comfort

Take me with you
Great, great old Europe
My heart beats with yours
A seal of blood wax on my life
You feed on ashes, built on ruins

Open wide, my eyes look far
But when I close them
I know where I belong
All your lands are home
So many streets and
So many tongues

As the waters rise
Poor, poor old Europe
You're still a burning flame
Wise men, mad men shaped their dreams
And so you show me
What has meaning

Take me with you...
Track Name: Sargasso Sea
SARGASSO SEA

How can I be sure of what you're saying?
How can I be sure?
How can I be sure of what you're saying?
When I look at you wasting my time
When I look at you wasting yours
When I look at you wasting my time and yours

How can I know what you're doing?
How can I know?
How can I know what you're doing?
When you never wake up with me
When you never fall asleep
When you never wake up or sleep with me

Every time I look I see you going
Every time I look
Every time I look I see you going
Like the sunshine drying up rain
Like the sunshine causing pain
Like the sunshine blinding me again

Sargasso Sea waiting for me
Sargasso Sea is where I forget you
Sargasso Sea waiting for me
Sargasso Sea is where I forget you

How can I fight against your fears?
How can I fight?
How can I fight against your fears?
If you never give me a sign
If you never ever give
If you never give me a sign of life

Every time I miss you I take shelter
Every time I miss
Every time I miss you I take shelter
In a place that's far from your lies
In a place that's deep inside
In a place that's far from your games and lies

Sargasso Sea waiting for me
Sargasso Sea is where I forget you
Track Name: One
ONE

Woke up one day
And found a finger was gone
Next thing I knew
My hand disappeared

After a while to my surprise
I lost a leg
And now would you believe
I can't find my ear

Love they say
Is to become One
But why does that One have to be… you?
Track Name: Activist
ACTIVIST

I wish I could be an activist
Get paid to travel and see the world
Give my empty life some meaning
And take away the guilt

I wish I could be an activist
Any old cause will do
Make new friends
And be a hero

I wish I could be an activist
And really annoy Mum and Dad
See me marching on YouTube
And still be home for tea

Maybe I'd get arrested
Would be really cool
Maybe I'd get beaten up
Get me in the news
But most of all
If I became a martyr for the cause
All my dreams
Would come true

I wish I could be an activist...
Track Name: When Our Love Was Strong
WHEN OUR LOVE WAS STRONG

My Love
When our love was strong
My Love
We could sleep together on the edge of a sword
My Love
When our love was weak
My Love
A hundred foot bed was too narrow for us
And now
I am here
And you
Are there