Drown, Yeah

by Liv Lapaz

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about

You can hear on first listen that “Drown, Yeah” is not a usual album. Written and recorded with only a cheap acoustic guitar, it is constantly fighting with its self-imposed restrictions, winning over them with wit and creativity, and sometimes also being defeated by them.

While living in Beijing from 2011 to 2012 I had no access to my musical equipment. The only instrument I had was “Li-Li”, a 50 dollar chinese brand acoustic guitar. When I started writing the first songs, I did not even own a laptop, so I just recorded them with an iPhone, adding layer upon layer of sound with Li-Li.

And somehow these iPhone-recordings sounded strangely enchanting! Totally indifferent to sound and surface, purely “song”. I decided to regard the restrictions as the conceptual framework for the album and from then on did not allow any other sound-source than whatever I could do with Li-Li: picking, plucking, strumming, bowing, scratching, hitting,... 5 months later, “Drown, Yeah” was finished, finally with a laptop, an old microphone, some freeware software... but still only with Li-Li.

While “Drown, Yeah” is calm, reduced and low-fi, it is obviously not a typical “one-man-and-his-guitar-folk-record”. I did not listen to any music during my whole 1-year stay in Beijing, so I can not really say, what my musical influences were. But people have stated they can hear Young Marble Giants, Mark Hollis’ solo work, Jeff Buckley, Sufjan Stevens and even Trent Reznor's calm moments. I still think "Drown, Yeah" somehow has a sound of its own.

Some people even called it a concept album. Not only because of the sonic concept. But also for the recurring lyrical theme of “Drowning”. The silent underwater-scream. Speechlessness? Final redemption? Hope? No hope? I leave that up to you...

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released 15 June 2012

All songs written and composed by Liv Lapaz
Production: Liv Lapaz
Mastering: Martin Rawlins
Recorded in May 2012 at Taiyue Hotel in Beijing, China

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Liv Lapaz Berlin, Germany

Liv Lapaz is a german singer-songwriter based in Berlin. He is a manic autodidact and ecclectic creative. Self-produced and independent, his work constantly shifts between pop and art, while in its best moments it is both. Liv uses any instrument he can get his hands on, although his 2012 album "Drown, Yeah" was composed and recorded with a cheap, chinese brand acoustic guitar only. ... more

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Track Name: Teenage Europe
in oceans of despair
we've drowned ourselves and stare
paralyzed into headlights

there's no one to address
with voices muted in excess
alive without a life

why be an idealist
when there's no right or wrong
we'll choke on the world

in paris and in rome
they tell us would you please stay home
well, pragmatism rules

embracing what is left
unable to revolt instead
well, pragmatism rules

but... why be an idealist
when there's no right or wrong
we'll choke on the world
we'll smoke the ashes of our world
inhale the ashes of our world
and choke on the world
Track Name: Beirut
when we met on the rooftops
the sun was falling into the sea
and she said: it might never rise again
let's take the chance and dance

would you give your life for just one night
would you give it a try
would you dare, she said

we had sex on the rooftops
the fires were lighting her back
and we left the world in an ever
an everlasting kiss

would you give your life for just one night
would you give it a try
would you dare
would you dare
would you dare, she said

would you give your life for just one night
would you give it a try
would you give your life for just one night
kissing all fears away
would you dare
would you dare
would you dare
would you dare
Track Name: Melancholia
if you're true to yourself
it will last
it will last
file away your vague voodoo
it will last for you, yeah

and there's company
on all your ways
listen up
don't stray away
i can not bear
to see you there
in melancholia

you hit the roads and leave me once again
you love the undertows
but i can't see that this will lead anywhere
you make me come and go

if you're lost in yourself
it won't last
it won't last
the fear and gloom
your love affairs
i will not blame on you

you hit the roads and leave me once again
butm we'll make it happen someday
then i will let you in
forever
the end of every(thing)

i wish i could let you lick and moan and vanish tease and please and
follow churn and burn your lipstick bleed and feed and swallow rip
and use abuse and shake and break the truth and be with me
Track Name: The Chosen One
poor fool
now you're sleeping all alone
in your palace of wire and of gold

you don't know
why your people admire you no more
and you spit on your floor

do you still think
that you were always meant to be
the chosen one
the chosen one
run off
run off
run off
run off

do you hear
a million voices shout your name
what was once your rise
will be your fall

yeah, you fear
the revolution you once led
will come back and turn against you

do you still think
that you were always meant to be
the chosen one
the chosen one
run off
run off
run off
run off
Track Name: I'm Unborn
white horses on the run in pain and fright
will carry me away

on black beaches they are shying at the light
i'm unborn i can not see

i'm unborn i wish i'd be
but i'm unborn i can not breath
i'm unborn i have no fear
for i am, i'm unborn and i won't be
Track Name: Mermaid
i see you far away
the whiteness of your sail
ripped and torn

and i don't know why
i've been waiting here so long
but now's the time and i

i wanna be your mermaid
i wanna be your mermaid
i wanna be your mermaid
i wanna be your mermaid of love

i wanna be your mermaid
i wanna be your mermaid
i wanna be your mermaid
i wanna be your mermaid of...

...love
and we'll be
forever down in the sea
is it love
that i feel
when i'm calling you into my realm

shattered on the pale rocks
here i sing my terrible tale

stay here
with me my friend
with me my friend
stay here
with me my friend
with me my friend
stay here
stay here
with me my friend
with me my friend
stay here

i will hold you and dive
Track Name: Dear Search-Engine
tell me now
where should i go
and where do i belong
tell me now
this is the only life i have

listen to my fears
i gotta know
if what i do is right or wrong
tell me now
is there another way to go

tell me now
where is my mind
i feel like dying
tell me now
this is the only chance i have

listen to my fears
i gotta know
if what i do is right or wrong
tell me now
i'm feeling tired
and all alone
Track Name: Lady Lemonade
lemonade
my hope and my self-betrayal
i love your dance in the rain
live on my lady lemonade

with fake balloons we played
a wasp got lost on your lips
my lady lemonade

lemonade
with fake balloons we played
a wasp got lost on your lips
my lady lemonade

you put trust in a razor blade
and wrote "We'll soon reunite"
you put trust in a razor blade
wrote in pink "we'll soon reunite"
and there you go alone

25 years
10 months
7 days
5 hours
3 minutes
2 seconds

lemonade
my hope and my self-betrayal
i love your dance in the rain
i hope we'll meet again
i hope we'll meet again
Track Name: Das Kind und der See
seas are symphonies
in times when life can't figure out itself

sinking and rising again
you hold your breath until you drown, yeah
and drown, yeah

lift you up, push you down
tender and forgiving
turn you around
hold your breath and drown, yeah

lift you up, push you down
and nothing else will cheer you up
hold your breath and drown, yeah
and drown, yeah

es war einmal ein kind
das sich ertränken wollte
nahm reißaus von zuhaus'
verlor sich dann ins holz

der see lag glitzernd und verführerisch im licht
endlich kam das kind an
erhitzt und aufgeregt

und wer könnt' widerstehen
wer könnt' jetzt zurück
für immer hier sich kühl'n
für immer sich verlier'n

da sah es den eig'nen fuss
im wasser untergeh'n
das kühlte und so nahm es
das wasser in sich auf
Track Name: The Deep
it's just the rising sun
it won't warm me up, my friend
all the rays up there
will touch the surface but won't reach the deep

take me up, take me up
take me up, take me up
from the deep
take me up, take me up
take me up, take me up
from the deep cold sea

my hands are rising up
but i should stop fighting
it makes no sense
do you hear the whale's requiem
it makes me fall asleep
and there’s no waking up

oh please,
take me up, take me up
take me up, take me up
from the deep
take me up, take me up
take me up, take me up
from the deep cold sea