(Slight) Disappointment

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The track that started this whole EP. I was wondering what had become of my hopes and dreams since starting writing music back in 1985. Then I started remembering how I recorded songs at the time: with a 4-track recorder and a drum machine. So I wondered if I could hook up those old boxes again and record something at home, probably inspired by Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska", an album I so admire. Philippe Simon then helped me with a very strange trumpet. My good friend Chris Diggelmann (das Klangereignis) then helped me sort out the mess. The lyrics talk about how wrong this period seems, politically and socially, and how disappointing we are, as a human race, husbands and fathers. This is the shorter version, intended for radio, though it will, of course, never be played there;))))

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(Slight) Disappointment


Philosophy is a stellar dream
We’re gonna kill the seed with our self-esteem
The speed of light is no alibi
For the apocalypse of the torch song tribe

We’re such a disappointment
Such a disappointment.


We’re the superstars of the low-class bars
We’re the koala bears with cellulars
Design your scars with the knife of God
We’re the sorry drunks – we’re the sullen sods

We’re such a disappointment
Such a disappointment.

It’s ironic
It’s ironic
It’s ironic

The asthmatic glee of our diatribes
Don’t mix too well with the groovy vibes
The human race has a lack of bass
Let the trebled faith sink without a trace

We’re such a disappointment
Such a disappointment.

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We’re the holy ghosts of the great divide
On our leper boats from the other side
A lack of heart – and a lack of base
We’re butterflies and we leave no trace

We’re such a disappointment
Such a disappointment.

It’s ironic
It’s ironic
It’s ironic

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from Medusa EP, released September 17, 2019
written by Michael Frei, Philippe Simon & Chris Diggelmann
recorded at home. Edited, Mixed and Produced by Chris Diggelmann.


The Players:
Michael Frei: Vocals, Piano, Mellotron, MicroKorg, Roland Compu-Rhythm CR-8000, Laptop
Philippe Simon: Trumpet & Laptop.
Chris Diggelmann: Mixing, Editing and Mastering.

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Hemlock Smith Lausanne, Switzerland

Hemlock Smith come from Lausanne (Switzerland). Since 2002, they’ve released 6 regular albums with intelligent pop, as well as 2 soundtracks for silent film and 2 collaborations with Noise duo Les Poissons Autistes. Fronted by singer-songwriter Michael Frei, Hemlock Smith's distinctive voice is complemented by the ambient guitar playing of Fred Merk and the delicate piano work of Emilie Roulet. ... more

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