Banoffee EP

by Calamateur

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You take a magazine off the shelf Suddenly you feel you should be someone else But when I see that my heart just melts Cause I don’t want to spend my life with anybody else The only one is you And no one else can do The things that make me smile Your love it makes me sing You light up everything Your spirit shines for miles Our friends are laughing as you clean your plate Cause you’ve always thought banoffee was a place in the States But your humility which lets them laugh Is something I wish I could capture like in a photograph The only one is you And no one else can do The things that make me smile Your love it makes me sing You light up everything Your spirit shines for miles You can’t stay and we can’t stay here forever You can’t stay and we can’t stay here for long You can’t stay and we can’t stay together forever Someday one of us will be left on our own So let’s not hurry to be old and grey Let’s break every little rule and transcend every dumb cliché The only one is you And no one else can do The things that make me smile Your love it makes me sing You light up everything Your spirit shines for miles Your love it makes me sing You light up everything Your love
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Four-song EP, orginally released on Autoclave Records in August 2010.

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ORIGINAL AUTOCLAVE RECORDS PRESS RELEASE:
(written by Richard Vernon)

Built on a sparse shuffle of drums and a throb of bass, with a sprinkle of guitar ‘Banoffee’ dips and swells in an unassuming, but terrifically potent way. A beguiling love song to a real woman: a woman who feels intimidated by the unattainable beauty in magazines, but will still clean her plate down to the last crumb of pie. A woman who carries herself lightly yet takes the world seriously, and head-on; a heroine, in other words. The song takes the heroine's (real life?) confusion over a plateful of the delicious Ban(ana and t)offee dessert and uses her gracious response to social embarrassment to encapsulate all that is good, beautiful and desirable about her. ‘Banoffee’ is so very intimate that it cannot help being universal, it is a love song for anyone who sees, or has ever seen, the world in the light cast by a loved one.

The three B-sides are no slouches either; a haunting and gorgeous cover of Johnny Cash's 1970 paen to June, ‘Flesh and Blood’, followed by Calamateur's take on ‘Strong Hand’, Emmylou Harris's tribute to Johnny Cash that she sang at his funeral, and finally (perhaps best of all) is a devastating version of the Flaming Lips song ‘Feeling Yourself Disintegrate’.

There you have it — four great songs, three covers, and one original song destined to be covered many times, all of them dealing with great love and great loss. Love and death, and great songwriting. Can't beat it.

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As heard on 6Music's Gideon Coe show.

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released August 16, 2010

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Iain Hutchison at Glo-Worm Studio, Glasgow.

Original artwork by Derek Steele:
www.mosteverybodylivestheirlives.blogspot.com

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Andrew Howie Stirling, UK

Andrew Howie (ex-Calamateur) is a Scottish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer & prison/community group music tutor. He combines confessional & empathetic lyricism with acoustic instruments, noisy electronics & ambient textures to create introspective, hook-laden songs about uncertainty, doubt & love. You'll find him either holed up in his home studio or playing in your living room. ... more

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