Testament b​/​w Kids In America

by Andrew Howie

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'Testament', the A-side of this single, is taken from my album 'Lonely Hummingbird', which you can listen to and buy here:
andrewhowie.bandcamp.com/album/lonely-hummingbird

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The cover photo of this single was taken from the balcony of my friend Richard's apartment in Brooklyn (just around the corner from where the 'Lonely Hummingbird' album cover photo was taken). His home was my first port of call on a two-week U.S. songwriting road-trip I undertook in the autumn of 2013.

The day after arriving, exhausted and sick to my stomach with jet-lag, I sat down with a borrowed guitar, my new Moleskin notebook and began to sketch out the initial ideas which would eventually become 'Testament', the A-side of this single.

About a week later, I took a Greyhound bus south to Washington DC and met up with another of Richard's friends, singer-songwriter Andy Zipf. We spent an hour or so writing together in his rehearsal room, then packed up his gear and drove to IOTA, a local club where his band were playing that night. The next day I travelled to his home, located a few miles outside the city. As the crickets chirruped loudly in the trees outside, just a few metres from his back door, we worked on 'Testament' together, throwing different musical and lyrical ideas back and forth until the song was complete. You can hear Andy's own music here: thecowardschoir.com

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'Kids In America' is one of the first songs I ever fell in love with. I remember buying 'The Very Best of Kim Wilde' on cassette from John Menzies in Clarkston when I was about 10 years old. Not long ago, I included the song on a CD compilation I made for my kids and now they love it too. The three of them sing backing vocals on this version and my eldest son plays drums. You can hear more of their own music here: annaandtheturtles.bandcamp.com

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released September 13, 2017

Written, played, recorded and produced by Andrew Howie, except:

'Testament': written by Andrew Howie & Andy Zipf. Backing vocals and electric guitar by Andy Zipf. Keyboards and MIDI signals by Don Avidly.

'Kids In America': written by Ricky Wilde and Marty Wilde. Drums and backing vocals by Anna & The Turtles: annaandtheturtles.bandcamp.com

Recorded at home.

'Testament' mastered by Iain Hutchison @ glowormrecording.com

Released on Autoclave Records. CLAVE021.

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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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Track Name: Testament
Tell me all your questions
Every one and I will try
To leave them hanging in the air
Like stars in the night sky

Every doubt that you speak out
Is like a cigarette that sets the house on fire

Come be unafraid with me
I know what you've become
Tamed by the lie
You should be docile and numb

But you're as wild as the secrets
You keep in the recess of your heart

They crushed your precious testament
Like crumbs beneath their feet
Lungs filled with hollow words
We no longer speak
We close loopholes in our mind
Leaving whispers behind in haunted rooms

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