Victory EP

by Andrew Howie

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This EP, released late 2015, can be seen as a post-script to my album 'The Great Divide', released earlier this year.

A quick track-by-track rundown:

'Victory' is a love song, of sorts, which, instead of dealing with the typical pop-song fodder of falling in love and bad break-ups, tackles the day-to-day struggles of trying to hold a long-term relationship together in the face of disappointments, parenthood and the repetitiveness of everyday life. Yvonne Lyon, once again, lends her beautiful backing vocals and piano-playing to proceedings.

The second track is a gorgeous remix by Mike K Smith of 'The Fury And The Sound', my duet/co-write with Yvonne Lyon. He replaces the original's kinetic beats with lush synths and ambient textures.

The third track Post (Post) is an instrumental guitar piece, a world-weary coda to 'Post', a song (taken from my album 'The Great Divide') which dealt with the break-up of a spiritual community.

The fourth and final track is 'Jesus in 3/4 Time', a song originally written by Eagles-contemporary J.D. Souther, and later performed by Jackson Browne. The perfect addendum to the subjects dealt with on 'The Great Divide'.

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released December 7, 2015

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

'The Fury And The Sound' written by Andrew Howie and Yvonne Lyon.

'Jesus In 3/4 Time' written by John David Souther.

Piano and backing vocals on 'Victory' and 'The Fury And The Sound (Mike K Smith Remix)' by Yvonne Lyon @ www.yvonnelyonmusic.com

'The Fury And The Sound' remixed by Mike K Smith @ www.soundcloud.com/mikeksmith

Recorded at home.

'Victory' originally mastered by Iain Hutchison @ www.glo-worm.com

Cover design by Alister MacInnes.

Released on Autoclave Records. CLAVE017.

www.autoclaverecords.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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Track Name: Victory
We both know that I curse and I swear
My way through every day
And I lose my patience with
You and the kids
But please don’t mistake my curses for wishes
That you would change

Given half a chance to do it all again I would
Given half a chance to do it all again I would

I am the undefeated champion of under-appreciation
But I try to treasure every day with you
I have failed to set the world alight
I have failed to put the world to rights
But I know my victory is you

Given half a chance to do it all again I would
Given half a chance to do it all again I would
Given half a chance to do it all again I would

Every pipe band marching past
The humming underneath our flat
The starlings nesting in our roof
The godless evenings demanding proof
Every cry in every night
When I was wrong and you were right
Given half a chance to do it all again I would
Track Name: The Fury And The Sound (Mike K Smith Remix)
Your narrow street
Tenement wall
Your sandstone heart
That doesn’t fool me at all

Your darkened close
Cracks in the stair
Your burned out light
This is the armour you wear

Oh let me show what I’ve found
The fury and the sound
Tear your defences down

Your measured love
This counted cost
Your fearing heart
Can still redeem what is lost

Oh let me show you what I’ve found
The fury and the sound
Tear your defences down
Oh letting go is not defeat
Give up on your retreat
The place where two worlds meet

Take a breath
Take my hand
A few small steps
Into this no man’s land

Oh shake the dust off from your feet
Give up on your retreat
The place where two worlds meet
Oh let me show you what I’ve found
The fury and the sound
Tear your defences down