Victory EP

by Andrew Howie

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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
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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
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about

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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credits

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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