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Hello Future Me

by Emilie Zoé

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1.
ACROSS THE THE BORDER YOU CROSS THE BORDER DON’T TRY TO BE NO ONE ELSE THIS SIDE IS DARKER AND ALL THE PIERCING VOICES YELL I FOUND YOU IN THE BACKSTREET YOU’RE BREATHING HARDER THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE ALL RED YOU CROSSED THE BORDER AND STILL THE PIERCING VOICES YELL THEY ARE MAKING YOU NUMB AND YOU SAY NOTHING CAN I DRAG YOU SO YOU DON’T HANG AROUND HERE THEY ARE MAKING YOU NUMB AND YOU SAY NOTHING CAN I DRAG YOU SO YOU DON’T HANG AROUND HERE HERE YOU CROSS THE BORDER DON’T TRY TO BE NO ONE ELSE THIS SIDE IS DARKER AND ALL THE PIERCING VOICES YELL THEY ARE MAKING YOU NUMB AND YOU SAY NOTHING CAN I DRAG YOU SO YOU DON’T HANG AROUND HERE THEY ARE MAKING YOU NUMB AND YOU SAY NOTHING CAN I DRAG YOU SO YOU DON’T HANG AROUND
2.
PARENTS’ HOUSE HURRY AND EMPTY ME OUT I FLOWER FROM THE INSIDE OUT I GREW UP BUT I CAN’T FIND MY MARKS I LET THE PARENTS’ HOUSE CRASH I DON’T BELIEVE IN NOTHING AT ALL I LIKE THIS MAN THAT’S SIX FEET TALL HE BUYS ME DRINKS AND NEVER TALKS HE WON THE FIGHTS THAT I LOST FROM THE ROOFS I CAN’T COME DOWN AND THE WORLD KEEPS TURNING ROUND BOY CAN YOU DEFINE HOW WONDERFUL OUR LIVES CAN BE RIGHT NOW I DON’T BELIEVE IN NOTHING AT ALL I LIKE THIS MAN THAT’S SIX FEET TALL HE BUYS ME DRINKS AND NEVER TALKS HE WON THE FIGHTS THAT I LOST FROM THE ROOFS I CAN’T COME DOWN AND THE WORLD KEEPS TURNING ROUND BOY CAN YOU DEFINE HOW WONDERFUL OUR LIVES CAN BE RIGHT NOW FROM THE ROOFS I CAN’T COME DOWN AND THE WORLD KEEPS TURNING ROUND BOY CAN YOU DEFINE HOW WONDERFUL OUR LIVES CAN BE RIGHT NOW HOW WONDERFUL OUR LIVES CAN BE RIGHT NOW HOW WONDERFUL OUR LIVES CAN BE RIGHT NOW
3.
I SAW EVERYTHING I SAW EVERYTHING OUR MONKEY FEET PRINTED IN MY HEAD IT SATURATES MY EARS I SAW HEARTS OF GOLD BUT IS GOLD FOR KINGS? SHE GIVES HIM HER HAND BUT HE SETS IT FREE AND NOW SHE BURNS HIM DOWN NO NOTHING EVER STOPS AND I FEEL SO OLD I SAW EVERYTHING OUR MONKEY FEET PRINTED IN MY HEAD IT SATURATES MY EARS I SAW HEARTS OF GOLD BUT IS GOLD FOR KINGS? SHE GAVE HIM HER HAND BUT HE SET IT FREE AND NOW SHE BURNS HIM DOWN NO NOTHING EVER STOPS AND I FEEL SO OLD I SAW EVERYTHING SUCH A TRAGEDY FAREWELL TO THE SUN AND THE GROWING TREES IT’S A PERFECT PLACE FOR DEAD MEN TO LIVE BURIED IN THE GROUND FOR ETERNITY BURIED IN THE GROUND FOR ETERNITY
4.
HELLO FUTURE ME IT’S A SHAME THAT YOU CAN’T GO BACK IN TIME IN THE YEAR I LIVE IN EVERYTHING’S ON FIRE ALL WE DO IS WAITING AND YOU KNOW MORE THAN I WHAT’S BECOME OF US ALL THAT WE COULD BUY ALL THAT WE HAD LOST ALL WE DID WAS AGING COME AND SEE OUR HOUSES ON THE SHORE THEIR STONES RISE ONLY WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW SEE OUR HOUSES ON THE SHORE THEIR STONES RISE ONLY WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW THAT’S WHERE WE HIDE IS THE SEA THE SAME COLOUR ARE THE WILLOWS NEARBY IS THE WEATHER STILL SEASONED DO YOUR EYES LOOK LIKE MINE COME AND SEE OUR HOUSES ON THE SHORE THEIR STONES RISE ONLY WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW SEE OUR HOUSES ON THE SHORE THEIR STONES RISE ONLY WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW THAT’S WHERE WE SEE OUR HOUSES ON THE SHORE THEIR STONES RISE ONLY WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW SEE OUR HOUSES ON THE SHORE THEIR STONES RISE ONLY WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW THAT’S WHERE WE SEE OUR HOUSES ON THE SHORE THEIR STONES RISE ONLY WHEN THE TIDE IS LOW THAT’S WHERE WE HIDE
5.
ROSES ON FIRE WHO WOULD GIVE A DAMN THE ROSES ARE ON FIRE YOU CAN BE THE ONE OH DON’T ASK ANY FAVORS YOU CAN READ THE SIGNS THOSE WRITTEN WITHOUT LETTERS PAINTED ON THE SIDEWALK SHAPES OF BURNING FLOWERS THERE’S THIS ALLEY NEAR THE BACKDOOR IN THE CORNER OF YOUR HEAD HAVE YOU EVER WALKED THE CORRIDOR WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT’S LEFT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN IF THE SEA TURNS BACK IT WILL LEAVE YOUR SHAPE BEHIND YOUR BELIEFS WILL CRACK WELL THERE IS NO TRUTH TO FIND AS THE WORLD IS ROUND NO ONE SHOULD EVER FALL THERE’S THIS ALLEY NEAR THE BACKDOOR IN THE CORNER OF YOUR HEAD HAVE YOU EVER WALKED THE CORRIDOR WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT’S LEFT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN ROSES ARE ON FIRE OUTSIDE AND I’LL BRING YOU ONE WITH MY LOVE INSIDE STILL THE ROSES WHO WOULD GIVE A DAMN THE ROSES ARE ON FIRE YOU CAN BE THE ONE OH DON’T ASK ANY FAVORS YOU CAN READ THE SIGNS THOSE WRITTEN WITHOUT LETTERS PAINTED ON THE SIDEWALK SHAPES OF BURNING FLOWERS WHO WOULD GIVE A DAMN THE ROSES ARE ON FIRE YOU CAN BE THE ONE OH DON’T ASK ANY FAVORS
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Apollo 04:11
APOLLO I TRAMPLE ON MY THOUGHTS THEY ALL HAVE FALLEN MY HEART IS READY FOR A REVOLUTION CHIPS OF INNOCENCE ARE FLYING AROUND LIKE BUTTERFLIES I’M NOT TIRED ANYMORE I’M TOO AWAKE TO SLEEP I LOVE THE SMELL OF AIR IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO I AM JUST LOOK AT THE CHILDHOOD IN MY MOVES FOR THE LIGHTYEARS TO COME ALL BAD WILL TURN GOOD WHEN YOU ASK ME TO DANCE WE ALL ARE BEGINNERS WE’LL DIE BEGINNING OUR SUPERNOVA HEARTS ARE ALWAYS BURNING LEADING THE WAY I’M NOT TIRED ANYMORE I’M TOO AWAKE TO SLEEP AN INSTANT LOST IN TIME IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO I AM JUST LOOK AT THE CHILDHOOD IN MY MOVES FOR THE LIGHTYEARS TO COME ALL BAD WILL TURN GOOD WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CHILDHOOD IN MY MOVES FOR THE LIGHTYEARS TO COME ALL BAD WILL TURN GOOD WHEN YOU ASK ME TO DANCE
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TIDAL WAVES (SONG FOR LAUTREC) DISMAL REVELRY WHEN I LOOK THAT’S WHAT I SEE THE BACKGROUND SCENERY WEARS OFF AS YOU WILDLY BREATHE I AM NO ILLUSION I PAINT WITH THE TEARS ON MY FINGERS YOUR EYES LIKE THE OCEANS AND CURVES TIDAL WAVES I REMEMBER I MET AMONG THE RUINS YOU ANGEL DANCING YOUNG AND FREE SO COME ON AND TOUCH ME I’LL MAKE YOU A CELEBRITY I DON’T DESCRIBE NO I REVEAL BECAUSE I GOT NO ILLUSION I PAINT WITH THE TEARS ON MY FINGERS YOUR EYES LIKE THE OCEANS AND CURVES TIDAL WAVES I REMEMBER THE NIGHT BECOMES DAY AND THE DAY BECOMES NIGHT AGAIN I GOT GHOSTS IN MY THOUGHTS FOR THE NIGHT WOULD YOU WALK WITH THEM I GOT NO ILLUSION I PAINT WITH THE TEARS ON MY FINGERS YOUR EYES LIKE THE OCEANS AND CURVES TIDAL WAVES THEY’LL REMEMBER AND CURVES TIDAL WAVES THEY’LL REMEMBER
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Volcan 05:53
VOLCAN I NEVER THOUGHT I’D FEEL THAT OLD I NEVER SHOULD HAVE SAID THAT EVERY TIME I’D LIKE TO GO I’M RUNNING BUT I FEEL TRAPPED WELL EVERYONE IS FIGHTING FOR A DROP OF PEACE ON THEIR BACK I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU OLD I NEVER SHOULD HAVE GUESSED THAT I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU’RE OLD I NEVER SHOULD HAVE GUESSED WHAT I’M A HUMAN SCATTERED SHOWERS IN SIGHT I’M A WOMAN WITH A TEEN IN MY VOICE AT NIGHT I NEVER THOUGHT I’D FEEL THAT OLD I NEVER SHOULD HAVE SAID THAT EVERY TIME I’D LIKE TO GO I’M RUNNING BUT I FEEL TRAPPED EVERYONE IS FIGHTING FOR A DROP OF PEACE IN THEIR GLASS I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE YOUR ROLE I NEVER SHOULD HAVE GUESSED THAT I’M A WOMAN I AM YOUR SHADOW SOMETIMES I’M A HUMAN WITH A TEEN IN MY VOICE I’M NO WOMAN SCATTERED SHOWERS IN SIGHT I’M A HUMAN WITH A SCREAM IN MY VOICE 'CAUSE YOU WERE SILENT WHEN IT ALL WENT WRONG YOU WERE CARELESS BUT I FELT AT HOME YOU IMAGINED US THE WAY YOU WANTED YOU KEPT QUIET WHEN YOU SHOULD HAVE BURNED OUR BODIES DOWN BURNED OUR BODIES DOWN BURNED OUR BODIES DOWN I’LL LISTEN BY MYSELF FOR A WHILE I’LL REVEL BY MYSELF FOR A WHILE I’LL LISTEN BY MYSELF FOR A WHILE I’LL REVEL BY MYSELF FOR A WHILE I’M STAYING WITH MYSELF FOR A WHILE

about

Emilie Zoé alone at home, sitting across from the world, from the future, staring at a reflection in the mirror. After nearly infinite touring promoting The Very Start and a couple of records born from spontaneous collaborations (Pigeons with Christian Garcia-Gaucher, /A\ with Franz Treichler, Ossuaire with Abraham), it was time to take the next steps, Emilie Zoé’s own sequel.

Written with nothing else than grit, Hello Future Me is the result of 18 months of work between an apartment and a rehearsal room, looking for the imperfectly personal sound worthy of the name and to create vertiginous landscapes to get lost in. Self-produced and self-exploratory, this album expresses Emilie Zoé’s inner wanderings, delicately crafted with Emilie’s favourite tools: a guitar that just turned 60, a sturdy hand-made guitar amp, a dusty organ from a flea market and a broken piano.

This is also a collaborative effort, with a close team of cherished friends who have been there forever, at every step and every doubt in the process. Nicolas Pittet’s drums and voice here again support and raise Emilie Zoé’s bluesy riffs and melodies. Louis Jucker’s touch can be felt in every speck of arrangement and behind every squeaky button. Next to the old wood board flooring of the living room and the bedroom carpet, one can also taste the acrid air of the cavernous offices of Hummus Records, Kevin Galland’s care behind the small dying console, the ribbon microphones, the tapes rolling, the piles of dirty punk amps and synthesizers.

With Hello Future Me, Emilie Zoé takes a moment to meticulously rummage through a backpack full of thoughts and songs. The album rekindles with the near-sighted intimacy of the artist’s first lo-fi folk tunes, the floating sweetness of a ballad played on a piano, the electric intensity of a modified beefed-up guitar, hanging down so low that it exorcises anxiety, love, infinity, and the space-time continuum.

Thrown into the future as if they were a series of messaged bottles into the sea, these eight songs preciously carry in them an eagerness for change and a fascination with emptiness, self-doubts and shared dreams.

credits

released February 11, 2022

produced by Emilie Zoé & Louis Jucker
arranged by Emilie Zoé, Louis Jucker & Nicolas Pittet
engineered by Kevin Galland & Louis Jucker
mixed & mastered by Kevin Galland

drums, guitars, pianos, field recording, moogs, some synths and some vocals recorded at Hummus Lab, La Chaux-de-Fonds, February-March 2021

organs, cellos, oscilloscopes, synths, acoustic guitar, metallophone and noises recorded at home, March 2021

percussions recorded by Nicolas Pittet at home, Neuchâtel, March 2021

main vocals, field recording and additional organs recorded at Les Agettes, June-July 2021

main vocals and choirs recorded at home, July 2021

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