Pigeons : Soundtrack for the Birds on the Treetops Watching the Movie of our Lives

by Emilie Zoé & Christian Garcia-Gaucher

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ALL WE DO IS GAZE AT SCREENS A BUNCH OF LAUGHS A SCARY GRIN TO SPEND OUR TIME WE EAT OUR MEALS IN SOLITUDE AND ON THE PHONE A GLIMPSE A SOB OF POETRY BUT IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS WE’RE DOING FINE SO CURIOUS AND MEAN WE SLEEPWALK IF LOVERS WERE THE ONLY WAGING WARS THEY WOULD WAKE US UP AND SMILE WE WANT A KING TO SET US FREE WE BUY WE SELL WE DISAGREE WE DON’T HAVE TIME BUT IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS WE’RE DOING FINE SO CURIOUS AND MEAN WE SLEEPWALK IF LOVERS WERE THE ONLY WAGING WARS THEY WOULD WAKE US UP AND SMILE ALL WE DO IS GAZE AT SCREENS A BUNCH OF LAUGHS A SCARY GRIN TO SPEND OUR TIME
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FADED JEANS AND TSHIRT WE WEAR KNEES AND ELBOWS SAGGING WE WAIT DUSTY IS THE AIR OF OUR HUMDRUM EVENINGS WE’LL BE WILDER NEXT TIME SHADOWLESS LIGHT - MY SKIN EXPOSED THERE’S NO URGE NOW DON’T COME TOO CLOSE WEARY ARE YOU BORED WITH MY HUMDRUM KISSES I’LL BE WILDER NEXT TIME THE SAME ENDING AWAITS US ALL TIME FLIES WITHOUT EFFORT WE WRITE THE STORY WE’LL BE WILDER NEXT TIME WE WRITE HISTORY WE’LL BE WILDER NEXT TIME © emilie zoé 2020
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DID YOU STOP TAKING PILLS LIKE YOU SAID YOU WOULD DO YOU THINK THE WORLD LIKE A PAINTER WHEN YOU CROSS THE LINE DO YOU YELL OR FALL REALIZING YOU CAN’T TURN BACKWARDS TURN BACKWARDS IN YOUR CASE SOME BRUSHES YOU DIDN’T BRING ENOUGH GREY TO PAINT SUCH PALOR SHARP FOCUS ON TOWERS IN THE BACKGROUND SEND A KISS THERE FOR YOUR DAUGHTERS YOUR DAUGHTERS WILL YOU DRAW THE BEACHES LOVERS ON THE SAND WITH THE STRANGEST COLOURS WOULD THE WORLD FEEL REAL HUMANS BIDE THEIR TIME IN THE CORRIDOR THEY ALL SEEM TO GRIN AND BEAR IT BUT TO SET A SMILE ON THEIR FACES YOU WOULD RATHER USE OIL THAN WATER THAN WATER DID YOU STOP TAKING PILLS LIKE YOU SAID YOU WOULD DO YOU THINK THE WORLD LIKE A PAINTER WHEN YOU CROSS THE LINE DO YOU YELL OR FALL REALIZING YOU CAN’T TURN BACKWARDS TURN BACKWARDS IN YOUR CASE SOME BRUSHES YOU DIDN’T BRING ENOUGH GREY TO PAINT SUCH PALOR SHARP FOCUS ON TOWERS IN THE BACKGROUND SEND A KISS THERE FOR YOUR DAUGHTERS YOUR DAUGHTERS YOU DREW THE BEACHES LOVERS ON THE SAND SUCH A HAPPY ENDING WHERE THE WORLD FEELS REAL © emilie zoé 2020
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WE ALL HAVE CLOTHES IN DRAWERS PROTECTING HEARTS LIKE FEATHERS PIGEON FEATHERS THEY’RE WATCHING US FROM THE TREETOPS OUR LITTLE DANCE AND THE WORDS IN OUR MOUTHS I DREAM THAT I CAN GET TO WHERE IT ALL STARTS WE GREW UP IN THE NETHERWORLD A VACANT STARE AND SOME TEETH IN OUR BAGS WE’RE BUSY FIGHTING OUR AGE AND STILL WE MARCH THROUGH THE STREETS WE HATE WAR I DREAM THAT I CAN GET TO WHERE IT ALL STARTS I DREAM THAT I CAN GET TO WHERE IT ALL STARTS OO WE HATE WAR oo WE HATE WAR oo WE HATE WAR oo BUT WE WAGE WARS I DREAM THAT I CAN GET TO WHERE IT ALL STARTS I DREAM THAT I CAN GET TO WHERE IT ALL STARTS © emilie zoé 2020
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REASON PEOPLE SMILE THERE’S NO REASON PEOPLE SMILE THEY ARE HANDSOME AND SMART REASON PEOPLE BUY THERE’S NO REASON PEOPLE BUY THEY ARE THOUSANDS AND SMALL REASON PEOPLE LIKE THERE’S NO REASON PEOPLE LIKE THEY ARE TIRED AND OLD REASON PEOPLE DIE THERE’S NO REASON PEOPLE DIE THEY ARE QUIET AND RIGHT © emilie zoé & christian gracia-gaucher 2020
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THE RED HAIRED BARTENDER SINGS A COUNTRY SONG SHE’S GOT EYES LIKE MIRRORS REFLECTING FAILURES OF THE WORLD AND THE SOUND OF HER VOICE IS A KIND OF PRAYER THAT MAKES THINGS EASIER LOTTA SLIGHTLY LIMPS AND WE CAN HARDLY PAY IS OUR DEFEAT PREMEDITATED? BUT THE SOUND OF HER VOICE IS A KIND OF PRAYER AND MY BELLY ACHES THE SOUND OF HER VOICE IS A KIND OF PRAYER THAT CARRIES ME AWAY © emilie zoé 2020
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MY FATHER’S FACE IN MY MIRROR MY FATHER’S BLOOD IN MY VEINS MY FATHER’S VOICE IN MY THROAT MY FATHER’S NAME IS MY NAME AND YOU CAN HAVE THE REST I NO LONGER CARE AND YOU SHOULD DEAL ALONE WITH IT MY FATHER’S LAUGH IN MY ROOM MY FATHER’S NAILS ON MY HANDS MY FATHER’S FEET IN MY SHOES MY FATHER’S NAME IS MY NAME AND YOU CAN HAVE THE REST I NO LONGER CARE UNTIL YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES AND YOU MEET US THERE GATHERED IN PARADISE WE’LL NO LONGER CARE YOU WON’T HAVE TO DEAL ALONE WITH IT © emilie zoé 2020
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TWO HOMELESS OLD MEN NOT LOOKING SO FAR FROM DEATH IN THE DOORWAY DRINKING COKE IN PAPER BAGS ONE SAID TO THE OTHER WITH A SMELL IN HIS MOUTH AND SOME CLOUDS IN HIS EYES I KNOW THAT WE ARE WAITING FOR THE GOOD LIFE THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT YEAH THE GOOD LIFE THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT I’D LIKE GET A BEER SMOKE A CIGAR AND ERASE IN OUR MINDS THE COLORS OF THE WALLS LET’S HAVE A GOOD LIFE THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT YEAH THE GOOD LIFE THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT YEAH THE GOOD LIFE THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT YEAH THE GOOD LIFE THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT I’D LIKE TAKE A PLANE TAKE OUR TIME LET US RAISE OUR PAPER BAGS TO THE ANGELS UP ABOVE THEY’RE NOT COMING DOWN FOR THE GOOD LIFE THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT © emilie zoé 2020

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An alternative soundtrack for Roy Andersson’s movie A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Emilie Zoé was invited in 2018 by the alternative film festival « 2300 plan 9 à Les Étranges Nuits du Cinéma » in La Chaux-de-Fonds, CH to create a live soundtrack for a movie of her choice. She asked Christian Garcia-Gaucher, who had recently produced her second album The Very Start, to join the project. They chose together Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence for its hypnotic rhythm and its overall contemplative atmosphere and worn out colors. Within a few days, they wrote a collection of delicate themes and slightly melancholic interludes that they could play along the original feature. The show sold out and it felt crucial to everyone that such an exciting project would not end there. They gathered few months later in Swiss producer Louis Jucker’s tiny attic studio to lay these sounds on rusty second hand tapes. These 11 demo tapes merged spontaneously into a rich collaborative album, that assembles lo-fi pop hits and intriguing field recordings into a surprisingly coherent whole.

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released April 3, 2020

All songs written by Emilie Zoé & Christian Garcia-Gaucher
Produced by Louis Jucker
Recorded and mixed by Louis Jucker on old tapes at Le Palier, Lausanne (CH), September 2018
Mastered by Morgan Hug aka Organ Mug
Artwork by Emilie Zoé
Layout by Lucile Péléraux

LINEUP Disque :
Emilie Zoé : UFO organ (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10), guitar (5, 11), dobro (3), percussions (8), vocals
Christian Garcia-Gaucher : guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10), bontempi (5), percussions (6, 8), UFO organ (11), vocals
Louis Jucker : cello (3), percussions (11)

LINEUP Live :
Emilie Zoé : UFO organ, guitar, vocals
Christian Garcia-Gaucher : guitar, bontempi, vocals
Nicolas Pittet : drums, vocals

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