International Blue (CD or Vinyl)

by Stephen Emmer

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    Limited edition! 180 grams of pure cinematic ecstasy on Blue Vinyl.

    Album on Vinyl comes with a link to download the 4 Bonus tracks;

    1. Taking back my time (Instrumental)
    2. Let the silence hold you (instrumental)
    3. Untouchable (Live)
    4. Sleep for England feat Julian Lennon (Xmas version)

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    International Blue on CD back in stock.

    Limited edition! 180 grams of pure cinematic ecstasy on Blue Vinyl.

    Album on CD includes 4 Bonus tracks;

    1. Taking back my time (Instrumental)
    2. Let the silence hold you (instrumental)
    3. Untouchable (Live)
    4. Sleep for England feat Julian Lennon (Xmas version)

    Includes unlimited streaming of International Blue (CD or Vinyl) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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about

Once upon a time, there existed a breed of singers who didn’t need AutoTune: they could bend, shape and twist their voices any way they wanted to. Dutch Composer Stephen Emmer a passionate aficionado of this great genre has brought together a collective of supreme voices, creating an album of days gone by Bond-esque proportions.

'International Blue’ pays tribute to the lost art and elegance of pop-crooning, and thus to the people who Stephen considers the style's main architects, Scott Walker and David Bowie.
Stephen has again had the pleasure and honor of working with Tony Visconti, David Bowie’s long time collaborator, who produced the album at Abbey Road Studios (London) and Avator Studios (NYC).

Featuring artists include Midge Ure (Ultravox), Neil Crossley (Furlined), Liam McKahey (Cousteau) and Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), who was recently invited by both Tony Visconti and David Bowie to vocally perform the ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ live tour in the UK. The mighty Glenn Gregory plays a key roll in the IB project, since he collaborated on 4 out of the 10 album songs.

Stephen in the past also worked with Lou Reed and Mike Garson, when working on his previous well received and highly acclaimed album ‘Recitement’.

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released December 12, 2014

Music composed and arranged by Stephen Emmer

Produced by Tony Visconti @ Avator Studios (NYC) and Abbey Road Studios (London)

Featuring Midge Ure, Glenn Gregory, Liam McKahey, Neil Crossley, Vanessa Contenay Quinones and Julian Lennon

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Stephen Emmer Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Stephen Emmer’s latest musical offering Home Ground combines the eloquence of spiritual, orchestral soul music with socially conscious lyrics. It addresses contemporary concerns within the timeless musical excellence of classic soul combined with the sonic impact of the 21st century. The songs are vocally performed by a careful selection of musical icons from the last 5 decades.

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Track Name: Let the silence hold you
It’s hard to feel the beauty now
That’s within anything
All life’s colours washed away by tears
Every consequence rehearsed and played
I have to find another way

Words on the wind
Reach me now
Don’t speak softly to me
Shout tell the world what you see
We all bleed
So now
Let the silence hold you

Disjointed words I never heard
Are haunting me
Whispered only memories are lost
The future always follows yesterday
I have to find another voice

Words on the wind
Reach me now
Don’t speak softly to me
Shout tell the world what you hear
We all bleed
So now
Let the silence hold you

Words from the silence rise
Emerging from the noise
I hear a voice to guide the way

Words on the wind
Reach me know
Don’t speak softly to me
Shout tell the world what you need
We all bleed

Words on the wind
Reach me know
Don’t speak softly to me
Shout tell the world what you need
Track Name: Taking back my time
And as I feel the last flame die
I hear the words of songs that made us cry
All words of anger not of love
There’s nothing here
There’s nothing left
And nothing’s not enough

And I would walk away
Leave the weight you laid on me for so long
Give it back where it belongs
I wish you well a thousand times
To leave it all behind
I’m taking back my time

Time to take a little time
To see what lies ahead for us
But nothing comes to mind
Only writing on the wall
Of empty words and hollow sounds
And empty says it all

And I would walk away
Leave the weight you laid on me for so long
Give it back where it belongs
I wish you well a thousand times
To leave it all behind
I’m taking back my time

Helpless and stranded
How you’d want me to stay
It’s not enough to be your plaything
See your plaything
Walking away

And I would walk away
And leave the weight you laid on me for so long
Take it back where it belongs
I wish you well a thousand times
And leave it all behind I’m taking back my time

I hear the words of songs that made us cry
Taking back my time
Track Name: Blown away feat Liam McKahey
I keep running but I dare not look behind
There’s a fire in the forest that I call my mind
And when I think of you I run into the sycamore and pine
I hide it’s all I can do and when I look at you

When I look at you

I’m blown away, I am blown away

There are no words to describe what it is you do to me
And heaven only knows if I will find some peace
And maybe find my way

My heart is beating like it’s racing against time
And the speed at which the hands move is such a crime
Every time

I’m blown away, I am blown away

I have never known a feeling so incendiary
And every little piece of me belongs to you
I am yours in every way

Je me suis dit que jʼétais digne de ton soleil fantasque
Mais bientôt ton cœur lâchera sur mon silence de morte
Et ma beauté accorte / ne se portera / plus au-delà de ton éternité
Toi qui mʼembrasse ce soir / avec elle / dans lʼair aux parfums de roses
Toi qui mʼeffacera entière / éclose / au crépuscule en vain
Jʼose te dire dans toute lʼimmensité
Réveille moi!
La vérité ce cache / sans que tu saches / Le jeu habituel de la liberté

It’s all I can do and when I look at you

I’m blown away

There are no words to describe what it is you do to me
And heaven only knows if I will find some peace
And maybe find my way
Track Name: Sleep for England
She pulls herself out from the bedclothes and she opens the curtains wide
Stares down to the valley where the healthy and the happy float by
 
She says “I could sleep for England”
 
Driving on a wet night, kiss under a striplight – the same old craving
Slammed doors, feel shaken, all the useless medication you’ve tried
 
Sleep for England
 
Chancers and schemers, righteous believers
Life’s little dreamers all gathered here in one place
 
Sleep for England (3x)
Drive home on a wet night, kiss under a striplight again
Track Name: Untouchable
The cup is smashed
The pieces lay like memories
Suspended and silent
Match your eyes faded blue
They’re so sharp they can cut you to the bone
Soaked to the skin knocked to the ground

Where was I
I know I should have been with you
But contemplating loneliness
Is hard to do

You and I
The tempest held so deep inside
The sense of only yesterday
Untouchable

Unseen
The darkness whispers to the light
Dreams of leaving taking flight
With all your charms unchained
No one will hear your hidden words
No one will see where you are going now
The doors are closed you are alone
Your un-walked streets remain forever
Forever

You are untouchable
You are untouchable
You are untouchable now
You are untouchable
You are untouchable
You are untouchable now
Track Name: Song for a deserted wife
Mother was on a diet for most of her life
She was never very happy in her skin
As well as being labelled a deserted wife
There was an expectation for her to be thin
Forked parochial tongues
Spitting malcontent
Her husband bailed out
No one knows where he went
He was a foreigner don't you know
It only goes to show
Better the devil you know
The devil you know
Maybe she wouldn't be alone
If she’d stuck with one of her own
Oh don't believe a word
That don't make no sense at all
And these children of god
Never say it to her face
They smile whenever they see her
They think she's a disgrace
They confess to some paedophile
Seeking forgiveness all the while
It's the god that they know
The only god that they know
Better the god that they know
Oh don't believe a word
That don't make no sense at all
Track Name: Seachange
We walk through cool saltgrass
Looking out across the bay
And I think of you in those sterile halls
Lying there while all we could do was wait
 
And we can feel a seachange
It’s simmering, coming over us
A warm breeze on my face
I only wish you could feel this too
 
Down on the shore we stand and wait
Such an affinity with this place
 
And we can feel a seachange
Simmering, coming over us
A warm breeze on my face
I only wish you could feel this too
 
And we can feel, feel, a seachange
Track Name: Break in the weather
A break in the weather
The cold dust that settles leaves a trace
Something to remember
Another time another place
A vague recollection
Your hand reaching out
No lost connection
We’re only wasting time

Surrounded by silence
Yesterday echoes from the walls
With occasional blindness
I choose to see nothing there at all
As your words wrap around me
Whispering touch
They chase me to sunlight
Now all we need is time

It’s hard to know when things go wrong
If you should go or carry on
If you get burned you’d better learn
Read between the lines look for the signs

It’s so cold in the city
The heat from the day extinguished now
I stand in the doorway
The threshold of what is then and now
I look to the future
I see you face
Let’s search for tomorrow
Now all we have is time

And time is all we need

A break in the weather
Track Name: Mama's mad
She said to me what have they done to the rivers
They poisoned the ocean and felled the trees
They sullied the air right into the atmosphere
What have they done to me

And you see all that you have done
And you don't even care
Now soon everything you know
Will come crashing down around your ears
Now soon it will all come tumbling down around you

She said to me it’s not in my nature
To be this fierce you made me this way
Now mama’s mad and you’re all responsible
And there’s a price to pay

What have they done they done to the rivers
What have they done they done to the trees
They sullied the air and poisoned the ocean
What have they done they done to me

She said to me what have they done to the rivers
They poisoned the ocean and felled the trees
They sullied the air right into the atmosphere
What have they done to me

What have they done to me
Track Name: In the mirror reflected
In the mirror
Reflected stories
The nighttimes calling to you
Half a cigarette to pass the time and then you’re gone
Another lie stolen from a magazine
A brand new life with eyes so bright
But are you lonely

If you wanted to break all the chains that surround you
Burn all of your bridges and leave
Turn your night into day walk away it’s okay
Don’t look back I’ll be there in your dreams

No echoes of laughter
The morning after
The memories fading away
From the rooftop
I watch you walking away
Another life to lead
Will you be lonely

If you wanted to break all the chains that surround you
Burn all of your bridges and leave

All our words carved in stone
Turned to sand then run through my hands
Now they’re gone lost to the wind
Don’t just walk away
Turn your head and say that we’ve still got time
That’s all we need
Don’t take another step
It can’t be over yet
We just need some time

That’s all we need