crossing wires

by lianne hall

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1.
scissors 04:05
half a mind seduced by cannot keep you in my life no more said i be civilised taking taking scissors to his suits sever you sever you on first encounter you so righteous on first encounter you surround us here's a truth quiet lies for quiet lives cannot call a friend a friend no more said i its terrifying taking taking scissors to the truth sever you sever you on first encounter you so righteous on first encounter you surround us here's truth
2.
telephone in a foreign city telephone in a foreign city lick my wounds you don't look pretty telephone in a foreign city find the nearest empty building find the nearest empty building crossing wires it's not stealing find the nearest empty building holding on to something honest hold my hand break no promises holding on onto everything change the locks change your life again holding on to something honest help is come coming for us holding on onto everything held the sky held you to it
3.
fair enough 03:25
fair enough to be here fair enough it's true rollling round fields again i don't like to bother you it's enough to get here enough to get this far running round the outdoors i don't mind if you stay the right thing to do had enough to keep on enough to stay awake curling round you again i don't know what to say i wore sequins in the evenings evenings pulled in all directions i wore sequins you were missing evenings pulled in all directions
4.
cry wolf 03:24
today chemical you cry engine oil in these old clothes these old clothes hang my bones burn a hole burn a hole i cried at the radio the sound of a voice i cried for you cried for no choice cry wolf cry at the airport cry wolf crossing my name out when these old shoes these old shoes cross the room lucky you lucky you i cried at the radio the sound of a voice i cried for you you cried for no choice cry wolf cry wolf
5.
you shouldn't hurt yourself in this old building found a hiding place by the machines when it's over echoing with the light with the light behind you in doorways the light was it's always the first floor you could've helped yourself for this old building save your skin oh lust found tarpaulin when it's over echoing on the roof with the light with the light behind you in doorways the light was it's always the first floor your black eye the fighting the light was behind you
6.
for 03:56
forwards had it all measured for several lives had it all made louder don't shout at each other listen blood in my vision louder don't muddy the water meet me only living for listener only here to hold us hold us everyone only meant to hold still hold still louder don't shout at each other listen blood in my vision louder don't muddy the water meet me only living for wasn't what it was meant to be under
7.
oooh certain someone certain someone reap the rewards from a former life reap the rewards from a former life etched in my skin it's raining ink through the windows in learning curves ooh for my loved ones for my loved ones reap the rewards in the falling light reap the rewards in the falling light etched in my skin it's raining ink through the windows in learning curves acid the love of you you wanna burn through my fingers in learning curves i'm learning curves
8.
liar liar hundred miles an hour fire on tyre beach dirt on each of us everyone wanted by the police for all the city kids love to love you a lot wanted by the wanted by change you name a hundred miles or more finding work is not easy my shoes come undone lacing up the drinks move out to the coast for all the city kids on all the sailing ships wanted by the wanted by don't change your mind don't get high don't change your mind stay alive in all this time it's been too long in all this time it's been too long
9.
too early for thinking everyone is sleeping outside you find the morning this morning finds you in fallout all change all change of heart waited for sunrise i remember looking how you feel all rough ragged out on edges all this mess is everything to you all change all change of heart
10.
on the hour 04:27
before i write to you oh it's on the hour on the hour pictures cut enough in the evening such a beautiful view all i wanted to let the ash fall let the words stick to the earth enough got simpler got simpler word i write to you flew out my hands out my hands winter got so rough hidden empties to familiar tunes all i listened to was the message when the words stuck to the earth enough got simpler got simpler on the worng side of winter

about

Described by John Peel as “one of the great English voices”, DIY heroine Lianne Hall releases her first album in four years, Crossing Wires, on 31st May 2010. Available on solid vinyl and ethereal download, Crossing Wires is DIY in the truest sense; she played and recorded most of it herself, and it’s coming out on her own label, Malinki.
Lianne has taken time out from recording with Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll and running the Brighton venue West Hill Hall to write, record and release Crossing Wires. “The name partly comes from being overwhelmed by the number of wires I was using to record it” she says, while the track Telephone in a Foreign City speaks of the ethics of squatting: “crossing wires is not stealing/ find the nearest empty building.”
It’s a collection of ten skilfully executed folk-pop songs, with a number of exceptional vocal performances along the way. Intro track Scissors is a break-up tale that startles with cleverly cut up phrases set to piano and subtle, crunchy beats. Telephone in a Foreign City, an unequivocal hit, bounds along to a summery pop beat. Fair Enough blends acoustica with electronica, the disarmingly measured howling of Cry Wolf further evidences the versatility of that voice, and the wistful With the Light swoops and swoons, loops and twists to the end of side one. Opening side two, echoes of Harriet Wheeler and Liz Phair collide in the faster-paced For. Richly intriguing and emotive, Learning Curves brings bass and keyboards into the mix. The mellow Fire on Tyre Beach recalls The Pastels’ later work, with expansive vocals strewn around like shards of light. Change of Heart is a string-laden country ballad inside a delicate musical box, and the album closes with the buzzing guitar and mournful chimes and Mazzy Star-esque vocals of On the Hour.
She did have a little help with the recording and mixing from her friend Simon Janes, the man behind Mary Hampton’s critically acclaimed debut My Mother’s Children. A number of musicians made contributions, including Mark Bassey’s irresistible trombone part on Fire on Tyre Beach. The album’s deeply-hued artwork is by Dana Krusche, the Berlin-based graphic artist who has created most of the images for Ladyfest Europe.


Lianne started writing songs as a teenager, and joined her first band, Witchknot, when she became involved with the riot grrrl movement in ’93. She lived in a bus for five years, making acoustic folk pop with Bela Emerson under the name Hiphuggers and electronica as Pico with bedroom producer Andy Wills. Whilst living there she met her hero John Peel when he was filming his channel 4 programme Sounds of the Suburbs, and since that meeting she recorded five Peel sessions with a variety of line-ups. In 2000 she left her bus and moved Pico to Brighton, where she formed The Broken Heart Club with Matt Eaton, Alice Eldridge and Susanne Lambert. Local Kid Records put out Abandon Ship, Lianne’s first full length album in ‘06, and around this time she met Paul Hartnoll and co-wrote a song on his solo album, The Ideal Condition. They went on tour together and have been collaborating ever since. Lianne has also been working with Newcastle’s d_rradio on Making Spaces, a CD album coming out imminently on Sentence Records.

credits

released June 14, 2010

All songs by Lianne Hall except 'Fair Enough' and 'All Change of Heart' by Lianne Hall/ Andrew Wills. Additional drums from Simon Janes (Cry Wolf) and Steven Ingham (For). Cello by Will Calderbank (Cry Wolf, All Change of Heart). Violin by Annie Kerr (All Change of Heart). Trombone by Mark Bassey (Fire on Tyre Beach). Electric piano/ music box by Andrew Wills (All Change of Heart). Artwork by Dana Krusche.
Recorded by Lianne at home and at West Hill Hall, also at Homesick Studios by Simon Janes, in Brighton, UK. Mixed and mastered by Simon Janes at Homesick Studios.

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lianne hall Berlin, Germany

Lianne Hall is a Berlin-based musician, from the UK.

Lianne, described by the late John Peel as “One of the great English voices,” used to be in the legendary punk band Witchknot. Since then she has played solo and as Pico, Broken Heart Club and Haunted House. Lianne has also collaborated with d_rradio (deathrowradio), Paul Hartnoll (Orbital), FITH, DJ Marcelle and Lavender Hex. ... more

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