The Seven Autumn Flowers

by TREMBLING BLUE STARS

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TREMBLING BLUE STARS (TBS) is Bobby Wratten’s personal project, one of the most sensitive, moving and staggeringly sincere songwriters of all British pop. A genuine and respected figure, admired all over the World, whose beginnings date back to the golden age of indie-pop, when Sarah Records was the English pop fans’ cult label, and Bobby led the essential THE FIELD MICE. Their first single ("Emma's House", Sarah, 1988) is still a classic that absolutely represents the sound of an age and that, as the whole of the band and the label’s catalogue, is still highly-valued on the collectors’ market. THE FIELD MICE recorded sixmore singles and four LPs, all of which reflected an enormous variety of influences, from NEW ORDER’s moving synth-pop to SEEFEEL’s ambient pop, apart from continuing the best tradition of British guitar pop. It is often said that they were the missing link between THE SMITHS and BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, according to the way their thousands of fans are moved by them and the way they perfectly represent indie-pop’s aesthetic and melodic ideal.

After the band’s split, Bobby created NORTHERN PICTURE LIBRARY along with Mark and Annemari (also members of FIELD MICE). Together they record four singles and one LP, disappearing immediately after. It wasn’t long before Bobby sought catharsis from his recently dissolved relationship with Annemari in the guise of TREMBLING BLUE STARS, a name inspired by the famous sadomasochist erotic novel “Story of O”. As we’ll see, it’s true there’s some masochism.

In "Her Handwriting" (a quote from the GO-BETWEENS) Wratten open his heart and uncovers the keys to his relationship with Annemari, reflecting his feelings and suffering with an unprecedented sincerity, and becoming for this same reason an universal album with which anyone could identify oneself after an aching break-up. On this album he worked with Ian Catt, Bobby’s previous projects’ long-time producer, also very well-known regarding his work as ST. ETIENNE’s producer, arranger and composer. Rockdelux magazine said: “a very close, nostalgic, melancholic, optimistic, beautiful, courageous, touchy and charming album, saying so without wasting even one adjective”. Born to be a solo album, a cathartic project thought up to overcome a failed relationship, it was so successful that it drove Wratten to put up a band and go on with his project. Fortunately for all of us. Subsequent releases (“Lips that taste of tears", "Broken by whispers") would show us a TBS who were always moving and brilliant, and a more direct and accurate Bobby Wratten. The band is still part of Shinkansen (Sarah Records’ follow-up label), besides consolidating their relationship with Elefant and with USA’s Sub Pop. In 2001 TBS’ fourth album is released: "Alive to every smile", along with a line-up which includes many ex-Sarah Records members: Keris Howard from BRIGHTER and HARPER LEE, Beth Arzy from ABERDEEN and Harvey Williams from ANOTHER SUNNY DAY. Harvey was also part of THE FIELD MICE, and has released two other albums under his own name.

In 2003 "A certain evening light” is released: 17 songs taken from limited edition singles or previously unreleased versions of known songs. It’s a basic album to understand Bob Wratten’s career. In November, they start recording their fifth LP, released now exclusively all over the world by Elefant, which turns into their chosen platform to manage their career (as it has also already happened with CAMERA OBSCURA, among others). In their own words: “Southern skies appear brighter,” also the title of the their lp’s advance single, which includes four songs which will not be included in the album.

For Elefant Records, it’s not only a reason to be proud to release TREMBLING BLUE STARS’ fifth album exclusively all over the World, both because of the band’s obvious genius and the international acknowledgement to the label’s work and trajectory. More than this, it’s almost a dream come true; because Bob Wratten is one of those essential figures that help to write indie-pop’s little history since more than fifteen years ago, by writing wonderful, intimate and moving love songs which talk about opposed feelings everyone has ever experienced (obsession, desire, lust, break-up, remorse), altogether with a naked and fascinating sincerity. Because often, listening to his songs, it seems that he’s talking about us, about our own feelings. And well, because we’re fans. And even more when this fifth album is a new wonder in which Bobby strengthens his influences and devils, and at the same time he breaks fresh grounds for the project, ever-changing but always moving and full of skin-deep sensitivity, that TBS is.

"The Seven Autumn Flowers" opens with Beth Arzy’s gorgeous voice (from the band ABERDEEN), taking charge of the song "Helen Reddy" (the advance single’s main track, also the first videoclip in all the TBS history): sweet brilliant and almost dancey candy-pop, with references to ROCKETSHIP’s space pop or even YO LA TENGO. From this song on, it is Bobby Wratten’s melancholic and evocative voice that carries on taking us along his music up to such moving moments as in the lovely and delicate "One prayer answered", in which the narrator prays for nothing serious to happen to his love, while this prayer is stressed by a cello and plaiting acoustic guitar arpeggios go around the melody. We listen to Beth again in another beautiful song with string arrangements, "Further to fall" (with moments so absolutely BEATLES and a caressed violoncello, as in the previous song, played by Hugh McDowell, ELO’s cellist), and decorating with her voice in the distance "Kensington Gardens"’ sweeping circular tune.

This is TBS’ first brand new material in three years, and this reflects in new territories such as the dub inflections in "The rhythm of your breathing", with a broken rhythm and bass lines of unequivocal Jamaican roots (they have invented indie-dub!), or in the open recognition of their post-punk roots, paying homage to THE CURE and 80’s music with "All eternal things".

In all other respects, TBS’ new album dives deep into self-confessed indie-pop with those ambient and chamber-pop electronic touches they continue persuading and charming more and more people all over the world with. Bobby Wratten’s songs share the spirit of 70s songwriters such as JACKSON BROWNE (particularly on his most intimate and disheartening albums), or NICK DRAKE’s romanticism, along with an present day focus that adds synth-pop elements and a great deal of synth sounds (intelligently mixed with acoustic arrangements as in "If I handle you with care"), or melodic walls of sound as in "Moonlight on snow". On the production desk they are again assisted by Ian Catt (SAINT ETIENNE’s engineer and contributor); this, in songs as "Last port of call" or "Sorrow has a way", sublimates rainy indie-pop’s essence and the Sarah Records’ legacy they helped to create, with selected moments that give way to majestic and memorable choruses, with voices covered with reverb and an everlasting melancholic pitch in the voices. "The sea is so quiet" will be the second single extracted from the album and it has a perfect melody that could be signed by the best PET SHOP BOYS, euphoric by minutes but cloudy and with a little listlessness and nostalgic touch which is already their trade name. Despite this, "The seven autumn flowers" is the reflection of the most hopeful TBS: these seven autumn flowers bloom with the first sunrays that the clouds let through after the storm.

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released October 18, 2004

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Track Name: Helen Reddy
She’s counting radio towers as she travels through the darkness
The way she did when she was young
She’s watching red lights flashing, out to the hidden horizon
She feels the air is full of songs, crackling with songs. Static and songs
She’s counting radio towers as she travels through the darkness

The romance of radio at night
She’s watching red lights flashing, out to the hidden horizon
She’s calmer for those flashing lights, that tail off till they’re out of sight
That tail off till they’re out of sight

As the door to their room closes, another door then opens, to a world where only they exist These nights aren’t made for sleeping. These nights are made for melting
Where does she end and he begin? What is her and what is him?
Where does she end and he begin?

As the door to their room closes, another door then opens, to a world where they can live their dreams
These nights aren’t made for sleeping. These nights are made for melting
Made for going to extremes. How they love these motel scenes
Hotel and motel scenes

A young girl listens to Helen Reddy, sees herself as Angie Baby
Her side her radio never leaves
A signal sails across the water, a broadcast from Louisiana
Jamaica picks up New Orleans
Jamaica’s listening in. Jamaica’s listening in

She’s counting radio towers as she travels through the darkness
The way she did when she was young
Track Name: Sorrow Has A Way
How do I start to make things better, in the face of the worst thing ever?
This was never going to be pretty. I was always going to feel guilty
You can’t stop crying, and why should you? Though selfishly I wish you could do
Sorrow has a way of stealing. This has got the better of you
But I can be there for you to come back to when you come back. Just come back
I don’t want to replace her love. Oh I just want to do it justice

Let me live up to her love
If I can’t love you as much at least let me love you more than enough. I’m so lucky to have won your love
Let me give you all you deserve. It’s so easy to see why you were everything to her. You’re so easy to love
You’re so easy to love

Longing for some instant distance. But that’s not how it works with grieving
Helpless to do anything but hold you. Through the tears and through the shaking
But I can be there for you to come back to when you come back. Just come back
I don’t want to replace her love. Oh I just want to do it justice

Let me live up to her love
If I can’t love you as much at least let me love you more than enough. I’m so lucky to have won your love
Let me give you all you deserve
It’s so easy to see why you were everything to her. You’re so easy to love
You’re so easy to love
Track Name: The Rhythm Of Your Breathing
Holding you in the morning
Listening to the rhythm of your breathing
Fulfilling such a need
you’re everything to me

Don’t worry what people
Say, let them gossip, let them guess
No one should feel guilty
For finding happiness
Happiness

We’re so fragile at times
Now there’s no kissing goodnight
Back to back lying awake
Instead of putting things right

When silence falls between us
All we do is miss each other
When the touch of lightness leaves us
All we feel‚s a lack of shelter
A lack of shelter

But you‚re not going to lose me
I’m not going anywhere
This is not the beginning of the end

Feeling your fingers on me
Skin touching skin
If a defence is what we need
Look no further than what we’re feeling

When I‚m thinking of you
I hope that you can feel it

Don’t worry what people say
Let them guess, let them gossip
Let them gossip

But you‚re not going to loose me.
I’m not going anywhere
This is not the beginning of the end

Holding you in the morning
Listening to the rhythm of your breathing
Track Name: Moonlight On Snow
Wintertime is our time. The low sun flickering through railings
Piccadilly and coffee cups. Looking through the eyes of love
Wintertime is our time. Moonlight on snow. It’s where we were born, it’s home
It’s where we were born, it’s home

And now that you’re finally in my arms to stay, there is no ache
No longing, no sense of loss, when the cold air whispers all about us
Of you of me, of us

A bench by the channel. A cave by a castle
Places we tried to say goodbye. Someone new to miss
A tentative gift. The first butterflies, the first butterflies

And now that you’re finally in my arms to stay, there is no ache
No longing, no sense of loss, when the cold air whispers all about us
Of you of me, of us

That promise I made, I was never going to keep it.
Wasn’t there always hope? Or is that just me, rewriting history?
Is it easy to say that now, there’s no taxi cab to bring us down?
Now that the time that’s ours doesn’t have to feel like it’s running out

And now that you’re finally in my arms to stay, there is no ache
No longing, no sense of loss, when the cold air whispers all about us
Of you of me, of us

Moonlight on snow
Track Name: If I Handle You With Care
I won’t bring things up, if upon them you don’t touch
If that‚s what you want, it’s whatever you want
I couldn’t be more clear, how day or night I’m here
So we’ll leave it there, we’ll leave it there

Just never stop singing your song
I hadn’t heard it in so long
And if I handle you with care
It doesn’t mean I don’t think you are strong

You say don‚t worry, but how can I not?
When once you were everything, and then some more
I can’t promise not to worry, only not to scratch beneath
The skin that is so thin, when it comes to me

Just don’t forget it’s everything
That you’re not like everyone
And never stop your singing
You’re as good as people come

Whatever we have seen, it’s just you and me, I haven’t gone
You’re right to believe, I’ll always keep you safe from harm
I’ll always keep you safe from harm
I won’t bring things up, if upon them you don’t touch
If that’s what you want, it’s whatever you want
Track Name: All Eternal Things
Although there is now hope, embers of sadness still glow
Something hasn’t quite flown
But I know you’re there to catch me now

All eternal things, the moon, the sea, the turning leaves, speak to something within
And you, ease the longing too
My reason. My sunlight. My lifeline

All eternal things and you, how this frightened heart they soothe
You and the seasons will pull me through
Will calm and comfort, and always be beautiful
You and the seasons will pull me through

I know you won’t let go of the string
I know you won’t let this kite be taken by the wind

All eternal things and you, how this frightened heart they soothe
You and the seasons will pull me through
Will calm and comfort, and always be beautiful
You and the seasons will pull me through
Track Name: The Sea Is So Quiet
The loneliness of a single light in the distance
Everything bathed in blue
The sea and the night, and a heart that just might break in two
The North Sea meets the Atlantic
Lucky seashells, mermaid’s purses
The sea and the night, and a heart that just might, face a little crisis

Don’t let this spell be broken. This is nothing less than perfection
Don’t let this haunting stillness lift
It’s enough to make you believe
Enough to make you believe everything‚s alright with the world tonight, it’s a place of good deeds
A place of good deeds

There’s no betrayal of any sign of violence, but a small boat could get swallowed
And the music that this seascape makes could be blown away
The music that this seascape makes could be blown away

Don’t let this spell be broken. This is nothing less than perfection
Don’t let this haunting stillness lift
It’s enough to make you believe
Enough to make you believe everything is alright with the world tonight, it’s a place of good deeds
A place of good deeds
Track Name: All I'm Doing Is Losing
You don’t know how close you came
You know I think of you as mine
But what we had you’ll have again
And don’t think that I won’t mind

I waited at the airport gate
Till your plane began to move
Then I couldn’t stand it anymore
So I walked away from you
That’s when I walked away from you

And if you believe I‚m gaining a friend
You’ll believe anything
All I’m doing is losing
All I’m doing is losing

I loved being held on that corner
I miss the dream from which I’ve awoken
You made me feel both lost and home
Now all I feel is broken

All the places we hid love
All the places we let it flourish
All the rubbish that I spoke
Hoping you wouldn’t notice
Hoping you wouldn’t notice

And if you believe I’m gaining a friend
You’ll believe anything
All I’m doing is losing
All I’m doing is losing

When you called me from New York
you sounded so far away
It wasn’t distance put to good use
Like when we looked over L.A.

At least I’ve had such moments
Been held to the sound of waves
Stars appearing over the ocean
But you were always slipping away
You were always slipping away

And if you believe I’m gaining a friend
You’ll believe anything
All I’m doing is losing
All I’m doing is losing
Track Name: One Prayer Answered
If I could have just one wish granted
If I could have just one prayer answered
This would be that wish, this would be that prayer
Nothing bad must happen to her

Let me take the time to tell her
Everything that I should tell her
How I need her more and more, how I’m glad she came along
And how I know we’ve found where we belong
And how I know we’ve found where we belong

Nothing bad must happen to her
In the cell of the night
Holding on so tight
Thinking this is all we want for the rest of our lives
Track Name: Further To Fall
This heart has found it’s place
It’s yours to keep, it’s yours for always
And if you must, it’s yours to break
Just don’t send me away
I always need to see your face

From the first I was lost, and to the last I’ll be yours
There’s not another soul out there, not anywhere, I could belong to now we’ve met
What’s the use of second best?

And if I need you more than is sane, let that be the case
I need your touch, I need your kiss
I’m only OK when it’s you I’m with

With every goodbye we waste a little more time
One person in the entire world
You don’t need anything else

We’re filling our pockets up with moments that could turn on us
That could really sting someday

Don’t let our time be of the borrowed kind
Instead let us escape
Let’s you and I escape

And if I need you more than is sane, let that be the case
Just what is there apart from you and me? Save me don’t set me free
Track Name: Last Port Of Call
We may be far away
We may be long ago
Still I remember everything and
Never ever think I don’t

You come back to me
Over and again
In dreams and memories
You dance back in

Nothing will ever change all you are
Nothing could ever dim, dim your star
I still think of you every day
You’re still with me every step of the way

I remember whispering while you were sleeping
I don’t want you to go
Can’t you see it’s all for show?
I guess I hated you when you went away
Of course I loved you all the same

Is it true your soul has seen too much?
If I was any help, I wasn’t nearly enough
Should I have been the one to calm the storm?
Should I have been your last port of call?

Should I have shown you the Eastern sky?
Should I have shown you first light?

We will never be together again
But we’ll be alright in our new lives
I may not be yours, nor you mine
But a dancer born on a winter’s day will find her place
She’ll be everything again
For who could fail to see what’s blinding?

Should I have shown you the Eastern sky?
Should I have shown you first light?

I remember the thrill I’d get
On my way to meet you
A pounding my chest could hardly contain
Walking those London streets
Heading for Euston
To see you step down from your train

Should I have been the one to calm the storm?
Should I have been your last port of call?

Your last port of call. Your last port of call
Track Name: Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens fixes everything
When you’re all I see
When the world slips away
Kensington Gardens fixes everything. Fixes everything. Always

You spend so much time away from me
But you’re here with me
So let’s give no thought to sorrow
We spend so much time wanting this
So let’s forget we can’t always have it

Everyone’s looking for something that matters and we matter
To be known is everything
Everyone’s looking for something that matters

Tell me again of the jukebox girl
And her dollar, and her ten plays
Waiting to hear her songs come on
I love her and all that she became

Everyone’s looking for something that matters and we matter
To be known is everything
Everyone’s looking for something that matters

I know you and you know me
Kensington Gardens fixes everything
Fall asleep with me with the sun on your face