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Come to me softly Come to me gently Come to me easy Come to me clearly
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Fun Fair 02:38
This one’s for you Beaming of blue Now it’s your turn for a ride You’re chasing me in the neon night Your eyes so bright in the night Forever more You locked the door to your tender heart Oh, can’t you see the child in me? Oh, don’t worry now You’re changing fast And seconds last A blinking flash in the night Your kisses sweet I feel so weak I try to hide from your sight Just for a while give me a smile So clear and new So, I can see the child in you Oh, don’t worry now Collect your price Let’s do it nice And peacefully Pull apart I try to be the one you see But now I’m left in the dark In the dark
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If I sound crazy it’s cause I am I swear I’m tired of pretending like I Just don’t care Cause you’d see through it anyway No matter what I say about it It’s easy I know to just let go I shouldn’t have let my feelings show I see it all before me in basic black and white You got simple conversations No reasons to fight But you’re so technicolor That it makes me sad to think She’ll lead you to the water But you’ll never get a drink Cause she’s safe and she’s fine And she’s yours You’re not mine She’s everything a girl should be She’s high when your low There’s no chance she’ll ever let you go Things are sometimes Just like what they seem I know you wish I didn’t talk about it I wish I wasn’t so sure about it I’m always gonna feel the same about you If she wasn’t here I’d put my arms around you It’s easy I know to just let go And go for what you know is sure Oh, sure I know She’s safe and she’s fine She’s yours You’re not mine She’s everything a man could dream She’s high when you’re low There’s no chance you’ll ever let her go Things are sometimes Just like what they seem
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Don't turn back Make up your mind Don't feel scared I’m right behind There's somebody if you need a buddy Won't let you slip away hey, hey When nobody can be found I promise it's me At the end of the day Don't forget what’s real and true Don't regret what we’ve been through There’s somebody who will be your buddy Won't let you slip away hey, hey When there’s nobody You can trust your buddy At the end of the day Who else you’re gonna run to Who else you’re gonna tell your secrets to Who else is gonna love you like I do There’s somebody If you need a buddy Won't let you slip away hey, hey When nobody can be found I promise it’s me At the end of the day
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Take My Hand 02:34
My love will never reach an end We part but then we’ll meet again In the depths of confusion Only love’s no illusion Don’t you understand Won’t you take my hand If I allow myself to cry Those tears they wouldn’t tell a lie All I need is affection And I crave your attention Don’t you realize Won’t you close your eyes It’s all because of you You make it seem oh, so true Won’t you listen with sympathy Just lay your head to lean on me Our love is never meant to die Why can’t we give it another try? If there is no perfection Only love brings direction Don’t you understand Won’t you take my hand
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Picking up on that they sold you down the river Picking up on that they won’t be back again When you go down for the third time When you went down they paid you no mind And then once you close your eyes Everything will be alright Won’t you say goodbye To fairweather friend Picking up on that he’s in it for the money honey Picking up on that you gave him your last dime When you went you down for the last time When you go down they pay you no mind And they always close their eyes Holding out for sunny skies Won’t you say goodbye To fair weather friend Yeah, they always close their eyes Holdin’ out for sunny skies Won’t you say goodbye To fairweather friend
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Lazy 03:20
Oh, I’m lazy yes, I’m lazy And I do my best that’s what I’m like really I’m lazy yes, I’m lazy I give myself a rest That’s what I’m like baby I am a loner and I’ve learned the price A free-form thinker Never do it twice Oh, I’m lazy yes, I’m lazy And I do my best That’s what I’m like really I’m lazy yes, I’m lazy I give myself a rest That’s what I’m like baby I am a loner and I’ve paid the price A free-form thinker Never do it twice I am the roller And I trust the dice A sleepy believer I take no advice
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Talk To Me 04:07
Standing here Darling I want to help you find the words From your heart every feeling every noun and verb We don’t have time to get Lost in translation It’s tearing us apart this Language that we don’t speak Painting a picture bleak if you don’t Talk to me (I want you / I need you to) Talk to me (I want you / I need you) I’ll talk to you Just us two Oh baby won’t cha Talk to me (I want you / I need you to) Talk to me (I want you /I need you) I’ll talk to you Just us two Darling dear don’t write it in a letter Ne le mets pas dans une lettre Darling, dear, don’t write it in a book Ne l’écris pas dans un livre We don’t have time to get Lost in translation It’s tearing us apart this Language that we don’t speak Connection’s what I seek Oh baby Talk to me
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Die Cast 02:12
You’re the feeling that I want around me You’re the feeling that I need Warm aluminum and love surround me You’re the book I have to read I want to show you I want to kiss you I want to make it true A metal hold upon my soul Nothing compares Nothing compares You’re die cast in my heart Forever You’re die cast in my heart You’re die cast in my heart Forever Die cast in my heart I want to hold you I want to touch you I want to make it real Surface unbreakable Desire unshakeable Nothing compares Nothing compares You’re die cast in my heart Forever
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Tears 03:15
Tears are always the same They’re pouring again for this love Na, na, na, na, na Tears in yellow and blue On sixth avenue for this love Na, na, na, na, na Tears exploding again We used to be friends now it’s gone Na, na, na, na, na Tears they’re wasted alone I wanna go home in the moonlight Na, na, na, na Tears can crystalize your vision In your eyes a new decision
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Places 04:07
Places I keep missing the faces Of the friends I used to know Where did the years all go? Never ending recollections keep creeping in Every corner and boulevard Back in the old schoolyard Life is cruel Wish I was making the rules Wish that I could put those happy times in little cans And keep them near and close at hand All of those moments they shouldn’t go away So, I’d be constantly happy Even the failures could last another day It’s everything that I’m missing Forever I need them to make it better I love them all Whatever I wish they would leave me never Traces of those Saturday kisses Like the sand washes over me Tell me could it really be That places hold inside of them memories Watch them all roll out to sea Only you ever had the key Life is cruel Wish I was making the rules Wish that I could put those happy times in little cans And keep them near and close at hand All of those moments they shouldn’t go away So, I’d be constantly happy Even the failures could last another day It’s everything that I’m missing Forever I need them to make it better I love them all Whatever I wish they would leave me never They’re all a part of me
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Photographs 03:08
Hundreds of photographs That we paste in a book Bring me back with a look It’s in the past drifting back Hundreds of promises That we wrecked on the shore Like the smile that you wore It’s in the past nothing more Christmas mornings Palace of Versailles Midnight drunk with arms around the world Captured still frames Of you and me games Like they say the camera never lies Hundreds of photographs That we paste in a book Bring me back with a look

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We can’t contain our excitement. That Harvey Williams (ANOTHER SUNNY DAY, BLUEBOY, THE FIELD MICE, TREMBLING BLUE STARS) wanted to contribute to the press release about THE LAST DETAIL’s debut album (the name of the band comes from the 1973 movie starring Jack Nicholson) already says a lot about how special this group and this album are:

“So how should one react when one’s two favourite contemporary singer-songwriters decide to record an album together? Mehdi Zannad has a peerless collection of long-players & one-off 45’s behind him, under both his own name and as FUGU, while Erin Moran (A GIRL CALLED EDDY) released one of this century’s great lost albums back in 2004. The stakes were high, as were my expectations. Thankfully THE LAST DETAIL doesn’t disappoint. Breezy yet reflective. Melancholic but never maudlin, and always resolutely upbeat.

While there are occasional signals indicating the artists’ individual creative pasts, the album has a personality all its own, as all great collaborations do (Nancy & Lee, Gainsbourg & Birkin, PET SHOP BOYS & Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw & THE SMITHS...). Of course, there are nods to pop’s rich tapestry echoing through the record; such references are inevitable for a duo so knowledgeable and passionate about music. But the songs are far too emotional and honest to be dismissed as mere postmodernism; they live and breathe. And while it’s difficult to pick out highlights, I have to single out “Places” as particularly tremendous; lyrically a fond remembrance of times past set to a soaring, joyous melody with umpteen hooks: you think you’re hearing the chorus, then the song moves on to the real chorus. And then it does the same trick again. Magnificent”.

So, here we are. Erin Moran (A GIRL CALLED EDDY) and Mehdi Zannad (FUGU) have made an album together, which is going to be released on Elefant Records.
The collaboration began to take shape when Zannad fell in love with Erin’s exquisite voice on her debut album “A Girl Called Eddy” - produced with Richard Hawley and critically acclaimed in the press from Uncut to Mojo to Rolling Stone and The New York Times, while Erin was a fan of FUGU from the very first album - which she bought as a ‘staff recommends’ at the old Kim’s Video on Bleecker St. in New York City.

Erin Moran was born in the same hospital as Frank Sinatra in Hoboken (New Jersey), raised on the “Jersey Shore”, but has called NYC her home for decades. When her debut album was released in 2004, it not only received critical acclaim from the press, but also acquired her some A-list fans: childhood hero’s like Burt Bacharach and Gilbert O’Sullivan, and artists as diverse as Robert Smith of THE CURE, to Tracey Thorn, Jane Birkin, and Nina Persson. She can be heard singing on records by Ron Sexsmith, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS and many more, but interestingly (as Mehdi first heard her) she is the voice of the girl in the duet with Philippe Katerine; indie hit “Parlez-Vous Anglais Mr. Katerine?” which also just so happens to be the opening song on the Elefant compilation “Montecarlo” (released in 1997 for the inauguration of the “Colección De Las Ciudades”, and which includes the participation of among others, Harvey Williams himself). Synchronicity all around then.

Many have been wondering for years when A GIRL CALLED EDDY was going to release a second album… We finally have an answer to that question - at the beginning of 2019! (with a single before the end of this year) While waiting for that fans can calm their nerves with this very special project in collaboration with Mehdi Zannad.

Mehdi is a pop-raconteur: not only an established musician, songwriter, producer, but an architectural drawing master as well. He’s exhibited his work in gallery’s all over France and has been teaching in some of Paris’ most esteemed institutions. He’s released two marvelous albums as FUGU, singles shared with STEREOLAB and SAINT ETIENNE, co-wrote on the soundtrack for the film “La France” by Serge Bozon in 2007, arranged for Barbara Carlotti and TAHITI 80, produced APRIL MARCH, as well as releasing a delicious single on Elefant Records in 1998 (which we will be specifically re-releasing in a very special limited edition).

Erin and Mehdi met up in London, Paris and Nancy to write, and along the way held recording sessions in the band TAHITI 80’s Lab/recording studio in Rouen (where Zannad recorded his second full length, “As Found”). Erin wrote choruses that Mehdi turned into songs, and vice-versa, and both had brought some of their own already-written tunes on board when in 2014 Elefant Records showed up on the scene and offered them the possibility of making an album after hearing the first four songs from the project.
Sessions were booked, orchestra’s were contracted! and the record started to take shape with the help of various members of Mehdi’s core band of FUGU, as well as members of TAME IMPALA, SYD MATTERS and TAHITI 80.

And so finally, we have the prodigious result in our hands. On this album you can hear the work of songwriters who are tremendously in love with music. With deep respect and inspiration, care and affection. Spinning in their heads, always, the greats... Jimmy Webb, Paul McCartney, Eric Carmen, Carole King and Paddy McAloon. This is a perfect, stand-out collection of songs on which both authors take turns with the vocals. The album begins with “Softly (Part 1)” as a playful, catchy opening … “Fun Fair” breathes a certain air of classic romance, with the piano progression and that final development of sabadabadas that is evocative of Françoise Hardy and Claudine Longet. Enthralling. “You’re Not Mine” has something of the soberness and strength of Laura Nyro, of the melodic elegance of Evie Sands and Linda Perhacs, of the inspiration of Joni Mitchell and the mysticism of Judee Sill. It’s in the lines of these songs, which abound with the folk-pop of the sixties and seventies, where the album tries to find its place among the classics. That BEACH BOYS touch is present in a lot of harmonies, like “Trust Your Buddy”, now with Mehdi singing, but the production work brings them closer at times to the BEE GEES at their folk-iest. Aren’t you inevitably transported just listening to that guitar solo? Because, it’s time to confess, I don’t know if you’ve ever had the feeling of listening to a classic the very first time you hear a new song. That is what happened for us with “Take My Hand”, the absolute conviction that this song, with its majestic string arrangements, turns its references into travel companions. LOVE, John Denver, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, THE MILLENNIUM, THE LEFT BANKE… “Fairweather Friend” brings Erin back to lead vocals for a song that once again evokes a folk vibe of the early 70’s on a song she says she wrote ‘while staring at the cover of McCartneys “Ram” for far too long’.

The energy levels are off the charts with the incredible “Lazy”. The classical piano introduction, followed by a prodigious soul push, then breathtaking wind instruments and a chorus that makes you want to sing it with your arms reaching into the air, as if you were trying to touch the sky with Erin sounding like a latter-day Jackie DeShannon… “Talk To Me” takes an important stylistic leap, with production more marked by the 80’s and neon lights and Casio’s. The melody of the verses is exquisite and the chorus is downright immortal. But the thing is, if we try to read between the lines in the lyrics, could it be that this song is talking about the musical relationship between our two composers? Pure magic. And finally, it’s a show of the love of music and the unquestionable capacity of these two songwriters to build eternal songs, without worrying about what decade to turn to.

“Die Cast” is one of those songs that is so small, on such a big album, that it winds up becoming one of your favorites. It’s delicate and fragile, somewhere between a habanera and a border sound, cinematic, powerful in its smallness. “Tears” is more rock, closer to the BEATLES at their most energetic. Solid and evocative at the same time. And once again, that guitar solo with fuzz that takes us to the times when rock moved minds. To talk about “Places” after Harvey Williams’ words seems audacious. We just want to say that we totally agree. It’s a huge song, the purity of Brian Wilson, the sweetness of AMERICAN SPRING and the grandeur of Roger Nichols. “Softly (Part 2)” falls back into the melodic line that opens the album, but it gives it a tremendously fun fifties touch, with echoes of surf and garage, and makes it instrumental. To close the album, “Photographs” gives a melancholic touch, between clavichords and acoustic guitars -like the inevitable romanticism that also opened “Fun Fair”.

This is most definitely a special album, but beyond the names that have shaped it, it is special because it holds a group of inimitable songs that sometimes feels hard to believe were written in 2018. Inspiration, sonic artistry, respect and musical elegance. As if there were a secret rule: to remember every last detail. Even down to the album presentation, with fantastic design by the esteemed Julian House (of the “Intro” collective) who’s designed covers for STEREOLAB, CAN, PRIMAL SCREAM, BROADCAST, and many others. Everything in place.

They say, “God is in the details”. May we present to you, THE LAST DETAIL.

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released November 2, 2018

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