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by Claptrap

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The Rewrite 04:12
I am a mammal from the last century I’ll tell you what no twitter account has told me Who are you friend that I’ve never seen You wouldn’t follow me now if you knew where I’d been We drove our car to a class of chi-qong Planning to do what I always do wrong Stick my tongue out try to pick a fight I’m just a boy who turned man overnight « Do me a favor. It can’t wait » « I got to get somewhere and I’m always too late » Never short of reasons Great or small Never short of reasons Oh, I can’t explain My neighbors are busy chasing their tails Barking and biting in voices that scare Me into thinking The fence needs some fixing I need to get out for a glass of fresh air Simon is waiting alone at the bar Laughing and hiding his own little scars He tells me the stories playing the part Drinking the smokes from his fickle heart “Nothing is easy and more is lame” Go through the motions that I can’t explain I smile and silence my breath away Kill or be killed It’s the end of the day
Out Of 03:36
You are a ray of light In the rain and the dark A mix of teeth and tongue Don’t lose your words for me I can only hear you The quiver in your mouth I’ve drunk myself out I still blush when you’re cheeky I’m a bearded boy With a crooked sword Been out of work So long it hurts Out of practice I can’t help this Bring me back where I belong The shows all in the past I’ m trying to make it last With no make up on I’ll blow smoke in your eyes And pretend you are blind I’m focused on everything Anything I can throw in This conversation of lies Don’t lose your words for me I can only hear you
Flying on your censorship Dreaming dreams of endless streams Oh my god, is it true ? Can you please put me through ? Laughing softly in your ear Bringing back some hidden fear In your mind with your words Left around for good luck Oh operator ! Hear my call Howlin’ lonesome on my fall In and out, would you please Just find out what it means
Summer Ends 05:23
Now it’s the end of the world But when I was a boy In the backseat Holding the fort The engines roar And fight a war For my sister’s toys They were better than my own Like sand in my shoes It’s staying with me On every trip Can’t shake this song off A ticket to ride Won’t hold still The merry go round will be My only tattoo Against all this backdrop Runs a single ceiling fan Burning my tan off I’m still hoping I’ll fit in Ice cubes and water It waxes and wanes It’s kind of strange How every summer ends I’m there watching the casket When this goes away They say I won’t forget But nothing stays true after a while I make amends And against all this backdrop Runs a single ceiling fan It gets oh so warm I’m still hoping I’ll fit in Ice cubes and water It waxes and wanes It’s kind of strange How every summer ends
Wavelength 04:50
Will you tell me where to go? And all that I don’t know Can you help when? I ‘m here waiting Will you tell me what to play I always go astray I’ll be cheerful If not careful So long, curse and luck I never catch that wave Again Will you come and will you stay Everyone’s too far away Hell is lonely It burns slowly Will you make my bed And maybe clean my head I’m ready When you need me So long, curse and luck I’ll never catch that wave Again Here’s the drum Plain and dumb Washing the shore Begging for more The more things last It strains our past No one to blame I’ll do what I can The fire in flames Where ashes give in Hell is lonely It burns slowly
Turned to the wall When was the last time you called? The picture is too close the room is too dark Let’em drink their drinks and hear’em bark At the lazy drops of rain A clementine from Corsica or Spain Peels off like a brand new pair of snakeskin boots Can I measure the extent of our deepest roots ? I will not save Myself Turned to the wall Trying to read what was scrawled Agna agna mai agna agna mai agna agna Say What? What’s that again? Can we still be friends? Bonus footage on a sequel we could name After our sisters children if anything Turned to the wall Long ago I forgot I bawled It’s Thursday and the week is still young It’s warm and the world won’t be long I will not save Myself
Public Eye 03:42
Don’t put your blade on my neck Hold on you know you can wait This never worked out for me I know you’re bored I can see I’m just that man I guess Rotten bones and weak flesh Oh There’s nothing else I do And none of this is true Playing ‘til you care Oh no. While I think of something to say You’ve already run away My looks are deceiving it’s true Time always gives up on you I still stick out my neck Too much left I can’t take Oh There’s nothing else I do And none of this is true Playing ‘til you care Oh no.


Originally conceived by Eric Pasquereau (a member of the Colonie de Vacances, amongst other projects), the songs have been skilfully decomposed, twisted, disguised and recomposed with Julien Chevalier, Paul Loiseau and Vincent Robert (members of Borja Flames, La Terre Tremble !!! and Electric Electric). Claptrap have made up an unorthodox instrumentarium bridging an ancestral practice (mandolin, classical guitar, percussions…) with a futuristic chimera (modular synthesizers, rhythm boxes, electronic music…), a small electro-acoustic ballroom orchestra to shield oneself from vacuity.

Although the band had a few references in mind, like the tightrope experiments carried out by Franco Battiato, Arto Lindsay or Haruomi Hosono, Claptrap have a singular musical identity, each of their songs building a theatre for a play that shows the world in all its confusing presence and diversity.


released January 28, 2022

All songs by Eric Pasquereau
Arranged, recorded and performed by Claptrap
Mixed by Patrice Guillerme, Eric Pasquereau and Vincent Robert
Mastered by Aigle Noir
Artwork and design by Geoffroy Pithon

Claptrap is Julien Chevalier, Paul Loiseau, Eric Pasquereau and Vincent Robert


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