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Black Marble

by Above Above

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    "Black Marble" is the debut album by Above Above.

    Pressed on 180 gram black and white marbled virgin vinyl. Each vinyl is unique in its pattern, so is every side. Comes in a deluxe all black die-cut outer sleeve. Vinyl is housed in a printed inner sleeve with Mark Chadwick's painting "Black & White Close Up" on the front and lyrics on the back. Shrink-wrapped for safe shipping. Hype Sticker on the front cover. Limited to 300 copies.

    This vinyl release is a collaboration between clothing- and lifestyle store Coexist (now defunct) and independent record label 10 Fingers.

    Customer testimonials:

    "Wow. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of art I own. And that's before we get to the music! Honestly, great job on this one."
    - Sgt_Pepper522 via Reddit

    "This is possibly the most beautiful record I've ever seen!"
    - KillingAnArab via Reddit

    "Oh wow! Beautiful! I've got two copies. Love the art and the music. Cannot wait for the postman!"
    - Bloodsucker_ via Reddit

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  • Poster/Print + Digital Album

    BLACK POSTER - "RELEASEDATE"
    The beautiful cover art for "Black Marble", based on the painting "Black And White Fluid Painting" by the very talented Mark Chadwick (www.markchadwick.co.uk). Above the artwork hovers the release date for "Black Marble". Beneath the artwork is a short promotional text about our collaboration with Coexist Sound (www.coexiststore.dk). Last but not least is a credit to the great Mark Chadwick and where to find more info online.

    WHITE POSTER - "POEM"
    The also stunning cover art for "White Marble", including a poem in Danish by Mikkel Andreassen. Above the artwork hovers the band name. Beneath the artwork is a short promotional text about our collaboration with Coexist Sound (www.coexiststore.dk). Last but not least is a credit to Mikkel Andreassen and where to find more info online.

    Purchase includes the digital version of Above Above's debut album "Black Marble".

    Make your color selection under options during checkout. A1 format is 60 by 90 centimeters (approximately 23,62 by 35,42 inches). The posters are hand printed locally in our home town of Esbjerg, Denmark. Prints are identical on both options, only size differs.

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1.
Hideout 05:00
Don’t go Don’t leave me here Alone Time When you go down In your hideout And time When you go out In the sunshine
2.
New Day Born 03:03
Go round Go round Go round In loops now Come home Come home Come home Don’t feel down Sun up Sun down Sun up New day born Don’t mind Don’t mind Don’t mind Don’t mind it at all Go down Go down Go down Go downtown Speak up Speak up Speak up Don’t be shy Sun up Sun down Sun up New day born Don’t mind Don’t mind Don’t mind Don’t mind it at all
3.
Out Of Touch 03:00
Well, to take upon a day Is madness in a way To start it all again To jest and to pretend There’s ladders to be climbed And dotted lines to sign The grasping of the hand The making of a plan So take it all in stride Now that there’s nothing left to hide Your face against the pane Awake among the sane Well, it’s a truth or it’s a lie It’s a laugh or it’s a sigh It’s the stillness in the move It’s a point you have to prove It’s the coming of a new It’s the many and the few It’s the dying of the light Who’s the king among the blind?
4.
Lush 03:40
Say so long to the days gone Now united in song Though the years may have gone by There’s no doubt in your mind Staying in for the long haul It’s a run, it’s a crawl Holding on to your own mind Just to see how it shines Eye to eye under blue skies From a fool to a wise Still in search of a sound mind And the passing of time
5.
Bordeaux 04:30
Ease your mind Bordeaux Bordeaux I need you to Let go Let go Time will pass Bordeaux Bordeaux Scars remain I know I know The day is so fine The day is so fine The day is so fine The day is so fine I could never mind
6.
Victory Song 03:08
Cold and strung out By the phone The night is long When you’re alone Shake and dance Just like a kiss You have to shoot To know if you will miss Want to be Part of the show But you don’t know How far this thing it goes By your whistle By your cut The dream is real Like it or not
7.
Father Time 03:07
Day so short Night so long Carry on Carry on They don’t know They don’t know At all In this life To the sky Breathe in time Breathe in time Through my hands Through my hands They fall Father time Pay no mind To the signs To the signs But a change But a change In pace Running wild Like a child In your mind In your mind Be at ease Be at ease We fly Mother sign Dreaming wild Pay no mind Pay no mind Nothing’s strange Nothing’s changed At all
8.
By and by Through days And nights Round and round In air On ground By sea
9.
Ripple 04:02
River deep, river wide Oh, so still, almost frozen in time A sudden move Ripple in Rippling Ripple in River wide, river deep Oh, so calm, always lucid in sleep A sudden sound Ripple in Rippling Ripple in

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🔘 PLEASE NOTE

As we are not allowed to sell cover songs, we have included "April 5th", originally performed and recorded by Talk Talk, as a bonus track for those who buy the whole album.

🔘 LINER NOTES

“The majority of this record was made in my two-bedroom apartment in the heart of my hometown, while my downstairs neighbor were playing whatever was on the top of the charts that week. It was a challenging atmosphere to work in to say the least.”, says Philip Skovgaard laughingly. This year he can celebrate his tenth year as an active musician.

The debut album “Black Marble” is written, recorded and produced by Philip Skovgaard. The music emerges from the folktronica genre, a style combining folk and electronica music, where traditional songwriting is blended together with key elements from the electronica world. The lyrics are based upon many different elements, but they all have the grand emotions and thoughtfulness in common:

“To create something as dying as personal music at home in my apartment, while my downstairs neighbor was screaming along to the trivial tones of the present and of yesteryear, really put things into perspective. There has been a change. Music is now a commodity and it is the easiest obtainable art form - belittled to accommodate the spontaneous needs of the consumer which goes perfectly in line with todays throw-away mentality. I hope and believe that nothing that is worth having comes easy. The lifespan of todays music is short, and is often treated as musique d'ameublement. That has been my objective with this project, to create a space for those who sincerely seek it and need it. A record to dive into and be in."

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released March 9, 2018

🔘 CREDITS

Produced by Philip Skovgaard

Songs, lyrics and arrangements by Philip Skovgaard
Except B4 written and arranged by Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene
Engineered, programmed, performed, recorded and mixed by Philip Skovgaard
Mastered by Benny Bondesgaard Pedersen and Philip Skovgaard

Annelene Toft Christensen played violin on A5 & B5
Gunnar Sjur Ringøen played organ on B4 & B5
Jonas Muff supplied drum hits for A2, A5 and drum hits and cymbals for B3
Martin Kjær Killie played trumpet on B5
Martin Lau played electric guitar on A3
Mette Qvist-Jensen played flute on B5
Morten Scott Caspersen played bass on all selections except A1 and B3
Snæbjörn Gauti Snæbjörnsson played saxophone on A2, A4, B2, B3 & B4
Steffan Grarup Jensen decoded the chords and voicings for B4
Stine Benjaminsen played recorder on A2 and sang on A4
Dragana Budes, Katrine Kjeldskov and Nicolai Wedel sang on A5, B2 & B4

Recorded at home and at SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music in Esbjerg, Denmark
Between January 2016 and March 2017

Black & White Fluid Painting by Mark Chadwick
Concept, packaging design and artwork by 10 FINGERS
Visit us at www.aboveabove.dk and stay updated with our label at www.10fingers.dk

℗ & © 2017 All Rights Reserved
Under exclusive license to 10 FINGERS

This album is dedicated to Claus Gahrn - my mentor throughout my studies at SDMK and to Tina Held Frandsen and Claus Frandsen - for their faith and support

«Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.»
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Creative bureau based in Esbjerg, Denmark. Founded in 2004 with a focus on a few, but creative musical acts and minimalistic, bold design.

Working in the grey areas with talent that skillfully combines genres and styles without compromising on quality.
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