Let's Begin

by Songs for Iris

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1.
To Bleed 00:37
It's a crippled heart I follow and what reason do I make? Wild and lost in my own sorrow riddles impossible to break This is cause for us to bleed This is cause for us to bleed
2.
Never you've seen true to me in your shields of empathy always you choose valleys over mountains Never would you hurt the heart that imprisoned you from the start Always you choose rivers over oceans And you drive me you drive me away Is it worth loving you for the pain? Pain of knowing my imperfection and the lack of your courage in my opinion Never enemies you stab right in the back just to react Always you choose bridges over waters Never hide and seek you play you're never lost you know the way Always you choose highways over highlands Never you'll find your own way from the path you're choosing every day Always you choose valleys over mountains You're playing with me without realizing your safe safety is breaking our hearts in pieces of wood the sawdust blinds you from seeing clear What's going on?
3.
Homeless 03:33
What to do when you lose control? What to do when you lose your home? Hide and seek on the countryside far away from the city lights They tared down the walls today Tared down my ship I lost my way I feel no remorse I know what I've lost Love, love, love, love, love Love is all to mourn when it's lost What to do when the help wont come? And you're found by those you were hiding from? Cause nothings ever yours to keep So don't feel safe when you fall asleep My bed flew away last night They poisoned the floor right by law I feel no remorse I know what I've lost Love, love, love, love, love Love is all to mourn when it's lost Love is all to mourn when lost Love is all to mourn Everything I owned is gone Reconsidering things I'm depending on It's unfair but it is the cost and I'll only mourn when love is lost
4.
Could I record this silence? Could I keep feeling at ease? Oh when am I going back again? How long will this country hold me? And will you ever find me? Have I changed enough to disappear? Fighting the tales they tell about me How long will this country hold me? I found a dying siren She’d louvered her last king man I found myself in the hollow alley How long will this country hold me? A breath of music consumed me I’m eager to let it all out Cause they all sing with greater beauty How long will this country hold me?
5.
Stay as long as you don't feel mistreated Give me promises as long as I don't hold you to it Give me a sign to lift this pressure of my chest Do you know about it all? Then lift this pressure of my chest You'll feel better once you know me I could never tell a lie You'll feel better once you give me time to work it out Feel exactly what I'm doing to ya Don't repeat the thrill I hope to get some action from ya Feelings unspoken oh lift this pressure of my chest When will you be broken oh lift this pressure of my chest You'll feel better once you know me I could never tell a lie You'll feel better once you give me time to work it out Repair yourself Do what you want Say what you want Give what you want You'll feel better once you know me I could never tell a lie You'll feel better once you give me time to work it out Feel exactly what you want
6.
Less Hollow 03:37
Hollow... Oh it's so hard to find the time for you Oh it's so hard to let in something true again Again I'm feeling awkward Again I really know you Again you are my lion The stronger you get less hollow am I And I empty my closet I empty my draws Without further notice I empty my heart Out of intuition I make room for visions I'm keeping my balance though you tare me apart I'm lost in a story waiting to be told with a mythical stranger burning into my soul I'm trusting in chaos like beautiful art When no logic rule me I empty my heart Hollow... Oh it's impossible to prove you wrong When you're teaching me that something’s going on between us Are you intense only for my sake? Do you call me to hear an answer? Afraid of nothing you dive in deep The deeper you get less hollow am I And I empty my closet I empty my draws Without further notice I empty my heart Out of intuition I make room for visions I'm keeping my balance though you tare me apart I'm lost in a story waiting to be told with a mythical stranger burning into my soul I'm trusting in chaos like beautiful art When no logic rule me I empty my heart Hollow...
7.
Waiting by the phone Trying to make it on her own Always on her feet chasing down her childhood dream Always waiting never knowing one more day And I know that you feel such a strong appeal for the shadows in the dark And I know that you want to follow the ones somewhere in the dark Somewhere in the dark you'll find a light Shining on the stage just another pretty face Always wanting never having one more day And I know that you feel such a strong appeal for the shadows in the dark And I know that you want to follow the ones who are living in the dark These mysterious ways, the mysterious days drew you into the dark And what guides you through is a dogs lonely bark Somewhere in the dark Somewhere in the dark you'll find a light
8.
Dust whirls up into the sky in our goodbye Love too much and too little slowly dies in our eyes Even now when I've made this paper weak from thoughts I'm at peace Is it time, is it time to get over my severe burn? Is it time, is it time to discover all the things I have left here to learn? Years and years we've spent and I enjoyed your company In playful fantasies you married me It was not real Who would judge faithful dreamers? Once like us we were living in peace Is it time, is it time to get over my severe burn? Is it time, is it time to discover all the things I have left here to learn? Oh I want, how I want to get rid of these feelings I've hunted in life It's a matter and truth we don't speak of letting daisies decide our choice We walked in loneliness but only to come home again We're lost on different roads and only memories remain
9.
Comgidium 03:18
I read your mind in an envious smile Comgidium and tell me what you've become Trust in the lies I have told you before Comgidium and tell me what you've become Ships may be sailing, ships may be sailing I am not worried I'll see you again Ships may be sinking, ships may be sinking I'm not the least worried I'll see you again My hearts in the harbour, my hearts in the harbour Choose you harbour where it lies Think when I hear of a wind of a storm Comgidium and tell me what you've become Think what I fear when the night reaches dawn Comgidium and tell me what you've become Red shines the dawn and my heart is undone Comgidium and tell me what you've become Waiting for when we again become one Comgidium and tell me what you've become Ships may be sailing, ships may be sailing I am not worried I'll see you again Ships may be sinking, ships may be sinking I'm not the least worried I'll see you again My hearts in the harbour, my hearts in the harbour Choose you harbour where it lies Hide the horizon your ship can't be gone Comgidium and tell me what you've become My eyes cannot reach you out of sight out of mind Comgidium and tell me what you've become I take on my throne at the highest view Comgidium and tell me what you've become I take on my duty and look after you Comgidium and tell me what you've become They burn down the bridges, they burn down the bridges but I am not worried I'll see you again They tare down your wishes, they tare down your wishes I am not worried I'll see you again My hearts in the harbour, my hearts in the harbour Choose you harbour where it lies
10.
Funny how it all begins to grow when you find peace when you let go Guess I'll live another year without no pain without no fear without the guilt that brought me here Cause I plan to do so Cause I plan to do so Dear, when can I come home? You answer: “Dear, you're on your own.” I'm lost in houses with too many floors with too many stairs too many draws too many windows, many doors I didn't plan to do so I didn't plan to do so Failed plans are made to keep you on your toes survive the river when strong currents flow So let it in a new pair of wings and let's begin I can lie as far as my memory goes where I fiction up my life and hope I like it better when you think I'm brave When you're not ashamed if I don't misbehave Well I'm not a fool by love enslaved I didn't plan to do so I didn't plan to do so Failed plans are made to keep you on your toes survive the river when strong currents flow So let it in a new pair of wings and let's begin Let's begin Funny how it all begins to grow
11.
The Flood 04:12
Rescue all you can my love the flood is coming in our hearts to drown the past forsaken times to make room for our joining lives Rescue what you need my dear the floods erasing every wheel you steered you life with before you knew I was here depending on you Rescue what you'll miss my darling I will never keep you yearning for the part of you you practiced in you r childhood and adultness Rescue what you love my all hang pictures of it on our wall and use that window to remember the ones that got you through your winter Don't save me cause I'll keep floating on my back my eyes wide open letting all the currents guide me while I feel you pulling my feet Rescue what you are instead and by this flood don't be mislead The flood of love, a sea of flames endanger you to fade away

about

Songs for Iris' debutplade Let's Begin udkom d. 2. februar 2015 og blev fejret d. 5. februar på Bartof Station i København.

Singler
Pladens førstesingle Less Hollow har i løbet af efteråret 2014 haft airplay på P4 og P5, og ligeledes andensinglen Valleys over Mountains i løbet af foråret 2015.
Julie Malmstrøm har lavet musikvideoer til begge singler, hvor sidstnævnte indeholder koreografi fra den populære swingdans Lindy Hop som danses i det københavnske miljø. Begge videoer kan findes på youtube efter deres henholdsvise udgivelsesdato.

Historien
Titlen Let's begin er taget fra omkvædet i sangen I Plan To Do So, og betegner det gennemgående tema for pladen, hvilket er ´begyndelsen på noget nyt´. Sangene udspiller sig i et rum, hvor man skal lære at give slip, sørge over slutninger og samtidig tage chancer og være modig nok til at turde at lukke nye elementer ind i sit liv. Pladen er en lang erkendelse af, at livet ikke kan planlægges.

Tidligere udgivelser
Bandet har tidligere udgivet EP'en Tales & Lies, der udkom d. 2. feb. 2012. EP'en bragte bandet adskillige koncerter, heriblandt opvarmning for CODY og Hanne Boel samt airplay med singlen 'Fighting Life Alone' på danske og irske radiostationer. Ydermere muliggjorde EP'en, at sangerinden I bandet, Heidi Mattsson, kom med i det prestige-fyldte projekt Udenfor Sæsonen, hvor hun har delt scene med Steffen Brandt, Annisette, Per Vers, Gustaf Ljunggren og Cæcilie Trier.

Musikere på pladen

Heidi Mattsson – Vokal, akustisk guitar.
Mads Nyland – Vokal, akustisk 12-strenget guitar, el-guitar, mandolin, banjo.
Jakob Ambeck Vase – Vokal, perkussion, klaver, keyboard, harmonika.
Torben W. Pedersen – Bas.
Gertrud Joyce Borchsenius – Violin.
Leif Bruun – Pedal Steel.

Tekst & Musik af Songs for Iris


Anmeldelser af Let's Begin

Bands of Tomorrow 5/5

Det er stemningsfyldt, det gør mig glad, og det er noget jeg har lyst til at dele med andre – ”prøv at hør’ hvor godt det lyder!”.
Songs for Iris er et nyt dansk band, bestående af Heidi Mattsson, Mads Nyland, Jakob Ambeck Vase og Torben W. Pedersen med med base i København, hvorfra de bl.a. rejser til både Irland og Skotland for at turnere med deres musik. Deres lyd er da også især inspireret af irsk folkemusik men har også, som de selv siger, træk af både pop og Americana.
Deres sange er stemningsfyldte og historiefortællende, og det er let at blive væk i lyden af de smukke vokaler leveret af Heidi, Mads og Jakob.
Let’s Begin starter ud med sangen ”To Bleed”, som der, i de 37 sekunder sangen varer, tager en med tilbage i tiden. Lyden minder om den fra en gammel grammofonspiller – altså, selvfølgelig på den bedst tænkelige måde, det er nemlig med til at sætte stemningen, og man er klar til at blive ført væk. Da stemningen er sat begynder det hele først rigtigt med sangen ”Valleys over Mountains”, og så er der ellers også dømt tempo og ”irsk pub stemning” så det vil noget.
”Lift this pressure of my chest” skiller sig ud, og her kan man især høre at gruppen er inspireret af andre musikgenre end folk. Beatet er specielt, men også meget fangende, og det er en af de sange man kan huske når man tænker tilbage på de 11 sange der er på pladen.
I sangen ”Somewhere in the Dark” tog jeg mig selv i at sidde og kigge ud af vinduet, imens jeg  nærmest kunne mærke, mit hjerte synke i mit bryst. Jeg ved ikke hvad det var ved netop denne sang, som rørte mig. Måske var det Heidis fantastiske smukke stemme som førte mig væk, måske var det den melankolske stemning i sangen, eller måske var det hvordan, det hele gik op i en højre enhed, med de mørke herrestemmer i kontrast til Heidis stemme, jeg ved det ikke, men lige den her sang, den hørte jeg mange gange.
Sangen med det sjove navn ”Comgidium” er endnu en af mine personlige favoritter. Den er, ligesom ”Lift this pressure of my chest”, anderledes end mange af de andre sange på pladen, og det at de tør at tage sådanne chancer, giver altså point, og er med til at det hele ikke bliver for ensformigt. Samtidige får man i ”Comgidium” også rigtig lov til at høre Mads og Jacob, og det er bestemt en fornøjelse. Songs for Iris har generelt fået meget ros rundt omkring, både her på Bands of Tomorrow, men også Gaffa har været ude med rosen, og det er der altså ikke noget at sige til. Det er tydeligt at høre at disse mennesker mener det seriøst. Hvis jeg en dag tænder min radio og hører en af deres sange, så ville jeg hverken bliver overrasket eller ked af det.
Songs for Iris holder release fest for på Bartof Station torsdag den 5. februar.  Har man ikke mulighed for at opleve dem på torsdag  drager Songs for Iris på tourné rundt i det danske samt det irske land til foråret. Hvis man har muligheden for det, vil jeg helt bestemt anbefale at man tager et smut forbi. Jeg kan kun forestille mig at de også er formidable live.
Alt i alt kan man sige om Songs for Iris debut plade Lets Begin, at der ikke er noget som virker forceret, der er ikke noget som virker påtrængt og der er ikke noget som virker forhastet, det hele virker bare til at passe sammen og nærmest gå op i en højere enhed, og netop derfor fortjener Song for Iris 5 stjerne – måske fortjener de endda 6 stjerner, hvis det kunne lade sig gøre, simpelthen fordi det hele virker så rigtigt hele tiden.











GAFFA 3/6

Dansk folk/pop inspireret af americana og irsk/skotsk vokal-folk


Songs For Iris er et dansk folk/pop-orkester, som – med sangerinden Heidi Mattsson i spidsen – spiller en form for akustisk folk/pop, der har hentet inspiration i americana og irsk/skotsk vokal-folk. Mattsson og orkesterets to mandlige sangere, Jakob Ambeck Vase og Mads Nyland har siden deres tid på Musikvidenskab delt passionen for den helt særlige form for folk/pop, som kendetegner Songs For Iris. Samtidig har de forfinet deres trestemmige vokalharmonier.
Og det er netop disse – kombineret med det fine akkompagnement af især guitar, bas, banjo, violin og pedal steel – der gør orkesterets musik så lytteværdig og så forbundet med nævnte genrer. Der er helt generelt noget lyrisk, melodisk over sangene. Noget, der i øvrigt sender tankerne i retningen af amerikansk country. Teksterne er – som i megen country – små fortællinger om kærlighed o.lign. De er små fortællinger, som enten med et element af drømmende melankoli eller strålende højt humør skildrer følelseslivets kompleksitet og potentielle polarisering.


Music video for Valleys Over Mountains:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dorAcMWafts

Music video for Less Hollow:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pSiKiA-ZIs

Both videos by Julie Malmstrøm:
www.juliemalmstroem.com

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released February 2, 2015

Recorded by Leif Bruun and Songs for Iris

Mixed and mastered by Brian Mørk Hansen at Racehorse Rec.

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Songs for Iris is an acoustic folk-pop band from Denmark, well-known for it's tight vocal harmonies and it's groovy arrangements. The music covers a wide field of folk traditions, but is at the same time very contemporary and innovative. It's grand and emotional, and simultaneously humorous with tongue in cheek rhythmics. ... more

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