The Spaces You Hold

by Robin Rimbaud & Michel Banabila

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You Never Told Me And you, you never told me when You never changed your mind And you, imagine how I felt When I heard your voice again Tell me whatever happened What happened to you that night In the dark Plunder your history For stories I tell You were alone Furnished with blood You were bound for glory Bound for greatness And you, you never told me when You just changed your mind And you, you never told me when You just changed your mind Imagine I felt when I heard your voice again and again and again Just tell me what happened Just tell me right now And you, you never told me when You just changed your mind
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Everything’s broken In a broken heart Look to the future Just round the corner Coming together In the course of time Everything’s happening Close up to hand Look at the North Star Seen from afar We have a future Just make it happen Break with your memories Everything’s now Everything’s fallen Fallen apart Everything’s broken In a broken heart Look to the future Just round the corner Coming together In the course of time Find a solution An impossible dream Learn how to be one It’s not what it seems Look at the history Of all that has happened Open to page one And see what you find
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Step Ahead 05:09
Move forward Press start Step ahead Force heart System break Music step Manual role Player web Laser cut Colour red Show light Lost thread Slow move Fast gain Stand still Black vein Again and again Again and again Move forward Press start Step ahead Force heart System break Music step Manual role Player web Laser cut Colour red Show light Lost thread Slow gain Fast care Slow move Fast care Stand still Black vein Again and again Again and again Again and again Again and again Again and again Again and again
4.
The places you live The places you see The spaces you hold In your memory There are things that you don’t want There are things you don’t need Things that bring warmth To just help you breathe But no-one wants this Nor ever needs be It’s something to crush For eternity I wish we could talk Just like we used to do Sometimes in silence Just letting time through To think we could travel Through time and through space To just hear your voice And just see your face We grew up together And you taught me so much How to live life so simply A commitment to love But you left us too soon With no time to talk To learn so much To learn what you taught And the places you live And the spaces you see The spaces you hold In your memory There are things that you don’t want There are things you don’t need Things that bring warmth And just help you breathe And the places you live And the spaces you see The spaces you hold In your memory There are things that you don’t want There are things you don’t need Things that bring warmth And just help you breathe But no-one wants this Nor ever needs be It’s something to crush For eternity

about

Songs have always been important to each and every one of us but interestingly in my own career trajectory I’ve rarely written songs or considered the idea of being a songwriter. I have sung cover versions of Tuxedomoon, Severed Heads and Wire on past releases, and for those who saw my band Githead (with Colin Newman and Malka Spigel) might have heard my rendition of Spiderman at the soundcheck. Most recently, I released this tribute to my late mother Jayemme, but used a vocoder to disguise my voice.

Now, until this day, I was never brave enough to reveal myself in such a direct and intimate way, but here you have it. Four songs, written over the last year with Dutch composer and musician Michel Banabila. Having worked together before, with our first EP on Steamin'Soundworks, and released a beautiful 7” single, Between Your Eyes and Mine, (scanner.bandcamp.com/album/between-your-eyes-and-mine), Michel approached me to collaborate on a new release. Interestingly, Michel also had a long history of working with the human voice and encouraged me to add my voice to some very rough ideas he had begun sketching out. From these very early explorations, songs began to almost magically appear from the dust, and matured into this poignant EP that you can hear here.

It was a risk. Like many electronic musicians it’s easy to hide behind the technology, but to leave yourself raw and open is extremely challenging. The vulnerability appealed to me. This music will most likely surprise many listeners, but there’s an emotional depth and commitment within them from us both that we hope translates. There’s still an experimental edge to these songs, but enveloped within the song structure. It’s so different from anything that either of us have ever produced before that we hope you will embrace the music with open hearts and open minds.

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released May 15, 2020

All titles written, performed & produced by Robin Rimbaud & Michel Banabila

Mixed by Marlon Wolterink & Michel Banabila

Mastered by Marlon Wolterink at White Noise Studio

Typography by Rutger Zuydervelt

Photo by Robin's mum

Sandhya Sanjana backing vocals on The Places You Live

Lyrics written and sung by Robin Rimbaud

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Robin Rimbaud - Scanner is an artist and composer working in London. Since 1991 he has been intensely active in sonic art, producing concerts, installations and recordings, the albums Mass Observation (1994), Delivery (1997), and The Garden is Full of Metal (1998). His work has been presented throughout the United States, South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. ... more

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