Polarlichter

by Alice Hubble

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1.
Ruby Falls 05:43
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Goddess 04:21
Fearless daring, beyond approachable And her smile breaks the earth She’s the beauty, ethereal she glows She’s the goddess of your world The sensations, the rush of blood you have At her presence, confirm your feelings She’s the one, the one you’re worshipping Next to her, you’re merely nothing You consume her alabaster skin You consume and you take everything Nothing left, cause you took everything And she’s left with all of nothing You can take and you will take Cause it makes you feel great She’s not real, she can’t feel She’s the idol that you break And it all comes to you one day Kaleidoscope it turns to grey Demagnetised she walks away It all comes to you that day Your destruction settled in She’s not a moon in your orbit And she’s not your girl
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You can say what you want to say, A past resolve reflects the day, Conflicting thoughts come into play, This is clearly not the answer, We both did some things, we cannot change Dancing around each other You can think, that this will solve our lives Unchanging fate dissolves the sides Find our way through mystery Taking pauses for clarity We both did some things, that we cannot change Unable to see each other The days and years they go like clockwork Anniversaries loom and they pass us The passing of time will heal us But we are still alone I couldn’t find the way to make it better I couldn’t find the way to make you better I couldn’t find the way to make me better I couldn’t find the way to make things right I couldn’t find the way to make it better I couldn’t find the way to make you better I couldn’t find the way to make me better But I’m still resigned to try to make things right
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So here I am on the run Towards another one There’s something more than what he has given me I feel I’m giving in, Another higher being Brings me more than what he’s offering Consult the oracle Am I’m tempting fate Following a different path than What I thought was right, all I want is to open up my eyes I couldn’t find the divine enlightenment anymore I’m beyond submission The higher being don’t give me feelings anymore Found another passion I kicked the habit my old world it just brings me down The Priestess disapproving My affections moving Disillusioned with what the convent brings He’ll show me how, Relinquish my vow, Submission never felt this good Temptation’s seeping in Convincing me that I should try to open up my mind With another guy Than the one of the cloth with leather on his thighs I couldn’t find the divine enlightenment anymore I’m beyond submission The higher being don’t give me feelings anymore Found another passion I kicked the habit my old world it just brings me down
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Take your shoes off lie down here and be still, and be still Forget the world, lie down here and be still, and be still Stay here with me, lie down here and be still, and be still Just let things be, lie down here and be still, and be still Can’t hear your screams, quiet down and be still, and be still You can’t leave me, lying here and so still, and so still

about

"A tale of control and power, set to a perfect pop-song; as introductions go, Goddess is a hugely impressive one" For the Rabbits on 'Goddess'

"Tender and insightful and awash with old school synths and a beautiful voice" Steve Lamacq


Alice Hubble is the new solo project of Alice Hubley (Mass Datura, Cosines, Arthur and Martha), and the product of one lady locked at home with her collection of synthesisers.

The album 'Polarlichter' was born out of a desire to work on a project without constraints, to move away from the traditional song writing process and to experiment with the form. Inspired by the 70’s recordings by Tangerine Dream, Ashra and Mike Oldfield (particularly the records he made with his sister Sally), Alice wanted to take a more delicate approach; a distinctly feminine take on often pompous 70’s progressive synth sound. Other inspirations include Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Lee Hazlewood’s Swedish recordings and 80’s American synth pop band The Book of Love.

Constructing and sketching many of its riffs on her iPad during monotonous train journeys throughout the country. Alice built up her fragmentary ideas using vintage synthesisers and a mellotron creating something majestic, and sweeping. The album offers a soundscape of pastoral solace, far removed the urban sprawl in which it was conceived.

As a form of musical escapism, many of the recordings are inspired by far off places; Ruby Falls in Chatanooga, USA, Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies and the Atlantis Palm hotel in Dubai. Other inspiration was drawn by interpersonal interactions and Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End.

‘Polarlichter’ was recorded using her vast array of analogue synthesisers at Alice’s home in north London. The recordings were completed and mixed at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate (whose clients include Metronomy, Stealing Sheep, Girl Ray) and co-produced by Mikey Collins (Allo Darlin), who contributed drums and guitar to the recordings.

Having recently supported Damo Suzuki she will be playing a number of shows in support of its release.

credits

released September 13, 2019

Written and performed by Alice Hubley.
Additional drums, guitars and programming by Mikey Collins
Recorded at home, additional recoring at Big jelly Studios
Engineered and produced by Alice Hubley and Mikey Collins
Mastering by Pete Maher
Sleeve by Emma Hall.

With thanks to Adam Cresswell, Andy Brown, Chris Hubley, Emma Hall, Georgia and Cleo, Isabel Albiol, Jacob Mayfield, joshua Wells, Laura Kovic, Luke Mawdsley, Mass Datura, Mikey Collins, Poppy Cockburn, Rachel Kenedy, Sam Ayres, Thomas Rowe.

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