Continental (2011)

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All music by Jérôme Didelot
All lyrics by Julien Lonchamp & Jérôme Didelot expect Continental and Lonely Ride by Jérôme Didelot (thanks to Stéphane & Doris for German translation)

String arrangement on On This Brightful Day by Alexander Von Mehren
String arrangement on A Long Way To The Start & Lonely Ride by Alexandre Rabin
String arrangement on The Wife, the Battlefield by Alexandre Rabin & Jérôme Didelot
String arrangement on Continental & Secret Movies by Jérôme Didelot
Piano arrangement on Eastern by Alexandre Longo
Masterminding here and there: Thierry Bellia

All instruments recorded by Jérôme Didelot except drums, pianos and strings recorded by François Dietz at CCAM studio and organs, omnichord and synths recorded by Alexandre Longo at Le Grenier.

Mixed by Yann Arnaud at Third Side and Beeps (Paris)
Mastered by Chab

Artwork by Katrin Berge

They are family, they are friends, they are great artists…
Variety Lab, Cascadeur, Jack and The’, Kidsaredead, Alexander Von Mehren & Katrin Berge, JP Nataf - Many thanks to Frédérique de Almeida, Olivier Godot, Marion Guilbaud, Chris Evans, Louis Philippe, Jonathan Coe, Arnd Ziegler, Stéphane Grégoire, Richard Franoux, Gerd Heger, Cathrin, Lino & the Gig-Blog team, Monsieur Morio, Yann, Chab, Alexander Bailey, Arunee, Nobuhisa, Nick Butcher, Europop & Yawam team, Armelle Pioline, Snippet, Lamp and our generous EP donors.

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released March 1, 2011

"Des Français pleins d'idées en couleur peaufinent une pop exubérante."
Les Inrocks - Lucie Dunois (mars 2011)

"Très bien produit, bien joué, bien fichu : les Français de Orwell en grande forme."
Télérama Radio - Emmanuel Tellier (mars 2011)

« Orwell progresse d’album en album, perçant la brume nancéienne pour laisser entrevoir d’amicales radiations californiennes. »
Trois couleurs (Mk2) – Auréliano Tonet (février 2011)

« Boîtes à rythmes vintages et nappes de cordes organiques balisent chacune des chansons, que les harmonies vocales et les synthétiseurs analogiques transcendent de mélodies sucrées. »
PopNews – Christophe Patris (mars 2011)

« Si le succès de Phoenix a remis les choses à leur place, peu de monde savait jusqu’à récemment que la France compte aussi de (très) bons songwriters pop indé. »
Longueur d’ondes – Bastien Brun (février 2011)

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orwell Nancy, France

Orwell lead by Jérôme Didelot attracted high praise in 2009 with their first UK release ‘Le génie humain’ with glowing reviews in Mojo, The Sunday Times, and The Express to name a few. Quite an achievement for an album sung almost exclusively in French and a reflection of Didelot’s immense talent for crafting that sophisticated intellectualized pop paralleled by the likes of the High Llamas. ... more

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Track Name: Continental
Have you really learned what you know today?
Do you have a sense of history?
How many battles have you won?
How many friends have you lost?

Locked in a room full of memories
Locked in a room full of ashes

Fürchtest du etwas abseits deiner Welt?
Furchteust dou èttvas apzaïts daïneur velt.

Auch den der nicht deine Sprache wählt?
Aourh dén dér nischt daïne chprarhe vêlt

Wartet noch eine Schlacht auf dich?
Varteut norh aïne schlarht aof disch

Die ständig in dir aus der Ferne spricht.
Di chtendik in dier aos dér fèrneu chpricht

Stur bleibst du alt in den Zeiten.
Chtour blaïbst dou alt in dén tzaïteun

Stur lebst du noch in den Scherben.
Stour lébst dou norh in dén scherbeun

All.
Que crains-tu au-delà des terres
Chez celui qui ne parle pas ta langue ?
Reste-t-il une chose à défendre / Y a-t-il un combat qui t’attend ?
Sinon les ruines de ton passé ? / Qui trotte toujours dans ta tête ?

Têtu, tu restes vieux dans les saisons
Têtu, tu vis encore dans les débris

Tant de fois tu as promis à tes frères
Que ce serait ta dernière guerre
Mais chaque fois tu te relèves
Dès que l’air sent le feu et le fer

Pris dans le flot des souvenirs
Pris dans l’étau du repentir
Track Name: Lonely Ride
Why driving so fast?
Coz’ it won’t last
This fun we have
Is just a spark
Time’s on our side
The best of our lives
Why would it end now?

Why winning the race?
It’s too much haste
Just for a game
Faces and names
Neighbours and friends
Spin in our heads
We won’t remember them
Is life a lonely ride?

Stars will always shine
If you hold the night
If you get high
Enough to fly
Over the heights
Houses and cars
Endlessly rising
Is life a lonely ride?
Track Name: On This Brightful Day
I’ve got miles to run today
I’ve gotta view how things seem from afar
Starting now

I’ve got air to breathe today
I’ve got a life to live, I’ll use it all
I heard me say

The lines we used to draw
Are rising from the shores
On this brightful day?

The line I’m drawing now
This is how I feel
On this brightful day

I’ve got tales to tell today
I’ll make up the ones that you might like to hear
Secretly

I’ve got to start refreshed today
To find out about the kicks and clicks inside
How they feel

The lines we used to draw
Are rising from the shores
On this brightful day?

The line I’m drawing now
This is how I feel
On this brightful day

This great lungful of air
That now I can take
On this brightful day
Track Name: The Wife, The Battlefield
While I was away in the raging battlefield
You were waiting for me
Something I couldn’t see

While I was busy braving each time a thousand fears
I remembered your face
Thrill of war gone astray

Tell me everything, what happened all those years?
Many days growing long,
How come seasons went wrong?

A flash in my eyes
I began to realise

All my life I thought I was walking through a battlefield
Now that everyone’s gone
Are you ready to stay?

How can I explain, that it took me all these years
Simply to realise
One life is quite a thrill?

A flash in my eyes
I begin to realise
Track Name: Follow Me, Boy
Follow me, boy
There is a road
Follow me, boy
It's time to go

Look at this magic
We've built
It's all yours now

Look at the view we get
When we stand near the edge
No one can see you
The echo follows your trail

Look at this magic
We've built
It's all yours now

It fades away
You're the last to stay
Track Name: Always
Always fighting by your side
Never accepting what we have
We’ve always looked
For noon at two o’clocks
I will never let you down
No matter what the fight

I’m getting lost
So lift me up
Repeat the words
I’ve followed through the years

Always dreaming of what we live for
Always chasing what we dream of
I will miss
That feeling of being alive
One day we will get too tired
But we won’t need goodbyes

I’m getting lost
So light a flame
Where is the land?
I can’t see anymore
Track Name: Anytime Is Now
Is there anyone hoping for something to happen soon?
Is there anyone daring to say life could be better than this?
Is there anyone thinking it’s boring to play the game?
Is there anyone starting to run 1, 2, 3 we’re already gone?

Anytime is now
Anywhere is here
Anything is good
Good enough for us
Nearing way too soon
Gone for good
Silly dreams are
Painting all the scenes
Shake it off
Choose the one we like
Print it on your life, we were
Born on yesterday
The corner of our way
Whisper in my ear
Days are not
Bright enough
We’re not ready yet, no
This is just your mind
Playing tricks on mine
We’re anytime where
We should be now
Track Name: Them
According to them
We’re stuck in the past
They’ll bring us up to date

According to them
We like simple things
Like sentimental gaze

We have been waiting for enlightenment
For so long

According to them
We won’t feel the same
They’ll reinvent ourselves

According to them
We need hope and faith
The future is at stakes

We have been waiting for enlightenment
For so long now
But will we fool ourselves if we trade our past?

We have been waiting for enlightenment
For so long now
But will we fool ourselves if we trade our past?
Track Name: Every Time The World Is Too Loud
Every time the world is too loud
Where have you gone, peace of mind?
Every time you're feeling a doubt
Gather pieces of your mind

Let me take you out for a ride?
Out where the city smiles
A sea of light where we can drown
Forgetting the chaos around

We’re walking together in silence, in silence
Though all that surrounds us is violence, is violence

Sometimes it’s getting so loud
That you can't take it all at once
The numbers and the names and the place
So remember who your people are

Let me take you out for a ride
Out where the city smiles
We'll come back on a merry go-round
Another day gone safe and sound

We’re walking together in silence, in silence
Though all that surrounds us is violence, is violence