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A Strangeness In Motion - Early Pop Recordings 1989​-​1999

by Tor Lundvall

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Jeff Dion
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Jeff Dion There are not many synthpop albums that capture the sinister psychedelia of the 80s. This one does it just fine. I almost wish it were older than it is so I could have enjoyed it then.
Theron Trowbridge
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Theron Trowbridge There are some real lovely tunes here, but "The Melting Hour" is especially enchanting - as if Joy Division had written "Airscape" instead of Robyn Hitchcock. Favorite track: The Melting Hour.
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05:09
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“PROCESSION DAY” The same feelings, another memory I see the strange clouds rush by in the dark From my window, the leaves are turning From my window, I watch the changing world Are these the people who break the silence? I watch the party passing by Everyone is invited, beneath the sinking sun Come each and all, you’re invited Please hurry, the horror’s begun There are things my friends, best left alone Close your eyes and walk away There are things my friends, best left alone Close your eyes and walk away Procession day
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04:08
“THE CLEARING” Behind the hills, there’s another side A secret place where the blackbirds cry The time is near, a time of change The time is near, the hours are passing by Staring through the window without reason I think I’ll wait here for a while I know these feelings as they take me They bring me there and take me back again Outside the world rushes by me Faces passing through the night Time stands silent in the clearing My eyes are bleeding with despair Drinking in the basement without reason I think I’ll wait here for a while I know this feeling as it takes me It brings me there, it takes me back again
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“THE MELTING HOUR” By the night ocean, alone on the sand A strangeness in motion as she takes my hand Pale blue in starlight, we spin through the waves Under the pale moon, please take me away There’s no place for me here Haunted by dreams, imprisoned by fear Take me away to another land A place my soul will understand Storm clouds rising, far out at sea Melting together, she smiles at me We pass through a gateway, I look in her eyes Bright lights surround me in an endless sky There’s a place for me here Surrounded by dreams, no reason to fear She takes me away to another land A place my soul understands
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03:24
“FLIGHT” Rain falls in front of me, blinding the absurdity Aching heart and tired head, love is lost, love is dead Too few know and too few care, my soul is hiding deep in here Midnight journeys, alien lands, the strangest beauty is in my hands How much longer can this last? My tolerance is fading fast My insect heart sings with the birds, they rise to hear my final words
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03:18
“WATCHED” Hiding here under rain-washed skies Fever crawls with a swirl of flies Silent town on the edge of night Windmills turn in ancient delight Hear the screams on the wind Hear the screams forever carried away
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03:33
“HIDDEN” Rising from the grey, on a flowered rain-washed day The time comes he’s waited for so long A quiet country home, she dreams of him alone And she wanders as the blossoms fall The lonely few, their souls burn true Hide themselves away, a web of sadness spun from day to day Lost in his own time, he holds her in his mind Eyes open and the vision fades Rain falls by the sea, she walks there silently Then the light falls and the day is gone The lonely few, their souls burn true Hide themselves away, a web of sadness spun from day to day
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“THE NIGHT WATCH” I see one tree standing on the field The twisted limbs, its leaves concealed The small dark birds fly against the sky Along the black streets the shadows cry, because... Night comes, night goes, the pictures change Night hums, night flows into my veins Night comes, night goes, the insects dance Night hums, night flows into this trance The air is light now, I watch the sea The midnight stars watch over me Distracted now by a burning light The empty vessels come into sight, because... Night comes, night goes, the pictures change Night hums, night flows into my veins Night comes, night goes, the insects dance Night hums, night flows, this dark romance
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“LESSONS THAT KILL” When you were a boy, did you have a crush on the pretty girl riding on your bus? Does it seem like another life, and can you believe what you’re feeling now? The high school years, the pain, the tears You’d die for just one smile from her But the day never comes, so you dream and you dream And in silence you pray to be touched someday Time passes by, you meet “the one”, or so you think until she’s gone When you’re alone a part of you dies, but you find your angels hiding deep inside
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03:52
“AUGUST RAIN” I take a walk again, by the mountains in the rain Across fields, lost in time, hazy dreams beneath the pines It’s always been this way, a place to hide away My shelter from the pain, lost in August rain The water grey and still, colors changing on the hill Birds and dark clouds fill my mind, the shadowed soul I leave behind It’s always been this way, on those quiet days A shelter from the pain, lost in August rain

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Rescued from old DAT tapes, A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999 are some of Tor Lundvall’s earliest completed synth pop works which have remained unreleased until now.

“For years I dismissed these songs as naive and youthful relics, but I’ve grown much fonder of them in recent years along with the memories they evoke” Lundvall says of the decade spanning collection of tracks, many of which were sketched out in his synth pop duo with Drew Sullivan, After The Outing. “Original One”, “Procession Day”, “The Clearing”, and “The Melting Hour” are present here as solo reworkings, originally culled from his sessions with Sullivan. The remaining songs were ideas originally considered for Passing Through Alone (1997) and its proposed follow up, provisionally and playfully titled Femalamania.

“The title was summing up my girl problems at the time and also a silly word spin on Robyn Hitchcock's Fegmania!” Lundvall recollects. “Sadly, the project was abandoned—a rare decision for me and perhaps the only time I've scrapped an album entirely.”

Though Lundvall’s work throughout the collection has the recognizable ambient bones and sensibilities he has refined throughout his career, many of the tracks call back to the synth-driven pop of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Human League and New Order, with the common thread being the sparse density and mood created by reservation and the lonely impulse to twist convention, not to rip it up and repurpose it. Rather than 10 disparate ideas, Lundvall’s curation of A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999 feels like excerpts from a broader work, allowing the listener to fill in the holes and ladder up to his larger themes and concepts, perhaps coloring his prior works in new hues and tones.

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released April 26, 2019

Recorded between 1989 and 1999.

Artwork and Design by Tor Lundvall.

Mastered by Kurt Lundvall.

Vinyl Mastering and Cut by Josh Bonati.

Special Thanks To: Kurt Lundvall, Christine Martin, Josh Bonati, Andrew Sullivan, Kevin Hoffman, Gibby Miller and Ryan Martin.

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