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Laid Bare: Love Songs

by Juice Vocal Ensemble

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    "...close-harmonies that melt the heart...” (Richard Morrison, The Times)

    Following their critically acclaimed debut album Songspin the Juice Vocal Ensemble release their eagerly awaited second album on the Nonclassical label.

    "The all female vocal trio, Juice, are something special....these three are feisty and will take on anything....the variety and virtuosity are astonishing, and rewarding" Ivan Hewett (BBC Music Magazine)

    “quirky, wry and virtuosically genre-hopping” (The Times)

    “It’s rare that an album hits our desks here at So So Gay that turns out to be literally flawless…this album goes beyond simple harmonisation, packing a killer punch with its breadth and depth.” (Sosogay)

    "trawls the post-postmodern condition in search of fresh things to say about an eternal subject. Its contents, deal with strong emotions, digging beneath than the self-interested surface of sexual passion to reveal parts of the psyche usually clothed in darkness.” (Sinfini.com)

    "...amazing razor-sharp tuning and purity of tone...they held their audience spellbound" (Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph)

    Laid Bare: Love Songs is a set of specially commissioned love songs from diverse composers from the worlds of classical, jazz, folk and avant-pop integrated and juxtaposed with a series of covers and adaptations of classic love songs including Rihanna’s 'Only Girl In The World', Erasure's 'A Little Respect' and 'You Don't Love Me (No No No)’ by Dawn Penn.

    Commissioned composers include Gavin Bryars, Errollyn Wallen, Anna Meredith, Mica Levi (Micachu and the Shapes), Jim Moray (award-winning folk artist), Phillip Neil Martin and Dai Fujikura. For the covers and adaptations of the classic love songs Juice Vocal Ensemble collaborated with MaJiKer, producer and co-writer of the French avant-pop sensation Camille.

    The album also includes remixes by acclaimed producers including Devil Dandy (Quebec based sound designer and composer), THiMK (British composer specialising in film, videogames, modern dance and theatre ), Broken Hours (based in Portland, Oregon and presenting the album with an beautiful ambient remix) and Clay Gold (author, librettist, sound artist, audio engineer and compulsive field recordist).

    Laid Bare: 10 Love Songs was commissioned with the financial support of the Arts Council England, the PRS Foundation for New Music (PRSF), and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

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released September 5, 2014

Produced by Gabriel Prokofiev and Halász Gábor

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Track Name: Never Adore
I don’t know anymore, if it’s you I adore
Unbelievable, unbelievable
Will you leave, probably, it won’t end properly
I don’t care, I give up.

Take a chance, any chance, we could be too advanced
in this misery, you’re better than me
Get with you, get a screw, give me time all the time
Any time all the time.

Never great, never good, never clean, never you
Never right, never win, never leave, never nice
Never speak, never hear, never said, never clear
Never off, never on.

Never like, never strong, never wrong, never test
Never more, never less, never lie, never guess
Never sick, never bitch, never take, never share
Never care, never shout, never end, never end...

Never new, never fun, but you are still the one
Ever us, ever done, ever numb, ever more
Adore you, adore me, adore through, adorely
We adore....
Track Name: Heal You
come to me as if wounded
and I will bathe your face with milk
and sew your wounds with silk
and I will heal you
Track Name: Io amai sempre
Io amai sempre (Petrarch: Rime Sparse 85)

I have always loved and still I love and shall day by day love even more that sweet place where weeping I return many times when Love saddens me;

And I am fixed in loving the time and the hour that removed every love care from around me, and above all her whose lovely face makes me in love with doing well, thanks to her example.

But whoever thought to see them all together, to assail my heart now from this side, now from that, these sweet enemies that I so much love?

Love, with what power today you vanquish me! And, except that hope increases with desire, I would fall dead, where I most desire to live.
Track Name: Impossible Love (The Mermaid’s Song)
Into deep water
I wave my arms and sing
And swim

I wave my arms like this,
trouble in mind,
like this

I slip between the waves,
I see them, turquoise and blue,
Like jewels

I swim with the fish

Endolphins swim to the shore
Jet-lag geese fly above us
Everything’s a wave
Feel the place where your fins were
Everything’s a wave
Then why can’t you behave?

First you took my hair and placed it on your desk
While you told the stories of the water
Then you took my soul and placed it on your chest
And swam and swam

and swam.

Now that you are dead and gone
I sing this song again

Into deep water, into still water
I dive
I live

Into the deep
I fly

Come in;
Everything’s a wave.

I was born to love and be a mermaid.

I loved a man
A mortal man,
A troubled man

Followed him into the deep.
I troubled him into the deep.

I troubled him

into the deep.
Track Name: The Unquiet Grave
The wind does blow today, my love,
And softly falls the rain
I never had but one true-love,
In cold grave he lies slain.

I’ll do as much for my true-love
As any young girl may
I’ll sit and mourn all at his grave
For twelve months and a day.

My true love’s face was porcelain fair
His eyes of emerald green
His body like a wax-work there
No equal could be seen

They sent him off to Flanders field
All danger to defy
And soon his blood did stain the field
That used to grow so high

But twelve months and a day being up
The dead began to speak
Who sits there weeping at my grave
And will not let me speak

It’s I who sits there at your grave
And will not let you rest
I crave one kiss of your cold-clay lips
And to hold you to my breast

If you’d one kiss of my cold clay lips
Your time would not be long
So make yourself content my love
Till angels call you home

So make yourself content my love
Till angels call you home
For life is only short my dear
But love will linger on

But twelve months and a day being up
My time on earth is done
And all around was whispering rain
And she was left alone
Track Name: You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)
No, no, no
You don’t Love Me
and I know now

No, no, no
You don’t Love Me
and I know now

That you left me
and I got no place to go now

No no no
I’ll do anything you say boy

and if you ask me
baby
I’ll get on my knees and pray boy

Anything
Track Name: away we play
finding writing hiding finding writing wanting empty wanting habit hiding
habit overlooked empty empty empty
he has come we go

But I know that she stops him blocking him she stops him coming cannot do
anthing he cannot come cannot do he is always here

going away

magic ticking
ticking magic

when we play we and I love to slide and seeing in Mercedes I draw pictures it’s amazing funny daddy laughing on the I draw pictures have such fun and I love swinging and we tickle seeing films and when we go to smaland I draw pictures and so I love singing laughing on the go to smaland in Mercedes doing dancing tumble with my funny daddy fight and tickle love to tumble it’s amazing I draw pictures funny daddy funny daddy when we play we have such fun and have such fun and fight and tickle films and when we in Mercedes and we have fun and I love to funny daddy go to smaland slide and seeing have fun dancing seeing films and laughing with my funny daddy in Mercedes go to smaland laugh and tickle have such fun and when we play we have such fun and I love swinging and I love to fight and tickle laughing on the slide and seeing films and when we go to smaland I draw pictures and we have fun doing dancing it’s amazing and I love to tumble with my funny daddy and I do love him.

and I love to
and I love to

see him
Track Name: A Little Respect
I try to discover
A little something to make me sweeter
Oh baby refrain from breaking my heart
I'm so in love with you
I'll be forever blue
That you give me no reason
Why you're making me work so hard

That you give me no
That you give me no
That you give me no
That you give me no

Soul, I hear you calling
Oh baby please give a little respect to me
Track Name: Goodnight Irene
Sometimes I live in the country
Sometimes I live in town
Sometimes I have a great notion
To jump into the river and drown

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

I asked your mother for you
She told me you was too young
I wished to God I'd never seen your face
I'm sorry you ever was born

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dreams

I love Irene, God knows I do
I'll love her till the seas run dry
If Irene should turn me down
I'd take morphine and die

You cause me to weep, you cause me to mourn
You cause me to leave my home
But the very last words I heard you sing
where "Please give me one more song"

Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll kiss you in my dreams
Track Name: Aham Prema
Traditional Sanskrit Verse
Track Name: Only Girl in the World
Take me for a ride, ride
Oh baby, take me high, high
Let me make you first, first
Oh make it last all night, night
Take me for a ride, ride
Oh baby, take me high, high
Let me make you first, first
Make it last all night

I want you to love me, like I'm a hot guy
Keep thinkin' of me, doin' what you like
So boy forget about the world cause it's gon' be me and you tonight
I wanna make you beg for it, then I’mma make you swallow your pride

make me feel like I'm the only girl in the world

Want you to make me feel like I'm the only girl in the world
Like I'm the only one that you'll ever love
Like I'm the only one who knows your heart
Only girl in the world...
Like I'm the only one that's in command
Cause I'm the only one who understands how to make you feel like a man
Want you to make me feel like I'm the only girl in the world
Like I'm the only one that you'll ever love
Like I'm the only one who knows your heart
Only one...