Ucow

by Stead

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about

Mastered by Abbey Road Studios engineer Alex Gordon, mixed by Jeff Knowler at Jak Sound, Barnet (London, UK, Oct/2018) and produced by Stefano Antoci D'Agostino and Giuliano Dottori,, "Ucow" is the second full-length release by Stead and it follows the debut "Rough", produced by Cesare Basile and released in 2012.

Stefano Antoci D'Agostino lives in Deptford, London UK, where, as early childhood music educator, has founded and operates "Frogprince Baby Music", a live-music concept for nurseries, community centres and children under the age of 5. Since 2016 "Time Out" lists Frogprince Baby Music amongst the 15 most interesting activities running, for children under 5, in the capital.

Ucow: production process, mix and mastering

A first stage of production was curated by the singer/songwriter himself who recorded, performed and engineered at home (Deptford, London, UK) most vocals, guitars, pianos, drums, percussions, harmonicas, programming and various other instruments. Cello was recorded and engineered in Milan with the help of cellist Francesco Saverio Gliozzi.

A further stage saw Italian-Canadian producer Giuliano Dottori revising and re-engineering songs at his studios in Milan and Cupramontana (Italy); bass guitar, synths and electronic beats were added and a refining work was carried on guitars, keys, drums and percussions.

credits

released December 8, 2018

mastered by alex gordon (abbey road studios) in london (uk)
mixed by jeff knowler (jak sound) in london (uk) *
produced by stefano antoci d’agostino and giuliano dottori
* “ej, outsize wingspan” engineered by andreas laudwein
all lyrics and music written by stefano antoci d‘agostino
album concept, artwork, photos & videos by ivan louis laremi
drawings by jasmine de gobbi

recorded at home deptford, london (uk) by stefano antoci d’agostino and at jacuzi studio, milan / la porcilaia studio, cupramontana (it) by giuliano dottori **

stefano antoci d'agostino: voice, guitars, piano, organ, drums, percussions, harmonica, programming, background vocals and a few more things // giuliano dottori: synth, bass, drums, programming, keys, percussions, additional guitars and some other stuff // francesco saverio gliozzi: cello // additional background vocals on most songs by Andrea Rodini

** bass on “riverlike” + akai, additional gtr on “pledge” recorded/performed by marco tiberini in malmoe, se // beat programming on “pledge” recorded & performed by massimiliano galli in dublin, irl // background vocals on “mirrors” recorded & performed by julia a. noack in berlin, de // bass, drums, programming on “ej, outsize wingspan” recorded & performed by andreas laudwein in leipzig, de

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Stead London, UK

A rough mixture of Nu-Folk, Lo-Fi Pop, Indie Rock and uncomfortable meanings ... in "a bunch of songs that, born all around the world, show a very international flavour" (Rolling Stone)

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Track Name: H.E. (useless chase)
So you give up, now you say thanks, goodbye, good luck …
You seem to be as proud as you were
when you could really start anytime
from nothing once again

and you will find that every move you made is a treasure
a little work of art
you will see how every step you took was so precious
at least for one of us

And so we give up, It's not that we have lost, Shut up!
or just that it was clear
you could not really be part of a thing that is not
what you think it should be

but you will see how every move you made is a treasure
a little piece of life
you will find how every step you took was so graceful
and it took you to the end

cause all that is real
as love it springs up
to then withers away
and the beauty it shares
as long as it's kind
that's all remains beyond
Track Name: God Save Me
Shivs bleed underground
and Christmas spreads
football game today,
"home fans only" on a warning sign
in red and white
strangers keep away
cause I'm not as human as it seems

I sell what we do not need
it's rubbish but it makes me rich
no I'm not proud but I hide
enough so that I don't realise
what is going on

what is going on?

the neighbourhood on sale
coffee chains
marketing campaigns
to share the blame
of devastating sponsorships
olympic games
the volunteers parade
man, this is all I really need

I will be happy and safe
as long as God will save the shame
as long as I can avoid
to think that I get what I give
and God Save Me

no there's not much I live for
I just pretend it's gonna be fun
are you one of us?
we will share nothing but greed
we'll challenge one another to feed
a bunch of millionaires
then God will not save the Queen
no it will never save those kids
No ... God save me
God Save Me
Leave
Track Name: Mirrors
Let me in, I’m back
dragging all the chances i could miss
every single fault
every little thing that didn’t work
please keep ’em all next to me,
nearby the mirror

Let me in … I’m back
just a little more deluded than before
sorry if I’m wet,
I’ve been watering wings with loads of tears
and all the promises we made to the mirror

Don’t look back again
it’s in the past, it couldn’t last
Never hide that frown
it wouldn’t be happiness
just what they do when they lie to the mirror

Don’t look back again
it’s in the past, it never lasts
Never hide that frown
now that fairness hardly shows up …
but it hides in the mirror
Track Name: At the Graveyard
are you shining?
is it a light that lasts forever?
Does it come from the sun?
are you bright enough to not forget you still see the shadow?
Well no .. that's no evidence
but this meant something different to all of us before

Listen, is it nothing but a challenge we just fear to fail?
Listen, is it nothing but a very loud and pretty dodgy pretence?
maybe this is nothing but a way to forget what we did not love before
or maybe this is nothing but a collection of smiles for compliance

are you diving?
cause from the darkest side of the picture i can't see the bottom
and i know … you need to put a little more of show into your life
but I've always tried to put ... what?
a little more of life into this bloody show

Listen, is it nothing but a challenge we just fear to fail?
Listen, is it nothing but a very loud pretty dodgy defence?
so is it? is it?
maybe this is nothing but a way to forget what we could not love before
or maybe this is nothing but a collection of slaps on the back of our sloth

cause I don't need to bring any praise to the graveyard, to the graveyard
no I won't need to bring any falsehood to that tombstone, to my tombstone
and I won't need to look any younger at the graveyard, any more beautiful than this
I'll be just playing a real show for the ghost and the pure souls
on my tombstone at the graveyard

from the back of our sloth
at the graveyard
on the back of our sloth
at the graveyard
Track Name: At the Water's Edge
deeply ashamed the sea will rise
winds will bend, lands will split up
and you wondering why is that
how comes? … how can kids lie at the water’s edge?
kids lie at the water’s edge
right now
today

now shut the door, build up a wall
the made up gods forgive as much as you need
but if you shut the door, build up a wall
how will you ever live or leave?
over and over again we will be blind
and wondering how it comes
then how is that and how can we stand

now at the water’s edge
kids lie at the water’s edge
peace lies at the water’s edge
right now …

today
right now
today
just now
Track Name: Riverlike
Run, quickly run away from that shit
that is not for you
that is wasted glamour
soon, it will be time to dress your ideas
don't they burn much more
than every claim

and flow above the deals
they tend to be unkind
flow above the fake, the greedy and the fool

and show them how the river never stops
and how it gets to the sea
tell them a river never stops

Now grab all the words left unsaid
and give them a place in the space between
what they fear and what is real ...
look at what you could not foresee
now take a bow, then raise your head up

flow above the things that tend to be unkind
fly above the fake, the greedy and the fool
to show them how the river never stops
and it gets to the sea
tell them a river never stops
don't you remember?

Grab all the words left unsaid
and give them a place in the space between

it just flows into the sea
see ...
Track Name: Nothing Will
Walking west, coming from Hyde park
there's a pub, Suzanne needs a new haircut,
to turn the lights on every day at the same time
singing radiohead songs which will never like ...
her that much

and I'm sure, I'm quite sure
in my previous life i died in Notting Hill

Make a right, Portobello road
sure “street where the riches of ages are stowed”
all you can afford here is Robin and his truth
when he lies cause when he lies he's always right
things add up

and I'm sure, I'm quite sure
in my previous life i died in Notting Hill
here in in Notting Hill

Straight away now, crossing Ladbrooke Grove
Helen sings her famous tango
she will try to get you involved
saying "it's great, let's do it, well, I'm not sure,
there's no time, it's cool, oh it's not going to work
no it's not

well I'm sure, I'm quite sure …
in my previous life i died in Notting Hill
it must have hurt so much
when in my previous life i died in Notting Hill
please don't, you will not …
bring me there again,
no nothing ever will

nothing ever will
Track Name: A Little Bit of Care
You don't need to back each other up,
no, that's not what you've been told
you think if you play it hard today,
tomorrow you'll be first
then tomorrow never comes
cause no one built it up

you don't want to listen to me now
it's boring, it's not fun
you just want to challenge once again
mate you give them what they want

you do nothing but believe this is so much
better than getting lost again into the booze
and begging for something to share

get in line, one day they will pick you up at last
you will be there for a while to learn again
how you just missed a little bit of care
so much to learn when when you were young,
to soon forget it all
as principles were so important then,
and they're now expendable
every thing's a tool that leads you on the climb

you just need to creep high until you see the prize
your freedom is now trading currency
they are not cunts, man it's you who's on sale

get in line, one day they will pick you up at last
you will be there for a while, you will learn again
how you just missed a little bit of care

get in line now, one day they will pick you up at last …
you will be there for a while with something to share
get in line, one day they will pick you up at last …
you will be there for a while as long as they need
get in line, one day they will pick you up at last …
you will be there for a while if you behave
get in line, one day you'll make it on their list

you will learn again
how you just missed a little bit of care
and how we could be great
with just a little bit of care
more
Track Name: E.J. (outsize wingspan)
hey annanni, ok I'm dada
hey annanni and neh, ok I'm dada
hey annanni and neh, ok I'm dada
ok I'm dada
Track Name: Music Man
A red car whose flames shades to grey
four bags, a bunch of regrets
a piano, a drum and a guitar
and the baton is passed to the kids

and don't you find it's fine?
don't you see that's more than what you fight for?
or is it not?

the music man is sweeping the floor
mumbling a song to forget
the music man now is closing the door

Then years go by rush after rush
it is always that matter of time
big plans get trapped in the eyes
and in the strains of a self-painted crown

and don't you find it's alright?
don't you see that's all you could have died for ...
and all you've been through?

the music man is waving goodbye
quickly he's packing the car
the music man now is driving back home

and he still sings ... na na na na na …

So here is the story you will miss
here comes the man you turned down
with everything you broke apart
and now I give it back to you fixed
and whole