Ucow

by Stead

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1.
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
2.
God Save Me 04:56
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
3.
Mirrors 03:40
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Riverlike 03:22
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 ...
7.
Nothing Will 03:45
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
Music Man 09:00
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

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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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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