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Songs For Lap Steel And Harmonium

by Fredrik Kinbom

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    Black 12" vinyl LP in matt finish sleeve with 3mm spine and padded inner sleeve. Includes a 16-page full colour booklet (14.8x14.8cm) with lyrics, credits, photos and a download code.

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I don't want to clean your bar Sweep your dirty floors or Watch you excavate your nose But my circumstances are Not the best right now, so Until I metamorphose I'll plot my great escape from here One day it will come, I swear I'm just gathering my strength Yes, my destiny is clear I wasn't born to serve, no My back is straight, my fists are clenched Cleaning hotel rooms for you Whets my appetite Now 20 years have passed My back is not so straight now But my plan is alive and well On the inside I build vast Monuments and bridges Who are you to judge, and tell Me they're only in my head? They are quite real, I tell you Like your debt and your desert Each night as I lie in bed With all the great explorers Nothing aches and nothing hurts I am immortal, I am strong And you are under my command, But a digit in a chip And this land is my land Yes it is.
Talk to those who can supply material for your ladder to the sky Stalk them quietly while pretending that you just happened to walk by Whisper in their ears The words they like to hear While keeping your cool Gently guide and steer them To get near them And their precious tools She is queen and so she has position and her favour people seek All her friends smile at her She can't hear what they think only what they speak Their lips make pretty shapes But what escapes them When she's there is not the truth Eyes on her throne Pleasing skills they hone As reliable as youth All the city's freaks come out in force to see him sway and hear him sing Doesn't matter if he does it well or not - to them he is the king Rather than admit he sometimes fails All the choirboys proclaim His latest is a hit On the guest list and at his table they remain.
Faith has a way of arriving Like an unexpected call Your god has a plan for you, my dear You found him, as you recall When you wished for a crystal fruit bowl For christmas all those years ago No one knew and you'd told no one Your brother comes, lo and behold He gives you a crystal fruit bowl His wife's vision in the mall Led you to a life of prayer In your world god looks after all.
Krumme Lanke 03:38
On the lake where the swimmers float Gentle wind rocks a plastic boat Underneath bits of bomber sleep Down in flames for the mud to keep In the woods an idyllic place Gardens, flowers, leisurely pace It was built for the SS-men Walls keep quiet now just like then.
Fulvals 02:38
Move on over Cliffs of Dover No rhyme, nor reason Ego treason You steer your ship Moisten your whip You are coming here In your brain There must be pain there Insecure girl Grab one more pearl Out of our bowl Swallow it whole Will it make you shine? What do you desire? Who do you admire Outside your fine self? Let us make you smile Forget being you for a while But I guess that's not your style.
You feel you have earned your lot And if someone's not up on your hill It must mean that they have not Enough drive or enough skill Now that you have everything Everything money can buy What will make your senses sing? What will make you try? Throw shit on those below Deal them another blow Watch as they are running round Killing their own kin Why do you think your wife Chose to be in your life? Was it all your greenish warts Or your sagging double chin? The beauty from within Those greedy, stone cold eyes?
You hit notes that caught My ear and imagination as a boy Oh boy I thought That space is a hole in time Where all can flow People come and go through that hole Back and forth as they please Wander off, never to Wander off, never to Wander off, never to return Through the hole, put on tape Through the hole, put on tape Through the hole, put on tape we go So many friends are here I can smile at the dead They smile back at me.
Ho Hum 05:11
You cook your dinner like you're a machine You look at the dirt gathering between The fridge and floor You have no strength to store Nothing to store it in And nothing in the bank And no one else to thank For trying to fly the bird Like a friend said At 7:15 they start drilling You wonder if that's more fulfilling Than this ho and hum In circles you all run You drag and heave and push But nothing moves in here The moments that feel clear Are few and far between You look up: The food they eat seems appetising But they all work in advertising Remember old Bill Hicks Whenever all those tricks Might tempt you You are not jaded, that is what they say But you feel it when they look the other way You see an empty cup But it is a good cup Don't you think?
Swede Hollow 03:58
All my sweat and dreams and toil Vanished with me somehow Down in the Minnesota soil I rest for 90 years now I can see you all up there You don't even know that I was I made it across the sea Unlike so many today Can't you see that they are me? And you would allow me to stay My blue eyes, my flaxen hair Words of scorn fly through the air You say I smell, you say I'm dumb And I turn inwards, I go numb Close your eyes and see Them today, then me At the very bottom there is always room.


ALBUM VIDEO TRAILER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN9V8UgTezA

A Sotones Records release.


released November 9, 2018

Fredrik Kinbom - vocals, acoustic and electric lap steel guitar, harmonium (pump organ), lap slide bass guitar.
Cordula Hanns - additional vocals on "Crystal Fruit Bowl".
Sonja Kessner - additional vocals on "Crystal Fruit Bowl" and "Fulvals".

Music and lyrics written by Fredrik Kinbom.

Produced and recorded by Fredrik Kinbom at Eisack New Tone, Berlin, Germany, July 2017-March 2018.
Mixed by Joe Talia at Good Mixture, Tokyo, Japan.
Mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering, Melbourne, Australia.

Cover photograph by Jenny Fitz.


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Fredrik Kinbom Berlin, Germany

Lap steel player, composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter. Solo project, Kinbom/Brandenburg film music, Kinbom & Kessner theatrical songs. Has worked with Gurrumul, Gemma Ray, Moulettes, Ned Collette, Sarah Blasko, Alberta Cross and others.

Photo by Glashier.
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