I O U O M E

by Duncan Lloyd

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At heart, ‘I O U O M E’ is an album constantly in motion, brightly flickering arrangements lurch through radioactive nights and strange meandering days; an evermore intoxicating experience on repeat listens. It is an album about surviving change, detailing the effort to escape self destructiveness, division and the inevitable breakdown of certain relationships. Candid observations unfold with a depth and effortlessness that is mirrored by it's musicality.

“These songs come from a more personal perspective and it’s fair to say there is a lot of longing in them. They were mostly written travelling on long journeys, often late at night when ideas tend to mutate & evolve in a way which is less black & white, where finer subtleties appear.”

Lloyd's voice has a tactile warmth, weaving around deftly self-produced music, as if through his own nocturnal metropolis. The melodies keep you afloat but between the layers there’s an emotional intimacy borne of experienced songwriting, both nimble and volatile.
Songs about ailing relationships, ‘Being Frank’ and ‘Heart in Delay’, sprawl with guitars doubling back on themselves; there is a sense of quiet self loathing, eclipsed by the cosmic harmonies of Nicole Yun from the U.S. band Eternal Summers.

There’s nostalgia too: ‘Painters’ sails on warped tape loops and distant drum tracks; ‘A Little Lit Up’ rocks along with yearning melancholia; “It’s going to take one stiff drink to make this memory die”.
There’s a feeling throughout of having a last drink with friends before leaving town, followed by the loneliness of a new city and a new beginning; “Sometimes sombre / a little lit up / let’s be courageous and talk”. A search if you will, for twilight epiphanies.

‘Really’, the albums closer, was recorded live in Newcastle, with a texturally sparse air and out of body delivery. It is solid songwriting that is unsurprising coming from the man behind the music of many of Maximo Park’s best loved songs from ’Books From Boxes” to “Going Missing”.

These themes are universal but Lloyd puts his unique perspective on them, sometimes with inward reflection, sometimes zooming out for the big picture, allowing the listener to fill in details relating to their own life experiences.

Ultimately ‘I O U O M E’ is an absorbing album, rich with melody, melancholy and wit.
With the addition of Tom English (Maximo Park) on drums, the album powers into sonorous focus, never lapsing, it is a full blown journey that is saying something worth hearing and for Lloyd, the end result this time, is his alone.

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released May 26, 2017

Written & recorded by Duncan Lloyd.

Additional musicians :
Tom English (Drums)
Nicole Yun (Eternal Summers) - (Vocals on 'Heart In Delay')
Andy May (Rhodes on "Heads Of The Bastille)

Afternoon In Bed Records UK.

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"Highly reverberant guitars shimmering like the light from beyond, and with a voice that echoes like a ghost in the back of your mind, coaxing you softly into a waking state from a dream." - Tiny Mix Tapes

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Track Name: The City Weeps
Back at square one
(turning the clock round)
Ring Liberty Bell
(for you to hold)
My name’s not Franklin
(yearning a town)
If I’m born i can’t tell

The city weeps
City that i love
It’s guard is down
When the trees flower

Declarations
(turning the clock round)
Deep in the blood stream
(forming in you)

The city weeps
City that i love
Then you split yourself in two

I saw less anger
I saw less pain
Laid it to rest
I see you again
Made me think with a creatures brain
I see right through you all the same

Back at square one
(Gramecy gates)
A thousand paces
(room full of paints)

I see less anger
I see less pain
One dose too many misguiding my brain
It makes an earthling feel so ashamed
I see right through it all the same.

We laid your fathers body in the sunbeams
Don’t you worry about acceptability
Fancy cart you’ll see he will go out in.

If they damn a good soul...

Made my bed
On a rock in the rain
I made my bed
On a rock in the rain

The city weeps
City that i love
Why do you split yourself in two?

Lead me away
From the kingdom of fables
I’m done living life
Under the table
I can only think with an animal mind
That bleeds true colour in electrical light
I see less anger
I see less pain
One dose too many misguiding my brain
It makes a body feel so ashamed
I see right through you all the same.
Track Name: You Seem Confused
You take my hand ever so casually

At the end of your tether
I can see your eyes get wetter
It’s your ego that will not let you show

Inner killer thaw
Takes me to her basement world

At the end of your tether
I can see your eyes get wetter
It’s your ego that will not let you show

You seem much better
Now that i predict the weather
Though how i know
Is not for you to know

Only when i look inside
Teardrop miles and open skies
Your way, so rare
Your want, so raw
Only then your looking soul can...
Inner trees where we can go and...
Don’t stop ’til we’re out of it now.
Track Name: Heart In Delay
Nasty charmer
A tin pan hymn
Abandon my logic
With a neighbourhood grin.

Should I hear you out
Although I hardly care
For second hand wisdom
I am too numb to bear.

Black clouds come spinning down
Can't take the pain
Taking over unannounced
A heart in delay.

Another heart in delay

Our tongue tied world
It's hired moon
Who's on parole
Me or you?
Should I hear you out
Get it told straight
For second hand wisdom
I will not wait.

Back in the ring again
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Took me down the easy way
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Seized your coat
Sized me up
Pulled your fist
Took a swing and
Knocked me out

A heart in delay

Another Heart in delay

Oh tongue tied vision
Travellers hymns
Abandon my logic
With a neighbourhood grin
Should I hunt them down?
Or Is it too late?
For second hand wisdom
I will not wait.
Track Name: Being Frank
Wasting yours
Why are you grilling me?
Talk is choice
Two can be in
Well i’m listening
How the heavens fall

Could you talk to me
Without that hole in your heart
I watched it all unfold
A witness to the part

I’m falling in your dust
But I don’t believe you hear
I find it hard to trust
Waking from this din

Not wanting to explain
Down in the garden state
The ever supreme, ‘Let’s’

Could you talk to me
Without that hole in your heart
Knowing from below
Stubbornness falls apart

It’s not a foregone conclusion
Pack up, don’t stray, mind engage
Set out, back straight, steady pace
Stick my neck out
See if i’m wrong.
Track Name: A Little Lit Up
Washing down tables
Dusting ‘round picture frames
I need a train fare
I need to get paid
Gonna turn my back
On the darkest day

Sometimes sombre
A little lit up
Let’s be courageous and talk
If I can hold your ear as well as listen
Do you want to take first draw?

From place to place
Discourse to oblivion
I know we are probably wrong
Anoesis, pure sensation
With fears laid bear
Who would bat an eyelid?
It’s going to take one stiff drink
To make this memory die

Sometimes sombre
A little lit up
Let’s be courageous and talk
Baptised by neon
Cut shapes to the sky
Do you want to take first draw?

Sometimes sombre
A little lit up
Let’s be courageous and talk
If I can hold your ear as well as listen
Do you want to take first draw?
Track Name: Painters
You came in from the major town
How you claim you loathe it now
Heading home in loves last bow
Said you’re never going back to the major town

Back then we were the painters
Back then we knew how
Back then we were the painters
Back then we knew how

When you broke the jar apart
Together fell a captive heart
You don’t end and you don’t start
In a crumpled shadow you hide your scars

Back then we were the painters
Back then we knew how
Back then I was a painter
Back then I was the shot in your arm

Back then we were the painters
Back then we knew how
Back then I was a painter
Back then I knew how

Who could be happy with being a seductive mute?

Back then we were the painters
Back then we knew how
Back then I was a painter
Back then I was the shot in your arm.
Track Name: Steel Pin Raindrops
Lying tamed
In your room
When I wouldn’t wait for no one
Burning blaze of butterfly wings
They beat on and on

Into your falls
Steel pin raindrops
Heroine in the headlights
Relentless streams of black on red
Shadows swimming at night

Marion sea bass fingers fall
Down the metal river
She’ll avoid admirers calls
From the streets beneath her

Into your falls
Steel pin raindrops
Heroine in the headlights
Relentless streams of black on red
With a seabed heart you hide

His book of songs
His book of lies
Shakespeare of the midlands sighs

Black magic rhythm parade
Heroine in the headlights
You said we’d meet again
Maybe reconcile
If only for a little while

Counting the time
Half awake
Half awake tonight
You live your life
(Lying)
Half awake
Half awake tonight

Pop the key from your room
Shakespeare of the midlands’ doomed.
Track Name: Tomorrow's Fires
(The Day I Could Forget)

The morning was a film loop
Afternoon, a pen cap chewed
The evening plateaued to the day i could forget

Our first time of realising
Maybe we were half free
In exalted adolescence
Waiting to be absolved

Howling at the pouring clouds
Drink it down to pacify you
Searching for a golden sound
For tomorrow’s fires

No mawkish trails
No tall tales
The indelible arrow
In peacetime
In wartime
Keeping as a stranger

Howling at the pouring clouds
Drink it down to pacify you
Searching for a golden sound
For tomorrow’s fires

Howling at the pouring clouds
Neck it down to pacify you
Searching for a golden sound
For tomorrow’s fires.
Track Name: Heads Of The Bastille
My mistakes are carved in rock
Through the Appalachians of your heart
Reasons to stay with me
Thinning like a spinning yarn
Developing a nightmare
You could not help me

Heads of the Bastille
Hanging over the door
Dusk light dresses the roses gold
Pale moon rises over long shadows

Memory is a locker
Of unspoken words
Full of untold insight
That's what really hurts
My friends are scattered
Living their own lives
Some married with children
Others are long gone now

Before the earthquake
Rolled underneath our feet
We created our own myth
Thinking time was an endless gift

The Flowers of the Bastille
Hanging over the door
Dusk light dresses and roses gold
Pale moon rises over long shadows

Before the earthquake
Rolled underneath our feet
We created our own myth
Hoping time was an endless gift

Saturday into Sunday
Memory turns against me again
Daylight wane, memory fades.
Track Name: Really
I look outside your window
I see suburban rain
Wide eyed i know
I am loath to say
Walking past black railings
Passing one by one
Then you point aloft
Take a snap shot

Why did i not see it
Not hear it
Strangling my mind
How did I not notice
It’s so basic
That we were not doing fine

Simply here it stands alone
A chessboard and a throne
Which one do you think you’d rather sit at?
I look along the tide
Boats are coming in
Someone does need saving
But I don’t know who

How did I not see it
Not hear it
When it strangled up my mind
How did I not notice
So basic
How foolish am I

How did I not see it
Not feel it
Strangling my mind
And how did I not notice
It’s so basic
I should’ve been somewhere else.