ANTHEMS PART 1

by ELLEH

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Tokyo’s ELLEH create songs for the early-morning hours, that stretch of time before trains start up for the day and when it is still possible to find escape from personal heartache in a club. The duo’s “Anthems EP Part I” is a gateway into the backstreets and dance floors their music is meant to soundtrack.

The four songs present on “Anthems EP Part I” zip between escape and gloom, ELLEH casting feelings of longing and loss through a tipsy filter that always stay in motion regardless of how painful it gets. “American Lover” is a playful and tipsy electronic pop number anchored by Teshima’s melancholy singing. Yet the pair explore more shadowy territory on cuts such as “Darkest Room In Holland,” and even more upbeat inclusions such as “New To This” and “Door To Tomorrow” feature unease in the corners. Rounding it out, producer Super Magic Hats offers a dreamy remix of “American Lover.”

This is just the first installment of ELLEH’s sad boy disco story, focused on one person’s bargaining with heartbreak and turning to music as salvation as the dawn nears.
Yet for the time being, just embrace your emotions and get lost in the sound.

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released April 15, 2017

All songs written by Satoru Teshima and Bob Willey
All songs produced by Bob Willey and Satoru Teshima

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Track Name: American Lover
I gave you my heart
You gave me yours
We planted a gold
And it grew in 3 years
But I sold it
Without notice

You are my ex American lover
You had a heart of a million dollar
We shed some tears of silver
And I sold it
Without notice

I didn’t come here to fight my heart
I didn’t come here to fight against my will
I measured the depth of love
I need some time to hide in the cave

Ex American lover,
You had a heart of a million dollar
We shed some tears of silver
And I sold it Without notice

“You always be…”
“I never retrieve what we had”
“What we had is gone away”

You are my ex American lover
You had a heart of a million dollar
We shed some tears of silver
And I sold it Without notice
Track Name: Darkest Room In Holland
We are in the darkest room in Holland
You made a hollow in the sand
There’s no sound
And I listened ’til I bloom

We try to get closer
Closer you approach
There’s no sound
There’s no light
And I listened ’til you bloom

For a second I reckon
You’re gonna take my heart?
You’re gonna light up my heart?

In the darkest room in Holland

Suddenly
The weather changed how it beats
The fear kicks in
The house is rattling
For a few seconds longer
Would you hold me closer?

I know you are leaving
When the sun beams in

For a few seconds longer
Would you hold me closer?
Track Name: New To This
Remember
The first word you said to me
Remember
It was only yesterday
Remember
These walking men
Remember
The path we have taken

September
The wind whispered love, love, love
I enter
The park with no doves
Remember
The first word you said to me
Remembering
The first thing you’ve done to me

You knew
I was new to this

Remember
Your wife might be near us
Remember
Your son might be hearing us

You knew
I was new to this

And your secret is safe with me

I remember
The first word he said to me
I wonder
What has become of him
Track Name: Door To Tomorrow
Opening
The door to tomorrow
Gunning down
All the opposing pawns
I want to feel
The night time passing
Thin skin thickening
The kingdom falling
New beginning

I’m sorry,
Goodbye
I loved you,
I think

Oh Sun! (Purifier of all the missing dreams)
Oh Sun! (Blinder of all the missing dreams)
Oh Sun! (Finder of all the missing dreams)
Oh Sun! (Savior of all the missing dreams)

Opening
The door to tomorrow
Filtering
Future bad myths
Lifting
God-awful weights
Heaven-cursing sins
Dead-cold yesterdays
Your blackhole eyes

I’m sorry,
Goodbye
I loved you,
I think

Oh Sun! (Purifier of all the missing dreams)
Oh Sun! (Blinder of all the missing dreams)
Oh Sun! (Finder of all the missing dreams)
Oh Sun! (Savior of all the missing dreams)

You’ll never get what you want
I’ll never get what I want now I know