April 1st, 2009

MUT009

Liszts

Big Trouble in Little China

12 Tracks | Digital Download | $0 | Now Available

 

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12 tracks recorded in Kalamazoo, Michigan during the month of August, 2006. All songs written and performed by Liszts. Produced by Malcolm Felder. Mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony.

 

SAMPLE MP3: Wogenni

 

Big Trouble in Little China captures what it can’t capture, to become more than just an album, but a romance between one culture and another, one person and another, one dream and another, between those of us scuttling across the ocean floor, and those who stand above us, between the losers and the lost, the great home in the heavens, and the one we don’t want to go home to. We get saccharine as we get older, but what does it matter when all you got left is memories?

 

After a long stint in China, the Liszts were re-united stateside to record this album in an effort to expose China’s burgeoning consumer culture to more independent-minded western music, but also it is important to remember that those who love, love perhaps too well. The lyrics for these songs were born out of a matrimonial fever on both continents. Only time will tell if we’ll make it to the wedding, but we can weep a little on the way, and maybe take a trip to the beach this december.


A number of songs were written in Mandarin, but as the album progressed, a shift to english occurred, so it became clear that the songs would need introductions for our Chinese friends. In an effort to keep the material fresh, the Liszts imposed a one month deadline, and with the assistance of producer, Malcolm Felder, the album was finished at the end of August, 2006. The album remained in limbo for a couple years before Felder honed the sound of the album, utilizing field recordings from a Virginia graveyard, old Tascam tracks from Jamaica Plain, and his own electronic compositions.


Want to become infused with a larger sound, and begin to breathe in the larger atmosphere of a holistic sound emporium? The Liszts will take you there.


Below are alternate covers for each song on the album that you can download and add to your mp3s on iTunes or whichever music player you choose. Click to enlarge the artwork, or scroll to the bottom of the page to download the entire batch of covers. Below each cover you can read the translations of all the Chinese introductions heard on the album.


1. Dreaming Victoria (4:20)

1. Dreaming Victoria (4:20)

I am an Italian. Some people say Italians love too much, but nobody says I love too much. I feel too much. It is not the same. My homeland lies within an illusion.


2. Come December (3:48)

2. Come December (3:48)

Go to the beach in the winter? Could be pretty. I imagined you went to the beach with me, so I have written this song.


3. Turn a Corner (4:35)

3. Turn a Corner (4:35)

Happy birthday. When you hear these words, you also feel happy, correct, but in this song, this is incorrect. Why? Because this man says goodbye to this woman on her birthday.


4. Woyeaini (2:58)

4. Woyeaini (2:58)

Unnecessary.


5. Wogenni (2:36)

5. Wogenni (2:36)

Sometimes you say you do not love me, but I know you love too much.


6. Vow (3:40)

6. Vow (3:40)

I suppose I have to tell my girlfriend these promises. Some are strange, some are too great. I feel too much, but knew that already, yes?


7. Stolen Love (3:46)

7. Stolen Love (3:46)

If you and your wife have been to a forest, and this forest was a gloomy place, if you are perplexed, then this is your song.


8. Woshiwaijao (4:06)

8. Woshiwaijao (4:06)

Why do foreign experts want to come to China? This is because they can have much money and many girlfriends. Some are good, many are rotten. I will wish all are good people.


9. Problems (1:56)

9. Problems (1:56)

I understand thoroughly my problems, I see and understand these problems, so I tell other people I am able to answer these problems. They hear without understanding.


10. Dream (2:28)

10. Dream (2:28)

I imagine she is still my girlfriend. I am incorrect. I am depressed.


11. Geometry (3:46)

11. Geometry (3:46)

I wrote this poem. I told Odin I wanted to use this poem in a song, so we wrote geometry's love. This is a little difficult.


12. A Wedding (8:33)

12. A Wedding (8:33)

This song is very long. Odin and I went to wedding. This wedding was very interesting, so I wanted to write a song about this day. Odin said alright. Why is this song so long? Because the stories are many, but perhaps every day has many stories. This could be true, huh?


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