LONELY HEROES [album]

by Dear Strange

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Gil Jourdan Dorian E has such a mesmerizing voice. Discovered through the soundtrack of the movie Blackaria: the voice of the song Dragonfly from Double Dragon www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eB8oBNuRz0 Favorite track: I Can See Through This.
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Content: Dear Strange is a new duo based in Berlin, which caught my attention as they got signed to Out Of Line. Behind this band is hiding Romain Frequency (mainly known for his Electrosexual project) and singer Dorian E (singer of the dreampop-like Seasurfer).

I didn’t know what to expect from Dear Strange and I became really curious to know how it would sound as I’ve always supported the minimal-electro style of Electrosexual and the dreampop/shoegaze orientated Seasurfer (signed to Saint-Marie Records).
Dorian E’s timbre of voice remains a great experience of a fragile timbre of voice mixed with emotion and passion. She has a unique voice leading the listener into reverie while cascading over the sounds created by Romain Frequency with a delicious sensual layer.

“Lonely Heroes” doesn’t exactly sound like a debut album. You get the impression that both artists have been working together for years and years. Music and vocals rapidly appear to be an ultimate artistic symbiosis. But more than this, “Lonely Heroes” features 11 songs and there is no single cut to throw away. There’s a constant high level of sound quality and song efficiency resulting in several great songs. Maybe there are too many outstanding passages so it becomes difficult to tip potential hits.

The opening track “The Unicorn” has been released as single as well. I can’t say that it’s my favorite cut, but it directly indicates the sound approach of this band. It’s dark-pop minded and sweet sounding while accomplished by a real professional production process.

The title song coming up next reflects passion while coming closer to indie-pop music. The song is driven by a great, carrying chorus and a sexy touch emerging from the vocals (featuring a few French spoken words). The album moves on revealing all his secrets on “Dystopia” and “I Can See Through This”. Both songs perfectly represent the minimal pop approach of Dear Strange. There’s a fascinating mix between vintage-like sound treatments resulting in a kind of wave-pop style and special effects, which you’ll hear in the production of the vocals. The vocals sometimes become a bit mysterious and somewhat androgenic-like. I also have to mention “Strangers As We Are” for its irresistible low resonating bass line and the sumptuous chorus.

“Between The Sunsets” sounds harder through its dance-kick –which makes it very accessible for dancefloors, which is an essential element to conquer a wider and club-orientated audience. “A Hand Full Of Nothing” simply confirms the magic emerging from this work. The last few cuts remain well-crafted and totally accomplished while getting back to some wave-pop fields.

Conclusion: “Lonely Heroes” for sure is one of these albums that adds something extra to electronic-pop music. The main strength of Dear Strange is the fusion between a transcendental singer and a visionary musician.

Best songs: “I Can See Through This”, “Strangers As We Are”, “Dystopia”, “Lonely Heroes”, “Between The Sunsets”, “The Unicorn”.

Rate: (DP:9)DP. Sideline Magazine

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released May 19, 2016

Artwork – Romain Frequency
Artwork [Crystal Horses] – Azvalt
Composed By, Producer – Romain Frequency
Design – Romain Frequency
Engineer – Romain Frequency
Mastered By, Mixed By – Steven Turek
Performer [Dear Strange Are] – Dorian E., Romain Frequency
Photography By – Alexa Vachon
Vocals – Dorian E.

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Track Name: The Unicorn
Teardrops unbraced
Find another way
Pretty boy on stage
What are you lookin for?
Sweet sounding pain
Uncage my unicorn
Dry wind and flames
Bye bye loverboy

If you want to live like a street horse
Racing along down the freeway
Where did you wake up today?

Might be too special to realize
Over the mountain and she cries
I am your lover, stay…

Two gods one song
Dream a love inside
So close but far
Take my hand and fly
And all my songs
Turn to shooting stars
Sweet magic words
Fly hey…

If you want to live like a street horse
Mad in the light of the freeway
Turning your flash away

Might be too special to realize
Over the mountains and she cries
I am your lover, stay…

Two Gods One Song,
So Close But Far…
Track Name: Lonely Heroes
LITTLE HEROES

My blame in your sorrow
My heart in your sky
My head floats through your mainstream
My sun into your darkness

Walk in another sign
You waste my time
And I will crawl to nowhere
Walk in another sign
You waste my time
And I will talk to no one... else


Mes Yeux qui fixent l'horizon
Mes mains, vers le ciel
Mon coeur te guide et te perds,
Mon sommeil est eternel


Walk in another sign
You waste my time
And I will crawl to nowhere
Walk in another sign
You waste my time
And I will talk to no one... else

Your blame in my sorrow
Your heart in my sky
My head floats through your mainstream
My sun into your darkness

Walk in another sign
You waste my time
And I will crawl to nowhere
Walk in another sign
You waste my time
And I will talk to no one... else
Track Name: Dystopia
Escape the home of the of creatures
Dry your eyes
Taking off for the universe
Explore your mind

Greet the man in the uniform
And save his house
They kill the girl in the white dress
And close her mind

Close her mouth

Silver spoons
Golden traps
Silver cage...

Teardrop
My heart beats
My sun is a risk
But I follow you
Down to the bars

Escape the curse of the blind man
And dry his eyes
Tell him I'm a believer
With the frozen mind
Greet the man in the uniform
And save his wife
Greet the man with the shot gun
And save his life

Teardrop
My heart beats
My sun is a risk
But I follow you
Down to the bars

Teardrop
My heart sinks
my sun is a risk
but I follow you
Down to the ground
Track Name: I Can See Through This
The devil is looking through my window
How does it feel
To fall in love with me
How to describe
A fortress, a stage
Without a leading man

Hey beauty, I can see through this
But now 
I'm going blind

Hey beauty, I can see through this
so how
am I so blind?

The devil is looking through my window
what does he see
that disappears
does it hide 
in my suitcase
in my room
every night

hey beauty
i can see through this
so how
am I so blind

hey beauty
i can see through this
for now
this place and time


Pause

Today she's not walking
lay in the sky
to disappear
my hand
into your gray
my son keep on talking

hey beauty
i can see through this...
for now 
this place and time

hey beauty
I can see through this
just now 
pretend you’re mine

hey beauty
i can see through this...
for now 
this place and time

hey beauty
I can see through this
just now 
pretend you’re mine




( repeat)
Track Name: Licht
Der Tag geht zu Ende, die Nacht zieht auf
eine dunkle Fahne mit Kristallen drauf
Und das letzte Licht fällt in die Zimmer
Dein Puls schlägt in Panik, immer und immer

Und das Licht schlägt Wellen in deinen Augen
Weißt du nicht, dass die Wolken sich in dich saugen
und ein Regen bald niedergehen wird
dass die Nacht in dir drin verwehen wird

Du sagst, dein Leben steht unter den Augen
von Geistern, die dir das Herz auslaugen

Dunkle Geister aus fernen Kindheitstagen
Alte Stimmen, die dir graue Angst einjagen

Und das Licht schlägt Wellen in deinen Augen
Weißt du nicht, dass die Wolken sich in dich saugen
und ein Regen bald niedergehen wird (niederknien wird)
dass die Nacht in dir drin verwehen wird

Deine Angst ist ein Affe mit müdem Gesicht
lass ihn hungern, las ihn schreien, fütter ihn nicht
Wie ein Hungerkünstler am Ende seiner Tage
wird er still sein, wird er sterben, ohne Klage

Und das Licht schlägt Wellen in deinen Augen
Weißt du nicht, dass die Wolken sich in dich saugen
und ein Regen bald niedergehen wird
dass die Nacht in dir drin verwehen wird

Du sitzt in dem Licht mit finsteren Augen
mit alten Erinnerungen, die nichts mehr taugen
Pack sie ein in ein Netz aus Sonnenstrahlen
Du bist quitt mit dem Leben, es gibt nichts zu zahlen

Und das Licht schlägt Wellen in deinen Augen
Weißt du nicht, dass die Wolken sich in dich saugen
und ein Regen bald niedergehen wird
dass die Nacht in dir drin verwehen wird
Track Name: Strangers As We Are
Strangers as we are
Strike a pose
And leave my head
Dangerous as they are
Never meet them overwhelmed

My face in your Suicide
My sun in your empty room
Remember it´s new year
Remember me

Seems to be right now
Available like colours
Strangers as we are
We are planning
The golden age
Seems to be right now
Available like colours
Seems to be right now
Available like you

A blue sun
Meltin awesome
Temptation and frustration
The old world
Blames my heart
A new age?
Wash my car!

Seems to be right now
Available like colours
Strangers as we are
We are planning
The golden age
Seems to be right now
Available like colours
Seems to be right now

Strangers as we are
Strike a pose
And leave my head
Dangerous as they are
Never meet them overwhelmed

My face in your Suicide
My sun in your empty room
Remember it´s new year
Remember me


And you cry for her
For a long long time
And you cry for her
On new years day
See her fingers crawling
Through the universe
Let the world decline and fall for her tonight
Then she cries for you
In a midsummernight
And she left her mind in the same blue light
Track Name: Between The Sunsets
Enough is never enough for you
You play
and cause a breakdown of my rules
You don’t care
if you destroy me anyway
Inside the groove
why don’t you come in for a while
And feed my senses
You got me down on my knees
You destroy me

There´s a kiss between the sunsets
Before we disappear
Smash head in my sorrow
Illuminate my fear
There´s a memory in my garbage
And a hole in my soul
Please describe happiness
But don´t destroy me

Don´t destroy me

Enough is never enough for you
You praise me
And you fill the subject of my song
You raise my head


There´s a kiss between the sunsets
Before we disappear
Smash head in my sorrow




There´s a kiss between the sunsets
Before we disappear
Smash head in my sorrow
Illuminate my fear
There´s a memory in my garbage
And a hole in my soul
Please describe happiness
But don´t destroy me

There´s a kiss between the sunsets
Before we disappear
Smash head in my sorrow
Illuminate my fear
There´s a memory in my garbage
And a hole in my soul
Please describe happiness
But don´t destroy me

But don´t destroy me
Track Name: A Hand Full Of Nothing
A hand full of nothing
Lay down preaching
Hands full of knives

A heart full of towers
The breath of my hours
QuerYing through the skies

Waiting here tonight for another lullaby
Save the empty words of a drunken butterfly
She was creeping you and suddenly she´s me
I´m lying for you while you’re lying to me
So raise your hands full of nothing
Raise your head in skin

A hand full of nothing
Lay down preaching
A heart full of knives

A hand full of flowers
The breath of my hours
QuerYing through the skies

Waiting here tonight for another lullaby
Save the empty heart of a drunken butterfly
She was creeping you and suddenly she´s me
I´m crying for you while you’re grinning to me
So raise your hands full of nothing
Change your head in gin

A hand full of nothing
Lay down preaching
Hands full of knives

A heart full of towers
The breath of my hours
QuerYing through the skies


Waiting here tonight for another lullaby
Save the empty words of a drunken butterfly
She was creeping you and suddenly she´s me
I´m lying for you while you’re lying to me
So raise your hands full of nothing
Change your head in gin


It’s cold gin time again (Kiss)
Track Name: Hysteria
Do you want to hear?
I hear the warning inside

Strip down to here
I hear the warning that´s right

You kill me and break me
Thrill me and shape me
I want to grow

I’m out of here
Recall the sound of the neonlights
Ahh, tonight


Do you want to hear?
I hear the warning inside
So come on and thrill me
Or do you want to build me I’ll survive

Kill me an thrill me
Shape me until of my secret hysteria


I’m not here I’m here until I’m not here


Do you want to hear?
I hear the warning inside…………….

Kill me and rape me
Thrill me and shape me I am ready at last
x 3

fill me and break me
shrill me and shake me real nice


Kill me and take me
Thrill me and break me I am ready at last
Kill me and rape me
Thrill me and shape me I am ready at last
I’m ready at last
So come on
Track Name: Sweeter Than This
Borderline
Investigate
over you. over you
Promises
oh you cry
Into my arms Into my arms
I crave
Already over you
Someday
The limits of my rules


The morning sounds to you
Sweeter than this …

Praise the morning after, here too long
And still they’re watching over here

Borderline
Stupid games
Turn away turn away
Heaven tears
Oh yu cry
Into my arms
Into my arms
Stay
The border’s up to you
Until the trap you set is yours

Tick tock 12x


Pleasure
Silence


The morning sounds to you
Sweeter than the stars
Track Name: Minima Moralia
For all the things we´ve lost
For all the little fingers we´ve crossed
For all the saints in heaven...

Minima Moralia