Speak Chinese

by The Transcontinental

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1.
girl on a cannon on a rock in the sea close to helsinki i saw a girl on a cannon shooting at the waves a girl on a cannon shooting at the waves at the airport in the crowd when things came tumbling down i felt a ghost by my side for no one else to see a ghost by my side for no one else to see if i could have been there before the rain a cannonball, a little less tame i wouldn´t have to try and ask forgiveness again i could have been different
2.
british green get up in the middle of the night kick it alive it cuts the silence like a knife my heart then worked just fine and all you saw was british green glide over a glassy surface hold your breath for a while he took a ride that took his time he took a ride to the end of the line and all you saw was british green
3.
dear subconscious dear subconscious here we go what is it that you want? dear subconscious just let me know in a dream in a park she took me by the hand i could still smell the grass in the morning dear subconscious i saw a man jump a fence in greece followed by a white cougar saw him travel poland in a bathtub on wheels and she was there she was there dear subconscious here we go what is it that you want?
4.
miss higgins doesn´t know she walks the dog in a park close by it loves to make the pigeons fly that dog knows more than meets the eye oh, no i whispered softly in its ear before i Ieft and disappeared that dog knows all my hopes and fears oh, no but miss higgins doesn´t know miss higgins doesn´t know miss higgins doesn´t know i hope the old dog will survive burdened with the story of my life i don´t wanna see miss higgins cry no, no one day i´ll meet them in disguise fake beard and shades hiding my eyes only the dog will recognize my smell oh, well but miss higgins wouldn´t know miss higgins wouldn´t know miss higgins doesn´t know
5.
Frenzy 04:12
frenzy she´s always late and now she´s trying to catch a train she tried to kill the day she´s dying to meet her man the way she walks you know she fills her space so sweet she makes one think of her wrapped up in clean sheets she knows the lines to every song in her head she sings along she´s in a frenzy every sunday naked in fake fur friends and lovers make it possible for her she burns the days just like an old machine burns fuel her greatest fear that she might end up slow and cool turning minutes into sand in a frenzy she´s in a frenzy all those years and everything she´s left behind piled up high in the backyard of her mind throwing ashes to the wind in a frenzy she´s in a frenzy
6.
another ordinary love song hey get up i know it´s hard when it´s still dark and you might as well just sleep now try to smile i know it´s hard i´ll stay a while i´ll be by your side now welcome to the cruel world things are much the same welcome to the real world this is just another ordinary love song move on stumble through a day or two try to get things done now stop feeling bad for a chance you´ve missed and things you´ve said you´re not the only one now welcome to the cruel world things are much the same welcome to the real world this is just another ordinary love song
7.
perfect crime lift yourself up like a flamingo to the sky i can only try i´m scared of heights though i feel like them at times so strange, heavy and light and we can take the time to talk things over twice and plan the perfect crime my heart feels like a coal fire picture yourself among strange faces i can try i used to be afraid of foreign places though i feel the urge sometimes to cross all kinds of lines and we can take the time to talk things over twice and plan the perfect crime my heart feels like a coal fire yeah we can take the time we could do it twice and plan the perfect crime my heart feels like a coal fire
8.
speak chinese where will this lead them? words come tumbling out like marbles at a diamond trade-fair a wave of shame and a stuttering heart where will this lead them? two doctors in the middle of the remains of a tragic accident shaky knees and a stuttering heart and useless gestures precious stones and burning gasoline when they meet among the rubble and the car parts
9.
Black Horse 03:48
black horse swim the boiling sea just to find it means nothing but you can achieve it climb the burning tree if you have to see it to believe it´s here the black horse kick the devil´s chin if you get the feeling he´s trying to provoke you don´t inhale the golden smoke it will only deceive you it will choke you it´s here the black horse
10.
rattle in your heartbeat her heart was like a bird in a box in the kingdom´s deepest well kept apart from words every doubt and every whisper i´ll lead you out of here said the girl locked into a silver cage travelling to the core you might end up without me here comes the tricky bit the things you leave behind keep floating in your ocean fracturing the surface like a rattle in your heartbeat her body heat was like a cocoon a dry blanket in the snow decelerating time to a standstill the sound of shuffling feet from a boy who could hardly walk someone searching for a lenght of rope and a ruby here comes the tricky bit the things you leave behind keep floating in your ocean fracturing the surface like a rattle in your heartbeat
11.
Orang-Utan 03:33
orang-utan i need someone to scratch my tired aching back i need a gentle friend who will try to understand could that be you? said the monkey to the mule i hope i can count on the orang-utan in you the trees seem a little steep for you but down there it´s hard for me to keep up with you but it´s good to get to know you though it´s hard for me to show you i like you said the monkey to the mule i hope i can count on the orang-utan in you i trust you said the monkey to the mule i hope i can count on the orang-utan in you it´s so quiet in the morning just listen to our steps it´s so lonely in the forest we´ll get lost in the depths i need someone to scratch my tired aching back

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Recorded between 2017-2019 by Sebastian Reuter [Guitars/Vocals/Keys/Electronics], Paul Pitula [Bass/Backing Vocals], Caroline Weber [Drums/Backing Vocals], Catharina Behr [Drums/Backing Vocals], Salwa Joram [Cornet], Frederik Stöcker [Rhodes], Karin McHugh [Dulcimer] and LeFou [Drum Programming].
With additional help from Achim Gieseler [String Arrangements].
Cover Photos by Mary Hussmann.

Mixed 2019 by Sebastian Reuter @ Klangkosmonauten Berlin.
Mastered by Rupert Schellenberger @ ultramar labs.
All Songs written by Sebastian Reuter - © Berlin 2020.

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released January 26, 2020

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The Transcontinental Berlin, Germany

Sebastian Reuter [Git/Vox/Electronics] Paul Pitula [Bass/Vox] Caroline Weber [Drums/Vox] Catharina Behr [Drums/Vox]
Whitby Allen [Video]
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