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The Late Album

by Spencer the Rover

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David Markfield A shout-out to Sven Schreiber for recommending. Brilliant, Intelligent, witty pop!! Think Penny Lane, late period XTC or mid-period Joe Jackson but at the same time 100% original and unique! Favorite track: Everyone Must Die.
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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) A masterpiece! Yes, that's what it is, no less! And it's no surprise that such a perfect folk rock / baroque pop album originates from Belgium, where a lot of outstanding music comes from. Koen Renders is the man at the helm, writing and arranging everything, playing piano and bass, and performing the lead vocals. I wish he would re-release his previous albums here, too. Favorite track: Time Rag.
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1.
Once I was lost in a reverie Once I was lost in a reverie I went to the doctor and guess what she said “There’s a lot going on in your head” So she took out some files from her dusty cabinet Then showed me the score to a splendid minuet Once I got lost in a storybook Once I got lost in a storybook Page forty-seven had crumbled to dust, and three to eleven were gone So I tried to imagine how Dr. Fitzwilliam Would waltz her way out of my dream delirium Once I was lost in a reverie Once I was lost in a reverie I went to the doctor and guess what she said?
2.
We saw the morning sun over the horizon The starry skies at night, ocean waves arriving The secrets of the world all laid out before us That’s the reason why everyone must die While learning how to speak, we stumbled upon reason We read the books of God and the rules for how to please Him Lived through war and peace and went from rags to riches But like that Russian spy, everyone must die We know too much about the molecules, the atoms and the particles of matter So it’s written in the skies: Everybody dies. Raindrops in the sand, reflections on the buildings A newborn child’s hand wrapped around your fingers The question arises why does everybody try to make life linger When we all can hear it sigh: "Everyone must die"
3.
Late March 04:03
I’m watching you from the inside of the clock I measure every part of the day And so you’re keeping up the pace While my hands just tick the minutes away And as you’re listening to the crackling sounds On the radio I just keep keep dragging you around Right up to the end of the road So hold on, and be gone as the cuckoo strikes the alarm And the mockingbird sings I wish that I could stop myself from misleading you but sadly to me it’s just a habit When Cinderella leaves the party too late I’ll be taking all the credit But my dear friend like everybody needs good music I could surely use it as well So we’d better make a start on your heart I’m watching you from the inside of the clock I measure every part of your day I know you want to move ahead While my hands just take the minutes away So hold on, and be gone as the cuckoo strikes the alarm And the mockingbird sings I wish that I could stop myself from misleading you but sadly to me it’s just a habit For every single step I take you keep on running like Alice's white rabbit But my dear friend like everybody needs good music I could surely use it as well So we’d better make a start on your heart Put your hands on my hands, ‘till the sound of the pendulum begins to hum around and round ‘till everyone is gone and everything set back to none I wish that I could stop myself from misleading you but sadly to me it’s just a habit When Cinderella leaves the party too late I’ll be taking all the credit But my dear friend like everybody needs good music I could surely use it as well So we’d better make a start on your heart
4.
The Cuckoo 03:12
Now the fall has fallen so suddenly Even all the green leaves are leaving trees You imitate the rain, but steadily Turn the present to geometry Tomorrow will be sung when the cuckoo sings Yesterday was wrong on what the future brings You've got the power of goodbye The force of nature on your side I feel your eyes looking straight through me If you weren’t there would I be free? Or would it be the same? Ohohohoh I feel you from the moment the day begins Until the gravity of my sleep comes in And all this hazy run and hide Only ends when she is by my side Oh yesterday showed me how We need to let go of what is now But fairly I don’t understand The implications your steady hand Todododo You're not the one to blame But neither am I Now the fall has fallen so suddenly Even all the green leaves are leaving trees You imitate the rain so steadily You've got no heart but you've got honesty
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-instrumental track-
6.
The Sound 02:44
Listen to the sound buzzing in your head We talked for hours, but they seemed like minutes The light in her eyes, her waving hand One more birthday, passed my doorway While hoping for change, the change remained Listen to the sound buzzing in your head Windstill windmill, frozen river The sun in the sky, the pouring rain Still I wonder what keeps us going When all we can hear is an aural stain Listen to the sound buzzing in your head
7.
Time Rag 03:00
First part of the day, wrote a belated birthday card to uncle Bart at 9:15 Then I went looking for stamps but felt some morning cereal between my teeth So back into the bathroom, took a shower and the hours passed And by noon, I’d forgotten all the things I had to do To get this song to you 12:30 I’m late, but I’m waiting for some inspiration in the key of C Suppressing a yawn, and maybe I’m wrong, it seems about time to find something to eat I’m heading for the kitchen, but alright I like the bedroom too I don’t know where to go if everything just looks the same And no one looks like you I’m ready to go, but I don’t know if I still remember what I am heading for At the end of the day what can I say, I think it might be better just to fade away Should we feel sorry after summer, when winter’s perfect to renew the fields? But what can I say if every day feels so very much the same? Life, as you know, is just a time rag...
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9.
The Doorbell 02:38
I would rather leave you a note, but I’ve made up my mind At the corner of your street the bus stop’s waiting, I am getting out I would rather talk to you at another rendez-vous but you see the clock is ticking All the time that passed, my heart was beating fast Every time I saw your bright eyes I would rather sing you a song but I’m not a singer And alas I’m not the kind of man to take you out to dinner I would rather talk to you, and have a beer or two but I’m not a social drinker So all I brought is this: my righteous hart, a chance of bliss And a happy end that’s calling out for you So now my fingertip moves towards the doorbell of your house The bell goes bim bam bom, sounds like nothing's wrong I would rather talk to you, on another rendez-vous but I hear you coming down the stairs And with your gentle voice, you call your mom and say "somebody's there for you"

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released September 15, 2017

Written and arranged by Koen Renders
Produced by Koen Renders and Jo Francken
Illustrations by Richard Wilkinson
Graphic design by Hermann Van Aerschot

Koen Renders: vocals, piano, bass guitar on “Time Rag”, programming
Gerrit Valckenaers: hammered metal, analog blender, rotary dial, prepared zither, tuning forks, bowed percussion, watery sounds, singer sewing machine, bass clarinet on “The Cuckoo”
Herman Acke: guitars
Laurens Billiet: drums
Simon Casier: bass guitar

The Late Chamber Players directed by Koen Toté

Lieve Goossens: flute
Geert Baeckelandt: clarinet
Kristien Ceuppens: english horn
Jonas Coomans: bassoon
Jos Verjans: french horn
Gregory Van Seghbroeck: euphonium
Geert Raemakers: trumpet
Jean Rubanpaille: recorders, fluegelhorn
Marc De Maeseneer: tenor sax, baritone sax
Mark Steylaerts, Gudrun Vercampt, Stefanie Van Backlé, Olivia Bergeot, Bart Lemmens, Eline Pauwels, Aline Janeczek, Aymeric de Villoutreys: violin
Philippe Allard, Grietje François, Katelijne Onsia: viola
Karel Steylaerts, Hans Vandaele, Jean-François Assy: cello
Koen Toté: double bass, tubulars, anvil

Jo Francken & Pieterjan Maertens: percussion & programming
Jules Renders, Pieterjan Maertens & Chantal Acda: background vocals on “Everyone Must Die”

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