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Blue Motel

by Bart & The Bedazzled

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Ivan MSCCK Mesmerizing! Des bulles de finesse, nuances et variations, subtilité et enluminures... A se repasser
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Matt Cox (coxy) Is Champagne Pop 🥂 a thing? If not, this would be it. Listening to this album makes me picture myself aboard a private yacht swigging some chardonnay, the sun in the sky and a cool breeze on my balls. Favorite track: The Amateurs.
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about

Recorded in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, Blue Motel is the new album by Bart & The Bedazzled, a brand new musical enterprise by Bart Davenport and his seventh album proper since his solo breakout in 2002. Alluding to Los Angeles with the lights down, it’s an amalgam sound of ‘80s English pop and West Coast yacht rock jams, sprinkled with cinematic flourishes clearly influenced by the understated production of L.A. Takedown’s Aaron M. Olson. The jangly pop aesthetic, resplendent with choppy chorus tinted guitar, snappy snares, sax and bass, is underlined with life trodden stories about day jobs, dating, financial insecurities, lost innocence and most prominently, time travel.

The album lives somewhere in an imagined past (or future) that is curiously both the 1960s and 1980s conveying the group’s nostalgia for a fantasy world with a cheeky cynicism, despite a perception of a world that is, for Bart, on the downfall. To that end, Davenport’s songs are, as always, delivered with a happy and sad sensibility reminiscent of the great Burt Bacharach. From the surreal yet humorous ‘The House That Built Itself’ to the sad surf music of ‘Halloween By The Sea’ or the romantic L.A. noir of the title track, Blue Motel arrives with a spoonful of tears, a nod and a wink.

The Bedazzled band lineup, united by their love of the ‘Elegant ‘80s’, includes the guitar of Wayne Faler (Dream Boys), drums, percussion and beats by Andres Renteria (Jose Gonzales) and post-punk bass lines from Jessica Espeleta (L.A. Takedown). The four friends from Los Angeles, united in their affection for the more sophisticated sounds of English ‘80s groups like Prefab Sprout and Style Council give the setlist a more distinctively pop flavour compared to Bart’s soulful last outing on his album Physical World, also released on Lovemonk. Blue Motel features regular appearances from female vocalist Nedelle Torrisi (Domino, Asthmatic Kitty) who notably adds the lush layers of harmony on ‘The Amateurs’. Saxophonist Billy McShane is also featured on three songs with improvisations that evoke the scene of whales in outer space.

Producer Olson often incorporates soundtrack and avant-garde elements in his own work. His gift for song arrangement, understanding of the synth and penchant for subtlety all shine brightly on Blue Motel.

credits

released April 27, 2018

Bart & The Bedazzled:
Bart Davenport – vocals, guitar
Jessica Espeleta – bass
Wayne Faler – lead guitar
Andres Renteria – drums, percussion, drum machine

With help from:
Aaron M. Olson – synthesizer, piano
Nedelle Torrisi – backing vocals
Billy McShane – saxophone
Robin MacMillan – drums, keyboard on ‘Your Sorrow’

Produced by Aaron M. Olson

Additional production by Robin MacMillan on ‘Blue Motel’, ‘The Amateurs’ and ‘Your Sorrow’

Recorded by Jason Soda at Palomino Sound, Los Angeles CA
Mixed by William Faler, Santa Monica CA
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering, Ventura CA

Artwork by Kara Joslyn
Front: Crescent Moon, acrylic and polymer car paint on panel, 2015 
Back: Morning Star, acrylic and polymer car paint on panel, 2016
Photos by Cassandra Lee Hamilton
Sleeve Design by Utah

All songs written by Bart Davenport (Vic Silva Songs, BMI)
except ‘Grownups’ by Davenport/Faler (Vic Silva Songs, BMI/ASCAP)
and ‘Time Machine For Two’ by Davenport/Olson (Vic Silva Songs, BMI/Aaron M. Olson, ASCAP)

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Track Name: Blue Motel
I took forever
Now I’ve arrived
It is the sunset of my pride
I took the slow lane
To the west side
Singing these blues for the whole ride
She said we’d talk today
I need this one to pay
The golden goose is grey tonight

I’ve tried to reach her
Ms Marilyn Groves
I gave her six or seven calls
Ah but there’s no answer
No, nothing at all
I smashed the phone against the wall
So many different ways
To use up all your days
And this is how we spend our time

At the Blue Motel
Everyone’s got something to sell
At the Blue Motel
Follow your dreams into the ground
And you’ll be found
At the Blue Motel

Oh but you should have seen me
Down at The Ritz
On brighter days and cooler nights
Cash flowed like water
I froze like ice
The clientele did name my price
Now salad days are done
And without dollar one
At least I’ve found a place to hide

At the Blue Motel
Everyone’s got something to sell
At the Blue Motel
Follow your dreams into the ground
And you’ll be found
At the Blue Motel
Track Name: Halloween By The Sea
I watched the sun go down
On the USA
Suburban boulevards
Cities in decay
People in dismay

I heard the sun go down
On the great highway
The cries of old theme parks
Playland By The Sea
It was Halloween
Warm and misty air
Maybe friends were there
Wasted on the beach
What a scene

Seagulls in our eyes
Pure light, old and wise
Melt away my dreams

I woke to find her gone
Miss America
Her cracked guitar still plays
In my head always
Listen what it says
Track Name: What's Your Secret (Cleo)
What’s your secret then, Cleo?
You’re a league above them all
I’d be your best friend, Cleo
If I had the wherewithal

What’s your secret then, Cleo?
You’re the portrait of restraint
It’s your measured cool, Cleo
You sketch before you paint

I’ve been alone so long
In my eyes you do no wrong
Mesmerizing me
Dancing through the mystery

What’s your secret then, Cleo?
You’re a league above them all
I’d be your best friend, Cleo
If I had the wherewithal

How can I be your muse?
How can I be the one you choose?
Guess I’ll wait see
You know where to find me
Track Name: Life Under Water
Sailors, oh wailers
Did you start to bail
When your ship set sail?

Wave goodbye to the warm and dry
In this world of blue
Things are hard to do

This is life under water
Here we are, under water

Divers, contrivers
Like so many dreams
We are lost, it seems

This is life under water
Here we are, sons and daughters
Who falter

Take a dive at your leisure
Come to find there’s no treasure
This is life under water
Here we are, sons and daughters
Who falter
Track Name: The Amateurs
Now when the sun goes down and moonlight starts
That’s when the amateurs begin breaking hearts
They come in one-by-one and two-by-two
They look like friends of ours, they look like me and you
Could it be the way she smiles?
Could it be the lazy, half-hearted style?

Amateur lovers hurting each other
At the amateur hour
Try a little harder
Try a little harder

So in the dead of night, teardrops fall
It seems the one you love did forget to call
You say you get things done when you’re home alone
And so you sent her out into the danger zone
Moving at the speed of light
Something so wonderful ends over night

Amateur lovers hurting each other
At the amateur hour
Try a little harder
Try a little harder

Now when the sun goes down and moonlight starts
That’s when the amateurs begin breaking hearts
They come in one-by-one and two-by-two
They want to fall in love but they don’t know what to do
They’re just…

Amateur lovers
Amateur lovers
Amateur lovers
Insignificant others
Track Name: Your Sorrow
It’s Friday night and you’re a total mess
You sit there wondering what to do
Where’s that positive mental attitude?
The kids are laughing on the sidewalk
You’re cold and silent as the moon
They may be calling you to join them sometime soon
And now you’re dancing somewhere downtown
Under the glow of flashing lights
But something lingers in the shadows on these nights

Something that you can’t escape
Here today and here tomorrow
It’s your sorrow

You try to fight the feeling
Ah but the feeling fights back
Life is a train that’s running right off track
Big city lovers with no compassion
Break your heart in every fashion
For the whole world to see

Something that you wear on your sleeve
Here today and here tomorrow
It’s your sorrow

Oh the majesty of what could be
When you find your true calling
With every river crossed, you’ll get back all you’ve lost
Someday soon

So don’t you try and fight the feeling
Because the feeling fights back
There ain’t no shame in being where you’re at

Something yours and yours alone
Here today and here tomorrow
It’s your sorrow
Track Name: The House That Built Itself
My life was already unstable enough for me
Living from day to day with no security
And now my abode
Isn’t up to code
Apparently

I wanna spend the night
Oh if you think it’s right
I don’t feel safe at home
The place is crawling with blues
I like to sleep all day
I like to sleep but they
Get up at 6 a.m.
What a prolific crew

I wanna tell the world where I intend to go
I wanna tell the world, if only I did know

Brick by brick, the house that built itself
Is falling down
Shelf by shelf, the house that built itself
Is on the ground

It was a real life dream
I found a recipe
To make a homemade home
Without a single tool
And as I watched it grow
This building of my own
I saw the doors and walls
Put on a coat of paint
I like to sleep all day
I like to sleep but they
Get up at 6 a.m.
The demolition crew

I know a lifestyle change has long been overdue
You better burn that sage when I come through

Brick by brick, the house that built itself
Is falling down
Shelf by shelf, the house that built itself
Is on the ground
Track Name: Time Machine For Two
Dark matter, these memories
A forest of aging trees
There’s nothing much left to do
So I think about me and you
In a time machine for two

Time travel into your arms
Awaken without alarms
This moment, no déjà vu
And you clinging to me like glue
In a time machine for two

It’s an elaborate time machine
I don’t know what makes it go
You’ve got the only users guide
And you don’t want to ride
There’s nothing I’d love more to do
But it doesn’t work without you
It’s a time machine for two
Track Name: Grownups
It’s a golden time
Or so I’m told
It’s an odd century
For the sensitive
It’s so hard to live
And the callous all succeed
Take a look around
At this world I’ve found
Like a lost worker bee
It’s a grown-up time for me

In this day and age
I don’t fit in
Having never made money
I keep throwing salt
Think it’s all my fault
And it wasn’t meant to be
I keep drinking soap
Wash it down with hope
It’s an odd recipe
It’s a grown-up time for me

So drink some water with your wine
Lost and lonely friends of mine
It’s a grown-up time

Well it’s a grown-up time
When some friends have gone
Did they have to fly away?
I will live my life in honor of those
Who cannot be with us today
For each passing year
I will shed a tear
And be swept out to sea
It’s a grown-up time, baby

So drink some water with your wine
Lost and lonely friends of mine
It’s a grown-up time
Track Name: Vampire
She’s the kind of love I’d never dream of
Dreams are never so fair
Side by side we sleep like teacups
Although we are not the same
She’s a woman trying to make her mark
And I won’t stand in her way

My lover says things I’ve never heard
In a strange and ravishing tone
She’s a vampire, warns me not to love her
Then directs me just where to kiss her
To be bolder, just how tight to hold her
I try to do all she says

There’s a car outside
She could leave tonight
Make a run for the future
The future

Her piano hands are strong
She plays, amazed with herself
How I long to sing along
With her and no one else
Love her more than anyone before
I’m here for her to betray

There’s a car outside
She could leave tonight
Make a run for the future
The future

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