Luck​/​Hope

by Steve Abel

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released August 5, 2016

STEVE ABEL singing 1-8 | acoustic 1,3,4,5,6,8 | electric 2,7
JOLIE HOLLAND singing 1,3,5,7,8 | violin 1,7,8 | cello 5 | shaker 3
SHAHZAD ISMAILY drums 1,5,7,8 | electric 3 | bass 1,5,8 | bv 1,3,8
GREY GERSTEN electric 1,5,7,8 | bass 3 | chompsky sfx machine 7
GEOFF MADDOCK electric 4,6 | bv 1,4,6 | bass 6
MILAN BORICH drums 2,3,4 | bv 2,4 | piano 2
BUZZ MOLLER bv 2
GARETH THOMAS piano, bv 4
MIKE HALL bass 4
COLE GOODLY drums 6
ED McWILLIAMS bv 6

This LP was tracked half in New York and half in New Zealand thanks to the crucial support of Jolie Holland and Creative NZ. The project occurred sporadically and with large gaps in activity from first NY recordings on 19 November 2009 to final mastering in NZ in mid 2015. Thanks for your patience.

Shahzad Ismaily recorded, engineered and was main logistics man on the NY stuff (tracks 1,3,5,7,8) which was captured at Rivington 66 in Manhattan. Milan Borich engineered and recorded First Part and pre-mixed, edited and did additional tracking on Best Thing, Trying and Dance and final mixes of First Part, Good Arm and Dance at The Wall Studios in Kingsland. Kerry Furlong (with Geoff Maddock) recorded Dance at Peak Rd in Kaukapakapa and engineered additional mixing and tracking at his place in Beaconsfield St, Grey Lynn. Geoff recorded Sidewalk Doves at Rick Bryant’s place in Newton. Joel Hamilton mixed Trying at his studio in Williamsburg and Milan added drums later. Hook mixed Not Going Anywhere at York St (RIP). Simon Gooding did final mixes of Best Thing, Sidewalk Doves and Luck/Hope at the Lab. It was mastered at The Lab by Oli Harmer. A bundle of work is not included here including a marvellous take of a song lost forever in cyberspace. Thanks to those musicians & technicians who also played a part – Anji Sami, Finn Scoles, Ben King, Nick Abbott, Patrick Nicholson, Max Corradi, Mika Doo, Jolyon Mulholland, Mike Gibson, Dougie Bowne and Jordan Stone.

In addition to all those already mentioned, great gratitiude to all contributors and supporters particularly: in NY: Florian Habicht and Teresa Peters (and for the vid!), Jan Bell, Gary Velletri, Jana, Dana, Masha at Ocean Avenue, Jenny Quilter, Ila Couch and Claude Coleman Jr., Carlos Ramirez, AlSarah; John Modell + Megan and Nick Franich in sunny LA; special thanks to Chris Gough, Jaime Gough
and all at Native Tongue Publishing; Anthony Healey and all at APRA NZ; Peter Baker and Rhythmethod; Lisa Paris and Lucy of The Label; much thanks to UK fellows: Sean Newsham, Mike Holdsworth, Howard Monk and Lucy Jamieson of The Local; Delaney Davidson; Jeremy McPike; Matt Crawley; Deborah, beloved Quinn and our many good friends and family, Dad, Kate and especially, in her keenly felt absence, presence and love, ‘Grandma Jan’, to whom this album is dedicated.

NZ distribution: peter at rhythmethod.co.nz
Management: lisa at thelabel.co.nz
Publishing: frances at nativetongue.co.nz
Booking: info at abelsong.com
Portrait by David McClunie in charcoal on board.
Design by Nick Eagles of The Letter Q.
All songs by Steve Abel © (P) 2015.
Visit: www.abelsong.com

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Track Name: Best Thing
Best Thing

dreaming
is the best thing we do
don’t be lonely
I dream after you

sing
sing the world to death
sing him back to being again
I still hear your voice

I know
the cycles of the moon
the valley where the moons grow
I will know you too

sing
sing the world to death
sing her back to being again
I still hear your voice

I know the mountain of the wolves
the valley where the moons grow
I will know you too

dreaming
is the best thing we ever do
don’t be lonely
I dream after you
Track Name: First Part
First Part

what is the part of my heart that is broken?
what is the part?
the first part
Track Name: Trying
Trying

when the sky darks its own blueness
the river wends its lonely turns

I need to see you trying for us
I need to see you trying

you can placate me with one honest kiss
when the earth is shamed by her own cruelness

I need to see you trying for us
I need to see you trying

I’m scared of what the times are doing to us
I need to see you trying

you can placate me with one honest kiss
why won’t you do it?
Track Name: Dance
Dance

take off your shoes girls and dance
this is the time of your lives
take while you have half a chance
see while the light is in your eyes
and dance

keeping your lamps oiled bright
seize the white horse by the bridle
already god is denied
this is the start of survival
dance

take of your shoes girls and dance
beauty reveals by the glance
whispering ‘cross the Styx
the shuffling feet and shaking hips
of dance
Track Name: Not Going Anywhere
Not Going Anywhere

I don’t believe we are going anywhere
I see your face and feel the silk of your hair
beyond these days lurk equally hope and despair
by which we are moved until we disappear
and carry on in transition
but not going anywhere
not going anywhere

we held some dreams like flakes of ice in our hands
look from above the world
see how ocean meets sand
no such luck for the passage of us my dear
our heads are mites upon the bright and dark sphere
for all the sensation of motion
not going anywhere
Track Name: Sidewalk Doves
Sidewalk Doves

see the rippling of the sea
round new york city
see the light shine off the waves
in the coney bay

if you loved me
if you leave
we were the sidewalk doves
of new york city

time goes whirling on its spin
and lets you in
if you wake in autumn leaves
and recall the dream

I was told
you looked for me
amongst the sidewalk doves
of new york city

if you loved me
if you leave
we were the sidewalk doves
of new york city

in the whistling of the wind
through the urban din
by the dream you lied and believed
and did beautifully

yes you love me
when you leave
we’ll be the sidewalk doves
of new york city
new york city
Track Name: Good Arm
Good Arm

with this heart I do not a little hunger
with this soul I do not a little pain

you fat old stars
sit not in sorrow
give me your good arm
for I miss my aim
and you stars
that shine so brightly
like diamonds
all amongst the milky way
the milky way

those stars were not sparked for nothing
we are fragments of their flame

you fat old stars
sit not in sorrow
guide us home
in this black night
and you stars
that shine for ever
give me your good arm
for I miss my aim
for I miss my aim
Track Name: Luck/Hope
Luck Hope

man needs a little luck
to have a little hope
this I know
in the well of the silent heart

oh that a young boy could
cut this trap from in me
the invisible string
that enters my mouth

that makes despondence
and the hopeless choker

ah ii ah, ah ii ah
the hopeless choker

boy, what force in thee
made you to set the gull free
that you can’t even free
your own man-self now?

oh that a young boy could
cut this trap from in me
the invisible string
that makes despondence
and the hopeless choker

ah ii ah, ah ii ah
the hopeless choker