Dear Misfortune Mother of Joy

by Broken Back

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1.
H a l c y o n B i r d s Once we sailed across the seas Yet some doubts tainted winds blew Once our tale you believed in Yet these doubts have drowned your soul Man plans and god laughs This is what I’ve learnt from you Once we stood just like two halves Yet these doubts have drowned your soul I wonder will we be Up to the legend once we heard I wonder if we will see Each other flying as (two) halcyon Birds For a while, I thought you were lost In the depths where lovers meet One last smile and fingers crossed Is how you left the lovers seat. I wonder will we be Up to the legend once we heard I wonder if we will see Each other flying as (two) halcyon Birds I’ve tried to make them burn and let them all fade away Yet these memories remain, stuck in my bones and my brain (x4) I wonder will we be Up to the legend once we heard I wonder if we will see Each other flying as (two) halcyon Birds
2.
HAPPIEST MAN ON EARTH I’ll make it quick for you to know Splashing my feelings is not what I’m the best at I’ve never told you many things that I should The words are on my lips, it’s time to tell you the truth (X2) I belong to the roads now, Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face, I think I am the happiest man on earth I belong to the roads now, Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face, I think I am the happiest man on earth Will you let me empty The pain in your eyes ? The chains in your heart I’m gonna break it with my arms Whenever you feel sad, In times of dark days Going through a bad patch Please come and take my hand I care too much about you To let you get drowned I’ll always stay around, Whenever you hit the ground I belong to the roads now, Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face, I think I am the happiest man on earth I belong to the roads now, Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face, I think I am the happiest man on earth Will you let me empty The pain in your eyes ? The chains in your heart I’m gonna break it with my arms I care too much about you To let you get drowned I’ll always stay around, Whenever you hit the ground I belong to the roads now, Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face, I think I am the happiest man on earth I belong to the roads now, Coming home to my old town This pretty smile on this pretty face, I think I am the happiest man on earth
3.
03:39
Y O U N G S O U L S We’re walking through the lands, Pure souls and dreams ahead Tell the world here we are (Hey!) A thousand miles away We’ve travelled to, so far to play We’ve put our fears aside, A thousand miles away from home (Hey!) We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day, Tell them we are, tell them we are, We’re on the way… We won’t stop, we won’t stop growing everyday Tell them we are, tell them we are, We’re on the way We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day, Tell them we are, tell them we are, We’re on the way… We’re walking through the lands, Pure souls and dreams ahead Tell the world here we are Romantic adventurers we seek to discover What the world has to hide A thousand miles away We’ve travelled to, so far to play, We’ve put our fears aside. A thousand miles away We’ve travelled to, so far to play, We’ve come to sing out loud A thousand miles away from home… We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day, Tell them we are, tell them we are, We’re on the way… We won’t stop, we won’t stop growing everyday Tell them we are, tell them we are, We’re on the way (X2) Mmmm We are the young souls and proud to be so, every day, Tell them we are, tell them we are, We’re on the way… We won’t stop, we won’t stop growing everyday Tell them we are, tell them we are, We’re on the way (X2)
4.
04:03
M I L D B L O O D Diving softly into this cotton world I wonder, If I’m a stranger, and now I know, and now I know All this wine that runs in my veins I think I like it, I pour a bit more of it I feel all changed, I feel all changed… And this sweet and sour dream sure makes me happy but can make me sink, look at me now, I’m drunk and drowned Flying up to this shiny sun, You gave me the wings, I thought it was easy to learn But I’d better land, (Be)cause now they’re burning She took the gun, a finger on the trigger, I stopped and stared, I know I wouldn’t run This is what happens When you’re blinded by the sun… She took the gun, a finger on the trigger, I stopped and stared, I know I wouldn’t run This is what happens When you’re blinded by the sun… A slight tight to make me fall in the night And even if I wanna fight The poison is inside me Yeah I bit in it, spit it, and now this bitter taste just reminds me it’s all about a freaking waste This warm light should tell me “get out of this flight” Despite you’re right, I’m holding on and still grabbing at it Do I wanna fix it ? Forget it ? But what about the footprints you left on the backseat. She took the gun, a finger on the trigger, I stopped and stared, I know I wouldn’t run This is what happens When you’re blinded by the sun… She took the gun, a finger on the trigger, I stopped and stared, I know I wouldn’t run This is what happens When you’re blinded by the sun… I don’t know, where to go Anyway my feet are too slow I get stuck but it’s not too late to end, This emotional suicide that makes me feel alive I blurt it out but now it hurts hey She must have blurred my perception hey I built it and lost my wits (You) Know that at the next signal again I’ll fall She took the gun, a finger on the trigger, I stopped and stared, I know I wouldn’t run This is what happens When you’re blinded by the sun… She took the gun, a finger on the trigger, I stopped and stared, I know I wouldn’t run This is what happens When you’re blinded by the sun… (x2)
5.

about

BIOGRAPHY :

Jérôme, who would later become BROKEN BACK was born in August 1990 in Saint-Malo, France, where he lived a happy childhood.
He played his first notes at an early age, learning classical music and jazz with an unconventional instrument: the tuba. His brilliant school career enabled him to enter one of the best French business schools, where he specialized in entrepreneurship, management, digital strategy and communication.
At only 23, he had already co-founded 2 start-ups and seemed destined for a bright future. But in 2012 a displaced vertebra forced him to ease off the pace for several months.
Inspired to take his nylon guitar out of the closet, Jérôme began writing and recording his first songs.
Then he launched his Soundcloud, Facebook, and Youtube pages to post his first demos freshly finalised. A loyal fan base started to grow. Youtube channels in France and abroad (Get The Sound, The Vibe Guide…) and influent blogs discovered his folk – pop electronic universe. They started to write about him and to broadcast his tracks, widening day after day his community. Famous Dj’s (Klingande, Kygo, Thomas Jack) contacted him for remixes. The demo of the song “Seven words” hit 500 000 plays.
At the same time, business angels and various opportunities to raise funds for his start-ups showed up. But, instead, Jérôme decided to embrace this nascent music career.
Then he caught a train from Paris to Saint-Malo, as described in “Happiest Man On Earth”: “I belong to the roads now, coming home to my old town […] I think I am the happiest man on earth”, in order to improve the production of his songs thanks to the tutorials he found on Youtube, and finalised his first EP “Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy”.
Explicit reference to this musical project, that would have probably never started without this physical burnout, that “broke his back” some two years earlier.


RELEASE INFORMATION :

This First EP « Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy » echoes a quote of the famous writer Albert Cohen « Le malheur est le père du bonheur de demain ».
« Mild Blood » describes the addiction to a doomed romance whereas “Happiest Man On Earth” depicts the consciousness of a stealth second of happiness. “Halcyon Birds” extends a metaphor about the second chance, inspired by the eponymous Greek myth. Whereas “Young Souls” evokes the childhood paradox: between youthful carelessness and eagerness to be grown-ups.
The smooth and catchy melodies are filled with hope. The dancing electro rhythms are full of carefree waves, like those of living the city, flee the preordained paths and decide one’s own fate. But the choir and folk arpeggios entrusts us with some deeper sadness like an echo to this physical accident and this forced professional break, without which the project BROKEN BACK would never have seen the light.
Mixed by Broken Back, Pierrick Devin (former assistant of Philippe Zdar, known for his work with Lilly Wood & the Prick), and N’to (Considered by many as one of the major rising producer on the deep house & minimal French scene), the four tracks of “Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy” are like an anthem to this 1990 generation. Everything is recorded in a student’s room. No professional studio. No additional musicians. 100% home production.
This first EP sounds like a borderless melody, embodying a generation that doesn’t assume any barriers between the continents. A radiant generation, born among the ashes of the prevailing crisis, and yet bursting with an unfailing optimism. A generation to which it feels good, sometimes, to look towards.




CONTACT BOOKING : Clotaire {AT} junzi-arts.com
CONTACT MANAGER : Romain@unitygroup.fr
PUBLISHER: WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC FRANCE
LABEL : BROKEN BACK INC.

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released April 27, 2015

All songs written and performed by Broken Back
Produced by Broken Back
Mixed by Pierrick Devin, N'to and Broken Back
Mastered by ColorSoundStudio
Artwork by Broken Back

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