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PINNED

by C.A.R.

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1.
These grey streets Swelling in my bones I walked a thousand steps to be alone I’m green-faced Think I’m spinning out Choking on some pill I can’t condone Can you, will you, take me, see you Figure in this morning haze If all this has a meaning, I have found it underneath the table Hanging off your every word Im holy, I am not absurd These growing pains will not subside Until you taste what’s in my mind A tight stitch Here I talk in codes Hanging from the seam and the threads show I’m off pitch Got your dirty clothes Weighing down the lines I might compose
2.
Daughters 04:12
Mirrored globes to orbit That’s the pole you feel Hooking up your bare legs Bare knees you use to kneel Scans you, looks so sweaty Soaking up the dollars Seems the walls are watching Better hide your daughters Behind the screen of shadows Little private dance Escaping from the world outside The trucks as they rush past Counting neon flickers Oh this world, how it’s gone cold Succumb to numbing splashes Every one a life untold Better hide your daughters Inside your just a lonely boy You clutch a used-up wish Staring at that starless sky That never gives out shit Sitting on your broken bones The world has slapped around Holding on to broken dreams That ran you out of town They ran you out of town That ran you out of town Better hide your daughters
3.
Heat 04:12
You don’t need to know more Got a mechanism And I’m doubled up with laugher Such a scene You can drag me to the corner What’s the difference It’ll still say out of order Scrub you clean Cause I’m the robber, I’m the robber Steal from the thief 5-4-3-2-1 I can take the heat And you’re the beggar, you’re the beggar Really begs belief 5-4-3-2-1 Look at you retreat Take me to the table See what’s under it A shot glass full of fame is All we need Those artificial flavours Taste no different So let’s play take the takers On our knees
4.
I wanna tell you nothing is true I chipped a tooth on the things I said to you Hit the bottom line, landed on my face I’m flat out, taking all the space Big world you look good from down here Big girl, stand up, what’s around here? All the little things I recognise On my feet, twice the size So won’t you pull me up again I’m full of holes, wearing thin But there’s still enough to keep you dry I’ll keep my shape We’ll pass the time I wanna tell you nothing is true I chipped a tooth but I think that i’ll pull through Pick the pieces up, we can cut and paste A bit torn but I ain’t erased Big world, nice moves, let em twist you Big girl, looking good it fits you In the middle, and I’m mesmerised In between, twice as high
5.
Random Words 05:04
Stereo’s blasting You smoke the evening haze And Square Pete doubts the story Jane likes sharps April Fool’s Day She’ll dust you, with scars and starlit glory Art hung from the railings Rusting more and more Highlights this Lower East dream We painted, still not fading Holds a tint of what’s in store Sipping wine, I watch you curling in Sipping Sipping Sipping, I watch you curling in
6.
Cholera 03:32
Stripped back secondary, Austin voice As milky as her bones We have loved, as we are loveless Touch down, southern clouds, hanging low As heavy as this blood Filling up, a tank of justice Distant thunder Fumbled play Lives outlined in chalk Stormy laughter Far away Our plans they took a knock Sweaty darkness Got no charge Thumb without a tool A hundred reasons All at large No way to get to you. Sky-high memories, optic pins There’s mint left in the glass We ripped, to free the flavour Wet leaves, seventeen, prickly breath Kisses steal smiles We pimp this bad behaviour
7.
Swaggart 03:41
Sparks from the 4-way Guess I’m disillusioned I try to move objects I’m weak in the mind Fleeced like we all our Shepherds of progress Deceive me with magic Show me a sign Expecting a miracle I’m here in the name of Expecting a miracle Show me a sign Never the snakes head The girl holds a charmer Now into a wide mouth On her own accord You talk of the fairground You burn it out right now You throw it all over Save us some time
8.
Strange Ways 03:42
How could I have lived so many different lives in this town? All you familiar strangers, you’re just faces in the crowd And how could your name escape me? You were once what I held dear I can barely build a memory Of the people we once were Stop playing games Picking up pace Everyone is wild in the strangest ways We sweat and toil We’re chasing thrills We’re closing in with looks that kill We can sit here making small talk But I dunno who you are Packed up in the boxes Shipped off somewhere far
9.
VHS 03:21
Miles locked in the camcorder Child you’re going back now When your mistakes were time-coded You came out from the shadow You come out from the shadow Child we’re going back now Secret journal got the key Child you’re going back now And hindsight acts as referee You come out from the shadow But your memories might lead you astray Child we’re going back now And you can mask them with a cutaway You come out from the shadow
10.
Prism 03:08
Something isn’t working I’ve woken up the dark It’s pulling at my covers But I won’t turn on the light In a cold and empty box Getting battered by the rain Viciously unkind And I lie here all the same Drugged in half a daylight I fumble through the drawers To dress the musky morning I take it on all fours Through the mist of perfumed showers Find prisms nonetheless I dive into the colours I’ll soon forget the rest
11.
This City 04:08
First of long haul jets are rumbling In to land, far away Rest your weary, travelled eyes Fixed here on the ground In the distance sirens wine, a night shift ends, a child cries Market stalls go up, I hang around And I’m still drunk on lies, so I won’t sleep tonight. Oh this city holds my eyes, so I won’t sleep tonight. Branded by a blackbird singing Circles round our guttered souls And I’ll dance amongst the bottles, broken Scarred us as our lives unfold And I’ll stay here with the strangers, stragglers Workers smoke the crack of dawn A fault-line through the city For the takers, and the hangers on

about

PINNED is the much-anticipated follow-up to debut album 'My Friend'. Released via Ransom Note Records, PINNED sees C.A.R. – aka Chloé Raunet – refine her palette of glimmering electronics and post punk angles.

With Raunet taking on the mantle of producer, singer, and songwriter, the album is a journey inside her inner world. Part French pop chanteuse and part cold wave androgyny, Raunet’s vocals spin out mysterious stories over hazy claustrophobic synth pop and epic, widescreen electronica vignettes.

From the whispering creep of ‘VHS’ to the android John Foxx-esque machine march of ‘Cholera’, PINNED keeps its secrets close, offering both flashes of bittersweet joy – as on album closer ‘This City’s exhortation that “I’m still drunk on life, so I won’t sleep tonight” – and numb, world weary ballads. “Sitting on your broken bones, the years have slapped around”, Raunet laments on standout lead single ‘Daughters’, an elegy to the faded.

After a career that has seen her formerly leading the feted electro outfit Battant, collaborating with trend setters including Maceo Plex, Ivan Smagghe, Krikor and Red Axes, C.A.R. is now blossoming as an artiste in her own right. Her enigmatic, electronic pop is packed with intricate left turns and tiny details flickering away at the edge of hearing. Aided by a restrained mix from Steve Osborne (Happy Mondays, Simple Minds and… New Order), PINNED has found the rarest of sweet spots between underground innovation and pop immediacy.

credits

released February 16, 2018

All songs written & composed by Chloé Raunet except Random Words, co-composed with Rupert Cross
Additional arrangements by Rupert Cross
Thorbjorn Kolbrunarson on bass guitar
Produced & mixed by Steve Osborne at Real World Studios
Mastered by Ed Upton at Curve Pusher
Artwork & design by Jesse Holborn
Photograph by Thea Baddiley
Further credit & thanks to Ivan Smagghe for all the help

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C.A.R. London, UK

London residing, Franco-Canadian Chloé Raunet has been immersed in the world of post-punk, cold wave and her own brand of off-kilter synth-pop since the days fronting her band Battant. She’s now got a fully fledged solo project under the name C.A.R.
A fan of the weirder edges of electronic music, she also DJs and co-hosts the fortnightly 239EF show on NTS Radio (formally known as Latete Atoto).
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