Charmer (Deluxe Edition)

by The Linger Effect

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Remixed. Remastered. Expanded. Deluxe and delightful.

All songs recorded intermittently between 2002-2004,except tracks 18 & 19: additional recording and mixing completed in March 2011.

Tracks 1-12 originally released as Charmer; remixed and remastered in January 2014. Originally released February 1, 2005, on the MyMeanMagpie net label as MMM024: mymeanmagpie.bandcamp.com/album/charmer.

Bonus tracks 13-19 have not been remixed for this edition, but have been newly remastered in Winter 2014. Track 13 is previously unreleased in any form. Tracks 14-19 were originally compiled on the Watercolour EP in March 2011.

See individual track info for more information.

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From the original press release:

Kent Burt wouldn't deny the label of "New Wave" that is so easily attached to his music. Uninterested in exploring the political rhetoric or machismo he associated with the early 90's "punk scene" -- unrelated to punk as he understood it (Wire, Gang Of Four, the Fall) -- Kent settled into writing pop songs. If not apparent by the end of the album, Kent makes his influences quite clear with the inclusion of a cover of "Haystack" by Factory Records recording artist Kevin Hewick (included with his blessing!).

Charmer features the first collaborative effort on a Linger Effect release. From Conception Bay North, Newfoundland, via Montreal, Quebec, Stephen Andrew Guy (Good Kids Pretend They're Bad, The Get Out, Blainerunner, Tilton, The Vav, False Face, Don't) contributed lyrics and vocals on the appropriately titled "Stephen Song."

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Reviews of the original release:

Although it was written and recorded a couple years ago, this album didn't get released until this year. It's also one of the first full-length albums available for free download from the label (which is halfway done with the project of making the majority of its catalog available, as well), though you can also get the album on cd (well, cd-r), complete with proper artwork (call me old-fashioned, but that's the way I prefer it!). If I remember correctly, I think this is the second album from the Linger Effect, after a cassette on Best Kept Secret. A solo project from a Canadian fellow named Kent Burt, the sound is a mixture of the atmospheric electronic pop of Simpatico (or maybe Other Peoples' Children is a bit closer) and the off-kilter style of Mark Robinson. Guitars are occasionally used, but synths are more prevalent, as is a drum machine, naturally. There are a few times where the music gets a little too weird for me, but when he plays pop songs (like "On Air" and "I Am A Watercolour"), it's just perfect. MTQ=8/12 —http://www.indiepages.com

Existing somewhere between New Order, Felt and Unrest, The Linger Effect have managed to capture a sound that isn’t quite what you expect. Imagine if Factory Records where still around and you’d probably expect the Linger Effect to be on their roster. Kent Burt creates music that exists in a time of its own making.—http://grapejuiceplus.blogspot.ca/

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released February 18, 2014

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Reputedly abandoned as an infant on the unforgiving permafrost of northeast Newfoundland and raised by sasquatch, TLE is the type of one-man music machine that arrives only once per generation. Velvety 6-string chuggalug, chilly Teutonic synth, Eurodisco, & Mancunian post-punk bound together by a sticky, spunky aplomb that only a lifetime of being switched on and steetwise can engender. ... more

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Track Name: Inside The Dawn
Gently now you lift the blinds -
a swirl of sea and sky entwined.
Is it true that every day it comes,
or maybe this could be the first time?
Is this how the world looks on the inside?
Track Name: On Air
Standing there -
shoulders squared -
propped against your sparkling sense of humour.
I'd best sit down - I have nothing to lean on.

Walking through -
your steps so true -
guided by an air less gilded than mine.
Winning me over's not much of a fight.

Speaking clear,
but all I hear
is the sound of a hundred thousand heavens.
I once was lost but now I am found.
Track Name: Proper Stranger
You've already found love -
you come to me for comfort,
but I'm a little too close -
too close for just comfort.
But how could you know?
You've never been alone.
Oh no, you've never been alone.
Oh no, you've never been alone
in the night time.

I'm not someone who knows -
I'm just the one who's learning
inside you there's aching,
but aching is not yearning.
But how could you know?
You've never been alone.
Oh no, you've never been alone.
Oh no, you've never been alone
for a lifetime.
Track Name: Mountains
You search to find it, but it's still here -
but it's never been further away
and further every day.

It's kept in yearbooks and in old journals
and in the back of an old yellow car
on the scrapheap mountains

where the radio plays somewhere in time.

It's in the song that you used to whistle
on your way back from Spring Break '75 -
it made you feel alive.

It's in the comfort of old sweaters.
It's in the spring-scent air.
It's everywhere you're losing hair

and it grows now with every day ending -
it's in your closing eyes.
Track Name: I Am A Watercolour
I have been momentary.
I'm a luxury.
I'm a watercolour, darling -
I wash off.

I am no have-to-have,
no wild flowers in the hall,
no cherubs in the garden,
no dreams at all.

The sum of yourself is always there -
naked and singular - a wall -
solid and monumental, darling,
just waiting for the call

and I give you permission -
I give you back your heart -
and I give you permission -
I give you back your heart.
Track Name: Moonpond
Moonpond.
Mondteich!
Track Name: The Small Time
the small time
is big enough
the small time
is big enough
come home
come home
home again

the lights that shine
are lights that blind
no light
no light at all
the lights you know
forever glow
come home
home again
Track Name: Stephen Song
I woke up at five o'clock when the phone rang.
I didn't miss much that afternoon by being asleep -
quiet rooms, dirty carpet, dim light.
A grey dust settles on all the stupid things we decide to keep.

I notice how my hand leaves fingerprints on the receiver -
how my voice gets faintly echoed in the earpiece.
Outside my door your shuffling steps are the beats of memories:
border crossings, giggling, record sleeps,
and knowing smiles when we each read.

The future is the bottom of a swimming pool.
Track Name: Charmer
Where do you go,
where do you turn
when the world turns away?
It turns anyway.
What do you see,
how do you feel
when there's nothing to feel
but the space around your hands?

"I know it's hard my friend"
is all the wisdom I can muster.

Another night,
another day,
another chance to take and lose
as the world turns away.
Another dream
of another life
as you pull the shadows around like a puff -
it's another night

and you want to be wanted
more than anything else in the world.
Track Name: Postcard
The sky is clear,
the wind is warm,
summer's here
and the water's calm.

I'm alright.
I don't need you here.
I'm alright
just knowing.

Sometimes
just knowing
is alright.
Track Name: Haystack
She pulled off her stilettos and we fell into the haystack
and I found a needle and she pulled her sleeve back
and I crashed into her rash skinning upper arms leaving tire tracks
to give her the rush of a flash on trash.

Honey in the morning the beasts are singing
and the birds are stinging in an open-air surgery.
Track Name: I Am A Watercolour (Water-Soluble Mix)
I have been momentary.
I'm a luxury.
I'm a watercolour, darling -
I wash off.

I am no have-to-have,
no wild flowers in the hall,
no cherubs in the garden,
no dreams at all.

The sum of yourself is always there -
naked and singular - a wall -
solid and monumental, darling,
just waiting for the call

and I give you permission -
I give you back your heart -
and I give you permission -
I give you back your heart.
Track Name: Easy, Tiger
Another silent moment slides past...
gliding through the shadows cast
by the swaying trees outside -
brushing words aside -
and bathed in light
lies a perfect world.

If some things are better left unsaid,
for others there is no language.

If some things are better left unsaid,
for others there is no language.

There is no language.
There is no language.
There is no language.
There is no language.
Track Name: I Am A Watercolour (Singular Mix)
I have been momentary.
I'm a luxury.
I'm a watercolour, darling -
I wash off.

I am no have-to-have,
no wild flowers in the hall,
no cherubs in the garden,
no dreams at all.

The sum of yourself is always there -
naked and singular - a wall -
solid and monumental, darling,
just waiting for the call

and I give you permission -
I give you back your heart -
and I give you permission -
I give you back your heart.
Track Name: Charmer (Charmless Mix)
Where do you go,
where do you turn
when the world turns away?
It turns anyway.
What do you see,
how do you feel
when there's nothing to feel
but the space around your hands?

"I know it's hard my friend"
is all the wisdom I can muster.

Another night,
another day,
another chance to take and lose
as the world turns away.
Another dream
of another life
as you pull the shadows around like a puff -
it's another night

and you want to be wanted
more than anything else in the world.
Track Name: On Air (Less Moe Mix)
Standing there -
shoulders squared -
propped against your sparkling sense of humour.
I'd best sit down - I have nothing to lean on.

Walking through -
your steps so true -
guided by an air less gilded than mine.
Winning me over's not much of a fight.

Speaking clear,
but all I hear
is the sound of a hundred thousand heavens.
I once was lost but now I am found.
Track Name: I Am A Watercolour (Dry Mix)
I have been momentary.
I'm a luxury.
I'm a watercolour, darling -
I wash off.

I am no have-to-have,
no wild flowers in the hall,
no cherubs in the garden,
no dreams at all.

The sum of yourself is always there -
naked and singular - a wall -
solid and monumental, darling,
just waiting for the call

and I give you permission -
I give you back your heart -
and I give you permission -
I give you back your heart.