Haven't We Met Before? The Songs of Simon Waldram

by Simon Waldram

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Steven X Davies Simon Waldram what a talented artist. An artist who inspires me to make music too and listening to this release means a lot because it's real and heartfelt. The thing is that it still manages to carry more lyrical hooks than most commercial releases. I wish that everyone could listen to his work and that it would make him super famous and shit!! But even if this doesn't happen he is a legend in my humble opinion! Favorite track: On the Moon.
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An "Introduction to..." type compilation released on the Swedish netlabel 23 Seconds featuring songs from the albums, EPs and singles up to 2013, plus 3 previously unreleased tracks.

Check out all the other great music on 23 Seconds here: www.23seconds.org

From a review at Frostclick.com:

"Singer-songwriter Simon Waldram uses his nocturnal music to produce an evocative album that sounds emotionally and psychologically moving and stirring. This artist from Nottinghamshire, UK released Haven’t We Met Before? early this March; a 15-track vintage-sounding album that includes indie pop, psych-folk, experimental music.

Waldram’s guitar work is immaculate and fascinating. He plays his guitar like a very imaginative artist recording from a lost world.

In "Family Album", his pacifying voice is accompanied with his guitar, which is strummed tenderly. "Car Glass Window" is a raw and clever recording, like the feeling of stumbling upon a message in a bottle tossed into the sea from 50 years ago. It has an esoteric charisma that makes you want to think of traveling back in time while watching the pictures of yesterday flash in front of you.

Elegy is as haunting as how it should be. With this four-minute track, Waldram puts the listeners in the most melancholic place they have ever been. The sounds coming from the instruments get thicker and thicker toward the end, which intensifies the emotion as this instrumental track goes by.

Simon Waldram’s vision is remarkable, and he’s given us an amazing glimpse of his talent as a singer-songwriter on Haven’t We Met Before?, which definitely shows fragility and sincerity."

www.frostclick.com/wp/index.php/2014/07/31/simon-waldram-havent-we-met-before/

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released March 13, 2014

All songs written by Simon Waldram, except:

Secretive Garment - written by the Snot Patties
What Were You Thinking? - written by Simon Waldram and Steven Davies
Sacred - written by Lamonda Brown and Simon Waldram


Tracks 2, 3, 10 and 14 from the album Conchology (2009)
Tracks 8 and 15 from the album Songs Without Words (2010)
Tracks 7 and 9 from the album The Day the Signal Died (2011)
Track 4 from the Simon Waldram Sings the Snot Patties EP (2013)
Track 11 from the single Candle Wax (2013)
Tracks 1 and 12 from the album The Space Between (2013)
Tracks 5, 6 and 13 previously unreleased


Simon: vocals, guitars, keyboards, drum programming, percussion, accordion

with:

Lamonda Brown: keyboards on Sacred
Martin Brown: guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion on Madeline, What Were You Thinking and On the Moon
Mark Elmore: drums and percussion on Falling Down
Sie Hughes: keyboards , drum/computer programming on Another World For You (Elektronz remix)
Dan Jircitano and April Brennan: backing vocals on Secretive Garment
Robert Scott: keyboards on How To Let Go and Falling Down
Andrew Skelton: keyboards and rhodes piano on Losing Myself

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Simon Waldram Nottinghamshire

Hello! I am a singer-songwriter and sound explorer from Nottinghamshire in the UK. I make lots of solo records and I'm also in an internet band called Cake Sloth and play live with Emzae.

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Track Name: Family Album
I'm sitting here looking at these pictures
From so long ago
Places I can barely remember
People I no longer know

Here is my Grandad
Looking so proud and strong
And here he's singing something
But I'll never know the song

I see the generations of those who lived before me
Through their voices this song is sung
Cousins I no longer speak to
And my parents when they were still young

And it feels so overwhelming
To see all the time that's past
As I try to place myself in this history
A lost boy reaching through glass

But to know where we came from
Helps us to know
Who we are

I'm sitting here looking at these pictures
From so long ago
People I'll always remember
Places I'd still like to go