Old Amsterdam

by Comrade Hat

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"a suavely engineered atmospheric success that shines bright" Obscure Sound

"a drippy slice of hazed nostalgia in the form of a song" Nialler9

"uniquely dreamlike" The Thin Air

"A wholehearted, deceptively layered slice of experimental pop" The Thin Air

'An incredibly fresh approach to songwriting...surreality but intense beauty' Stephen McCauley, BBC Radio Foyle

"a cool slice of after-dark jazz pop... The glass-smooth production shimmers with the essence of ‘80s yacht rock, albeit with a modern soft-focus feeling...utterly fresh throughout and not a hint of ungainly irony." Across the Line (BBC Radio Ulster)

"Beautifully hazy...a slice of R&B infused dream pop" Louder than Words

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released January 17, 2017

All songs written, arranged, produced and performed by Neil Burns
(vocals, piano, keyboards, guitars, electric bass, drums/programming.)

Siobhan Shiels & Ruth McCartney: backing vocals
Rohan Armstrong: double bass
Daryl Coyle: synth consultant/additional production

Mastered by Jon Moorehead @ moosetronix

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Comrade Hat Londonderry, UK

Comrade Hat is Neil Burns when he writes songs.
Electro ballads, piano ballads, jazz ballads, folk ballads, pop ballads, space ballads, not ballads. Moods and swings. Changes and chops. Thin and thran. "Ethereal and inviting" - notesandvibes.com.
He also writes other music as 'Neil Burns'.
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Track Name: Flux
I thank you for the flux you brought into my life
Visions that linger still through the night
A flicker in the infinite...

But after all is said and done,
You're alright.
What about the one you left behind?
Track Name: Old Amsterdam
This city is a drug
Waiting to be swept
Under the rug
Of memory,
So sweep me off my feet
One last time
In a spin
Before they pull the plug

Why'd it take so long
To get to old Amsterdam?
I guess I just amble along
Without a plan
And why'd it take so long
For our paths to cross?
But now that they have
Let's meet again and share a bong
In old Amsterdam before it's gone

The buds are in bloom
Inside a darkened room
While seeds of change
Are scattered in the gloom.
Some say it's a crime
But the only crime is

That it took so long
For you to be mine
I guess I just amble along
Taking my time
And why'd it take so long
For our paths to cross?
But now that they have
Let's meet again and share a bong
Oh old Amsterdam, before you're gone
Track Name: High Hopes
I was at the pictures
And I saw nothing new
I try to open up the floodgates
But nothing's coming through
I try to live like it's all ending
Like the film says I should
But I don't know where to start
Or if I really could

But this much I know -
Strike while the iron's hot
Give it all you've got
And if it goes lukewarm,
Drop it, and ride the storm

Oh it's not for want of trying
Of trying not to want
But desire seeps through the crevices
And sets in like a rot
You see I backed another loser
I thought it was a cert
But it stumbled at the first
I should have stayed alert

But this much I know -
Strike while the iron's hot
Give it all you've got
And if it goes lukewarm,
Drop it, and ride the storm

Nothing lost, nothing gained
An even balance, I won't complain
But I'll leave my high hopes at the door
And just get high on what I score
Track Name: Crossroads (Mystery Serial Drama Version)
I'll meet you at the crossroads in the dead of night
And dance we will 'til the morning light,
'Til the dew is dripping from our hair
And our eyes are like moons locked in cold stare

The eye of a needle is spinning yarns
Tunes that once echoed through dancing barns
That kept us on our toes, helped us to tell
One day from the flow, heaven from hell

It's a swell
Party
This is
And I'm barely down
On my knees

The spin you put on this old tale
Weaving through the country pale
Like words on the lips of clouds
The burning of the morning shroud

You took me at my word and at my thought
It was all i had, it was not a lot
Throwing caution to the wind
The mastery of a full spin

It's a swell
Party
This is
And I'm barely down
On my knees
(like I know what it is)
Track Name: Go To Waste
The past is where it should be
I live with my mistakes
They take up half the space in here
But I'd hate to see them go to waste

It'd be lonely without them
The devils I know
The details aren't important
Just the thoughts i sow

Go to waste
before you go to bed
Don't let the failure
go to your head
Don't let your future
destroy your past
These are your memories
Why not let them last?

Sometimes there is a fog
A veil of memory
On dark nights it comes down
And makes it harder still to see

But you know, I'm not worried
Why not enjoy the ride?
And why not feed old thoughts
Just to keep them alive?

Go to waste
before you go to bed
Don't let the failure
go to your head
Don't let your future
destroy your past
These are your memories
Fading fast

Don't let the truth
get in the way of a good story
Entertain your doubts
Like dinner guests
There is nothing on the table,
there's no glory
just the company
of the best

Go To Waste...
Track Name: Defeat
I'm working up to my defeat
I want it to be discreet
I've tried being cheerful but it's no fun
I will play the loser 'til I've won
I will play the loser 'til I've won

But I don't know how I got this old
It was out of my control
Years flashing by
Like headlights on the road
I still feel the same inside
I'm still not able to decide
just who I am

I'm waking up to my defeat
to the word on the street
that the clouds have crossed my moment in the sun
Still I will play the loser like I've won
I will play the loser like I've won