These Long Dark Country Roads

by ANT

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Como el zumbido de la radio de un coche viejo en una de esas carreteras secundarias a las que Antony Harding (antiguo batería de Hefner) dedica el título de su primer EP para Acuarela, las historias que salpican estas seis canciones dejan el sabor de lo que queda de una rutina extraña, pero reconocible, de voces que se despiden, buscan consuelo o explicaciones, de música que sólo echamos de menos al volver a escuchar. Un alegato de buen saber hacer y sencillez pop en dieciocho minutos en los que colaboran Darren Hayman y Jack Hayter (amigos y antiguos compañeros de Antony en Hefner) e hijo, además de Tjinder Singh y James Milne (de Cornershop) - ACUARELA

A collection of gorgeous lo-fi acoustic pop songs that sparkle with tender spring-like freshness, the delicious melodies haunt you throughout the day, completely knocks you out with its bittersweet tenderness, the best release of the year so far - ROCKFEEDBACK

Ant sings about the changing of seasons, about people trying to connect over the telephone lines: “If you come to the phone / I will kiss you down the line / I know that things could be so different this time.” There’s pleasure to be taken in that longing, that expression of attempted connection. There’s also pleasure to be had in songs of uncertainty, in other words, adorned with a brushed acoustic guitar, tentative Casio, and that timeless harmonica - POPMATTERS

Simple, sweet tunes, soft & warm with some lovely vocals & a fragile heart - TERRASCOPIC

Time I Was Gone is an endlessly charming indie ditty - MUSICLIKEDIRT

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released February 1, 2009

Recorded by ANT at home in Malmö, Sweden during 2004 & 2007.
Song 1 mixed by Darren Hayman.
Song 2 mixed by Tjinder Singh.
Song 5 mixed by Jack Hayter.
Songs 3,4 and 6 mixed by ANT.
Featuring:
Ant: voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, electric piano.
Darren Hayman: all other instruments (01)
Jack Hayter: pedal steel & harmonica (05)
James Hayter: percussion (05)
James Milne: bass (02)

Released in 2009 in Spain on Acuarela Discos.

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ANT/Antony Harding: Cures For Broken Hearts 2000.
A Long Way To Blow A Kiss 2002.
Floating On The Breeze 2003.
Sad To See It's Morning 2004.
Footprints Through The Snow 2006.
These Long Dark Country Roads 2009.
The Birds Sing Goodnight To You And Me 2012.
By The Yellow Sea 2015.
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Track Name: Time I Was Gone
It’s time I was gone I’ll take my things and run
I’ll catch the bus in the rush hour
And flee across the city there isn’t much left here for me
I’ll catch that bus in the rush hour
To my sister’s for tea and biscuits
She can’t fix it but she listens
And I’ll make my big decision
And then I’ll run
It’s time I was gone I have so much to be getting done
I’ll catch that bus in the rush hour
And see what’s left for me there’s still so much I’d like to be
I’ll catch my bus in the rush hour
To my sister’s for tea and biscuits
She can’t fix it but she listens
And I’ll make my big decision
And then I’ll run
To my sister’s for tea and biscuits
She can’t fix it but she listens
And I’ll make my big decision
And then I’ll run
To my sister’s for tea and biscuits
She can’t fix it but she listens
And I’ll make my big decision
And then I’ll run
To my sister’s for tea and biscuits
She can’t fix it but she listens
And I’ll make my big decision
And then I’ll run
Yeah I’ll make my big decision
And then I’ll run
Track Name: These Long Dark Country Roads
Oh these long dark country roads leave such a long way to go
And the silence is deafening
When there’s no talking just walking
When there’s no talking just walking.
So here we are in single file counting mile after mile
And I can just about make you out
But there’s no talking just walking
No there’s no talking just walking
Oh there’s a long way still to go and I just don’t know what I can say
Oh is there some way you could know that I do feel the same way
Oh these short and sweet goodbye kisses are the ones one really misses
And they are all that I can think about
When there’s no talking just walking
When there’s no talking just walking
When there’s no talking just walking
When there’s no talking just walking
Track Name: Come To The Phone
If you come to the phone I will kiss you down the line
I know that things could be so different this time
We left our love asleep for too long
And we were never ever really that strong
No we were never ever really that strong
I see the idea forming up in your mind
You’ve decided that now is the right time
To hold your hands up and wave goodbye
I’ll read the letters that you’ll put through my door
Saying you don’t want me calling anymore
And this time you’re sure
If you come to the phone I will kiss you down the line
I know that things could be so different this time
We left our love asleep for too long
And we were never ever really that strong
No we were never ever really that strong
We were never ever really that strong
No we were never ever really that strong
Track Name: Smile Your Best Smile
Smile your best smile
You might just win her over
You might just bowl her over
Here she comes through the door
With the sunlight behind her
Yes you know she could blind you
After all it doesn’t take a lot to fall to pieces
It doesn’t take that much at all
Before you know it you’ll be sworn to secrets
Before you know it you’ll be torn
You’ll be torn
So say something soon
Something she should be hearing
Something she’ll find appealing
Here she comes through the door
With the sunlight behind her
Now she knows she can blind you
After all it doesn’t take a lot to fall to pieces
It doesn’t take that much at all
Before you know it you’ll be sworn to secrets
Before you know it you’ll be torn
It doesn’t take a lot to fall to pieces
It doesn’t take that much at all
Before you know it you’ll be sworn to secrets
Before you know it you’ll be torn
You’ll be torn, torn, torn, torn.
Track Name: Magpies
All we see are magpies these days
We chased all the pretty little songbirds away
Took their homes and changed their ways
Now all we see are magpies these days
Who’ll be singing in the morning, come the first days of spring
Who’ll be giving the warning, to take to the wing and sing, sing
All we hear are magpies these days
A silent spring can’t be that far away
Stole their seasons, changed their ways
Now all we hear are magpies these days
Who’ll be bringing in the morning, come the first days of spring
Who’ll be giving the warning, to take to the wing and sing, sing
Who’ll be singing in the morning, come the first days of spring
Who’ll be giving the warning, to take to the wing and sing, sing, sing
Track Name: Wherever You Go
Pass the phone box by the road
And keep on walking up the hill
Pass the phone box by the road
And keep on walking up the hill
Jump the puddles in the road
And dip beneath the bending trees
Jump those puddles in the road
And dip beneath the bending trees
Oh I’ll follow wherever you go
You know you know
I’ll follow wherever you go
You know you know
You know you know
You know you know