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Two​-​Headed Girl

by Alev Lenz

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about

Following on from the success of Eggshell, Alev Lenz is gearing up to release her second album titled Two-Headed Girl (private link), which was recorded and produced in London’s Premises Studios.

For the album, Alev enlisted the services of acclaimed Finnish drummer, Samuli Kosminen (Múm, Hauschka, Kronos Quartet, Jónsi). Samuli Kosminen came as a recommendation by Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco, who notably also offered to mix the album upon hearing rough demos.

Months of Dropbox sessions from London to Helsinki and back resulted in 12 finished songs, all with incredibly unique and contemporary sounds.

In contrast to her first album - which was fully produced by esteemed Hip Hop producer Philippe Kayser (Freundeskreis) - Alev decided to take the producer role on herself.

The result is an album that demonstrates a diverse set of influences, from European classical to experimental electronics.

Alev Lenz, is a remarkable songwriter, composer and singer, whose music fuses filmic, world and classical influences. Her bittersweet voice and utterly personal lyrics, loaded with melodic flavours and inspiring hooks that take you by surprise, off kilter harmonics and deep and compelling song structures, have often been compared to songstresses like Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor.

Alev Lenz may not be a household name just yet, but since the release of her debut album back in 2009 in her home country of Germany, now London-based Alev has kept herself busy with gigs in London (including The Vortex, the hub of the capital’s Avant jazz and electronic scene), New York and across Germany, as well as composing soundtracks for several high profile German films, and collaborating with established artists such as Anoushka Shankar and Lucy Claire.

Furthermore having recently signed to MannersMcDade Publishing - who also take care of prolific artists such as Nils Frahm and Poppy Ackroyd - Alev is now ready to release in June 2016 her second full-length album titled Two-Headed Girl, which is looking to take the summer by storm.

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released June 17, 2016

Produced by Samuli Kosminen (Mùm, Kronos Quartet, Jonsí) and Alev Lenz
Mixed by Jas Shaw (Simian Mobile Disco)

All song written by Alev Lenz, except 'Yamaha' and 'I rather create than practice' written by Alev Lenz and Samuli Kosminen

Vocals, piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, fortune cookie reading - Alev Lenz
Drums & dingalee dangs, kalimba, glockenspiel - Samuli Kosminen
Bass - Harry Deacon
Fortune cookie reading on 'Yamaha' - Laura Theis
Guitar on 'If Love' - Stevie Wyatt
Cello on 'I rather create than practice'- Ben Trigg

Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering, London

Recorded at:
The Premises Studios, London - engineered by Jason Howes
Ulappa, Suomenlinna - engineered by Samuli Kosminen
Alev's small room, London - engineered by Alev Lenz
Additional piano for 'If Love' recorded at KONK studios, London - enigneered by Josh Green

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© Alev Lenz - info@alevlenz.com, www.alevlenz.com

Ⓟ MannersMcDade - 4th Floor, 40 Mortimer Street, London W1W 7RQ
P +44 (0)20 7928 9939 - info@mannersmcdade.co.uk, www.mannersmcdade.co.uk

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Track Name: Airport
Airport

I met you at the airport
When my hair was still short
Now it's growing longer
As I'm growing fonder
Of the things that you said that got you in to my bed

Now it's february and I am still weary
When you left on christmas
For another misses
I headed to an airport too
Hating this city more than I hate you
Standing at the gate
Trying to force fate

Now I'm at an airport
I think I'll cut my hair short
I thought it was temporary
But then you were very
Affectionate and passionate
Oh how I was misled
I should have let you pay the plane ticket
Should have played the game

But it was getting warmer
Warm enough to sit outside
Though you're not pretty in the sun
I said I'm not gonna run
What had just begun
Will outshine your
Shortcomings
Should have been running

Now it's a hot, hot summer
And I'm cool, cool, cool
You won't be getting anything
And I will not attach a string
When you talk about the sea
How we'll go there you and me
I know just what I'll get
And by dawn I will regret

Headlights on down the street
In pursuit of happiness
Old the haunting loneliness
Used my hope
New the dress
These preowned pieces of my heart
Hold them tight don't fall apart
As I do remember
It is soon September

I'll meet you in the city
Faces read possibility
I'll meet you in the park
Where we meet after dark
Where we huddle and cluster
Love here is just faster
In the hours of despair
Isn't he just as fair

Now it's a hot, hot summer
And I'm cool, cool, cool
You won't be getting anything
And I will not attach a string
When you talk about the sea
How we'll go there you and me
I know just what I'll get
And by dawn I will regret

Now my hair is long
I guess I am strong
And independent
I'll make do and mend
I'll give a good fifty percent
Plane schedule at hand
But a hundred I'll demand
Let's not get this out of hand

I look at the sky
See the planes passing by
I could be in one of them
I could never leave again
I could write a travelogue
But it would be a monologue

It was a hot, hot summer
I was cool, cool, cool
Still you were getting everything
You really got under my skin
When I think about the sea
How we crossed it you and me
How could I forget
What you give is what you get
Track Name: Eggshell
Bites your nails and pulls your hair
It's inside you no matter what suit you wear
Looks up or down
Wears your crown
The infant ruler
No one is cra- crueler

Eggshell won't you break apart
In the right spots you are strong
Your father, mother build us hard
As they pushed us all along

The reason why you're fragile now
Is the fear of breaking up
The fear of loosing what is left
Fear the child that won't grow up

I can't let go, I won't let go
This is hi-ha-home
This is me-ma throne
I'll still dri-dra-driven and nothing is forgiven
The pain and the anger
They feed my hunger

I'll scre-scra-scream from the top, from the top
From the top of my lungs
Till the burst and it will
Fill the sky , Be the shadow in the sky
Be the first and the last thing on earth

Eggshell won't you break apart
In the right spots you are strong
Your father, mother build us hard
As they pushed us all along

The reason why you're fragile now
Is the fear of breaking up
The fear of loosing what is left
Fear the child that won't grow up

Bites your nails and pulls your hair
It's inside you no matter what suit you wear
Looks up or down
Wears your crown
The infant ruler
No one is cra-crueler

Eggshell won't you break apart
In the right spots you are strong
Your father, mother build us hard
As they pushed us all along

The reason why you're fragile now
Is the fear of breaking up
The fear of loosing what is left
Fear the child that won't grow up

Found me a man I'm gonna build a house he said it's time to pardon you
Found me a man I'm gonna build a house he said it's time to pardon you
Found me a man I'm gonna build a house he said it's time to pardon you

Eggshell won't you break apart
In the right spots you are strong
Your father, mother build us hard
As they pushed us all along

The reason why you're fragile now
Is the fear of breaking up
The fear of loosing what is left
Fear the child that won't grow up
Track Name: Memphis (Remastered)
So I left the ways that were making me be
Someone who I really don’t want to be
But with no signs ahead how will I ever know where I am at?

It’s not that I haven’t wished for a house on easy street
I pick up every penny off the road ’cause luck is what I need

Illuminate vacancy, isn’t there some place I can be?
Illuminate vacancy, isn’t there some place I can be?

Well I’m going to Memphis
And I won’t regret this
’Cause after heartache and blues this is still what I’ll choose
A road far off the map
Less traveled, but mine

You loose when you choose and I’m haunted by yet another road not taken
I see what I pass and I’m aching
’Cause once in a while along the way love has been good to me
But I heard them say you can’t put your arms around a memory

Still I’m going to Memphis
And I won’t regret this
’Cause after heartbreak and blues this is still what I’ll choose
A road far off the map
Less traveled, but mine

So I’m going to Memphis
And I won’t regret this
’Cause after headache and blues this is still what I’ll choose
A road far off the map
Less traveled, but mine
Track Name: Song No. 1 Official Music Video - Song No. 1 (Remastered)
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