Tidal Mental Head

by Valerio Lysander

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    released 04 June 2014
    all songs written Valerio Lysander (Valerio Alessandri)
    piano, vocals: Valerio Lysander
    guitar: Rui Silva
    trumpet, backing vocals: Joanna Roberts
    cello: Andrea Rocha
    drums, backing vocals: Sofia Albanese

    recorded by Michael Bianco at Elephant Lane Studios (London, UK)

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released June 4, 2014

All songs written by Valerio Lysander (Valerio Alessandri)

Produced by Valerio Lysander
All songs recorded Michael Bianco at Elephant Lane Studios, London, UK.

Piano, vocals: Valerio Lysander. Drums, tambourine: Sofia Albanese. Trumpet: Joanna Roberts. Cello: Andrea Rocha. Guitar: Rui Silva. Bass on I Need Air and Risia (You Are So Sweet): Michael Bianco. Backing vocals: Valerio Lysander on I Need Air, Joanna Roberts on The Prince, Sofia Albanese on Risia (You Are So Sweet). Hands on The Prince: Valerio Lysander, Rui Silva, Sofia Albanese and Michael Bianco.

Brass arrangement by Valerio Lysander, except I Need Air by Valerio Lysander, Jacopo Proietti and Joanna Roberts.
All strings arrangement by Andrea Rocha and Valerio Lysander.

Mixed by Thomas Juth at Elephant Lane Studios, London, UK.

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Sitting at his piano, he sings with the birds, the horses and the anemonefish, walking hand in hand with a guitar, a cello and a trumpet.

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Track Name: The Prince
Take me into another land
I'm drowning in this tidal mental head
When I'm looking too far away
I cannot see what is right here,
I keep stumbling along the way.

Ah ah ah oh oh oh oh
Reveries take me so high
I don't have a place to hide
Ah ah ah oh oh oh
Can somebody see those lights?
Guess I'm not the only one

So I keep going round and round
I wonder where I've lost my crown
I need to rest upon my throne
I'm tired of following rainbows
through the way I've broken all my bones

Ah ah ah oh oh oh
Reveries take me so high
So I don't have a place to hide
Ah ah ah oh oh oh
Can somebody see those lights?
I bet I'm not the only one

Now it's time to open eyes
To this reality that I am in
Now it's time to be the dream I have
It's time to get what I expect

Ah ah ah oh oh oh
Reveries take me so high
So I don't have a place to hide
Ah ah ah oh oh oh
Now I know it's time to fight,
Guess I have to move right now
Track Name: Cotton
If I stop for a while
Nothing changes outside
Would you notice the difference
Between what I was yesterday and what I'm now?

At times I feel like I'm nothing more than flesh
And I feel the heaviness
Of being human and limited
Then I wish I could run naked in the street
Oh, oh, oh.

I picked up a cotton thread
In an empty corridor
When I tried to change its shape
I knew that its essence would stay the same

At times I feel like I'm nothing more than flesh
And I feel the heaviness
Of being human and limited
Then I wish I could run naked in the street.

I'm toasting a marshmallow
It's so sweet and I'm so callow
I wish I could change my flavor
Without changing myself without being someone else

At times I feel nothing more than flesh
And I feel the heaviness
Of being human and limited
At times I feel nothing more than flesh
And I feel the heaviness
Of being human and limited
Then I wish I could run naked in the street
Oh, oh, oh
Track Name: I Need Air
This feeling of uncertainty
seems to fill up everything
gonna expand till there's no air to breathe

I've been going solo for so long
I'm walking alone and it's so cold

I need air but there's no space
Something went wrong in me
and now I'm scared by everything
I don't know how to get out
don't know how to get away

This sense of misunderstanding
makes me unable to talk with myself
and maybe that's the worst thing that I've done

I'm almost faded and can't see the light
and so tired, I'm unable to fight

I need air but there's no space
Something went wrong in me
and now I'm scared by everything
I don't know how to get out
don't know how to get away


I'm running, I'm fighting
just to keep myself alive
I'm running, just running
trying to reach something someone somehow
I'm running, I'm yelling
just to let someone hear me
I'm crying while I'm smiling
'cause I just want to be free (now).

I've been getting nowhere for so long

I need air but there's no space
Something went wrong in me
and now I'm scared by everything
I don't know how to get out
don't know how to get away
Track Name: Risia (You Are So Sweet)
Risia, you are so sweet,
oh, I love you so much.
Risia, you are so sweet,
when you blink your eyes.
Risia, you are so sweet,
when you mispronounce the words you say.
Risia, you are so sweet,
would you be my friend?

Hug me, oh, hug me.
Cuddle me and caress me.
Make me smile, psychoanalyse me.
Do it, and I'll do it for you in return.

Risia, you are so sweet,
when you try to sing but don't succeed
I love it when you grin
and the way you feel free.
Oh, you are so sweet,
even when you drive me mad
'cause you are so sweet,
can I be your friend?

Hug me, oh, hug me.
Cuddle me and caress me.
Make me smile, psychoanalyse me.
Do it, and I'll do it for you in return.

Will you try to understand me?
Relieve me and make me happy?
If you need me to help thee
be sure that I'll be there to save your ass.
Track Name: Realise
Now I realise my past is not here
Even if I lived it, even if I saw it.
I'm asking myself what I've done wrong
I'm wondering what I can do to erase it.

Now I feel so cold looking outside
Because I've tried the best I could, but it seems useless

I've been waiting for so long and
Now I'm ready to change my lot
'cause I've noticed, I've noticed
I need more
I need more
I need more

Do you feel the same? Are you happy today?
I see you so far but I'd want you right here.
The fear all around is beating you down
Oh... what can I do to save you?

But sometimes my rage comes out 'cause you've left me here
And I am alone now but I'll get trough somehow

I've been waiting for so long and
I'm ready to change my lot
'cause I've noticed, I've noticed
I need more
I need more
I need more

I've been waiting for so long
and now I'm eady to change my lot
Track Name: Rain (live at Elephant Lane Studios)
I've been waiting here alone for the whole day
The air is cold and my hands are dry
I heard a song that reminds me that he's gone away
Away away away away away

I just would go outside
Under these grey clouds
All I wish tonight
Is to have no doubts

'cause everyday is passing me by
And when I wake sometimes I don't know why
'cause everyday is always the same
Today has been just another bad day

I'm trying to but I can't appease my rage
My hood is already soaking wet
Heavy rain is falling, I just sit and wait
I wait I wait I wait I wait I wait

So now it's raining on me
But I don't want to move
I just want to sit here
Till I've got flu

'cause everyday is passing me by
and when I wake sometimes I don't know why
'cause everyday is always the same
Today has been just another bad day

All the raindrops on me are going to dry someday
I am going to miss them as I miss his face
And every time I hurt I'm going to miss that too
'cause every pain I feel teaches me something new