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Navigation

by Arthur and Martha

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    Gatefold cover. Artwork by Arthur and Martha and Liz Ogden

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"A joyous debut, equally assured as soundtrack to a tear-stained pillow or as spur to the dancefloor." The Quietus

"Those who do grab a copy will more than likely feel pretty pleased with themselves" This is fake DIY

"Arthur and Martha's autobahnpop is a thing of beauty." Pennyblack

"Arthur and Martha have cracked it." SoundsXP

For the CD please see the merch section. The album also has full digital distribution and is available via iTunes and other sources.

Bonus item: Vallorian Video (.wav) directed by Adam Cresswell

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released June 7, 2009

Written by Adam Cresswell and Alice Hubley. Recorded and mixed by Dom Cresswell at Studio AUW. Pre-Mastering by Random Number. Mastering by Ideal. Sequenced and produced by Dom Cresswell and Arthur and Martha. Sleeve by Arthur and Martha and Liz Ogden. Inner photo Matt Redfearne. Thanks to everyone involved. Dedicated to the lost and found. ©2009 Happy Robots Records. Bot04.

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Arthur and Martha London, UK

Arthur = Adam Cresswell (ex-Saloon) Martha = Alice Hubley (Cosines). Together they are Arthur & Martha, a synth-duo who make lush, moog and melodica-driven electro twee dance-pop (whatever that is). The debut album 'Navigation' was released on Happy Robots in 2009. ... more

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Track Name: Autovia
autovia, autovia
sleeping, breathing, shifting gear,
autovia, autovia
take me anywhere, but far from here,
autovia, autovia
This way may be dark but things couldn’t be clearer
autovia, autovia, autovia, autovia

indicate, accelerate, violate, intoxicate,
drive time, sunshine, make time, monoxide
Track Name: Music for Hairproducts
I’ve hands running through my hair
I’ve got to give you real care,
I can’t come out tonight
I got to get this colour right

sha, la la, sha, la la, sha, la la, persuasion
sha, la la, sha, la la, sha, la la, persuasion
sha, la la, sha, la la, sha, la la, persuasion
Sha, la la, sha, la la, sha, la la, persuasion

I know you really try, but
I’ve really got to dry
I can’t come out tonight
I‘ve got to fix and hold you tight

sha, la la, sha, la la, sha, la la, persuasion
sha, la la, sha, la la, sha, la la, persuasion
sha, la la, sha, la la, sha, la la, persuasion
Sha, la la, sha, la la, sha, la la, persuasion
Track Name: Kasparov
no reason defines, the absolute time,
the seconds, minutes, hours days
I didn’t believe you’d catch up with me,
the nights and the days and the afternoon, haze what went wrong
I wish you could see, you mean nothing to me,
I’ve never felt this good before,
you had no heart, you pulled me apart,
the circuits the gears and the microchip tears, what went wrong

I have found the answer, it wasn’t just the chemistry
we didn’t even share the same physics and biology

when you were conceived by Adam and Eve
someone really messed up bad
can’t reason with God, that miserable sod
sat on his clouds with his angels around, what went wrong

I have found the answer, it wasn’t just the chemistry
we didn’t even share the same physics and biology

Kasparov, Kasparov, Kasparov, Kasparov
Track Name: Vallorian
contemplating, my time in the warm Vallorian sun,
I’ve been thinking what was said and had been done,
well I left my life and friends close to me,
am I in the place where I want to be?
these are testing times but I guess I will find out
feelings of confusion, a lack of focus and worth,
cos if I stay I know they won’t go away,
patches of storm-clouds ahead,
I must still keep my head,
remember why I chose to leave

you were thrilled for the chase,
young and foolish I did not run,
I did not know what was said or what you’d done.
if I told you everything was alright, well now that’s essentially a lie,
found it hard to say but I cannot be your friend anymore
we move on constantly, a lack of pleasantries,
but we can’t move on if we don’t say our goodbyes.
emails scream indifference,
erratic interference,
no need just get on with your shallow life

and my accent it grows,
getting stronger every day,
trying to keep up with my Yorkshire heritage.
I’ve got friends to make, and new things to see,
a fresh page from where I used to be,
I’m uncontrollable but at least I’m getting there you’ll see.
we move on constantly, a lack of pleasantries
but we can’t move on if we don’t say our goodbyes
patches of storm-clouds ahead,
I must still keep my head,
remember why I chose to leave
Track Name: Navigation
you, you’ve never been this way before,
but I know it is the way to go and I just wanted to say
we’ve, we’ve never been this way before,
the circumstance and influence, of things that got in our way

we’ve been so far, we don’t know where we are
we’ve been so far, we don’t know where we are

I, I searched the pages of the maps
but I can’t find our position and I have to say we’re lost
the, the mist it blurred and masked our vision,
and things don’t seem quite the same anymore, and things just ran its course
Track Name: Memory
another lie, another kiss, how will I get out of this,
we never had anything to say, today, tomorrow yesterday
there is no fate, no destiny, you were a number like 1-2-3
file you somewhere, by A-B-C on my phone, on my PC

and my advice would be

when you find somebody else, don’t ever think of me
when you’re lying by yourself, erase your memory
when you find somebody else, don’t ever think of me
when you’re lying by yourself, erase your memory

another face, another start, Don’t want to break another heart
might have guessed it would end this way, today, tomorrow yesterday
you check your stars on the internet, astrology said we’d be perfect
didn’t think we would get involved, leave things confused and unresolved

and my advice would be

when you find somebody else, don’t ever think of me
when you’re lying by yourself, erase your memory
when you find somebody else, don’t ever think of me
when you’re lying by yourself, erase your memory
Track Name: This City Life
this is the time, when all that’s come to past is left to rest,
if there’s a chance, if we could leave it all and start again
I don’t mind, waste my time

You’re out of line, you take offense, accuse me of this
But it takes two, to get us in and out, of this mess
I never knew, what was going on, just like you

this city life, you cannot see the trees for the concrete
just think of you, and no one else will do, but is that healthy?
don’t slow down, hit the town

just keep abreast, of urban loneliness, by staying out
don’t think too much, of what’s been and gone and just the now.
it’s not that bad, it’s lighter in the tunnel now

I don’t mind, waste my time, don’t slow down, hit the town.
Track Name: Squarewave to Heaven
squarewave to heaven, squarewave to heaven
squarewave to heaven, squarewave to heaven

squarewave to heaven, squarewave to heaven
squarewave to heaven, squarewave to heaven

1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ride this squarewave up to heaven
1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ride this squarewave up to heaven
1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ride this squarewave up to heaven
1,2,3,4,5,6,7 ride this squarewave up to heaven
Track Name: Turn to Dust
you, you could have anyone tonight.
dressed up to the nines and fashion’s right.
don’t forget, no not yet
these, these are the best years of our lives,
but years are full of stress and strife
times are hard, yes but time is on our side

sometimes, I want to get away, shall we leave today and get out this city
somewhere where they can’t find us, problems turn to dust, and I’m glad you’re with me

I, I could be anyone tonight,
all all of the faces blank and white,
anonymity, no not me
these, these insecurities are masked
by overconfidence and laughs,
do they know, or perhaps they feel it too

sometimes, I want to get away, shall we leave today and get out this city
somewhere where they can’t find us, problems turn to dust, and I’m glad you’re with me