[except you]

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Lueur amortie dans la scène française, affilié à aucune tendance et curieusement excentré, Oboken possède pourtant un petit patrimoine, avec trois albums sur les étagères : Oboken (1999), Peace of Mind (2001) et le nouveau (Except you). Guitares, cordes, claviers et samples ceignent un chant dépassionné et l'ensemble renvoie aux modèles américains Sparklehorse, Mark Koselek, Gastr Del Sol ou Labradford
LIBERATION (Gilles Renault)

Arpèges de guitare, poignée d'orgues et piano lancinant, sample de Sylvain Chauveau, batterie de Kat Onoma, choeurs légers et cordes sur un chant très doux : les ambiances d'Except You sont claires et planantes, de longues routes dessinant la perspective de paysages dégagés
LIBERATION (Ludovic PERRIN)

Oboken, à califourchon sur la frontière franco-allemande, regarde, d’encore plus loin, l’Amérique. Et ce flou va parfaitement aux traditions américaines, jamais aussi belles que vues à travers ce
prisme de la distance, de l’incompréhension.
LES INROCKUPTIBLES (Lucie Dunois)

"Peace of mind" était une sorte de carnet de voyage ramené de "contrées où les grands espaces ne manquent pas". "Except you" est toujours influencé par les voyages.
DERNIERES NOUVELLES D'ALSACE

Catalogué – à juste raison – digne disciple hexagonal de Sparklehorse et Joseph Arthur depuis son second opus, le superbe Peace Of Mind, oboken a la bonne idée de ne pas décevoir à l’heure d’en fournir un successeur valable. Except You lorgne toujours vers une Amérique fantasmée, nourriture céleste pour un indie folk sobre et intense qui n’a pas à rougir de la comparaison avec les hérauts de l’original. Mais le duo formé de Philippe Saucourt et Bruno Fleutelot (avec l’aide de Pascal Benoit, batteur de Kat Onoma, sur quatre morceaux) possède également l’atout d’une vraie sensibilité européenne, qui élargit leur profondeur de champ
MAGIC! (Gilles Duhem)

Avec ses mélodies apaisées, son piano feutré, son violoncelle profond (« Good Pupil ») et sa guitare sèche, Oboken ébauche des paysages appartenant à un autre monde, un monde libéré de toute anxiété, haine ou violence, évoquant les esprits de Spraklehorse, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci ou Radar Bros. Soutenu par des références de la scène indépendante hexagonales comme Dominique A ou Kat Onoma (dont le batteur est venu tenir les baguettes sur quelques titres du présent album), Oboken continue son bonhomme de chemin confidentiellement mais sûrement
ROCKSOUND (Patrick Haour)

[Except you] s’interprète ainsi dans la lumière du soir, sur le drumming de Pascal Benoit batteur de Kat Onoma, sur une ligne de clavier de Renaud Hébinger ou sur un sample de Sylvain Chauveau, dénichant dans son écriture et ses arpèges en suspension, les arbres noirs et les étoiles solitaires d’un conte post-folk évoquant Bill Callahan, Mark Linkous ou Damien Jurado, exégètes des photos jaunes et des premiers baisers.
STATION SERVICE (Patrick Peiffer)

credits

released February 1, 2003

philippe saucourt : vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, banjo, organ, rhodes, synthesizer
bruno fleutelot : electric & acoustic guitars, bass guitar, e-bow, piano, organ, rhodes, percussions & noises, human beat box, programming
pascal benoit : drums on tracks 02, 03, 04 and 08
renaud hebinger : keyboards on track 05
track 03 contains a sample of "adieu miséricorde" (sylvain chauveau)

music by oboken
lyrics by philippe saucourt
except 04, 06, 12 and 14 by bruno fleutelot
recorded at microclimat / grenoble (france)
mixed and mastered by renaud hebinger
photography by pierre fleutelot
artwork by oboken

(p) & (c) 2003 le village vert / wagram

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Track Name: Abstraction
i remember so well
the first time we met
i was driving asleep
and you woke me violently
shooting out sparks
all around me
in a fume of burnt metal
you left me inside out
on the wrong side of life
but even if i know you well
i’ll never be ready for you
but even if i know
you can take me
anywhere
anytime
you’re still an abstraction to me
Track Name: Good Pupil
i’m a good pupil
i belong to anyone
i’m a good pupil
i don’t know where i’m bound
i guess i’m bound for nowhere
do i really care ?
my life is a game
i let you play
my life is a jail
i’m a good pupil
i belong to anyone
i’m a good pupil
i don’t know where i’m bound
do i really care ?
my mind is elsewhere
i act as a slave
Track Name: A Bedroom
the clanks of the oil stove that’s just been turned off
the gorilla’s eyes behind the shutters
the fox tail sticking out of mother troll’s dress
the delightfully pervasive scent of the sheets stowed away in the wardrobe for so long
the omnipresent dampness that causes unbearable itches deep in my throat
the wall lamps i wish i could have at home
the gap between the bed and the wall, so dark that i never ventured there
the undulating figures that the sun shapes on the curtains through the shutters
so many memories that can no longer be shared
and that probably never could have been
Track Name: Evidence Of Beauty
my life is nothing
except when i leave behind
evidence of beauty
i’m so ordinary
but when i create the beauty
there’s a light in me
for a few seconds
i feel like a hero
captured by joy and sorrow
but sometimes
i let the beauty go
Track Name: Song Of Someone Else
maybe i told you that i love you
but did i ever say that i respect you ?
leave me my selfishness and keep your love for yourself
i never wanted it ‘cause i never needed it
i just want sex
i want nothing else but your body
i want to empty my balls and my mind
whenever i wish to
you may think i’m your lover
after all you’re the only one involved
but don’t come with plans
i would hate to waste my life with you
Track Name: The Art Of Surfacing
i want to practice
the fine art of surfacing
avoiding to drown
i just need a sweet life
‘cause i’m too weak to fight
i just want the music
of birds and leaves
dancing in the trees
in summertime
i want to practice
the fine art of surfacing
avoiding to drown
i just need an easy life
’cause i’m too weak to fight
Track Name: I Wish I Could
oh i wish i could
walk forever
in the winter snow
oh i wish i could
forget about myself
and fade away
oh i wish i could
explode in a million particles
and split in the air
i wish i could
Track Name: ever Ending Journeys
motionless in motion
watching snowy landscapes
through the window of a train
dreaming of never ending journeys
wandering in never ending spaces
motionless in motion
i see a single star
shining bright
and a black tree
lost in a white field
i see the beauty
of an ending night
and a coming day
i see the birth of colors
motionless in motion
i’ll watch the seasons
come and go
through the window of a train
dreaming of never ending journeys
wandering in never ending spaces
Track Name: Accurately
do you remember
our first kiss
accurately ?
do you remember
the touch of our tongues
accurately ?
was it as sweet for you
as it was for me ?
and now
is it the same
for you and me ?
do you remember
our first kiss
accurately ?
Track Name: Seasons Of My Life
if you had time
to play the waiting game
you could find out the rule
autumn weather
turns leaves into flames
spring sun
gives birth to shadows
summer wind
dances with trees
winter frost
makes people fall
into a second childhood
if you had time
to live with me
we could together find out
the way it goes
Track Name: Do You Understand?
this bitter scratch of need
that grips me by the throat at times
blinds my thoughts
and cools my body
do you understand ?
this call for motion
excitement and novelty
that gets me up every morning
and keeps me alive
do you understand ?
time flying by
intoxicates me and makes me dizzy
i’d like to take off with it
but it constantly gets away from me
do you understand ?
but then, this life that is mine
that stretches out her arms to me
i want to love and satisfy her
like my most beautiful lover
do you understand ?