Lunabee & Swan

Lunabee & Swan

BandAlternativeAdult Contemporary

Theatrical and other worldly like a surreal and hypnotic lounge where a female Scott Walker jams with Nino Rota and The Gotan Project.

Biography


Joanna Swan & Lunabee met over myspace in the spring of 2006 and in discovering and falling for each others music, realised there was a inevitability to a collaboration.
A musical and personal friendship began to blossom and this captivating album began to take shape throughout the proceeding year.

Lunabee is from Brussels in Belgium and Joanna Swan from Bristol in the UK.
Lunabee & Swan is also the name of this inspired debut album from these two unique artists.

Lunabee's first album, ‘Prenez Garde Aux Flots Bleus’, was a musical triumph and established her as one of Belgium’s most exciting newcomers.
Joanna Swan is part of Ilya, who were signed to Virgin in 2002 and released their debut album, ‘They Died For Beauty’ to massive critical acclaim.
Their flagship song, ‘Bellissimo’, was, and still is, used by Revlon and Cacharel for worldwide advertising campaigns.
And Soleil Soleil, from the same album, is heard this year in the film 'Mr Brooks', starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore and William Hurt.

Throughout 2006 Lunabee & Swan threw themselves into a creative furnace with total freedom of expression and the resultant album is a dynamic tour de force of style and emotion.
One could start by giving it the description of a kind of surreal hypnotic Lounge ( in which Scott Walker jams with Nino Rota and Massive Attack ).
Only this flamboyant and spirited album takes a much broader journey, and the merging of these two artistic talents has given birth to a fresh and original sound.
Lunabee’s theatrical compositions and arrangements - modern, yet other worldly - have reached new and dazzling heights.
Combine this with Swans ravishing and commanding vocal presence, surreal lyrics and soaring melodies, and you have an album brimming with character and passion; a moving and playful exploration of atmospheric drama and melodic orchestration.

The whole has been waved at by the magic wand of producer and mixer Pierre Vervloesem, whose production has Lunabee & Swan shimmering, like a heatwave, on their enchanted lake.

Lyrics

Bellissimo Mon Amour

Written By: Nick Pullin

New pop colossus
Citizen daylight
Into my room you softly pour
And I believe in love
I believe in love
Bellissimo mon amour

Lavish but scattered
Database passengers
Panic and styrofoam of yore
And I believe in love
I believe in love
Bellissimo mon amour.

Black Butterfly

Written By: Joanna Swan

Look at these wings of antiquity
Through leaded glass & pinned with a shot of hope,
I see a shadow falling over me,
I hear the words that no one spoke.

Like in a dream
I spread my wings.

Forever we can be so short a life of beauty.

Sleep sleep cocoon of dreaming sighs
Sleep sleep together we make wing and fly away,
Fly away.

Warm and safe but with goosebumps up my arm,
I am cocooned in a multicoloured yarn,
And the thread of this tale leads me everywhere but none,
Like footprints in the sand and butter in the sun.

As if in a dream
I spread my wings.

Forever we can be so great a thing of beauty.

Sleep sleep cocoon of dreaming sighs
Sleep sleep together we make wing and fly away,
Fly away.

The waterfall of the days gone by,
The shadow life of a black butterfly,
Cocoon of dreaming skies in me,
October rain and autumn trees,
The smallest snowflakes in my hair,
The blackest wings to take me there.

Away ... away ... away!

Tragic Blonde

Written By: Joanna Swan

Got myself a house of mischief
A playground of the law
Dry martini’s quench the thirst
For my pussy galore

Andy Williams on the turntable
Notoriety at my door
Chiffon lace and clean good fucking
Who could want for more

Blue Religion I am preying for you
Yeah I am

Take my picture one more time
I love me as much as you do
I won’t be your tragic blonde
This limelight is where I shine

Blue Religion I am preying for you
Yeah I am

I am splendid in my bouffant
My cherry lips speak no lies
I tell you no money passed through my hands
Why my purse is full I don’t understand

Blue Religion I am preying for you
Yeah I am.

Some Love

Written By: Joanna Swan

Some time
Somewhere
Some how
Some place
Some way
Someone
Some love
Some love
Some moment
Some falling apart
Some feeling deep within
Some magic in your heart
Some love
Some love
(Some confusion )
Some blessings
(Some madness)
Some loneliness
(Some passion)
Some fire in your blood
(Some emptiness)
Some untangled mess
(Some laughter)
Some hateful words
(Some humility)
Some times of despair
(Some impatience)
Some never seeing
Some never care
(Some wonder something everywhere)
But something
(Something everywhere)
Something always there
(Something always there)
Something we can share
Something always there
Some love
Some love

Smoke Rings

Written By: Joanna Swan

My baby just wrote me a letter
Says he’s coming home to me
My baby just wrote a letter
Ah he’s coming home to me.

Says he knows it’s right to forget her
Says she’s no mystery anymore
My baby just wrote me a letter
So many tears I can hardly see.

My baby just wrote me a letter
When I’m sitting next to the phone
(What a fool I am )
Does he think he can make it better
Each time he leaves me alone.

Well darling I have a little surprise
Which awaits you on your return
No armchair, no slippers
No supper for me to burn.

You think you can just write me a letter
But finally I know who I am
Sold the house to the highest bidder
Yeah honey, honey I’m leaving this land

When you come home you will find
A row of letters hanging on the line
All your possessions in a flaming heap
Sending smoke rings down the street

Yeah now it’s my turn to be a jet setter
I have set myself free
And I won’t be writing you any letters
Because baby now you are history

I’m coming outta get ya
It’s easy if I try
I’m coming outta get ya
The cadged bird can now fly
I set myself free
I set myself free
I set myself free

I Died In The Arms Of Glory

Written By: Joanna Swan

On an island out to sea
On a ship bound for glory
Just a bottle and a tree
I will float in your story

Lo and behold
Storm clouds gather in my eyes

Heard the crunching ‘gainst the rocks
Just as the day was dawning
Could not see for mist and fog
And it came without warning

Lo and behold
Storm clouds gather in my eyes

On a shipwreck out at sea
And tis only me that’s breathing
Hear a calling in my heart

Lo and behold
Storm clouds gather in my heart

Sun lifts high into the sky
And the fog clears to reveal such beauty
Feel their cool arms embracing me
Feel a love beyond all duty

Lo and behold
Storm clouds gather
On an island out at sea
I died in the arms of glory.

Unsettled Sleep

Written By: Joanna Swan

Don’t let me worship you
Stop me from haunting you
As the wind will creak to un-settled sleep
I am not in grace while I still weep

All wade across the water
See me the shadow dance

Don’t trust me
Bid me leave
Can’t you see I’m make believe
Immortal torture do not read as children do
I am not in grace while I love you

All wade across the water
See me the shadow dance

No eyes but fountains of light
The softest shower of rain heard thru the night
And there I tread in a trembling swollen gloom
I am not in grace while I still loom

All wade across the water
See me the shadow dance

Discography

Debut Album.
Lunabee & Swan ~ released Oct 2007
Available by mail Order from www.lunabee.be
and CD Baby
Soon available on iTunes.
Hootchi Cootchi / Jo Swan ~released June 2007
Somerset / Ilya ~ released 2006
Prenez Garde Aux Flots Bleus / Lunabee ~ released 2005.
They Died For Beauty / Ilya ~ released 2004 on Virgin Records
Revelations EP / Ilya ~ Released 2003
Soleil Soleil EP / Ilya ~ Released 2003
Bliss re-mixes / Ilya ~ Released 2003

All the albums and eps below are available on iTunes and other download providers.
All albums apart from They Died For Beauty are available mail-order from:
www.lunabee.be
www.joswan.com
www.ilyasounds.com

Set List

I Died in The Arms Of Glory
The Great Illusion
Black Butterfly
Smoke Rings
The Comfort Of Strangers
Badge Of Shame
Mona
Tragic Blonde
Unsettled Sleep
Falling Through The Hour Glass
Some Love
Bellissimo Mon Amour