Maarten Swaan vs Melou

Maarten Swaan vs Melou

 Barcelona, Catalonia, ESP
BandFolkRock

Maarten Swaan, guitarist/ singer/ pianist, is about to release his 3rd full length solo album "Voices" as part of a double release. The other half is the EP "Skylark" from Melou with Boston (USA) singer Annie Goodchild. On their release tour, they're accompanied by Swaan's Barcelona based band.

Biography

In 2005 Maarten Swaan, singer/songwriter/musician left Holland for a life of traveling the world and playing music. Starting in Guatemala, Maarten met Annie Goodchild, with whom he found the band Melou. They recorded 2 full-length albums ("Communication", 2006; "Battery Park", 2008) and did 3 extensive tours through Europe and New England. In the summer of 2009, Melou played her last show in Holland, and the members decided to go their own ways into the world of music.

As Annie Goodchild started performing for the very popular, the biggest off-broadway theater production :"Sleep no more", in the next 2 years in NYC, Maarten's musical adventure took him on a tour in Holland and England with American songwriter Leslie (Serpentfly) Helpert. He then ventured to Boston to play and tour for 3 months with singer Charlie Christos.

While touring and recording for other groups Maarten began writing his own music. In February '10, Maarten traveled to the beautiful and inspiring city of Barcelona to record his debut album at the Emergency Room Studio with producer Dave Bianchi and a wonderful EP, entitled: "Write Me Notes" that was released in June "10 worldwide on I-tunes.

In the summer of 2010 Maarten got asked to join his friends in the "Negritos", an Argentinian band, to play bass for them. With them he toured Buenos Aires for 2 months in December '10 and January '11. From the hot summer in Argentina he flew to the cold winter of New England, where Maarten toured New York, Boston and many cities in Vermont and New Hampshire. Again with his good friend Charlie Christos he performed in a duo show.

All of the touring gave Maarten enough inspiration to write enough songs for his 2nd solo album. "Broken Bike" is this title of the album, which will also contain a duet with Leslie (Serpentfly) Helpert, which was released in September, 2011.

In 2012 he Maarten joined the band "UIluminata" from the catalan songwriter Joan Vinals. He recorded the debut album "Obre" with him, wich was released in the summer of 2012.

After that Maarten took his band on a USA tour in Septeber, where the process for the new album started. Now, almost 9 months later, the new album "Voices" with 10 original tracks on it, is finished! It is part of a double release. The other half is the new EP "Skylark" from Melou with Annie Goodchild. After 3 years of silence, Maarten and Annie put their musical forces together again, with this beautiful EP as a result.
Now they are touring the double album together, backed up by Swaan's band from Barcelona.

All info, music, photos, bio, presskit, cantact ect:
www.maartenswaan.com

Lyrics

Hourglass

Written By: Maarten Swaan

Hourglass

Would all things still be the same
if we would call each other in the name of love

would the city still be pretty
and would the birds sing their songs for us

would the music sound out loud
would we make a dance to it's beat
would we sing along in harmony, maybe....

A nightly walk among the wall
leads us to the beach where we watch the stars
You rest your head on my lap,
I stroke your hair and gently give your nose a kiss

You poor the warm and dusty sand from your hand into mine
as an human hourglass the time is ticking by
we listen to the waves that crash, try to win some land
is it a dream within a dream or a truth without an end... without an end.

Would the sea still sound the same
Would we make a dance to it's beat
would we sing along in harmony, maybe...

My World

Written By: Maarten Swaan

Magical White:

There comes a time, sooner or later
That the dreams that you have , you keep to yourself
And I will hold mine, safe to myself for ones best
Don't bother to write me
There's no need for us to share
It opens a room filed with pain

So whenever you're lonely, or long for the times
That were once yours once mine, a dream passes by
say no more

Would you give yourself a break
Cause half the world is fake, or does not exist

Time is to me, like a beautiful day
when all you can see is covered with snow
magical white, those memories of you and I

The time will pass by, like the fallen snow,
melts and disappears
only memories left, of how precious it was
Leaves everything back to normal
No, they won't come back, unless you fake it

Would you give yourself a break
Cause half the world is fake, or does not exist

Give yourself a break
Cause half the world is fake, or does not exist

Play Pretend

Written By: Maarten Swaan

Come out and play

Come out and play, its time for my revenche
Fire in my fists, both ready to attack
To wrestle out the anger, that’s built inside of me
Fury is the keyword, my temper does the rest

Watch me now play pretend
I never really won a fight,
I never even started one,
it is all just in my head, but I like it

So try me if you can just one more step will do
But if you’re smart you run, no mercy left for you
Cause I’m the gladiator, the nightmare of your dreams
I’ll trace you till your downfall, only then I’ll have my peace

Watch me now play pretend
I never really won a fight,
I never even started one,
it is all just in my head, but I like it

Broken Bike

Written By: Maarten Swaan/ LJ Helpert

Broken Bike

Oh I go to sit alone and find my company
see the comfort sitting there,
sing along, I sit alone.
The ferns in urns and potted leaves
the bike along the summer streets
to bike along on summer nights, sing along.

Oh----
On a broken bike
Oh, it's getting old...

My book unfearls it’s page, this pub,
This pub is filled with filling up
this pub is filled with falling stars, I sing along
I'm falling hard in summer, spring
Spring is the toughest thing
I went alone, i went to be, went to read.......

About what subject do I read?
The bones in walls of the chinese.
The Chinese buried their own bones in their walls, sing along.
The book, lifted from my hands,
breaks out in bar light, nearly stands
sick of walls, sick of walls, sing along.

Oh--
On a broken bike
oh it's getting old

bridge:
Oh meet me, I'm driving
my Broken Bike Somewhere
Outside, By the moonlight
it's this place, just for one night

(other voice)
I can't repair my broken bike
but I can't keep stopping, either

Like The Leaves in Autumn Time

Written By: Maarten Swaan

Like the Leaves in Autumn

I got some other ways to go,
The ways that you already know
Those turned you on not long ago, show after show

I read the books you gave to me
It’s my new growing policy
Surpres the ambiguity, but that is me, can’t you see, that’s me

But it will all fall into place,
Like the leaves in Autumn time
I’ll warm you up like winter sun
Cause i know that you’ll be mine

Creating my own story line,
By staying true to the devine
Break down the walls so you can see
the truth in me, peak inside my paradise

But it will all fall into place,
Like the leaves in Autumn time
I’ll warm you up like winter sun
Cause i know that you’ll be mine 2x

Discography

"Communication" by Melou (2007)
" Battery Park" by Melou (2008)
" Widows Gun" by Charlie Christos (2009)
" Write me Notes" by Maarten Swaan (2010)
" Broken Bike" by Maarten Swaan (2011)
" Actung Tu" by Negritos (2011)
" Obre" by Iluminata (BCN 2012)
" In this together" (USA 2012)
" Skylark" by Melou (2013)
" Voices" by Maarten Swaan (2013)

Set List

1. Woman's Heart
2. I'll be late
3. Can't get enough of love
4. Voices
5. Better part of me
6. Brother's Love
7. Little girl
8. Just not my day
9. Home
10.Oh Sails
11.Birds
12. Ain't no one
14. Skylark
15. by the cathedral