Shimmerplanet

Shimmerplanet

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Shimmerplanet redefines "Eclectic." If Rufus Wainwright convinced Aretha Franklin to sing with him, you'd have Shimmerplanet: a smart, sophisticated blend of soulful melodies and orchestral rock. Poly-Genre music at its finest.

Biography

UPDATE: Shimmerplanet wins Independent Music Award Vox Populi: Best Pop/Rock song

Already familiar on VH-1 as the voice of the theme song to "My Coolest Years", Soren Anders fronts New York City's Shimmerplanet. A vehicle for Anders classical training and his dark, confessional lyrics, Shimmerplanet has drawn comparisons to Bjork, Rufus Wainwright, and Stephin Merritt - and, to Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin as well, thanks to the sensational vocals of co-lead singer Carolyn Eufrasio. Anders refers to Shimmerplanet as a "poly-genre" musical experience, and the critics are making a fuss about the latest Shimmerplanet release on Shark Meat Records:

"Is it rock, is it folk, is it classical? These are the questions I tried to answer while listening to this record. After several tries, I have concluded that this album exceeds all categories....

Overall, this album is a breakthrough creatively and if you are sick of being able to accurately predict an entire album after hearing the first song, then "For The One Who Kills Tomorrow" will definitely be the answer to your long awaited prayers." (Candice Mays for Evolution of Media).

The immortal Lesley Gore (legendary artist of "It's My Party" and "You Don't Own Me") appears as a guest vocalist on one of the latest tracks, "Siren". Anders has also collaborated with Chris Stein of Blondie (on the Mike Albo play, "Sexotheque") and has contributed music to numerous films, including "Up to the Roof" by Norman Mailer's son, John Buffalo Mailer.

Find Shimmerplanet on iTunes, Wikipedia, SharkMeatRecords.com and Shimmerplanet.com.

Lyrics

Silence of Midnight

Written By: Soren Anders

Again I find myself in questionable circumstances
Surrounded by fools like me, compelled to take our chances
Our collective presence we pass off as happenstances
We dance the varied dances of casual backward glances

It’s getting late and I am exacerbated
The never-ending storm is howling at my front gate
Did I make a mistake or is this all fated
I’ve debated and debated this debasement no abatement I hate it

I am burning over the silence of midnight
I am breaking under the silence of midnight

I always wanted to be the sun
To light the way for everyone
To rest easy when the day is done
To make the shadows run
But now I am a shadow figure

Je veux que le matin l’ignore
Le nom que j’ai dit a la nuit,
Et qu’au vent de l’aube, sans bruit,
Comme une larme il s’evapore

I am burning over the silence of midnight
I am breaking under the silence of midnight

Cool Web

Written By: Soren Anders

There’s a cool web of silence winds us in
Words melt us down, so we spin again
The less we speak the less we cry
You and I

There’s a hotbed of anger just ahead
We are fighting to be led from the fire to the clouds
Where the cool, cool silence winds us in

Maybe
You should have told me that you were awake
Maybe
I should have said I’m afraid

There’s the comfort of strangers every night
I’m aware that how I hide isn’t right
Here I go to the cool, cool silence

Easy

Written By: Soren Anders

I put my number on a public wall
I got two telephone calls
I heard some qualities in each of their voices
The choice is never easy

I’m going to meet them in public spaces
Match their voices to their faces
Maybe it will be love (ahh)
Maybe it will be that easy

It’s easy
Easy to fall in love
It’s easy
Easy to meet new people
Easy
Easy to make have it all

It’s easy
Easy to fall in love
It’s easy
Easy to meet new people
Easy
Easy to fall in love

I put my picture on a public site
It went live only last night
Today my box is full
My love life is on a roll

Can’t wait ‘til Wednesday for the latest copy
I’m advertising for a wealthy papi
He’s going to take my pain away
He’s going to look at me and say

It’s easy
Easy to fall in love...

Author

Written By: Soren Anders

Author

you were the child with all the money
and i was the one without
and i was begging for a friendship
you had the power to leave me out

and if i were the author, i’d make the story different
i’d be the one who never had to cry
and if you were a character, i’d make you minor
a paragraph from hello to goodbye

you are living in a palace
and I am living day to day
i am digging out from under
and you won’t be getting in the way

and if i were the author, i’d make the story different
i’d be the one who never had to cry
and if you were a character, i’d make you minor
a paragraph from hello to goodbye

i am coming for you
i am going to write you
i am going to make you
say the things you ought to
live the way you ought to
cry the way you ought to

someday, there will be an explanation
i will close the book
i will be in another story
someday, i will not look back

and if i were the author, i’d make the story different
i’d be the one who never had to cry
and if you were a character, i’d make you minor
a paragraph from hello to goodbye

No Safe

Written By: Soren Anders

No Safe

there is no safe, and there is no consolation
is no safe; can’t depend upon your ration
and anyway, in this world, there is no safe

don’t depend on the sure thing, ‘cause you know
you can’t say if he’ll stay or if he’ll go
and anyway, in this world, there is no safe

i’m afraid that he’ll laugh and run away
and I’m afraid of what other people say
and anyway, in this world, there is no safe

put your arms around another
when he goes, he goes
take a chance, and be a lover
and in the end, who knows, who knows, who knows?

I Believe I'm Going Home

Written By: Soren Anders

i believe i’m going home

i’m the one that they talk about
the one who is not welcome
i have walked the earth
always a stranger
but i know where i belong

i’m the one that you were warned about
the one they say has failed them
they would keep me down
they believe they can
but i believe i’m going home

no one can stop me
i’m not afraid to fall
i have seen what’s left and what’s right
i have seen it all
and i believe i’m going home

i believe i’m going home
i have my invitation
i’m headed there all the time
i’m headed there alone
i believe i’m going home

Discography

Welcome to Shimmerplanet (LP)
Silence of Midnight (EP)
For The One Who Kills Tomorrow (LP)

Set List

A 50-minute set typically features:

Silence of Midnight
On My List
Author
Cool Web
Easy
Don't Know Where I'm Goin', But I'm Gone
No Safe
Everything's Perfect
Happy
Beat Me
Radiant
Envy

*Plus other Shimmerplanet originals selected form our two full-length albums and the EP "Silence of Midnight"

COVERS
A huge variety. Whatever we do, it's not in the genre in which you first encountered the song.

Some recent highlights:

Stairway to Heaven
Heart of Glass
Karma Police
Everyday I Write The Book
Miss You
Wonderwall
no More Drama (Mary J. Blige)