(3 january 2014)
Written and recorded by Mark Zonda,
w/ Simona Rovida
01. Back To Anorak City
02. Wild In The Wildlife
03. The Singer And The Clown
04. Holy Land
05. Emanuelle VHS
06. Ballerina Flat
07. I. Valentine Zoo
08. II. Former Tenderness Addict
09. III. Flowers After The Wall
10. IV. Old House
11. Kiss Him Goodbye
12. Teenage Thing
A long time ago a friend of mine took a very catchy picture with some flowers. I was really impressed by the pick. It had some kind of pop energy and reminded me a lot of “Red Rose Speedways”, the Wings album. So I thought: wouldn’t it be great she agrees to make it happen? Luckily enough my friend Eugi is a kind person an the whole project took off, somewhere – or “somewhen” – ’round winter 2013. Same thing happened before with “A Forest EP”.
“Back To Anorak City”, “Wild In The Wildlife” and “The Singer And The Clown” were the first ones to be recorded. They are a tribute to Sarah, Anorak, Cloudberry Records and they are all performed with Simona Rovida.
“Holy Land” started with a choir I heard in a dream just like “Don’t Change Your Life” and “Easter Eggs” before. The Holy Land is a state of mind, something or someone we look forward to see or really hard to reach, infact any knd of important achievement requiring an helping hand from outside. Just like a real time! That’s why the second part contains references to Land-Grant Holy Land and its Ohio State updates.
“Emanuelle VHS” was inspired by a friend of mine. I tried to hint at different vintage stuff and feelings dealing with the story of this girl spinnin’ around the country caught in between shows and love affairs.
“Ballerina Flat” started as a pun between the fashionable trendy shoes without heels and a real ballerina apartment. I’m really proud of the line “So Many Colours Like Calico Cats”. Don’t know why. I find it very simple and evocative at the same time.
Then the Valentine F. Meedley Starts, with the four parts I. Valentine Zoo, II. Former Tenderness Addict, III. Flowers After The Wall, IV. Old House. just like in Red Rose Speedway, but in a more Berlinbowiesque way. The first part of the song takes place in the 80′s, with a girl playing with her dolls. The girl grows up to follow the path of Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo ’till the fall of the Berlin Wall. Last part of the meedley is set in the future, coming back to the house where she used to play. Quite a challange!
I wrote “Kìss Him Goodbye” the day a girl I really fancied told me she started dating some other guy. That’s where my invide to kiss this Mr. Someone fukity bye comes from. It’s actually the song I love the most from this album, it’s genuine, true and soulful. It could fit in a musical.
“Teenage Things” it’s a tribute to Sonic Youth. I used my friend Gennaro Spaccamonti’s Fender Telecaster to bring out some shoegaze noisy strokes.
Really hope you like this album. It’s one of my works that took a bit long to be written and grow and so it takes along very different moods and filings along with it. We can say that it’s a collection of personal golden moments I managed to gather on the finest humpdays of 2013. It’s a true honour share them with you. Send your feedback to www.facebook.com/tinytide
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