Into the Black

by SOUVENIR SEASON

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Cologne, Germany-based indie pop duo Souvenir Season was formed in December 2013 by vocalist Sarah Wohlfahrt and composer Birger Nießen, crafting orchestra-driven, melancholy sounds that blend with electronic and acoustic elements, choirs and clear vocals alike.

Previous to the formation of Souvenir Season, Sarah and Birger shortly collaborated in a studio project in 2008. After its breakup both followed their own careers in different genres such as Jazz and Singer/Songwriter for a few years before they would meet again for a little studio session in mid-November 2013. Only a week later, on 1 December 2013, they released a demo recording of Parachute, which should hit a couple of hundred plays on Soundcloud within just a few hours. Amazed and fueled by the positive feedback, Sarah and Birger recorded more demos at Stereotunes Studios and released three more of them each following Sunday before Christmas, clearly on the way to a full-length album now. Five months and a hell lot of cake, laughter, a few great interviews, airs on a local radio station, and smooth work in the studio later the recordings to the album were completed.

With the ambition to play the music live, Sarah and Birger searched for musicians to support them on stage and found Salih Gülhan on bass and Jan Jaing on drums, both splendid on their instruments and as persons.

Parallel to rehearsing during the summer weeks and a first trial show at Live Club Barmen, Wuppertal, in September 2014, Souvenir Season launched a two-months crowd funding campaign through Indiegogo to raise money for the rest of the album’s production.
When on the one hand it felt a little like begging people to pre-order a pig in a poke, it was humbling to see people donate money, pre-order and leave Sarah and Birger in awe for their kind and supporting words on the other.

The debut album ‘Into the Black’, named after a line taken from the song ‘The black of you’, was then given into the hands of mastering engineer Andre Beatmunks for the mastering and Marcel Kamps took the band’s pictures and designed the artwork.

Within exactly a year Souvenir Season produced their debut album and released ‘Into the Black’ through the record label 38db(A) in December 2014.

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released December 7, 2014

Music: Birger Nießen
Text: Sarah Wohlfahrt

All instruments played by Birger Nießen
Lyrics and Vocals by Sarah Wohlfahrt

Produced by Birger Nießen and Sarah Wohlfahrt
Mixed by Birger Nießen
Mastered by André/Beatmunks.de

Coverdesign & Photos: Marcel Kamps Photography

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SOUVENIR SEASON Cologne, Germany

Souvenir Season is a musical duo from Cologne, Germany, creating electronic, orchestrated pop music with female vocals.
Birger Nießen and Sarah Wohlfahrt have already collaborated in 2008 for a short while. But it wasn’t until the end of 2013 for them to realize they complement each other like strawberries and cream. They have released “Into the Black” in December 2014.
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Track Name: Golden
Golden

When I burned the world behind me
thought I’d never have my place
finally I have come to find you

When my heart felt so forsaken
thought I’d never see my luck
finally I have come to hold you

When I fought a million battles
thought I’d never feel at peace
finally you have come to calm me

I had gone astray, no landmark
thought I’d be forever lost
finally you have come to find me

I want nothing more

I could see the sun
golden as it rose
into the black sky
Track Name: A slow dance to wild music
A Slow Dance To Wild Music

Fingertips to fingertips
We don’t rush
Subtle movements, tiny steps
We don’t push

Palm to palm, interlace
We don’t rush
Hands to neck, face to face
We don’t push

It’s a slow dance to wild music
We take every second beat
It’s a slow dance to wild music
Close to meltdown, superheat

Pulling close
We don’t rush
One step back, two steps forth
We don’t push

We don’t need no
Faster heart rates
It’s a slow dance
To wild music
Through the thick of
Our exhales
It’s a slow dance
to wild music
Track Name: First to see the sun
First To See The Sun

We surf the waves
rolling through the crowds
under starry space
the sea will spit us out

it’s already late
we’re stranded side by side
so wide awake
we are the first to leave the night

I know a place where we could run
to be the first to see the sun

It’s still some time
to roam the drowsy streets
your hand in mine
too shy, our eyes won’t meet

too young a fling
still I see the dark turn blue
this is the thing
waiting for the dawn with you

I know a place where we could run
to be the first to see the sun

watch the darkness take a bow
on the horizon set your gaze
in my arms enjoy the show
and the whole sky will be ablaze

sun
Track Name: Parachute
Parachute

When lights are low
and I’m not at peace with my hair
decide to quit it all
‘cause my crazy mind cannot bear
any more
that’s when you do the right things to me, love

When I’m done
and take the jump
you won’t let me crash on the ground
you’d pull a rope
and on my back
unfolds a parachute

When walls close in
and I lost my faith and belief
decide to quit it all
‘cause my wretched old lungs cannot breathe
anymore
that’s when you do the right things to me, love
Track Name: Stay
Stay


Won’t you come around here
I don’t know what keeps you there
What you don’t want me to see
When it’s so nice over here

Won’t you put up some speed
I think it’s time you should know
You’re not the one that I need
But the one I really want is you

Won’t you get a move on
I have been waiting forever
I don’t care how you come
As long as you’re coming over

Slowly I come undone
Don’t wanna wait another day
But if you have no reason to come
Then it’s a good reason to stay

How do I have so much left for you that I burn
When you don’t have left a thing for me in return
My world’s on fire and stops spinning when you are near
Why don’t you stay right here?

If you wanted me to pause
I would pause
But do you want me to?

If you wanted me to stop
I would stop
But do you want me to?

‘Cause you’re always coming back
And I fall
Feels like you’re falling too

‘Cause you’re always draw me close
I soften up
Pour myself over you

Won’t you make up your mind
There’s a side to take on to
Only so much to put up with
Only so much to go through

Slowly I come undone
Don’t wanna wait another day
And if you have no reason to come
Then it’s a good reason to stay

How do I have so much left for you that I burn
When you don’t have left a thing for me in return
My world’s on fire and stops spinning when you near
Why don’t you stay right here?

Don’t leave but stay right here.
Track Name: Forget my name
Forget My Name

Had to back out
Of this magical but nameless game
Too high the stakes
Those who lose would win the mind insane

If I set you free
Would you remember me,
Turn round, forget my name?
If I gave you up
Would you at times look back?
Would we fade from memory?

The songs we played
Left traces, now they’re scars
A fuzzy feel,
Bitter-sweetest aftertaste

I’ll always be
Scanning faces in the crowd
Anxious to see
You’re staring right through me
Track Name: Blind
Blind

We shot men unto the moon
had people walk in space
but still we couldn’t find
a cure for when the hart turns blind

Follow advice when to call back
drink too much wine to bear it
still we couldn’t find
a cure for when the heart turns blind

Safe my foolish heart
set a fire
to burn the clown I wanna be no more

We built ships, travelled the seas
sank to the ocean’s bottom
still we couldn’t find
a cure for when the heart turns blind

We swallow pills to numb the feel
distract ourselves from asking
where to look to find
a cure for when the heart turns blind
Track Name: The Black of You
The Black Of You
Am I looking in
your microcosmic soul?
Am I gazing out
into your vast universe?

Staring you in the eye
I could fall into the bottomless opaque

I want to immerse into the black of you
I want to dissolve inside the black of you
I want to dwell inside the black of you
I want to meet you in the black of you

Staring you in the eye
I could fall into the bottomless opaque

A gap in the curtain that
I’m peering through backstage
I can almost tell
someone is looming there

Someone I have known for years
looking back at me through the bottomless opaque
Track Name: Julius
Julius

Julius,
Can you feel the fire’s dying?
Hold me close
Pretend we never caught us lying

Speak like we
Had not unlearnt to speak our hearts out
Faithfully
I was a fool for your word’s comfort

Oh Julius,
Think of me when we are long gone
Only us
No other girl to spend your thoughts on

Should I have
told you I ‘d have really loved you
Should I have
told you all of that to save you?

I let you strip me off my warmest coat
I let you spread under my skin
I offered you my unprotected throat
I feared no loss
And let you in
Track Name: Your love is my cocaine
Your Love Is My Cocaine

My lover – well, are you still?
I haven’t felt it for a while
‘cause it got silent around us; I can’t tell
how much you care or care at all
I do

Lover – is that your name?
Or has our road come to an end?
Vainly I’m trying to read your mind
ever so deaf, ever so blind

Oh if you knew your love is my cocaine
and
how your presence makes me go insane

I wanna make love to you
wanna run away with you
live in the woods with you
in a little hut with you

I wanna make love to you
at the bonfire with you
bathe in a lake with you
under starry skies with you

Oh if you knew your love is my cocaine
and
how your presence makes me go insane

I wanna make love to you
have a little boat with you
at the coast of France with you
quietly sleep in with you

I wanna make love you
until my senses fade with you
until the curtain falls with you
I wanna make love to you