Paper Wallpaper

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The Conception - WRITTEN BY THE PRODUCER, BARIS TOSUN
“Dominic was playing guitar with a bunch of hippies one night in Istanbul when, seeing the opportunity to play to an appreciating audience, I joined them. As the rest of the crowd went off to socialise and couple up, Dominic and I continued to sing and play for hours. I had some recording equipment in my apartment and within a couple of weeks he was over and we recorded what was to be the 4th track on the album, ‘Bauhaus’. That was a pivotal moment - for that song that inspired me to complete my ambition of setting up a remote recording studio - far from the distractions of City life (I grew up in London where prolonged silence is a commodity and studio time is bloody expensive).

“Fours seasons later my studio in the South-West of Turkey was complete, and on a diet of beer, crisps and chocolate, we were recording the tracks for Paper Wallpaper.

“Paper Wallpaper is an album with a story; the story of a hitchhiker who, together with a guy he met on a chance encounter, recorded an album in the space of 4 weeks - with no previous experience of studios or recording. Dominic has many of the same influences you might expect of a 20-something-man-that-sings-and-plays-guitar, only he has plied his trade on the streets of European cities and towns, far from the pretentious, snobby dives that make the ‘music scenes’ of The West. What you’re hearing is the sound of a guy who is dedicated to his art and passionate about music - no more, no less.”

credits

released October 3, 2013

Dominic Remmerswaal - lyrics, guitar, vocals, co-producer
Baris Tosun - additional instruments, mastering, producer

Contributors:
Patricia Corredor - backing vocals, moral support
Alex Matthews - violin
Amylin Loglisci - album cover illustration

Thanks to all who provided their musical opinions and guidance. Special thanks to Clancy Hood for his time, patience and inspiration throughout the process.

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paper wallpaper Istanbul, Turkey

paper wallpaper is a solo musical project featuring songs written by Dominic Remmerswaal when he isn't trying to find a place to sleep for the night.

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Track Name: Song For Pomegranates
i've been crushing pomegranates for hours
feeling the seeds pop between my fingers,
and it makes me think of,
it makes me think of,
It makes me think of
bubble wrap, but most of all
It makes me think of you

sitting by the bosphorous, sharing one cup between two.

can you wear that,
can you wear that soft sailor's dress
with the red bandana around your neck,
and we can lay upon your table cloth
all night, to keep out the cold
and you'll tell me how
you're getting old

tired eyed along these open roads.

and I'm wondering now will we ever be alone
and I'm wondering now will we ever find a home
and I'm wondering now will we ever be alone
and I'm wondering now will we ever find a home.

chords: am, c
then f, am, c.
Track Name: Signs
your steel pierced right into my heart
now i've got to collect everything and restart
you looked so cute with your eagle cigarettes
cooking for 80 is a pain in the ass but oh
that's all done now

somewhere under open skies in lisbon
long ago now there's nothing there
ropes were breaking through the concrete
we broke into the guard house oh my god
the guard was sleeping

discussions of string theory
thought i had a new wind but really i'm just
blowing around
just blowing around

strong woman
strange motives
glue huffing even diamonds roughen
when they get old
Track Name: Karina
let's go away
and find the boundaries
of our brains
in new surroundings

let's go away
and find the boundaries
of our brains
in new surroundings

we can etch them out in our moleskine pads
take apart each tic and detail
keep a log of every passing fad
make a note when we derail

pretty soon we'll find ourselves with thick and heavy ink-stained books
filled with things we couldn't do
we can find a beach with a giant blood-stained sunset view
and burn them up as we break through

and here on the other side
the waves will break all over you
standing in the moonlight
the water shining all thick and pure
like honey,
slowly falling from your eyes
and taking with it
all the final pieces of your disguise

oh, let's go away
and find the boundaries
of our brains
in new surroundings

let's go away
and find the boundaries
of our brains
in new surroundings
Track Name: Bauhaus
in my house, everything is bauhaus
clean and modern, manufactured
german

and in my room, everything is well groomed
spotless, spit-polished,
in it's own place

and on my stereo there's music playing
and on my bedside table open books are laying

I'm always cleaning reading eating
careful stimulation reasoned
so that i don't have to think a thing
because I'm hopelessly waiting
ever so patiently

for you
Track Name: David Bowie
there's a man running behind us
desperation igniting his furious countenance

and i called it,
you called it too

and as we struggle, lights around the corner are getting brighter now,
getting brighter and something clicks as he stares at us

he pauses for a while
taking his time for once
and something splutters out like a candle

I called it,
you called it too

and as he slips away
leaving us heavy breathing
we take our time for once
something good comes along like it always does and

don't you pretend we didn't learn from this,
don't you pretend we didn't learn from this,
don't you pretend we didn't learn from this,
don't you pretend we didn't learn from this,

don't you pretend we didn't learn from this,
don't you pretend we didn't learn from this,
don't you pretend we didn't learn from this,
don't you pretend we didn't learn from this,
Track Name: Song For Windows
in your armchair by the window
snow falling on the oleanders
it only lasts a minute though
you've been out on the veranda

when you close the sliding glass doors
some snow flakes fall from your hair to the floor
i'm not sure what you look like,
i don't remember your face anymore

vivid green vines crawling in the forest
scorpions arch their backs in the morning light
your liquorice papers rustle in the soft breeze
everything's gonna be alright

but as you ride up toward me on your
old dutch bike bringing
fresh brown bread in your basket
i'm not sure what you look like
i don't remember your face anymore
Track Name: For Mum On Her Day
i'm far away every mother's day
it's a pain, but it's something i have chosen
i don't call enough it can be kind of tough
but when you're wide awake, quite often i am dozin'

maybe i am something of a black sheep
but i can play and sing and it can be quite sweet
that's why i sing this song
to remind you though i'm gone

that you're my mum and i am thinking of you
and i love you
Track Name: Your Place
sick of dozing on the kitchen floor
all the pieces are bound to fall into place
some day

turned around and asked me what's that for
all your vicious comments and your lion roar
well you'll come around again
some day

try and remember your place
there's a world full of wonder coming your way
just wait
some day
Track Name: Hearts Explode
fake denim straps are falling each and every way
i grab a hold of your henna black hair
pull it back so your face is clear
and words are pouring out of my mouth
like red hot lava rising from the earth

and my eyes are losing their focus
and your eyes are losing their focus

i see our hearts explode
i see our hearts explode
i see our hearts explode
each and every way

making signs with our fingers
point at you point at me
love love love love
it's our not so secret language

and certainly we weren't the first to make it up
but our feelings have outgrown the borders
of that simple thing we call love

and our words are turning into streams and torrents
making mountains and reclaiming the ocean around us

and suddenly you are above me
suddenly i see you above me

i see our hearts explode
i see our hearts explode
i see our hearts explode
each and every way