Buildings of Dreams

by Jay Fraser

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"a vibrant country / roots sound sounding somewhere between John Butler and Angus Stone"
Tomatrax - 4/5

"‘Building Of Dreams’ is a beautiful and somewhat captivating album, which really bursts with energy"
Shout4Music - 8/10

"vrolijke sound en een uitstekende zangprestatie"
Rootstime.be

"a true credit to Australian music"
The Dwarf

The AU Review - 7.5/10
www.theaureview.com/albums/jay-fraser-buildings-of-dreams-2011-lp


When you’re a globe-trotting hobo musician, it can be hard to refuse change. The up- and downside of change and progress is central to Australian musician Jay Fraser’s third and latest album, Buildings Of Dreams, released in January 2011.

The 10-track LP features songs written from mid-2008 to the present, a period during which Fraser went through an extended period of transition.

Quitting his office job and selling his apartment in isolated Launceston, the singer songwriter packed his life up in a guitar case and headed to Europe, seeking to fulfill his ‘soul’ ambition.

Buildings of Dreams is the story of his subsequent highs and lows, epiphanies and mistakes, fears and growth, and discipline and hedonism.

Since 2010, Fraser has been based in London (which almost sounds like Launceston if you squint). He recorded the album over four months with the talented musician and sound engineer Richard Campbell at Orpheus Studio in Shoreditch, London.

As Fraser explains, the relationship was positive from the outset. “He adopted an enthusiasm equal to mine in terms of the album concept and approached each song with unwavering diligence. This gave me confidence in what we were doing and a great atmosphere to do it.”

The album starts with more produced and carefully arranged tracks, such as the first single ‘That’s how we roll’, and gradually tapers down to raw live acoustic recordings. The last song, ‘Acland Street,’ an ode to the popular Melbourne street and the artists who live there, was recorded in one take.

The recording process was surprisingly unplanned and natural. “I dropped by one Saturday afternoon to meet Richard and immediately felt at ease. I returned to record a single, and had soon organised to go back again. After the second visit I knew that recording the entire album with Richard was the best thing I could possibly do.”

Fraser also called on the services of longtime friend and collaborator Tim Downey, aka Teinne, a gifted musician and songwriter from Hobart, Tasmania, who contributed harmonies on ‘Four Strong Winds’ and ‘Forty Miles East’.

To bridge the 17,000 km distance, Downey would send his harmonies via email, which Fraser then mixed. “It was great to finally use the Internet for something useful and productive, something outside Facebook,” he notes.

The cover is the work of Edith Carron, a French artist and illustrator based in Berlin. “She’s created a beautifully strange universe for this album to inhabit,” Fraser says. “I was over the moon to have her working on the artwork. The results speak for themselves.”

- by Sam Davies
arbourman.wordpress.com

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released January 22, 2011

All songs written by Jay Fraser
Produced by Jay Fraser and Richard Campbell

Vocals, guitar & harmonica by Jay Fraser
Drums, bass, and keyboards by Richard Campbell
Vocal harmonies on Four Strong Winds
& Forty Miles East by Tim Downey

Artwork by Edith Carron, www.edithcarron.net
Recorded and mixed at Orpheus Studio, www.orpheusstudio.co.uk


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Track Name: The Price On My Head
If I was an open book
There'd be nothing there to read
If I was to change my look
There'd be nothing left of me

It's an emergency
Now, when you come around
It's true we may never see
But with our ears on the ground
We can hear the sound

The Lord got a price on my head, that I don't buy!
Why Lord put a price on my head that I don't buy?

The shepherds come away to watch
As three men stay
In a little open air manger
On a floor made from hay

You said, "why didn't I think of that?"
I said, "how could you know?"
It's getting too late for this now
There's no place left to go but home

The Lord got a price on my head, that I don't buy!
Why Lord put a price on my head that I don't buy?

Hear the rising of the tide
That whispers through the night
Hear voices from behind
Saying free your mind
Track Name: That's How We Roll
I dislike ceremony but I like to eat marzipan
and I watch the credits roll before I'm heading off again

See all the pretty maids over there in a row
Boy what you waiting for there's no time for you to go slow

Now it's time to dance
To the beat of the clapping hands

That's how we roll, it's how we roll
With heart and soul
That's how we roll, it's how we roll

I've been sheltered from this light for too long
But now I'm in the fray and living life right or wrong

So open up now 'cause what you get is what you see
How could you want more? There's certainly enough for me

Now it's time to dance
To the beat of the clapping hands

That's how we roll, it's how we roll
With heart and soul
That's how we roll, it's how we roll

Watch us rock
Watch us roll
Track Name: Walking A Fine Line
I ain't so pretty
Walking more like a broken man
Caught in the big city
Like putty in the Devil's hands

I hear the church bells
Ringing way before my time
Anyone could tell
I'm walking on a fine line

I let it go and breath out
Take a chance to make it loud
So they're dancing when I'm not around any more

I have been ripped off
I have been pushed down
All my money lost
And forced into the underground

Been down the wrong track
Barked up the wrong tree
Thrown on the garbage stack
But it ain't got the best of me

I let it go and breath out
Take a chance to make it loud
So they're dancing when I'm not around any more
Track Name: Forty Miles East
Like a jet plane flying through the northern lights
My navigation signs got screwed up
But here I see that beauty cannot refine
The alloys of a broken mind, or glue it up

Let this fire refine my soul
Breaking us down to gold
That will forever hold
Inquartation and parting
For a boy in want of heart and stranded
Forty miles east

Like a diver thrown to the greatest ocean depths
All directional sense has been torn up
Or a nomad searching on the arid desert plains
There's nothing left here to gain if you're gone away

Let this fire refine my soul
Breaking us down to gold
That will forever hold
Inquartation and parting
For a boy in want of heart and stranded
Forty miles east
Track Name: Buildings of Dreams
hope is ours for these short few hours
as fireworks light up the sky
and as snow falls soft from the clouds
on merry-go-rounds the children play

and the truth will fall out of me
and you will see what I want
buildings may fall but the truth will stand tall
and you will see what I want is you

time escapes as we find hearts that break
and dream of a love we could share
may we all stand as one when the day it is done
with what for it had to be there

and the truth will fall out of me
and you will see what I want
buildings may fall but the truth will stand tall
and you will see what I want is you

so lay down, close your eyes and dream of the love we will share
lay down, close your eyes and dream of the love we will share

when the truth can fall out of me
and you will see what I want
buildings may fall but the truth will stand tall
and you will see what I'm not with you

When the truth will fall out of me
and you will see what I want
Buildings may fall
But the truth will stand tall
and you will see what I want is you
Track Name: Four Strong Winds
I'm down at the station
Waiting so patiently for you
With my head in my hands

I've let this run late
But I won't hesitate
To make sure that you understand

'Cause there's four strong winds that are a' comin'
They're gonna blow that trumpet soon
When I'm drawn and quartered like and outlaw
The last thing I see will be you

Now it's time for a soul revolution
Watching my angels fall
Watching my demons brawl
I'm breaking old china plates up against the walls

Well it's time we moved on
To make ourselves strong
Only time will console what we've found

I'm checking a map
So I miss the next trap
But it's hard to be told North from South

When there's four strong winds that are a' comin'
They're gonna blow that trumpet soon
When I'm drawn and quartered like and outlaw
The last thing I see will be you

Now it's time for a soul revolution
Watching my angels fall
Watching my demons brawl
I'm breaking old china plates up against the walls
Track Name: Wind In My Lungs
Pack your things, we'll leave in the morning
To catch the first train out of here bound, full steam, without fear
Though we may ride
Through mountains of sin and plains of delight
With no net for if we should fall
With no return paid we'll keep moving for'd

It's all been done
I've read it in books and I've heard it all sung
But watch me run
The ground I forsook with the wind in my lungs
It might be a dream, but a dream
It might be a dream, but a dream

If we win we have no need for mocking birds or diamond rings
May hope fill our minds eyes
It's down to you and I to let the light shine
Burn though it might, to keep warm through the night

It's all been done
I've read it in books and I've heard it all sung
But watch me run
The ground I forsook with the wind in my lungs
It might be a dream, but a dream
It might be a dream, but a dream
Track Name: Bastille Day
When summer leaves I will be gone
When autumn leaves fall down
I've opened this door and now I must walk through
Into this cold room

Where all we have is this icy cold
But we hold on
No, we don't let go
Though we fall

As spring awakes and the blue bird sings
A sweet new chorus begins to play
And light softly breaks through the trees at dawn
Into a thousand pieces torn where we lay

Where all we have is this icy cold
But we hold on
No, we don't let go
Though we fall

Light moves gently across the sky
A plane flies
Track Name: Neon Rappel
Hey, why don't we create a world all of our own
Where we can be free
Where we can be one
Where we can call home

As we dance like souls that are free
To all our love would be
To all our love would be unknown
So I don't lay awake at night thinking of you
So I don't lay awake at night holding you

If I showed her my heart
So we didn't drift apart
To be cursed from the start
'Cause her eyes told me she'd stay
Until judgement day now this neon display will shine

As we dance like souls that are free
To all our love would be
To all our love would be unknown
So I don't lay awake at night thinking of you
So I don't lay awake at night holding you
Track Name: Acland Street
A warm night on Acland Street
The pier lights up like a Christmas string
While we have a beer and talk about things
On St Kilda Beach

In day light from Acland Street
Ride to the markets on the tram
Get caught in the Grand Prix traffic jam
On Fitzroy Street

As I sat on an old park bench
Overlooking St Kilda Beach
Reading articles and books
Giving pretty girls a look
But they don't say hi
They keep walking by out of reach
Down to St Kilda Beach

A warm night on Acland Street
We sing songs on the balcony
A Simple Twist of Fate to Paul Kelly
To Bob's song, the one about Lead Belly
On Acland Street

At first light from Acland Street
Jump off the pier but avoid the stingers
To wash off the worst of last nights beers
On Acland Street

As I sat on an old park bench
Overlooking St Kilda Beach
Reading articles and books
Giving pretty girls a look
But they don't say hi
They keep walking by out of reach
Down to St Kilda Beach