Four Walls

by The Blue Hour

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1.
Rise Up 03:08
You-hoo You-hoo You-hoo Rise up Bind, blend, and bond As one In unison Just put a little drop in And when we all do You're gonna be surprised Just when you see what we can do Banded together With you Banded together With you Banded together With you, you, you you, you, you, you, you and you-hoo Rise up Bind, blend, and bond As one In unison Just put a little drop in And when we all do You're gonna be surprised Just when you see what we can do We're gonna make it right Marching through the night Lock those arms up tight You, you, you you, you You, you, you, you, yoo-hoo
2.
You’ve got to get me out of here You’ve got to get me out of here You’ve got to get me out of here Once bright, now hollow You’ve got to get me out of here If you should leave, I’ll follow You’ve got, you’ve got You’ve got to get me out of here You’ve got to get me out of here You’ve got to get me out of here I’m trying new things I don’t know about Leaving my life as I go about Always wanted, always wanted out I’m trying new things I don’t know about Leaving my life as I go about Always wanted, always wanted out Once bright, now hollow You’ve got to get me out of here If you should leave, I’ll follow You’ve got, you’ve got It’s my last chance And I won’t take its slow My independence More important than you know Get me out of here I’m trying new things I don’t know about (Get me out of here) Leaving my life as I go about (Get me out of here) Always wanted, always wanted out (Get me out of here) I’m trying new things I don’t know about (Get me out of here) Leaving my life as I go about (Get me out of here) Always wanted, always wanted out (Get me out of here) Once bright, now hollow If you should leave, I’ll follow You’ve got to get me out of here You’ve got to get me out of here You’ve got to get me out of here
3.
Haunted 03:29
Haunted I’m chilled to every bone I shiver and gasp at the cold Clearly I’ve been taken by the sea And its washing memories over me How long can you take my breath? Tell me is it over yet? Or am I just a castaway? The water’s getting colder The waves are to my shoulders Don’t let it carry me away Haunted I’m slipping on the first and sand And I grasp and I grab and I hold Surely My love will come for me And rescue me from the deep How land can you take my breath? Tell me is it over yet? Or am I just a castaway? The water’s getting colder The waves are to my shoulders Don’t let it carry me away Don’t let it carry me away Don’t let it carry me away Don’t let it carry me away Don’t let it carry me away
4.
What I Say 03:29
I’d say You’re the first one on my mind In front of the line In line I’d say Your blood is so sublime My patience is divine Divine I think you should be listening closely To what I say (And obey) I think you should be listening closely To what I say (And obey) I’d say You can run and you can hide But I’ll find you every time In time And I’d say My bite will make you better There’ll be no regret here I think you should be listening closely To what I say (And obey) I think you should be listening closely To what I say (And obey) Say, Say, Say, Say I think you should be listening closely (I’ll breathe you in, I’ll drink you in) To what I say (And obey) I think you should be listening closely (I’ll breathe you in, I’ll drink you in) To what I say (And obey) (I’ll breathe you in)
5.
Invincible 04:04
Lift your head I'm blood and bone I will transform My will be done Come closer now No need to hide From piercing eyes From death I Rise Ahah ahah You wont defeat me Ahah ahah You wont defeat me Ahhhh ahhh ahhh Invincible Invincible You don’t concern Your spark no fear Don’t play with fire Don’t play at all Don’t test my power You're going to fall I tried to warn you You won’t defeat me Ahah ahah You won't defeat me Ahah ahah You won't defeat me Ahhhh ahhh ahhh Invincible Invincible Ahah ahah You won't defeat me Ahah ahah You won't defeat me Ahhhh ahhh ahhh
6.

about

The world was a very different place when we first began working on the tracks that would make up “Four Walls” in late 2019. Back then, Marselle and I were focused on creating a cinematic-noir sound—songs that were more longing and ethereal with bright and open-ended instrumentation. But then the world changed and we all went into lockdown. Like so many of us, our vision became more confined and anxious, more questioning than focused. Then, while we were all adjusting to life in lockdown, the world was set ablaze by acts of incredible and intolerable injustice … again and again. Our focus shifted from anxiety to anger to resolve. The songs, as originally written, seemed at odds with the times so we returned to the studio.

“Four Walls” is a product of this troubling time. Each song touches on the theme of fighting against the confines that we find ourselves in. To provide an edge to our songs, we added guitars from Mark Gemini Thwait (Peter Murphy/the Mission). His signature guitar sound (and bass/additional drum programming) provided the sense of energy, anger, and motion that we needed to complete this mini album. “Four Walls” also features drums from Wade Alin (Christ Analog) and strings from Maria Grigoryeva on the reimagined “Invincible.”

All tracks were recorded at the Pixie Nest using Ableton Live 10 and Logic Pro. The tracks on this album feature Arturia’s emulations of the legendary Minimoog and Prophet 5, as well healthy doses of Omnisphere’s luscious pads.

We hope our songs find you well and safe and resilient.

-Brian & Marselle

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released June 19, 2020

Marselle Hodges: vocals
Brian Hodges: synths and production
Mark Gemini Thwaite: guitars on tracks 2-5, bass on tracks 2-4, additional drum programming on tracks 2-4.
Wade Alin: additional drums on track 5
Maria Grigoryeva: strings on track 5

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The Blue Hour blends dream pop, synth wave, and industrial with hints of psychedelia, folk, and electronica to create haunting songs, focusing on texture and rhythm and beautiful discord ... and most of all magic.

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