Monami

by Foreign Diplomats

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $9.99 CAD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Includes unlimited streaming of Monami via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days

      $10 CAD or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Includes unlimited streaming of Monami via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days

      $20 CAD or more 

     

1.
03:57
2.
03:02
3.
03:20
4.
04:08
5.
6.
7.
8.
04:28
9.
03:24
10.
11.

about

This album is about a lot of things. It’s mostly about falling in love and being scared to fall too much. To fall in love with someone, with a place (home), with a city (far from home). But it’s also about poodles and friends (real and imaginary), about snow and apartment seeking, about mental health and fear.

It has been a long time since we released our first record, Princess Flash, and we had time to tour a lot. Some of the songs on Monami were played in shows many times and got to where they are now because we were able to get to know them. Others were written just before we went in the studio so we had to try stuff and develop them right there. Jace Lasek, who produced the album, helped us a lot for that, getting the songs to where they should be, even if it meant trying stuff that probably wouldn’t work. I’m pretty good at having ideas like that. But you have to try in order to get somewhere.

Monami is a brighter record than Princess Flash. It’s closer to our live shows because that’s what we wanted to get. It was fun to be deep and sad but there was a time when I had to try something else, to change the scenery. Why not? Just to sing about something else than heartbreak. So, I wrote about the road, driving, about eating burnt dinner and about owing money.

We had a lot of references and influences when we started building and recording the songs that we wanted on the album. Swans, for the loudness, the heaviness and how fun it is to just be loud sometimes. The War on Drugs and Animal Collective, because they’re awesome. Bill Callahan, because his words are simple yet reach me so deeply. Jenny Hval, because her music is always new for me. Low, listen to Double Negative, daaaaaaamn. Joni Mitchell, because of the sound and songs of Hejira. The Microphones/Mount Eerie, because controlled chaos is awesome. Peter Gabriel and The Cure (and more), because 80s pop music was great, a gold mine of inspiration. Those are just some of the stuff we wanted to reach (we could never reach those but you know what I mean) with Monami and the way I hear them and perceive them is deeply personal. Maybe you’ll listen to these artists and not feel or agree with anything I just wrote and that’s perfect. You shouldn’t!

credits

released June 7, 2019

We are : Thomas Bruneau Faubert : Sequential Circuits Prophet 600, Korg Microkorg, Moog Sub 37, Omnichord, Korg Poly 800, Roland JX-3P, Casio CZ-101, MPC 500, Trombone, screams, vocals / Tony L. Roy : Bass, Acoustic Bass, Moog Sub 37, Saxophone on Demon, Vocals, Apprentice Engineer / Charles Primeau : Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Acoustic Guitar+Bass on City Luv, Korg Minilogue, Vocals / Élie Raymond : Vocals, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar on Demon, Prophet 600, Casio CZ-101, Piano, Acoustic Bass on Adopted Hometown, far away Drums in Frilu  / Lazer Vallières : Drums, percussions.

With : Jace Lasek : Therevox on Road Wage / Marc-Antoine Barbier : Saxophone on Adopted Hometown / Elliot Maginot : Vocals on City Luv, Amafula, Demon, Fearful Flower / Ariel Comtois : Saxophone on Road Wage, Charger & Vocals on Demon, Fearful Flower / Philippe Gauthier Boudreau : Drums on Fearful Flower / Samuel Heppell-Dion : Saxophone on Amafula, Frilu, Fearful Flower / David Aubé : Cello on City Luv / Antoine Gallois : Guitar on You Decide / Émie Leclerc : Vocals on Road Wage, Charger / Ann Provost Richard : Vocals on You Decide /  Guillaume Bisson : Vocals on You Decide, Frilu / Zachary Bleau : Vocals on Adopted Hometown / The “Thursday Night in the Studio” Choir can be heard on You Decide and Fearful Flower: Delphine Lapierre, Delphine Lou Fontaine Picard, Ariel Comtois, Marc-Antoine Barbier, Antoine Gallois, Gautier Villette, Philémon Günter Crête, Tony L. Roy, Thomas Bruneau Faubert, Charles Primeau, Élie Raymond.

Words and music by Élie Raymond / Arranged by Foreign Diplomats / Produced, engineered and mixed by Jace Lasek / Assistant engineer : Antoine Gallois / Recorded in Montreal at Breakglass in June, October and November 2018 and in February 2019 / Except Tender Night : recorded and produced by Ryan Battistuzzi in Montreal, April 2018 / Some of the synths, a couple vocal tracks, the Tender Night piano, percussion in Adopted Hometown and the far away drums in Frilu were recorded at home, February 2017-January 2018 / Mastered by Philip Gosselin at Le Lab Mastering / Artwork by Brice Postma / Layout by Geneviève Baril.

Thanks so so much to Jace for everyyyyything and to everyone who came in to scream and shout, to play, to sit around, to listen. Thanksss to Ryan & Philip. Thanks to Gautier, Franz, Kyria and everyone at Indica. A whole lot of love to our families, our friends and to everyone listening to this record.

Merci mon ami.

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Foreign Diplomats Montréal, Québec

shows

contact / help

Contact Foreign Diplomats

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: Road Wage
I want the night to grow and work
Get you cold enough to change your colors
Get you warm enough to feel desire
Go ahead and wither into something fuller

I’ll be somewhere forgetting how to breathe
Wondering why I had to leave
Getting riled up for nothing more than speed
Then calling my girlfriend to whimper uselessly

Uh uh uh uh uh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Uh uh uh uh uh

I need some air to fill my lungs
I need some air to fill my lungs
Road raging in autumn
Oh no!

I need some air to fill my lungs
I need some air to fill my lungs
Road raging in autumn
Oh no!

Lay me down on this cold bed
Let me ride your strong freeways
As you dream of what you’ll never gain
Saviour of the free world, I noticed you need a change

Uh uh uh uh uh
Oh oh oh oh oh
Uh uh uh uh uh

I need some air to fill my lungs
I need some air to fill my lungs
Road raging in autumn
Oh no!

I need some air to fill my lungs
I need some air to fill my lungs
Road raging in autumn
Oh no!

Oh oh oh oh oh!
Oh oh oh oh oh!
Oh oh oh oh oh!

I need some air to fill my lungs
I need some air to fill my lungs
Road raging in autumn
Oh no!

I need some air to fill my lungs
I need some air to fill my lungs
Road raging in autumn
Oh no!
Track Name: City Luv
So slowly
Your arms fold around me
So quietly
You sing to me
And I scream and I fight
And I’m scared and I’m drunk
And my eyes close and I know I’m done

Take me back in
Leave me hanging
Ohohohoh, Ohohohoh, Ohohohoh
Take me back in
Leave me stranded
Ohohohoh, Ohohohoh, Ohohohoh

So lightly
So beautiful
So deeply
You gain control
And the drugs of the night
And the speed of the ride
I want you, I want you, I want you before I die

Take me back in
Leave me hanging
Ohohohoh, Ohohohoh, Ohohohoh
Take me back in
Leave me stranded
Ohohohoh, Ohohohoh, Ohohohoh
Track Name: Charger
The noise in my dream
Made me stumble out amazed
Perfect whiteness
Great blanket of cold stillness
Hold me closer
Hold me and don’t let me leave
Hold me lightly
Just enough so I don’t leave

I love you too much
And it makes me want to watch you move around
I love you too much
And I never want nobody else around

This noise in my dreams
Made me crawl to find your skin
It’s telling me that
I already lost my charger in your home
Closer to you
Wouldn’t want to be anywhere else
Closer to you
Your voice, your fears, your thoughts, your wool

I love you too much
And it makes me want to watch you move around
I love you too much
And I never want nobody else around

Is that ok?
Is that enough?
‘Cause it is want you want
Oh oh, ohohoh

I love you too much
And it makes me want to watch you move around
I love you too much
And I never want nobody else around
Track Name: Amafula
Tonight the mountains hold
A seeping haze, a sleeping ghost
It may keep me soon
‘Cause of the blue light of the moon

Tonight the children sing
With plastic voices, about pretty young, pretty young things
With cheap sex and hollow truths
They howl at the blue light of the moon

Oh I, oh I, oh I, oh I
Oh I just stopped
Can love be simple and fun?
Can I craft it for you?
So I, oh I, oh I, oh I
Oh I’ll just stop
Amafula, I love you
Amafula, I love you

Ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh
Ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh
Ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh
Ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh

To light this faded voice
With overwhelming noise
It might, it will die soon
‘Cause of the blue light of the moon
Oh oh oh!

Oh I, oh I, oh I, oh I
Oh I just stopped
Can love be simple and fun?
Can I craft it for you?
So I, oh I, oh I, oh I
Oh I’ll just stop
Amafula, I love you
Amafula, I love you
Oh oh oh

Tonight the singer rambles
He’s been told to please more people
He’s wrong but he thinks he’s cool
Under the blue light of the moon

Ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh
Ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh
Under the blue light of the moon
Ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh
Ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh
Under the blue light of the moon
Track Name: You Decide (The Return of)
Floating around the phone
I’d like to hear your voice
I’ll try to come back home
But you know I know I can’t kill no demon

I just watch them prance
I just watch them prance
They’re beautiful stallions
Eh eh eh!
I just watch them prance
I just watch them prance
They’re beautiful stallions
Eh eh eh!

Kiss me if I’m wrong
But there’s something go-go-going on
Kill me if I’m right
But it’s fading away, the light
Ooooh

I just watch you prance
I just watch you prance
You’re a beautiful stallion
Eh eh eh!
I just watch you prance
I just watch you prance
You’re a beautiful stallion
Eh eh eh!

I don’t know what to say
To you, for now, my baby
I don’t know what to say
To you, for now, my baby
I don’t know what to say
To you, for now, my baby
I don’t know what to say
To you, for now, my baby

Just watch me prance
Just watch me prance
I’m a beautiful stallion
Eh eh eh!
Just watch me prance
Just watch me prance
I’m a beautiful stallion
Eh eh eh!
Track Name: Demon (Slamador)
I just want to lie down
Watch you smile
And know that you’re OK
You’re comfortable

Sit with me
Let’s eat what I burned
As you tell me you like it
I’ll talk about nothing

Push away the demon in you and stay with me
Push away the demon in you and stay with me

I recall a girl in school
Claiming I looked mysterious
And how I thought it was cool
But was it meant in a bad way?

My mom showed me a videotape
My baby brother in my arms
I’m pushing away my quiet sister
I haven’t changed that much

Push away the demon in you and stay with me
Push away the demon in you and stay with me

Should I get baptized?
To put all the chances on my side
But what is more real?
The bloody heat of hell or the
Cold
White
Bliss
Of
Heaven

Push away the demon in you and stay with me
Push away the demon in you and stay with me
With me, with me, with me, with me

If I am not alone in this room
(With me, with me, with me, with me)
Show me a sign or something
(With me, with me, with me, with me)
Flicker the light or slam a door
(With me, with me, with me, with me)
I just don’t want to be alone tonight
(With me, with me, with me, with me)
I just don’t want to be alone tonight
I just don’t want to be alone tonight
Track Name: Adopted Hometown
I’m waiting for the moment you tell me:
“Hit the road and don’t look back”
You’re waiting for the moment I tell you:
“I’m hitting the road and won’t come back”
But even if the highway is my baby,
It wants me dead when I’m riding its back
So believe me when I hold you close,
I’m not here to quit; I’ve got your back

I want to shut up ‘cause I’d rather hear your voice
In the darkness of the long long way back home
I want to fall asleep singing softly slowly
In the darkness of the long long way back home

Let’s break everything in our way
Just to find more things to break
Let’s believe things that don’t make sense
‘Cause love sells as much as heartbreak
Let’s have our skin filled with scratch marks
And our hearts about to break
With our adopted hometown
Confining us until we break

I want to shut up ‘cause I’d rather hear your voice
In the darkness of the long long way back home
I want to fall asleep singing softly slowly
In the darkness of the long long way back home

Ahah, ahah, ahah
Ahah, ahah, Ahah

I want to shut up ‘cause I’d rather hear your voice
In the darkness of the long long way back home
I want to fall asleep singing softly slowly
In the darkness of the long long way back home

Oh oh oh oh,
Oh oh oh oh
Track Name: Frilu
I’m tired of going through
The personal space of my future self
Let’s find a place haunted by urban memories
Let’s make ours for a while

It’s not as bad as I make it
It’s not as bad as I see it
It’s home
Wherever you are

We’re swaying kids in the dark
We’re scared kids in the dark

This town’s a dance floor
Let’s praise the dance floor
It’ll save us tonight
We’ve surrendered our faith

The queen’s playing the hits
We don’t control the sounds we make
We don’t control how we move
It’s an out of body experience

It’s not as bad as I make it
It’s not as bad as I see it
It’s home
Wherever you are

Swaying kids in the dark
Scared kids in the dark

Create my carbon feel
Shape my nylon guts
Tell me what you want me to be
Taste my cheap skin
Take me as I am
But first tell me what you want me to be

This town’s a dance floor
Let’s praise the dance floor
The queen’s playing the hits
We don’t control the sounds we make

It’s not as bad
Track Name: Tender Night
Tell me I’m lazy
Make me think as I go back to sleep
Questioning the value of original ideas
But I’m falling apart
And I can understand why you want the return of the queen
I’m drifting away, drifting away, drifting away
Forgetting names
Losing face
And my crumbling faith

Tender night
I want you for myself
Hold me tight
Tender night
I want you for myself
Hold me tight

Go back
Running in place, make all your peers wait
Go back
Soaking up in the slick lives of strangers
Go back
Amalgamating, consuming
Go back
Adding too much
Add three, add another one
Take me
Take another one
Watch me lure your heart in

Tender night
I want you for myself
Hold me tight
Tender night
I want you for myself
Hold me tight

Disappear in the cold of the light
Oh oh oh
‘Cause it is too much at the same time
Disappear in the cold of the light
Oh oh oh
It’s always too much at the same time

Tender night
I want you for myself
Hold me tight
Tender night
I want you for myself
Hold me tight
Track Name: How Cool Is That ?
I’m getting out of the city tonight
Don’t want to get back to war
I’ll follow the colors of the sky
I’ll follow neon-lit cars

How cool is that?

Fleeing wealthier men
Claiming to be good in bed
But can’t fall in love
‘Cause all of it goes into their sweat

How cool is that?
How cool is that?

I, I forget I want to leave
Lying in your arms
And I forget I want to leave
Lying in your arms

Ah ah ah,
Ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah

And now I just want to leave
But I still owe my enemies too much
They’re in it for the money
They’re in it for the brass full of rust

How cool is that?
How cool is that?

I, I forget I want to leave
Lying in your arms
And I forget I want to leave
Lying in your arms

Ouh ouh ouh,
Ouh ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh ouh
Ouh ouh ouh ouh, ouh ouh ouh ouh
Track Name: Fearful Flower
Smoke in the dark
Bad breath and thick blood
Ahahahahah
We listen to your stories
As real as they are fake
Ahahahahah
They scare us to the bone
‘Cause dreaming is a sin
Ohohohohoh

Get us out of our lives
Get us out of our world

Flying boat, where will you land?
When will you land?
Demon, hold us up
Take us dancing
Take us moving
Beautiful story
Take me to sleep
Save my homeland

Ma fleur
Oh oh
Je t’aime à la folie
Mais tu as peur de ton ombre

If you like Foreign Diplomats, you may also like: