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The Experimental Shape Of Happiness (LP​/​digital, 2022)

by International Love Corporation

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On A Road 03:28
ON A ROAD I'm on the road Getting a strange reaction Something inside me wants to know Pick up my bags, take off and leave the action Light up the fuses and explode Your dreams will come true Then someone comes and breaks your heart into Don't waste your mind A butterfly will save you every time Give me a week I'm watching the waves reacting no one around me has to know It's all in the mind it's all about love reactions letting the fuses explode Your dreams will come true Then someone comes and breaks your heart into Don't waste your mind A butterfly will save you every time
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STILL BREATHING A freight train crashed into my house the driver said it was his first time out He took a wrong turn at the roundabout a company man came to assess he lit a cigarette he couldn't care lesshe said I'd have to pay to clean the mess But it's alright if we're still breathing we must be alive and there is no way out tonight I found a picture in the road I put it in a book sometime ago before we changed in ways we never know throwing pebbles on the beach before the atmosphere had reached its peak before we got so close we couldn't speak But it's alright if we're still breathing we must be alive and there is no way out tonight Still breathing still breathing we’re still breathing still breathing was still breathing yeah
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TELEPATHY PLANES Telepathy planes We'll find our way home again We'll meet in the night We’’ never be cold again Go to reach my love Reach my love Reach my love On berry topped hills We’’ fly through a golden rain Chrysanthemum hands Will carry us home again Go to reach my love Reach my love Reach my love In the love songs of strangers Through the discord and danger In through a brown mist Empty around it With the wind on our shoulders I wings Will unfold us Meet me in our time meet me in our time Telepathy planes We'll find our way home again We'll meet in the night We’’ never be cold again Go to reach my love Reach my love Reach my love
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One Chance 04:38
ONE CHANCE Love is cold on another day on the light tipped dunes where the children play Bad love stocks and ancient land less love waiting to be found light all the lanterns and let down your hair don't wait for the future we're already there baby we've got one chance to get it right baby we've got one chance to get it right let's get it tonight let's get it tonight let's make love this time tonight and send the world a guiding light we've been too long too far down like shipwrecks waiting to be found tell me you love me tell me you care because if you don't show it’s not really there baby we've got one chance to get it right baby we've got one chance to get it right let's get it tonight let's get it tonight You say there is a Sandman stuck in our heads and if we don't wake up we're already dead baby we've got one chance to get it right baby we've got one chance to get it right baby we’ve got one chance
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Angry Land 03:23
ANGRY LAND I heard you killed for me, to keep the people free And that your story was the one we’d understand But what is history, and what is victory? And does dead man really give a damn In an angry land What is self defence and what is with intent And do you ever do exactly what you plan? What are you fighting for, what's your moral war? Will the last known survivor raise his hand In an angry land The cheap seats are filled with creeps who sell the world their stories And up above 1000 doves are released in a show of glory But there is a corpse on every road There’s a ghost in every home And still the pictures gleam from the TV screen And the people line the street hand-in-hand And those with fortunes cling to the Eagles wing And the world leaves its bullets in the sand Of an angry land
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FEEL MORE NEXT TO ME You can live through magazines Fantasise how it might have been Check your style on the problem page And dream of dates with a pretty babes Big teasers, so get your tweezers You gotta clean your fluff You gotta feel more next to me Feel more next to me I say No no no Do you see the state of the starving eyes ? They end up used as an alibi For not looking this way my friend Did you think of the war would end We all beat the same, we all got a name You Gotta play this game You gotta feel more next to me Feel more next to me Will you can travel in western style And heal the world with your western smile And treat the poor to your pretty face And never feel like you're out of place The outer reaches let's kill the leeches We Gotta make some fuss You gotta feel more next to me Feel more next to me No no no
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IF YOU SAY LOVE Everybody wants to be a leader in their lives And everybody wants to have a point Everybody is looking for a way to ply their trade Trying to live their lives the way they want Everybody needs to have a fighter for their cause A good heart to show them what is right Because there's a lot of charlatans hellbent on revenge Whilst leading all the righteous to the light If you say love I'll follow you I'll make it everything I do I like to touch, I’ll shine the way into the distance If you say love you will find A finer way to reach their minds Of all the people making tracks down the road There's a lot of preachers selling dreams they can't fulfil Trying to force the flock to singalong But when you see a congregation angry and confused You wonder what the hell is going on If you say love I'll follow you I'll make it everything I do I like to touch, I’ll shine the way into the distance If you say love you will find A finer way to reach their minds Of all the people making tracks down the road
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Shetler 05:17
SHELTER Maybe someone is unkind words once filled your mind with doubts The pain you nurse becomes a curse which sometimes you spit out But it doesn't help you it just melts you into a shelter So you try to turn to virtue but you feel it's just a waste Because for every disappointment there’s the bitterest of tastes But it doesn't help you I just propels you into a shelter I wanna try try to do a bit less hating All our problems will repeat but we might just feel some heat from our hearts Are you hearing me? Sometimes things just feel cruel and unkind But if you drive people low then their anger will grow And become their shelter And you can laugh all night But if you don't believe it you won't feel it Different lives and different minds have different kinds of ways And it shouldn't be a problem unless we make us all the same That shit don't help you it just melts you into a shelter Try try try try to do a bit less hating Because we are so manic to compete that I think we've lost the heat from our hearts Are you hearing me? Sometimes we’re just too cruel and unkind Don’t drive people low then their anger will grow And become their shelter Come on come on we all need to feel complete but I think we've lost the heat from our hearts Sometimes we’re just too cruel and unkind Stop driving people low coz their anger will grow And become their shelter
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EVERYONE KNOWS There’s a cold snap we fall back shivering There’s an airborne thought storm closing in Tears on the hilltop love on the run So follow the river under the Sun Through the spinning mills and paddyfields the cavalry On a warm glow rainbow to the sea Before all the reasons before all the words Before all the questions deep in the bones Everyone knows everyone knows everyone knows Sing me a love song and I'll write the words And then we can lay back and forget what we've learned Everyone knows everyone knows everyone knows It's just one step one breath out of here Like the nights first starburst shooting clear Into the future trails in the sky Hundreds of circles thousands of lives And everyone knows everyone knows everyone knows
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INTERNATIONAL LOVE By Christmas the rain was inside me the wind was dragging me down I tried to tell her that we want happening, that the best laid plans fall apart So long so long so long Now I'm making a stand for love international love A quality from above I thank the Lord in love for my undisputed love my international love When the door slammed the day ran away from me And the old world was back in my hands I tried to win her I tried to give the best of me But the wind was dragging me down So long so long so long Now I'm making a stand for love international love A quality from above I thank the Lord in love for my undisputed love my international love Love love love Freedom Run, life will come

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released July 1, 2022

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THE INTERNATIONAL LOVE CORPORATION
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The International Love Corporation is a project formed by former Out of My Hair front man and songwriter Comfort aka Simon Eugene. A roaming collective of musicians that gather together wherever they find an opportunity to do so, the ILC concept started originally as a club in London that itself had its roots in an art led project ‘Western Power Trip’. The ILC has a fundamental philosophy at its roots as the search to find meaning in the common concepts of what love really is and how we relate the understandings in our treatment of each other as people of this world.

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THE ALBUM
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The International Love Corporation is a band and at the same time an ethos. It is as the name suggests, a gathering of people, with a few core members, but anyone can be a part of this. A reaction to all the crap that goes on in the world, that is constant, just with ever changing players. Trying to find the light within the dark. The ILC has moved between countries. Its founder, Simon Eugene aka Comfort, has journeyed across the world with it. Setting up in different continents to create moments of celebration around the concept.

The Experimental Shape of Happiness is an album is about love, of wanting to reach something higher. But if you’re going to preach that message then you have to question first what is love? And then you have to question yourself, about where you are at as a person, because you can’t start singing about these virtuous things without looking at who you are in all of that. So the ILC is about a personal journey and also creating this immensely positive atmosphere of celebration whilst understanding the conflicts within that, recognizing the dark within The light.

This is what the Experimental Shape of Happiness is about. And the song Shelter captures that more than any other.

To create that atmosphere, in its recording, everything had to be done live, old style, the band all set up in one room, everything bleeding into everything else, and just going with it. Nothing fake, nothing programmed. Just the moment of happening. Trust in each other. I think we all believe that each time we get together magic happens, just by the ‘declaration’ of it. The name inspires us to be that, in the moment, just this fantastic bond that exists between anyone who is part of it.

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SIMONE EUGENE
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Songwriter Simon Eugene aka Comfort formed Out of my Hair in the early 90’s when, signed to RCA Records, they had a number of close shaves with the charts, including best known tracks In the Groove Again and Mr Jones. The band built up a loyal following before problems with the label ran the project into the ground. Simon continued to perform as Comfort, then retired from music, then came back to form the International Love Corporation. A prolific writer, he then diverged into film soundtracks, experimental art projects (Western Power Trip) but with so much unreleased material and with some different projects, decided to reform OOMH as a vehicle for his most favourite style of psychedelic pop/folk. Simon also performs solo, still as the ILC with a new album out soon. He is also in heavy demand as a producer and writer for other artists.

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REVIEWS
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"From horn solos to piano flourishes, there is plenty of color added to the guitar, bass and drum canvas. It certainly sounds “British” to my American ear (whatever that means, lol) but that might just be the warm feelings I get from singer Simone Eugene’s sweet vocals. (...) Every song on the album is worth a spin and you’re sure to find some gems if this genre suits your taste. My faves include “Still Breathing,” the lively “If You Say Love,” and the beautiful “Everyone Knows” (was that a sitar? I believe it was!). I also loved the album closer “International Love - Extended Version,” with its soaring vocals and a well-executed all out jam." --- UpToHear (2 Aug 2022) - reviewed by Mark Grider < www.uptohearmusic.com/blog/international-love-station >

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