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1.
12:18
and there she was we were happy it seemed ancient and I saw snow snow white as ever but here we were and I was sinking I recognise I'm able I'm doubtful I'm afraid how come I sometimes struggle that much how come I sometimes don't like them that much
2.
05:30
the shipper turned around he was a very brittle man he mumbled a bit about redemption i tried to reach him he was absent he knew he was alone and i stayed there i stayed there my thoughts often drift to to tropical settings where i’ve never been to the silence engulfs me all temporary and endless we can fly or stare
3.
07:11
back at the station on a warm afternoon there's nobody here except an exactly well dosed number of nostalgic looking travelers she tickles my hands i open up and feel safe embracing the little creatures tapping them on the shoulders teaching them to walk we're happy to shelter them make them travel we're sailing the world seems bigger without strange faces around you i wanted to be carried away again i was full time myself sliding over the clouds enjoyed, enjoyed
4.
11:21
embarrassment you bore me... yesterday i was there again i'm often annoyed it's not ok i shouldn't be like that i’m sitting at the first row not getting happy of what i see i get up I decide to stay calm it would be ok in the end i dive into her eyes vulnerable but facing things diving in (battling) (but never avoiding) (daring) (but drawn into) does a bird dream about a good walk? a girl beckons me she's the only one with colored hair sometimes brown, blue and yellow i want to go here and tomorrow i will hit you tomorrow i'll hit you again and again full consciousness, again
5.
12:30
i'm staring across the polar sea and i can see far while he's got a monster in his head forces him to lie down on the floor to gnaw on iron rods and she she put herself in a prison once but she let herself being convicted to proof herself wrong they're busy, compliantly and i’m no longer there but, i can still see it it’s not far away but, i don't want and i just can't return they're busy, compliantly

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The Obelisk:
“…Not knowing turns out to be half the fun of Hover itself – not knowing that, not knowing what Berends is going to do around the next turn as each track builds, not knowing where all this noise is leading as the swirls and riffs of “Green” close out. Layers careen, appear and disappear throughout, but the wide open structures and creative sensibility remain consistent and tie Hover together as an intricate work of exploratory psychedelia.”

MRD:
“…emotional elements and soundscape torment which some listeners have come to expect from the likes of Giles Cory, the solo project of Dan Barret from Have a Nice Life. It’s colourful with ambient recordings, and above all ”Dark” is interesting; fully worth the 11 and a half minute duration of varied post-rock recordings patched together.”

Gonzo (circus):
“… ‘Hover’ is één lange gedachtengang, een trein die doordendert in het holst van een vreeswekkende nacht. De traag opwolkende gitaarpartijen en de slepende zang in ‘Deep’ doen denken aan de vroege Sonic Youth, maar in de details die hij rond deze kern plooit, zoals de kermende slide en een hint van fluisteringen, toont hij een heel eigen gezicht. Hevig vibrerende gitaren die de zang versluieren, roepen in 'Dark’ beelden op van bezetenheid met een onverholen dreiging van geweld. Wanneer die dreiging uitgesproken wordt, is dat met kalme stem in een welluidende omheining van sussende gitaarklanken. 'Hover’ lijkt met betrekkelijk eenvoudige middelen in elkaar gezet, maar Berends heeft er hoorbaar met zorg aan gewerkt. Dit is liefdevol geconstrueerde horror. Voer voor oren die kunnen bogen op een sterke maag. ”

Nieuwe Noten:
“…Ook in het slotnummer ‘Green’ valt op hoe goed de gitaarklanken, het gebruik van elektronica en van veldopnames, die zoals het CD boekje aangeeft werkelijk overal zijn gemaakt, bij elkaar passen en één geheel vormen. Zeker naar het einde toe maakt het ‘Green’ tot een enerverende luisterervaring.

Na beluistering van dit album is er maar één conclusie mogelijk: Lend me your underbelly is, sinds zijn debuutalbum, nog beter geworden. Want ‘Hover’ is een coherent, hecht en zeer intens werkstuk. Poëtisch en donker, soms zelfs huiveringwekkend. Een werkstuk ook dat zich pas na meerdere luisterbeurten volledig openbaart.”

Dark Entries:
“..De muziek straalt iets donkers, melancholisch en soms dissonants uit. Het openingsnummer ‘Everything’ begint als een semi-acoustische song met field recordings sounds. Halfweg krijgt de song een meer repetitief en experimenteel karakter. Zo krijgen we vijf songs die niet de doorsnee structuur van een normale song hebben en waar ruimte voor improvisatie en experiment is gelaten. Niet iedereen zal dit kunnen smaken maar wie hier voor openstaat komt eventjes in een andere wereld terecht.”

Kulturterrorismus:
"Komplexität anstatt Stringenz eröffnen die 5 „Hover“ Kompositionen, deren Atmosphären melancholische Verträumtheit implizieren, welche nicht direkt im Erstkontakt mitnehmen, aber spätestens im zweiten Hördurchlauf ansprechen. Grund dafür sind die unzählige Feldaufnahmen aus der kompletten Welt, die für Ablenkung bzw. Aufmerksamkeit sorgen. Heißt im Endeffekt, dass LEND ME YOUR UNDERBELLY einen sehr detaillierten Soundtrack kreierte, der einige Evaluierungen benötigt, um sämtliche Nuancen zu erfassen. Anspieltipp? Insgesamt ein großartiges Hörerlebnis, wenn sie/ er über ausreichend Zeit verfügt, ansonsten zu verquast & facettenreich."

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released April 25, 2015

Music and lyrics are written, arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered by Lend me your underbelly

Field recording samples were taken at various places in the Netherlands, Dresden, Berlin, Prague, Le Grand-serre, Enzerdorf an der Fischa, Honolulu, Seatle, Oregon and Washington. Samples from Honolulu, Seatle, Oregon and Washington were recorded by Emine Korkmaz.

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Lend me your underbelly is the solo project of Christian Berends from the Netherlands. The music is written through improvisation and experiment, and contains elements of experimental rock and psychedelic rock, soundscapes, together with a bit of noise, which often take place in an atmospheric setting. Loud expressive, or approaching silence. Guitar, field recordings, vocals, midi triggered samples and instruments, loopers and other tools are used to explore the boundaries between improvisation, studio recordings, and performing on stage.

Contact/bookings:
Christian Berends//Lend me your underbelly
info@lendmeyourunderbelly.com
www.lendmeyourunderbelly.com

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Lend me your underbelly is a one-man-band from the Netherlands. The music written through improvisation and experiment, consisting of elements that are linked to experimental and psychedelic rock, often taking place in atmospheric settings, together with a pinch of noise. ... more

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