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Dreaming On

by IKO CHÉRIE

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You never gave it to me love Cause I was never good enough For you I tried, baby I tried My best, the best I could To please you, tease you But no You gave it easy to the others Made me feel how they were better For you I learned, baby I learned Now I’ve stopped Trying to please You little tease No more If every song could break your heart Then you would know how much I cared For you I cried baby I cried But this game has been going on For too long You won’t keep me hanging on For too long
2.
Wild Child 04:20
Dark places, we used to hide Stolen kisses, it makes me sad To see you now You’re a wild child When you do the wild things It makes my heart sink I can’t do anything wild Wild child How I wish, I could see through your eyes Let it go for a while Forget it all And be a wild child For when I do the wild things I make your heart sing We can do everything wild Wild child
3.
It’s a gift you have Painting everything black One more sleepless night Waiting for the light now It’s a gift you have Taking everything out Colour me dark
4.
Paris, j’en ai assez je m’ennuie Je voudrais partir en vacances Dans le sud de la France Rouler, les vitres baissées Les lignes blanches qui défilent Quand nous quittons la ville Comme Ferdinand et Marianne Robe rayée rouge et gitanes Emmène-moi sur une île Où nous vivrons en exil Pour quelques jours Jouer à compter les secondes Que nous avons passées ensemble Dans cet endroit désert Comme Ferdinand et Marianne Sans vraiment savoir quoi faire Disque vogue et vague à l’âme Tous les deux face à la mer Pour quelques jours Perdue dans mes pensées Je ne sais plus Si je dois m’enfuir Ou bien rester ici toujours Comme Ferdinand et Marianne Un film noir en couleur Et si l’amour n’était qu’un leurre?
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Dreamin' 02:27
Je rêve, je rêve Voilà que je rêve encore Je rêve, je rêve Profondément endormie Je dors, je dors Oui mais je dois me réveiller Car à chaque fois que je rêve Ça me fait pleurer Quand on vit dans ses rêves Tu le sais On trouve un monde, autre réalité Mais à chaque fois que je rêve ça me fait pleurer Je rêve, je rêve Voilà que je rêve encore Je rêve, je rêve Même si tu me rends heureuse Je dors, je dors Oui mais je dois me réveiller Car à chaque fois que je rêve Ça me fait pleurer Je rêve, je rêve
6.
You will devour me Rotten apples in the garden You go away again Leave me there Dreaming Another Sunday morning Suffocating Drowning in the rain Rotten apples in the garden You go away again Leave me there
7.
Tu me racontes La ménagerie du jardin des plantes Où ton papa t’emmenait Voir les lions enfermés Devant la cage Tu regardais son visage Des idées de liberté partagée Ta main dans sa main serrée Toi qui n’étais pas sage Paris est ton village Sous les pavés la plage Années soixante Tu n’allais plus au jardin des plantes Tu trainais dans les cafés Mais tu n’avais pas changé Jeune fille rebelle Seule dans la ville et belle Tu marchais jusqu’à l’île de la Cité Mains dans les poches l’air décidé Toi qui n’étais pas sage Paris est ton village Sous les pavés la plage Les cinémas Du cinquième, non loin du jardin des plantes Où tu passais tes journées à rêver éveillée Devant l’écran Ton visage éclairé Des idées de liberté partagées Ta main sur ton coeur serré Toi qui n’étais pas sage Paris est ton village Sous les pavés la plage Tu me racontes La ménagerie du jardin des plantes
8.
Comment dis-moi En sommes nous arrivés là? Quand mon coeur s’enlise Découragé par la bêtise Even in the darkest hour There is a spark There is a power Go with your heart go! Crois tu qu’un jour nous ferons demi-tour? Le bonheur s’il existe N’est pas matérialiste Le bonheur? What they make us do Fulfilment is not having things No, I don’t think so! Les trésors de l’enfance Ont perdu toute importance Pourquoi les abandonner? Être à jamais insatisfaits? There is no one to detain you The strength you need is within And even in the darkest hour There is a spark, there is a power Le bonheur what they make us do? Fulfilment is not having things Look inside the joy of living What you wish for is all around you
9.
Flowers for Brian I hear a melody Meant for me Flowers for Brian Beautiful dreamer The healing sound Flowers for Brian When I’ve lost my way I know you’ll stay Flowers for Brian From the river to the sea Meant to be Flowers for Brian When my heart is full of spring
10.
Don’t worry baby for life will be Good to you again Soon And waves will wash away your tears And waves will bring another love So you can dream Dream on and on again They’ll keep saying You’re good for nothing They’ll keep lying It turns them on to make it bad But hold on Don’t worry baby For waves will wash away your tears And waves will bring another love So you can dream Dream on and on again
11.
You used to say Time, it is a line that goes a long way We’re just a sign of love’s infinity But I’m not so sure anymore I can feel like before You used to call me chérie Well days run away And love it fades Are we just scared of this empty space? My heart is black and blue Baby I loved you I hope your dreams come true I think the world of you But my heart is black and blue Anyone can be untrue How could I do this to you When baby I loved you? This mad world is grey And I’ve been lying to myself Maybe we’re just like everybody else... My heart is black and blue Baby I loved you I hope your dreams come true I think the world of you My heart is black and blue Anyone can be untrue For what is love made of? Stardust and teardrops If I set you free This feeling inside of me Grow without you Can it be true? Even the stars, everything good dies But we could be good for a while Isn’t life just a ride? Baby please, hold me tight Let’s just pretend for a while That nothing good dies Not even the stars

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FORMATS: LP [Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies] / CD Digipak / Digital Album

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Marie Merlet was born and raised in Bordeaux, where she maintained a close, continuous relationship with music while she was a film student, playing in various bands and Djing weekly on the local radio station Nova Sauvagine. Everything changed the day she met Laetitia Sadier. At the time, Marie was involved in a thousand projects: a girl-group doing covers from the sixties, a WASHINGTON DC-styled punk combo, and a few experimental electronic ventures. But when the then-singer of STEREOLAB asked her to join MONADE and they started recording and touring together, there was no turning back. Marie traded Bordeaux for London, where she continued her musical journey as part of electronic duo ZOOEY or with the sweet pop of LISBONNE. In 2013, Marie began recording songs on her own in her London home studio under the moniker IKO CHÉRIE, and the result is this “Dreaming On”, an album mixed with SCHNEIDER TM in Berlin and mastered in Barcelona by Xavier Alarcón.

“Dreaming On” is a special album, for a lot of reasons. First, because of its unmistakable pop sensitivity, which argues intelligently between the sweet and the bitter. This first IKO CHÉRIE album is dedicated to dreaming and how it can be so cathartic and so illusory at the same time, making you travel to unknown worlds while also keeping your feet far from the ground. Second, because it is easy to see the musical culture and baggage of an artist who has already played with so many styles, and who puts almost all of them into play on an album that, of course, has so much of her French origins (Françoise Hardy, France Gall, LES PARISIENNES are unarguably influences here). But those sounds are updated with effervescent and nebulous ambiance, spacey lounge or Brazilian music, to name just a few. And third, because her vocal register could be compared to Claudine Longet, Hope Sandoval, Blossom Dearie or Kahimi Karie, with whom she definitely has a lot in common.

With the help of her band mates from MONADE, Julien Gasc and Emma Mario, and Laetitia Sadier’s portentous appearance on the great “Go Now!” Merlet has made an exciting album. Like that opening with “If Every Song Could Break Your Heart” that leads us right into “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is” by Irma Thomas, but giving it a lysergic touch that stays with us for every second of the album. And that’s the point of that cover of SUN RA’s “Dreamin’”. “Wild Child” gives a more organic note to LALI PUNA’s fragile melodies and ambiances, while “Colour Me Dark” leans more towards pristine sixties indie-pop. “Comme Ferdinand Et Marianne” is pure doo-wop, as well as her first incursion into French on the album, which confirms all the connections we mentioned earlier. “Flowers For Brian” is a demonstration of her obsession with Brian Wilson, while “Le Jardin Des Plantes” is an open window to tropicalism, beyond bossa nova. “Good To You Again” is pure, cosmic easy listening, and that incredible final track on the album that is “Even The Stars”, between echoes of soul, rhythm&blues, and aromas of Richard Hawley.

This is definitely one of those unique, special albums, full of magic and seduction.

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released October 16, 2015

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