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Bottle Rockets

by Kim Janssen

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Kim Janssen's first new single, 'Bottle Rockets', is as hushed as the Faroe Island scenery in its video is wild and majestic. A sparse piano filters through a shiny haze of synthesizers and Kim's baritone can be heard up close, quiet and clear, singing about dragon eggs, rockets and Hummingbird cake. Near the end he is joined by a small host of angelic voices, one of them belonging to Marla Hansen, who has made memorable appearances on Kim's earlier work aswell as on records by Sufjan Stevens and The National.
It is a simple song, one that conjures nostalgic scenes of lights and voices in the backyard, superstitious nights of hide and seek with the neighbor kids, sparklers and birthday cake.
While the fires transform into showers of light and the candles are blown out, at the same time, we are somewhere else, floating over empty stretches of road and wild coastlines and watching the shapes of the land and the sea blur and overflow.

‘Bottle Rockets’ is the first song by Kim Janssen since his last album ‘Ancient Crime’ and related EP ‘The Lonely Mountains’ released in 2012 and 2013.


I carry out the chairs
And find the colored lights in the garden shed
There are boxes on the stairs
Full of rockets and dragon eggs

Are you scared to sleep out on the grass by the pool?
Where the spirits move in the water
That you'll wake up and it's already dark
And you're suddenly much older

You hear the kids in the yard
Coming back from the neighbours
You wonder if one day
They will become strangers

The fires rise up from their little hands
And transform in the sky into showers of light
I'll find your hummingbird cake and the blue raspberry jam
We'll fry our brains on a sugar-high

Tie your feet, or you'll shoot off in the night
With the violet balloons
And the mighty wolf blows the candles out
And howls to the moon


released December 9, 2016


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Snowstar Records Utrecht, Netherlands

Snowstar Records is a Dutch indie-label since 2003.

Artists: Kim Janssen / Herrek / I am Oak / Town of Saints / LUIK / Bart van der Lee / The Secret Love Parade / The Subhuman / Lost Bear / broeder Dieleman / Ian Fisher / The Fire Harvest ... more

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