"Foot Of The Mountain" by A-ha (2009)

Le a-ha Nouveau Est Arrivé!

Foot of the Mountain est le neuvième album studio du groupe norvégien a-ha.
Le son de l'album marque un retour vers la "Synthpop" qui a rendu le groupe célèbre dans les années 80. Magne Furuholmen, claviériste, décrit l'album ainsi: "C'est une album qui intègre les éléments clés qui définissaient le groupe à ses débuts; les voix planantes, un son synthétique accrocheur, des paroles pleines de désirs et les mélodies mélancoliques. L'album est sorti le 19 Juin 2009.

1. "The Bandstand"
(Waaktaar-Savoy/Furuholmen) - 4:02

You stand in the doorway,
A block up the street
Ringing the doorbell
There's tapping of feet
High yellow hair
And a worn brown suit...
Enter, and break the news
Now tell me the story
I give it the time
No need to worry
Everything's fine
I'll take you away
From this name-calling scene
Sure... You can bring your magazine
Cold and windblown on the old bandstand
You and I walking hand in hand
A neon glow-shining
Down on us
Don't wait up for us
Don't wait up for us
Now tell me the story
I'll give it the time
When you stop looking
Then you will find
I'll take you away
From this name-calling scene
Just bring your magazine
Cold and windblown on the old bandstand
You and I walking hand in hand
A neon glow-shining
Down on us
Don't wait up for us
Don't wait up for us
Cold and windblown on the old bandstand
You and I walking hand in hand
A neon glow-shining
Down on us
Don't wait up for us

2.
"Riding the Crest"
(Waaktaar-Savoy/Furuholmen) - 4:16

You search your mind
That's what it's there for
Check all the whys'
And all the wherefores'
In you mind
You're tall and and brave
Riding the crest
Of a high and beautiful wave
You make your movements known
And where you want to be
And everybody knows
That's how it's got to be
In the sheltered morning sun
In the sheltered morning sun
Internally
You make your own rules
You have excuses
The ones that you choose
In the end
You're deem unsafe
Riding the crest
Of a high and beautiful wave
You make your movements known
And where you want to be
And everybody knows
That's how it's got to be
In the sheltered morning sun
In the sheltered morning sun
There comes a time
You don't even know what's missing
Some sugar to make the pill go down
You need a line
A push in the right direction
Some sugar to make the pill go down
True
True to form
True to pre-existing norms
Truly wasted
At a rave
Riding the crest
Of a high and beautiful wave
Riding the crest
Of a high and beautiful wave
You make your movements known
And where you want to be
And everybody knows
That's how it's got to be
In the sheltered morning sun

3. "What There Is"
(Waaktaar-Savoy/Furuholmen) - 3:42

Empty glass
Gets another round
Squeaky chair
Makes another sound
There is a gentle breeze
Playing in your hair
Come take a bow
While you're still
All there
It's what it is
It's what it was
And what will be here
After us
There is no memory
There is no recall
No recollection
At all
Your dark glasses
Sliding down your nose
Bring these proceedings
To a close
It's what there is
It's what it was
And what will be here
After us
Your dark glasses
Sliding down your nose
Bring these proceedings
To a close
It's what it is
(You can make it all worthwhile)
It's what it was
(You can lend yourself some style)
And what will be here
(You can give them all the reasons)
After us
(All the facts that you have seasoned)
It's what there is
(You can hear them hoot and holler)
It's what it was
(As you come across a scholar)
And what will be here
(You can set your name in lights)
After us
(You can make two wrongs a right)
Ooohhhh
(You can make it all worthwhile)
(You can lend yourself some style)
(You can give them all the reasons)
(All the facts that you have seasoned)
(You can hear them hoot and holler)
(As you come across a scholar)

4. "Foot of the Mountain"
(Waaktaar-Savoy/Furuholmen/M. Terefe) - 3:56

Keep your clever lines
Hold your easy rhymes
Silence everything
Silence always wins
It’s a perfect alibi
There’s no need to analyze
It will be all right through the longest night
Just silence everything
But we could live by the foot of a mountain
We could clear us a yard in the back
Build a home by the foot of the mountain
We could stay there and never come back
Learn from my mistake
Leave what others take
Speak when spoken to
And do what others do
Silence always wins
So silence everything
It will be all right in the morning light
Just silence everything
But we could live by the foot of a mountain
We could clear us a yard in the back
Build a home by the foot of the mountain
We could stay there and never come back
We could stay there and never come back
You know it
We could leave tonight
But we could live by the foot of a mountain
We could make us a white picket fence
Build a home by the foot of the mountain
We could stay there and see how it ends
We could stay there and see how it ends
We could stay there and see how it ends

5.
"Real Meaning"
(Waaktaar-Savoy/Furuholmen) - 3:38

Don't change me
I'm gonna break if you try
Don't change you
You know the tears
I'm gonna cry
And I sure will
Miss us when we're gone
You're the real meaning of the sun
It shows you off to everyone
You're the real meaning of the sun
It shows you off to everyone
The real meaning
I want the real meaning
Don't fix me
It breaks my heart
To see you try
Don't fix you
And leave me for
Some other guy
And I sure will
Miss us when we're done
You're the real meaning of the sun
It shows you off to everyone
You're the real meaning of the sun
It shows you off to everyone
When I'm thinking about you fondly
Then I'm thinking about the only
Real meaning of the sun
Of the sun
Of the sun
Of the sun
You're the real meaning of the sun
It shows you off to everyone
You're the real meaning of the stars
That guides me to the place you are
The real meaning, yeah
I want the real meaning, mmh
The real meaning
I want the real meaning, yeah

6.
"Shadowside"
(Waaktaar-Savoy) - 4:55

The shadowside
You say I have
Is making everything
Go bad
You say I don't
Care enough
For all the things that
I have got
But I do
And I will
I don't want to see myself descend
Into the shadowside again
If you ever let me go again
In the shadowside I'll end
The shadowside
Where I go
I'm never where
I'm needed so
You say I don't
Give enough
That I don't care for
All I've got
But I do
And I will
I don't want to let myself descend
Into the shadowside again
If you're letting go of me again
In the shadowside I'll end
But I do
And I will
Yes I will
I don't want to let myself descend
Into the shadowside again
If you're letting go of me again
In the shadowside I'll end

Version Single et vidéo.



7.
"Nothing Is Keeping You Here"
(Waaktaar-Savoy) - 3:16

The lights change on the hill
The air seems strangely still
Everyone's asleep
The floorboards creak at dawn
As you walk out on the lawn
The grass is wet beneath
You think it rather strange
You think it rather weird
It's fair to say that
Nothing is keeping you here
Nothing is keeping you here
Nothing is keeping you here
The phone is off the hook
As you sink into a book
You don't know where you are
From the world detached
Unto a girl you latched
It never got too far
And everybody's down
And everybody cares
It's fair to say that
Nothing is keeping you here
Nothing is keeping you here
Nothing is keeping you here
And everybody talks
And everybody stares
You knew your day to shine
Would come without you here
Come without you here
Nothing was keeping you here
Here...
Nothing is keeping you here

8. "Mother Nature Goes to Heaven" (Waaktaar-Savoy) - 4:07

Wrong
You never got it wrong
You always got it right
But now some time has passed;
You're ever so slightly off
Things you could do asleep
In a not too distant past,
Are trying your patience
Harder now
And though
Everything moves along
You hope that the rumour's wrong
That Mother Nature
Goes to Heaven
Right
You never got it right
It always got away
When you had it nailed
It was ever so slightly off
Sending you somewhere else
Than where you had to be
Making it back is much
Harder now
And though
You're struggling to get on track
It pales somewhat to the fact
That Mother Nature
Goes to Heaven
And there will be no sadder day
When all the birds
Have flown away
I'm trying your patience harder now
And though
Everything moves along
You hope that the rumour's wrong
That Mother Nature
Goes to Heaven
Mother Nature
Goes to Heaven

9. "Sunny Mystery"
(Furuholmen) - 3:30

You can run through every forest

You can sail the seven seas
You can climb the highest mountain
To try dissolve these memories
In case you never knew it
You can't undo it
You can jump of the edge of the world
(These things you'll never find)
Hide out in some monestary
(Out of sight and out of mind)
Lose your mind in meditiation
(These things you'll never find)
And never put your mind at ease
(Out of sight and out of mind)
You think you're running to it
But you are wading through it;
A sunny mystery
You think you're running to it
But you are wading through it;
A sunny mystery
A sunny mystery
Life is the dream that you wake up to
(These things you'll never find)
Dreams are the life from which you wake
(Out of sight and out of mind)
Everybody makes the extra effort
(These things you'll never find)
Never knowing what to do
(Out of sight and out of mind)
But you know the answer
Yeah, you know the score
It feels just like before
It's a sunny mystery
And that's how it's got to be
Because no-one knows for sure
The outcome of this
Sunny mystery...

10. "Start the Simulator"

(Waaktaar-Savoy) - 5:17

Start the simulator
Controllers, listen up
What's your status, Guidance?
Let's take it from the top
Coming up on docking
The beginnings of a tear
Clearing the tower
We take to the air
Start the simulator
Give your tanks a stir
The bright ejecta blanket
All is in a blur
Switch to Omni Bravo
B Bus under volt
Roll right to zero
Steady as she goes
We're gonna fly so high
Into the rendered sky
We're gonna be all right
Inside the endless night
Start the simulator
I.S.O. valves are gray
EDS to manual
Translation looks okay
Save it for the splash down
Things you want undone
You're in command now
Your home away from home
You're in control now
Now you're on your own
Now you're on your own
You're in control
You're in control

Morten Harket: vocals
Magne Furuholmen: keyboards, vocals
Paul Waaktaar-Savoy: guitars, vocals


  • Aux dernières nouvelles, l'album devrait finalement sortir en France.
  • Pour se procurer l'album, voir les magasins ou sites internet spécialisés dans la commande import (ci-dessous).

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En 2007, lors d'un entretien avec la chaîne de télévision norvégienne Tromsø, Paul Waaktaar-Savoy exprimait la frustration qu'il ressentait quant au temps que ça prenait pour produire quelque chose de nouveau avec le groupe: "Notre problème c'est qu'on est jamais prêt au même moment. En ce moment j'ai vraiment envie d'avancer sur le nouvel album. Je raconte à tout le monde qu'il va sortir l'année prochaine et qu'il va être génial. Mais les deux autres, bien sûr, se lancent encore dans leurs projets solos et veulent en faire leurs priorités".

Les projets personnels des membres du groupe ont donc repoussé de 4 ans l'enregistrement de la suite de l'album Analogue. Savoy, le groupe de Paul a sorti Savoy Songbook Vol. 1, Magne a sorti son second album A Dot of Black in the Blue of Your Bliss and Morten son second album en anglais Letter from Egypt. Et bien que le groupe n'arrête pas d'enchainer les tournées entre 2005 et 2008, il n'est pas question de se mettre à enregistrer. Finalement, l'album est enregistré en peu de temps, entre janvier et mai 2009 avec Steve Osborne et Roland Spremberg à la production.

Le titre "Riding The Crest", que Paul Waaktaar-Savoy appelle "un électro-blues", est largement inspiré par Arcade Fire et leur album Neon Bible. Principal auteur compositeur sur l'album, Waaktaar-Savoy s'est aussi inspiré des changements d'environnement qui divisent son temps entre New York City et Oslo.

La mélodie, les accords et l'humeur de 'Shadowside' est assez typiquement norvégienne.

'The Bandstand' me rappelle mon premier voyage à New York au début des années 80, avant que a-ha ne devienne célèbre. Les chansons sont comme un album photos, elles peuvent vraiment vous faire remonter le temps. Et celle-ci me fait penser à mon arrivée à Port Authority avec $35 en poche, des cheveux jaunes très clairs, presque transparents, une chemise au motif tigré et un costume marron, qui me donnaient l'air d'un extraterrestre!"

La chanson titre, 'Foot of the Mountain', examine l'un des conflits fondamentaux de la vie moderne, l'attrait de la nature et des grandes villes: pour Paul, c'est l'excitation de New York City contre la beauté et l'isolement de la Norvège. "C'est le dilemme d'aimer la vie urbaine tout en se demandant secrètement si nous ne serions pas plus heureux d'être entourés par de grands champs et de vastes montagnes".

Le titre "Real Meaning" est inspiré d'un jour où Waaktaar-Savoy est rentré chez lui pour n'y trouver que que son répondeur automatique.

L'idée derrière "Start the Simulator" était de faire une chanson venant du coeur en n'utilisant que des termes et expressions techniques tout en préservant un aspect émotionnel et personnel. On retrouve une telle poésie dans les vieux manuels d'Apollo manuals: "switch to Omni Bravo" et "the bright ejector blanket."


Le visuel de l'album a été conçu par Martin Kvamme, qui a déjà travaillé sur des projets du groupe et des membres en solo. Stian Andersen, Guy Berryman, Istockphoto et Helge Kvamme ont fourni les photos de la pochette intérieure.
Martin Kvamme a parlé de son inspiration pour la pochette en ces termes : "Dans ce cas là, le titre de l'album a pas mal aidé. Je sais qu'il s'agit d'une image poétique et qu'ils ne parlent pas forcément d'une montagne, mais nous voulions quelque chose de simple et majestueux.
C'est pourquoi nous l'avons faite assez abstraite. C'est une photo de la montagne Kyrkja (l'église) à Jotunheimen en Norvège. A l'intérieur on y retrouve d'autres images de la nature norvégienne dans un style collage. Mais de manière générale, je suppose que l'inspiration vient de l'idée globale de l'album, sa production, ses compositions et son écriture, plutôt que de son titre."



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