They Don't Love You Back

by Robert Rotifer

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"How I accidentally made my new album:

A good cause can be a really good cover for musical self-indulgence.
For my part, I've always wanted to do one of those long-form psychedelic song suites with playful bits, recurring motifs, extended hypnotic bits and found sound segués.

So when John "Jerv" Jervis of Wiaiwya Records asked me to contribute to this year's edition of his "Seven at 77" series of 77-minute tracks by seven artists compiled in a 7-CD set (or as a single CD or as poster with a download or just as a download) in aid of Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), I took that as my chance to fulfill that teenage dream, if a few decades late.

In order to get my piece done by the deadline, the plan was to record everything at the moment of writing, don't overthink, always use the first idea, then when I was about half the way through, I would see how it all fits together and write some more to make it all join up.

So I didn't plan for what it was going to be about, but apart from the one tune in it that is about Jerv (you'll have to spot that one yourself), inevitably, it turned out to be a piece about my experience of Brexit from the perspective of a European immigrant.

I wrote most of it in between my working on my journalism and trying and partly failing to translate last year's German, equally Brexit-themed "Über uns" album (on Charlie Bader and Ernst Molden's label Bader Molden Recordings) into English.

I'd like to think it's not moany or self-pitying, and to counteract the bitterness in the title I've drawn a completely non-Brexit-related picture of our rabbits for the cover/A3 poster.
Because you always think they love you back, and then they eat all the most beautiful flowers while you're not looking.

Anyway, it was going to be just a project on the side, but it's turned out to be my new album. A double album, really. So I'd love you to hear it."


released July 7, 2018


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