Nuit Blanche

by Marc Farre

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Michael Barron
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Michael Barron Marc is so present, beyond just being in the room, it's like he's singing a few inches from your ear; reassuring, soothing, perhaps, but also a little disturbing, but then soothing again. Superb! Favorite track: As I Lay Dreaming.
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Chazaloo In addition to the seductive melodies, lyrics that speak to all the questions that bubble in my subconscious, and the whole musical mise-en-scène, I love the mood this album conjures up for me, which I would describe as quiet ecstasy. Favorite track: As I Lay Dreaming.
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onegoodear I've had Nuit Blanche on repeat for over a week, while driving thru the late winter leafless mountain landscape - somewhat removed from the sheer balm that comes off this record, yet somehow perfect. The record has some of my fave things happening - the hermetic intimacy of Cale's Paris 1919, the restrained passion of solo Peter Hammill, and the ephebic lilt of Sufjan Stevens. Thank you for this record Marc. Favorite track: Night Song.
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1.
as i lay dreaming, deep in the deepness of night dreaming, dreaming flowers grew out of my eyes hot sun, cool night, singing a song in disguise reverse the moonlight throw it back up to the skies suddenly blazing, right there before my eyes was a shape amazing silver wings spread wide (silent star, secret star, burning through the night) singing, singing, flying all over my house as i lay dreaming flowers fell out of her mouth heavenly night, heavenly light flowing so wild all through this night radiant screen, life is a dream life is a silver scream when evening gardens sing of the sweetness divine singing, teaching the birds are all speaking in rhyme (silent star, secret star, burning through the night fiery star, living star, hiding out in plain sight tonight) then darkness was broken, and flowers fell out of the sky broken wide open and we're drinking the nectar of night heavenly light, hold me so tight, hold me so close, all through the night all through the scene, life is a scream, life is a silver dream as i lay dreaming, singing a song in disguise dreaming, dreaming flowers grew out of my eyes
2.
under the cloak of night under the heavy light under the bath of stars under the song of mars under a pilgrim sky hundreds of years gone by i lost my head i lost my bed i lost the things we did and said i lost the words i lost the song so long… under the pregnant light the transfigured night i lost the day i lost my way i lost the things i used to say i lost the time i lost the rhyme i lost my mind and i stand here today beneath the infinite ray and i am sighing, flying, trying sighing, trying, dying sighing, dying, flying through the infinite night good night... good night... i lost my head i lost my bed i lost the things we did and said i lost the day i lost my way i lost the things i used to say i lost the fall i lost the wall i lost the call i lost it all i lost the time i lost the rhyme i lost my mind
3.
at last i am free is this who i came here to be at last i can see what about me? a world gone insane running around in my brain we’re drunk on the pain that i can see life is a blast until you fall on your ass at last i am free oh really? oh really? but i can’t hide and i can’t see and i can’t lie so what’ll i be this time when the night covers me what’ll i do what’ll i say this time i’m alive i am free i am here i am me
4.
Night Song 06:44
highway, highway at night in the middle of my way my way, all right in the middle of time on time on my side in the middle of life life is, life is a dream in the middle of love song love song supreme in the middle of night on the radio tonight night song, night song inside in the middle of life song life song a ride on the highway tonight on the highway < incantation > the road, the signs on the road the words on the signs on the road the lights on the words on the signs on the road the cars from the lights on the words on the signs on the road driving home late across the state thinking of you one hand on my heart one hand on the wheel one hand on the dial one hand on the night thinking of you driving home late across the state the window’s open, it’s very late thinking of you and the filling station man looks like a friend you used to know you thought he was dead years ago dead like a thing on the road driving home late across the state thinking of you highway, highway at night in the middle of my way my way, all right and the taste of the night song night song tonight oh the taste of the night on the highway tonight
5.
hey, hey, hey is that you? cause i mean it’s way, way, way overdue everything is strange, strange, stranger than new everything is different hi, hi, how do you do? i’ve been waiting ages, ages, ages for you everything is different, different, different tonight everything is shining… what I see and what I do tonight what I feel I feel for you tonight in the distant distance, nearing it all listen listen, hearing it all I do and all I see and i am you and you are me high, high, high in the sky ain’t there something wild, wild up there tonight ain’t the stars all singing, singing, singing in tune everything is dancing for you hey, hey, hey is that you? cause i mean it’s way, way, way overdue everything is shining, shining, shiny and new and i’m like a child, wild, flying to you
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I’m here long before morning wide awake, three in the morning I stand on the side of the highway I see the lights in the distance I’m here three in the morning and i watch you standing here, three in the morning and i watch you, i watch you last night i had the strangest dream we were sleeping in a stream in the silence of the day in the steel beams by the bay the last time, last time the last time I change my mind stories and sorrys and songs that got left behind all this heaviness tonight breaking up before the light I walk out on the highway and i want you I sit alone on the subway and i want you, i want you I ask a million questions and i want you, and i want you I make a million suggestions and i want you, and i want you I have a splitting headache and i want you, yes i need you I have a raging heartache says i love you, yes i love you all this heaviness and pain wash away just like the rain and the whisper in the trees and the light that starts to breathe
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Dreamlike, cinematic, and intensely beautiful, Nuit Blanche was recorded over three days and nights at the legendary jazz studio La Buissonne (near Avignon, France) with a cast of celebrated French jazz musicians.

"A tender touch of Donovan and Leonard Cohen, impeccably captured and 20 years in the making. Marc Farre's Nuit Blanche is the perfect Sunday morning album."
- Bob Boilen (host of NPR's All Songs Considered)

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released February 21, 2021

recorded at Studios La Buissonne (Pernes-les-Fontaines, France), August 2002

produced and mixed by Gérard de Haro
mastered by Nicolas Baillard and Jeffrey Norman
deepest thanks to: Gérard, Petra Gehrmann, Carole Rowley

all songs (c) (p) 2021 Marc Farre (BMI)

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“In the company of European-influenced musicians like Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, and Nick Cave. A throaty voice, highly poetic lyrics and a kinetic band behind him. Compelling.”

— William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

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