BUeC (Bideshi Uebersetzungs Collective)

by T.L. Mazumdar

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''When I heard the songs of the album BUeC for the first time, T.L. Mazumdar's music defied my expectations in a most positive way. The tune's carefully crafted sounds seemed to emerge from opposing polarities of electronic music as well as the Indian classical realm. Upon listening, it is in fact the lyricism in his voice that generates the necessary gravity which ultimately allows these worlds to co-exist harmoniously. The outcome is a beautiful collage of sound-scapes, trance like grooves and above all SPACE. His use of space allows the listener to dive into an intimate world, both delicate and powerful, contemplative and expressive. In a time where so much social and cutural pathology pushes into the foreground , where aggressive sounds demand attention and the stress of modern life seems ever present, BUeC transports the listener into a zone one step removed from it all, just enough to gain the necessary perspective.''

--Kai Eckhardt, Liner Notes for BUeC

T.L. on BUeC

BUeC is an attempt to bring worlds together. I grew up on three continents and four countries. On one level this album tries to illustrate the trials and tribulations of being a Third Culture Kid through autobiographical instances used to touch upon cultural issues like uprootedness, isolation, eastern and western philosophies/psychology and drastic differences in the way human relationships can be treated in various societies.

On another plain, it's a sincere effort to act as a bridge between the apparently different worlds Singer-Songwriters, Jazz musicians, Indian Classical musicians and Electronic musicians move within. Each song is a tribute to culture; musical or social where aesthetics, compositional symmetry and performance draw influences from planets that often tend to flow in orbits oblivious to each other.

This is an attempt for me not to get lost in translation with myself.

'Bideshi' (Bengali) = 'Foreign'
'Uebersetzung' (German) = 'Translation'
'Collective' (English) = 'A Unit Of Organisation'
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released May 1, 2014

Written/Arranged/Produced by T.L. Mazumdar
Recorded in Mannheim, Kolkata, Amsterdam, Miami and Seattle.
Mixed by T.L. Mazumdar
Vocal Post-Production/Mixes: Andreas Ohnhaus
Mastered by Taylor Deupree, 12k Mastering, New York.

T.L.Mazumdar:Vocals/Piano/Keys/NylonString&ElectricGuitars/Basses/Fingerdrums/Live Electronics/Programming
Jivraj Singh: Acoustic Drums/Electronics
Johannes Stange: Trumpet/Flugelhorn Arrangements.
Pratik Shrivastav: Sarod
Amyt Datta: Guitar Solo on 'You'll Be The One'
Micha Schelhaas: Electric Guitar/Ebow on 'Happy Song'
Max Clouth: Nylon String Gtr on 'If I Sang'
Julia Ohrmann: Bansuri on 'You'll Be The One' and 'Happy Song'
Soumyajyoti Ghosh: Bansuri on 'If I Sang' & 'Come And Go'
Nilanjan Ghosh: Tablas on 'Feel Like A Fool'
Jeffery Dean: Tablas on 'Happy Song'
Matthew Brown: Pedal Steel Gtr. on 'Someone'
Tritha: Vocal Samples on 'You're A Reason'

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T.L. Mazumdar Germany

“''...beautifully crafted and produced...a major talent.''--- Jack Douglas (Producer: John Lennon, The Who, Miles Davis, Aerosmith etc.)”

“Combination of intellect and intuition.....shows production skills that a veteran would be proud of.”--- TimeOut India

''....heady stuff...bloody magical.''--- NME India

“''The only Germany-based representative of Indian Electronic music''---IMCRadio Hamburg
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Track Name: Clear Blue Skies
Sleep.
Eludes me again tonight
I tend to forget
That the darkness of these thoughts are but a passing cloud
On a clear blue Sky
For you and I

Deep
Are the answers you seek to find
I long to conjure
All the words you'd like to hear
To make you feel alright
About the way things are
But we're so close and so far.

There'll always be those moments of our deep disillusion
There'll always be those nagging bits of doubt.

So weep
Not for things meant to fad with time
They come and they go
And the colours that they paint you with
Wont touch inside
On your clear blue sky.
Its time to fly.

Clear blue skies are what we are,
Just you and I.
Track Name: If I Sang
If
I were bold enough to sing you a song
I'd like for you to listen to

Would you
Take the time to hear me through
Would you
Indulge me, would you

Would you
Share my views on things
We need to do.

Would you
Want to change the world
A bit, would you
I wonder,
Would you

I would sing a song about clear blue skies
And things considered childish and naiive.
Sing a song about love conquers all
And a world with no war singing
Songs for happy children
Laughing at how long we took.

If I
Sang for you this song,
I ask, would you
I wonder
Would you
Do.
Track Name: Come And Go
They come and go
Like an autumn sun
The memories
Of things gone wrong

The thoughts exchanged
The words she said
Mistakes you wish
You hadn't made

Did you think that this would last forever
Did you think that people stay the same.
Did you think we'd walk away
Without a single scar to show.

They come and go
Like migraine fits
Like a monday morning
Three times in a row

A senseless joke
A stupid pun
You're forced to laugh at
For someone else's fun.

So did you think that this would last forever
Did you think that people never change.
Did you think we'd walk away without a single scar to show.

It's hope
That'll steal the sleep away
From you at night.
It's hope that'll keep you waiting
Hanging on so tight.
It's hope
That won't let you let it go
Let it go.
Let it go,
Can't let it go.
Track Name: Feel Like A Fool
Feel like a fool it's nothing new.
Feel like a fool it's nothing new
Otherwise would've surprised
The patterns I run inside.

Feel like a spoilt and angry child.
Feel like a spoilt and angry child
Refused his favourite toy,
Alone with his ignored cry.

Release me from these chains
I bind myself with.
Release me from this cage
I burn inside.
Come carve this piece of stone
Into that painting.
The one I twist out of shape with my own hands.

Wrong movie I'm inside.
Wrong movie I'm inside
These pictures aren't mine
The patterns I run inside.
Track Name: Someone
Pictures from a different world
It's just fantasy they say
Memories I'm allowed to keep
And they're all here to stay.

Where did the rest of this go
Where did the rest of this go
I wanna know.

Would someone please come up with some answers
Cos' they tell me love's for fools who've lost their way
Would someone please do it right
Would someone please do it right
So we could all just smile again.

Loveless on a lonely night
As if we all could choose
Well go figure
You'd think there's so much left to lose.

Where does all of this go
Where does all of this lead to.
I wanna know.

(Repeat Chorus)

All over again.

Pictures from a different world,
It's just fantasy they say.
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Track Name: Reprise: Come And Go
Did you think that this was really over?
Did you think that I'd just fade away...
Fade away into another story you can store away.

Won't let it go.
Track Name: You'll Be The One
When I try to say the things I feel inside I always fail
To tell you what it is I want to.
Every time I close my eyes it's just like time never existed
You never left.

Spending most of my time all alone is something that I'm used to
But the choices that we made were different.
You probably think that I'm the weaker one cos I insisted
But I don't need your love,
I want it.

(And she said)
You'll be the one I run to
When the world around me seems to turn away.
You were the one who asked to stay.

Ever single time you came so close to speaking out your truth
Your fears would get the better of you.
I realise I'm not the easiest person to hold on to.
But your eyes,
They look so haunted.

(Repeat Chorus)
Track Name: You're A Reason
I'm still trying to figure out
The things I keep doing wrong
Searching for my answers.

So easy and difficult
To stumble,
Trip and fall
Bump my head against the wall.

And I'm still trying to find my way
Each night and every day
Waiting for that moment.

I'm hoping you'll hang around
Long enough to hear this song
Cos' all I'm trying to say.

Is you're a reason
I would put my pride at risk for all.
You make me want to dive into this deep and scary ocean.

And I'm still trying to do it right
Fighting my bravest fight,
One with no conclusions.

No promises
No guarantess
No winner takes it all
No Rules
No warning signs.

I feel like we're running out words
Which can help us out
Words can be so empty.

I'm scared that we'll turn around,
Walk away, before it's time
And that just feels so wrong.

Cos' you're a reason
I would put my pride at risk for all
You make me want to dive into this
Deep and scary ocean.

You're a reason
I would stand here
Naked and unarmed
Defenceless with the single hope
My faith will keep me standing.

I'm falling,
I'm falling,
Falling.
Falling..
Down.
Track Name: Happy Song
I'm sick of sad songs
I'm sick of the rain
I wanna make these dark clouds go away.

And I'm sick of crying
Useless tears
I wanna turn around and face my fears.

I wanna reach higher
I might need help.
But I'll climb the highest mountain to come meet myself.

I'm going higher,
I'm getting strong.
So this is my happy song.

And I'm sick of lying,
Playing games.
Stupid senseless self-destruction
With no-one left to blame.

And all these excuses
I seem to find
To justify the breeding ground
Of demons in my mind.

I wanna reach higher
I might need help.
But I'll climb the highest mountain
To come meet myself.

I'm going higher
I'm getting strong.
So this is my happy song.

Things are gonna change
Things are gonna change tonight.
Things are gonna change,
Things are gonna change tonight.

Cos' I'm sick of sad songs
I'm sick of the rain.
So I'm gonna make these dark clouds go away.