Double Rainbow

by Ian Roland & The Subtown Set

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” ‘Double Rainbow’ is steeped in folk and warming orchestration. At times traditional roots and at others, it spreads it wings to a more pop friendly realm…this is an album of charm to replenish the soul with.” Travellers Tunes (17th March 2020)

“…a great album full of charming folk style melodies, which when combined with the haunting vocal style create beautiful tracks that stick with you long after the album ends.” Wall Of Sound Magazine (09th March 2020)

“Double Rainbow is an eminently listenable and enjoyable release…Brighten up a miserable winter by treating yourself to a listen.” David Pratt, FATEA (2nd March 2020)

“It’s an old myth that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but seek out this one and you’ll be well-rewarded.” Mike Davies, Folk Radio (26th Feb 2020)

“ Charming and Heavenly Contemporary British Folk.”
The Rocking Magpie (24th Feb 2020)

“Harmonious, creative and seductive, Double Rainbow is the aural signal of transformation we have been dying to hear.” Liverpool Sound & Vision (23rd Feb 2020)

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released February 28, 2020

Ian Roland - vocals, guitars
Simon Yapp - vocals, violin
Brione Jackson - vocals, cello
Nick VanVlanderan - drums
Ruby Rose - backing vocals
Recorded at: Airtight Studios, Manchester; Subtown Studios, Brighton.
Producer (tracks 1,6,7,8,9,10): Nigel Stonier
Mixed by: Sèadna McPhail
Mastered by: Alan Lowles
Songs: Ian Roland

Photography: LBPhotoUK
Cover photo: (left to right)
Jade Woodhouse (vocals, cello), Ian Roland (vocals, guitars), Simon Yapp (vocals, violin)

Website: www.ianroland.com
Copyright: 2020

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Ian Roland Brighton, UK

Ian Roland & The Subtown Set - "Truly joyous ‘soul-folk’ music, that celebrates life and being alive…” Crossing The Tracks.

Songwriter and guitarist, Ian Roland, joined by Simon Yapp, on fiddle and Jade Woodhouse, on cello. Performing originals and select covers, they are a #FolkPop #SoulFolk group with a nod to the classical and an embrace of three-part harmonies. They are based in Brighton, UK.
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Track Name: The Valley
THE VALLEY

VERSE 1
THIS IS IT, YOU SAID TO ME, NEED TO LET OUR DREAMS BE FREE
WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY
IN THE END, WE KNOW SO WELL, WE CAN BE LIKE HEAVEN OR HELL
WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY
PUT OUR BEST WISHES INSIDE, WATCH THAT BALLOON FLOAT UP AND GLIDE
WHERE WE WILL EXIST, FOREVER SAVED FROM THE ABYSS
WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY

CHORUS
FLOAT AWAY WITH YOU
ABOVE THIS PLACE, SO HEARTLESS AND CRUEL
I WANT TO HOLD YOU, I WANT TO HOLD YOU

VERSE 2
TAKE A DEEP BREATH, WE MIGHT FIND, A NEW WAY TO STAY ALIVE
WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY
IN THE END, WE KNOW SO WELL, WE CAN BE LIKE HEAVEN OR HELL
WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY
PUT OUR BEST WISHES INSIDE, WATCH THAT BALLOON FLOAT UP AND GLIDE
WITH ALL OUR HOPES IMMORTALISED
WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY

CHORUS
FLOAT AWAY WITH YOU
ABOVE THIS PLACE, SO HEARTLESS AND CRUEL
I WANT TO HOLD YOU, I WANT TO HOLD YOU

VERSE 3 – INSTRUMENTAL

CHORUS
FLOAT AWAY WITH YOU
ABOVE THIS PLACE, SO HEARTLESS AND CRUEL
I WANT TO HOLD YOU, I WANT TO HOLD YOU
Track Name: Butterfly
BUTTERFLY

VERSE 1
SAW A BUTTERFLY TOUCH A BUDDLEIA
HELD OUR BREATH AND DIDN’T STIR
A TEAR ROLLED DOWN YOUR CHEEK BUT WE
DIDN’T DARE TO BLINK
IN CASE IT FLEW AWAY

CHORUS 1
AS THE SUN BURNT RED ACROSS THE SKY
I LIFTED YOU UP ON MY SHOULDERS HIGH
OAK AND ASH AND ELM AND FIR
CRYSTAL CLEAR JUST WHO WE WERE

VERSE 2
I REMEMBER CLIMBING TREES
YOU COULD TASTE THAT WOODLAND BREEZE
THE ENERGY RAN FREE
IT LEAPT RIGHT OUT OF ME
IN TO MY WORLD

CHORUS 2
AS THE SUN BURNT RED ACROSS THE SKY
SIMPLY BEING FORGOT THE TIME
ANCIENT FACES IN THE TREES
MAKING SO MUCH SENSE OUT OF YOU AND ME

VERSE 3
BREATH HUNG LIKE CLOUDS IN THE AIR
SURROUNDING BUTTERFLY STILL SITTING THERE
TEARS FELL ON THE GROUND
BUT WE DIDN’T MAKE A SOUND
IN CASE IT FLEW AWAY
END
(IN CASE IT ALL) FLEW AWAY (repeats)
Track Name: Songbirds
SONGBIRDS

VERSE 1
DON’T RUSH IT ALL AWAY
EASY ENOUGH TO SAY
CHASE YOUR TAIL ‘TIL LIFE’S ALL RUN DRY
DON’T RUSH IT ALL AWAY

CHORUS
RODEO FACTORY
BREAKING THE BACK OF YOU
BOUNCING YOU OFF OF THEIR WALLS
BATTERED AND BRUISED
YOU’RE NOT MAKING THE NEWS
BUT THERE’S BACKING FOR THE BET THAT YOU FALL
DOWN

MID 8
HEAR THE SONG BIRDS
THE MOMENT YOU BREATHE IN
THE MOMENT YOU BREATHE OUT

VERSE 2
COUNT ON TODAY
COUNT ON JUST TODAY
TAKE HOLD OF THIS ONE CHANCE
AND COUNT ON TODAY
CHORUS

MID 8
Track Name: In The Darkness
IN THE DARKNESS

VERSE 1
ARE WE OUT OF DANGER YET, WE PRAY?
HAVE OUR MONSTERS LEFT AND GONE AWAY?
ACROSS THE NIGHT SKY, WAKING UP OUR DREAMS
VOICES SINGING IN THE DARK

CHORUS 1
WHERE DO OUR LIVES GO?
MOVING FAST AND SLOW
SPEED OF LIGHT BROUGHT US HERE
SPEED OF LIGHT DISAPPEARS
INTO THE VOID
(BUT) I CAN HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS
HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS

VERSE 2
WANT TO LIVE THAT TIME AGAIN
FIRE ROSE TOO QUICKLY AND CONSUMED THE MOMENT WHEN
UNDERNEATH THE NIGHT SKY, CAME A SOUND
(OF) VOICES SINGING IN THE DARK

CHORUS 2
WHERE DO OUR LIVES GO?
DUST SPARKLES, EBBS AND FLOWS
SPEED OF LIGHT BROUGHT US HERE
SPEED OF LIGHT DISAPPEARS
INTO THE VOID
(BUT) I CAN HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS
HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS

INSTRUMENTAL 2X VERSE
CHORUS 1
(BUT) I CAN HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS
HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS X3
Track Name: Colour Me In
COLOUR ME IN

VERSE 1
COLOUR, COLOUR ME IN
PENCIL LINE’S GETTING SO, SO THIN
TRACE ME, HOLD ME STILL
COLOUR, COLOUR, COLOUR ME IN.
LOSING CLARITY
INVISIBLE TO REALITY
GREEN SHOOTS, THE WAY WE WERE
COLOURS, COLOURS, COLOURS SWIRLED

CHORUS
YOU KNOW IT’S HARD TO LIVE IT
WHEN EVERYTHING’S ALL SO GREY
YOU SHOW THE COLOURS IN IT
COLOURING IN OUR DAYS

VERSE 2
COLOUR, PICK ME OUT AGAIN
VIVID DETAIL, WAY BACK WHEN
SO I CAN SEE THE HUES YOU SAW
MAKE THOSE COLOURS GLOW SOME MORE
REFELCTED IN A PICTURE WITH YOU
LIFE IN COLOUR, BLEEDING THROUGH
GREEN SHOOTS, THE WAY WE WERE
COLOURS, COLOURS, COLOURS SWIRLED

CHORUS
INSTRUMENTAL VERSE
CHORUS

VERSE 3
COLOUR, COLOUR ME IN
PENCIL LINE’S GETTING SO, SO THIN
TRACE ME, HOLD ME STILL
COLOUR, COLOUR, COLOUR …
OUTRO
COLOUR ME IN
Track Name: Searchlight
SEARCHLIGHT

MID 8 INTRO
DON’T KNOW WHERE I LOST IT OR WHERE IT’S GONE
I HAD IT CLOSE BY ME WHEN I LEFT HOME
BUT THAT WAS MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS AGO
AND NOW THE COLD HAS CREPT INTO MY BONES
MY SKIN HAS TURNED ICY, MORTIFIED
EASY TO CATASTROPHISE
COLOURS ARE BLEACHED OUT AND FADED GONE
LEFT SPINNING OUT ON THE EDGE ALL ALONE
OUT ON THE EDGE, LEFT SPINNING…

CHORUS
GOT A SEARCHLIGHT FOR MY SOUL, SEARCHLIGHT FOR MY SOUL
DON’T KNOW WHERE I LOST IT OR WHERE TO GO
(GOT A) SEARCHLIGHT FOR MY SOUL

VERSE 1
WENT TO THE CORNER SHOP AND AFTER A WHILE
FOUND ME A SEARCHLIGHT THAT SHONE FOR A MILE
COST ME QUITE DEARLY, AN ARM AND A LEG
CHANCE TO FIND MY SOUL BEAT REMAINING DEAD

CHORUS

VERSE 2
NEIGHBOUR SAW ME SEARCHING LATE AT NIGHT
SAID WHAT YOU LOOKING FOR? YOU GAVE ME QUITE A FRIGHT
WHEN I COULD GET THE WORDS OUT I WAS LOOKING FOR MY SOUL
SAID THEY’D LOST THEIRS A LONG TIME AGO

CHORUS, INSTRUMENTAL VERSE
MID 8
CHORUS (X2), INSTRUMENTAL VERSE

OUTRO
I MIGHT FIND IT YOU NEVER KNOW
RETRACE MY STEPS NOT THE WAY TO GO
PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER
MY SOUL TO RECOVER, MY SOUL TO RECOVER
Track Name: Human Too
HUMAN TOO
(aka SHOPPING TROLLEY WHEELS)

VERSE 1
TROLLEY CRASHED IN TO ME, AND I FELT A PAIN EXPLODE
DIDN’T SEE YOU COMING, TOTALLY UNKNOWN
JUST ANOTHER HUMAN SOUL, GOING TO SHOOT OR SAY HELLO
AND PASS ON BY

VERSE 2
DIFFERENCE HERE WAS SIMPLE, COMPLICATED TOO
SHOPPING TROLLEY WHEELS, HAD LOCKED ME AND YOU
AND WE STRUGGLED TO DECIPHER, WHAT COULD BE SAID ON THIS
TO PASS ON BY

MID 8 (A)
BUT WE COULDN’T STEP FORWARD, WE COULDN’T STEP BACK
NEXT TO US, LINED UP, OTHER SHOPPERS HAD BEEN STACKED
COLD TRUTH STARTED FORMING IN A FUNDAMENTAL WAY
WE REALISED WE HAD TO TALK SO WE COULD FIND A WAY TO SET US

CHORUS
FREE, I’M A HUMAN TOO, IN A BODY NEXT TO YOU (X2)

MID 8 (B)
DID WE LEAVE OUR TROLLEYS STANDING IN AN ISOLATED WAY
ABANDONED BY THE LACK OF FAITH WE HAD TO SAVE THE DAY
DID WE JUST UNLOAD THEM AND BEGIN IT ALL AGAIN
DIDN’T ESTIMATE THE COST, JUST WANTED THE PAIN TO END AND SET US

CHORUS
FREE, I’M A HUMAN TOO, IN A BODY NEXT TO YOU (X1)
PRE- INSTRUMENTAL
I AM HUMAN, FEEL MY HEART BEAT (X2)

INSTRUMENTAL
MID 8 (B) REPEAT

CHORUS
FREE, I’M A HUMAN TOO, IN A BODY NEXT TO YOU (X1)

I’M A HUMAN TOO, IN A BODY NEXT TO YOU
Track Name: Shooting Star
SHOOTING STAR

VERSE 1
SHOOTING STAR HIT THE SEA
WHEN ANNIE HEARD THE VOICE THAT SAID HE LOVED HER
A MILLION HEARTS ROSE TO SEE
LOVE’S HUSHED FIRST KISS FOR ANNIE
THE CURTAIN CALL WAS OVER, PERFORMANCE ALL LAID BARE
ANNIE STOOD UP SMILING, HER SPIRIT STANDING THERE
THE LIGHTS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER, ALL CAME RUSHING BACK
THE LIGHTS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER, ALL CAME RUSHING…

CHORUS
ANNIE KEEP THE COLD OUTSIDE
AND WARM OUR HEARTS SO LOVE WON’T DIE
KEEP YOUR HEAD SO YOU KNOW BEST
WHAT LOVE CAN DO
WHAT LOVE CAN DO

VERSE 2
FEAR BOUNCED OFF THE MOON
WHEN ANNIE FELL A HUNDRED FEET FROM THE HIGH WIRE
THE TEARS OF THE LOVE-STRUCK FILLED THE ROOM
SEEING ANNIE CAUGHT THROUGH FIRE
EACH GASP LET OUT DISASTER,
EACH SCREAM EXPOSED DESPAIR
EACH FALLING MOMENT THEREAFTER FILLED THE LIVING AIR
ARMS REACHED OUT TO CATCH HER, ‘COS LOVE WILL NEVER END
HOPE FOREVER AFTER GOT TO ANNIE…

CHORUS

VERSE 3
SHOOTING STAR HIT THE SEA
WHEN ANNIE HEARD THE VOICE THAT SAID HE LOVED HER
AND THE LIGHTS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER,
ALL CAME RUSHING BACK
THE LIGHTS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER, ALL CAME RUSHING BACK
Track Name: Day Became You
DAY BECAME YOU

INTRO
HOT COALS WERE IN YOUR EYES, BURNING OUT ALL GOODBYES
AND THE DAY BECAME YOU

VERSE 1
SPIN AROUND ONE MORE TIME, YOU CAUGHT THE LIGHT FROM THE FIRE
TOOK THE FLAME AWAY WITH YOU, MADE THE TRUTH BE YOU
HOT COALS WERE IN YOUR EYES, BURNING OUT ALL GOODBYES
AND MY DAY BECAME YOU.
AND THOSE MEALY WORDS, THE ONES WE THOUGHT WE BARELY HEARD
THE HIDDEN THREATS AND OPEN SORES, WOUNDS WE STRUGGLE TO IGNORE.
I SAT DOWN, COULDN’T THINK, TURNED TO YOU AND SAW YOU BLINK
AND MY DAY BECAME YOU.

CHORUS
YOU MOUTHED SOME WORDS, I COULDN’T HEAR
YOU MOUTHED SOME MORE, I COULDN’T HEAR
YOU TOOK MY HAND, I COULDN’T FEEL
THERE WAS A DEATH ABOUT ME STILL.
YOUR EYES SAID SOMETHING TO MY HEAD
BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT, BREATHE IN YOU SAID
I REACHED UP AND CAUGHT YOUR HAND
AND MY DAY BECAME YOU, DAY BECAME YOU

VERSE 2
SURROUNDED BY THE TAKE, TAKE, TAKE
DIDN’T UNDERSTAND, THAT’S MY MISTAKE
SHOULD HAVE FORESEEN THE ENSUING DISASTER, MY LEG IN PLASTER
SAW THE SUNLIGHT CATCH YOUR HAIR, AS I WAS FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS, AND MY DAY BECAME YOU.
(AND) THE UNDERCURRENT DRAGGED, IT PUSHED FORWARD, I PUSHED BACK
AND ALL THOSE HATEFUL THINGS, BEGAN TO GATHER IN A RING
JUST FOR A MOMENT I THOUGHT I SAW, YOU AND ME WALK THROUGH A DOOR, AND THE DAY BECAME YOU

CHORUS
INSTRUMENTAL VERSE, CHORUS
Track Name: Gravity Inside
GRAVITY INSIDE

VERSE 1
THERE’S A GRAVITY INSIDE, PULL ME UP DON’T LET IT SLIDE
LET THE ASTRONAUT IN VIEW, BE ON A MISSION TO SEE IT THROUGH
‘COS THE GRAVITY INSIDE, CAN MAKE A BLACK HOLE OPEN WIDE
FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME
FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME
AS EVERY SINGLE ORBIT GOES, OUTER SPACE CAN TAKE ITS TOLL

VERSE 2
SHUTTLE IN, SHUTTLE OUT, WALKING IN SPACE IS VERY LOUD
LITTLE TIME TO SIT AND PONDER, SUCK IT DRY ‘COS IT’S EASY TO SQUANDER
EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF ME THAT’S HERE
DANCES WITH YOU IN OUR ATMOSPHERE
FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME
FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME
AS EVERY SINGLE ORBIT GOES, OUTER SPACE CAN TAKE ITS TOLL


VERSE INSTRUMENTAL
VERSE 3
HOOPLA, HOOPLA, WE CAN BE OUR GUIDING STAR
HOOPLA, HOOPLA, 10 TO 1 THE COUNTDOWN STARTS
(‘COS/YES) THE GRAVITY INSIDE, CAN MAKE A BLACK HOLE OPEN WIDE
FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME
FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME
AS EVERY SINGLE ORBIT GOES, OUTER SPACE CAN TAKE ITS TOLL

BUT THE MOON SHINES BRIGHTER, WHEN YOU’RE STANDING HERE
SHARING THIS SPACE, KNOWING YOU’RE NEAR
BUT THE MOON SHINES BRIGHTER, WHEN YOU’RE STANDING HERE
SHARING THIS SPACE, KNOWING YOU’RE NEAR
BUT THE MOON SHINES BRIGHTER, WHEN YOU’RE STANDING HERE
SHARING THIS SPACE, KNOWING YOU’RE NEAR
Track Name: Double Rainbow
DOUBLE RAINBOW

VERSE 1
PUDDLE ON THE PAVEMENT
RAINBOW IN THE OIL AND PARAFFIN.
DROPS OF RAIN WERE FALLING
SUN IGNITING LIGHT WAVES, WE COULDN’T SEE.
KNEES AND HANDS ALL MUDDY
JOHN PUSHED MIKEY OVER, FIGHT BEGINS.
HIGH ABOVE, CATHEDRAL-LIKE
THE BIGGEST DOUBLE RAINBOW THAT’S EVER BEEN.

CHORUS
AND THE EARTH CRIED
SAVE OUR SOULS
THE EARTH CRIED
SAVE OUR SOULS

MID 8
AND WE RAN AND WE RAN
TO THE TREASURE AT THE END
OF THE RAINBOW
WE WERE SURE TO HOLD

VERSE 2
OUT OF BREATH AND REELING
DIZZY FROM THE LACK OF OXYGEN.
SHARING OUT THE WATER UNDER
REDS, ORANGE-YELLOWS, GREENS AND BLUES.
RAINBOW CAST ITS LIGHT
ACROSS OUR LONG AND FRIGHTENED DISTANT STARES.
BAG THAT RAINBOW
BRING IT HOME TO WARM THE COLDNESS THERE.

CHORUS

MID 8 …WE WERE SURE THE EARTH CRIED

CHORUS

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