Framus

by UFO Hawaii

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Dear Listener,

The story of this album began with an unexpected  flea market find.
So, I bought this old, scruffy little guitar from the 1950s or 60s for dirt cheap.
The brand name was Framus, which stands for Fränkische Musikinstrumentenerzeugung - as I later found out.
The battered instrument was horribly detuned and featured a set of rusty strings that might have been the same ones it was once delivered with.

Back at home the guitar proved to be outright fractious, almost unplayable, and featured the wondrous property of being able to detune itself spontaneously - even between single chords!
But its sound, nevertheless, had an oddly haunting quality; a bit fusty, but with a lot of character.

So I started to record some sketches.
Owing to the circumstances, I reduced my playing to those notes that appeared to be passably playable and were staying somewhat in tune - at least for the length of the recording.

And behold! With time, like a twisted orphan, the little Framus got gradually… well… more trusting.

So I thought to myself, maybe a bit of company would do it good as well, and I started to gather everything I had in the way of old instruments and noise-effusing devices: an East German zither, a
melodica, a ukulele, shakers, cymbals, brushes, and an old children's xylophone. My sofa served as an excellent bass drum, to some extent leading to exorbitant dust emissions. Even the old
wooden floorboards creakingly contributed.

It was with all of these instruments that the sixty minutes you are about to hear on this album were created.

It may not be perfectly suitable for the perfectionist listener.
But the stubborn child is said to be the one that, in the end, is loved the most.

Sincerely yours,

UFO Hawaii

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released January 14, 2016

Recorded October-December 2013
at Treuland, Berlin.

Achim Treu:
Framus guitar, Ukulele, Kalimba, Couch, Cybals,
Melodica, Bongos, Bass, Brushes, Shakers,
Windchimes, Cajon, Piano, Xylophone, Wurlitzer
E-Piano, Moog The Rogue, Zither, Tape Echo.

The Singers:
Mr. JJ Jones (4,7,17)
Miss LaLaVox (10,19)
Sissi (2)

Telecacao ‎– TC-03
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Track Name: The End Of The Road
The End Of The Road

When we get to the end of the road
Will you let me lift you up?
Will you turn around and go?

When we get to the end of the road
Will you let me take you home
Will you leave me all alone and on and on

I could be the one who tells your story
I could be the one who tells your story
Track Name: The Spielbrett
THE SPIELBRETT


Catch a cab to another town if you can
Switch your horse in the middle of the stream if you can

Heading nowhere, going fast, how
...much longer's it gonna last, now
Prepared yourself for a different scene, it's
Gonna look just a little like a dream, so


Get your train on another track 'cause you can
Charge a ticket to the next spaceship 'cause you can

At the speed of light you'll fly through
Every darkest night you tried to ....
Close your eyes and hope that you won't feel it
You will scream but I'm tellin you you need it

When the rules change on the Spielbrett
Trade your pieces for a new set
It's a new game

Start all over again...

Take the road less traveled now, 'cause you can
Fill your tank with the best gasoline 'cause you can

You're gonna get more miles to the gallon
For every time you conquer a new challenge
You can take it all back to the top now
But there ain't no way you're ever gonna stop now

No you can't
No you can't

Jump that ship, it's going down
And no one knows to miss you

You can swim, you can breathe 
The water wants to kiss you
Track Name: The Final Cashew (Home For The Holidays)
The Final Cashew (Home For The Holidays)

She came home for the holidays
and stayed much longer than we'd  planned
She ate everything in sight  

Gobbled up the leftovers
And cleaned all the plates
With her tongue 
So clean,
So clean

She came home for the holidays
Eating everything in sight

She took the last cookie and snuck away
With the final cashew
The final cashew

But when she returned from whence she came
at the end of the holidays

We did miss her