They Dance in the Dark

by RENU

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In the Beginning there was darkness But there was always you And when I searched for light I found her scratching at the strobe and when I search the light as hope dance as hope dances through but there was always you
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Lay low Lay low Lay low Lay low Lay low Lay low Far as the eye can see The oil spills sky hangs heavy Far as the eye can see The cyclone stirs up slowly gently Slowly gently Slowly gently Slowly gently Slowly gently Far as the eye can see The whole town glows under UV Far as the eye can see hot feel move A to B, A to B Slowly gently Slowly gently Slowly gently Slowly gently Slowly gently Slowly gently Far as the eye can see As Far as the eye can see As Far as the eye can see As Far as the eye can see Lay low Lay low Lay low
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Tala'a al-Badru 'alayna Min thaniyyatil Wada' Wajaba al-shukru 'alayna Mada'a lillah ida Ayyuha al-mab'utha fina Ji'ta bi-al-amri al-muta ' Ji'ta sharrafta al-Madinah Marhaban ya Khayra da' Tala'a al-Badru 'alayna Min thaniyyatil-Wada' Wajaba al-shukru 'alayna Mada'a lillah ida Tala'a al-Badru' alayna Min thaniyyatil-Wada ' Wajaba al-shukru' alayna Mada ' a lillah ida
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Cailín as Contae Lú ‘An Cailín Beag óg as Lúghmhaighe’: Lorcán Ó Muirí MSS (p.38 ) among Ó hUallacháin papers from Mrs O’Hagan, Omeath. ‘An Cailín a’s Conndae Lúghmhaighe’: Ceolta Oméith (1920) 15 (‘A song from Iveagh – Co. Down’). Bóthar an Mhaighre: Gaelic Journal, Oct. (1902), 153, collected by J.H. Lloyd. Cailín as Contae Lú Bhí mé lá breá aerach ag dul bóthar a’ Mhaighre, Is chas domh spéirbhean as Contae Lú, Is d’fhiafraíos féin di in eaglais Dé, An bpósfadh sí gréasaí as Contae ’n Dúin? Dúirt an spéirbhean go raibh mé a’ pléadáil, Is nár in mo leithéidse a chuir sí dúil, Is dúirt sí ’na dhiaidh sin nár chleacht sé léi, Gur mhíle b’fhearr léi bheith i gContae Lú. A chailín tuatach de threibh na mbrúidéal, Nach dtaithníonn súgradh leat is nach n-aithníonn greann, Bíonn na doirse dúnta acu ar aghaidh aon siúiléara Nuair a bhíonn(s) fáilte sa Dún do gach uile dhream. Nach mbíonn úlla cumhra againn is mil is plúr ann Nuair a bhíonn(s) mur gcrusta láidir teann, Nach mbíonn sibh tuatach is mur ndoirse dúnta Nuair a bhíonn(s) fáilte sa ghleann ’na bhfuil mise ann. Cha raibh mise ach ’súgradh is chan olc liom diúltú, Is a liacht sin cúileann deas thíos sa ghleann, Nuair a bheas na doirse dúnta ar dhroim an diúltaithe, Beidh fáilte dhúbalta síos fán Ghleann. A Lass from County Louth One fine day I was going the Moyra pass, And I met a fair one from County Louth, I asked her myself, here in God’s church, Would she marry a shoemaker from County Down? This fair maid said that I was jesting, That it wasn’t the likes of me that she desired, She said as well that it wasn’t her wont, She’d a thousand times rather be in County Louth. O lass from Louth, of the boorish people, Who like not sporting and knows not fun; Your doors are shut in the face of each traveller, When there’s a welcome in Down for everyone. Don’t we have sweet apples, honey and flour, When your crust of bread there is hard and firm? Aren’t you boorish with your closed doors, When there’s a welcome in the glen where I am in? I was only sporting and I don’t mind refusal, And the many fair, fine women down by the glen, When your doors will be closed after the refusal, There will be a double welcome in the Glen (Translation: Pádraigín Ní Uallachain)
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I was Raised heavy Raised heavy I was Raised heavy Raised heavy Our hungers rise My childrens eyes Childrens eyes Burns
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I wish I could put the water into words Placed in this pearl I wished I could Oceans from eyes Untranslatable to words Water into words
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1984 05:05
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In Queen of Heaven Elina recites a common Iraqi poem on "the beauty of long hair" and in her own words: "the fundamental essence of Iraqi dance is long hair", combined with her powerful statement "Berlin? It is the same, exactly like Baghdad".
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1x In deinem Namen (In your Name) Die du Leben einhauchst (you who whispers Life) Die Vorafhren haben Wissen (The ancesters have knowledge) Heilig (holy) Älter als Zeit selbst (older than time itself) 3x Lass Dich nicht täuschen (don´t be fooled) von einer vergehenden Welt (from a passing world) 1x In Deinem Namen (In your name) die Du Leben zerstörst (you who destroys life) sie sagte: (she said) Blut wird fließen, (blood will flow) kehrenlang (knielong) Finde Zuflucht (Find refuge) 3x Geh zum Berg (go to the mountain) 3x Sei sanft zu dir (Be soft to yourself) Du bist (you are) mit wem Du (with whom you) jede Nacht (every night) das Bett teilst (share the bed)
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BOYS 03:54
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In the Beginning there was darkness But there was always you And when I searched for light I found her scratching at the strobe and when I search the light as hope dance as hope dances through but there was always you

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BBC RADIO 6
....very beautiful...sublime....

THE QUIETUS
...what sets this record apart is the deftness of touch and the musical sensibility that permeates it. They Dance In The Dark is not like other dance records.....

BBC LATE JUNCTION
....Stately magic...

ART FORUM MAGAZINE (NYC)
Best of Music Top 10 in 2017


THEY DANCE IN THE DARK

Imagine a party, where Gary Numan is married to The Orb, who is slow dancing with Massive Attack, while Oum Kalthoum French kissing Prince and finally, Daphne Oram is mixing the drinks. THEY DANCE IN THE DARK largely references 80’s & 90’s electronic dance music. The height of hooky, dark electronic anthems with an underlying post-colonial narrative.

Two years on and off in the Holykuti Studios, produced in London, Berlin & Beirut with singers & performers from Ireland, Iraq, Pakistan, UK & Lebanon, They Dance in the Dark first started as an experiment. Realising her true introvertism RENU worked through mainly the computer and the philosophy of playing Tablas in mind: creating big & infinite sounds with a minimum set up.

THEY DANCE IN THE DARK is RENU´s personal imprint as a weird queer femme in a weird queer world.

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released September 27, 2017

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PRODUCTION
All tracks composed & produced and pre-mixed by RENU
@holykuti studios

All tracks mixed and Mastered by Guy Sternberg
@lowSwing studio, Berlin.

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MEDIA
Photography by Anna Kazanova
Artwork by Zeyd Ayoob
Vinyl by Hoxton Vinyls
RENU logo created by Salma Arzouni and designed by Kunal Anand

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GRATITUDE
I feel deep gratitude towards all the artists and spirits who were involved in contributing towards THEY DANCE IN THE DARK.

You are: Anna Kazanova, Busha Mann, Chris Morrin, Dear Pariah, Elina Al Badri, Guy Sternberg, John Elliot, Kunal Anand, Monika Berstis,
Nawahineokala'i Lanzilotti, Paul B Keeves, Rioghnach Connolly, Rosina Kazi, Salma Arzouni, Samer Sharawi, Sandy Chamoun, Sarah Yaseen, Wallis Bird, Yue Wang, Zeyd Ayoob.

May the divine spirit of music always be with you, RENU xx

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DEDICATION
THEY DANCE IN THE DARK is dedicated to Sam Zaman AKA ‘State of Bengal’ - Rest in perfect peace, love and happiness.

THEY DANCE IN THE DARK is also for all the witches, weirdos, queers, femmes and nerds of this cosmos.

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RENU Berlin, Germany

RENU started her musical journey around 2000. Originally a percussionist for artists as Grace Jones and bands in the latter part of the Asian Underground. She started to produce her own music in 2010. Fast forward some years, composing for theatre, film, dance, hosting her own nights, 1 EP and 3 albums later, she has now landed in an electronic realm. THEY DANCE IN THE DARK release Sept 2017 ... more

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