Minniesland

by Royo

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Inspired by long walks in Harlem, Minniesland is Royo’s first solo album. A collection of impressionistic tone poems about lost or imaginary places, musicians and artists, it sings the magic of errance and small moments.

In 1842, the naturalist painter and ornithologist James Audubon built an estate for him and his wife, Minnie, in the woods of Upper Manhattan. After Audubon's impoverished death, the estate was dismantled and the house was torn down in 1933. Audubon’s Minniesland is just one of many invisible New York stories that holds the power to enchant.

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released August 31, 2015

Written, performed & recorded by Thierry Royo in NYC
Produced by T. Royo & Riley McMahon
Vocals on 2, 4, 6 & 11 by Marguerite Royo
Lap steel guitar on 8 by Riley McMahon
Mixing by Riley at New Warsaw Studio, Brooklyn
Mastering by Uwe Teichert at Elektropolis, Brussels
Artwork by Robert Royo & T. Royo
Design by Nicole Kenney

Thanks to Axel & Marie for their endless friendship & support
Thanks to Seth Janofsky guitars
To my beautiful family & supportive friends
Very special thanks to Emily
Inspired by the ghosts of Harlem

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Royo New York, New York

Originally from Belgium, multi-instrumentalist Thierry Royo is a member of the music collective Pablo’s Eye and the global groove band Casa Mantequilla. He lives with his family in New York City.

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Track Name: Church for sale
There are many mansions in my father's house
In my father's house
Our shell might be for sale
But not our soul
Not our soul
Track Name: Polaris
Take a train
To the North
Don't look back
A new track
Hide a word
In your mouth
Make a friend
Play a game

Take a train
Any train
Cold blue face
North Star
Find a place with no name
Sing a song without shame

Follow the North Star
in the night
Follow the North Star
A new life

Take a train
Any train
Long track snake
North Star
Hide a word
In your mouth
Take a train
Any train
Find a place
With no name
In the night

Follow the North Star
In the night
Follow the North Star
A new life
Track Name: Mbembe
Can you hear the drums?
Do you see their shadow?
A man made of wood
Now reclaimed by the jungle
Can you hear the drums?
Once a tree then a drum
Then a ghost eaten by rain
Can you hear the drums?

Rumors of rain
I hear
Rumors of rain

I saw them in the dark
Statues from the past
A woman and a child
A fierce warrior
Once a tree then a drum
Then a ghost eaten by rain
Can you hear the drums?

Rumors of rain
I want to see them again
Rumors of rain
I want to hear them again
Rumors of rain
Track Name: Call of the wild
Sticks and stones and old bones
Dead bugs and empty nests
He had too much around him
But not enough inside
How do you draw the song of a bird?
How do you catch the wind?
From his castle in the sky
He heard the call of the wild

That day
He walked away
Towards the tallest trees
He walked without knowing
Without getting lost
Small under the big sky
He kept his eyes closed
When he came back
He gave her a forest
From his castle in the sky
He heard the call of the wild

Feathers and snow flakes
Eggshells and empty nests
He had so much around him
He needed an empty space
How do you draw the scent of a flower?
How do you catch the wind?
From his castle in the sky
He heard the call of the wild
Track Name: 935 St. Nick's Avenue
I'm walking in the city
Always so new
Already so old
Up and down in the city
The river flows
The wind is cold

In the city
In the city

Getting lost in the city
Smiling at ghosts on St. Nick's Avenue
I'm walking in the city
You'll be on that hill boy
Even if you miss the train
I'm walking in the city
The big city

In the city
In the city
Track Name: The Milky Way
I have never been to Berlin
Or the Tokyo Bay
Have you ever seen Brisbane?
The streets of Mandalay?

We'll go together one day
No maps bags or hideaway
Just our little red car
On the lonely highway
We would reinvent the wheel
Stopping in every café
Along the way

I have never been to Bombay
Or to Santa Fe
Our rocket will go to the moon
And to the Milky Way

When I close my eyes
I see the shimmering lights
When I close my eyes
I go places

Play your best driving music
Let's go to the Milky Way
Let's go to the Milky Way
When I close my eyes

When I close my eyes
I see the shimmering lights
When I close my eyes
I go places

Every night
A new home
When we're on the road
Every turn
A new hope
When we're on the road
Every stop
A new start
When we're on the road

Let's go to the Milky Way
When we're on the road
Track Name: Minniesland
Everything is falling into place
Like a jigsaw puzzle
Like bricks in a wall
It just takes
A little more work
To put the atoms together
To find the last bird

Everything is coming together
Like flour and water
This perfect place

I will know when you are close
From Minniesland to Birdland
Track Name: Terra Incognita
What is the distance
Between air and there?
What's the intention
Before you dare
To wake the monster?

There is no dead end
Beyond the horizon
Here be dragons

Don't stir the muddy water
Let's create a brand new color
Like a ship in the river
Do not lose your only anchor
Don't stir the muddy water
Let's vanish in a new color
Don't stir the muddy water
Here be dragons
Track Name: Love song in A minor
Out of thin air she appeared
In the crisp morning light
She did a little dance
And she smiled

She doesn't care
If it's wrong or if it's right
She thanks the light

Wouldn't take no for an answer
She doesn't like
Dark rooms or closed doors
People know her for her kindness

And then she moves
Wildly
Gracefully
She moves me

When she moves in my eyes
She moves in my heart
As life itself
As life itself
Track Name: Little waves
Little waves
You come and go
Never high
Never low
Little waves inside of me
Take me back
To the secret sea

Little waves
In the starry night
Starfish are
Your satellites
Little waves
Crash in the sand
Your music will never end
Track Name: First sign
Walking in my head
Just the other day
The haze, the heat, the wind
Pulled me in
Couldn't turn away

How do you know the first sign
Tell me all about the first time
Do you remember the first sign
No words said
Picture in your head
The first time

Waiting for your words
By the silent sea
A shining beacon
Like a blinding dream
A new life, new time, new signs
Were coming to me
Hazy memories
Sail away from me

How do you know the first sign
Tell me all about the first time
Do you remember the first sign
No words said
Picture in your head
The first time
Track Name: Mélodie du bonheur
Sweet memories
Bittersweet melodies
Take me back to the long Sundays
Where nothing was solved
But everything changed
Kicking leaves
In the pouring rain

Grey sky
Brown sugar pie
Songs for the ones who left
And the ones to come next

Blue sky
Brown sugar pie
Your favorite song on the radio
Blue sky
Brown sugar pie
Birds singing after the rain