A New World

by Damien Binder

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1.
a new world 04:42
A NEW WORLD i used to be less cynical dice would roll more whimsical truth be told I’ve lost my way standing now in that place where all you see is your face and every line is on parade and here i am with you choosing to stand with you my old world melts away down a road we go no one really knows to a new world a new world i used to pause contemplate the range so wide and open the divide so great i used to hold what’s far away now i wheel my life around i drift through empty towns wary of others in the background they fade and here i am with you choosing to stand with you my old world melts away down a road we go no one really knows to a new world a new world days will come to follow where there’s nothing left but to take that pledge i’ll see you again tomorrow i hope your burden’s never hollow at the foot of our bed where you lay your head i’ll see you again to tomorrow i know
2.
BREAKING BEYOND ME i’m the one hope you never tire of cos you’re the one i knew i could rely upon so we run leaping in the lion’s den never knowing, if we’d ever come out again breaking beyond me is a wave of promise a wandering star out far leading me on it’s keeping me honest when I’m not the strongest it’s a mystery for now will i ever work it out? fall into work in the main by accident and accidents i’ve been avoiding ever since years go by and the game it changes some got to keep the beat of your own drum pounding beyond me is a wave of promise a wandering star out far blazing beyond it’s keeping me honest when i’m not the strongest it’s a mystery for now do you ever work it out? driving rain once filled my days glorious sun now takes its place when at times it seemed so dim count my friends i feel the joy can’t make any other choice i only sense the love you bring and it’s sinking in… breaking beyond me a wandering star out far beaming down on this keeping me honest when i’m not the strongest it’s a mystery for now hope I never work it out it’s a mystery for now hope I never work, work it out
3.
evergreen 04:11
EVERGREEN got to keep it under wraps got to keep it on the downlow baby nobody knows where i’m at day to day i could slip between the cracks could be gone and you’d never see me back heaven knows where i’m at day to day is there a reason we don’t fall to pieces as the mighty wind blows? evergreen you’re hanging in there no matter how it rolls at times it got so low never be far from your care with all you bring evergreen something wakes you in the night then and there ain’t the time to put it right things come clear come the light of day got you wound up so tight you’ve got it wrong and you’re spoiling for a fight good intentions sometimes go astray still those branches, they must hold the answers swaying in the winter breeze evergreen you’re hanging in there no matter how it rolls at times it got so low never be far from your care with all you bring evergreen dreamt of you again dreamt you were a stranger not a friend and all my sins were coming back to shame me i listened for the sound of my body crashing to the ground morning broke and i awoke unscathed we’re only here for a mere few years so you know i got a lot to see and do evergreen you’re hanging in there no matter how it rolls at times it got so low never be far from your care with all you bring evergreen i’ve never seen one so fair with all you bring evergreen it’s all you bring evergreen
4.
I WON’T LET YOU DOWN AGAIN i saw you yesterday and my mind flew straight away to the last episode before we broke you were standing in the street you were talking trash to me as far as moments go, it was a low now it’s making some sense i need you off of the fence hey must you always play to win and time won’t begin til we’re laughing again hey won’t you let me try again hey i won’t let you down again the years have been kind to you you’re still turning a head or two you got what it takes, there’s no mistake been steady on a winding track ending up just where i started at no better off or worse i’m just the same now it’s making some sense i need you off of the fence hey you were on the losing end and time won’t begin til we’re laughing again hey won’t you let me try again hey won’t you let me try again hey i won’t let you down again summers on the sand never left my mind summers like we had only grew in time the time we were released time we were released now it’s making some sense i need you off of the fence hey you were on the losing end cos time won’t begin til we’re laughing again hey won’t you let me try again hey won’t you let me try again hey i won’t let you down again
5.
IT’S YOU I CAME BACK FOR give it time and don’t give up don’t say enough is enough you’re the one who seldom drank from the cup but you never failed to fill it up made the distant seem so close together not alone again set it free set it right there’s a road in sight to the light at your door it’s you i came back for there’s a tree that i climb atop the view stretches for miles all the fragments of my soul together not alone again set it free set it right there’s a road in sight to the light at your door return anew and evermore set it down and set it close i’ve given up the ghost i’ve chased mirages by the score it’s you i came back for it’s you and you alone all the time i’ve known lost you once now i won’t ever let go
6.
over 04:59
OVER i was hoping you would free me hoping you wouldn’t turn me down like all the liars and the freeloaders in this wretched night spilling out on the sidewalk now I’m back on the ropes with a smile and a joke acting like i don’t care for a crowd that ain’t there you’re in that a-line skirt pushing the buttons that hurt i used to drink from the well and now it’s hotter than hell since i was wrong you’ve been looking so right and now that it’s over it’s taking me over you were holding a secret you were counting on the best in me content with all the dead and dying parts and my fool heart, made a home for itself right there now I’m back on the ropes with a smile and a joke acting like i don’t care for the crowd that ain’t there you’re in that a-line skirt pushing the buttons that hurt i used to drink from the well and now it’s hotter than hell since i was wrong you’ve been looking so right and now that it’s over it’s taking me over jumping the gun but i’m running behind now that it’s over it’s taking me over ready now to be reborn and erase all i’ve been before i could hold my breath and fall all my world’s a tired race trade it all for your quiet grace is there still a resting place? i don’t know to come in from the cold now i’m back on the ropes with a smile and a joke acting like i don’t care for a crowd that ain’t there you’re in that a-line skirt pushing the buttons that hurt i used to drink from the well and now it’s hotter than hell now i’m back on the ropes with a smile and a joke acting like i don’t care for a crowd that ain’t there you’re in that a-line skirt pushing the buttons that hurt i used to drink from the well but now i can’t break the spell jumping the gun but i’m running behind now that it’s over it’s taking me over under the gun always running behind now that it’s over it’s taking me over since i was wrong you’ve been looking so right now that it’s over it’s taking me over under the gun always running behind now that it’s over it’s taking me over since i was wrong you’ve been looking so right now that it’s over it’s taking me over it’s taking me over
7.
SHIPS SAIL OUT i remember so plainly a lazy summer of court and spark tripping over to impress each other at the start rosy cheeked in the gloaming the wine lingered like an e street tune said i could die right now and you were happy too come a way’s now since that bright debut to belong now where music fills the room known some hard ground you held yours through and through all the ships sail out they carry home to you so began the winter the wettest since I don’t know when mildew growing on all we owned and you beneath my skin i remember if you don’t looking on at the fire we’d made saying “we’re so much stronger when we’re together babe” come a way’s now since that bright debut to belong now where music fills the room known some hard ground you held yours through and through all the ships sail out they carry home to you hold on to that tune my love there’s stranger tides sweeping in on us try and pick it up where we left off try and pick it up come a way’s now since that bright debut to belong now where music fills the room known some hard ground you held yours through and through all the ships sail out they carry home to you
8.
slide 04:42
SLIDE taking baby steps it’s morning never been one to rise and shine some wait a life and miss their calling i’m happy to make the train on time pet sounds blaring out i just wasn’t made for these times think i’ll pass and come back again but i’m here so i’ll thrill you just the same if you’re biting down on your lip looking round for something to hit when we’re alone when we’re alone so still so fine when we’re alone i’m overthrown happy to let it slide let down by an expectation was it real at any time? some need a daily confrontation just to make ‘em feel alive pet sounds blaring out i just wasn’t made for these times think i’ll pass and come back again but i’m glad to have you by the way when i’m biting down on my lip looking round for something to hit when we’re alone when we’re alone so still so fine when we’re alone i’m overthrown happy to let it slide she says you know exactly what to say she’s says you know exactly what to do i might be a little quick on the comeback sometimes but i haven’t got a clue no sir no sir when we’re alone when we’re alone so still so fine when we’re alone i’m overthrown happy to let it slide happy to let it slide happy to let it slide
9.
WHAT YOU CALL YOUR OWN the recipe we started from flavours seem to linger on tasted, how they grow a summer spent, a framed delight a picture for a winter’s night hold it, watch it glow watch it glow what you call your own is never set in stone when time keeps slipping through and so on a wind we’re blown to destinies unknown with not so much to prove and nothing to lose standing in the doorway there a vision stands to blind my stare you breath in, nothing moves count the things you’ve helped me find this quiet place within my mind alone here, i live with you I live with you what you call your own is never set in stone when time keeps slipping through and so on a wind we’re blown to destinies unknown with not so much to prove and nothing to lose if what we think we know is wrong and we can’t see where we belong this present here with you lasts beyond lasts beyond
10.
way gone 05:06
WAY GONE excuse me, do you mind? i’m trying to work here i can’t think what I’ve done all I do is stare now did you say that I’m alright? i can’t think what I’ve done i tell myself one day you’ll wake and see you’ve got it wrong is your heart in this? cos I can deal with it is it just for fun? or is it something more? i’m way gone i should be taking my time but way gone couldn’t stop if i tried way gone no point in trying to turn me around way gone way too long fortune favours the bold somebody said what you took on when you took me you must’ve been right out of your head this soul’s a wreck it’s broke and bent it’ll take some setting straight i tell myself the day will break when you take it anyway is your heart in this? cos i can deal with it is it just for fun? or is it something more? i’m way gone i should be taking my time but way gone couldn’t stop if i tried way gone no point in trying to turn me around way gone way too long i’ve crashed and burned in the past i’ve learned not to show my hand now i’m not afraid to land

about

‘A NEW WORLD’ IS THE NEW ALBUM FROM ACCOMPLISHED SYDNEY-BASED SINGER/SONGWRITER DAMIEN BINDER.

This album, Binder’s fourth long-player, showcases his effortless ability to swing from soulful hymn-like ballads to moody rock and country-tinged numbers. The ten new songs find him in an expectant and buoyant frame of mind with meditations on destiny hope and rejuvenation. The chiming melodic guitars, combined with Binder’s compelling voice and lyrics, make for a dynamic and stirring collection of tunes.

Recorded in both Australia and New Zealand, the album features significant contributions from Sydney producer Michael Carpenter (Perry Keyes, Youth Group, Bryan Estepa) as well as long-time collaborator Bob Shepheard, legendary NZ drummer Wayne Bell (Bic Runga, Tim Finn, Dave Dobbyn, Gin Wigmore), guitarist Dave Hatt (Bryan Estepa Band) and Kylie Whitney providing backing vocals.

Binder says of the sessions: “Working on this album with the aforementioned group has been a privilege and a blast. There have been many inspiring moments from beginning to end - what you always hope for in the studio! Personally, it’s always been about having strong songs and the ten here are some meaningful ones to me - I hope that comes across”.

ABOUT DAMIEN BINDER
Singer-songwriter Damien Binder has been writing and recording his original style of moody alt-rock for the last ten years.

Since his self-titled debut album in 2000, Damien has gone on to perform both nationally and internationally while also supporting some of the world’s leading acts. He has played at the SxSW festival in Austin Texas, World Series showcase in Auckland and supported the likes of David Gray, Marianne Faithfull and Ani De Franco. His music has also been featured on numerous compilation albums.

Damien has previously been a finalist in the prestigious NZ APRA Silver Scroll Award for Songwriting. He was also a finalist in both the 2005 & 2016 International Song Writing Competitions as well as the 2015 Unsigned Only Music Competition. To this day Damien’s music is regularly featured on the soundtrack for long running popular NZ TV Series ‘Shortland Street’.

Damien’s brand of thoughtful, melodic songwriting has drawn much praise and comparison from reviewers.

Press Reviews for 'A New World'

"This is the Sydney artist's fourth solo album since his first in 2000 and the years of experience clearly show. Binder takes a measured approach to his songwriting, something particularly evident in the way most of his choruses are constructed. Rather than being the main focus of his songs, where the rest is little more than a build-up (by using pauses for added drama and the like), his tunes seem to just slide into them. Typical is the slow building Evergreen, which seems to circle round beautifully to the refrain. His songs are no less catchy for it; the subtlety slips them into your subconscious rather than being whacked over the head. His vocal also has an everyday-man quality about it, without appearing forced and, as such, it nestles perfectly into his music. It also suits the "tell it how it is" themes of his songs which are largely based around hope and devotion, with lines such as: "Give it time … and don't give up" in the rattling pop of It's You I Came Back For. Highlight is album closer Way Gone, with its controlled pace perfectly conveying the song's emotion. This is a collection of little gems."
★★★½ -Paul Smith - Sydney Morning Herald August 18 2016


“Damien Binder is one of those smart songwriters because he walks a pleasing line between the singer-songwriter genre and a smattering of power pop. He writes songs which in a better world would find themselves all over radio. As always Binder delivers thoughtful pop with touches of guitar jangle (Breaking Beyond Me) and some downbeat ballads (the lovely Ships Sail Out), all of which are sensibly and sensitively arranged to keep him front’n’centre. If nothing immediately leaps out, open ears at radio would pick up It’s You I Came Back For and the Eighties pop gestures of Over.”
- Graham Reid - elsewhere.co.nz


"Reigniting the candle of '80s jangle-pop is New Zealand-born songwriter Damien Binder. Binder's A New World takes classic indie-acoustic styles of old and blends them with a hefty dose of Britpop flair. The album parallels such bands as The Go-Betweens and The Church, but also branches out with stylistic nods to the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Ron Sexsmith. A New World features a thematic recurrence to rekindling lost relationships, the album progresses beautifully to final track, Way Gone - a sensational closer."
★★★½ - Joe Dolan - The Music.com.au - April 2016

"On A New World Binder looks to ’80s English jangle-pop and Aussie indie for his template. Parallels with Commotions, The Go-Betweens, The Church and The Triffids are obvious, especially on the title track. There’s also a little self-deprecation in there, a true Kiwi trait – “I used to be less cynical….will my love go round, I drift through empty towns”. Breaking Beyond Me starts off with a familiar Lloyd Cole intro but finds its way towards classic DD Smash, with a great commercial hook in the chorus."
- Tim Gruar - the13thfloor.co.nz

"Australia’s Damien Binder is today’s second artist in the spotlight from down under. He fits in well here at Pure Pop Radio, seeing as how his album is co-produced by Michael Carpenter and features Kylie Whitney on backing vocals. Binder’s vocals are strong and expressive, and the playing is exquisite. There is a Byrds-ian edge to “A New World” and “Breaking Beyond Me” (and there you have today’s second Byrds reference); “I Won’t Let You Down Again” has an Abbey Road-period Lennon quality about it; and “What You Call Your Own” is an upbeat pop song with a country sheen."
- Cait Bennan - purepopradio.com
May 10 2017

"If Dave Dobbyn was just starting out today, would he have the same impact? Would he garner the same airplay?
I ask because that is the sound of Binder’s A New World. Relaxed rock with a hint of country, notably present on the track Evergreen. Gone is the dark grungy defiance from the days of Second Child, but that is expected, as I imagine a lot of the band and fans’ adolescent angst has dissipated over the past twenty years.
What remains when all the anger is gone is a collection of musing observational and reflective pieces with lyrics of love and life laced with the cynical remnants of a bygone rebel, an evolution that comes with maturity and open eyes. There’s an appeal in that to me, more than there is in bunting, fighting, excessive drinking and made up words.
Perhaps it’s the generation gap, it could be I’m at the age of self-reflection and reminiscence. Maybe I’m just one of those old people, out of touch with the modern world, whose opinion counts for naught. Whatever the case, if it was up to me, there would be more music like A New World in the world today."
- Petros - muzic.net.nz


"There is nothing like a great singer songwriter whether that be Neil Finn, Michael Penn, DonMcGlashan, Matthew Sweet, Jason Falkner or Ian McNabb. You can add Damien Binder to that list.
The Sydney based Singer Songwriter offers up his fourth album and the ten laid back jangly songs are a fine listen. I don't no what's in the antipodean water that allows them to master these sort of albums. Great catchy songs that just ease your mind. The album reminds me a lot of Bryan Estepa and Don McGlashan, yet there are parts that sound a bit Pete Yorn.
The involvement of Michael Carpenter, a real ASH favourite certainly aids the sound, although this isn't Carpenter's Power Pop / Alt Country direction. Binder's melancholic voice is aided beautifully by the production and you can spot Wayne Bell's drumming anywhere.
We may talk about chiming guitars most of the time, but every now and then you need a rest from all that riffery and this is just the album to do that."

By Anything Should Happen/I don't hear a single - blogger.com
Monday, 19 September 2016


DISCOGRAPHY:
A New World (2016) • While The Wind’s At Your Back (2009) • Til Now (2004) • Damien Binder (2000)

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released March 3, 2016

A NEW WORLD - CREDITS:

Damien Binder – vocals & guitar
Bob Shepheard – bass, guitars, keyboards & vocals
Michael Carpenter – guitars, keyboards & vocals
Dave Hatt – guitars
Wayne Bell - drums
Kylie Whitney – backing vocals

Produced by Bob Shepheard & Michael Carpenter

Recorded through 2014-2015 at Serendipity Studios, Birkdale Auckland NZ and Love HZ Studios, Leichhardt, Sydney Australia

Mixed by Michael Carpenter at Love HZ Studios
Mastered by Rick O’Neil at Turtlerock Mastering Studios, Leichhardt, Sydney

Artwork and design by Mark Roach / Photos by Jaime Smalley - jpdsmalley.com

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Singer-songwriter Damien Binder has been writing and recording his original style of moody alt-rock for more than 20 years.
Since his self-titled debut in the early 2000’s, the APRA Silver Scroll Award nominated artist has gone on to release four acclaimed solo albums and performed internationally supporting some of the world’s leading acts incl David Gray, Marianne Faithfull and Ani Di Franco.
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