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Til Now

by Damien Binder

Til Now 03:32
til now you’ve got a smile that shines you’ve got a smile that says come in and as I go through that door i don’t want to leave been keeping you on ice been holding you at arm’s length checking out my options fighting off good sense til now i could say goodbye until now i could say it very well don’t you run away took my time but here we are closer now than ever to what we’ve never had can you wait a little longer for me i’m still in disbelief close your eyes a little longer you’ll see you’re my lasting relief
Anytime 04:30
anytime kicking back in rewind you’re still the one i had in mind wherever you are don’t go too far towards your face i’m still inclined so hurry up and take your time wherever you are you’ll see my star clear and bright never far behind should you find people ain’t so kind don’t think twice or wait for a sign come round anytime i’d be yours anytime it’s coming round a second start you won’t need to guard your heart whatever was bad can’t you see past? don’t pull out of the race take the best cut and paste what ever was said you can’t stay mad be safe tonight i’m thinking of keeping you on awhile now we both agree to disagree that’s fine i know you know I’m right
point and shoot so you’ve been around the block hey i’m no saint myself but i get the feeling when you look at me you don’t see nobody else i recall the dress you wore it sparkled through the crowd and i was busy dreaming up a scene waiting to act it out hi where have you been all my life? what have I been doing with my time? was I waiting for you to point and shoot? i never know just what to say but you could be good for me ‘cos if i blow my lines and lose my way it’s okay you always know what i mean i could see it through that would be something to see i’m so used to taking dives when it takes some kind of leap will it go our way we’ll just have to wait and see when you never know just what you should take or what you should leave …will you stay with me?
Take Me 05:08
Tell Me 03:59


Second solo album released in 2003.


“A rich weave of acoustic and electric guitars behind a voice that sounds vulnerable, yet has a strong confident core… carried along on strong tunes and blazing chord progressions. Singer songwriter albums of the standard of Damien Binder’s “Til Now” are few and far between.” Nick Bollinger – The Sampler

By RUSSELL BAILLIE (Herald rating: * * * *)

The usual path for the Kiwi bloke singer-songwriter is to have the legacy of a band or three behind him before striking out under his own name.

Even Greg Johnson was once a “Set”. Aucklander Damien Binder, whose voice isn’t unlike Johnson’s, and is here on his second solo album after his impressive self-titled 2000 debut, did his mid-90s time in the group Second Child, which didn’t really dent the national pop conscience.

But here Binder again proves that the personal approach agrees with him and his songs, on an album which ranges from toe-tapping pop- and country-rock to moody, heartfelt ballads.

If there’s a drawback it’s that the music sounds too even-tempered, and Binder’s voice can sound like he is again fronting a band rather than being the natural centre of attention.

However, if the production isn’t calling attention to itself, the songs soon shine through. Among the brightest are the optimistic opener Til Now, the rueful heart-on-sleeve Anytime, the Crowded House-ish A Day’s Grace, the country-hearted More Than You Could Know (helped by Dianne Swann’s sweet harmonies) and the equally dreamy pair of Take Me and the closing Passing Through.

It may lack that one standout track that might win him an extra spotlight, but that doesn’t stop Binder’s second being an album as convincing as its predecessor in its honest emotions and intelligent songcraft.

NZ MUSICIAN Vol 11 No.2 Oct/Nov 2003© NZ Musician magazine:

The August/Sept NZM promised it, and here it is, the second album from Auckland singer/songwriter Damien Binder. The 10 well crafted songs generally tackle the theme of relational issues, but with a few twists in the otherwise familiar thematic road.

Production is aided by Bob Shepheard and Steve Garden, who also respectively provide their bass and drum skills, among other talents. The collaboration is one of those production tem-ups that consistently produce good stuff, and this offering is certainly no exception. The nicely uncluttered arrangements see Binder’s very capable guitar augmented by that of Chris Van de Geer, who also handled mix duties.

I sometimes feel that an album that grabs me too quickly is also one I’ll get bored with quickly. Til Now took a wee while to warm to, which for me means it’s got depth and durability that will protect it from coffee-coaster status. This album may well herald Damien Binder as a name and sound we might be hearing more of on the airwaves – not at all a bad thing.

-Tim Page


released August 15, 2003

Damien Binder - vocals, guitar
Bob Shepheard - guitars, bass, keys and vocals
Steve Garden - drums
Dianne Swann - backing vocals on track 8
Chris Van de Geer - guitar on track 1 & 10

Produced by Bob Shepheard at Serendipity Studios, Auckland
New Zealand

Mixed by Chris Van de Geer
Mastered by Don Bartley at 301 Studios, Sydney Australia


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Singer-songwriter Damien Binder has been writing his original style of moody alt-rock for more than 20 years.
Since the early 2000’s the APRA Silver Scroll Award nominated artist has gone on to release 5 acclaimed solo albums, performed with some of the world’s leading acts like David Gray, Marianne Faithfull & Ani Di Franco. His new album 'Bright Side' is out now.
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