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released September 21, 2018

Pieter Van Dessel - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Gianni Marzo - guitar, pedal steel guitar
Brecht Plasschaert - keyboards
Frederik Bastiaensen - bass
Mattijs Vanderleen - drums, percussion, glockenspiel, marimba

with
Renée Sys: vocals on In Time, Speeches and 39
B. Jean Baudouin: vocals on The Road
Marino Roosen: vocals on Anyhow (Even Now)
Beatrijs De Klerck: violin on In Time, Fire in the Lake and The Road
Stefan Wellens: viola on In Time, Fire in the Lake and The Road
Tine Anthonis: cello on In Time and The Road
Rozanne Descheemaeker: horn on The Road, Wisdom is Bliss
Gerd Van Mulders: trumpet on The Road

Music and lyrics by Pieter Van Dessel
Except “The Road”: lyrics by B. Jean Baudouin

Drums on 39, Fire in the Lake and One Last Regret recorded by Mattijs Vanderleen at Studio Zed.
Drums on Wisdom is Bliss recorded by Jasper Maekelberg at Audioworkx.
All other drums and strings recorded by Pieter-Jan Coppejans at Robot Studios. All other aspects recorded by Brecht Plasschaert and Pieter Van Dessel.

Produced by Pieter Van Dessel

Mixed by Jo Francken
Except “The Road”, mixed by Wouter Vlaeminck, and vocal mix by Peter Crosbie

Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters

Artwork by Eugene & Louise
Layout by Tim Broothaers.

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Marble Sounds Brussels, Belgium

It’s now almost 3 years ago that Marble Sounds decided to go a different musical way and delighted us with the wonderfully beautiful ‘Tautou’. With their latest newborn ‘The Advice to Travel Light’, Pieter Van Dessel and his crew are taking a well-aimed stab at sounding the way a warm, powerful pop album should sound. ... more

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Track Name: The Advice to Travel Light
A friend of mine
Said I do need a reason not to travel light
I’m turning blind to excess
So it’s hard to draw the line
I never said
That I won’t ever settle for a little less
Now let me out
Let me out

If I really fail
To get up again
Consider me blind
To the moments I crave
It is time to head on out

If I never cope
With the overflow
Consider me out
And then do as I don’t
You’re advised to travel light

My mind is slow
I don’t know how to process all the subtle signs
My soul is scarred
And I feel like I’m being pulled apart
I’m tripping up and I fall
As I feel a strange delight
Now let me out
Let me out

If I really fail
To get up again
Consider me blind
To the moments I crave
It is time to head on out

If I never cope
With the overflow
Consider me out
And then do as I don’t
You’re advised to travel light

You’re advised to carry on
We never really know how we get by
You’re advised to leave it all
You never really know what it’s good for

You’re advised to carry on
We never really know how we get by
You’re advised to leave it all
You never really know what it’s good for
Track Name: In Time
No more stuck on beginner’s luck
I’ll be sticking to my bluff
I feel alone in my comfort zone
Wish me well and then I’ll go

But slowly I am learning to
Adjust my old routines to you
You’ll see the proof along the ride
Ease the brakes ‘cause we’ll be fine
In time

Am I allowed to be myself without
Taking up the glove?
How can I see what you can see
Be what you want me to be?

But slowly I am learning to
Adjust my old routines to you
You’ll see the proof along the ride
Ease the brakes ‘cause we’ll be fine
In time

If you suss me out
Would you let me in?
Cause we can go far
If we pick the battles we can win

You can mark my words
As they’re sinking in
But it wears me out to lift my head
When every bit in me is aching
Track Name: Speeches
The first year that she was around
Little finger in her mouth
She seemed a soap bubble machine

The second year she carried on
Being charming and along came all
Her endless fantasies

I don’t believe in intelligent design
But somehow she is divine

She became, though a bit shy
An entertainer in disguise
At three she had her fans to please

Then last year she bumped her head
Going up the stairs
And for one night the star was
mummified

I don’t believe in intelligent design
but she surely is divine

I can give her some advice
Tell her what or not to try
But sometimes good intentions can
be harsh

Forget inspirational speeches
Like “if you’re eager you can reach
it”
Manuals will never satisfy
You decide

The first year that she was around
Was a ride but just a start

I can’t tell her what’s ahead
Only that I’ll have her back
Track Name: Anyhow (Even Now)
Got my lesson learned
And forgot it soon after I took a turn
But I'm cool with that
If anyone gets offended, it's their bad

It's so hard to change
It's tough to erase what I've learned the hard way
But you can confirm
No one tricks me unless, it's on my terms

Will I find
Will I find
Peace of mind
It'd be so
Justified
Anyhow

Will I find
Will I find
Peace of mind
It'd be so
Justified
Anyhow
Even now

How I should react
To any attack or blatant denial
I am quiet instead
Still figuring out the wires in my head

I could use more time
To pull me through before I decide
You say hope is here
If you prove it's real I'll start believing

Will I find
Will I find
Peace of mind
It'd be so
Justified
Anyhow

Will I find
Will I find
Peace of mind
It'd be so
Justified
Anyhow
Even now

Why do I feel so cold
When the fire's so close
Deception's never far

Why does time seem so slow
When these moments unfold?
Acceptance is a start

Why do I feel so cold
When the fire's so close
Deception's never far

Will I find
Will I find
Peace of mind
It'd be so
Justified
Anyhow

Will I find
Will I find
Peace of mind
It'd be so
Justified
Anyhow
Even now

Anyhow
Anyhow
Anyhow
Anyhow
Track Name: About You
I keep my secrets to my heart
Afraid to tell you from the start
That I don’t know ‘bout you but
I love you

One cliché could say it all
Like “I will catch you when you fall”
But I am way too slow to let you know

I’ve had some disillusions
Just by being too sincere
But since I met you I control
My internal cheer
I don’t know what you’re up to now
Or who you’re gonna choose
But then again in any case
I still love you

I could write a different song
‘Bout how I’d like to carry on
But what else can I do but love you

You’re systematically in charge
And god knows how it got that far
Though I don’t think the man
Has a plan

I may be long forgotten
But I cannot disappear
You can look away
But I’m still standing over here
I might be lost in pointless dreams
And far from every truth
But as far as I’m concerned
I still love you

I’ve got no expectations
I ain’t losing any sleep
And if you can’t care less
I won’t expect apologies
But then you turn to me and whisper
Something in my ear
Now it’s really time to make
My message clear

As I’m finally telling you
“I love you too”
Track Name: 39
I’m going through the different
Stages of my age
As if I’m feeling older now
Than I was yesterday
Making sense of past events just
Seems absurd
Some memories have disappeared
Some others are a blur

I wonder what it takes
To take some pride
In something that’s so easily
Lost in time
And I would tell you all
That’s on my mind
If only I could lie
If only I could lie

I was into whatever coming up my
Way
And looking back I guess I didn’t get
The part I played
Still all those years have never made
Me lose that spark
And if you care I will be there to hold
Onto your arms

I don’t know where I am at 39
And it could take a moment to arrive
But it might help me to figure out
What it’s all about
What it’s all about

I’m grateful for the reasons
I still feel alive
But nervous in the purposes made
Over time
But I think I’ll survive
I think I’ll survive

This is for the unexpected passersby
This is for the ones that sweetened
Up my life
I’m sure we’ll survive
I’m sure we’ll survive
Track Name: Fire in the Lake
Said you never fought it
’Til the final day
How is it that you’re homesick
You never went away

So come on over
Before you choke
Who am I to ask for more
And what for?

When you’re getting closer
There’s fire in the lake
When you think it’s over
Somebody opens the gate

So come on over
Before you choke
Who am I to ask for more,
And what for?
Track Name: The Road
There’s a road
A road I’ve been building to take you
Wherever you’d go
And you know
Your path might be clear now
but you’ll see
Some obstacles grow
(Ooh)

And you’ll find
Some roads that seem better
are better
But still take their toll
Pay no mind
Your roadblocks aren’t roadblocks
but hurdles
And hurdles can’t hold
(You)

You’ll see more than you can take
Soon as you go
What I can do is take it too
That way you’ll know
It’s only more than you can take
‘Til you let go
What I can do is take it too
That way you’ll know

There’s a road
A road I’ve been building to reach
You
Wherever you’d go
And you know
The path that I set you down ended
A long time ago

There’s a road
And it has a shoulder to rest on
When you’re running low
And you know
The path you were given was given
It’s nothing you owe

When you go
Don’t worry ‘bout letting me down
I’ll just see you below
And I hope
If you lose your way you’ll look back
And in looking you’ll know

There’s a road
A road I’ve been building to reach
You
Wherever you go
When you go
Remember it’s not how you get there
It’s how you get home
Track Name: Wisdom Is Bliss
No one seems to know
How high to raise the bar
We see the challenges
But do our best to keep them far
We need a plan but instead of this
We choose to contradict
That wisdom can be bliss

I don’t wanna say hello
To everyone I know
Neither could I stay inside
At ease at any price

I don’t wanna force a change
But it’s the only way
So the rant that I’ve begun
Tomorrow would be done

History likes to prove who’s wrong
And who’s right
How can a point be made when
Parts of it are being denied?
We need a plan but instead of this
We fear the consequence
Of every hit and miss
Track Name: Keep Repeating
Are you only being polite?
I can tell it from your smile
But even when the tension drops
The feeling doesn’t stop

It’s sticking to my skin
It’s tying up my wrists
Concealing it won’t do the trick
The impression still exists

But I don’t wanna feel this
It’s beating up my battered heart
If you still don’t see it
I will keep repeating
I don’t wanna feel this

You can question all my skills
You can call it what you will
A sculpture or a pile of stones
A painting or a spill

But to see a person care
Without really being there
Shows me how you can’t relate
To what I’ve got to say

I don’t wanna feel this
It’s beating up my battered heart
If you still don’t see it
I will keep repeating

I don’t wanna feel this
Track Name: One Last Regret
It’s what I haven’t done
That makes me what I’ve become
It’s what I always tend to do
That holds me back
From something new

It’s the day I quit
When I should have stuck to it
It’s the moment I’m about
To burn out

But there’s one regret
You’re quiet about
We should be talking out
‘Cause you shouldn’t ever end
Up with no confidence
What else is there left to do?
Stop feeling you’re about to lose
If someone is better off than you

It’s the younger me
Learning to show sympathy
Sometimes it’s the attitude
Taken when I had no clue

It’s the final call
Wasted right before the fall
It’s the valuable advice
Turned down

But there’s one regret
You’re quiet about
We should be talking out
‘Cause you shouldn’t ever end
Up with no confidence
What else is there left to do?
Stop feeling you’re about to lose
If someone is better off than you

There is one regret
A last one to talk about
‘Cause you shouldn’t ever end
Up with no confidence
What else is there left to do?
Stop feeling you’re about to lose
If someone is better off than you

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