Break the Habit

by Sophie Barker

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Sophie Barker’s distinctive and critically acclaimed vocal range, paired with her emotional song-writing skills, have yielded world-wide chart-topping singles, million-selling albums and music collaborations with artists as diverse as David Guetta, Zero 7, Groove Armada, The Egg and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins).

Perhaps best known as one of the trio of original Zero 7 singers, alongside Sia and Mozez, Sophie’s long-awaited 3rd solo album, ’Break the Habit’ took 4 years to record but sees her more comfortable than ever in her own skin.

Undoubtedly her best work to date, the LP effortlessly flows between her upfront live sound, finely-honed from intense touring and appearances with her band at festivals and venues across the UK and USA, and more atmospheric, mood driven electronica.

Produced by Alex Pilkington, and written by her, with collaborations from Alex, Paul Silver and her band, the album pours out of your speakers like honey. The hypnotic tremolo guitar and soothing vocals of ‘Break The habit’ collide with a timeless low slung drum groove to kick of proceedings, then ‘Start Me’ drops the listener into a haunting world of dream-pop.

The first single, ‘I Do It to Myself’, ups the tempo, as jangly guitars and synths drive this sexy strut of a song into the esoteric harpsichord breakdown, before the effortlessly catchy eponymous chorus hooks you back in. A stunning and totally justified cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Gold Dust Woman’ confirms the breadth of Sophie’s vocal range, before the electronic loops, edgy synths, analogue fx and melancholic vocal delivery of ‘Let’s Start Again’ nail the atmospherics on the second single from the LP and sumptuous outro.

Sophisticated and stylish, packing a punch and full to the brim of lush sonic surprises, it’s another stunning album from this sultry songstress.

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released January 13, 2017

All tracks produced by Alex Pilkington
Additional production by Sophie Barker
All tracks mixed by Bruno Ellingham, except 7, mixed by Henry Binns
Mastered By Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road

Photography by John Lander
Album design and layout by Nick Caro

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Track Name: Break the Habit
No room for communication, no room for words at all
No way that I misunderstood you, you just changed your mind

Thought we were fitted, now the world’s falling down
But I don’t have your issue, I want to grab as much happiness, happiness that I can

A muddied interpretation, in the beginning was the word
Funny how time can change things, depending on what you heard

I was prepared to break the habit, I could live a lifetime
I was prepared to break the habit, live a lifetime

Break, break, break the habit
Break, break, break the habit
In the beginning was the word,
Got to get it out of my system
In the beginning was the word
Track Name: Start Me
My secret life is burning me, drifting in an out of sleep
Don’t want no one to talk to me, my conscience is turning me around

I drink to drown, drown all my pain
Only makes me feel again
Feel again

Can’t sleep tonight for all the noise, the sounds are in my head
The waves that crash upon my feet, break the stillness of my heart

I drink to drown, drowm all my pain,
Only makes me feel
Again

Leave me this way, don’t wanna change
To feel again, feel again

Hold me now, now I’m my own
Hold me now, don’t let me go

Don’t let me go
Track Name: I Do it to Myself
I know you follow, I know you follow me
I never asked for solitude but I find it suits me
You know there are too many people crossing the same time
I never asked so it was never mine

I do it to myself, I know it's lovely here
Now I’m on my own, it’s where i want to be

And I know that you travelled across the world
To find yourself again
You know there are too many people
Don’t take the challenge to be themselves
Rather be lonely with you than without

I do it to myself, I know it's lovely here
Now I’m on my own it’s where I want to be
Oh you do it to yourselves
You know it’s lonely there, now you’re on your own
You’ve got some time to care

You should love me the way you want me to, do you love me at all

I do it to myself, I know it's lovely here
Now I’m on my own it’s where I want to be
Oh you do it to yourselves
You know it’s lonely there, now you’re on your own
You’ve got some time to care

Too many people crossing the same time
Thinking the same thing, playing the same game
There’s too many people, thinking the same thing
Crossing the same time, playing the same game
There’s too many people
Track Name: 3 Things
Said it before, haven’t I been there too
Confused me with your silence, I know you just don’t care
I’ve been here too many times and I despise the way you’re thinking
Provocative maybe with your narcissistic intention
Make me feel low down and get me on the floor
Ring me dry of all my hope, then offer me some more

What you think you doing keeping me here thinking, love me, leave me, let me be lonely, I’m better off without you now

Don’t you come telling me what you think I need
When it’s so obvious to me, I need to break free from your greed
These mixed feelings I have, where did they come from now?
Could only be you, could only be you

What you think you doing here keeping me thinking, love me, leave me, let me be lonely, I’m better off without you now

Oh when I call, when I call you’re never there in the night, in the night and my soul needs more light, you’re my demon, you’re my devil and I’ve got to let you go, you’re my demon, you’re my devil and I cannot resist now

Between you and I when I get over you, I’m free to do as I choose, free to do as I choose, between you and I when I get over you, free to do as I choose, don’t give your light away, free to do as I choose, free to do as I choose, don’t give your light away

Don’t give your light away
Track Name: Road 66
If I am broken hope you understand
It’s only a moment, changes all the time
Oh the sunlight flashes through my eyes
Everything is breathing

Everything is back to front now you’re gone
There’s no right or wrong
Some days I feel sad
Sometimes I just feel bad

Dig deep you never know
(Know, know, know)
All the places that you will go
(You’ll go, you’ll go, you’ll go)
We could reach the other side
Come home tonight, come home tonight

I see you sitting there, has it been 20 year
As I travel through the night
Silence beckons me and I call your name
From this moment nothing is the same

Dig deep you never know
(Know, know, know)
All the places that you will go
(You’ll go, you’ll go, you’ll go)
We could reach the other side
Come back tonight, come back tonight

The moon is slowly rising
To the tune of your heart
As I watch the stars are shining
They are shining just for you
The sun is rising, lights your name in the sky
The sun is rising, lights your name in the sky
Lights your name in the sky
Track Name: Gold Dust Woman
Rock on gold dust woman, take your silver spoon
Dig your grave
Heartless challenge, pick your path and I'll pray
Wake up in the morning, see your sunrise loves to go down
Lousy lovers pick their prey, but they never cry out loud. Cry out

Did she make you cry, make you break down
Shatter your illusions of love
And is it over now, do you know how
Pick up the pieces and go home.

Rock on ancient queen, follow those who pale
in your shadow
Rulers make bad lovers, you better put your kingdom up for sale, up for sale

Well did she make you cry, make you break down
Shatter your illusions of love
And is it over now, do you know how
Pickup the pieces and go home.

Well did she make you cry, make you break down
Shatter your illusions of love
And now tell me
Is it over now, do you know how
Pickup the pieces and go home
Go home, go home

Pale shadow of a woman
Gold dust woman
Track Name: Don't Give it Away
Shatter my dreams with love and affection
Don’t give it all away, no need to question
Tears in your eyes, looking away
Never been here before, wont you lead me astray

I’ve had a thousand loves, a thousand lives
Could it be different between you and I
No rhyme or reason why should it be this way
Never been here before, think I might stay
Don’t give it a, don’t give it a, don’t give it a, don’t give it a
Don’t give it away.

I’ve had a thousand loves and a thousand lives
Could it be different between you and I
I’ve had thousand loves and a thousand lives
Could it be different between you and I
I’ve had a thousand loves and a thousand lives
Wouldn’t be different even if I tried
Even I tried
Track Name: Breathe Me In
Breathe, breathe me in
Let me soak through skin
Lie next to me, through the night
Tell me what you see, all your dreams and fantasies
Swimming your head before I sleep

If I fall in the middle of your heart
Whether we ride this life together
Be awake for me
Move over here
Come sit by my side
Hold me closely day and night
Less is more, give me more of what I need
Breathe, breathe, breathe me in

If you fall in the middle of your life
Feel like times running out, we wont break
We will grow together
Know that you are loved, you are loved here and now and forever
I wont let you go ‘til the sun burns out on me

Bless this moment, bless this moment, bless this moment
You’re the only one, you’re the only one, you’re the only one
You’re the only one, you’re the only one
Track Name: Let's Start Again
Why do you choke, when freedom is on your mind
Why do you joke, when you’re always out of time
Why do you choke, when freedom is on your mind
Why do you joke, when you’re always out of time
Why do you lie, when all you want is honesty
Why do you lead, when you don’t know where you want to be
Why do you hate, when all you want to do is love
Why do you judge, there’s no difference between you and me

Did I, oh I oh I I oh I did I oh I oh I did I
Come on let’s start again, come on come on, let's start again
Did I oh I oh I did I oh I oH I oh I oh Did I Did I

Come on let’s start again
Come on let’s start again
Come on let’s start again
Come on let’s start again
Come on let’s start again
Come on let’s start again
Come on let’s start again
Come on let’s start again