Kholood Eid for NPR She remembers screaming when she found the instrument in the bathroom (still in its box from Costco) and then setting to work learning how to play it. "And I think that's why a lot of times when I'm speaking to anybody in the media, I lead with black joy, because that feels more radical and productive to me than, 'Of course that s*** happened.'". "That was the dream!". Lætitia Tamko, better known by her stage name Vagabon, is a Cameroonian songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, currently based in New York. All The Women In Me, Vagabon… Read more about it. ", Tamko tells me she feels lucky to have them and then corrects herself: "It's funny; I stopped using the word 'lucky.' hide caption, Tamko is not interested in being the so-called "Cameroonian girl in indie rock." "I've had bandmates laugh at me because I didn't know how to speak, like, music language," Tamko says. VAGABON In A Bind Lyrics. The question was never whether she was welcome in rock or any popular music genre, for that matter. She remembers screaming when she found the instrument in the bathroom (still in its box from Costco) and then setting to work learning how to play it. "I'm African," Tamko says. "It felt important for me — not just me emotionally, but for me as a musician — to be able to play rock music in front of a 98 percent black audience, and for them to see me," Tamko says. Tamko tries out keyboards at a music shop in Brooklyn. Kholood Eid for NPR Her family was in the Cameroonian capital city of Yaoundé, where she was born and spent much of her childhood. hide caption. Unfortunately we don't have the lyrics for the song "Flood Hands" yet. After she got back from that trip, Tamko says, "for many reasons that feel a little too personal to share, it became unlivable in my parents' house." She says her group text with musician friends Mitski Miyawaki (who performs as just Mitski) and Sasami Ashworth (who performs as SASAMI) "has saved [her] life so many times." Tamko has been recording since 2014 as Vagabon. ", In the photo, Laetitia Tamko sits by herself against a deep orange backdrop, wearing a sleeveless black top and a hexagonal blue hat handwoven by the L.A. hatmaker Ariana Valenzuela. Vagabon feels experimental, perhaps exactly because the person who made it was using tools that were new to her. "I don't know if I'm breaking any singing rules, but to me it doesn't matter," Tamko says. To get pumped up to go into the studio and record, Tamko re-opened herself to music from the outside, and listened to a kind of "game day" mix of artists, mostly female rappers: early Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim. Quando la gente dorme / Scendo gi? She's also been removing a tendency to downplay the strength of her art. ", "I'm just kind of dragging the snare through all these different plugins that I don't know what they are, I don't know what they're doing," Tamko explains. Stream the album via Spotify or Apple Music. When asked whether the more electronic sounds on Vagabon were in any way an attempt to move beyond the indie-rock scene with all of its hangups, Tamko describes the shift in sound as a "rejection of being pigeonholed." Nonesuch Records — home to a deep roster of musical veterans like Rhiannon Giddens, Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson — will release the album. My body's gone awry, gone awry And my love is in a bind, I don't know what to do about that You know I'd give you all my time It was enough until you saw her eyes, uh-huh "I came back around / Knowing you'd wreck my s*** all over again / It's funny how I'll never regret / Going low for you," she sings on "Secret Medicine." She first read the phrase "flood hands" in a book, though she can't remember which one. The Embers by Vagabon from the debut record, "Infinite Worlds" out now on Father/Daughter Records and Marathon Artists. Sign up for Deezer and listen to Flood by VAGABON and 56 million more tracks. Think the iconic drum break in the 1981 smash hit "In the Air Tonight.". "It made me so emotional to read that because at that time I felt like I was so ... fragile, I could really seep through people's fingers. And so a lot of those songs are about wanting to find my space and feel OK ... demanding that I should take up space.". Tamko played a cross-country tour the summer after graduation. Kholood Eid for NPR She first read the phrase "flood hands" in a … I wanted to learn from them. "Most of your music will date back to that place.". Much of Infinite Worlds, the first album Tamko recorded as Vagabon, was her with a guitar, singing achingly introspective songs about the search for home and safety. Tamko got right in the middle of that circle and she danced. Check out Flood by Vagabon on Amazon Music. Tracks. show this week's top 1000 most popular songs. Tamko's parents eventually surprised her with an acoustic guitar when she was 17, just about to graduate. Tamko describes Vagabon as a flex: she plays many of the instruments you hear on it, and she learned the digital audio software Logic Pro so she could produce it almost entirely on her own. We have a large team of moderators working on this day and night. There's an interlude in "Wits About You" — a song about not being able to let something or someone go — where Tamko makes a thinly-veiled critique of the indie-rock scene in which she found a fraught home. Tamko's family moved to the U.S. so that her mother could get a law degree. Help contribute and earn points to increase your VIP level to get extra benefits. LetsSingIt comes to you in your own language! In her short career, Vagabon has been associated with indie rock, but her new music relies on less on the guitar and more on synths, sequenced drums and strings. It’ll either come in a harrowing lyric that sticks in the conscience, or it’ll arrive from a soft drone that gradually envelops"- DIY Magazine "Infinite Worlds" out Feb 24 2017 via Father Daughter Records Home Soon (Antebellum Film Mix), released 18 September 2020 Watch the video for Flood from Vagabon's Vagabon for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. She says this process — of taking what's in her head and getting it into an arrangement — reminds her "very much how I felt as a programmer. “Flood,” the first taste of Vagabon’s second record All the Women in Me, leans into those electronic impulses. Making Vagabon was painful because of how much pressure Tamko puts on herself; she says there was a whole period of time when she was so creatively paralyzed that she couldn't open her computer to work on arranging songs. "You know, it's my voice and it's deeply personal and I don't want it to be perfect.". Rock; June 13 2019. "Vagabond" lyrics. Here, Tamko, doesn't so much chide the relatable relationship boomerang as self-destructive, she just marks it as just something worth noting. “Flood,” the first taste of Vagabon’s second record All the Women in Me, leans into those electronic impulses. Tamko is in the middle of a process she calls "the death of [her] imposter syndrome." Tamko can remember the first time she realized music made her feel better than anything else. "I felt so displaced. On "Please Don't Leave the Table," Tamko floats a Destiny's Child reference in a relaxed falsetto: "When you call, say my name, say my name." “Flood Hands” starts with the breathy, hypnotic dreaminess we’re used to seeing from Vagabon until the echoing drumbeat swells and production ebbs forward, illustrating growth. Vagabon performs "Cleaning house" live at Silent Barn https://vagabon.bandcamp.com Tamko was born 26 years ago in Cameroon, but has lived in and around New York City since she was a pre-teen; she's part of the generation that saw hip-hop become pop. 50+ videos Play all Mix - Vagabon - Cold Apartment (Official Music Video) YouTube Lucy Dacus - "Night Shift" (Official Audio) - Duration: 6:30. Vagabon lyrics. Laetitia Tamko's second album, the soon-to-be-released, self-titled Vagabon, is written from the perspective of someone who found not just the space to call home, but also a firm grip on her artistic identity. Top Vagabon Lyrics The Embers 100 Years Cold Apartment Alive And A Well Every Woman Flood Full Moon In Gemini Wits About You Please Don't Leave The Table Vermont II. Tamko had this to say about the song in a press release: "I wrote 'Water Me Down' in a stream of consciousness way in the few minutes following a frustrating phone call … She remembers screaming when she found the instrument in the bathroom (still in its box from Costco) and then setting to work learning how to play it. "I'm constantly thinking about 'no suffer porn, no suffer porn, no suffer porn ... that is not how I want to be talked about," Tamko said. "I guess what I'm trying to say is that this album is me doing whatever the f*** I want because I can do whatever I want, you know? "They're humble in their actions, but they're not humble.". But they didn't respect me enough to think that they had anything to learn from me.". hide caption. In May 2017, Tamko couldn't help but notice that one of Spotify's subway ads bore a passing resemblance to a lyric from "The Embers," which opens Infinite Worlds. "I appreciate that, but I'm really not here to change any world.". Only with grace I'll make you a flood in my... Only with grace I'll take all the words that you said When you brought it back from the ground It … "I got a drummer from the jazz department at my college and a bassist that was recommended by him," Tamko says. How do I make trap hats? That's what I'm protective of.". I have friends like that because I'm that friend. Ultimately, though, she lands on a much simpler answer. Sometimes we're thrown off our pathways What I thought was my way home Wasn't the place I know I'm not afraid of changing I'm certain nothing's certain What we own becomes our prison Not any longer! It was previously called All the Women in Me. It was a feeling she would spend years chasing. Top Vagabon Lyrics Vermont II 100 Years Cold Apartment Alive And A Well Every Woman Flood Full Moon In Gemini Secret Medicine Please Don't Leave The Table In A Bind. Or perhaps you can help us out. Vagabon is the stage name of one Laetitia Tamko, Cameroonian-American Indie/electro pop artist. Katie Melua Lyrics "The Flood" Broken people get recycled And I hope that I will. Ghostemane Lyrics "Vagabond" It all started when you Left me for dead, now I've been a wreck And momma told me daddy ain't gonna be back And she told me I'm the man now, I guess I'm the man now Think I need a plan now, uh (Ah) Must've been nothing but a jit Now she has shared another song from it, "Water Me Down." "In a Bind" explores longing for a lost chance at romance, while "Home Soon" celebrates finding comfort in community. "And knowing that I could do that too, to someone else. "This album is resilience and strength. Today the Band To Watch announces the follow-up to 2017 debut album Infinite Worlds. She did not listen to music while writing it because she didn't want to drown out what was already in her head, and she wanted to make music she couldn't reference anywhere else. It was time for it to be explicit 'cause I'm explicit on the record.". Vagabon (aka Lætitia Tamko)’s self-titled sophomore album was released October 18, 2019, on Nonesuch Records, with vinyl due November 15. "Just kind of clicking around, dragging, quantizing kind of wrong. "Vagabond" lyrics. ", Tamko walks with Oliver Hill, a session player on keys, guitar and viola, in Brooklyn. She thinks she was about three. The question was never whether she was welcome in rock or any popular music genre, for that matter. In the night while my body slept in my bed my mind was running through the woods instead One hundred miles an hour in the fast lane One hund Vagabon – Flood Lyrics. But it is also the record that documents the happiest era of her life. She still lives on her own, but says she talks to her parents now, a thing she never expected to do again when she left. LetsSingIt is a crowdsourced lyrics database, created by and maintained by people just like you! She paid everyone. Because the hard part is in me.". "I was feeling myself in a different way, to be honest," she says. "There will be no darkness in any of this," she says. Recording since 2014 as VAGABON Secret Medicine Lyrics. Tamko is careful not to exclude any of her fans, but she notes that because she makes indie-rock music, and because of the scene she came up in, "a whole array of people" end up at her shows. The family moved from Harlem to the Bronx, then to Westchester County, where Tamko attended high school. We have added the song to our site without lyrics so that you can listen to it and tell others what you think of it. Tamko walks with Oliver Hill, a session player on keys, guitar and viola, in Brooklyn. "I think it's ... for some reason, a compelling story to see how a person like me has been hurt, or feels hurt, or feels damned or doomed," Tamko says. It was a Sunday, at a gathering called a reunion, in a circle of about 25 women, singing together. This slipperiness offers an answer to the political pressure that critics tend to put on Tamko's art. Her lyrics, in particular, were so idiosyncratic that they make a listener grateful for Tamko's strange mind. We have added the song to our site without lyrics so that you can listen to it and tell others what you think of it. The song starts with a kind of swirly mix of strings and synth, but when the chorus kicks in, this trap-influenced beat comes along, too, and Tamko's vocals wind through the newfound structure. She pauses, exasperated. "I'm African," Tamko says. "My parents always said, 'There is no room for starving artists here. Tamko says that "it calls you in and invites a generous listen.". The restlessness captured on that album in terms of styles, sounds, and lyrics is replaced by a more mature calm -- even wisdom -- on the reflective Vagabon. "By the time I sat down to make this record, I went from not being sure I'd be OK to touring the world like, a bazillion times and doing the only thing that makes me happy. Lyrics to 'Flood' by Jars Of Clay. May 17th 2018 by Perry Kostidakis "I'm constantly thinking about 'no suffer porn, no suffer porn, no suffer porn ... that is not how I want to be talked about," she adds. Original lyrics of Flood song by Vagabon. In the liner notes of Vagabon, she credits them for being part of the "chosen family" that made the record possible. "I feel like I made an amazing record." Vagabon is the moniker of New York-based musician Lætitia Tamko. Youtubing, 'How to make hi-hats go fast.'". "I'm African," Tamko says. "And then when I was putting together tours and I was working on recordings, I kept going back to her because ... she's really gracious and honest about her experience.". ", "Flood" is about realizing that good can come out of our fragility. But it is also the record that documents the happiest era of her life. I'm just different. "Most of your music will date back to that place. An uncharacteristic behavior, perhaps, for a person who would describe herself as a shy kid. hide caption. She started writing songs towards the end of college, inspired by a classmate, and soon she was playing punk shows at night and driving up to the Hudson Valley on the weekends to record. The self-titled album was released in 2019 and is the second LP of hers. Depending on who is listening and when, Vagabon lyrics can speak to relationships between friends, or romantic partners — or between a person and society. Vagabond dreamin' takes me through the night Sippin' whiskey by the river living out of sight One hundred miles an hour in the fast lane A hundred miles an hour toward the light See the curve in that river's bend I look at you and I see my friend One hundred miles an hour in the fast lane A hundred miles an hour till the end Lætitia Tamko, in arte Vagabon, ha annunciato l’uscita del secondo album, seguito del debutto del 2017 Infinite Worlds. Related Vagabon Links Secret Medicine video Vagabon twitter Vagabon facebook. She "adapted to that to make them feel more at ease," she says, but watching award shows on TV had given her lofty private goals. I'm black," Tamko says. It also mattered to hear Tamko's music and know it was coming from a black woman. 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