Ribbon on a Bough b​/​w The Other Half of Everything

by Martin John Henry

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Gargleblast Records are extremely proud to announce the release of Ribbon on a Bough, the lead single from The Other Half of Everything, the debut solo album by Scottish singer-songwriter Martin John Henry. Ribbon on a Bough finds Henry at his most upbeat, blending folkish thrash-pop with synth heavy break downs, his accented lyrics bringing a warm, wondering sense to it all. Catchy too.

Henry honed his poetic talent as the frontman/songwriter in the sadly missed De Rosa, whose albums Mend and Prevention for Chemikal Undergound Records have become contemporary classics on their home turf. In an article for The Skinny in 2008, Barry Burns of Mogwai stated that De Rosa were one of his biggest influences, saying that their last album Prevention was “a great achievement and very inspiring to me”.

Henry has toured and collaborated with many of Scotland's finest creatives, including Mogwai, Malcolm Middleton and King Creosote. In 2007 Henry collaborated with author Michel Faber on the critically acclaimed Ballads of the Book compilation (Chemikal Underground, 2007), and in 2009 he contributed a cover of The Beatles' Because to MOJO's Abbey Road Now! CD.

An exclusive b-side, the beautiful non-album song The Other Half of Everything, shares a title with the album on which Ribbon on a Bough is featured.



Selected press for Martin John Henry's songwriting...

“Beautifully captures an idyllic nation immersed in fragile contradiction” - The Skinny
“Defines folk in the sense of regional belonging rather than genre prescription, and is both thrillingly visceral and gently contemplative as a result." - BBC Collective
“Insidiously compelling contemporary prog-pop” - The Scotsman
"The kind of parochial majesty you might encounter if The Pixies reworked The Go-Betweens "Before Hollywood" for a documentary about the social history of Lanarkshire. Yes, that good." – Mojo

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released October 3, 2011

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Gargleblast Records is an independent record label based in Hamilton, Scotland. The label was founded by record producer Andy Miller and Shaun Tallamy in May 2003. Bands on our roster include... De Rosa, Desert Hearts, PAN, Life Without Buildings, Martin John Henry, Kung Fu Jesus, Towers and Foxface. ... more

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Track Name: Ribbon on a Bough
Ribbon On A Bough

You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough

You’re a ribbon on a bough
Jumping hares wait for light
And a river running slow
You’re meandering tonight
Through the twilit silver dreams
Every second ripples to
Wooden floors the gap between
Trough, peak, wave to you.

Liquid in light, cornered at night
In your room you feel safe
The perfect lit face
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
The sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?

You’re a ribbon on a bough
See the apple’s sagging weight
There’s a beast among the flock
There’s a serpent on your plate
But that’s a feature of a bad dream
And to wake is to redeem
In his arms I tell you sister
You’re at safety’s marble feet

Liquid in light, cornered at night
In your room you feel safe
The perfect lit face
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
Sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?

Liquid in light, cornered at night
In your room you feel safe
The perfect lit face
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
The sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?

Liquid in light, cornered at night
In your room you feel safe
The perfect lit face
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
The sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
The sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?

You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough.
Track Name: The Other Half of Everything
The Other Half of Everything

I’m not gonna talk at the meet and greet
I’m not gonna work though we need to eat
I’m not gonna bite when it’s in my mouth
I’m not gonna love in my lover’s arms

The other half of everything
Wants me
Wants me to dive in
The other half of everything
Wants me in

I won’t pull my hand out a magic box
I won’t use my body to do what nature wants
I’m a perfect point
Still in space and time
I’m a minted coin that you’ve laid on the line

The other half of everything
Wants me
Wants me to dive in
The other half of everything
Wants me in
The other half of everything
Showed me
Showed me how to swim
The other half of everything
Pushed me in

Now I’m here
Here I thrust and decay
Soon you must sweep me up
I am dust
Gone my fear
Now you must