Alight, Alight

by Les Étoiles

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Alight, Alight is Les Étoiles' fourth and most beautifully unadorned album.

With only sparse piano arrangements for accompaniment, these songs are thoughtful reminiscences of time spent in Wales, London and Shropshire (and, in the case of Where We Will Live, a dream of an idyllic life in rural Italy). Featuring songs both old and new (although only the opening track, Empty Carriage, has been heard before), Alight, Alight serves as a fitting retrospective of David's songwriting to date; even the title recalls that of his first album and suggests the closing of a circle, or the completion of a long journey home.

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released July 1, 2016

All songs written, recorded and produced by David Fitzpatrick.
Photograph by David Fitzpatrick.

Thanks to Chris Loy for the use of the piano.

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Les Étoiles London, UK

Originally from Bridgnorth in Shropshire, David Fitzpatrick has been releasing music under the name Les Étoiles since 2008. He writes quiet, wistful songs with understated piano or guitar accompaniment.

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Track Name: Empty Carriage (Return Journey)
Home is where I sit
In transit
Aboard an empty carriage
Never to alight
Nor mind that
I haven't touched a soul
I'd give them all the slip
But the heart sinks
Who knows, would there be mourning?
Steal away this ride
Leaving behind
No scent, no trace, no litter
Track Name: Sunset From The Ruins
So, shall we walk through the ruins again?
From there we can look out across the sea
You have caught the sun today
Now I can see your freckles
When you leave I'll visit you
Wherever you settle
Track Name: Sunlight On Sandstone
Sunlight on sandstone
Perfect kindling for the soul
This is where we know
We can make the hours slow

Let your sorrows show
We can take them one by one
In the evening's glow
Will you ask me not to go?

Sunlight on sandstone
Perfect kindling for the soul
Track Name: She Was
She was once a small, flickering light
In a starless sky
She was sometimes the sound of a sigh
In a summer breeze
She was near almost all of the time
Hidden in plain sight
Now she sits
By my side
Hand in mine
With a knowing smile
Track Name: Sleepless But Content
So at long last
All of your worries are also mine
This is how we are now
Two neighbouring branches grown entwined

I will lie here and wait
While you sleep soundlessly
Dreaming of who knows what
All that is unknowable
Track Name: Where We Will Live
Oh, I can see a year from now
You'll take me back to your hometown

You'll take me back to Italy
Where we will live quietly

And you will paint beautiful landscapes
And I will write songs about the sea

So we will go to Italy
Where we will live happily
Track Name: For Sally
This is a song
For an old companion
Who took away
Some of the sadness
The house doesn't feel
Like a home without her

Taking a glance
At the magnolia
As long as it stands
I will remember her there
Seeking shade
From the heat of the sun
Track Name: Reminders
Putting flowers into a vase
While still wearing oven gloves

Sitting in your armchair
Listening to your records

Wandering around the house
Gathering your ornaments

Reading every letter
From when we were courting
Track Name: Snowfall
Just now it started to snow
And I thought of you
Wrapped in your warm duffle coat
That was two winters ago
How are you now?
How long was the letting go?

You will be happy I know
And you will find a better companion
Someone who gets to be told
Here is my hand
Take it and never let go