Spaces Between Memories

by Boy With Strings

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The debut album of Boy With Strings. This album has been made all over Europe. Songs have been composed in Helsinki, London, Berlin and Paris. Album was recorded in Helsinki and Bratislava. It was mixed in Brussels.

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released May 8, 2015

Produced by Ville Laaksonen

Composed and arranged by Ville Laaksonen (1-10) and Tommi Asplund (1,5-7,10), arranged by Ville Laaksonen (11), strings arranged and orchestrated by Ville Laaksonen

Lyrics by Saara Honkanen (1-2,5-10), Rory Winston (3) and Päivi Pälvimäki (4)

All instruments and voices by Ville Laaksonen except

Solo violin by Tommi Asplund
The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Hernando Rico


Recorded by Ville Laaksonen (2-11) and by Joonas Outakoski (1,8) in Helsinki
Additional recordings by Eric Renwart at Studio Piste Rouge in Brussels
The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra recorded in Bratislava
Mixed by Eric Renwart at Studio Piste Rouge in Brussels
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers West in Espoo


Original photography by Saana Wang - www.saanawang.com
Cover design by Robin Falck - www.robinfalck.com
Spaces Between Memories story written by Saara Honkanen

This album has been funded by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland


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Born in Helsinki, the northern capital of cold and cool, Boy With Strings is the musical alter ego of Ville Laaksonen. His powerful and emotional vocals are combined with looped violins, string orchestra, subtle beats and warm ambient synths. His story is a musical fantasy written in the form of ear-catching pop songs, chasing after moments that were not, spaces between memories. ... more

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Track Name: Mr. Rain's Song
Mr. Rain's Song

Hidden well from Mr. Winter
hiding under Mr. Grey
I can feel a current running
growing strength with every day

Mr. Spring is feeling restless
playing chess with Mr. Ice
Mr. Storm will send me high with
Mr. Thunder's wild device

Running faster, running closer
drawing nearer and nearer
Waters falling, rivers flowing
growing clearer and clearer

People squeezing into bus stops
seeking shelter, how in vain!
Even those with their umbrellas
can't escape from Mr. Rain!

Running faster, running closer
drawing nearer and nearer
Waters falling, rivers flowing
growing clearer and clearer
Track Name: Sweet Boy
He's standing on a doorstep
and he's innocent and beautiful
My heart is full of envy
and my thoughts are inexcusable

For him the doors are open,
beyond lies a hidden universe
I've closed so many doors, but
he is still unspoiled by time's great curse

How can a man so young seem
like he's seen things I will never know,
when he has no tales to tell,
no wounds to heal, no scars to show?

His eyes are wise and sad, they
do not hide their curiosity.
I kneel before him, and I beg
he'd teach me his philosophy.

Hey, sweet boy,
can I walk with you for a mile?
Hey, sweet boy,
let me see through your eyes for a while?

There's an unspoiled perfection in his presence
Strange enlightenment in his essence
Be gentle, world, when you take him
Be gentle, life, when you break him
Track Name: A Cinderfella Fantasy
My fairy tale is at the gate and I’m on track - packed,

Better not delay, I’ve been late before

The path is clear, the past unfurls 

The moon reveals my ‘happy ever laughter’

Not a shadow of a doubt about how high I’ll climb – I fly!
Rainbows stole the clouds from my eyes

It’s plain to see, It’s more than words

The change in me will have no mornings-after

Forget about security

Leave behind those wait-and-see’s

Don’t you know that nameless to famous

Was meant for me
Forget about reality

How I hate ‘patiently’

Maybe I’m clueless but if the shoe fits

Then ‘One day, yes ’Some day’ is here

Never had a backup plan, can’t understand

Why I’d learn to land when I can soar

What’s on TV? Celebrities

I’m free to dream my Cinder-fella Fantasy

Forget about security

Leave behind those wait-and-see’s

Don’t you know that nameless to famous 

Was meant for me
Forget about reality

How I hate ‘patiently’

Maybe I’m clueless but if the shoe fits 

Then ‘One day, yes ’ Some day’ is here

Once upon a life I watched the sky 
‘Someday’ was wonderful
Now I wonder why

One day - Once upon a lie.....

Forget about security

Leave behind those wait-and-see’s

Don’t you know that shameless, insane, yes 

Was what I’d be
Forget about reality

How I hate ‘patiently’

Maybe I’m clueless but if the shoe fits

Then ‘One day, yes ’ Some day’ is here
Track Name: Alter Ego
Step by step
breath by breath
I get closer to a mirror

to realize
and recognize
is so hard after an error

my image twisted
I tried to resist it to the end
but it’s true now
I’m your alter ego

here and now
don’t know how
I’ll be released from your witch trick

but/then one day
come he may
who treats me well and stops the magic

my image twisted
I tried to resist it to the end
but it’s true now
I’m your alter ego
your love persisted
I couldn’t escape it or defend
and it’s true now
I’m your alter ego
Track Name: Play Pretend
It's like being someone else,
living as another
we all do it daily and
we accuse each other
for pretending
and for sending
misconceptions

We grow so attached to these
roles that we have taken
Yet if we should see our masks
it would leave us shaken
In our make-up
we can't shake up
misconceptions

With our well picked garderobe,
costumes we call fashion,
we can judge each other's shows
but we can not ration
our conceptions,
preconceptions,
misconceptions


Would you play pretend with me?
Would you play make believe?
Don't say these are children's games
we all play them anyway
Track Name: Unsung Lullabies
Night - shining right outside
So wide and so alive

Silencing these songs that are mine
Unsung lullabies

Night - loud and wild and bright
Please, ease me from your light

Let me sing these songs that are mine
Unsung lullabies

Full of fumes and rain and neon
There are hidden streets to be on
Those endless rows of light
That remap the world in the night
Track Name: House of Choices
There was a dream last night
among friends and strangers
all alike in the darkness
in the carny of dangers

I walked through a house
with rooms unlike others
I walked among lovers,
my sisters and brothers

And there in the darkness
were visions and voices
that showed me in whispers
this was the house of choices

I have wondered so often
when my dreams are burning,
why I still walk these hallways,
why I still keep returning...

...to these scents and these friends
and these visions and voices,
to these dreams and these screams
to the house that's called ”Choices"
Track Name: Night Fears
I can hear you breathing near
your arm so warm around me
And still I feel the cold, the fear:
loneliness has found me.

Again I shiver in the calm
when restless dreams come swarm me
I've placed my being on your palm
so how come you can't warm me?

And you sleep like a child, like an angel

How can you do it
aren't you afraid
that I might be different
when you awake
That I might be older,
that I might be gone,
that we could be colder
in warmth of the sun?

I'm half awake and half asleep
convictions passing by me
although I know I'm yours to keep
my feelings still defy me.

But you sleep like a child, like an angel

How can you do it
aren't you afraid
that I might be different
when you awake
That I might be older,
that I might be gone,
that we could be colder
in warmth of the sun?

And you sleep like a child, like an angel
Track Name: Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Strange how forms and shapes
have led me in their maze
In this common world
I live a deadly craze

All these signs and sighs
stand quiet all around
No picture in these lines
my only guide is sound

See my joys and woes
compressed to words and songs
I feel expressionless
without my rights and wrongs

Show me the face of a friend
or even a stranger would do
Sing me some red and some green
whisper me shades of blue
Track Name: Moments That Were Not
Moments That Were Not

Whether your days have been many
or whether they've just been a few
they have been nothing but moments,
moments that lie within you

You dived as deep as you dared to
brought in the pearls you could bring
You weaved all those pearls into stories
Rosaries tied without string

Once there was something between them
among those lines that you wrote
but some of those words have gone silent
they were too quiet to note

Now nothing is holding together
those notes that have lessened to few
There is no past without present
no memories live without you


Where did you leave the voids,
the gaps that you forgot,
the spaces between memories,
the moments that were not?
Track Name: Lær Meg Å Kjenne Dine Veie
Lær meg å kjenne dine veie
og gå dem trøstig skritt for skritt
Jeg vet at hva jeg fikk i eie,
er borget godt gods, og alt er ditt.
Men vil din sterke hånd meg lede,
jeg aldri feil på målet ser,
og for hvert håp som dør her nede,
får jeg et håp i himlen mer