W.A.T.S ‎– Swirls

Fabrik ‎– 7
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Stereo

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A1 Possum
Bass, Electric Guitar, Synth, Maracas – Jonas BernathPercussion, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Organ, Bells, Tambourine, Tom Tom, Synth, Composed By – GuitosWritten By, Bass Vocals, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals – Ben Merlin
A2 Ennui
Bass Guitar – Jonas BernathComposed By, Organ – GuitosSongwriter, Voice, Overtone Voice – Ben Merlin
A3 Swirls
Composed By, Organ, Drum Programming, Autoharp – GuitosSynth – Jonas BernathWritten By, Lead Vocals – Ben Merlin
A4 Castaway
Electric Guitar – Jonas BernathOrgan, Cymbal, Snare, Composed By – GuitosWritten By, Voice, Overtone Voice – Ben Merlin
B1 Walking for miles
Electric Guitar – Jonas BernathElectric Organ, Drum, Bells, Percussion, Grand Piano, Arranged By – GuitosLead Vocals, Overtone Voice, Double Bass – Ben MerlinWritten By – Lou Rawls
B2 Mine
Electric Guitar – jonas bernathOrgan, Grand Piano, Arranged By – GuitosSongwriter, Written By, Composed By, Voice, Backing Vocals, Overtone Voice – Ben Merlin
B3 Remember
Arranged By, Drum, Bells, Percussion, Backing Vocals – GuitosElectric Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Jonas BernathLead Vocals, Overtone Voice – Ben MerlinWritten By – Jules Alexander
B4 Hint
Arranged By, Bass, Maracas – Jonas BernathArranged By, Electric Organ, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Bells – GuitosLead Vocals – Ben MerlinWritten By – Irma Thomas, Pharoah Sanders
B5 Arriére les ombres
Composed By, Piano – Jonas BernathNoises – VophoniqWritten By – Ben Merlin



All tracks by W.A.T.S
recorded at "la cabane"
LYON 2017

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November 9, 2018

Very good! Dreams, Travels, poetry, emotions are on the album !


January 20, 2018
edited 9 months ago

Format - LP, 12" + insert w/ lyrics and drawings by Ben. This vinyl was pressed in 150 copies.

Story about the band -
W.A.T.S (Where Are The Stars) is a project of 3 musicians based in Lyon, France. The band is composed by 3 members: Ben Merlin (vocalist & texts writer), Jonas Bernath (synthesizer, guitar, bass) & Guitos (keyboards, percussions).

Their main aspect is unification by transmission of emotions. A freedomly approach permitting them to develop an unique creativity through modern sound/visual/poetry possibilities. They are not really influenced, except by human souls they meet. Between kraut,rock, pop, electronica, soul... Vastness of ballads they create can relate to a psychedelic era where road was forming human. (self)Exploration as motto.

For this 7th release on Fabrik , "Swirls" explores melancholic side of the band, a more minimalist excursion pushing deeply inside their world. The weirdos sound of machines accompagnied by delicates guitars notes develops an opening to deep & cavernous Ben's voice. All compositions were recorded and mixed at "la cabane" in 2017.

"Mine" is a reinterpretation of "Okorakor", composed by Ben as "Men For Ben" and released in 1988 on a compilation alongside Martin Dupont, Begin Says, L'Enfance Eternelle, on Facteurs D'Ambiance label (south of France).

All text wrote by AuggyBee -