Uncontrollable, Ice Age Stories

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Uncontrollable, Ice Age Stories, Dear Eloise's fourth full-length release, signifies a deep freeze in the band's long trek of hazed, ice-glazed world weariness. It's their winter record.

The overarching theme of UIAS is solitude, the icy mirror of memoir. From the very first track, "Apple", it's clear that some once-sweet fruit has turned bitter with age. Promises of new beginnings fade with startling speed, like a dazzling first snow shoved off into gray piles on bleak city sidewalks ("A Brand New World"). Sun Xia's doleful voice recalls faceless lovers, gone in gray dusk light on the first train out of town ("A Man Without Name"). She mourns rootlessness ("Falling Like Leaves"), travels winter paths lined with naked trees, slowly moving away from the hearth ("There is an Invisible Road"). The closest she gets to warm romance is on the C-side closer, "Teenage Girl", in which she taunts her subject, "Your world is so free / Love is in your dreamy beauty" before mocking with the wisdom of the adult lover scorned: "Does the flower you care about blossom? / It's your own ego you're nursing."

Everyone in life is a "Passerby": "There are no real encounters." Just a martial, two-step dirge marking the way past the occasional flash of brilliance ("The Place in White Light"), forever ending in a distant fiction, someone else's sculpture of your own stone-cold facade ("My Far East").

Ultimately, Uncontrollable, Ice Age Stories offers a sober message of hope: after the cold there is still a type of fleeting joy, the "Summer Night Smile" smiled for no one in the somber escape of solitary reflection.

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released December 22, 2015

Uncontrollable, Ice Age Stories by Dear Eloise

All songs written, played and produced by Dear Eloise
Recorded by Dear Eloise and Liu Yike at Psychic Kong Beijing, 2012 February/March
Executive produced by Michael Petits.
Art work and layout by Passenger Pidgin.
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十个落水的孩子在夜晚/重返大地。漫长的时间里/他们是唯一的一代/街灯熄灭。谁在黑暗中/独自歌唱?谁在尘埃里掩埋?/灵魂像一场大雾覆盖屋顶
--刘立杆,《夜晚的歌》, 1992

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Track Name: Apple
那只苹果已经变了味道
是谁给了太多的杂料
再也回不去了
多么像你
多么像是你

The apple’s taste has changed
Who give it too much condiments
It’ll never be the same
Just like you
Just like you
Track Name: Brand New World
这个城市的街道
迅速地把他淹没
看不出有什么不同
看不出有什么不同
也许他随身带着梦想
不过这梦想也像泡沫一样
在街道上随时被人偷走
不留下一点线索

他从南方来
带着他熟悉的一切
还有并不明确的未来
他从北方来
带着他想要遗忘的一切
还有并不明确的未来


City Streets
Drown him in a short time
There’s no difference
There’s no difference
Maybe he took dreams with him
But they are like foams
Which would be stolen in streets
At any time
Without a clue

He is from the south
With everything he familiar with
And an uncertain future
He is from the north
With everything he tries to forget
And an uncertain future
Track Name: Spring Day in Green Bank
多好的天气
看清我自己
找个合伙人吧
生活在一起

多好的天气
让我看清你
不过是朋友的邀请
吃喝在一起

What a nice day
Good to see through myself
Let’s find a partner
Live with him together

What a nice day
Let me see through you
It is just an invitation from a friend
Let’s eat and drink together
Track Name: Man Without Name
黎明到来前我甚至来不及跳上车
我想你应该清楚地知道我不在那儿
那就像是一个预言但是永远不可能实现
那是情人节的礼物以及来自吉普赛人的吻
我向你告别时
天空从不下雨

叫我任何名字我不会在意
我愿意成为任何人任何一个没有名字的人
如果你要离开
就说再见

就趁着风笛声还没有消失
月亮还没有暗淡的时候
如果你要离开
就说再见

Before the dawn I barely had time to jump on the train
I think you must know I’m not there
Just like a prophesy never comes true
It is a Valentine gift and a kiss from Gypsies
When I say goodbye to you
It never rains

I don’t care you call me by any names
I want to be anyone, anyone without name
If you want to leave
Just say goodbye


Take your time before the pipe music is gone
Before the moon is dark
If you want to leave
Just say goodbye
Track Name: The Place in White Light
她已经走过了隧道
就要到达白光照耀的地方

一个概念就在你的桌子上形成
你和你的客人变得沉默

多么糟糕
她的双手触摸到了光
但里面什么也没有

你看多么糟糕
她的双手触摸到了光
但里面真的是什么也没有

而客人将要离开
剩下你,和你沉默的话题
可是什么也听不见


She has passed the channel
She is about to be the place in white light

A concept is forming itself on your desk
You and your guests fall silence

What a bad thing
Her hands is touching the light
But nothing inside

And the guests are about to leave
Left you and your silent topic behind
But nothing can be heard
Track Name: Something Beautiful to Share
我希望有一些美好的事情能够和你一起分享
可是你看现在变化这么快说出来的怎么值得相信
也许所有的城市都被一种情绪笼罩其中包括你的也包括我的
那么我应该到哪里给你找一些可以分享的美好事情?

然后在某个晚上把它写在本子上当作未来的方向
大象将会再一次回到平原而你又会安详得像个刚出生的孩子
可是我还是希望有一些美好的事情能够和你一起分享
可是我还是希望有一些美好的事情能够和你一起分享
不过失去将会失去你不明白所以你像条小船一样顺流而下
可是我还是希望有一些美好的事情能够和你一起分享

你当然可以戴上花朵在城市的每条大街上走一走
在公共汽车上也可以随便听听人们谈论他们关心的东西
你说是的是的我想过这样的生活我还想过那样的生活
可是我还是希望有一些美好的事情能够和你一起分享


I wish there is something beautiful to share with you
But everything changes so quickly, is anything speaked out worth to be trusted
Maybe every city is doomed in a kind of mood, you and I are a part of it
So where can I find you something beautiful to share

Then write it down on a notebook and take it as the future direction
Elephants will come back to the plain again and you will be peaceful as a new born baby
But still I wish there is something beautiful to share with you
But still I wish there is something beautiful to share with you
But everything will be lost you don’t understand so you flow away just like a boat
But still I wish there is something beautiful to share with you

You can wear your flowers and walk around in city streets
You can listen to people talking about things they are interesting in on buses
You said yes, yes I want a life like this and that
But still I wish there is something beautiful to share with you
Track Name: My Far East
They will create you behind the curtain
Track Name: Falling Like Leaves
是否可以给自己一个约定,再也不暴力自己?
多少年才能回复心灵,身体有可能再也经受不起

你的家人有没有联系你?
难道是你想给谁一击,击倒自己?

我能看见你微笑怎样甜蜜
如果这一切都不在意

谁还能留住你?
也许冷静下来一切都不如意

告诉自己是个载体
或许像树叶飘零
你会看见不同的心境
它们在等待你的同行

Can you make a deal with yourself:never abuse yourself again?
How many years your heart need to recover, your body may not afford it too

Does your family contact you?
Are you going to blow yourself down?

I can see your sweet smile
If you don’t care all these

Who can hold you
Maybe all disappointment after you calm down

Tell yourself you are but a vehicle
Maybe falling like leaves
You will see different states of mind
They are waiting to go with you
Track Name: Teenager Girl
我看见你走过少女的幻想时光
世界在你的眼睛里
观察所看见的人和事
你开始沉淀,清醒着
家庭中的爱,还有禁区

你现在可明白那些孤寂为你盛开
一个人明白一个人感受没人可替代

你的空间是多么自由自在
爱在你幻想的美
虽然它们并不与他人有关
但它就是你能感受到的

你关心的那棵花开了吗?
那些你每日看护的自己!


I see you walk through a teenager girl’s illusion
The world is in your eyes
You see everything and everyone through
You begin to subside with a clear mind
Think of love in family, and fobbiden zone

Do you understand those loneliness is blooming for you
No one feel or experience for you instead

Your world is so free
Love is in your dreamy beauty
They have nothing to do with others
By you can feel for real

Does the flower you care about blossom out?
It is your own ego you be nursing everyday
Track Name: Passby
所有认识的人
都有可能成为朋友
但那只能在心里
现实会很复杂
当然他们在片刻闪现
那些有矛盾的人
有着种种现实实体

没有相遇的人
我们都是过客
家庭工作和无声无息的时间

打开一道门
那里充满无限可能
勇敢真心的对待
那样不会白来
想从他人身上得到更多
你就不会得到快乐
回到那条轨道中去
或许那里只有你
逃避努力的过程
它将成为你的绊脚石
只为自己负责
剩下的只是过眼云烟


Everyone you know
Could be a friend
But it could be only keep in heart
The real world is complicate
They are flashing back
People with trouble and complex
They have real entity

There are no real encounters
We are all passerby
Family, works and soundless times

Open the door
There are infinite possibilities
Be brave and be true
So you won’t come here in vain
If you only want more from others
You will not be happy at last
Go back to the track
Where there may be yourself only
If you try to escape hard work
It will be your obstacle
Be responsible for yourself only
An nothing else matter
Track Name: Smile in Summer Night
我要给自己放假
就当你不存在
房间电视书桌还有我的植物
多么安静的夜
夜虫在叫
我的大脑也要休息了
谁都不需要
关上灯看着植物
电扇在吹
静静地不再吵不再烦不再安定不了

I want to take a rest
Just like you are not there
The room, the TV, the desk and my plants
What a quiet night
Night crickets are singing
My brain needs rest
I don’t want no one
Turn off the light and watch my plants
Electric fan is blowing
So quiet, no more quarrel, no more worry and no more restless feeling
Track Name: A Man without a heart
有心了,就会有快乐和烦恼
没有事事顺心的可能
也没有事事随你心的人
自己也不可能面面俱到
那是童话世界
一个人可以到达

时间里也会出现限度
如果说有过足矣
那里是仙境
随心一些吧
随意一些吧

它来了
它走了
在心里也一样放松
它来了
它走了
可是也一样无求


Wherever there is a heart
There will be happy and worry
Anything cannot be that satisfying
Nobody can satisfy you forever
You can not be perfect as well
It would be a fairland
One can reach

There will be dimensions in the time
If you once owed it will be Ok
It is a fairland
Let it be
Take it easy

It comes
It goes
Just be relax
It comes
It goes
Just be selfless
Track Name: There Is An Invisible Road
你的存在就是我的幸福
看着你慢慢地来
看着你静静地走
我是偶尔与你擦肩而过的树

你总是在旁边的世界里行走
没有人会在离开的车里向你挥手
也没有人会注意到你的姿势
可你告诉我的话我永远都记得

你说那里有一条看不见的路
那里有一条我们看不见的路

Your existence is my happiness
Look at you come slowly
Look at you go quietly
I am just a tree happen to be on your road

You always walk in an outside world
No one waves you goodbye in a limo
No one notice your poses
But I always remember what you told me

You said there is a road we cannot see
There is an invisible road