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Songs of Love (and Decay)

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Warp 04:05
When I met you I liked you You went into warp All or nothing Was I ready was I done All or nothing Was I ready to make a decision I needed more time Over summer over summer Sending messages in disguise Turning things over and again But you moved right on and You went into warp Demanded a decision, an answer, right here and right now A decision forever and ever more Love
Coma 03:06
Mental guidance, that is what I need Help to focus, something to hold on to Find meaning in life, then I thought it was you When we met on the streets in New York But you weren’t guiding me you were letting me be So I looked elsewhere Oprah was good for a while Then HerbaLife came along Finally Jezus did the trick Jezus, that’s what you get for letting me be myself And love stopped dead in its track When words were no longer valid What were you thinking? Were you thinking at all? I was just brainwashed, totally Do you even remember You should have gotten me out When there still was a chance You tried, with help of the enemy But did you really want out Maybe you were just scared Of a future with me Different minds, different ways Did you push me away Maybe you were just scared Of a future with me Different minds, different ways Did you push me away Finally God sucked me in Jezus, that’s what you get for giving me space And love stopped dead in its track When words were no longer valid
First Love 08:32
You were older, you were bolder Than me I was just looking for a shoulder To cry To regain myself, figure things out Make sense of it all 7 years later I was older, I was bolder Knew what to say and said it In between Were 7 beautiful years Let's remember those Despite hurt despite sorrow You were just looking for a shoulder It was comfort Wasn't it love
I want you 06:55
You want me, all the way I want you, I want you not Or do I Or am I just playing Or do I want someone else, something else What do you really want is it real, is it all, is it heaven Is it cheating, is it wrong, is it love Or just sex Am I dishonest, should I confess, make a choice You are too eager, you want too much, you want it all Or nothing You left me
We danced under similar circumstances Both looking for love, lost love, maybe Then we took it online Sweet words on a screen Distant conversation Don’t know what I feel Expectations diverting Chemistry lost And then found, in disguise At a terrible cost Lust without sound Sound without love Did I ever love you Or were you just my rebound
Requiem 07:03
Grant him eternal rest my Lord and let endless light shine upon him. Hear my prayer: to you shall all flesh come. Grant him rest. Amen. Merciful Lord, grant him rest, eternal rest.


Songs of Love (and Decay) is a song-cycle by Robert van Heumen for voice and electronics performed by Evelien van den Broek; based on a series of personal texts about love in a decaying world.

Thanks to Evelien van den Broek for lending her special voice to this project. This album is dedicated to the very special persons who inspired these songs. You know who you are.

Lyrics also available at west28.nl/SongsOfLove/.

"I love the frequent sharp edge and originality of the music, and the totally futuristic, technological vibe throughout. Superb singer! I find your music here reminding me of many things, especially from the 1980s and early 2000s, but of course it is none of those things really, it is completely new and unpredictable!"
Michael Bonaventure, composer and organist


released October 17, 2017

Robert van Heumen
electronic instruments, production, design, text

Evelien van den Broek


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vanhuman Hilversum, Netherlands

Robert van Heumen is a composer and improvising musician using an extended laptop-instrument to perform highly immersive and hyper-dynamic electro-acoustic music. As a musician, live sampling is his main tool. With a joystick and other tactile controllers, live sampled source sounds are gesturally manipulated and reworked within open ended narratives. ... more

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