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    The new Album - Défais-toi (Free yourself) - is an invitation to take an honest and unbiased time with the inner self to remove all the layers that are preventing it to be free. The quartet explores Balkan Swing, French Variété and Pop-Folk Music adding Groovy Rhythms and oriental melodies to the mix.

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lyrics

LIFE


Life is a circus of strange animals, showcasing their skills to who dares a look
A playground, a sandbox , with no other rules, than the one and unique law of the Jungle

Welcome to a world of mystery, where everyone is convinced of its own reality
Welcome to a world of misery, ruled by the hierarchy

There is light above your head
And there is darkness in your bed
Wherever there is darkness there is light

There are lies on the floor
There’s magic behind the door
Surprises arise on every street corner

Don’t take my words for the truth, don’t take the truth for the one,
The one and unique truth

Oh you’ll cry, yes you’ll cry
Oh you’ll laugh, yes you’ll laugh,
You will face many doubts and many fears

Oh you will feel, yes you will feel
And you will love, yes you will love
And you will fall into the wonders of life

Sometime you do take it a little bit too seriously
Yes sometimes life feels a bit heavy
Dissatisfaction
Making the wrong decisions
Always expectations
Lost in the indecision

But somewhere below the atmosphere
There is some sweetness my dear
Will you let it take you by surprise?

Are you ready to live ? Are you reaaaady to live?
Are you ready to die ? Are you reaaaady to die?
Well, you don’t really have the choice
No, you don’t really have the choice,
Cause you are here with us, yes, and we are here with you
So let’s make the most it, dance a little bit

It’s a sweet world
It’s a cruel world
It’s a mad world
It’s a wonderful world

Life is a circus of strange animals, showcasing their skills to who dares a look
A playground, a sandbox , with no other rules, than the one and unique law of the JUNGLE

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from Défais​-​toi, released August 16, 2020

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River Rats Berlin, Germany

From the depths of the Spree and its canals come the River Rats! They drag two guitars, double-bass and violin through the gloomy tunnels of Berlin to their moon-lit sessions.

Influenced by the diminished lines of Django.R, the heart of the variété française and the complexity of World Music, the Rats wander between the ragged niches of Kreuzberg’s street jams and the glamorous grand theater.
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