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Libellus


La Mer (de) In the night of the eye of the forest There's a mare black and shining with yellow hair I put my fingers through her silken hair And found a stair I didn't waste time I just walked right up and saw that up there There is a sea up there there is a sea up there There is a sea seize the possibility There is no land but the land (Up there is just a sea of possibilities) There is no sea but the sea (Up there is a wall of possibilities) There is no keeper but the key (Up there there are several walls of possibilities) Except for one who seizes possibilities I seize the fi rst possibility the sea around me... Patti Smith


Libellus Time Fades Black Seagull Lay Me Down Only You Lost In The Morning Hope Tonight Here By Me Time Away Wake Up Rest In Peace

by Hermione Hodgson


It all began with a small book of words that became melodies, that became songs, that demanded attention and bigger studios, that suddenly wanted to live in Beshlie’s paintings, dance around Steve’s short films, and challenge Matt, Dan, Jason, Marius and Marco’s patience... I have never produced, arranged, managed, or written a full solo album before, and every step of the way has been a fast, often painful, learning curve, but somehow through nothing but stubborn determination it is finished. However, it suddenly didn’t seem enough to print the album in a traditional way as it had grown so much from the days when I first began writing. It had become an entity in its own right and, as a result, I felt needed to be presented in a way that would display her full glory; I also felt an enormous desire to reclaim her as my own. So I took a huge breath and made the decision to put this book together. I wanted to be as honest as possible, and recount the story behind each song. In some cases the story is a little too personal and in place of a tale I have used a quote or a poem that inspired me at the time of writing. I then chose an image, to personify each song. Just to give you a little perspective on the time line, I began writing the songs for this album in 2006. We started recording early 2007, only to scrap it all, change

the band line up and start again in April with Marius De Vries as Executive Producer. By mid 2007 we had moved studios and Matt Ingram had come on board as co-producer. I then spent a year commuting between two studios trying to get studio time to record my vocals, raise the money to keep it all going and committing to learning the art of patience, which I have yet to master. By the early summer of 2008 I had finished my vocals and we began mixing and mastering the record. After stopping and starting due to touring and the mayhem of playing festivals we finally finished in August 2008... So here she is, her name is LIBELLUS, “a small book of poetry that comes to life”, a concept I found in “The Sea The Sea” by Iris Murdoch. To me the idea that something begins very small, as a seed of thought or melody, that just keeps growing and growing until it has a life and momentum of its own, is truly magical and is an idea that completely encapsulates this album. I imagine it is like watching your child grow, as she continues to evolve, captivate and demand more attention. I am reminded of this every time we play live and these songs reinvent themselves once more. To me she is now complete. I hope you enjoy the songs, the beautiful paintings, the photographs, the stories and words that carry you through this book.


Siddhartha OM is the bow, the arrow is the soul, Brahman is the arrow's target One should strike it without wavering. Hermann Hesse

by Mark Yeoman


“Black Seagull” will always be the song that reminds me why I am a writer. I wrote it when I first moved back to London, when I was completely unsure of how to record and live as a musician. I met Matt Ingram, whose words of encouragement became a little voice in my head and later inspired the words of the chorus. It is a tale of finding your way, and whenever we play it I feel every part of my body is smiling and celebrating the fact that I am surrounded by the most wonderful people, and doing what I love most. Joseph Lee captured this feeling in the following photo.

This shot is from The Chapel of Saint Barnabas in Soho. It felt spine tingling to sing “Black Seagull”, lit only by candles, to a room full of silhouettes.


First Evening Her clothes were almost off; Outside, a curious tree Beat a branch at the window To see what it could see... Arthur Rimbaud

by Peeping Tallulah


“Only You” was recorded with Joantoni and José from the Satellites (www.satellitesmusic.com), one of my favourite bands and having them play on my record was a real privilege. The song itself is about feeling as though the world is caving in on you but as you fall deeper a small sense of self worth begins to unfurl until by the end the realisation that you are the only person that can drag yourself out from the chaos is screaming in your ear. “Only You” was released as a Viral Vinyl Single in August 2008, a limited edition 7 inch with a download code.

by Mark Yeoman


“Lost in the morning� was written on Hampstead Heath. I used to go up there when I felt confused and through my wanderings I would find a sense of clarity. In many of my songs there is a feeling of sadness balanced with a calm and hopeful belief that all will be well in the end.

by Charles Moriarty


I wrote “Hope Tonight� after seeing Patti Smith play solo at a tribute night for photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. To me she embodies all that a writer, performer and singer can be. Her honesty is complete raw beauty and her passion drips from every pore. The following photo of Patti Smith was taken at the Roxy in Los Angeles in 1976 by Donna Santisi and to me completely captures what it feels like to be a musician.

Patti Smith by Donna Santisi


I chose to include “Para mi Corazón” as Pablo Neruda is a poet who has truly inspired me and on reflection I felt his presence in the words of “Here By Me”. I love his beautiful use of imagery from nature to the human form through which he creates a world of sexual and emotional intensity that is passionately romantic.

' Para Mi Corazon

Your Breast is Enough

' basta tu pecho, Para mi corazon para tu libertad bastan mis alas. ' hasta el cielo Desde mi boca llegara lo que estaba dormido sobre su alma.

Your breast is enough for my heart, and my wings for your freedom. What was sleeping above your soul will rise out of my mouth to heaven.

' de cada dia. ' Es en ti la ilusion ' Llegas como el rocio a las corolas. Socavas el horizonte con tu ausencia. Eternamente en fuga como la ola.

In you is the illusion of each day. You arrive like the dew to the cupped flowers. You undermine the horizon with your absence. Eternally in flight like the wave.

He dicho que cantabas en el viento ' como los pinos y como los mastiles. Como ellos eres alta y taciturna. Y entristeces de pronto, como un viaje.

I have said that you sang in the wind like the pines and like the masts. Like them you are tall and taciturn, and you are sad, all at once, like a voyage.

Acogedora como un viejo camino. ' Te pueblan ecos y voces nostalgicas. ' Yo desperte y a veces emigran y huyen ' ' pajaros que dormian en tu alma.

You gather things to you like an old road. You are peopled with echoes and nostalgic voices. I awoke and at times birds fled and migrated that had been sleeping in your soul. Pablo Neruda

by Charles Moriarty


“Time Away” was the one song on the album that both Marius and Matt had to convince me to record. I wasn’t sure it had a place and it was only when we went into the studio that a sudden change of events in my life made the words I had written so long ago seem current and valuable. Not long after we had finished recording I was in Sydney looking up at the sky when I saw a small plane write the word TIME. I sat and watched as the white vapours melted back into the blue, remembered Time Away and felt glad I had listened to their words of encouragement.


“The moment of calm before sleep leaves my eyes”. We first recorded “Wake Up” in 2006 at Snake Ranch studios in London, but unfortunately the masters were lost. It was a great moment having all of us recording together in one room whilst my chair squeaked with every wiggle. This photo taken by Steve Teers on Hampstead Heath reminds me of the happiness I felt when I first wrote it and the pixielike cheekiness of the song. If you would like to hear the ‘live’ 2006 original it is available on Itunes under the title “Wake Up - Without Time Ep”.

by Steve Teers


Tallulah Rendall - Vocals Matt Ingram - Drums & Piano Marius De Vries - Synths John Parker - Double Bass Jason Hart - Guitar Tom Rogerson - Piano


I wrote “Rest In Peace� for my Grandmother who passed away on the 21st of July 2006. We placed her ashes in the water along with white lilies and watched as they sailed out to sea and into the bay where she was born.

Marjorie May Rendall (1913 - 2006)


The band

Matt Ingram

Joanna Quail

Jason Hart

Robbo All photos by Joseph Lee


All songs written by Tallulah Rendall “Lay Me Down” written by Tallulah Rendall & Matt Ingram Arrangements by Tallulah Rendall, Matt Ingram & Marius De Vries Produced by Tallulah Rendall & Matt Ingram Executive Producer Marius De Vries Engineered by Dan Cox at Urchin Studios (www.urchinstudios.co.uk) & Jason Boshoff at the Strongroom “Lay Me Down” mixed by Jason Boshoff at the Strongroom All other tracks mixed by Marco Schnabl at Think Ahead Studio All tracks mastered by Marco Schnabl at Think Ahead Studio P 2008 Tallulah Rendall © & © Artwork Paintings by Beshlie Mckelvie (www.beshliemckelvie.com) Cover Illustration by Natasha Chambers (www.natashachambers.co.uk) Graphic Design by Joseph Lattimer (www.josephlattimer.com) Photos contributed by: Charles Moriarty (charlesmoriarty@hotmail.com) Mark Yeoman (www.markyeoman.co.uk) Hermione Hodgson (www.hermionehodgson.com) Steve Teers (steve@divapix.co.uk) Donna Santisi (www.santisiphotography.com) Peeping Tallulah Joseph Lee

Thank you to all the following musicians who played on this record, for your support and enthusiasm: Joantoni Seguí, Jason Hart, Matt Ingram, José (El Prehome Indefinit), Dan Cox, Joanna Quail (SonVer.co.uk), Robbo, Joanne Wadeson, Alex Bonfanti, Adam Green, John Parker, John Robertson & Marius De Vries. I would also like to thank the following people without whom this record would not have been made. You have been here from the start and have given never ending support & encouragement: Kerry & Karen Haymer, Rebel Penfold-Russell, Stuart & Mandy Quin, Ian Victoria & Lucinda Watson, Liz Brewer, John Rendall, Max & Nick Rendall, Toni Rendall, Sophie Bolton, Tim Howard, Clare Corbett, Georgina Barneby, Manfi Bishop, Becky Carew, Dan Mongo, Gary Dunne, Jason Boshoff, Marco Schnabl, Beshlie Mckelvie, Natasha Chambers, Jon Dunn, Delphine Seddon, Peter McGaughrin, Vick Shuttleworth, Joseph Lattimer, Rob Bolton, Will Church, Justin Stoneman, Pete Genepool, Steve Teers, Georgiana Creanga, Stephan Elliot, the Myriad Creatures, Brad Webb, Rocco Webb, Phil Pethybridge, Kinkane, Zoe Taylor, Chin Eze, Mike Plumley & Tim Moore. Special thanks to Joantoni for putting this book together and for his patience and support; Brett from www.shootexperience.com for his last minute help; and to Charles, Steve, Joseph, Mark, Peeping Tallulah, Hermione & Donna for their photographs.


Thank you to the following publishers for giving their permission to include the quotes used in this book:

www.tallulahrendall.com www.myspace.com/tallulahrendall

Press & Radio Page 1: Patti Smith extract from Horses provided by Patti Smith, Patti Smith COMPLETE 19752006 and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc as publisher page 56. Page 8: quote from Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse, translated by Sherab Chödzin Kohn, Translation ©2000 by Shambhala Publications. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications Inc., Boston, MA. www.shambhala.com.

Blurb PR Mike Plumley Tim Moore +44 (0) 207 419 1221 hello@blurbpr.com

Bookings Sophia Brewer sophia@burstcreation.com

Marketing Page 17: extract from RIMBAUD COMPLETE by Arthur Rimbaud, translated by Wyatt Mason, translation copyright ©2002 by Wyatt Mason. Used by permission of Modern Library, a division of Random House, Inc. Page 32: “Para Mi Corazón”, ©1924 by Pablo Neruda, “Your Breast is Enough” translation ©1969 by W.S. Merwin from VEINTE POEMAS DE AMOR Y UNA CANCIÓN DESESPERADA / TWENTY LOVE POEMS AND A SONG OF DESPAIR by Pablo Neruda, translated by W.S. Merwin. Used by permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. Also reprinted by permission of The Random House Group Ltd. (UK & Canadian Rights). Published by Jonathan Cape.

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