Exotic Ladies of Birobidzhan

by Simona Castricum

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‘Exotic Ladies Of Birobidzhan’ is the new album from melbourne singer/ songwriter/ producer Simona Castricum.

This album is about an experience of gender transition. It’s an account of the extremities, isolation, and abandonment and the places one travels to; mentally, emotionally, metaphorically - to survive, to escape, to err and ultimately to triumph and to realise a sense of self. It is also an invitation to see the construct of the grotesque and the exotic through prism of transgender and a reflection of the roles transgendered woman - and trans* performers - are expected to play.

“It’s a poetic, musical and psychological diary of a place I went to in my mind - Birobidzhan - inspired by a significant cross-cultural and intellectual friendship which bore enlightening exchanges about migration, music, identity and extremis. It’s about the fantasy, the accident and the failure of utopias - real, invisible or imagined cities: broken homes, dysfunctional families and a tribute to the people who accepted me into their family and gave me hope” - Simona Castricum.

Sonically, Simona (whom under the former monika Fluorescent, released 2 albums - ‘Winter’ & ‘Post Nuclear’) continues to explore the combination of new wave and shoegaze melancholia with energised percussive elements of techno and house. Six years in the making - the result is an album of stadium technopop - her most complete work yet -and a triumphant coming out record of all sorts.

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released July 14, 2014

Written & Produced By Simona Castricum / Performed By Simona & Bunny Hill 1. Written by Ben Yomen, Spoken Word By Anna Epstein, Yiddish Translation By Tomi Kalinski 9. Written By Johnny Mcelhone & Sharleen Spiteri / Design By Simonasprgrfka

Featuring ‘Still’, ‘Own’ & ‘For The Crimes You Can’t Express’
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Simona Castricum is a singer, electronic percussionist, songwriter, DJ, producer & transgender femme from Melbourne, Australia.

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Track Name: The Bira & The Bidzhan
- Far vos meynstu az s'zenen nisht geven keyn sex-arbeters in di gasn fun Birobidzhan?
(What makes you think there were no sex workers in the streets or Birobidzhan?)
- A Gan-Eydn, an emese utopiye.
(What a place escape to - that sounds like utopia to me)
Track Name: Discothèque In Extremis
And only If I I drew upon
The map of earth I would have traced
A journey here In front of me
Which I must start and I must face
I'd join the dots to from place to place
And looking back Id see my face
Track Name: For The Crimes You Can't Express
Say to me the words you can't express
Give to me the love you wont express
Say to me the crimes you wont express
Say to me the lies you wont confess
For the crimes you wont confess

For the love you wont express
In the crimes you wont express
With the crimes you wont confess
With the lies you can't express

Lies you wont express
Crimes you wont express
Love you wont express
Lies you can't confess
The Love you wont express
The Love you wont express
The Lies you wont express
The Life you wont express
Crimes you can't express

Lies you cant express
The love you wont express
With the crimes you wont confess
The cries You can't express
The love you wont express
The lies you wont confess
The love you wont express
The crime you cant express
Track Name: Still
I will say I love you - You will set me free
Today our love will undo -Together you and me
I will say I love you - You'll ask me to leave
Today our love will undo - it wasn't meant to be

You want to be with him - But I want to be she
Today our love will undo - Together you and me
You will always love him - He was meant to be
Today our love will undo - Together you and me

You will always love him - As you remember me
Today our love will undo - Together you and me
You will always love - He wasn't meant to be
Today out love will undo - Together you and me

I will always love you - I'm forever free
Today out love will undo - Still forever you and me
Track Name: Live In Surlin
I am a champion, I am the low
Of a hate so hollow, so shallow and low
Love is an island, love is a craze
A pain thats stable is a pain that stays
Can you imagine me being there?
I made the journey but I failed to dare

I am a triumph, I am the sky
Of love so jealous it feels like a lie
A kiss that burns me is a kiss that fades
A heart that needs me is heart that breaks
Can you imagine me being there?
When I failed the journey I only I made the dare
Track Name: Manners Maketh The Man
I'm here to say when I feel this way
That a friend and a foe can be the same
Well I'm afraid to say It happened again
and I, I've lost faith in the man

And I tend to believe that if I don't stop to grieve
Then I'm asking to much of myself
And if you tend to agree then you must let me be
Or I, I'll loose faith in myself
Yeah I, I'll loose faith in myself
Track Name: Poluostrov Kastrikum
It's a fine line between the exotic and the grotesque
Wouldn't you say?
Track Name: Own
Maybe it's an attitude - Tell us that were in the mood
Understand a point of view - Think about the things you do
Own it baby when you're out

Lots of things to talk about - I can't hear music when you shout
Always put the feelers out - Approaching a roundabout
Own it baby when you're out

I can only speak the truth - When it's up for me to do
Don't get angry when you loose - Keep it cool and keep it good
Own it baby when you're out

In the city we belong - Dressing up or down ain't wrong
Just because the looks are long - Don't mean that you cant be strong
Own it baby when you're out

It's our city we belong - Don't give up on where you're from
Days are hard and weeks are long - So come on out and sing the song
Own it baby when you're out
Track Name: I Don't Want A Lover
I don't want a lover - I just need a friend

Please just leave me here - To face life on my own
I know you don't love me no more - I knew this day it would come
Even when it hurts so deep - and still I don't want you
But the harder I try - The more I seem to lose

It seems a different story - and it's me who's in the wrong
But you can have it all - Cause I'm the one who's strong
I've already been hurt before - Once and always again
I hope the time will come - someone will need me then

I don't want a lover - I just need a friend
I've had time to recover - Now that I know it wasn't love

You don't even care for what I'm saying
I don't even think about what you're doing
But alll I saw was what I wanted to be
There's just no room in there for me

I don't want a lover - I just need a friend
I know you never cared - Now that I know it wasn't love
Track Name: More Than A Feelin'
I feel young - I gotta feed it
I feel hard - I gotta see it
I feel ya - I gotta feel it
I feel hard - I gotta see it

When I was young I had a secret
When I was strong I had a weakness
When I was loved I had to waste it
When I was hard I had to taste it

And I'm taking myself to you tonight
And I'm saving myself for you tonight
And I'm wasting myself on you tonight
And I'm making myself with you tonight

I feel loved - I feel hard - I feel strong - I feel ya