Tropicality EP

by trOpe

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This concept EP retraces a voyage through space, myths and cultures in five funk, rock and soul tracks, from one pole to another ("The Ropes of Love"), crossing multifaceted tropics and "limbo" on the way.

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released April 21, 2017

Written, composed, arranged and produced by Leo Courbot, except for Cancer and Limbo, arranged by Leo Courbot and Mehdi Bennadji.
Recorded and mixed at "La Cabane du Tire Laine" by Arnaud Dervaux.
Mastered by Dave Collins at Collins M, Hollywood.
Performed by Trope.
Trope is:
Leo Courbot: Vocals, Guitars
Mehdi Bennadji: Drums
Flo Vincenot: Keys
Guillaume Dumont: Bass
Cecile Cuvelier: Backing vocals
Renya Ketoglo: Backing vocals

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trOpe Brussels, Belgium

Born in late 2013, trOpe is a fuzz-funk collective of musicians whose aim is to produce songs pregnant with a poetic language (tropes) relying on and standing on behalf of cultural exchange (across the tropics): tropicality.

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Track Name: The Ropes of Love
The Ropes of Love

Let me plait your hair with mine
And join our hearts and minds
In a rope of love
Until the sun decides to shine
Let our bodies intertwine
In a rope of love
And if a baby comes our way
The double-helix of its DNA
Will be a rope of love!

Chorus:
Do you believe in the ropes of love?
(The ropes of love
Are tropes of love
I like to weave
'Til you believe
That ropes of love
Are tropes of love
I like to weave.
'Til you believe)
You best believe in the ropes of love!

Hear those babies strumming chords
On their mothers' umbilical cords,
Their inner ropes of love?
They sound the same as those empowered
To sing a braid down a tower:
Another rope of love
To join a girl into her room
And live with her until the tomb
All the time making ropes of love...

Chorus
Track Name: Cancer
Cancer

A godess who made
Beauty from what's bad
Made friends with a mermaid
And was loved by a crab
The crab was called cancer
For her he killed a guy
Moved by this gesture
She starred him in the sky

Chorus 1:
She conjured the specter of Cancer away
To the milky way
The place where it should stay
In the Milky Way
She conjured the specter of cancer awat
Please keep it away
'Cause I don't want to die this way
Please keep it away
Not happy with mere stars
The goddess made a cancer tropic
Crossed by men at war
With the exotic
But one day they made peace
And mixed all their dyes
In a bright masterpiece
Like the crab in the skies

Chorus 2:
They conjured the specter of cancer away
To the milky way
The place where it should stay
In the Milky Way
They conjured the specter of cancer away
Please keep it away
'Cause I don't want to die this way
Please keep it away

Bridge:
Help me
Keep it, keep it, keep it away
Keep it, keep it away... (x2)

But that men could know love
Drove the goddess mad
She had never known love
Except from a crab
So she made cancer cells
Spread in men like shooting stars
But death would propel
These men in the sky as firy scars

Chorus 3 (x2)
Oh somebody stop her throwing us away
To the milky way
Where only cancer should stay
In the Milky way
Oh somebody stop her throwing us away
Keep Cancer away
'Cause we don't want to die this way
Please keep it away
Track Name: Limbo
Limbo

As if Capricorn and Cancer
Were the Limits of Heaven and hell,
There are Caribbean dancers
Who dance the limbo well.
They dance between a stick and the ground,
Their aim is not to fall down
Or to mess with the line up above,
Can you see what I'm thinking of?

Bridge
Limbo is a Christian trap and a dance
You just have to read its map and take your chances

Chorus
Limbo
You've got to take your chances
Limbo
Come on take your chances

When you don't know where the winds blow,
When you stand with arms akimbo
Between a Bible and a bimbo,
My friend, you're in limbo!
When between heaven and hell you're torn
When both look as good as the Capricorn
Strike a balance and dance through the choices
It's natural to doubt when there are so many voices saying

Bridge + Chorus

Strange how meaning changes across the tropics:
Possibilities become telescopic,
Through a single lens you see double topics...
You just mustn't be too myopic!
Then you'll put two and two together,
And dance between the horns and the feathers.
Good or bad, it's there anyway:
Guideline like others to try and find your way

Bridge
Chorus (x2)
Track Name: Capricorn
Capricorn

Capricorn loved one of water's daughters
Though some say it was just sexual greed
He chased her round the world and he never caught her
Until she turned to a flute carved out of hollow reed

Chorus:
Capricorn's song then rose to the zodiac
He said: “Good or bad: no turning back,
If love around the world started with me and you
Then Crossing stars and tropics wasn't hard going through.”

He blew his blues through his brand new flute
But satisfaction only remained a dream
There was a fire within that he could not mute
So he decided to dive into an icy stream

Chorus

He always felt horny yet full of good intent:
He thought he was half a goat and half a fish.
He used to sing: “Isn't it everybody's bent
To feel partly godly and partly devilish?”

Chorus (x2)
Track Name: The Ropes of Love (Chic Tweak)
The Ropes of Love

Let me plait your hair with mine
And join our hearts and minds
In a rope of love
Until the sun decides to shine
Let our bodies intertwine
In a rope of love
And if a baby comes our way
The double-helix of its DNA
Will be a rope of love!

Chorus:
Do you believe in the ropes of love?
(The ropes of love
Are tropes of love
I like to weave
'Til you believe
That ropes of love
Are tropes of love
I like to weave.
'Til you believe)
You best believe in the ropes of love!

Hear those babies strumming chords
On their mothers' umbilical cords,
Their inner ropes of love?
They sound the same as those empowered
To sing a braid down a tower:
Another rope of love
To join a girl into her room
And live with her until the tomb
All the time making ropes of love...

Chorus