La Belle Époque

by Billy Bottle & The Multiple

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La Belle Époque

*entwined with*

O Nature

Billy Bottle & The Multiple invite you to try on their brand new 'singlet', La Belle Époque.

Parade around in front of your friends or try that off-the-shoulder look for an upbeat slice of the present.

O Nature is from Billy Bottle & The Multiple's critically-acclaimed 2014 album, Unrecorded Beam.

"a pastoral brand of whimsical psych-folk" - Jazzwise


released February 9, 2015

Billy Bottle: Voice, Piano, Guitar
Martine Waltier: Voice, Violin
Roz Harding: Soprano Sax
Vivien Goodwin-Darke: Flute
Angus Menter: Trombone
Jim Rintoul: Bass Guitar
Troy Jones: Drums
Lee Fletcher: Digital Editing, Programming, Soundscapes, Treatments

Produced, Mixed & Mastered
by Lee Fletcher (an Unsung Production)

Artwork by Margaret Dean
Hand Lettering by Rosie Harbottle Illustration



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Billy Bottle & The Multiple Devon, UK

Welcome to the world of Billy Bottle & The Multiple. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader Billy Bottle is joined by Martine Waltier on violin and vocals. They are accompanied by their friends, The Multiple.

"vigorous and unequivocally hip" - All About Jazz

"brilliant!" - Robert Wyatt

"their own pastoral brand of whimsical psych-folk" - Jazzwise
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Track Name: La Belle Époque
I was alone
I was all by myself
You called me and sighed
Curtis Mayfield had died

But I wasn’t troubled
Joining dots of my own
Writing tunes that I heard
In the back of my mind

A thirst for knowledge
can weigh you down
But there’s an opening
for you to look around
And figure it all out

This could be La Belle Époque
We’ve been waiting far too long
If we don’t lament our lot
Then nothing’s wrong

This could be La Belle Époque
All is gilded by the sun
Nothing like a culture shock
To move us on

Hold on there’s nothing to fear
The beautiful age is already here

Trying to make it
On my own didn’t sit
You need harmony
For a motif to fit

And I had invented
An illusion to share
Till I turned on my heart
And I found you were there

Your money was so well earned
But I could not admit
that there was anything to learn
I’d figured it all out
Nothing left to see
Faith behind all doubt
Track Name: O Nature
O Nature

O Nature! I do not aspire
To be the highest in thy quire, -
To be a meteor in thy sky,
Or comet that may range on high;
Only a zephyr that may blow
Among the reeds by the river low;

I want to lay on the land,
Please understand,
Too long have I remained alone,
I stumble in the dark.
Quickly respond,
Let’s seal this bond,
Feeling my finger in the earth,
You’re never very far away.

Give me thy most privy place
For where to run my airy race.
In some withdrawn, unpublic mead
Let me sigh upon a reed,
Or in the woods, with leafy din,
Whisper the still evening in.

For I would rather be thy child
And pupil, in the forest wild,
Than be the king of men elsewhere,
And most sovereign slave of care;
To have one moment of thy dawn,
Than share the city's year forlorn.

Some still work give me to do, -
Only - be it near to you!