The Big Machine
|The Big Machine|
|Studio album by Émilie Simon|
|Released|| September 14, 2009
(see release history)
Electric Lady Studios, NYC by Mark Plati
Wildsky Studios, Montreal
|Émilie Simon chronology|
The Big Machine is the fourth studio album by French singer, composer and producer Émilie Simon. The album is completely in English; no French songs were included on the album. However, some songs have fragments in French.
Four viral videos have been posted on her official MySpace page. The videos include the same artwork used on her official website, created by AATOAA. The first one includes the full album version of "Dreamland" which is the lead single of the album. The second one includes a 36-second instrumental sample of "Chinatown". And, the third one includes a 50s snippet of "Rocket to the Moon". The fourth one appeared on her official site only promoting the digital release of the album, it includes "Rainbow".
The viral videos for "Dreamland", "Chinatown" and "Rocket to the Moon" were made available for free download from her official new website, launched on September 21 and designed by La Jungle Design.
Several songs from the album have been also performed live during her summer shows solo tour and other ones with her back band.
The album was released digitally on September 14, 2009 in France. The songs were composed by Émilie and co-written by English novelist Graham Joyce ("Rainbow", "Nothing to Do with You", "Fools Like Us", "The Way I See You" and "This Is Your World") and Faroese singer-songwriter Teitur Lassen ("Rocket to the Moon").
All songs written and composed by Émilie Simon, except where noted.
|1.||"Rainbow"||Émilie Simon, Graham Joyce||4:19|
|3.||"Nothing to Do with You"||Émilie Simon, Graham Joyce||2:54|
|5.||"Ballad of the Big Machine"||5:46|
|8.||"The Devil at My Door"||5:02|
|9.||"Rocket to the Moon"||Teitur Lassen||3:25|
|10.||"Fools Like Us"||Émilie Simon, Graham Joyce||3:22|
|11.||"The Way I See You"||Émilie Simon, Graham Joyce||3:29|
|12.||"This Is Your World"||Émilie Simon, Graham Joyce||3:19|
|Opendisc bonus track|
|iTunes Store bonus track|
|13.||"Can You Keep a Secret"||3:46|
|Fnac download bonus track|
|December digital bonus tracks|
|13.||"Rainbow (Émilie remix)"||3:18|
|2009-10-20||United Kingdom||Wrasse||CD, Digital download|
|2010-06-04||Japan||Rambling||CD, Digital download|
|2011-04-26||United States||Le Plan||CD, LP, Digital download|
- "Dreamland" is the lead single from the album, it was made available for digital download on June 8, 2009. The download is a radio edit of the song that lasts 3:58. A music video for the song was released on YouTube in September.
- "Rainbow", a digital single is available for download from November 23, 2009. The single includes the radio edit of the song with a length of 3:38. A music video was released through her official YouTube channel on November 15, 2009.
Performed during the shows:
- "Mercy Street" (Peter Gabriel cover)
- "Smalltown Boy" (Bronski Beat cover)
- "The Ballad Of The Big Machine" (featuring Charlie Winston)
Engineering and production
- Jeremy Gara - drums
- Darren Beckett - drums
- Adam Chilenski - bass
- Kelly Pratt - brass
- John Natchez - brass
|French Album Charts||8|
|Belgian Album Charts (Wallonia)||11|
|Swiss Album Charts||36|