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"I'd normally run a mile from anything vaguely bossa nova, especially with Rhumbas in the name, but Real Fantasy is actually pretty lovely. The piano is wonderful, the percusion suitably shuffling and mainman Simon Taylor's voice has a warm, miserabilist quality that offsets all that sunny Latin smoothness. Robert Wyatt comes to mind, and Real Fantasy wouldn't have sounded out of place on the legendary Pillows & Prayer compilations, which is one hell of a compliment. An unexpected treat".

Review by Lee Fisher, NARC Magazine

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released 01 October 2013
All Music & Lyrics by Simon Taylor
Rhythm Guitar: Simon Taylor
Lead Guitar: John Tweddle
Piano & Keys: Paul Taylor
Double Bass: Peter Morris
Drums: Jon Forster
Produced by John Tweddle
Photos by David Tiernan, David Holbrook & Jon Forster

Recorded at Lime Street Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, England April 2011 & The Sage Gateshead, England October 2012

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Simon Taylor Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Formed in 2011 as Lullaby Rhumbas their eponymous debut E.P was a unique blend of jazz, funk and Latin influences and was compared favorably to Robert Wyatt by local press. Re-invented as Simon Taylor & The Sundowners the following year, the four-piece began gigging extensively locally whilst working on a follow-up E.P, "Corazon", which is now available to download. ... more

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Track Name: Corazon
Corazon, under the starlight
You danced away,
All alone
As the brass band took the stage.
Corazon, you’ve had many men
On your arm,
Soon they’re gone
Another victim of your charm.

You moved so shyly to the first beat
Then you picked up the pace in your bare feet
You left the poor girls in the shadows,
Boyfriends staring through the window.

Oh, Corazon, I want to take you
In my arms,
Move with me
‘Til they throw us out this bar
Your Spanish eyes
Have taken me so far away
Danger signs are written on my gringo face.

You moved so shyly to the first beat
Then you picked up the pace in your bare feet
You left the poor girls in the shadows
Boyfriends staring through the window,
In the spotlight
You were framed right
And the music cast a spell on your waistline
I was dizzy from the red wine
But your lips kept on moving closer to mine

Oh, Corazon, under the starlight
We danced away,
All alone
As the brass band played away.
Corazon, you’ve had many men
On your arm,
Soon they’re gone
Another victim of your charms.

You moved so shyly to the first beat
Then you picked up the pace in your bare feet
You left the poor girls in the shadows
Boyfriends staring through the window.
In the spotlight, you were framed right
And your body kept on moving closer to mine,
There was no way to avoid it
My fate was sealed with the first kiss.
Track Name: Gigolo Daddy
I’ll be your gigolo daddy
Tell me a story,
And I’ll listen all night,
‘Then it’s beddie time.

I’ll good to your body
If it should need me
I’ll treat it right,
All day and all night.

And as we’re decadent and vain
We’ll refrain from wasting our time
On grandiloquent claims of romance
That turn into lies.
I’ll love you just a little bit at a time
Then I’ll walk out the door
With my head held high
And I’ll find another partner who cries “oooh!”

I’ll be your sugar-tipped baddie
Who treats you so nicely
That you come right out on time
I’ll be Serge to your Jane B,
Kurt to your Courtney,
I’m going to learn all my lines,
You can test my oral tonight.

And as we’re decadent and vain
We’ll refrain from wasting our time
On ambivalent claims of romance
That turn into lies
I’ll love you just a little bit at a time
Then I’ll walk out the door
With my head held high
And I’ll find another partner who cries “oooh!”

I’ll be your gigolo daddy
Tell me a story,
And I’ll listen all night,
‘Then it’s beddie time.

I’ll be good to your body
If it should need me
I’ll treat it right,
All day and all night.

And as we’re decadent and vain
We’ll refrain from wasting our time
With cheap declarations of love
That turn into lies
I’ll love you just a little bit at a time
Then I’ll walk out the door
With my head held high
I’ll find another partner who cries.
Track Name: A Paris Kiss
Au revoir mon ami,
You left me so gracefully,
Disappeared into Paris’s heart
With a kiss on the cheek.

I’m lonely for sure
Without you for company,
But we’re free to escape
What our hearts couldn’t take anymore.

Where you’ve landed I don’t know,
I hope it’s where you feel at home.
I couldn’t join you in the end
But if you ever need a friend

Au revoir mon ami,
I wrote to you finally,
Sent you that book I owed
With a comical note in for free.

Now I watch your town
On YouTube in front of me,
As I study the screen
You’ll be out on those streets rid of me

Where you’ve landed I don’t know,
I hope it’s where you feel at home.
I couldn’t join you in the end
But if you ever need a friend…

Where you’ve landed I don’t know,
I hope it’s where you feel at home.
I couldn’t join you in the end
And maybe this is where the story ends
I don’t know,
But you’re out there on your own
And it’s a lonely little world
And now it’s time for you to go.
Track Name: Cafe de Vie
Is there anyway you can say
What is on your mind to my face?
You’re a clever girl, I know.
And when you size me up it shows in the tension that grows.

In the snow-bound streets you were dressed
Like a Bond girl out to impress
You’re a Russian spy in black
With your make-up right you attack my heart in your trap.

Ooh, don’t you think I see through
The flaws in our little game?
You know we’re both to blame
For this sad little non-affair
And ooh, why am I sitting here with you
Taking it all on again
When will it ever end?
I guess we’ll just stay friends.

I’ll write a letter when I get home
And I’ll spill the beans on my own
I’ll say everything that’s true
And when I send it off we’re through
‘Co this won’t do, no no…

Ooh, don’t you think I see through
The flaws in our little game?
You know we’re both to blame
For this sad little non-affair
And ooh, why am I sitting here with you
Taking it all on again
When will it ever end?

Ooh, don’t you think I see through
The flaws in our little game?
You know we’re both to blame
For this sad little non-affair
And ooh, why am I sitting here with you
Taking it all on again
When will it ever end?
I guess we’ll just stay friends.

Ooh, don’t you think I see through
The flaws in our little game?
You know we’re both to blame
For this sad little non-affair
And ooh, why am I sitting here with you
Taking it all on again
When will it ever end?
Track Name: Continental Girl
She’s a continental girl
And a figure of good taste,
Wraps my heart around her finger
When she comes ‘round my way.

She’s a continental girl
Who leaves a shadow on my day,
Whispers heartache in my ear
Then walks away.

I’ll tell you a secret, if you can keep it,
I want to share my dreams with you.
But until then my little girl
What can I do?

She’s a continental queen
Wrapped in leather on the screen,
Knows just how to get her way,
Watch her play.

I’ll tell you a secret, if you can keep it,
I want to share my dreams with you.
But until then my little girl
What can I do?
I’ll circle around you, ever so quiet
Biding time like a great white shark.
And when we collide under the waves
I’ll take your heart.
Track Name: Real Fantasy
Dreaming of better days
I saw life drift away with you
Strolling the riverside
Watching as paradise pulls through.

Why don’t we go where we can be
Held in the light of mystery?
Hungry for love, we’ll watch the streets
Reflect through the prism of our precious dreams

As the time passes by
I need to satisfy my truth.
And take up my destiny
For I appear to be not through.

Let’s leave the past within the glare
Of sweeping sunsets that we can share,
We’ll re-write the fate of lonely nights
Projecting our passions on flickering sights.

And when the pain fades away
Let’s make our play
On the banks of still time.
I’ve reeled through the Old Town too long,
In a moment I’m gone
With a ghost at my side.

Dreaming of better days
I’m lost within the haze that’s you.
Blurring reality,
I’ll make a fantasy come true.
Track Name: King of Barca
The king of Barca surveys his minions from the castle.
The clouds have parted, the tourist trail is getting cold.
For half an hour, he’ll find time enough to wander.
For where there’s beauty, he’ll sit there and call it home.

There was a girl down there with a cryptic air
That the king had watched with his passive stare,
But the subject slipped into the passing crowd
And an empty space filled the scene around.

The king of Barca is off the map above the city,
Some call him lonely and others think of going home.
For all the sunlight is being squeezed from the hillsides,
So off we scatter pursued by clouds set it stone.

There was a girl down there with whom he sought to share
A stolen hour or two in a bar somewhere
But the words were stuck in an ancient rite,
Spinning ‘round his head, he kept it all inside.

The king of Barca scrambles off to the city,
The rain is falling as he descends from his throne.
The spell is broken, as carlights flash he is awoken,
He’s just another dreamer looking for a home.

There was a girl down there with whom he sought to share
A stolen hour or two in a bar somewhere
But the words were stuck in an ancient rite,
Spinning ‘round his head, he kept it all inside.
Track Name: Hard To Care
Watching the sun set over the bay
Got me to thinking things ain’t been great
There was that lady who never called
The flat-mate from Hades and the chances I scorned

But it’s hard to care when heaven is your’s
The lights flicker gently and the waves kiss the shore
It’s hard to give a damn when you’re far away,
The moon’s rising slowly and the city’s at play.

Back in that dark town there’s lovers that stray
Whispering nothings at you each day
Their big burly boyfriends watch you and pray
You fall on your backside into harm’s way

But it’s hard to care when heaven is your’s
The lights flicker gently and the waves kiss the shore
Hard to give a damn when you’re far away
The moon’s rising slowly and the city’s at play.

Hard to care when heaven is your’s
The lights flicker gently and the waves kiss the shore
Hard to give a damn when you’re far away
The moon’s rising slowly and the city’s at play.

Hard to care when you’re not there
Hard to care.
Hard to care when you’re not there
Hard to care.