A Thousand Half​-​Truths

by Making Marks

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Making Marksʼ debut album A Thousand Half-Truths is a collection of heartwarming pop songs, touched with Scandinavian cool. Blending sweet male and female vocals with a lush soundscape filled with jangling guitars, buoyant drumming and textured synth lines, the Norwegian quartet have a real knack for melody and a keen ear for rich instrumentation.
Making Marks formed in Oslo in 2012 and are made up of Ola Innset on guitar and vocals, Nina Bø on vocals and keyboards, Marie Sneve on bass and Jørgen Nordby on drums. Theyʼve gigged with the likes of Bonnie ʻPrinceʼ Billy, Asobi Seksu, Allo Darlinʼ and Marit Larsen, and have toured extensively around Europe and the USA, including appearances at SXSW.
They recorded a number of tracks for the album at Soup Studios in London, with Simon Trought and Giles Barrett. It was their influence that saw Paul Rains from Allo Darlin' playing lap steel on the song “Barcodes” and this led to Making Marks supporting Allo Darlinʼ in Europe. The rest of the album is recorded in Oslo with respected indie producer Sjur Lyseid, who has worked with the band in various guises over the years.
A Thousand Half-Truths as an album is one of tensions – both resolved and unresolved. Making Marks initially planned to go down a folk/country musical path, however they soon realised that indie came more naturally to them. Yet, the tension between the country and the pop still remained, with folky melodies echoing the extended harmonies of The Carpenters, whilst their propensity for banjos, ukuleles and harmonicas faded away to leave the band sounding more integral and functional. This left them with a set of quietly confident, melancholy country songs as played by an bubbly indiepop band.
There is also tension between the lyrics and soundscape as well as between the warm, dreamy, more life-affirming songs such as "Lemon Sheets”,“Flying High Forever" and "Forgive and Forget"; and the political, critical and often pessimistic approach of "Like Spinning", "A Thousand Half-Truths", Barcodes" and "Ticket Machine".
If you do the sums, A Thousand Half-Truths equals five-hundred full truths. Yet songs are just songs – they can tell you something about life but just a glimpse at a time, revealing only half-truths but in the end perhaps thatʼs all we need.

“There’s a trace of Saint Etienne’s suburban romance to be heard in the superior pop of Making Marks, a Norwegian four-piece whose debut album puts a winning finish of wit and longing on the belts-and-braces indiepop undercoat.”
Uncut [7/10]

“It’s an effective blend, especially with the sad but beautiful vocals of singers Ola Innset and Nina Bø as well as the country twang of Innset’s picking style of electric guitar playing.”
Neon Filler [8/10]

“The album’s opening moments are its most touching, starting with ‘Bruises’ and ‘Barcodes’. ‘Bruises’ feels like a Buddy Holly song; it’s rocky, yet subdued enough to sound a little bit dated, and sombre.”
The 405

“The consistently excellent male/female vocals on show make A Thousand Half-Truths less a smack in the face than a warming, gentle arm around the shoulder. Perfect for these cold winter nights.”
Shout4Music [7/10]

“so beautifully paced and repeatedly willing to add adventurous instrumental flourishes hither and thither”
Music OMH

“a summery album to brighten up the current wintery outlook”
Scottish Express

“classic heartwarming indiepop”
SoundsXP

“a strong contender for indie-pop album of the year”
Inforty

credits

released March 2, 2014

released 03 February 2014
Ola Innset – guitars, vocals
Nina Bø – keyboards, vocals
Marie Sneve – bass, trumpet
Jørgen Nordby – drums, percussion

All songs written by Ola Innset, arranged by Making Marks.
Track 2 features Paul Rains on lapsteel.
Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 recorded by Sjur Lyseid in Six Feet Over Studios, Oslo.
Tracks 1, 2, and 8 recorded by Simon Trought and Giles Barrett in Soup Studios, London.
Track 10 recorded by Simon Trought, Sam Beer and David Holmes in Soup Studios.
Mixed by Sjur Lyseid in Six Feet Over Studios.

Mastered by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering Studio, Boston.

Photography by Jørgen Nordby.
Sleeve design by Tom Ashton.

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Track Name: Bruises
I travel without a ticket
I want to get caught
I want to be exposed
I want to be punished for what I’ve done

At this time of year there’s no difference
Between the bus the tram and the metro
It’s all draped in darkness
Now anyway

When I said that it was life changing,
I don’t think that I really understood what it meant
You said you knew that I wanted you
The moment I walked into that room

You showed me your bruises
But I didn’t show you mine

Last night I felt like
Like a great musician
But I also felt
Like a horrible person

And I don’t understand how all these other people
Have got everything figured out
They work so hard, and they do so well
And I admire them

When I said that it was life changing,
I don’t think that I fully understood what it meant
What if I’ll never get that feeling
Of peace and contentment again

You showed me your bruises
But I didn’t show you mine
Track Name: Barcodes
I’ve been gone
Gone for so long
Now I’m back
Back in Oslo

She’s the one
Who made me return
To the blue and the green
An attempted city inbetween

She calls me late at night
That’s not my name
She calls me in the morning
But I’m too afraid to pick up the phone

So I get on the metro
And cross the city under ground
Climb the frozen escalators
And run through the streets without a sound
Homeward bound

So let’s go out tonight
Let’s hit the financial district
Scan your barcodes by the door
In this desert of consultancy

Turn your head
Away when she passes you by
Act surprised
When she pats on your back

She calls me in the morning
From the bathroom
And then she calls me late at night
But I’m too afraid to pick up the phone

So I get on the metro
And cross the city under ground
Climb the frozen escalators
And run through the streets without a sound
Homeward bound
Track Name: Uten en tråd
Hold magen inne og hold ut
det er ennå ikke seint
Vi må være her lenger før vi kan gå
sammen gjennom natta

Du sier kanskje
er vi skapt for hverandre
kanskje er vi to av samme sort
Uten å tenke ser jeg deg for meg
med øya igjen

Du holder meg oppe
Uten en tråd
Du får aldri stoppe
Du vet at du må holde ut meg med

Men hvor har du vært?
Og hvor skal vi hen?
Jeg vet at du slår ut håret
for andre menn

Og jeg sier kanskje
har du gitt meg opp
kanskje har jeg ikke mer å gi
Uten å tenke ser jeg deg for meg
med øya igjen

Du holder meg oppe
Uten en tråd
Du får aldri stoppe
Du vet at du må holde ut meg med
Track Name: Forgive And Forget
They say we’re still young
And there are still songs left to be sung
By us
But I don’t know

I look people straight in the eye
But that doesn’t mean that I know why
Or how
Or even if

Everybody says it’s possible
To forgive and forget
If you thought our love was good before
You haven’t seen anything yet

If you’re leaning in tonight
You’ll find my shoulders are skinnier than before
I’ve been rebelling with no cause
But I think I still can be the one we thought I was

They say there are reasons for what we do
And this is a chance to start anew
I’m gonna follow
Follow my heart

I keep telling my self these things
And I keep playing on worn out strings
But I know
It’s not necessarily true
Everybody says it’s possible
To forgive and forget
If you thought our love was great before
You haven’t seen anything yet

If you’re leaning in tonight
You’ll find my shoulders are heavier than they were
I’ve been rebelling with no cause
But I think I still can be the one we thought I was
Track Name: Like Spinning
These bicycles are standing still
But a voice is telling us we’re going up a hill
It’s an upphill battle, and we’re stuck in the saddle
But here at our own free will

There’s a bass drum playing and we’re told to get up from our seats
We’re all the real Slim Shady now, and there’s no way to cheat your way out of it
The voice is all so positive, and we are all so formative in our years
And our ends will meet

But we can work it out
We can be healthy and happy and free
Guided by voices
In neon lit gyms
We can find out who to be

Open planes and wind in our hair
Just spinning and going nowhere
Under downlit skies we open our eyes
So innocent and unaware
Track Name: Lemon Sheets
If you had told me to think for both of us
Then all the thinking I’d have done
Would amount to one thing
You getting on a plane

To come and see me I’m not so far away
Just a bus and a train and a plain
And another train from Harringay
And then you’d find me

And I’m sorry if I’m not all I seemed
I’m sorry if I’m not everything you dreamed of
In Lemon Sheets

If you had told me that I was the one for you
Then all the hopes I’ve had
So much higher than the mountains
Would be fulfilled

But can’t you see me I’m not so far away
Just off the tip of your nose
On the corned of ecstasy and safety
Just for a while there I thought that you hated me

And I’m sorry if I’m not who I seemed
I apologise for not being everything you dreamed of
In Lemon Sheets
Track Name: Falling In Love Again
You say you’re terrified of falling in love again
But they say you should do one thing that scares you every day
Me I’m here alone, I’m getting used to it now
But I forgot how my heart could tremble

You say we shouldn’t be cruel to animals
And that makes me feel ashamed
But that’s nothing new, I’m getting used to that too
But I forgot how my lips could tremble

I put on happy songs to make me feel good
It’s worked all through my maudlin carreer
But now I’m suffering on the sofa
Killing myself on the couch
These mirrored feelings are closer than they appear

But if we’re falling in love we should enjoy it
Even if it scares us every day
It might be the last time, if we get stuck with eachother
Forever, trembling together

You say you’re terrified of falling in love again
And I feel the same way
So let’s try to ignore we’ve somehow felt this before
And just rejoice at the trembling of our hearts

I put on happy songs to make me feel good
That one we danced to that night, do you remember?
But now I’m suffering on the sofa
Killing myself on the couch
I haven’t slept since 22nd of November
I haven’t slept since the 22nd of November
Track Name: A Thousand Half-Truths
All of the things
Whose metaphorical wings
Are broken
Can still be fixed
She said with a smile

And all you’ve got to do
To make your dreams come true
Is be open
Think positive thoughts
And hold your head up high

And it’s all up to you
It’s all up to you

But if you think you can dance
There’s a whole world waiting to tell you that you can’t
They say their hips don’t lie
But their hearts can tell a thousand half-truths

Remember your free
In this meritocracy
Of opportunities and golden slumbers
Just let yourself go now
And don’t be afraid

Because it’s all up to you
It’s all up to you

And if you think you can dance
There’s a whole world waiting to tell you that you can’t
But just say your lips don’t lie
And then your heart can tell a thousand half-truths

Now your phone’s too smart for you
And your loan’s too big for you too
Whatchu gonna do?
What are we gonna do?

Your self esteem
Is a free live stream
And your conscious when you consume
All you can eat
Al that they’ve got
Track Name: Ticket Machine
At 7.38
The bus is always full
But we keep holding on

And no one’s filled with hate
We’ve left it all at home
Later it will dawn

And they say there’s a light
That never goes out
By the bus driver’s seat
Or the ticket machine
All the lonely people here
We do our best
But it costs a lot to hope

Do you remember books you’ve read?
Does it stick in your head?
Only punishment no crime

Because I miss you when I get in and out of bed
Or when something makes met think about the things you said
When we spoke for what you said you wished was the last time

But when the sun comes up
We’ve allready gotten used to the darkness
The light burns out our memories
This film will never be seen
It’s not suitable for families

They say there’s a light
That never goes out
By the bus driver’s seat
Or the ticket machine
And everybody’s all right
With everything
As long as we eat
From the food machine
All the nervous people here
We do our best
But it costs a lot to hope
Track Name: Flying High Forever
The sun sets later now than last month
The world is warming to us
We’ll take the long way home
And I’ll show yout how the city connects

You can’t plug that in here it’s a different system
Our electric sockets don’t match
But you’ve got an egg
That translates from my current back to yours

With your pale blue eyes and my Norwegian wood
Everything’s already understood
Feels like we’ll be flying high forever
But it’s a long way down

Well all the things I’ve got have marks made on them
And most of my memories too
But we’ll take a song I know
And I’ll sing harmonies in and out of tune

With your bright eyes and my Norwegian blue
It was already dead before I found you
Now it feels like we’ll be flying high forever
And it’s a long way down
It’s a long way down