Amour Braque

Five years after the compilation album “Open Wounds”, Italian ‘suicide pop’ trio Spiritual Front will release its new album, “Amour Braque” via Auerbach Tonträger / Prophecy Productions. French for ‘Mad Love’, “Amour Braque” is conceptually described as “a sincere and cruel analysis of what love/sex relations are, a path that switches between tenderness and rot”.

Formed in 1999 as the solo project of Simone H. Salvatori, Spiritual Front dubs its sound “catchy ballads for heartbreaker nihilist youth”; its Morricone-inspired neofolk channels art rock, tango, new wave and country influences through a modern lens. Spiritual Front’s unique musical identity is a reflection of Salvatori’s savoir-faire which sees the frontman as a sort of Machiavellian playboy, merging Las Vegas-esque pomp and stomp with a surly suggestiveness, lending the band’s sound a hedonistic flair. The lyrical themes shared by Salvatori deal with issues such as searching for self-identity, sexuality, harsh realities and angry break-ups, each tinted with sarcasm, nihilism and biting humor. In its time as a band, Spiritual Front has contributed to the soundtracks of the TV series “Las Vegas” and the motion picture “Saw 2” as well as independent films, theatre productions and modernballets.

“Amour Braque” is Spiritual Front’s sixth full-length album. The record combines gloomy alternative rock, dark folk and chamber pop with standout 60’s blues rock vibes. Featuring striking cover art by cult surrealist artist Saturno Buttò, “Amour Braque” features guest musicians Matt Howden, King Dude, Client and more.

“Amour Braque” will be released as Digipak CD, Gatefold LP and 2CD book edition (hardcover, 18x18cm, 48 pages with enhanced artwork, featuring full-length 12-track bonus CD); parallel to “Amour Braque” Prophecy will reissue Spiritual Front’s classic album “Armageddon Gigolo”, also as Digipak CD, Gatefold LP and 2CD book edition (hardcover, 18x18cm, 48 pages with enhanced artwork, featuring 15-track bonus CD).

Tracks list:

1. Intro/Love's Vision (1:37)

How does your blood taste?
Where are your wounds?
I am paying for a guilt which isn’t mine,
I am preparing to live another lie
Now I am part of it, I want to be part of it

Why am I trying to grow inside of you?
Hug me tight and let me praise your name
An obsession keeps me tied to your flesh
Keeps me tied to your sex

I’m a fall back in which you deceive to see love
Could you still appreciate me?
But how much can you love?
How much are you willing to give of yourself?
Persuasion, slander, faith, resistance

Punish me now punish me here
Tenderness through violence
Punish me now merciless
There’s no place for men like us
Punish me now punish me here
Tenderness through violence
Punish me now punish blameless
There’s no place for men like us

Could you spell his holly name again,
Could you smell the taste of her sex strain?
Do the obliged choices count?

Look at me now and try to understand
Beyond this reason
Beyond this smell
Hapiness exists if you know
How to remove it from your head
Do you still believe in your promises
In your conscience rage and remorse existence?

Punish me now punish me here
Tenderness through violence
Punish me now merciless
There’s no place for men like us
Punish me now punish me here
Tenderness through violence
Punish me now punish blameless
There’s no place for men like us

Forigve me but make me bleed

I want to feel that pain behind me
I’m afraid I could love it again,
I want to leave those days behind me
They don’t belong to me anymore
What’s the use of begging me?
What’s the use of insulting me?
I know by myself that I’ll regret it
It’s the only thing I can do
It’s the only thing I have done

Disaffection disaffection
I’ve never been able to love
Disaffection disaffection
Don’t mention our past again

Jealousy, hapiness, revenge and agony
All brings us back into a coil of idleness
Why should I kepp on crying?
Why is this toment so long?
Stop loving you means get myself back
In each body I’m looking for your sex
Between scourge and vicious boredom
I should keep on pretending for you

I want to feel loved … but in the wrongest way
I want to feel adored … but in the filthiest way

After the splendour the lights always fade
No more curtains on this carnival I’ve lost
That I have only hoped to chase
Where’s the Christ I sent away?

The memories of you have made me ill
I’ll feed myself with lies to not die
I wanna be the holy word of no salvation
I wanna be forgiveness I wanna be death

I dance with ashes that spell your name
I dance with jackals that have your face
In the abyss of heaven I looked for my lord
In the abyss of heaven I looked for my lover

Beauty if the gift that make you survive
This inverted pleasure breaks my innocence
Here and forever att the sunset’s stake
I impolored the blind gods of sacrifice
Am I the man that gave you the light?
Am I the man that you’ll love last?
Could you encourage me to your indulgence?
I shoud know how to serve you and please your vanity

I dance with ashes that spell your name
I dance with jackals that have your face
In the abyss of heaven I looked for my lord
In the abyss of heaven I looked for my lover

I’ll feed myself with lies to not die
I’ll feed myself with cries tryin’ to bury you

Will you follow us?
When our path will be uncertain
And our arms too hold you up?
Will you follow us?
Even if you breath is slow
And you feet are too wounded to cross these peaks?
Can you see it now?
Can you feel our tounges
Run over your tortured back
Behold! Behold!

We are the children of the black light

Will you follow us? But now it’s too late to caress him
When His heart is martyred by your betrayal
And ignored by your ingratitude
Bent of his hearts, bent on his torments
Those he’ll never donate to you
Each word of ours will be forgotten
Each word of ours will be condemned
Behold! Behold!

We are the children of the black light

Let me lick the black sun in your mouth
Let me fall in your black sun
Let me lick the black sun in your mouth
Let me fall in your black sun

I‘ve lived only to be the most obscene part of your desire
I search inside of me for a fire that looks like your fell sex
I can’t give you up anymore and all that you represent
I am trying to shut you in a ditch deep inside my doubtful soul

All your lovers they lie just like you
Is this what we did? Is this what we have?
Never have I ever made sex before
Your hole’s like blood with no shelter to find
Never have I wanted to until now
Is this me? Is this he? Is the real love for you?
Unsaved cause this is how you want me
Subjugated cause you know how to defeat me
All your lovers they lie just like you
Is this what we need? Is this what we get?
All your lovers they lie just like you
Is this what you did? Is this what we are?
All your lovers they lie just like you
Is this what we feel? Is this what we see?
All your lovers they lie just like you
Is this what we dared? Is this what we stared?

Pain is love, pain is love
Drag me into the drain of your heart
Pain is love, pain is love
Nothing’s pure when you grasp my throat
Pain is love, pain is love
A cry that sound like the beat of your heart
Pain is love, pain is love
A bound that make us pure and wounded
Pain is love, pain is love

I could forgive your selfishness
Your will to eradicate every ambition of mine
To have ignored my biggest tainted lust
It’s fatal to discover myself here
I am afraid of my own desires
And finding ‘em again in you
I am afraid of my past
And finding my black pages in you
Is even more distressing
Is even more fierce

Beauty and decay this sick love is stray
I just decided to die in your arms

Beauty and decay

You know I will enter your dwelling
Here comes my naked soul
Losing you even before having
My stolen heart belongs to you
My heart belongs to you

Beauty and decay

To lose before challenging myself
Why did I decide to push myself forwarder?
To confess my weaknesses to you
And wait ’til you can use ‘em against me
I am afraid of my own desires
And finding ‘em again in you
I am afraid of my past
And finding my black pages in you
Is even more distressing
Is even more fierce

Beauty and decay this sick love is fray
I just decided to die in your arms

Beauty and decay

Tempt me more if you can

“I entrust myself to you, I entrust my misery
To you” – you said last night
Who’s willing to loving you when you have lost everything?
They’ve learned to laugh at you
Did you love me or were you searching for
Something of yourself in me?
After loving you I felt a feral taste
Fill my mouth, I’m afraid of it

Your sex’s like a nausea in my stomach but
I am so attracted to you
Hope, heal, rot and go crazy but
Should I suffer to grow inside of you?
You can ignore me, despise me
But do you really want to?
You never wanted to confide in me
I hear your moans, do we still exist?

We are the same endless desire, devotion like emptiness
I’m so in love with you, desperately in love with you
Devoted to you as I

Aah, aah, devoted to you as I

My blood won’t run, corpses don’t bleed
But mine does, it bleeds for you
That’s the helpless confession that
Love is not enough

We are the same endless desire, devotion like emptiness
I’m so in love with you, desperately in love with you
Devoted to you as I

Aah, aah, devoted to you as I

I’m turning my back on this blind world
I’m armed with greed and a cradle of love
And this hand will kill what’s left of the man in me
Life experience can’t teach you anything
If you can’t repress your desire to make it
To make it intensely like you

This past was only mine
This past was
Was never mine

Looking for approval to feel alive
Looking for conflict to feel almost alive
The misery of surviving only because of them
Where’s the life I live? I deceived hope
I gave up on redeeming myself, this is just
An echo of a wasted defeated existence

This past was only mine
This past was
Was never mine

Can you feel this heart moaning now?
Give me both your hands
I’m fading away
I’m trying to forget all the sins that I have been accused
Can you feel this heart dying now?
Give me all your strength
I’m fading away
I’m trying to get all the sick love that you have refused
I just tried to give you
What I always wished for
Why should I blame you for a desire
That I hopelessly feel?

Battuage, Battuage, I felt your skin
Sex and struggle on the street of our life
Battuage, battuage, you’ll read
My name among the stars of the sideroad
Battuage, Battuage, I felt your skin
Sex and struggle on the street of our life
Battuage, battuage, you’ll read
My name among the stars of the sideroad

Maybe one day you’ll forgive me
Or you’ll see me hanging on a gibbet
I desired but I never dared
And this makes me the worst kind of man
Your body’s heat is a hole
In which I will inevitably sink
I gave away that little courage I had left
If only I could blame you for all my mistakes
All my mistakes

Battuage, Battuage, I felt your skin
Sex and struggle on the street of our life
Battuage, battuage, you’ll read
My name among the stars of the sideroad
Battuage, Battuage, I felt your skin
Sex and struggle on the street of our life
Battuage, battuage, you’ll read
My name among the stars of the sideroad

My love for you is growing

Do people like you really believe in love?
I’m not the man you need me to be
Do people like you really believe in lust?
I’m not the man you need me to be
Do people like you really believe in love?
I’m not the man you need me to be
Do people like you really believe in lust?
I’m not the man you need me to be

And every word we said is forgotten
And every chance we had has just gone
The pleasure we felt is now suffocated
And every passion has secretly faded
And our rage turned into dust
And every thought is under control
Your sex is sin that can’t hide you
And your faith is weak compromise

Should still I care about you?
Oh, should I still care about your senseless life?
Should still I care about you?
Oh, should I still care about your hopeless love?

Let your tired arms fall now
Slowly move with us
Between excitement and anger
I feel pushed towards you
While I forget the reason that brought me here
Is it your elegant smile? Is it your lewd blackmail?
Let your tense sex open now
Slowly fade with us
Between spite and wild euphoria

I’m no longer the man I thought I was
I’m no longer the man I thought I would become

I could recognize your flesh
Just by touching it’s scheming persistence
Am I the man you thought was whispering to you?
Let your stray sex open now
Slowly fade with me
Between [?] existence

I’m no longer the man I thought I was
I’m no longer the man I thought I would become

No longer I am
The man I would become

The executioners took the icons away
No more places to invoke our gods
Your boys know how to smother and love
No one will fall down on their knees
Except me

The tattooed fathers won’t be killed
Happiness has remained buried and undreamed
Ash lies inside of me, ash lies inside of me
And all around my disenchanted life

Could I find a shelter in your eyes again?
Could I find consolation in your sex?
Ash lies inside of me, ash lies inside of me
And all around my disenchanted life

Vladimir central
Plase don’t forget my name
Vladimir central,
Don’t stop loving these chains
Vladimir central
Please don’t forget my name
Vladimir central,
Don’t stop loving these chains
You will see this grin again

Russia, why don’t u remember me?
I’m a pilgrim in the eyes of the world
Russia, why don’t u remember me?
I’m a renegade in the eyes of the regime

Could I find a shelter in your eyes again?
Could I find consolation in your sex?
Ash lies inside of me, ash lies inside of me
And all around my disenchanted life

Vladimir central
Don’t stop loving these chains
Vladimir central, you will see this face again

I’m still destined to you

Can you feel this heart moaning now?
Give me both your hands
I’m fading away
I’m trying to forget all the sins that I have been accused
Can you feel this heart dying now?
Give me all your strength
I’m fading away
I’m trying to get all the sick love that you have refused
I just tried to give you
What I always wished for
Why should I blame you for a desire
That I hopelessly feel?

Battuage, Battuage, I felt your skin
Sex and struggle on the street of our life
Battuage, battuage, you’ll read
My name among the stars of the sideroad
Battuage, Battuage, I felt your skin
Sex and struggle on the street of our life
Battuage, battuage, you’ll read
My name among the stars of the sideroad

Maybe one day you’ll forgive me
Or you’ll see me hanging on a gibbet
I desired but I never dared
And this makes me the worst kind of man
Your body’s heat is a hole
In which I will inevitably sink
I gave away that little courage I had left
If only I could blame you for all my mistakes
All my mistakes

Battuage, Battuage, I felt your skin
Sex and struggle on the street of our life
Battuage, battuage, you’ll read
My name among the stars of the sideroad
Battuage, Battuage, I felt your skin
Sex and struggle on the street of our life
Battuage, battuage, you’ll read
My name among the stars of the sideroad

My love for you is growing

“I entrust myself to you, I entrust my misery
To you” – you said last night
Who’s willing to loving you when you have lost everything?
They’ve learned to laugh at you
Did you love me or were you searching for
Something of yourself in me?
After loving you I felt a feral taste
Fill my mouth, I’m afraid of it

Your sex’s like a nausea in my stomach but
I am so attracted to you
Hope, heal, rot and go crazy but
Should I suffer to grow inside of you?
You can ignore me, despise me
But do you really want to?
You never wanted to confide in me
I hear your moans, do we still exist?

We are the same endless desire, devotion like emptiness
I’m so in love with you, desperately in love with you
Devoted to you as I
We are the same endless desire, devotion like emptiness
I’m so in love with you, desperately in love with you
Devoted to you as I

Aah, aah, devoted to you as I

My blood won’t run, corpses don’t bleed
But mine does, it bleeds for you
That’s the helpless confession that
Love is not enough

We are the same endless desire, devotion like emptiness
I’m so in love with you, desperately in love with you
Devoted to you as I
We are the same endless desire, devotion like emptiness
I’m so in love with you, desperately in love with you
Devoted to you as I

Aah, aah, devoted to you as I

I’m turning my back on this blind world
I’m armed with greed and a cradle of love
And this hand will kill what’s left of the man in me
Life experience can’t teach you anything
If you can’t repress your desire to make it
To make it intensely like you

This past was only mine
This past was
Was never mine

Looking for approval to feel alive
Looking for conflict to feel almost alive
The misery of surviving only because of them
Where’s the life I live? I deceived hope
I gave up on redeeming myself, this is just
An echo of a wasted defeated existence

This past was only mine
This past was
Was never mine

17. The Tender Caress Of Violence (2:45)
18. I Am Your Black Sun (9:14)
19. My Heart Out (4:17)
20. Don't Speak My Name (3:02)
21. My Dead Charade (3:12)
22. Does Your Sex Open Any Door? (4:47)

And one day all your sufferings will create an endless sea
That our ark will bravely sail
Like orphans, we’ll wander o’ er disasters and laments
Until we collapse into their darkened lands
We got to know desperation through your arrogant smile
The world is more useless than we’re ready to admit

Dear Lucifer, don’t pull your hand back now

What’s justice if it isn’t revenge and pain?
What’s our alibi for a petty, incomplete life
It’s hard for me to open my arms again
How much do our desires change when we grow old?
I’ve believed in you for too long
The lie and your golden mouth

Dear Lucifer, don’t pull your hand back now

24. Protect Me (4:34)
25. My Love Won't Fade (Acoustic Version) (4:10)

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Released: March 23, 2018

Label: Prophecy Productions

Music and worlds: Simone H. Salvatori (excerpt Love’s Vision by Edward Carpenter)

Arrangements: Spiritual Front and Fabio Colucci

String arrangements: Stefano Puri

Recorded by Fabio Colucci at Herzog Studio and Fabio Balestrieri at Sonus Factory
Mixed by Fabio Colucci at Herzog Studio

Mastering: Reference Studio, Roma

Spiritual Front ware:
Simone H. Salvatori: vocals, acoustic guitars
Riccardo Galati: all guitars, mandolin, percs, bass
Andrea Freda: drums and percussion

With:
Massimo Guerra: Trumpet, Flugenhorn
Stefano Puri: Piano and Keys

Released as: Digipak CD, Gatefold LP and 2CD book edition (hardcover, 18x18cm, 48 pages with enhanced artwork, featuring full-length 12-track bonus CD).

Reviews

SPIRITUAL FRONT definitely are skilled at the latter and in spite of their artistic mastery it’s the sensual and emotional effect they have upon the listener that makes them so outstanding and appreciated for most.

That’s just superb. It really does not need more words. On Amour Braque, the Spiritual Front prove once again that in the area of tension between neo-folk and apocalyptic pop they occupy a niche that no one else will doubt them.

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