City Lights

by Aloud

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Six great tastes — together at last. The City Lights EP collects Aloud singles and b-sides released from Nov. 2018 - Sept. 2019.

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released November 29, 2019

All songs written by Jen de la Osa & Henry Beguiristain

Henry Beguiristain: lead vocals, guitars
Jen de la Osa: lead vocals, guitars
Charles Murphy: bass, mouth sounds, percussion
Chris Jago: drums, percussion
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Vanessa Acosta: trumpet
Alanah Ntzouras: sax

Cover adapted from a photo by Osman Rana.

Additional credits and information in the digital booklet!

🍋 A Lemon Merchant release / DTTR015

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Aloud Los Angeles, California

Great music has something it's almost impossible to capture: soul. Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa have been the soul of Aloud since they were teenagers in Miami. A shared passion for rock classics like The Beatles, Oasis, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding led the pair to start writing and recording their own songs. The two pursued making music, fell in love, eventually marrying. ... more

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Track Name: Son of the Dharma
Angel, glowing in a second-hand suit and tie
Halo, deadbeat poet trying to find a rhyme
I know you fill your diary
left and right with your history
All you drink is sweet wine
every Saturday night

You make living
almost seem divine

Genius, you and everybody that you’re running with
C’mon witness, a modern day saint or Billy the Kid
Naked as on the day
You were born to die in vain
Always ready for a fight
Or the occasional Buddhist rite

You make living
almost seem divine

Well, I can tell you won’t be long for this
You keep on searching for eternal bliss
in every funeral home
where the buffalo roam
Every barroom floor
is an eternal door
to what you looking for
What you looking for
What are you looking for?

You make living
almost seem divine

Every day the carnival ride
Every night the final time
It seems exhausting baby
When do you sleep?
Track Name: (I Just Want) To Be Free
The deafening life of the city
You’re trying to drown it out
Numbing yourself to the weary
to suffocate the shouts

Of "I — I just want to be free"
Yeah, I, I just want to be

Are you really lonely
if all your thoughts are shared
listening to the moaning of the city
echo in despair?
Track Name: Live TV
It was 2011 the last time
I turned on the TV
We were having the time of our lives
I was waiting for the ball to drop

It was 11:00 when I realized
that I did not belong there,
watching reruns of your favorite shows
I already knew the plot

I became all my bad advice
That was no kind of life

It was the right time to get out
You know that I ain't even sad

It was precisely 11:59
when I came to the storefront
A glimmer of hope in the eyes
of a city on live TV

And I could see it from where I stood
The future looked good

It was the right time to get out
(You know what?)
It was the right time to get out
You know that I ain't even sad
Track Name: Children of the Divine
You’re so 20th century
like something that used to mean a lot to me
I may never change the world you see,
but I can lift us out of mediocrity

There’s nothing worth taking seriously
The best things they make the fun out of me

Children of the divine
Seeking out the sublime
We’ll believe it
We’ll believe it till the clocks wind down

Chase a dream that you will most defend
and when you see a wall you must kick it in
We can be the new pioneers
who risk the days ahead on the new frontier

But nothing’s worth taking your sanity
The best things they make you play so free

Children of the divine
Seeking out the sublime
We’ll believe it
We’ll believe it when till the clocks wind down
Track Name: Show Me What You Got
A sucker punch to the head
You’re disoriented now
And despair is the wave
In which the spirit will drown

If you burn it all down
Let the flame testify
Will you kid yourself
When the embers won’t suffice?

And the anger in your soul
I’m not saying let it go

Show me what you got

It’s time to get back
To the thing you once had
You better love one another
Before it gets bad

A sucker punch to the head
May disorient you now
At least you know where you stand
When you hit the ground

And the anger in your soul
I’m not saying let it go
But you must reason with yourself
Cos there is always someone else
And another point of view
Track Name: Last of the Evergreens
There's a saying I once heard
about moments like this…
Photographs replaced the paintings
and all our memories
And the New York writers grieve
They all seem to concede

We're the last of the evergreens

We shut down all the billboards
advertising love and truth
while they drained the concealer
from the fountains of our youth
And a retrospective film
warned us of our present ills

We're the last of the evergreens

They can burn down all the trees
We'll continue planting seeds

We're the last of the evergreens
We're the last of the evergreens