Limited edition 7-inch vinyl of double A-side single "Empty House" and "Falling Out of Love". Sleeves were designed and individually screened by Efflux Creations, and each record has been hand-pressed by Musicol Recording.
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Aloud's Henry Beguiristain and co-writer Jen de la Osa wrote "Empty House" after absorbing the celebrated documentary A Band Called Death. Beguiristain and de la Osa found the Hackney brothers' ability to remain warm and compassionate with each other inspirational, even after decades of hardship. "My own family's going through an incredibly petty, malicious squabble," Beguiristain, the song's vocalist, explains. "So these two sort of antipodal reactions to strains in a family were very much on our minds."
The song pulls no punches, serving as both an admonition ("The passage of time ain't forgiveness") and an olive branch ("I'm throwing you a line/hoping it'll reach you in time").
"Ultimately, 'Empty House' is a song about empathy. It's about keeping your soul from becoming hard."
Living forever is easy
It just takes a clever mind
sticking to all your convictions
while keeping your own heart kind
But when it comes to perspective,
no one is truly exempt
The passage of time ain't forgiveness.
The status quo ain't contentment
I'm throwing you a line, hoping it'll reach you in time
Don't let our home become another empty house
Is this how it happens?
Feelings put into sharp relief
Nature becomes a fantasy
Opinion becomes belief
from Falling Out of Love/Empty House,
released February 14, 2018
written by Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain
Performed and arranged by Aloud
Produced and mixed by Benny Grotto
Assistant engineer: Steph Durwin
Mastered by Tony Eichler at Goldtone Mastering
Henry Beguiristain: lead vocals, guitars, piano
Jen de la Osa: vocals, guitars, piano, Farfisa, percussion
Charles Murphy: bass, percussion
with Frank Hegyi: drums
Benny Grotto: Farfisa
Recorded at Q Division Studios (Somerville, MA) and 37 Foot Productions (Rockland, MA)