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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Forever isn’t always forever, but you don’t always see that coming. Aloud’s “Falling Out of Love” opens with a simple, but definitive statement: “This ain’t easy/but I’ve made up my mind”.
Jen de la Osa, the song’s vocalist elaborates, “Several couples we’d known and had been together for many years had started breaking up. In each case it was the same: a long, drawn out period in which you start to see the other person less and less like your lover and maybe more like a needy roommate.” De la Osa and Henry Beguiristain, the song’s co-writer and de la Osa’s husband, were saddened to see their friends parting ways around them and used the song to try and understand what they might be going through.
However, when sitting down to begin work on the song’s lyrics, Beguiristain suggested skewing the viewpoint: the story would be told through the voice of a narcissist staring into the mirror breaking up with his/herself. “Without knowing the identity of our narrator, it can be a very sad heartbreaker. The narcissist gives it this funnier though arguably sadder bent,” says de la Osa.
This ain’t easy
But I’ve made up my mind
I’m smashing your mirror
I’d sooner go blind
Well, I don’t know what I can do
I keep falling out of love
That picture if aging
Gasping for the dust
Seen a lot of better looking days honey
Seen a lot of dreams go bust
Don’t get me wrong, we had something
Something so singular, but destructive
I’m past the point of trying
When someone else will do
Darling, I am pleading
I’m not trying to be mean
The color, yea the color has faded
And all that’s left is you and me
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
Horns arranged by Andy Bergman
Produced and mixed by Benny Grotto
Assistant engineer: Steph Durwin
Mastered by Tony Eichler at Goldtone Mastering
Jen de la Osa: lead vocals
Henry Beguiristain: vocals, guitars, organ, percussion
Charles Murphy: bass
with Frank Hegyi: drums
Andy Bergman: saxophones
Brian Paulding: trombone
Colin Mainella: trumpet