MakeShift

by Alycia Lang

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released May 17, 2019

The Only One:
Written and Performed by Alycia Lang
Produced by Alycia Lang and Hamilton Ulmer
Arranged by Hamilton Ulmer and Alycia Lang
Sax Arrangement: Hamilton Ulmer
All Saxophone: Mario Godoy
Electric Guitars: Alycia Lang & Hamilton Ulmer
Synth: Alycia Lang & Hamilton Ulmer
Bass: Doug Stuart
Drums: Matt Schory
All Vocals: Alycia Lang
Engineered and Mixed by: Scott McDowell


September:
Written and Performed by Alycia Lang
Produced by Lauren O'Connell and Alycia Lang
Guitars: Lauren O'Connell and Alycia Lang
Background Vocals: Alycia Lang and Lauren O'Connell
Drums: Matt Schory
Electronic Drums: Lauren O'Connell
Engineered and Mixed by: Lauren O'Connell & Scott McDowell

Projector:
Written and Performed by: Alycia Lang
Produced by Alycia Lang and Lauren O'Connell
Electric Guitars: Lauren O'Connell
Bass: Lauren O'Connell
Synth: Alycia Lang and Lauren O'Connell
Live Drums: Matt Schory
Additional Percussion: Alycia Lang and Lauren O'Connell
Engineered and Mixed by Lauren O'Connell & Scott McDowell

As It Seems:
Written and Performed by Alycia Lang
Produced by Avi Vinocur and Alycia Lang
Guitar, Drums, Bass, Banjo: Avi Vinocur
Vocals: Alycia Lang
Background Vocals: Alycia Lang, Lauren O'Connell, and Avi Vinocur
Engineered and Mixed by: Scott McDowell

East and South:
Written and Performed by Alycia Lang
Guitar and Vocals by Alycia Lang
Recorded live by Lauren O'Connell
Mixed by Scott McDowell

All Songs Mastered by:
Jonathan Kirchner

Cover Art: Bradley Cox | Giant Eye Photography

Special Thanks To:
Scott Brown, Aaron Gold, Carlos Arredondo for laying down their skills on the early tracks for these songs before I had any idea what direction to take them – Your generosity in the studio helped me arrive at these recordings. Aki Ehara for his mixing knowledge in unfamiliar genres to me. Lauren O'Connell for the ridiculous amount of extra time, friendship and support she gave and continues to give this project. Marta Dymek for her beautiful artwork and general support. My cheerleaders: Tyler, Brian, Tiare, Ricky, Elena, Jenna. My sweet parents, for their patience and curiosity while I completed these recordings.
My musical communities in Oakland and LA ❤

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Alycia Lang Oakland, California

Alycia Lang's music stands at the unlikely intersection of alternative folk, pop, jazz and indie rock. Driven by soaring vocals, yet centered around mindfully crafted lyrics, her music creates a synergy that is strikingly emotive, insidiously catchy and achingly poignant. ... more

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Track Name: The Only One
Somebody told you
You are the only one
Rare like a morning sun
This late this late at night

I never told you
I feel like the only one
Vespertine in your light
Cause no one like the darkness when it comes

You wanted better, better, better, better from me now
Could I be better better better better for you somehow

I never wanted
Anything more than this
And you told me I could lay my hand upon it
Then you ran away with it

You’ll say I’m better, better, better, better for it now
Could I feel better better better better for you somehow

Ooooooh

I never showed you
I know the quiet hum
That moves you when you run into your dreams at night

But it’s not better when you leave it all behind you
It’s not good before it’s done
You may find yourself there between the nothing
Now you are the only one
Track Name: September
I wanted to call you my love
You seemed right in this time of year, golden light falling from above
But I couldn’t call it anything, I couldn’t call you anything at all
So I called it September, and I called it a draw

Fall doesn’t feel like a new year anymore, but I still feel like a child
I just wanted to move you
And I learned to live from a feeling inside
Before I thought that I, thought that I had to prove it to you

With five turns of the moon, yeah the light finds its way back again
But something in September looks back on the way things have been

Turn away now, when the walls are coming down
Turn away now, when the walls are coming down
Turn away now, when the walls are coming down

Cause I, I just wanted to call you my love
You seemed right in this time of year, golden light falling from above
But I couldn’t call it anything, I couldn’t call you anything at all
So I called it September, and I called it a draw
Track Name: Projector
You’re a projector, make believe makes us the same
You’re a pretender, telling me it’s all ok

Careful who you love, careful who you love now
Careful who you trust, careful who you let down

You’re a defender, push until you pull away
Scared if you’d let her, she might take what’s yours away

You’re throwing shade, You’re taking your own breath away
We’re not the same, you’ve got a lot to prove, not much to say

Ooooh
Oooooh

You’re a professor, teaching me about the way
Making a mess of the things you feel for what you say

You can’t go back, honey what you think of that
Take what you have when you don’t have another plan

Oooh
Ooooh

You’ve got a big bad something coming up on you
And you’ve gotta face it when you can’t fake it anymore
You’ve got the whole wide world, but you want something new
So you go and chase it
Honey what’d you do you do that for

Oooooh
Ooooooh
Track Name: As It Seems
You loved me better in the wintertime
When words came falling out on paper white
Now hearts are heavy in the morning hour, with a feeling I should have known better by now

Put your things down honey, one by one
Still undecided with a mind to run
And hidden there amongst the love was doubt, was a feeling you should have it all figured out

But honey I am as you think I am
A makeshift lover there among your plans and
You may never recognize or see what that does to me, what you done to me

Tell me what is worth your turning back
Looking far beyond the things you have
Am I your lover or a stepping stone
I still feel alone, I still feel alone when

I can be only as you think I am
A makeshift lover living in your plans and
You may never recognize or see that’s the change in me
That’s the change you see

I am gentle, you could not see that
You put those walls up with your own two hands
But I took mine down, didn’t care what you’d done
Hoping in your eyes, I would be someone

And there I found the creature that you think I am
Just picking up the pieces of a self-made man
So go ahead a live your life within your dreams
Nothing’s as it seems
Nothing’s as it seems
Nothing’s as it seems
Nothing’s as it seems
Nothing’s as it seems
Nothing’s as it seems
Nothing’s as it seems
Nothing’s as it seems
Track Name: East & South
Here I go again, planning my days around a ghost
When you’re the one I love the most and I don’t know why
And I believe my eyes and ears, but I still want you near me
Though I don’t know how, I don’t know how
Though time and space are fickle things, I can’t help but sit and think about them

So here we go again, throwing our hands up in the air
When this world demands our care, but we don’t know how or why
Fighting the good fight is always a hard time

Can you get me out of here, my love
It’s a little loud in here, my love
Headed east and south to Panama
Looking for the moment we were god
Running from the moment I forgot

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