Cityscape EP

by Chelsea and the Cityscape

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the Cityscape's first release; a snapshot of the city.

Chelsea and the Cityscape is:

Chelsea McBride - saxophone
Mara Nesrallah - vocals
Kevin Stolz - piano/keys
Paul Barton - guitar
Dan Minchom - bass
Jordan Zagerman - drums

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released February 2, 2013

all songs written by Chelsea McBride & performed by Chelsea and the Cityscape
recorded at Beyond the Beat Studios by David Mackenzie
mixed by Paul Barton
mastered at Mojito Mastering by Reuben Ghose

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Track Name: Zero State
Slip out as the dawn begins to break
silently your footsteps start to fade away
light begins to creep in through the shade
the chill of night begins to dissipate
somewhere in the morning lies a breath
the fresh, the new, the undiscovered scent
the birds begin to call across the pavement
waking up the world with all their songs and all their arguments

The memory, it gets to me, it sinks into my skin
It’s asking me so tenderly if I could let you in
and if I do, then what of you becomes a part of me?
when all I want to be is extraordinary

Cover up the weakness in my head
sink into the sheets upon my bed
sing a lullaby that doesn’t end
I could fall asleep with your defence
keep my body wrapped up in your arms
the shadows couldn’t do me any harm
if I get distracted by you please don’t be alarmed
I’m searching for the subtleties of all your breathless charm

I would rather like it if you didn’t disappear
just keep on caressing me like you still need me here
I could lie and beg you for the things that I still need
but if we’re being honest I just want you to protect me
Track Name: Suburbia
Do you live where all the houses look the same?
Do all the neighbours know your name?
Are you the best that ever was, or is trouble more your cause?
Do all the houses look the same?
Do you drive an SUV?
And is it safe enough for me?
I’m just a child of 21, so take me out, we’ll have some fun
In the backseat just you and me

There are secrets in the walls
And toxins in the pavement
They’re seeping into water, into air
And you breathe it all in
There are hopes beneath the houses
And love between the cars
Hidden like the memories
Of who and what you are

Do you live where all the kids can run and play?
Do you think they’ll all be safe?
Are they sheltered from the world, do you think they’ve even heard
Of what the streets outside can say?
Do you live inside a house, or in a home?
Is this a place you’d call your own?
Or are you dying to get out, see what reality’s about
Is this the only place you’ve ever known?

There are secrets in the walls
And toxins in the pavement
They’re seeping into water, into air
And you breathe it all in
There are hopes beneath the houses
And love between the cars
Hidden like the memories
Of who and what you are
Track Name: Roman
Where are the flaws, where are the cracks in your façade?
Where are the scars that make you perfect, leave you clawed to pieces?
Golden boys don’t always shine, you know
Show me what’s behind the glow; golden boy, show me your soul

Shimmer like the river, run below the water
You are all that sparkles deep within
Glitter like the marble painted like a stone
You are all the gods would want to own

Can I have all of you acquainted with my soul?
Can I learn secrets deeper than those you have told?
Can I show you there’s no need to be afraid?
Perfection isn’t perfect anyways

Glow like crimson sunsets, fade like rays of twilight
You are all that sparkles deep within
Shimmer like the teardrops you have never shown
You are all the gods would want to own

Can I have all of you acquainted with my soul?
Can I learn secrets deeper than those you have told?
Can I show you there’s no need to be afraid?
Perfection isn’t perfect anyways

I knew once I saw you, you were easy just to love
But to understand your secrets is a gift from up above
All I’ve done is write you questions in the form of broken song
I can’t tell you how I’ve wanted just to ask you for so long

Can I have all of you acquainted with my soul?
Can I learn secrets deeper than those you have told?
Can I show you there’s no need to be afraid?
Perfection isn’t perfect anyways

Where are the flaws, where are the cracks in your façade?
Where are the scars that make you perfect, leave you clawed to pieces?
Golden boys don’t always shine, you know
Show me what’s behind the glow; golden boy, show me your soul