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Chelsea and the Cityscape's first full-length release. Sounds of the city, and the people who inhabit it.

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released June 9, 2016

Chelsea and the Cityscape is:

Chelsea McBride – woodwinds, vocals (What I Do, Paint and Gold), handclaps (What I Do)
Mara Nesrallah – vocals, handclaps (What I Do)
Kevin Stolz – piano, keyboard, vocals (Paint and Gold), handclaps (What I Do)
Paul Barton – acoustic and electric guitar, vocals (Paint and Gold), handclaps (What I Do)
Dan Minchom – bass, vocals (Paint and Gold), handclaps (What I Do)
Jordan Zagerman – drums, handclaps (What I Do)

Additional musicians:

Alex Gambrel – trumpet and flugelhorn (tracks 2-7, 10)
Crystal Lee – violin (track 10)
Adam Filaber – cello (track 10)

Recorded at Metalworks Studios (November 8, 2015), Revolution Recording (November 29, 2015), Bonneville Records (October 2015-January 2016), and Paul's apartment (December 2015-February 2016)
Recorded by Andre St-Denis and Paul Barton (with assistance from Luke Schindler at Revolution
Recording)
Mixed by Andre St-Denis with Paul Barton
Mastered by Reuben Ghose at Mojito Mastering
Produced by Chelsea McBride, Andre St-Denis and Paul Barton
Cover art by Andi Trepanier; album design by Jesse Mackay

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Track Name: Wheel Around
Did I lose my cover? Should I take a number?
Down and up and over, wheel around me now
Stuck inside the middle, don’t know where to turn, oh
High above the ground, oh, wheel around me now

Look, take me into the nightlife, tell me stories I don’t know why
Spin me into the history now
Look, I’m inside the picture frame, looking out but it’s not the same
I don’t have the answer now
You speak words, and lies come out, I hear no truth
I could take a guess but I’d be lying to you

Did I lose my cover? Should I take a number?
Down and up and over, wheel around me now
Stuck inside the middle, don’t know where to turn, oh
High above the ground, oh, wheel around me now

Now, I wake up to the sunrise, streaming down from the bright blue sky
Wash away in the amber sunrise
Now, you forget the words to say, goodbye, hello, and walk away
You don’t have the answer now
I speak nothings hoping I can make them true
If you said a word then I’d be lying for you

Did I lose my cover? Should I take a number?
Down and up and over, wheel around me now
Stuck inside the middle, don’t know where to turn, oh
High above the ground, oh, wheel around me now

In light of the situation, I think it’s fair to say
I won’t stick around to remind you how you got played
But when the smoke clears and you can see what was real
You won’t lose the memory of how I made you feel

Guess I lost my cover, should delete your number
Used you up and over, wheel around me now
Guess you had to learn, oh, don’t know where to turn, oh
High above the ground, oh, wheel around me now

Guess I lost my cover, should delete your number
Used you up and over, wheel around me now
Guess you had to learn, oh, don’t know where to turn, oh
High above the ground, tumble slowly down, wheel around me now
Track Name: Boundaries
Place your arm discreetly ‘round my waist
Hold me close, but never out of place
Whisper soft in words of spinning gold
Things I’ve heard that never do get old

I should have thought this through, but I thought I was safe
If I’d have known the truth, I’d turn and run away

So I stand here, and I’m thinking, how did we get this far?
From talking and listening to Radiohead sitting in the dark?

But it shouldn’t have to be this way
Your words mean nothing anyways
But you were such an honest man
I thought that you were good, I can’t pretend
This should be going differently
I shouldn't feel your hands on me
But I can taste you on my teeth
I’d rather that than watch you bleed
But it shouldn’t have to be this way
It shouldn’t have to be this way

Kick your feet up on my easy chair
Run your fingers gently through my hair

I should have thought this through, but I thought I was safe
If I’d have known the truth, I’d turn and run away

So I stand here, and I’m thinking, how did we get this far?
From talking and listening to Radiohead sitting in the dark?

But it shouldn’t have to be this way
Your words mean nothing anyways
But you were such an honest man
I thought that you were good, I can’t pretend
This should be going differently
I shouldn't feel your hands on me
But I can taste you on my teeth
I’d rather that than watch you bleed
But it shouldn’t have to be this way
It shouldn’t have to be this way

You’ve got a serpentine tongue and it’s full of lies
And you were just trying this on for size
You should know better, you should know better
You’ve got a serpentine tongue and it’s full of lies
And you were just trying this on for size
You should know better, you should know better
You’ve got a serpentine tongue and it’s full of lies
And you were just trying this on for size
You should know better, you should know better
So take your serpentine tongue and your mouth of lies
And burn it all away, set the sky alight
You should know better, you don’t know better

But it shouldn’t have to be this way
Your words mean nothing anyways
But you were such an honest man
I thought that you were good, I can’t pretend
This should be going differently
I shouldn't feel your hands on me
But I can taste you on my teeth
I’d rather that than watch you bleed
But it shouldn’t have to be this way
It shouldn’t have to be this way
It shouldn’t have to be this way
It shouldn’t have to be this way
Track Name: What I Do
So you say you think I'm cute as I'm telling you the news
Doesn't matter what I say; I make you smile anyway
If you watch me work and play, I'm all curves, you wish you may
I'm all lines in which you lose right angles to me and you

But I'm not just a pretty face, I run fast to win the race
I am the best at what I do, and that's got nothing to do with pleasing you

Keep yourself in check; you stumble like a wreck, dear
If you want me true, love me for what I do
Don't give me that stare, I don't dance for anyone, dear
If you want me true, love me for what I do

You loop your arm around my waist, tell me “don't be getting hasty”
Doesn't matter what I say; you think I like you anyway
Well I hate to break the spell (or maybe not, it's hard to tell)
But take your hands off of me now, I'm telling you you're not allowed

But I'm not just a pretty face, I run fast to win the race
I am the best at what I do, and that's got nothing to do with pleasing you

Keep yourself in check; you stumble like a wreck, dear
If you want me true, love me for what I do
Don't give me that stare, I don't dance for anyone, dear
If you want me true, love me for what I do

Don't mind the feeling in your stomach that you might have played this wrong
I promise your intention has been noted; move along

And keep yourself in check; you stumble like a wreck, dear
If you want me true, love me for what I do
Don't give me that stare, I don't dance for anyone, dear
If you want me true, love me for what I do
Yeah, if you want me true, love me for what I do
Oh, you can't have me, true, love me for what I do
Track Name: Paint and Gold
There was a city, so I was told
Where everything glittered, but nothing was gold
“You have to come visit, and sit by the shore,
Follow the river, to what you look for”
But I found the streets crowded, and I couldn't breathe

When your fortress rests on other people's dreams
Your city isn't what it seems
When your towers stand where lovers used to lie
There's only shadows on your side

I flew to Jersey, a man drove me in
Said he got married yesterday, but he's working again
I saw all the people too broke to get by
Trying to live beneath a golden lie
I found the streets crowded, and I couldn't breathe
I felt my heart pounding in my chest and the worries got to me

When your fortress rests on other people's dreams
Your city isn't evergreen
When your towers stand where lovers used to lie
There's only shadows on your side

And all the trains make grating sounds
Too loud to let love out
Too loud to let love out (let your love out, let your love out)

When your fortress rests on other people's dreams
Your city isn't ever clean
When your towers stand where families lived and died
There's only shadows on your side
There's only shadows on your side
There's only shadows on your side
Track Name: Why
Honey I'm home, did you notice I was gone?
Or were you sleeping too well in the empty bed to care?
Darling I missed you; did you think about me too?
Or when I reach for your hand, will it already be gone?

I wandered the streets of a new land
And all I wanted was you to hold at night
But I didn't even get you speaking through the phone

So don't you wanna be with me?
Don't you love me like you say?
Do you feel as lonely as I did after I had gone away?
Don't you wanna see the sights?
Don't you wanna get away?
Or is all of it a lie?
Did you never tell me why?

Honey, I'm online; did you like my posts?
Did you read the one or two that might have mattered most?
I filter through the truth, but I never tell a lie
But do you care to know the story that lies behind?

So don't you wanna be with me?
Don't you love me like you say?
Do you feel as lonely as I did after I had gone away?
Don't you wanna see the sights?
Don't you wanna get away?
Or is all of it a lie?
Did you never tell me why?

So don't you wanna be with me?
Don't you love me like you say?
Do you feel as lonely as I did after I had gone away?
Don't you wanna see the sights?
Don't you wanna get away?
Or is all of it a lie?
Did you never tell me why?
Track Name: Numbered Streets
I've never seen the world; I just want a peek
Do the trees all look the same, state to state, and week to week?
Does the sun rise in the west in California?
And does it set over the mountains in Peru?
If I can't take you with me, will you let me go find out the truth?

I'll find you where the streets have numbers
And the places have names
Where the kettle's always boiling
And the people don't change
I'll find you in the sunsets lakeside
Or in the daylight drinking tea
I always swore that I'd come home
But will you wait for me?

I'll find you where the streets have numbers
And the places have names
Where the kettle's always boiling
And the people don't change
I'll find you in the sunsets lakeside
Or in the daylight drinking tea
I always swore that I'd come home
But will you wait for me?
Track Name: Incendiary
You weren't alone, but neither was I
We could have moved on, but nobody tried
I lit a match, you asked for a light
We started with names and occupations
Cold and impersonal explanations
But I felt you simmer under the light

We were in love, and everything felt fine
But we are restless bathing in moonlight
And nobody's looking, so we don't need a reason to hide

I felt the touch of your lips on my skin, but it wasn't you I
Needed, wanted; we fell for a lie and I've only got one
Chance left to do this right, and you're not the one for me
So I apologize but I didn't lie, I still want you close to me
So if it's your words in my ear, telling me things I'm missing or your
Fingers drawing near, to pull me in closer, and tell me you want more
We're too hot to last, two burning hearts too close
We catch fire and we never let go
We burn and we never let go

I was alone, staring at the starlight
You were just searching for the right time
I lit a match, you asked for a light
We started with names and occupations
Moved onto hopes and dreams
If we took a walk, where would we go?
And how do they know what they don't know?

I felt the touch of your lips on my skin, but it wasn't you I
Needed, wanted; we fell for a lie and I've only got one
Chance left to do this right, and you're not the one for me
So I apologize but I didn't lie, I still want you close to me
So if it's your words in my ear, telling me things I'm missing or your
Fingers drawing near, to pull me in closer, and tell me you want more
We're too hot to last, two burning hearts too close
We catch fire and we never let go
We burn and we never let go

I felt the touch of your lips on my skin, but it wasn't you I
Needed, wanted; we fell for a lie and I've only got one
Chance left to do this right, and you're not the one for me
So I apologize but I didn't lie, I still want you close to me
So if it's your words in my ear, telling me things I'm missing or your
Fingers drawing near, to pull me in closer, and tell me you want more
We're too hot to last, two burning hearts too close
We catch fire and we never let go
We burn and we never let go
Track Name: Girl in the Picture Frame
Girl in the picture frame, are you alive?
Give me a signal, love, look with your eyes
Is there a window for you to see through
Or just a reflection to stare back at you?
Girl in the picture frame, are you a dream?
Weightless and fragile and not how you seem
Are you a person, as real as me?
Or do you change to what I think you'll be?

Open your eyes, love, open them wide
Look to the sky, love, look to the light
Reach for the sun, love, reach for the moon
Shut out the dark, love, never too soon

Girl in the picture frame, does your heart beat?
Can you begin to even move your feet?
Is there a rhythm, a sound, or a song?
Is there a verse to which you sing along?
Girl in the picture frame, do you believe
I could have saved you, could be your relief
There is a good outside of your frame
Where someone will love you, and not your pain

Open your eyes, love, open them wide
Look to the sky, love, look to the light
Reach for the sun, love, reach for the moon
Shut out the dark, love, never too soon

Girl in the picture frame, can you hear me?
Calling your name but you just can't see
Track Name: Radio Song
I drop out, tune out tune in
Move up, back, depart again
I don't play games with life, I don't play
I flick on and off and in
Click X, tabs, begin again
I don't play games with life
I don't play games

Listen to the radio now
Make your momma's stereo proud
Turn the music up and get loud
Tune the world out
If you have a chance to let it out
Make it worth your while and shout
We could be united now
Fall to our ground

These words fly from side to side
Not one true, a world of lies
I don't play games with life, I don't play
I feel so desensitized
I'm numb to this violent price
I don't play games with life
I don't play games

Listen to the radio now
Make your momma's stereo proud
Turn the music up and get loud
Tune the world out
If you have a chance to let it out
Make it worth your while and shout
We could be united now
Fall to our ground

I unsubscribe from war and all its spoils
I resist the water as it boils
I want no part in how this ends
Let's pack it up and start again

Listen to the radio now
Make your momma's stereo proud
Turn the music up and get loud
Tune the world out
If you have a chance to let it out
Make it worth your while and shout
We could be united now
Fall to our ground
Track Name: You Are Loved
I hear a voice inside my head; it whispers insecurities
Half truths and lies and in betweens, hypotheticals and shoulds and would have beens
I do believe this chatter kills me, or it will if I don't try
Fight back with love and endless light; replace the pessimist with yes and good and right

If I had known that I was loved
I might have thought to climb a mountain
I would have soared above the skyline
I would have bathed in endless sunlight
If I had realized the truth
I'd have yelled it from the summit
I would write on every wall
That we are loved, love one and all

And with this voice inside my head that tells me lies and old deceits
Could I pretend to let it be, or should I try to forgive these little things?
I know this rhetoric will end me, it sets a tone that I don't like
Learn from the old mistakes and see how far I've come from being lost and incomplete

If I had known that I was loved
I might have thought to climb a mountain
I would have soared above the skyline
I would have bathed in endless sunlight
If I had realized the truth
I'd have yelled it from the summit
I would write on every wall
That we are loved, love one and all

If I had known that I was loved
I might have thought to climb a mountain
I would have soared above the skyline
I would have bathed in endless sunlight
If I had realized the truth
I'd have yelled it from the summit
I would write on every wall
That we are loved, love one and all

Now that you know that you are loved
Would you think to climb a mountain
Would you soar above the skyline
Bathing in endless rays of sunlight
Now that you've realized the truth
Will you yell it from the summit
Will you write on every wall
That we are loved, love one and all