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Desolation Sounds

by Ayla Brook & The Sound Men

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    12" vinyl record with dust sleeve, insert with lyrics, mp3 download card and jacket. All shrink-wrapped and an external sticker applied.

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    CD is housed in a six panel board folder (tri-fold), with 8 page booklet.

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1.
Lift You Up 04:21
Sweet hum of amplifiers pressure drops as the walls perspire kings and queens of the small-town scene in old leather and army green volume swells as the sun goes down lost in desolation sounds young ones with old guitars driving to the gig in their girlfriend’s car do what you love for not much pay you’re the reason I want to stay to lift you up lift you up lift you up lift you up set fire to the ave again light the night for a room of friends heartbreak, and a gravel throat, a hoarse voice and a bending note gonna lift you up lift you up lift you up lift you up heartbreak and desperate thoughts we’re happy with what we got volume swells as the sun goes down lost in desolation sounds
2.
Living on the fence finding it hard to get friendly, lately ain’t got no defense, living present tense can you mend me, baby If you wanna go babe just tell me so well that’s alright baby, that’s all all that you wanted to do all that you wanted to do well, that’s alright. baby, that’s all, that’s alright Party’s getting packed hanging with the cat in the corner, save me knocking over cups drinking far too much can you mend me, baby Oh I oughta know when it’s my time to go well that’s alright baby, that’s all all that you wanted to do all that you wanted to do baby, that’s all, that’s alright Lately staying in feels like it’s a win I know it’s not a sin waking to my television That’s alright Cause baby, that’s all baby, that’s all all that I wanted to do baby, that’s all, that’s alright
3.
I’m alone but I’m not lonesome never one that once was winsome not too handy or too handsome but I sure do like to play some and I can be a fool lose the plot and lose my cool I lose my keys but not my conscious tell me do you really want this Tell my why why why why you want to go I’ve tried tried tried to let it show I’ve been to the bottom and back so many times that I think I lost track and I think I hit my limit, I think I hit my limit this time I think I hit my limit this time I’ve been trying to take it easy take it easy but still take it make it better if I break it sometimes that gets hard if I slip to older ways poorer plans of darker days need a shoulder for a friend I hope I see you then Tell my why why why why you want to go I’ve tried tried tried to let it show I’ve been to the bottom and back so many times that I think I lost track and I think I hit my limit, I think I hit my limit this time
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5.
Mamma sold bootleg goat’s milk poppa wore braids and a beard I grew up in the coyote howls down the river from here Done school I hit the highway strumming out the One, Four, Fives played every kinda stage in Old Dirt City from the concert halls to the dives On a cheap microphone & an old guitar cheap microphone & an old guitar I’m a big star at my local bar with my cheap microphone & an old guitar oh, I know I’ll never ever go gold oh, but it helps to soothe my soul Still like to get out on the highway couple few times a year throw the gear and the band in a rental van and roll on outta here never stop dreaming ‘bout the big time but the small-time suits us fine we’ll never get rich but it’ll scratch that itch and it pays for the gas and the beer Got a cheap microphone & an old guitar cheap microphone & an old guitar I’m a big star at my local bar with my cheap microphone & an old guitar oh, I know I’ll never ever go gold oh, but it helps to soothe my soul Got a cheap microphone & an old guitar cheap microphone & an old guitar I’m a big star at my local bar with my cheap microphone & an old guitar Cheap microphone & an old guitar cheap microphone & an old guitar I’m a big star at my local bar with my cheap microphone & an old guitar oh, I know I’ll never ever go gold oh, but it helps to soothe my soul
6.
Start the engine, scrape the windows, pack the food try not to worry ‘bout the old man’s attitude smile and nod and take his odd advice hands on the wheel, eyes on the black ice Do you remember that time before that time with my sister was it back in ’99 the way that happened it really was a crime how’s the heater? I’m just fine I spend my days racing down the nights knowing winter never wins and the war that he wages will never be a fair fight No don’t you worry, don’t you worry ‘bout it dear it’s just the season, it’s just that time of year take your boots off and let me take your coats and raise a glass to toast to all those good ghosts Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, lovers, friends life’s a party, but parties have to end but we’re just starting I don’t mean to be so dark how was the drive? did you find a place to park? I spend my days racing down the nights knowing winter never wins and the war that he wages will never be a fair fight seasons change I know we’ll keep on rising for what we’ve got to lose and knowing every morning we’ll have a little more light We’ll have a little more light have a little more light we’ll have a little more light We band together in these darker days to sing our sorrows and chase them all away songs of hope and joy after the tears when we’ll stand together in a brighter year I spend my days racing down the nights knowing winter never wins and the war that he wages will never be a fair fight seasons change I know we’ll keep on rising for what we’ve got to lose and knowing every morning we’ll have a little more light We’ll have a little more light we’ll have a little more light
7.
I’m sorry, I wasn’t listening, I was glancing at my phone a little notification, my mind starts to roam broken, communication we’re together, we’re alone always, surrounded, even at home those things we said those things we did all piled up on our heads we swam below the river of it all we floated so far from where we’ve been Trying to tell you, I feel like I’ve been living alone no I’m not certain you notice when I get home face light in blue light, now it hardly ever goes dark I'll be sitting in the kitchen if you think you wanna try to start Those things we said those things we did all piled up on our heads we swam below the river of it all we floated so far from where we’ve been this is the part where I repeat myself I repeat myself I repeat myself this is the part where I repeat myself I repeat myself I’m sorry, I wasn’t listening, I was glancing at my phone a little notification, my mind starts to roam those things we said those things we did all piled up on our heads we swam below the river of it all we floated so far from where we’ve been we floated so far from where we’ve been
8.
All I’m after is her love & laughter sweet slides to rough rides songs in the night when I see her, I don’t believe her her love & laughter holds me upright Mornings do get cold it’s good to have someone to hold you in the dawning to hide beneath the folds and whisper secrets bold, and boldly to behold them for who they are and what could be Love’s a spell caster with a telecaster she rocks some deep cuts and rolls them right and then after, up to the rafters there’s love & laughter holding her upright Mornings do get cold it’s good to have someone to hold you in the dawning to hide beneath the folds and whisper secrets bold, and boldly to behold them for who they are and what could be Love’s a spell caster with a telecaster she rocks some deep cuts and rolls them right and then after, up to the rafters there’s love & laughter holding us upright There’s love & laughter holding us upright
9.
Little birdie, little birdie Won't you sing to me your song Got a short time to stay here And a long time to be gone I'd rather be in some dark holler Where the sun don't never shine Than for you to be another man's darling And to know you'll never be mine Little birdie, little birdie What makes you fly so high When you know that my true lover Is waiting in the sky Little birdie, little birdie Won't you sing to me your song You've caused me lots of trouble What you've caused me too, too long
10.
Refuge Cove 04:02
Laid out on our backs to watch the lightning chain across the clouds the dark sky brightening before the rain and the hail came bashing and the wind roared up to send the power lines crashing When it all comes rushing in I think back to where I began if it all starts falling down I’ve got my refuge cove in desolation sound Black suits in the front porch chainsaws in the back there's a hell of a mess where the willow cracked keeping it together but I just wanna shout daddy's dying upstairs with the power out When it all comes rushing in I think back to where I began if it all starts falling down I’ve got my refuge cove in desolation sound Poppa petered on down from his second-story spire to hold my hand by one last fire he said “I love you son and I know she's not your mother but when I'm gone look after each other” that made me want to wail like a Coltrane solo I said “it's ok daddy if it's time to go”
11.
Who Are You 05:29
Who are you Bright-eyed, bright-eyed babies bright-eyed babies bouncing on knees don’t see none for don’t see none for don’t see none for me none for me love, none for me Don’t you hide your face now hide your face now mister from me know those tears don’t know those tears don’t come so easily don’t come easily don’t come easily, not so easily Who, who are you There’s no, there’s no shame in all this playing, living so free all face struggle all face struggle not so equally equally equally love equally Who are you Who are you

about

Ayla Brook (pronounced Ey–Lah) is one of the truest raw songwriters on the prairies. From his beginnings in Lily Plain, Saskatchewan, to successful records recorded with AA Sound System, to now his solo work - Ayla has remained tried and true. His last release, "(I Don't Want To Hear Your) Break Up Songs" was exactly that - a tapestry of hurtin' and feelin' tunes about life on and off the barstools. Joined by his regular 5-piece band, The Sound Men, Ayla can be seen packing the dance floors of honkytonks & rock clubs soaked in wine and whiskey. 2018 saw Ayla Brook & The Sound Men nominated for three Edmonton Music Awards and taking home Roots Artist of the Year, along with a full summer of folk and indie music festivals.

In 2019, Ayla Brook & The Sound Men finished a brand new record entitled "Desolation Sounds" recorded with Hamilton's Terra Lightfoot. The record will be released in spring 2020 with three singles and videos released starting in November 2019.
The new set of material is a collection of songs and stories about friends and family after 2017's record about relationships and breakups. With Lightfoot at the wheel and mixing by Jon Auer (The Posies & Big Star), fans can expect a modern roots record full of rock and soul, and especially western charm that Ayla & the Sound Men help make undeniable.

Winner of Roots Artist of the Year - Edmonton Music Awards 2018
Played Beaumont Blues, Highlandia, Works Festival 2017. Nominated for Three Edmonton Music Awards 2017.

"There’s a humbling sense of community and musical honesty adding to its organic aura. Brook is a wonderful songwriter and an even better vocalist." - Exclaim!

Socials:
www.aylabrook.com
www.facebook.com/AylaBrookMusic
www.twitter.com/AylaBrook
www.instagram.com/Ayla_Brook
aylabrook.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q7im20yjNg
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQu_GpbJwG7oHdty5hfEcMQ
open.spotify.com/artist/5WvF7wEEdMEZkjrHBJf3PT
geo.music.apple.com/us/artist/ayla-…?mt=1&app=music

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released March 13, 2020

Produced by Terra Lightfoot
Mixed by Jon Auer
Engineered by Emily Bachynski at Edmontone Studios, Edmonton
Additional editing and recording by Johnny Blerot at JBS, Edmonton
Mastered by Greg Calbi with Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound, NJ

Ayla Brook - Vocals, Electric guitar, Resophonic guitar
Brent Oliver - Bass, Vocals
Sean Brewer - Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Blerot - Organ, Piano, Accordion, Keyboard, Vocals
Chris Sturwold - Drums, Percussion
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Terra Lightfoot – Vocals
Emily Bachynski – Vocals
Kimberley MacGregor – Vocals, Guitar on "Floated So Far"
Smokey Fennell - Pedal Steel

All songs by Ayla Brook, Fallen Tree Songs (SOCAN) except:
Floated so Far by Kimberley MacGregor & Ayla Brook
She Smiles Like a River by Leon Russell (C.R. Bridges) Embassy Music Corp, BMG Rights Management (Ireland) Limited
Little Birdie (Traditional)

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Ayla Brook & The Sound Men Edmonton, Alberta

Desolation Sounds, is the new album by Ayla Brook & The Sound Men. Produced by Terra Lightfoot, its a collection of songs and stories about friends and family, bursting with rock and soul and western charm.
Whether they’re packing dance floors in honky tonks or in rock clubs soaked in wine and whiskey, the band deliver a tapestry of hurtin’ and feelin’ tunes about life on and off the barstools.
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