I AM ALADDIN

by yllwshrk

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1.
Smudge 04:11
what’s it like to live forever and ever? what’s it like to be, how’d’s it feel to be somebody? what’s it like to shine forever and ever? what’s it like to be, how does it feel to be somebody? what’s it like to be forever and ever? forever’s just a word whoever’s growing old come synthesise the world come glisten like fool’s gold and what’s it like to be, how does it feel to be? so what’s it like to be, how does it feel to be somebody?
2.
long may you lie all puckered and dry you know i've been aching for years there's nothing left for us bind me with love and gather and burn the sticks of my life i've been aching for years and years and bind me and let them glow bind me and let them glow there's nothing left for us all toothless and tired all useless, in vain, oh don’t you care for us sleepers? no don’t you care for us? bind me and let them glow bind me and let them glow bind me and let them glow cleanse me with fire leave me to fade with all your heart i've been screaming but nothing's coming out i’ve been all the lonely people (…and let them glow) bind me and let them glow there's nothing left for us.
3.
Pyramids 05:48
so far saints will sing just follow the butterflies cause yesterday is over forever changing king makers, all you and you you painted me white and filled me with noise overflowing and you you tumbled out of time you mixed your blood with wine following, following on from all you saints and singers now so far saints will sing just follow the butterflies cause yesterday is over forever changing and sir duke is back in town you you painted me white and filled me with noise overflowing and you you tumbled out of time you mixed your blood with wine following, following on from all you saints and singers now.
4.
i’m not one for conspiracies that take your dreams and smash to smithereens, take that thread of history and weave it to a rope with jealousy and hang those fools who had the gall to shine the balls to beat you at your game you were so beautiful you were so beautiful you were so beautiful you were so beautiful you were so full of spark and artistry you’d take the world and open wide and though i know you’re greater than i’ll ever be i feel you failing me since 909 you wore my idol away you wore my idol away so was it really you? oh was it really you? so was it really you? yeah was it really you? so was it you or that impostor William who smashed my dreams and left me cold? you took my childhood hero and strung him good and left a husk, a shadow and a sham you wore my idol away you wore my idol away you wore my idol away you wore my idol away so was that your voice trembling before the world in reckless phase? and is that you now stepping out in heaven’s shoes no shame or doubt? with all my heart i hope you crashed and burned blew out your mind cause Paul is dead to me.
5.
Arsenik 06:18
don’t feed the ham-headed worm he’ll suck out your brains and eat your tongue hey, moon, did you grow fat with stars, fat with stars? 15 years, 15 years for we are all suckers don’t feed the nylon-haired buffoon he’ll stutter and squirm then sell your dreams a wager worse than Tin Machine, Tin Machine what a scene… and there will be blood and there will be blood now and bitter almonds, his eyes are green his hands are glistening and cold and oh baby, tell me, don’t you wanna be pinned on the wall of his masturbatory? those poor unfortunate souls those poor unfortunate souls those poor unfortunate souls don’t feed the walrus-faced cocoon he’ll rattle your chains and spout your doom so what’s your poison, pensioner, pensioner? emperor, emperor… and there will be blood and there will be blood now and bitter almonds, his eyes are green his hands are glistening and cold and oh baby, tell me, don’t you wanna be pinned on the wall of his masturbatory? those poor unfortunate souls those poor unfortunate souls those poor unfortunate souls and we are the creatures you left behind sold for a place in time and there will be blood rising up through the gutters and into the streets feel it growing and we are the creatures you left behind we are the creatures you left behind our backs to the wall here’s my finger and bones take your aim (and there will be blood now and bitter almonds, his eyes are green his hands are glistening and cold) oh, say baby, don’t you wanna be pinned on the wall of his masturbatory? those poor unfortunate souls those poor unfortunate souls those poor unfortunate souls.
6.
Millennials 05:03
we are millennials and we are hiding in shadows mouths screaming but all i hear are gasps for air; returning carved to the bed you own and we millennials hypotheticals, scratched by the walls of passion take your dreams and leave us be maybe we’re running on empty but that’s not me no, that’s not me and water knows nothing but fire and we know your flames so spit out your shame and sing me a song worth singing and rise we are young we are free we are… we are… we are millennials and we are bloody, not broken and stop your sneering: it’s not us who sold the world for silver up from your flames we’ll rise and your hysterical ecumenical hell we will raze to rubble stand with me and sing with me maybe we’re safe when you all die we are millennials we are millennials and we are…
7.
One by One 05:28
watch me flying fall and skin my knees tears come streaming i used to save the world most days now we're all sinking one by one betrayed the child in me come running i used to paint the world in golds and scarlet now things don't seem to glow as bright now we're all sinking one by one i’ve lost the child in me and let it all out let it all out let it all out let it all out all that glisters all that fills your dreams with sparks and shivers what happened to the flames we burned? now we'll start searching one by one come save the world with me and let it all out let it all out let it all out let it all out let it all out let it all out let it all out let it all out watch me flying what the hell is life when you're waiting i used to run for miles for fun so let it all out so let it all out let it all out…
8.
PUKI 05:07
we are islands we are tyrants who bled the seven seas call the queen call the Empire we are taking our lands while we sing our anthem in tears no longer ruled by faceless fools now shut it down and the villagers wail all the villagers wail we’re free now cause Jonah killed the whale we are tiny we’re the voice of the man who scares the crows build a wall build an island build a fortress in sand so we’ll rise once again with hands on hearts the Empire’s back! and all the villagers wail and all the villagers wail we’re free now cause Jonah killed the whale and there’s lights going out and there’s lights going out over Europe now and there’s lights going out and there’s lights going out over Europe now and there’s lights… and there’s lights going out over Europe now and there’s lights going out and there’s lights going out over Europe now.
9.
Skin 07:47
winding himself with a word you've fallen so hard waking the dead ain't wise back to your dreams he crawls woman to child i thought i knew you your creases, they border and betray lain on the ground i thought i saw you melt to your bones winding himself with a word so cold if you could see her drenched in the tears you knew or hear her bones cry out if you could feel her aching with all her heart then you might hear me you might believe me life is for thugs and fools and it's the fools that bleed oh it's the fools that bleed.

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released October 16, 2020

WRITTEN, PERFORMED and PRODUCED by YLLWSHRK
SAM WEST vocals, sampler, Moog, hand-held fan
MATT ISAAC lead electric guitars, baritone guitar, acoustic guitar, drum programming, hand-held fan
IAN ANDERSON words, string arrangements, additional editing, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, viola, toy piano, Hammond organ (right hand), harmonium, tuning fork, hand-held fan, MIDI programming, vibrator, thunder drum
DAVE BROWN electric bass, double bass, synths, hand-held fan
FEARGUS BRENNAN drums, clash cymbals, Hammond organ (left hand), hand-held fan, CD case
DAVID DONALDSON mixing, editing, programming, electronics, audio manipulation, mastering

ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS in order of appearance
LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA strings [1, 3, 5, 6]
ANDI TOMA additional electronics [1]
LINDA BUCKLEY additional electronics [1, 4, 5]
HANNAH READ additional vocals [2, 5, 7]
MAXWELL QUARTET strings [2, 9]
Fergus McCreadie piano [3, 7]
NICK ROTH saxophone, feedback [3]
ANGRY MEN ON A TRAIN shouting [8]
COLETTE OVERDIJK violin [8], hand-held fan [9]

MAXWELL QUARTET
COLIN SCOBIE, GEORGE SMITH violins
ELLIOTT PERKS viola
DUNCAN STRACHAN cello

LONDON CONTEMPORARY ORCHESTRA
HUGH BRUNT conductor
ELOISA-FLEUR THOM, ALESSANDRO RUISI, AGATA DARASKAITE, SOPHIE MATHER, ZARA BENYOUNES, VENETIA JOLLANDS violins
CLIFTON HARRISON, MATTHEW KETTLE, ELITSA BOGDANOVA violas
JONNY BYERS, MAX RUISI, DAISY VATALARO cellos
DAVE BROWN double bass

RECORDED between 11 MARCH & 18 JULY 2019 at
THE POOL STUDIOS, London [yllwshrk, Maxwell Quartet, Colette Overdijk]
RAK STUDIOS, London [London Contemporary Orchestra, Fergus McCreadie, yllwshrk]
LIVINGSTON STUDIOS, London [yllwshrk, Colette Overdijk]
WOODWORM STUDIOS, Banbury [yllwshrk]
THE BRIDGE STUDIOS, London [Hannah Read]
CAMDEN STUDIOS, Dublin [Nick Roth]
CHILTERN RAILWAYS, between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone [Angry Men]

ENGINEERED by
JAKE JACKSON The Pool, RAK
MARCUS LOCOCK Livingston
GRAEME STEWART Woodworm
BEN LOVELAND The Bridge
CONOR BRADY Camden
JAMIE MCEVOY Livingston

ASSISTED by
JAMIE MCEVOY The Pool
DUNCAN FULLER RAK
CHLOE KRAEMER Livingston

ALBUM ARTWORK & DESIGN by RAGNAR JÓNSSON

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THE WEE REVIEW

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"audacious debut… ravishing vocals…"
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“the sonic soundscapes of Radiohead meet the creative genius of Bowie’s Blackstar album"
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Debut album I AM ALADDIN released 16 October. Supported by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England & Help Musicians UK.
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