Better (Live EP)

by Aural Elixir

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    releases June 1, 2017

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"A refreshingly different approach to the singer-songwriter-pianist and drummer combo, Jesse Maclaine & Ryan Elwood have created a rich, uplifting, and inviting sonic landscape in "Better," Aural Elixir's 7th release. Music makes everything better."

"Better" features five original Aural Elixir songs captured live at Herman's Hideaway in Denver, CO on 12-10-2015. These particular songs lean into the realm of pop, rock, and folk music while still embracing that singular Aural Elixir sound.

Singer-songwriter-pianist Jesse Maclaine & Denver drummer Ryan Elwood have been performing together for quite a few years and have developed a tight groove and intuitive flow well suited to the semi-improvisational nature of Aural Elixir music. "Better" showcases this unusual duo's ability to fluidly transverse genres, weave a rich sonic atmosphere, and smash stereotypes of the female singer-songwriter variety. Aural Elixir's eight CD," Instant Octopus," is an avant garde adventure in 100% improvised solo piano music which leans heavily on Jesse's classical training, so this seventh release "Better" was intentionally crafted (self produced by Jesse Maclaine) to be upbeat, fun, and heartfelt but with that carefree, cheeky aspect signature to Aural Elixir- in tribute to three of our favorite songwriters: Frank Zappa, Tori Amos, and Thelonious Monk.

We are pleased to share this live EP with you and we encourage you to support the arts by purchasing the highest quality downloads directly from Bandcamp. Your patronage helps us indie musicians continue to thrive and make the best art we can possibly make. Thank you.

Follow Aural Elixir on social media for new music, videos, news and more, www.auralelixir.com. Cover art thanks to artist Felicia Olin, check out her amazing collection at www.feliciaolin.com. For more information about that delightful drummer Ryan Elwood, go to www.ryanelwood.com.

Thanks for listening. Peace and love!

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releases June 1, 2017

Jesse Maclaine - vocals, piano, composer
Ryan Elwood - drums, cymbals, all the hits
Charles Gammill - mix engineer
Jacob Gabriel - live engineer
Anna Frick, Airshow Inc. - mastering engineer

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Aural Elixir Colorado

Born in 1997 from the myriad of sounds that comprise the New Orleans music scene, Aural Elixir's eclectic piano and vocal jazz-rock-folk fusion has been delighting audiences for over fifteen years. Often compared to Tori Amos & Joni Mitchell, Jesse Maclaine's performance as Aural Elixir delivers versatile, soulful music that is both accessible and defies categorization. ... more

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Track Name: Better
Better:
Reaching out, touching
America in the Gulf of Mexico
dripping drops of everything that's spilled out
can't pick it up.
can't take it back.
can't cover the tracks.
can't change the facts.

It's time now,
to start doing better.
It's time now
to start being better.

Consuming us,
800 shades of lust.
I can see it in their eyes.
They never thought we'd get wise.
They can't pick it up.
can't take it back.
can't cover the tracks.
can't change the facts.

It's time now,
to start doing better.
It's time now
to start feeling better.
It's time now
to start making us better.
It's time now
to start being better.

So look away.
Don't, don't look away.
It wasn't your mistake.
Who cares what they break?
We can't pick it up.
can't take it back.
can't cover the tracks.
can't change the facts.

It's time now,
to start doing better.
It's time now
to start being better.

Reaching out, touching...
Track Name: A Way Away
A Way Away:
Insensitive woman, thought she could try to open her legs, let some love shine in, then she pricked her finger and all she bled was grey.

And he's got nothing for her today. He's got nothing for her today...
So you put your feet in, think today's the day. My engine's runnin', revvin', ready to spin, I think that we gotta go away. A way away. A way Away. A Way Away.

In a twisted accent he comes on to you. You're not wearing your ring today. You'd like to have him for supper you think. You're barely married, barely playing the game.

And he's got nothing for her today. He's got nothing for her today...
So you put your feet in, think today's the day. My engine's runnin', revvin', ready to spin, I think that we gotta go away. A way away. A way Away. A Way Away.

(Bridge) She wore a wax strip to rip out her hair for you. She's not on your trip, she's a lot more generous and she's giving it all. I said she's giving it all, all away...all away to me.

Insensitive lover thought he could push it away. Ah, he'll work for himself he will. Tighten your belt girl, prepare to be fascinated.

And he's got nothing for her today. He's got nothing for her today...
So you put your feet in, think today's the day. My engine's runnin', revvin', ready to spin, I think that we gotta go away. A way away. A way Away. A Way Away.
Track Name: I Like Coffee!
I Like Coffee!
Coffee, I like coffee! (2 or 3x)
Coffee & two cups of tea or maybe three,
and a spoonful of honey to make it sweet like you & me, like you & me, mmm.

Coffee, I like coffee. (2 or 3x)
Caffeine to get me out of bed,
something nice to clear my head,
a few more sips & I’ll be glad I’m not dead.

So don’t decaffeinate me, don’t make me go to rehab (2x) If you see me walking alone in the street,
I’ll be your Junco Partner if you just give me...

Sometimes, I wake up too early & then I might get a grumpy
like this one time when i was on tour with my band y’all
we were workin’ so hard every night, y’understand?
Then I woke up in Reno and I couldn’t find anywhere to caffeinated me, no, no, no but I found this man, whoa, I found this man (all dressed in black)

& he wouldn’t stop talking to me
yeah, he’d been everywhere & he had to tell me all about it, he left me no choice, he left me no choice
I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die
I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die
cuz I couldn’t get no, because I couldn’t get no,...

Coffee, I like coffee. (2 or 3x)
Coffee & two cups of tea or maybe three,
and a spoonful of honey to make it sweet like you & me, like you & me, mmm.
Track Name: Perhaps
Let it all fall,
everything that's holding you down.
Release yourself from those chains,
everything that's causing you pain.

Perhaps you could let yourself soar.
Perhaps you could let yourself soar.

Perhaps it's good to be weightless.
Perhaps it's good we ended so soon.
Perhaps you couldn't help but hurt me.
Perhaps I grew.

And you go and you go and you go on without me
as if it's nothing, I see it's true.
Nothing really matters, at least not to you.

So perhaps I could let myself soar.
Perhaps I could let myself soar.

Perhaps it's better to be weightless.
Perhaps it's better we ended so soon.
Perhaps you couldn't help but mislead me.
Perhaps you just don't know how to be true.

I was never what you were looking for,
I never quite seemed right to you
Hey, I'm funny all over,
and there's nothing I need to prove.

So perhaps I could let myself soar.
Perhaps I could let myself soar.

Perhaps it's best to be weightless.
Perhaps it's best we ended so soon.
Perhaps you couldn't help but hurt me.
Perhaps we grew.
Track Name: When Will I See You Again?
Police my heart, guard my words against you,
holding my tongue, that was never my strong suit.
Say you will, say you won't, then say you will again
but darling when will you consistently be my friend?

When Will I See you Again? (x4)

Like a child, you keep questioning me "Why?"
I wait and try and wait and try
Try to help you decide which way is right
but if you get lost, I'll drive all night, all night to find you.

When Will I See you Again? (x4)

Police my art, hold me against you,
Using your mind, that was never your strong suit.
Say you will, say you won't, then say you will again
but darling when will you consistently be my friend?

When Will I See you Again? (x8)