Before Gardens After Gardens

by Big Sir

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Kevin Alvarez
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Kevin Alvarez I have been a fan of Juan Alderete's bass playing since I discovered him with The Mars Volta. His talent takes more center stage with Big Sir's stripped down sound compared.
Alexander Rutz
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Alexander Rutz Big sir are more faceted and colorful on this single album then most bands are throughout their whole existance. A beautiful exeample how it is still possible to create imaginative original music in the 2010s. Favorite track: 1 Thousand Petals.
Mew Sick
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Mew Sick A fantastic collaboration between two very talented musicians (plus many of their friends). This album is near perfect in all aspects. Adventurous, precise and funky. Great to dance to, or to lose yourself in deep contemplation over. Thanks Lisa and Juan. Favorite track: Be Brave Go On.
Isis b
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Isis b The whole album is lovely; great for lullabies.
Levon Kinsman
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Levon Kinsman Connected with a few songs, overall just didn't mesh with it as a whole. Not my cup of tea, but pleasant. Favorite track: The Ladder.
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1.
Regions 04:19
REGIONS ON THE EDGE OF LIFE WITH THE LADY WITH THE LADY BET YOU DON’T MIND A LISSOME GUIDE ‘ORE THE OCEAN WIDE WITH THE LADY WITH THE LADY BET YOU DON’T MIND A WINSOME LASS YOU PUT IT ALRIGHT WITH THE PEOPLE YOU PUT IT RIGHT NINE TO FIVE I FOUND MY OCEAN BRIDE WITH MY LADY WITH MY LADY OH WHAT A SIGHT YOU’RE WITH US ALL THE TIME YOU’RE WITH US ALL THE TIME OH THE CALICO EVEN TIDE SHE’S ARRIVED OH THE CALICO OUT OF TIME SHE DON’T MIND OH THE CALICO YOU’RE THE ONE NEVER RUNS OH THE CALICO TAKE ME THERE ‘TIL THE END OF THE LINE AND WE FOOLS WHO COUNT THE YEARS CAN’T BREAK HER WILL TO BEAR RIDES ON RIDES ON THE SALT OF HER TEARS SHE KNOWS WE’RE BOUND TOGETHER
2.
READY ON THE LINE OH THE MIGHTY HAS ARRIVED TRUTH IN STEREO HIS BIG SCENARIO OH OH THE MIGHTY HAS ARRIVED BUT I SEE FARTHER DOWN THE LINE YOUTH ON! GET SO HIGH GET SO HIGH GET SO HIGH GET SO HIGH DRAW A MAN IN BLACK AND WHITE SKETCHED HIS ESSENTIALS FROM TOUCH OH YOUR MAN IN BLACK AND WHITE NO LESS AN ORACLE ALRIGHT? YOU PULLED MY HIGH WIRE FROM RADIO TO RADIO TURN THE DIAL SHE’S READY-O TO ROLL YOU PULLED MY MIND FROM RADIO TO RADIO CAN’T TURN DOWN SHE’S READY-O TO GO OH THE HOPES THAT WE THOUGHT WOULD LAST THE BIG SCENARIOS THE GOOD TIMES DADDY-O BUT THE MIGHTY HAS GONE DOWN AND I SEE WHY I’M READY ON THE LINE LIVE FEEDING ALL THE TIME JACK IN ME FOR THE SIGNS BUT I WANT THEM ALL FOR MINE
3.
Infidels 02:58
INFIDELS GAVE ME A SIGN NO DOUBT ABOUT IT YOU WERE THE ONE WHO CALLED ME OUT FALL ON MY WANTON PRIDE CAN’T HAPPEN NOW ‘TIL I’VE DECIDED HE’S THE ONE I CAN’T DENY BRING IT ON DOWN I COULD NOT HIDE BRING IT BACK I WANT TO HOLD THE EVERLASTING HEAR THE CALL I THOUGHT I’D MISSED IT TRIED TO RUN ‘THOUGH I WAS WILLING STAND ON THE MOUNTAINSIDE PRAYED FOR MY MAN TO COME ALIVE I CARRIED I INSIDE OF MINE UNTIL I FELT THE MAN ALMIGHTY AND THE CAROUSEL GOES HIGHER HIGHER HIGHER HEAD TO THE GROUND BUT I STILL SHINE OUT OF SIGHT AND OUT OF MIND HE BLED THE WOUND AND I SURVIVED STARING INTO THE EYES OF THE TIGER
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Right Action 02:34
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The Ladder 02:54
THE LADDER DOPE INSIDE YEAH GOT NO MIND TO FIND A BETTER WAY WELL I THINK I’M LOSING THE FIGHT THIS TIME LETTING GO AND GONNA FLY HIGH PAIN IS DONE SORROW IS GONE WISH I’D KNOWN THE SECRET ALL ALONG CAN I HOLD YOU IN MY ARMS ONE LAST TIME HANG THE FEELING OUT THE STARS CLIMB THE LADDER OUT TO THE WORLDS THAT WAIT ‘TIL I’VE LEFT IT ALL BEHIND DOPE INSIDE YEAH NO MORE TIME TO FIND THE BETTER WAY WELL I KNOW I LOST THE FIGHT THIS TIME FLYING FREE AND GONNA GO BYE BYE
6.
THE KINDEST HOUR IN THE KINDEST HOUR QUIETUS IS ON THE RUNWAY I CAN HEAR YOU LAUGHING ALL THE WAY OVER ALL THE WAY OVER FROM MY WINDOW FROM MY WINDOW WHEN I REACHED THE SURFACE YOU HAD LEFT A MESSAGE PUZZLING INSTRUCTIONS THAT WERE WRITTEN IN CIRCLES THAT WERE WRITTEN IN CIRCLES WORDS I DIDN’T KNOW WORDS I DIDN’T KNOW
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Old Blood 02:49
OLD BLOOD THIS OLD BLOOD COMING BACK TO LIFE CALLED TO HUNT BY AND BY YOUR SIDE IN THE WAY YOU WANT IT DONE IN THE WAY YOU WANT IT DONE IN THE WAY YOU WANT IT DONE IN THE WAY YOU HAVE YOUR FUN HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY HEY HAD TO SAY “GIRL I’M NOT YOUR BAIT” SO’S AND SO’S LYIN’ N’ DYIN’ ALL NIGHT
8.
BORN WITH A TEAR YOUR TURN TO FALL AWAY YOUR TURN TO CALL IT A DAY YOU SAY THE WORDS YOU SAY THE WORDS TO MAKE IT ALL OKAY YOU SAY THE WORDS YOU SAY THE WORDS YOU THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER SAY YOU SAY THE WORDS AND ALL WORDS MAKE THE TONGUE GO NUMB YOU SAY THE WORDS YOU SAY THE WORDS UNTIL THE WORDS DON’T WANT TO COME YOU WANT TO TALK AND SAY THE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW WERE THERE YOU WANT TO TALK YOU WANT TO TALK ALLOW THE SOUL TO BARE IT’S TIME TO GO IT’S TIME TO GO IS WHAT YOU NEED TO SAY IT’S TIME TO GO IT’S TIME TO GO BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO STAY
9.
BE BRAVE GO ON! FOR THE LIGHT FOR THE LIGHT I MUST DO RIGHT I’LL SHINE BRIGHTER LUCK ON EVERYTHING FOR THE LIGHT FOR THE LIGHT MIGHTY DIVINE I’D OWE YOU A SWING ON EVERY BEAM IN THE NIGHT I LEFT IT BARE RAISED A SAELLITE’S SIMPLE PRAYER THEN CALLED OUT GOT YOU BELIEVING NOW SO BE BRAVE BE BRAVE FALLING DOWN BE BRAVE BE BRAVE FALLING DOWN BE BRAVE AND THANKFUL ALL THE WAY ON ALL THE WAY ALL THE BRAVE GO ON GO ON
10.
OUR PLEASANT HOME YOU’RE ALIVE YOU’RE THE BEST REVENANT IN MY MIND MORE THAN A MAN COULD EVER BE NEED TO HIDE FOR THE REST YOU’RE A CHILDISH CHIMERA BRING ON THE DOWN LO IN ME WHEN I PASS I’LL MAKE MY WAY TO YOUR DOOR COME TO YOUR SIDE OF LIFE YOU TURNED THE LIGHT ON IN MY HOUSE THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT BUT THE DARKNESS CRAWLED THROUGH THE NIGHT TO FIND MY SOLACE CLOSED MY EYES TO FEEL YOUR PROMISE YOU ALWAYS HELP ME FIND MY HEART MORE THAN A MAN COULD EVER BE
11.
1 THOUSAND PETALS IT’S IN THE AIR I KNOW ALL THE BELLS ARE RINGING “HARD TO LET IT GO” IS THE SONG THEY’RE SINGING GENTLE LITTLE LIFETIME YOU WERE SO FINE YOU WERE SO FINE YOU WERE ALL MINE GENTLE LITTLE WHISPER YOU WERE SO FINE YOU WERE SO FINE YOU WERE ALL MINE COME SEE THE WATERS RISE COME SEE THE WATERS RISE HEAVEN BEGS OUR TEARS ‘TIL THE FLOODS TAKE TO THEIR FEET AND LIFE WASHES AWAY TO THE NEXT BEGINNING

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released February 7, 2012

ALL SONGS BY JUAN ALDERETE (BMI) & LISA PAPINEAU (BONTÀ D’ANIMO, BMI)

MUSIC PERFORMED BY JUAN ALDERETE, LISA PAPINEAU, CEDRIC BIXLER-ZAVALA, MATTHIEU LESENECHAL, JONATHAN HISCHKE, MARK RAMOS-NISHITA, HEATHER LOCKIE, DAVID WM. SIMS, MATTHEW EMBREE, DEANTONI PARKS, STEVE CHOI, TERI GENDER BENDER, MELANIE BENOIT & MICHEAL MORGAN

RECORDED & EDITED BY ROBERT CARRANZA, LARS STALFORS, LISA PAPINEAU, JUAN ALDERETE & PETE LYMAN

MIXED BY ROBERT CARRANZA & LARS STALFORS
MASTERING: ROBERT CARRANZA
PHOTOGRAPHY & ART DIRECTION: LISA PAPINEAU
LAYOUT ARTIST & CMYK HEAVY HAND: SONNY KAY

THANK YOU TO: CATHY PELLOW, OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ, BRITTANIE DELAVA, CHASE ORTEGA, MARC JETTON, SONNY KAY, CAITLYN MARGULIS & DAVID ROMO

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