El Sonido Nuevo

by Ian Moore

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Over his 20-year career Ian Moore has covered a lot of musical territory from bluesy guitar slinger to nuanced and versatile singer-songwriter, and El Sonido Nuevo finds him deftly merging both of these roles. Backed by the Lossy Coils — bassist and backing vocalist Matt Harris and drummer Kyle Schneider, the tight trio turns out a strong batch of songs co-written by Moore and Harris. It’s a varied and cohesive album that includes jangly pop (“Belle, my Butterfly,” “Newfound Station,” “The Dude”), melodic roots rock (“Birds Of Prey,” “Salt Mines,” “Look Inside”), and soulful ballads (“The Hillary Step,” “Sad Affair”), and Moore’s vocals are rich and clear throughout. Though there are tough riffs and taut solos on power-pop standouts “Silver Sunshine,” “Let Me Out,” and “Secondhand Store,” yet much of the guitar work is subtle and inventive, adding color and shape to well-crafted songs without overpowering them. El Sonido Nuevo, Moore’s seventh album, delivers a satisfying blend of styles that lives up to “the new sound” promised in the title

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released March 15, 2011

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Track Name: Secondhand Store
Everybody's trying to find a payoff
Everybody's trying to find a payoff
looking for a cheap thrill

Everybody thinks they're in the sunshine
Everybody thinks they're in the sunshine
standing in the shadows

I'm gonna strafe this field till the kids are revealed.
I've gotta lazy eye, but an activated mind

She was sitting in the sin city
yeah she was sitting in the sin city
but she didn't see it

She drove us down to the east side
she drove us down to the east side
but they'd renovated

She was making the show with her girlfriends in tow
with a thrift store slip and a saccharine lisp

Catching culture wars from a secondhand store
with your Portland and your two-toned suit

Everybody's thicker than a thief now
Everybody's thicker than a thief now
sitting like a vulture

I won't waste my time just standing in line
I won't waste my time just standing in line
Track Name: Tap the Till
So many nights i lost my way, i wondered how i ended up here
i took some chances but everything evaporated into thin air
i didn't want to be alone.

Southern girls they kept me warm when i was far away from my home
and California with it's sunny disposition and its silicone
I didn't want to be alone
i didn't want to be alone
but every night i was alone until i met you

In my darkest days my friends seemed so far away
and i stayed awake till there was nothing at all...
And i tried and i tried but i never could call out the dead
Liberty taken with words that were better unsaid

So if i may, may i be blunt, and ask you why you seem so sad girl
We've got each other and that's much more than many people in this sad world
you never have to be alone
you never have to be alone
i can't believe i lived so long before i met you

So we try and try till be both feel justified
and these gentle lies, they mean nothing at all
But its the things that you think when nobody is looking that kill
Take your time with your lines while the auditor's tapping the till
Track Name: Birds of Prey
Looking back through the evidence
can't put it all on my circumstance
It's hard to number the damage done
no easy answers

I'm looking out on a new terrain
the windows down and the radio's playing
i really think we should stop ahead
and search for shelter

And every single word they sang
rang loud and clear like birds of prey

Looking back through the things i've missed
the creature comforts, the miscreants
my words incisive but my motives wrong
i've no pretensions

And every single word they sang
rang loud and clear like birds of prey

you don't realize, you don't know
hands you cannot win you don't show
careful with your heart you should know

I cracked the code now my head is clear
from the grifters and the racketeers
they'll simply cover the mess we've made
no need to settle

And every single word they sang
rang loud and clear like birds of prey
Track Name: Belle, my Butterfly
Say anything, don't stay quiet
because your silence makes me feel unsure
and i was sure that we had more then them
who think nothing to eat one of their own

Oh Belle, my butterfly you really shook me
when London called out for a great white man
well 7 years i ran, just casting off these

Change everything, don't stay quiet
when Galveston winds surged and cast me North
and i was curled up like a terror than
who wants nothing but to hear them say his name

Oh, Belle my butterfly you really took me
when no man even dared to say my name
well somethings stay the same
i'm casting off these chains

Oh Belle, my butterfly you really shook me
when London called out for a great white man
Well, Belle my butterfly you really took me
well somethings stay the same
i'm casting off these chains
casting off these chains
Track Name: Hillary Step
The wind was still, more stars then you'd ever seen
The milky way was on fire
The air's much thinner here, and i could just turn off my mind
and climb the incandescent stairs, follow the trail of lights

Sometimes it feels alright to let things slip away
instead of waiting on a miracle

The dawn breaks cross the sky, and you know just why you're here
you can see for hundreds of miles

Sometimes it feels alright to let things slip away
instead of waiting on a miracle
Track Name: Newfound Station
My head is filled with inspiration
it takes me places when no one else is around
I'm riding on a wave that cresting, my problems left me, and i'm getting straight out of town
I'm finding it hard to be someone always lost in the crowd
people say they've got so much more to give, but they're not giving it out

So I'm searching out a new sensation, a foreign nation
where no-one knows who i am
i know that only friends can find me, and they don't mind me
being just who i am

Cause i find it hard to be someone, always lost in the crowd
people say they've got so much more to give, but they're not giving it out

Do you know where you're coming from, do you know what you're expecting to see
did you think that you'de get lucky with a guy like me

Cause i find it hard to be someone, always lost in the crowd
people say they've got so much more to give, but they're not giving it out

Do you know where you're coming from, do you know what you're expecting to see
did you think that you'de get lucky with a guy like me

I'm charting out a new direction, less dissection, a small correction of course
i'm laying down a new foundation, a newfound station
a brand new road to the stars

Cause i find it hard to be someone, always lost in the crowd
people say they've got so much more to give, but they're not giving it out
Yes i'm finding it hard to be someone, always lost in the crowd
people say they've got so much more to give, but they're not giving it out
Track Name: Silver Sunshine
Silver sunshine, rest and rewind
All your fantasies will be rewritten, with your accent and your rash decisions
golden trampoline you thought would keep you up, but you're all mixed up

Strange sensations, sex relations
All your fantasies will be rewritten, with your accent and your rash decisions
golden trampoline you thought would keep you up, but you're all mixed up

From the magistrate down to the streets of Perugia they're calling out your name
another doe eyed girl from the suburbs of a west coast, a pretty girl who got around, now you're never around these days

All your fantasies will be rewritten, with your accent and your rash decisions
golden trampoline you thought would keep you up, but you're all mixed up
Track Name: Salt Mines
Put some mileage under my sneakers
trying to make some sense of the night
some girl says she knows me
I can't remember if she's right

Spent the last few days on an airplane
trying to find my way to my friends
stuck in security, someday i'll get back again

People are weird, people are strange
they'll steal your money then they'll call you renegade
I'd settle now if they'd just look in my eyes
and say its all in my head, its all mine

Strategies are turned on their bellies, when people people scramble back to the pile
they talk without breathing like they walked the miracle mile
yet we understand what they're saying, some things are better in code
but i feel like a vegan that's wearing a bacon robe

People are weird, people are strange
they'll steal your money then they'll call you renegade
I'd settle now if they'd just look in my eyes
and say its all in my head, Saltmine

People are weird, people are strange
they'll steal your money then they'll call you renegade
I'd settle now if they'd just look in my eyes
and say its all in my head, its all mine
Its all mine
Track Name: The Levees
when we build the levees back, lets hope they catalog their crimes, its times like these we like to think that we would rise
and we bathe ourselves in luxuries but never count the cost
is it the season or the scenery we lack

and these days go past, just a calendar of past regrets
i pull the marrow from the flesh, that tears so easily
and these days go by, but most days we're barely just getting by
maybe we will be different

today the cover falls on dusty dreams we've swept aside
we're more alive when we can taste our finer flaws
from the magazine's they preach a new morality both gossamer and gaudy
its the spirit that they lack

and these days go past, just a calendar of past regrets
i pull the marrow from the flesh, that tears so easily
and these days go by, but most days we're barely just getting by
maybe we will be different
maybe we will be different today

and these days go past, just a calendar of past regrets
i pull the marrow from the flesh, that tears so easily
and these days go by, but most days we're barely just getting by
maybe we will be different
maybe we will be different today
Track Name: Let Me Out
you can take my wife and my children, treat me like an illegal alien
strip me of my money and things, just let me out

tell me my career it is over, keep me looking over my shoulder
tell me i was good when i was young, just let me out

Open me up like a mainline Drain me white like a vampire
drill down deep till your satisfied, just let me out

A scarlett letter to tell me that i should take what is given me
but i don't eat with the enemy, let me out

People talk about statistics and the way we should live
they're diplomatic but they're tricky when the keep it all hid
its hard to trust them when they stare but they won't look in your eyes
I knocked around enough already and i steadied my feet
i've been a cad, i've been a liar, i've been down on my knees
but i've got something in my pocket makes me feel alright

You tell me that I'm unyielding, strip all emotion and feeling
say i was right when i was wrong, just left me out

I keep the place I've founded, i catch the echoes i've sounded
I cut the stalk from the ground and it let me out
just let me out

People talk about statistics and the way we should live
they're diplomatic but they're tricky when the keep it all hid
its hard to trust them when they stare but they won't look in your eyes
I knocked around enough already and i steadied my feet
i've been a cad, i've been a liar, i've been down on my knees
but i've got something in my pocket makes me feel alright

She took me under the table
she took me when she was able
she left me only her name
but she let me out

I keep a pill on my shoulder
i'll take it when i get older
i've got a friend and he knows,
and he let me out
just let me out

People talk about statistics and the way we should live
they're diplomatic but they're tricky when the keep it all hid
its hard to trust them when they stare but they won't look in your eyes
I knocked around enough already and i steadied my feet
i've been a cad, i've been a liar, i've been down on my knees
but i've got something in my pocket makes me feel alright
let me out
Track Name: Look Inside
I told her i was going downtown and would see her soon
i closed the door and i looked up to the afternoon

Things just weren't the same, i was hanging out with my friends
such a drag a heady tmie's come to an end

I tried to find the time but found my watch was broken
My friends tried to console me but no words were spoken

Cause i like to be alone and i know that this towns the same
but all the things i used to know have somehow changed

Stop your running girl stay a while, so quick to run aground
the snow has fallen and the storm has passed
I'de really love it if you'de stick around

Look inside your head, see what you can see., you say you see youself, but are you seeing someone else
yeah look inside your head, see what you can see. you say you see yourself, but do you still see me
Track Name: Sad Affair
It's a lowland queu, your tired point of view, but you won't stop talking
the moment when you quit, when you were sick of it
justified your crimes as heady costs

you hold a high regard for your house of cards

It's such a sad affair, when you're sitting round
in your new apartment
you're such a sad affair when you're sitting there

All your philosophies make it so hard to see
where you got off track
cause from your point of view life's been so hard on you
and you've been fighting just to save us this attack

Now there's noone else, you've only got yourself

such a sad affair when you're sitting round with your brand new haircut
you're such a sad affair when you're sitting there

Put yourself together, mend your tiny cracks
a little lipstick hides your less desired tracks
a pretty dress that never ever lets it show

you've only got to lose this little sad excuse

It's such a sad affair, when you're sitting round
in your new apartment
such a sad affair when you're sitting round
with your brand new haircut
it's such a sad affair when you're sitting round
all these small distractions
you're such a sad affair when you're sitting there