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Four for a Boy

by Alison Eales

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1.
Minuet 03:19
Standing on shells Watching the yellowing clouds over London Columns of hell Rise as the church and museum collapse Before the debris and the fallout can land I'll walk into the sea holding on to your hand Let the world burn as long as you kiss me goodbye Pestilence reigns Two dozen strains and no vaccine can save us Wretched remains Clawing and gnawing on organs and limbs Blood in my eyes, I'd stagger south If it meant I might die with your heart in my mouth I'd go out smiling as long as you kissed me goodbye Sun grows, Yellowstone blows Little strangelets or one massive asteroid Poles flip, atmosphere stripped I don't care, I don't care, I don't care Tiny machines Swarm and transform us all back into atoms Pick the earth clean Clone themselves over and over again But I'll welcome our turn to be turned into goo I've always yearned to dissolve into you Nothing else matters as long as you kiss me goodbye All of my pride, all of my shame All my achievements, my failures, my name It can all go to hell just as long as you kiss me goodbye
2.
Rain Song 02:42
When the grey that floods my mind Escapes into the blue outside And daylight falls out of the sky It’s hard to keep my hope alive I look to the stars But all I can see Are raindrops falling on my window pane I look to the stars But all I can see is rain I tell myself I have to try To hold my heavy head up high I have to stand, I have to fight But it gets harder every night To look to the stars When all I can see Are raindrops falling on my window pane I look to the stars But all I can see is rain People tell me that clouds in May Mean summer’s on its way But all I can see as the seasons change Is rain As daylight falls out of the sky And darkness fills my room tonight Without a silver line in sight It’s hard to look you in the eye I look to the stars But all I can see Are raindrops falling on my window pane I look to the stars But all I can see is rain
3.
Motionless in the dark Can’t tell the threads apart Blackbird and starling, watch over me Sing ‘til I’m unasleep Hearing a milk float pass Heavy with shivering glass Blackbird and starling, watch over me Sing ‘til I’m unasleep The youngest light The earliest blue Carry my bones so weighty Lead leaden limbs to safety After the dead of night Colours come back to life Blackbird and starling, watch over me Sing ‘til I’m unasleep Blackbird and starling, watch over me Sing ‘til I’m unasleep
4.
Play Along

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Four for a Boy
Following the release of her debut solo album Mox Nox last year, Four for a Boy is a four-track EP of songs co-written by Alison Eales and her long-term collaborator Garry Hoggan.

Like its sister record Mox Nox, the EP was recorded and mixed by Paul Savage at Chem 19 studios, mastered by Reuben Taylor, and features artwork by Rhian Nicholas at The Passenger Press – but in a departure from the approach to the album, Four for a Boy keeps its arrangements sparse in order to showcase Hoggan’s gift for melody.
The songs
The lead track is Minuet, a minimalist love song that pits its protagonists against zombies and nanobots and which is accompanied by a lyric video by magician Billy Reid.

Rain Song, with its drip-drip-dripping ukulele and piano, captures the experience of suffering with depression, while the shining autoharp and accordion of The Earliest Blue expresses the hope of recovery. These are also accompanied by an animated lyric video.

The EP closes with Play Along, a plaintive reimagining of the Carpenters’ Superstar.
Alison Eales
Alison is a long-standing member of the band Butcher Boy, playing piano, accordion and other keyboards as well as arranging for choir and brass. She is also a member of Glasgow Madrigirls and has collaborated with bands including The Color Waves (USA), The Very Most (USA), The Just Joans (Glasgow), Featherfin (Norway) and The Powdered Earth (UK).

Her debut solo album Mox Nox was released on Fika Recordings in March 2023.
fikarecordings.bandcamp.com/album/mox-nox

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releases March 8, 2024

This record was produced by Alison Eales, recorded and mixed by Paul Savage, and mastered by Reuben Taylor. All songs were written by Garry Hoggan and Alison Eales. The artwork was by Rhian Nicholas and the layout was by Tom Ashton.

Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this record, and to those who offered support.

Special thanks to Garry.

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