Don't Look Back

by Merlot Embargo

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"Don't Look Back" is the debut album from Los Angeles pop/rock duo, Merlot Embargo.

Here's what it's not: programmed beats, thick layers of synthesizers, or songs assembled from samples.

Instead, "Don't Look Back" is a journey through both the serious and the silly, with songs made the old-fashioned way: good hooks and thoughtful lyrics, performed by a band with a deep pocket and a singer with a real sense of soul. Listeners who enjoy Adele, Brandi Carlisle, John Mayer, The Beatles and other groovy artists will find a lot to love about this album.

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released August 20, 2016

Musicians:
Scarlet Biberstein - Vocals; Geoff Gross - Guitars, Vocals, Percussion, Keyboards, Handbells, Banjo, Glockenspiel, Kalimba, Horn & String Arranging; Jeremy Burgan - Electric Bass, Double Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocoder, Vocals, Handbells, String Arranging; Ben Stanton - Organ, Guitar, Trombone, Handbells, Vocals; Horn & Choral Arranging; David Stanton - Piano, Glockenspiel, Vocals, String Arranging; Lonn Hayes - Drums, Percussion; Rita Soultanian, Anna Schubert, Monica Leon, Ian Batstone, Rebecca Wolfgang, Sarah Schuessler, Marissa Moniz, Ananda Dillon - Vocals; Laurann Estevez - Violin, Viola; Korina Davis - Violin, Viola; Hannah Yim - Violin; Billy Tobenkin - Cello; Aaron Doyle - Tenor Saxophone; Chris Shaheen - Trumpet


Production:
Music and Lyrics by Scarlet Biberstein
All songs produced and engineered by Geoff Gross, except We All Fall Down (Jeremy Burgan & Geoff Gross), These Are The Best Days Of Our Lives (Ben Stanton & Geoff Gross), and All Who Are Lost (David Stanton & Geoff Gross)
Mixed by Matt Weiss, except Freaks On A Train, All Who Are Lost, In the End, and Billy The Kid mixed by Geoff Gross
Mastered by Chris Athens, except These Are The Best Days Of Our Lives, mastered by Colin Leonard
Artwork by Ani Akopyan
Photography by James Jonson

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Merlot Embargo is a collective of human beings from Los Angeles who use guitars, voices, glockenspiels, fiddles, drum kits, horns, pianos, and bits of junk to create anthems for 21st century ailments. Though Merlot Embargo exists in a modern age of tweets, synth pop and Keurig coffee machines, they seek to create music that is both classic and current. ... more

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Track Name: Head Above The Water
Some things in life are gonna knock you off your feet
Some things will taste more of the bitter than the sweet
But you gotta keep on moving
You gotta keep on moving
Or you'll drown.

Some things in life are gonna spit upon your grave
And some things take all your freedom making you a slave
But you gotta keep on moving
You gotta keep on moving
Or you'll drown

Keep your head up, above the water
Keep your head up above the water
Keep your head up above the water
Or you'll die

Some things in life are gonna kick you to the curb
And all you'll wanna do is curl up in a hole under the earth
But you gotta keep on moving
You gotta keep on moving
Or you'll drown

Sometimes this life will try it's best to undermine you
And you'll want to throw the towel in, throw the game and just let hell win
But you gotta keep on moving
You gotta keep on moving
Or you'll drown

Keep your head up, above the water
Keep your head up, above the water
Keep your head up, above the water
Or you'll die

All this life is for is seeing if we've got the stuff it takes
To rise above the hatred and the sinners and the saints
And we can take all we've been given
Of the blessings and the curses
We can hold our own and see all that this life
Has got in store if we just

Keep our heads above the water
Keep our heads above the water
Keep our heads above the water
Track Name: We All Fall Down
Out of the woods we've come, so far we all have run
What do you make of it? It's like we're having fun
But in the morning there's lights on the edge of dawn
We see it clearly now the fire has just begun

And we all fall down
And we just want to make a sound
If it's the last thing that we've done
But there is no one left to hear us
'Cuz we all fall down

Our eyes have seen too much of death and victory
Only the mighty win and it's their history
And in the morning sun our arms stretch to the light
It is a losing streak for all the rest of us

And we all fall down
And we just want to make a sound
If it's the last thing that we've done
But there is no one left to hear us
'Cuz we all fall down

And there is no one left to pick us all up from the mud
And there is no one left to hear all that we haven't sung
And there is no one left to learn from all that we have done

And we all fall down
And we just want to make a sound
If it's the last thing that we've done
But there is no one left to hear us
'Cuz we all fall down
Track Name: How To Survive An Apocalypse
Store up your treasures enough for months to come
Take along a pack of dried goods
 
Make sure your walking feet are tied on tight
And don’t look like a victim

Practice shooting straight; don’t forget to lock the gate
And don’t look back or slow down
Don’t make friends out of the strangers if they’re stranger than you
And don’t look back or slow down
 
Have a lot of hiding places; surround yourself with space
And don’t forget to hone up on harpooning
 
Come up with a mantra that can get you through the night
You won’t survive if you’re not sleeping

Practice shooting straight; don’t forget to lock the gate
And don’t look back or slow down
Don’t make friends out of the strangers if they’re stranger than you
And don’t look back or slow down

Get to know the silence 'cause she’s all you’ll ever need
And don’t scream during any of your nightmares 
You’ll think about the friends you lost and all the hearts it might have cost
If time had not decided to run out so

Practice shooting straight; don’t forget to lock the gate
And don’t look back or slow down
Don’t make friends out of the strangers if they’re stranger than you
And don’t look back or slow down
Track Name: Freaks On A Train
Freaks on a circus train
Waving to the people they pass in the rain
No one seems to know any of their names ooh

Jerks flipping Cigarette butts in the mud
As they cat call the freaks on the train
No one seems to know any of their names ooh

Get your tickets to this holy escape
Come experience the life of a freak on a train
You don’t want to be the one standing out in the rain
When he calls out your name
When he calls out your name

There’s no need to pack a thing
It goes faster the less you bring
Just grab a friend to help the days go bye ay ay

Get your tickets to this holy escape
Come experience the life of a freak on a train
You don’t want to be the one standing out in the rain
When he calls out your name
When he calls out your name

Watch as you wave goodbye to all the jerks
They try to make us cry 'cause oh they know
There’s no turning back from this life

Get your tickets to this holy escape
Come experience the life of a freak on a train
You don’t want to be the one standing out in the rain
When he calls out your name
When he calls out your name
Track Name: Storms
I might have felt an earthquake when I met you
I might have felt the world shake when I let you
Kiss me under the moonlight
Kiss me under the moonlight

I might have felt a hurricane when I saw you
I might have felt a little drop of rain when I let you
Hold my hand against your heart and
Tell me that you love me

Storms might come to pass but I could get used to this with you
And the seas might hurl us around and around this empty shell but
I will always stick with you; I'll always stick with you

Did you feel a little earthquake when you met me
A little world shake when I let you hold me so close – kiss my lips
Feel a little rain fall feel a little hurricane
When I let you into my heart let you into my heart

There will be storms in this life that will shake us to our core and
Make us fear our best could wind up hurting us again
There will be earthquakes and hurricanes,
Lightning and thunder but I will not let you go
I won't let you go
Track Name: All Who Are Lost
Postcards were all I ever got from you
In all your many trips around the world
Searching for your girl

Boat sails can only take you so far
Till you’re sailing
Gets you lost at sea

Why don’t you get lost with me
Get lost with me
I’ll take you anywhere and
Everywhere you long to be

There’s no rest for the wicked
And the weary keep fighting
Looking for anything and everything
That can keep them from sinking

Anchors Aweighl; we all heard them singing
As they hoisted up the sails
And left the shores they knew

Sing a song for the siren
She wants to see you
Wander, wander

Why don’t you get lost with me
Get lost with me
I’ll take you anywhere and
Everywhere you long to be

Why don’t you get lost with me
Get lost with me
I’ll take you anywhere and
Everywhere you long to be

Sing a song for the siren; she wants to see you
Wander, wander
Track Name: In The End
There will be peace little sister
when life is looking like the bad guys gonna win
There will be love in your future
If you can let a little light shine it's way in

Your road may veer off in a hundred misdirections
but the way will always find you in the end
And the clouds may cover every inch of all the sunshine
But the truth will enter in and set you free
And set you free

There will be hope little brother
When things are feeling like the tide is rolling in
There will be good in your life time
If you can see a little sweetness in the end

So when the clock is running out
And you feel there's nothing left
Don't you give up on me, friend
Don't you give up on me, friend

My road may veer off in a hundred misdirections
but the way will always find me in the end
And the clouds may cover every inch of all the sunshine
But the truth will enter in and set me free
And set us free
Track Name: These Are The Best Days Of Our Lives
No one will ever see me cry ay ay
Not till the rivers all run dry ay ay
Can't show my colors like you do ooh ooh
That's what makes all of this untrue ooh ooh

Love is a many splendored thing yeah yeah
Like a fiery ring yeah yeah
These are the best days of our lives
These are the best days of our lives

No one can speak for all the dead
The Kings have landed on their heads
Stars are our only witnesses
And hearts don't falter in the end

And the bells, bells will ring
All the souls echoing
And the choirs of angels sing
Love needs all that you can bring

Love is a many splendored thing yeah yeah
Like a fiery ring yeah yeah
These are the best days of our lives
These are the best days of our lives

Love is a many splendored thing yeah yeah
Like a fiery ring yeah yeah
These are the best days of our lives
These are the best days of our lives
Track Name: Billy The Kid
Once upon a Time
Out in the West before it was won
There existed a lonely man and his gun,
And his gun

But what is one man to do
With only a gun for a friend
Though it stood by him each day and night to the end,
To the end

He said this ain’t no way to live
All of this taking is never gonna give
Everyday I’m riding around, and the sun’s getting hot
The sun’s getting hot

Burned a town to the ground
With only a magnifying glass
All of them scurrying around like little ants
'Cause that’s what they were

A hat too big for his head and boots that were only pretend
Were the solitary things that gave him a chance
To be somewhere else

He said this ain’t no way to live
All of this taking is never gonna give
Everyday I’m riding around, and the sun’s getting hot
The sun’s getting hot