Urban Sanctuary

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about

This album was written as a reflection on urban life, and is laid out linearly - starting with entering the city, and ending with leaving the city to clear the mind and unwind.

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1. Perched on the City Wall
6. Famine of Love
9. After Junk

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released August 6, 2016

All songs written by Ezra Hocquard and Joseph Jujnovich.

Mixed, engineered, and co-produced by Tim Burrows at Albatross Audio Productions in Auckland.

Mastered by Andy VanDette in New York.

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PERFORMANCE CREDITS

Vocals by Ezra Hocquard

Guitars, production, and additional vocals by Joseph Jujnovich

Bass guitar (5 string) by Alex Khouri

Acoustic drums by Marko Los.

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GUEST PERFORMANCES

Saxophone on tracks "Urban Sanctuary" and "Forest Floor" by Aaron Longville.

Percussion on "Merry Bird" and "Famine of Love" by Tim Burrows.

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RECORDING LOCATIONS

Acoustic drums and percussion recorded at Black Orange Studios, Auckland.

Vocals and acoustic guitar recorded in Ezra's old flat in Forrest Hill, Auckland.

Electric guitar, bass guitar, and effected vocals and sound effects recorded at various locations around Auckland parked up with Joseph's old station wagon, including:

- Musick Point
- Karangahape Road
- Herne Bay Beach
- Silo Park
- Cornwall Park / One Tree Hill
- Bayswater Marina
- Wainui
- Orakei Basin
- Victoria Park
- Westhaven / Auckland Harbour Bridge

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Track Name: Perched on the City Wall
PERCHED ON THE CITY WALL
- Words by Ezra Hocquard

VERSE I

Appearing close enough to touch
Nothing depends on that focus.
Troubled me, troubled me
Vacant love, has never been.

It's a lonely track
To keep a win untold
Unsold I'm a window burning down
A lovely fool.

CHORUS I

Perched on the city wall
I'd never fall into your field
You know you keep us close to disaster.

VERSE II

Sad to say it's washed away.
Every step has gone to waste.

Distorted views - I write them off
The city works with pulling straws
Tragedy, tragedy -
All you've left for me to see

As blind as I've been, I have the wings
I'll find a day to reach the bridge.

BRIDGE

It's either fast safe easy.
And unlike me, or somewhere else
Before you walk the valley
I'll interfere - until you're manic.

It's a long way down...

VERSE I (reprise)

Appearing close enough to touch
Nothing depends on that focus.
Troubled me, troubled me
Vacant love, has never been.

It's a lonely track
To keep a win untold
Unsold I'm a window burning down
A lovely fool...
Down a lovely fool.

CHORUS II

Perched on the city wall
I'd never fall into your field.
Tremors keep us close to disaster
You know you keep us close to disaster.
Track Name: Merry Bird
MERRY BIRD
- Words by Ezra Hocquard

VERSE I

Skeptical thoughts of a merry bird
On the herb getting served.
Slamming the door on a beauty queen
Telling steep lies; she corners me.

Caught in the act with a planned attack,
Yet I oversee.
Shiver I do but I can't divide her heartbeat
I turn and leave.

BREAK

It took the saddest girl to wander into my heart
For me to foresee a paper thin facade.

VERSE II

Press on the past when I see you pass
Talk about torn open dreams
Amongst the restless I search
For you on the avenues that we wish had been.

See the paths now have broken down
With darkened clouds; splinters at our feet.
Now foretold they behold
Cold energy.

BREAK

Silence can wear me
We're frozen in the decay
And both caving in
A love paper thin.

CHORUS

Cold energy upon my sleeve
Smashing it up the sad mirror-breach
Photographs I burn em instantly
Hot Kuwaiti love ain't too free.

BRIDGE

I'm not holding on to this
I'm not cold enough for this
I'm not holding onto this
I'm letting her go now
Hot Kuwaiti love ain't too free.

CHORUS

Cold energy upon my sleeve
Smashing it up the sad mirror-breach
Photographs I burn em instantly
Hot Kuwaiti love ain't too free

VERSE III

Buried the days that had made us cry
Trying to find a day to heal
Right with her now though I try to hide I try
So just save your view to steal

Vowed to be suave in the mayhem
Still my fight at getting with the real gem
Caught in the act with a planned attack
Get off my mad track or then, again.
Track Name: Sabretooth Masseuse
SABRETOOTH MASSEUSE
- Words by Ezra Hocquard

VERSE

She'd bite me
And flat-line me.
Then revive me
Lord to see me shivering.

Quite clearly
She's scary
Beside myself
I know she's suffering.

Defend me
Once she's getting heavy
Her punchline
Oh good heavens is the punch.

Can't say I'm
Un-alarmed
Without a warning...
Whose here to calm me.

CHORUS

Just my sabretooth masseuse

VERSE

She's got the windows up
She's got the tinted glass
If anyone ain't close enough to her
They should not ask

She's off the track at will
And she needs a bank to kill
Your blood­ money spender
For speed lines of splendour

Damn walking beat that girl
Although a messed up fill
Beauty patrol has gotten
Too far out of hand for her

Wasn't trying to be protector
Or cry out of apprehension
Can't say I'm un-alarmed
I'm sipping her homemade brew

BRIDGE (verse 1 reprise)

She'd bite me
And flat-line me.
Then revive me
Lord to see me shivering.

Quite clearly,
She's scary
Beside myself
I know she's suffering.

Defend me
Once she's getting heavy
Her punchline
Oh good heavens is the punch.

CHORUS

Just my sabretooth masseuse.
Track Name: Prescription
PRESCRIPTION
- Words by Ezra Hocquard


VERSE I

Tell me what's your limit
How you do no wrong
Quit separating me from you
Lets just perform

On a river serving ruin
What more?
You give me something magic
All on the way home.

CHORUS I

Somewhat something
More than enough
Love from your sweetheart
Once again...
My name is on your prescription.

VERSE II

Lights have blown yet
Your light has shone on me
Like I've been known
For so long

More than a prize
Delight from your eyes
Damn blinding
Still my love for you is strong

Remind me
How we can fall
Beyond our love
in the bitter cold

There's not a second to waste
Every word is a waste
Couldn't share with
My love refrained

CHORUS II

Somewhat something
More than enough
Love from my sweetheart
Once again...
My name is on your prescription

Somewhat something
More than enough
Love from your sweetheart
Once again...
Your name is on my prescription

BRIDGE

Sometimes we need something more.
Enough is enough.

CHORUS III

Somewhat something
More than enough
Love from your sweetheart
Once again...
My name is on your prescription.

Somewhat something
More than enough
Love from my sweetheart
Once again...
My name is on your prescription -

Your name is on my prescription.
Track Name: Urban Sanctuary
URBAN SANCTUARY
- Words by Ezra Hocquard & Joseph Jujnovich


You're best to submerse those eyes
Well under water
Those tears roll off the high rise
Collect in gutters and aisles...

Enter the urban sanctuary
You'll be safe here.

Be best to subvert those eyes.
Track Name: Famine of Love
FAMINE OF LOVE
- Words by Ezra Hocquard

Your pain has a trickle down effect on me.
How I wonder much more that you regret
Take a picture if you need more to be feeling lonely
One look is not what I expect

Oh, you call me native property
Pure pain with broken thoughts
Said I'd like to tone me down
So here's my weaker voice.

Blood talking with a stain
Love tattoos on a brain
The test is not yet to begin
Your gypsy ways to pain are grim

If you feel light-headed.

Pain don't need to grow
Harboured in your loneliness
Pain don't need to grow
Harboured in your loneliness

Pain don't need to grow.
[Pain] don't need to grow.

Before you live the dream
You'll carry the famine of... the famine of love
Before you live the dream
You'll carry the famine of love

Pain don't need to grow
Run along you're good to go now loneliness.
Pain don't need to grow
Need to grow.
Track Name: Forest Floor
FOREST FLOOR
- Words by Ezra Hocquard

VERSE I

Dare second guess me
I'm not boobie trapping on her field
I'm in range on her plain
And she's got me in my place

Slow to affection
Too quick to reply
Just her lover from the forest
Running at a girl whose mine.

CHORUS I

And I'll hold you strong...
Yes your hairpin's on my forest floor
It's something more
That you're here with me when life's a war
I'll hold you close...
Yes your hairpin's on my forest floor
It's something more
That you're here with me when life's a war

VERSE II

And I'll hold you strong
On the hunt for something more...

So spear me for my dreaming
If I don't wake up.
This was a life of heartache
And I'm every form of shrub

CHORUS II

Still I'll hold you strong...
Yes your hairpin's on our forest floor
It's something more
That you're here with me when life's a war
I'll hold you close...
Yes your hairpin's on this forest floor
It's something more
That you're here with me when life's a war

BRIDGE

I'm charging now that you're near
Unearthed my sense of leisure
Our bond so hard to measure
Together we get better.

CHORUS III

Will you hold on strong...
With your hairpin on this forest floor
Will you still believe?
Will you plant the seeds after the war?
Track Name: Sombre
SOMBRE
- Words by Ezra Hocquard

VERSE I

Won't you snap my heart
In two again.
It's keeping me sombre
Fighting with my friend

Miss behaviour's taught me
Oh just how I love.
Keep oh keep me girl -
For seven days I'll speak in tongues.

The lost attraction
For the lover once pursued
Is keeping me sombre
And now I'm crying like I'm you

No time under the sun
Her flame in solitude
Well if it's best to burn - it's best to burn
Then delve into her rule

CHORUS I

Lovers hugging for a breakthrough
Never making love like we do
March to my heart with your guard down
I wouldn't wanna pawn you.

VERSE II

At the waters edge I strum
Until the weather cools
I thought of you for what it's worth
I've paid my dues.

And I miss you keeping it simple
And somewhat beautiful.
Won't you snap my heart in two again
It's leaving me sombre
Enlighten me again...

CHORUS II

Lovers hugging for a breakthrough
Never making love like we do
March to my heart with your guard down
I wouldn't wanna pawn you

OUTRO

Everyday should be a day for waking
To a girl with a face like yours

Everyday should be a day for waking
To a girl with a mind and soul like yours

Everyday should be a day for waking
To a girl with a body like yours

Everyday should be a day for waking
To a girl with a face like yours.

The flame in me sombre.
Track Name: After Junk
AFTER JUNK
- Words by Ezra Hocquard and Joseph Jujnovich

INTRO

A dead beat dreams over the scenes
Says when I can feel I can get real
Take time for myself to kick the habit
A moment of magic.

PRECHORUS

Close call to do-si-do
Beneath the brink of loss and cope
Chew rocks in a harsh place
Skipping stones above the rat race

CHORUS I
We're not after junk
Ahead of time - we improvise
We're not after junk.

We're not after junk
Our youth will rise - and synchronise
We're not after junk.

VERSE II

Hey, your little pipe dreams
Serve your optic nerve.
What you think of crashing
You crash into the curb...

PRECHORUS
Close call to do-si-do
Beneath the brink of loss and cope
Chew rocks in a harsh place
Skipping stones above the rat race

CHORUS II

We're not after junk
We choose our high - death defy
We're not after junk.

We're not after junk
Our youth will rise - and synchronise
We're not after junk.

OUTRO
A dead beat dreams over the scenes
Says when I can feel I can get real
Take time for myself.
Track Name: Return to Origin
RETURN TO ORIGIN
- Words by Ezra Hocquard and Joseph Jujnovich

INTRO / PRECHORUS I

Stunned by three expansive lies
that lead to misery
Defiance brought up from beneath
has caused them now to speak

CHORUS I

Don't talk to me
I see it from your face
You must think I'm just damn lonely

VERSE I

Once they had it going
More aligned to growth and time
Quality more to the point
Oh what they'd do for love to thrive.
Then suddenly they're reeling
Animosity implied
Divide of ambitions
Lessons learnt, not pushed aside.

PRECHORUS II
(instrumental)

CHORUS II

Don't talk to me
I see it from your face
You must think I'm just damn lonely

BRIDGE

They found it pains to be
Unforgiving.
They found their past
Was not worth reliving.

VERSE II

And they could go home
To the same old town again
To the same old friends
It's somehow essential
To clear the mind
Or unwind

CHORUS III

The road beyond is steep
Ripped open from the strain.
Pay the price, we're post-hurricane

And now alone let's see
Which feelings grow and fade.
Regards, the seasons wax and wane

Return to origin.
Track Name: Sneaky Deep
SNEAKY DEEP
- Words by Ezra Hocquard

VERSE I

Sparks in addition
To our ignited flame
Madness emitted
This fury burns the faint

And it's not more or less a given
We have the right to say
I can free you from deadly ember
Before there's hell to pay

CHORUS I

Bonfire burning free
Cliffs lined with twisting trees
We dive into the sea
Somewhat sneaky deep

VERSE II

Zoom in, you've got it here
Nightlife and fantasy
Zoom in, you've got it dear
So ripe quixotic deeds
Vacate the surface
Tread to my friendly fiends.

CHORUS II

Bonfire burning free
Cliffs shelter schoolies
We slide into the trees
Somewhat sneaky deep

BRIDGE

Finally see the currents
Shifted from the bar
As pulling us away
From ourselves

Let nature speak volume
The tides have pull
The tides do pull.

Finally see the currents
Shifted from the bar
As pulling us away
From ourselves.

Float with us tonight.
Streets lights before us.

CHORUS III

Bonfire burning free
Cliffs shelter schoolies.
We slide into the trees
Somewhat sneaky deep.
In our sanctuary