The Sofia Sessions (Part 1)

by Aled Ordu

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Philip Graham Excellent soul-n-folk, hip-hop-ish jazzy music that wonderfully holds together. A couple of beautiful duets with female singers, too (especially "You'll Never Leave"). Lovers of James Tillman could really go for this. Favorite track: You'll Never Leave feat. Nadezhda Dimitrova.
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This bold collection of live sessions blends Aled's soul, hip hop, folk and blues roots with the impressive improvisational talents of guest soloists from the music scene in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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released February 8, 2016

Produced by Aled Ordu
Co-Produced & Engineered by Aleksander Kalanov
Mixing and Additional Production by Dave Polk
Mastering by John Cuniberti
Cover Photo by Jozepha Jelyazkova

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Track Name: Feelin So' (Intro) feat. Stanislav "Stani" Arabadjiev & Dimitar "Mitko" Gorchakov
I remember first days
soon after my birthday
basically I woke up happy
to finally be feelin' so good.
Track Name: Fallin' Too Low feat. Georgi Malchev & Magdalena 'Magi' Petrovich
I used to wish I’d die before I’d wake
give my worthless soul to take
and spend my mornings trapped
beyond a darkened window
I was low, too jumbled up to know
How did I get here?

You see me fallin’ too low?
Don’t let me break down.
You see me fallin’ too low?
Don’t let me break down.
‘Cuz if I fall too far..

On a bridge in Avignon
that’s where we end up if it carries on
or the needle or the rock Mayor Barry on
others go to jail or they marry wrong

Some of the world’s most afflicted pilgrims
be the first to give birth to children
meanwhile..
the cycle spins like a cypher
make you think twice ‘bout your life, huh?

You could be from New York or Spain
and be suffering just the same,
but honestly
at the root of the anxiety is a truth
that could set you free.

‘Cuz if I fall too far..

(Cello solo)

‘Cuz if I fall too far

I used to lack knowledge of the rivers and streams
and all the crevices in between
but on a hunt I could perform like the best you’ve seen
wood strong so the dam water rose for me

But now I - follow deeply lately
even if it dry up to a canyon baby
we could climb stones
make a cave our home
and tend fire for the nights alone
girl let’s roam.

These rivers run deep and true
underground, over stones
and in places you
can’t turn back from
when it pleases you
you need faith just to get you through.

‘Cuz if I fall too far..

(Guitar solo)

‘Cuz if I fall too far..

(Cello solo)

You see me fallin’ too low?
Don’t let me break down.
You see me fallin’ too low?
Don’t let me break down.

‘Cuz if I fall too far..
Track Name: You'll Never Leave feat. Nadezhda Dimitrova
You'll never leave
if there's hope I could love you
So all your words have been said in vain.

You'll never leave
if there's hope I could love you
So we'll just walk this lonely road again.
Track Name: Stay One More Day feat. Veronika "Nika" Ilieva
We're at it again
both of us like raindrops falling

Tried to be friends
but one of us breaks and starts calling

If you can't commit
then release me from this
cuz' I don't like mood swings

And if this is it
this is our last kiss
then we'll go

No I don't want your love anymore
But would you stay one more day?

No I don't want your love anymore
But would you stay one more day?

Stay one more day/don't want your lovin' no more

No I don't want your love anymore
But would you stay one more day?
Track Name: A Strange Day feat. Pavel Terziysky
(Aled riffs, Pavel beatboxes)

Today was a strange day
for me, for you, for we

Today was a strange day
for me, for you, for we

...

Today was a strange day
for me, for you, for we

It was a stormy monday
there was snow on the ground

and every time I tried to walk in a straight line
I found myself goin' round

I get whiskey when I want wine
I can't get someone out my mind

All our machines won't stay in line
Nobody gets here on time

I say today today today
was a strange day

(Pavel riffs, Aled beatboxes)

(Aled riffs, Pavel beatboxes)

(Pavel riffs and makes trumpet sounds with his voice, Aled beatboxes)
Track Name: There Was A Time feat. Magdalena 'Magi' Petrovich
There was a time we were new
When we were falling so deep in love

There was a time we were new
and of the world on the outside we had enough
(It was just me and you)

I said we would lay there for hours
learning each other's pasts..
Building together
So confident we'd last.

There was a time we were new
when all the walls
seemed much wider 'round us

There was a time we were new
instead of bonds badly broken there was trust
(between me and you)

But then the months turned to years
and all that was light went dark
promises insincere and honesty harsh

And when it ends..
the words to familiar songs suddenly make sense

And someone you've known for years
can't handle being friends

That's when a house can be divided using pens..
and even a baby's cries comprise the recompense

And that's when our love,
oh our love
In just the few years that passed
wasn't worth the trouble anymore.
Track Name: Cracks in Our Foundation feat. Augustus DeVandry
Falling granule
through my hands you
you're like diamond sand

I had plans to
turn a leaf new
and to be your man

But you're putting cracks in our foundation
and I would be a fool if I pursued you still

Said your putting cracks in our foundation
and I would be a fool if I pursued you still

(Augustus solo fingerstyle, then slide)

I'd like nothing to say
than 'I'd cherish you and spend my days with you'
but it wouldn't be true

I am so over
playing house
and games of cat and mouse for two
with women like you

But you're putting cracks in our foundation
and I would be a fool if I pursued you still