Standing at the Precipice

by Almond&Olive

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Almond&Olive’s debut album, Standing at the Precipice (available now), combines organic folk with warm vocal harmonies and an innocent, poetic lyrical delivery. The duo, comprised of Natalie Alms and Ollie Davidson, recorded the album at Kingsize Sound Labs with producer John Abbey (Robbie Fulks). Joining them on the record were Gerald Dowd (Bloodshot Records), gospel singers from the A Team (who toured with Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin) and many other stalwarts of the Old Town School of Folk Music scene.

Alms and Davidson met in Chicago in 2015 and decided to form a musical duo. With a band name combining a piece of each of themselves, the duo set forth to fill in the rest with their own heart and souls. Drawing inspiration from every corner of their lives, the duo cites the city of Chicago as one of their true, great muses. Davidson explains, “The city is such an energizing place to be as an artist. From lazy, beautiful days wandering the endless beachfront, to the apocalyptic, haunting decay of the Damen Silos, we’re constantly being lifted up by our city’s truly broad shoulders.”

The themes on Standing at the Precipice are driven by powerful rhythms and heartfelt lyrics. Every note, word, and sound comes from a place of passion. Whether it’s facing the insurmountable odds on “We Will,” or commiserating with a heart that’s been broken by another on “Get By,” the duo sings to embrace each moment, and take everything in stride.

The first single, “Standing at the Precipice,” layers a steady acoustic guitar with the croon of a heartbroken harmonica, and rich harmonies with a hint of wavering grit. The song, originally inspired by the apocalyptic imagery of literature and television, took on a new life with personal meaning. Davidson explains, “As a metaphor for our band, we are truly standing at the precipice, surveying the future ahead of us while we try to navigate through the pitfalls of our personal and professional lives.”

Alms and Davidson believe that, when possible, using their platform of musical creation and performance to give back to those in need is a natural extension of their personal goals - to make the world a better place for those who live in it. With that charge, once finished, their debut album will be also be used to help give back. Alms and Davidson have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the initial sales of the album to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation (JGF), a foundation founded by Animal Planet's Jackson Galaxy. JGF will use the funds donated by A&O to help animal shelters bolster their animal adoption programs, rehab crumbling animal housing and enhance vital community animal welfare programs.

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released January 27, 2017

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Almond&Olive Chicago, Illinois

Our music is heart-on-your-sleeve folk with a dash of Americana. We try to write honestly and create music that we like and would listen to.

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Track Name: We Will
The greatest heroes die young
Fighting for their for their victory song
While their lovers stay at home
Looking up at the dark sky singing

Oh my, my love
We’re trying
Oh my, my love
You’ll see we’re trying

When we get old
When we get older
When we are weak, from the
Weight on our shoulders
We will
We will

We will get stronger
We will hold on to each other
I will heal your heart
I will know where to start
On my search
To carry you home

You gotta keep building up, building up our love
You gotta keep building up, building up our love
You gotta keep building up, building up our love
You gotta keep building up, building up our love

Oh my, my love you’ll see we’re
Trying
Oh my, my love you’ll see we’re
Trying, trying
To carry you
Oh my, my love you’ll see we’re
Trying
Oh my, my love you’ll see we’re
Trying, trying
To carry you home

You gotta keep building up, building up our love
You gotta keep building up, building up our love
You gotta keep building up, building up our love
(building up, building up)
You gotta keep building up, building up our love
(building up, building up)
I will heal your heart
I will know where to start
On my search
To carry you home
Track Name: Standing at the Pecipice
Now the hole is getting deeper
And the trouble we’re in’s not easy to hide
We’ve been searching for an answer
But the books we’re reading don’t ever
Explain what we’re looking to find
We never know but we’re going to try

You and I
Standing at the precipice
You and I
Staring down the gun
You and I
Both in the thick of it
We were never gonna to run
Watching as the walls come down
We’ll see it through to the end

Now the sky is getting darker
And the ground is shakin’ but no one knows why
We feel the heat from the fire
All the clocks stopped tickin’
And we never do know what we’re going to find
It never shows ‘til you run out of time

You and I
Standing at the precipice
You and I
Staring down the gun
You and I
Both in the thick of it
We were never gonna to run
Watching as the walls come down
We’ll see it through to the end

You never know what you’re going to find
You never know, but together we’re fine

You and I
Standing at the precipice
You and I
Staring down the gun
You and I
Both in the thick of it
We were never gonna to run
Watching as the walls come down
We’ll see it through to the end

You and I
You and I
You and I
We were never gonna to run
Watching as the walls come down
We’ll see it through to the end
Track Name: Endlessly
Don’t know why my honor
Tells me to put my heart at blame
I don’t know why I’m scared to tell
We are more or less the same

I need you to notice
Your voice, is my serenade
Wouldn’t trade the circles under my eyes
For the times you called me brave

So fly away with me
We’ll cross borders, avenues and seas
When life will shout out its battle cry
You and I will just breathe

These scars in my sonnet
Reflect the plead of god on my sleeve
I will wear your love
I will wear your love, endlessly

Oh, I know our paths are different
I know they lead in opposite ways
And we’ll explode in life’s grenade
We are more or less the same

So fly away with me
We’ll cross borders, avenues and seas
When life will shout out its battle cry
You and I will just breathe

We ourselves are slaves (we ourselves are slaves)
In this everlasting change
Oh, we ourselves are slaves (we ourselves are slaves)
In this everlasting change

We’ll explode in life’s grenade
We’ll explode in life’s grenade
Track Name: Mulberry Hill
Hey love
Where you going?
What you been though?
Yeah, it's been so long

Hey love
Wanna romance
Wanna slow dance
When I hear this song

Let's take a ride up Mulberry Hill
Roll the windows down
And let go of the wheel

‘Cause I'm not supposed to feel
I'm not supposed to notice
I'm not supposed to need
What you can give

Hey love
Something’s different
Something about you
Can't put my finger on

Hey love
See it in your eyes
Hear it in your voice
Where'd we go so wrong?

Let's take a ride up Mulberry Hill
Roll the windows down
And let go of the wheel

‘Cause I'm not supposed to feel
I'm not supposed to notice
I'm not supposed to need
What you can give

Oooh (x2)

Hey love
Where you going?
What you been through?
Yeah it's been so long

Let's take a ride up Mulberry Hill
Roll the windows down
And let go of the wheel

‘Cause I'm not supposed to feel
I'm not supposed to notice
I'm not supposed to need
What you can give

‘Cause I'm not supposed to feel
I'm not supposed to notice
I'm not supposed to need
What you can give

Hey love
Track Name: LA
Do you remember
When we were together
Do you remember
When we felt brand new

You said goodbye to the skyline
I thought our love was forever
Now I carry your heart in mine
I should’ve known better

How long would you expect
For me to wait for you to get back
You’ve been a long time travelin’ since
How was LA?

Do you remember
When we were together
Do you remember
When we felt brand new

We split up and you tore me down
to your friends
Now every time I pass by your house
I can remember when

How long would you expect
For me to wait for you to get back
You’ve been a long time travelin’ since
How was LA?

Your love’s
Like a long deserted highway
Drove
Eyes closed into your heart
Oh
Now I’m lost
and my tank is runnin’ on empty
And we’re drifting apart

How long would you expect
For me to wait for you to get back
You’ve been a long time travelin’ since
How was LA?
How was LA?
How was LA?
How was LA?
Track Name: Get By
It's nice to be here
Walking through the rain
It's nice to hold your hand
With you I will remain

Oh you never have to worry
Or wonder what goes wrong
Oh I will stand against the world
I'll fight them with this song

They don't understand
Just what you've been through
The lies are the truth
When the truth doesn't do
And everyone else is afraid of the dark

Yeah, we'll get by
Yeah, we'll get by on our own

You know I get you
When you go insane
You know I'll love you
Even when your heart's in pain

So, let it go, I'll keep you
Sheltered from the storm
Oh I will bring you sunshine
In the middle of the war

They don't understand
Just what you've been through
The lies are the truth
When the truth doesn't do
And everyone else is afraid of the dark

Yeah, we'll get by
Yeah, we'll get by on our own

Yeah, we'll get by
Yeah, we'll get by on our own

I'll take you away from the ghosts
Inside your head
We'll leave here and never turn back
They'll never hurt you again

It's nice to be here
Walking through the rain
It's nice to hold your hand
With you I will remain

Oh you never have to worry
Or wonder what goes wrong
Oh I will stand against the world
I'll fight them with this song

They don't understand
Just what you've been through
The lies are the truth
When the truth doesn't do
And everyone else is afraid of the dark

Yeah, we'll get by
Yeah, we'll get by on our own

Yeah, we'll get by
Yeah, we'll get by on our own
Track Name: Nadine
I let my heart believe
before my mind could see
You and I are in two separate plays

I act the part of a man
Who's trying his hardest to save you
But your leading role is a girl whose heart is estranged

Nadine, your love isn't real
Nadine, this all was a dream
Could've fooled me

We took a walk in silence
Under the country sky
I tried to speak but you just shook your head

On the ride home we laughed
And joked about driving away
And you cued up Chandelier over and over again

Nadine, your love isn't real
Nadine, this all was a dream
Could've fooled me

Who was it that we'd both been with?
Who was it that we both knew?
Somehow we just now connected
Connection untrue

Many days later I sit alone
A drink in my hand
I know that you don't remember a thing

Your heart belongs to somebody else
And so should mine
And the memories of what we were are beginning to fade

Nadine, your love isn't real
Nadine, this all was a dream
Could've fooled me
Track Name: Long NIght
Been a long night
on this road I travel.
I could fly right.
Or, we could stay the same.

I’m aiming toward your house, high beams are on,
And waking up to your eyes of gold, blue and young.

I’m out on Liberty Road.
Will you stay awake, dear, and beckon me home,
And welcome me in your room, in bed, of no clothes?

It’s been a long night.
You still look the same.
I got a cold mind.
Maybe you can change me.

I’ve left it up to your hands when I come around.
I want to be in your arms, the safe place it is.

I’m out on Liberty Road.
Will you stay awake, dear, and beckon me home,
And welcome me in your room, in bed, of no clothes?
Track Name: Can't Stop
I can’t stop
When I look into your eyes
Like a moth into a flame
I get burned by you

I can’t wait
Like a lion in a cage
I’m trying to escape
To be near to you

And I keep on hoping you’ll notice
Seems the closer I get
The farther you are
You’re starting to fade

I know what you’ve been through
What’s torn you in two
Oh oh oh oh oh
I know where you’ve been spending
all your time
Oh oh oh oh oh
You can’t tell me you’ve
never wanted to
Oh oh oh oh oh

I won’t break
Like a diamond in the rough
I can never have a enough
I will shine for you

My love burns
Like an undying flame
Never doused by the rain
I will keep you warm

And I keep on hoping you’ll notice
Seems the closer I get
The farther you are
You’re starting to fade

I know what you’ve been through
What’s torn you in two
Oh oh oh oh oh
I know where you’ve been spending
all your time
Oh oh oh oh oh
You can’t tell me you’ve
never wanted to
Oh oh oh oh oh

And I keep on hoping you’ll notice
Seems the closer I get
The farther you are
You’re starting to fade

I know what you’ve been through
What’s torn you in two
Oh oh oh oh oh
I know where you’ve been spending
all your time
Oh oh oh oh oh
You can’t tell me you’ve
never wanted to
Oh oh oh oh oh
Track Name: In the Dark
Don't walk away from me
My love, my loneliness, my friend
We could have walked through fire
If you hadn't left
So don't walk away from me

We were born to believe we could make it through
Now my heart’s so deep
I'm buried under you
In the silence
In the night
My heart knew
In the silence
In the night
My heart grew
Oh oh oh oh

You will find me waiting
In the dark
I saw color, I saw light
In the dark
My heart opened, open wide
In the dark
In the dark

Oh, in the dark (x8)
Oh oh oh oh (x4)

Love is only what you make of it (x4)

(In the dark)
Love is only what you make of it (x4)

Love is only what you make of it (x4)

Oh oh oh oh

You will find me waiting
In the dark
We were dancing in the moonlight
In the dark
And your eyes began to wonder
In the dark
With our bodies pressed together
In the dark

Oh oh oh oh (x4)
In the dark
Oh oh oh oh oh (x4)
In the dark
Oh oh oh oh (c4)
Track Name: Heartbeat
Done nothing wrong
Dagger came out of sight
Cut you but you're alright
Know it hurts but give it time

Take a moment
Take as long you need
Feel this until you breathe
When It's over soon, you’ll see

You never know just why
it happens
You never know but
that’s the magic

Nobody owns your heart
Nobody owns your heart

When the day breaks
Sun shines above your head
Clouds and rain may be next
Take the most of what you get

You know you
Got the strength to take this on
Weather the storms that come
Wait for the light to show you

You never know just why
it happens
You never know but
that’s the magic

Nobody owns your heart
Nobody owns your heartbeat
Nobody own your heart
Nobody owns your heartbeat

All you ever wanted was to be with someone true
And though the dream has faded out it will be back anew

You never know just why
it happens
You never know but
that’s the magic

Nobody owns your heart
Nobody owns your heartbeat
Nobody owns your heart
Nobody owns your heartbeat