A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond (LP) (2015)

by Al Berkowitz

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A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond draws a genuine and unclassifiable musical universe, where every little detail seems to fit in neatly. It features crushing harmonic affluence and expressionist, yet delicate, arrangements. The album's eight tracks maintain a sincere and honest essence through opposing spirits and styles.

This new album was recorded in a heavenly spot off the coast of Cádiz (Spain) and self-produced by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ignacio Simón. After the recording sessions, Aldous B. Berkowitz's disciples spent a long time chiseling and shaping their most ambitious project to date. A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond culminates a series of releases arising from those same sessions which have multiplied their followers lately: the singles The Frenchman and The Rabbitman and Magical Cynical and the EP A Better Way.


A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond is influenced by lots of artists and styles: Beach Boys' baroque visions, Robert Wyatt's melancholy, Robyn Hitchcock's psychedelic folk, Grizzly Bear's pop experiments, Charles Ives's and Takemitsu's dreamy landscapes, The Pop Group's dark intensity, Nick Drake's intimacy or the histrionics of the earliest Pink Floyd, just to name a few.

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released April 15, 2015

AL BERKOWITZ

A LONG HEREAFTER / NOTHING BEYOND
Total length: 43'


All music written by Al Berkowitz All lyrics lyrics written by Ignacio Simón, except track #8, written by Santiago Estrada.

Al Berkowitz: Illumination

Ignacio Simón: Lead and background vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards, string and vocal arrangements, percussion and sound effects, fretless bass guitar on track #4.

Santiago estrada: Bass guitar, lead vocals on track #8.

Lorenzo Palomares: Drums and percussion.

Recorded at Paco Loco studio in Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz) between 28th and 31st October 2011.Additional recordings at Mare Nostrum studio (Majadahonda), between July and December 2011 and Ritmo y compás between May and June 2011.

Production, edition and mixing by Ignacio Simón


Mastered by Golden Mastering
Artwork: Lucía Clews

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Al Berkowitz London, UK

Al Berkowitz is an art-rock project commanded by composer and producer Ignacio Simón and based in London.
It was founded in 2006, when the Spanish psychedelic band The Inhabitants joined forces with American beatnick Aldous Berkowitz.

Over the last years, Al Berkowitz have combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances.
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Track Name: You and I
YOU AND I


Well, I smile
for you and I would feel alone on the top of the world
and anytime,anywhere would feel the same
Now I wonder
Am I at the beggining
or the very end
of anytime, anywhere
I know That midnight stroke
was only a joke,
Just to make me laugh
Yes I did laugh so much


Now please smile
for you know you and I would feel alone on the top of the world
Your midnight breeze passed me by
It was so cool…
I could hit you so strongly…
No I wouldn’t do you harm
And I’d wake up with no stone in my heart
So grab my hands
Grab my hands and pray
“Oh blood don’t spread,
Please run through me again”


You know I could breathe happily into a suitcase
But you know It would be better if you turned the light on
I know you were only trying to look be kind
Please let my heart start beating again, and again


But actually I know I should not care that much
for I'm sure you could easily undo it again and again

How long will you treat me this way
Track Name: The Frenchman and The Rabbitman
Let them try to find it
Let them realize and fail again
Make them realize and say “Oh my God, what have I done this time?”
But I can’t even say a word, I won’t say a word

Each night I swear I won’t but finally I let it flow
And seasons pass me by and wave their hands to my songs
And La Seine is flowing so quickly, we can barely see two meters long
What have you done this time?
We stare all the way up and down and up and down just like you want us to

Oh you know I’d say I’ll go your way
Oh you know I’d say I’ll go
But I can’t even say a word
Oh I know I said I would go your way
That I’d play for good a big part I’m your dearest mate
But I can’t even say a word

Oh tell me, Oh show me
How to gracefully step
And I’ll dance like a bird for all of my time
For now season is cold
As it will be from now on
I’ll make it warm spinning ‘round
For all of my time
For all of my time

And anytime I sit right there
You make me ashamed of my pale glowing face
You make me ashamed and I say “Oh my God, what have you done this time!”

‘Till we find something new to say we won’t say a word, we won’t say a word but…

Please sit down, close your eyes, take a deep breath, hold each other hands
Please remember that tale ‘bout that big candid lady and six angry men
That your friend’s got a golden tooth
And your wife’s got a golden muff
And we all stare all the way up and down and up and down just like you want us to
Track Name: How could we get ourselves lost?
HOW COULD WE GET OURSELVES LOST?

Lay back again we are on our own
let's feel unworried for a while
I know it's quite sad, don't get me wrong
There are hundreds of tons of light
queuing in front of your door
Now as night goes on
and stars grow blind and we grow old

How could we get ourselves lost?

We can find each other through silent sounds
We can see each other with eyes closed
We won't make a move

So how could we get ourselves lost?

Then in the daylight, you seem so glum
When it is later you feel sound
I can see far away some cascading forms
Watch them drawing and jumping and towering over the floor
Are we those shimmering pieces?,
So, Are we just remains of some others' love?

Dancing resigned until we're gone

But we can find each other through silent sounds
We can see each other with eyes closed
And we won't make a move

So tell me how could we get ourselves lost?
Track Name: Magical cynical
Morning breaks in the warmest place
Always luck choose the opposite lane
But we are rather Ok

The more that we try is the more that we find we can't get inside
We don't give it up as the sun is still high

You may think is silly I hope you feel fine that magical cynical way
Though everything flows I swear We will prevail

I've done enough, now please put your arms down
Let me go home and I'll lend you my crown
Till the end of time

It all will be great
It all will be great
As I wait you smiling from a silvery old fashioned frame

You may think it's silly I'm sure you still smile that magical cynical way
Though everything flows yes I swear they'll fade away

Oh dear, Oh dear Oh!
I'll be so kind I'll show
I'll be so kind I'll show
Track Name: Farewell, my lady!
FAREWELL MY LADY!

Oh no! I’m dying so young
I can tell from the look in your eyes
But If am dying that young, before I leave you alone
Let me stay


We look forward to slow down
May I ever desert from this plight?
But stroke the crack in my pledge, softly say the right spell
And I’ll run to keep you awake


But if I am misspelled again I will never appear by your side
No don’t tell me with pride Yes you love your new life, you thank God
Almost every night, almost everyday
Smiling back at them I will sing my farewell

Someday when we meet again I will be quite incredibly charming
And I’ll tell you with pride, yes I love my new life, I thank God,
Almost every night, almost every day
Smiling back again I will sing my farewell
Track Name: A long hereafter
A LONG HEREAFTER

I might have been haunted by the moon
To get glum
But nothing could make me bring down my brightest song
Though I’d loved before several times
Had I know I’d be awaiting so long just to wish you a long hereafter on your own
I wouldn’t have been so kind
On your own

Feels like I’ve been always watching you
Well I don’t
But I caress you from time to time when you are off guard

I’ve found calm before a couple of times
But it’s so sad it won’t take me so long. Would you wish me a long hereafter on my own?
I shouldn’t have been so kind
On my own
And it all feels so smooth ,once it’s far gone
On my own
There is no need to go nowhere
On my own

But nothing would keep me ‘round
To unfold you out
To pull that gloom out of your eyes
To soothe you down
We are on our own

Someone watching
Late at home
Maybe all those sparkling sounds will sigh for good
Track Name: Sensitive, not dramatic
SENSITIVE, NOT DRAMATIC

Sensitive, but not dramatic
You’ re no more than a show until next Monday

Sensitive, I’m entirely sure, you’ll change it for the better

It´s not easy to be a gentleman

Sensitive, but not dramatic
You’ re no more than a show until next Monday

Sensitive, but not dramatic
Now the band's gonna play gently till morning

It´s not easy to be a gentleman