The World Without Us

by Noelle Picara

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"The World Without Us" is a collaborative project that considers the fragility of human life and the importance of "us" in a world divided.

Featuring only live instruments played by human touch, underscored by field recordings, this album captures the collaboration and friendship of multiple musicians from the Delaware area and beyond.

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released June 2, 2017

All songs written, produced, and performed by Noelle Picara. Engineered and co-produced by Sam Nobles in Wilmington, DE. Mixing and Mastering by Jess Fenton in San Francisco. Additional engineering and production by Brian Viglione in New York City. Photography by Joe del Tufo. Graphic Design by Jason Olney.

Piano and lead vocals: Noelle Picara. Drums: Brian Viglione. Upright Bass, Guitars, and Sitar: Sam Nobles. Violin: Christina von Duyke. Electric Bass: Joe Testa. Backing vocals: Sharon Sable. Cello: Sheila Hershey. Flugelhorn (Faces): Rob Zinn. Kazoos and Acoustic Guitar (Faces): Jacopo de Nicola. Additional backing vocals: Bennett Atwater and Abigail Horgan.

Essential creative and other support by: Jeremy Hebbel, Gayle Dillman, Angela Sheik, Dani Mari, Wes Morton, Rachel Schain, Emily von Fange, Jesse Goldman, Alisa Schneidman, Rick Neidig, Ritchie Rubini, Sarah Koon, Charles Umiker, Denise Corrado, David and Jenna White, Gable Music Ventures, Female Frequency, and the Tatnall School.

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Post-apocalyptic piano rock

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Track Name: Jungle
We are circling each other
Ears up, eyes locked, in between the trees
We are tracking every motion
Each twitch, each blink, each breath and I

I never wanted any of this
Thought I could be so cautious
Thought I could run away and hide, but now I find

The space between you and me is a jungle
The space between you and me is an untamed wild
And I am closing in

Well I’ve been busy digging tunnels
And you’ve been sharpening your claws
We have our own ways of surviving
But this, this hunger for something more

I can see you are curious
Sometimes I like a crisis
And caution can be so lonely

The space between you and me is a jungle
The space between you and me is an untamed wild
And I am closing in

The space between you and me is a jungle
The space between you and me is an untamed wild
The space between you and me, you and me
The space between you and me drives me wild
And I am closing in
Track Name: Faces
Faces ---- flicker in the dark
Faces ----- c’mon and play your part

Faces ----- hither dither in a trance
So many faces ----- you know you wanna join our dance

Lose your mirror now and come with me
Leave your leash outside – be anything
You can hiss and howl – no one will see
Who you really are

You and I, we hide in the light of day
In the night we see each other plain
Will you try – tisk task in the masquerade –
If I ask you nicely one more time

When you walk to the middle of an unknown spot
An unknown spot, hey hey
Tippie toe to the middle then you stop
(Better put on your face)
Drip drop into the middle of an unknown spot
An unknown spot, hey hey
Will you walk to the middle?

You and I, we hide in the light of day
In the night we see each other plain
Will you try – tisk task in the masquerade –
If I ask you, if I ask you, if I ask you one more time
Will you try – just bask in the masquerade –
If I ask you nicely one more time
Track Name: Escape Route
Don’t go hangin around in doorways, they say
Don’t go linger in tunnels and forgotten places
The bones of those who stopped before, they cover the floor
Keep moving

And I don’t know what’s ahead
I can’t make you any promises
But it must be better than this
It must be better

This is your escape route
Listen, I will lead you out
This is your escape route
Listen, listen

Feet stuck in the muck, head spinning
Spiders, bats, and all those crawly things
There’s no light - you’ll have to feel your way
Keep moving

And I don’t know what’s ahead
I can’t make you any promises
But it must be better than this
It’s gotta be better

This is your escape route
Listen, I will lead you out
This is your escape route
Listen, listen
Track Name: Killing You
I used to be someone’s wife
I used to be loved
Used to know who I was
I used to be

The woman on the prow of your ship
I weathered proudly all of it
But now you’re the anchor
That’s pulling me, that’s pulling me that’s
Dragging me under

There’s no more us, Only you and me
If it’s him or me, Then I choose me

It’s come down to this - Killing you so I can live
Come down to this
It’s come down to this - Killing you so I can live
Come down to this

There’s a graveyard inside, inside
There’s a graveyard inside, inside my mind
There’s a graveyard inside my mind

So my love, Take my love
Take this love, And bury it

It’s come down to this - Killing you so I can live
Come down to this
It’s come down to this - Killing you so I can live
Come down to this

I hate you, I love you
I hate that I love you
I hate that it’s come down to this
Come down to this
Track Name: Be Where You Are
In between the darkness and the day
A million different ways to fade out (fade out)
From the insects buzzing in your mind
Struggling to find a way out

Be where you are now

Holding on to who you thought you’d be
Chained to fantasy – it’s late now (late now)
When you see the truth behind the veil
Breathe in and then exhale – just stay here

Be where you are now
Beware, beware, be where you are

When the daylight rips apart your dreams
And nothing’s what it seems – just stay

Be where you are now