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by Jeremie Albino

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There’s no counting the worlds Jeremie Albino has travelled to get to where he is today, and no telling which ones he might head to next.

Born and raised in the bright and booming metropolis of Toronto, his heart led him out of the city and into Prince Edward County, where country living and a decade of working on farms gave him the time and space to hone his songwriting skills. His music nods to all manner of troubadours who rambled down similar paths throughout history—he nods slyly to the legendary blues singers who inspired him, offers a soft and insightful touch with his folk songs, and stomps and swaggers through soulful rock ‘n’ roll. But Jeremie Albino is a natural and an original, created by an alchemy that favours, above all else, that most mysterious and coveted of qualities: heart. And his wildly impressive debut, Hard Time, overflows with it.

Albino grew up immersing himself in early field recordings and the music of legends like Lightning Hopkins and Skip James, first learning to play the harmonica and then moving on to guitar. On Hard Time, he pulls just as much as he needs from his influences, reverent to the musical forms that made him but actively sculpting his own voice. The easy groove of “Amelia” sets toes tapping to its fantastical love story as Albino tries to bridge time and space to connect with the ill-fated aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart over warm organ swells. “Lilac Way”—inspired by his mother’s love for the pale violet flower—envisions breezy country roads with blooming strings and nods to Jeff Buckley’s sparse, early New York café recordings. With “Hard Time,” he shifts gears into bristling dive bar rock ‘n’ roll, as a narrator behind bars wonders whether his partner-in-crime will be there smiling, leaning on the hood of a car, to pick him up at the end of his sentence. The dusty, understated “Shipwreck,” complete with the sound of creaking wooden floorboards, takes listeners a thousand leagues under the sea and back to 1883, witnesses to a lonesome grave. His storytelling reaches its peak on the doomy “Wildfire,” offering up a tale where Mad Tom and his old hound dog stand defiant in the face of flames creeping up the hill, determined to stop the destruction with his sheer force of will.

The sagas of these out-sized characters and the vivid imagery they pass through are given proper treatment by the peaks and valleys of Albino’s music, dynamic enough to conjure something light as the sway of flowers in the wind, or the grandeur of an apocalyptic storm. “They’re stories I wrote that came from daydreams,” Jeremie explains, “about life, love, people, and another time.”

Not only is Hard Time Jeremie’s debut album, but it also represents a slew of firsts for the young songwriter. Before embarking on the recording, he’d never been in a studio, played with a band, or worked with a producer. Jeremie’s earthy Americana has never been laid to tape until now. And Hard Time sounds just as untouched by pretension as you’d expect from a musician who got to this point simply by letting his heart lead the way. The first recordings were laid down at the Bombshelter in Nashville with producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Langhorne Slim), and the rest was finished off at Union Sound in Toronto with the guidance of Albino’s manager and producer Crispin Day.

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released August 9, 2019

written by Jeremie Albino
produced by Andrija Tokic and Crispin Day

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Jeremie Albino Toronto, Ontario

There’s no counting the worlds Jeremie Albino has travelled to get to where he is today, and no telling which ones he might head to next. Born and raised in the bright and booming metropolis of Toronto, his heart led him out of the city and into Prince Edward County, where country living and a decade of working on farms gave him the time and space to hone his songwriting skills. ... more

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Track Name: Last Night
Last night, you walked through the door
Like a dream I never seen before
And the way you light up the room
I just want to be right next to you
And when I saw that sweet look on your face
You said are you, gonna be my man?

Last night
Last night,
Last night, last night... was a time
Last night, last night you were mine

You had me dreaming like a fool
Darlin I'ma spend my life with you
The way you're movin, on the floor
Don't you know you got me wanting more
Then I said with a scared look on my face
Now, are you gonna be my girl?

Last night
Last night,
Last night, last night... was a time
Last night, you were mine

Always thought i'd be runnin' scared
No one there besides me
Always thought I'd be a lonely man
Till ya said you'd have a dance with me
Track Name: Amelia
I was meant to walk this earth
You were meant to fly
I could tell by the way you look up there
(I can) See it in your eyes

Oh amelia
You flew too close to the sun
Oh, if I knew you
Would of told you to run

You got your head up in the clouds
Always stuck in the sky
And on the day you left this earth
You never said goodbye

Cause once your feet got off of the ground
Nothing could keep you down

Oh amelia
You flew too close to the sun
Oh, if I knew ya
Would of told you to run
Oh amelia
You flew too close to the sun
Oh, if I knew ya
You could have been the one

For a girl whos long been dead and gone
I sure have got it bad
Still, i am weak man for your love
For love I'll never have

Cause once your feet got off of the ground
Nothing could keep you down
Oh amelia
You flew too close to the sun
Oh, if I knew ya
Would of told you to run
Oh amelia
You flew too close to the sun
Oh, if I knew ya
You could ha
Track Name: Lilac Way
Do you want to take a stroll, down lilac way.
Won't you come and hold my hand, we gonna take the whole damn day

Smell so sweet, smell so sweet
Don't you know right here is where we'll meet.
Down the lilac way, down the lilac way

Well wouldn't it be nice
To stay here all our lives
It would be so good
How I wish we could

Colour so bright, colour so bright
I swear you never seen such a beautiful sight
Colours bright, colours bright.

Well wouldn't it be nice
To stay here all our lives
It would be so good
How I wish we could

When the lilacs bloom x2
Don't you know that's when they sing their little tune.
That lilac tune underneath the moon

So you want to take a stroll, down lilac way.
Won't you come and hold my hand, we gonna take the whole damn day
Down the lilac way, lilac way

Well wouldn't it be nice
To stay here all our lives
It would be so good
How I wish we could
Track Name: Hard Time
Would you pick me up?
If I ever make it out of here
Or would you break me out
If they never let me go my dear

Still I ain't changed, after all
All this time
No I ain't changed,

But I ain't got nothin but time
Time, time, hard time
Now that I crossed that line
Line, line, hard line
With you

When I make it out?
Would I find you grinnin' ear to ear
Leaning on your car
Like you've been waiting there for years?
Or would you cut me down? ​
Like the years i've spent locked up in here

Would you cut me down? ​
The only thing that I could fear

But I got nothin but time
Time, time, hard time
Now that I crossed that line
Line, line, hard line
With you
Track Name: The Cabin
Meet me at the cabin in the woods
The one you're always telling me about
You said you'd build it with your own hands and we'll, live off the land
Meet me at the cabin in the woods

Meet me at the cabin on the mountain
The one you're always dreaming of
Say you'll build it on the edge of a mile long drop
We could be the first to see the sun come up
Meet me at the cabin on the mountain-top

Well it doesn't matter where we go,
We'll always find a way
On a city street or a country road
Anywhere with you i'll go X2

Meet me at the cabin by the ocean
The one you always write me about
We could hear the birds sing and the water cry
Go walking through the mist as it hits low tide
Meet me at the cabin by the ocean side

Meet me at the cabin on the open plain
The one you're always speaking of
We could watch the storm come in, like a rollin wave
Sit out on the porch and listen to the summer rains
Meet me at the cabin on the open plain

Well it doesn't matter where we go,
We'll always find a way
On a city street or a country road
Anywhere with you i'll go X3
Doesn't matter where we go
Anywhere with you I'll go
Track Name: Midnight Wedding
Stained glass window
Lighting up the chapel
Oh that chapel where we were wed
I remember those moonbeams
How they shone so brightly
All the colours, on your summer dress

Midnight wedding
Midnight wedding
The room was empty
Apart from us
Was always worried
About that time we'd lost
But after midnight
It's just the 2 of us

I rode down, down to your house
Threw a rock up hit your window and I wait till you come out
Sneaking out
Like we done before
But this time, It meant so much more

Midnight wedding
Midnight wedding
The room was empty
Apart from us
Was always worried
About that time we'd lost
But after midnight
It's just the 2 of us

Then once night fell
And the whole town was sleeping
We ran up, up to chapel hill
Picked that locked door
With your hair pin
And darling, we just walked right in

Midnight wedding
Midnight wedding
The room was empty
Apart from us
Midnight wedding
Midnight wedding
Midnight wedding
Midnight wedding
The room was empty
Apart from us
Was always worried
About that time we'd lost
But after midnight
It's just the 2 of us
Track Name: Wildfire
It was bone dry, the land was bone dry
Everybody's got their eye upon the sky
Ain't a cloud, lord there ain't no clouds
Ain't a drop of rain gon' quench this thirsty ground

There's a wildfire, knocking at the doors
Saying it ain't safe to stay here no more
There's a wildfire, everybody's leaving town
Mad Tom and his old hound dog, sticking around

Oh the days are dark as night, Days are dark as night,
The heavy smokes gone and blocked out all the light
And the embers shines like stars, The embers shines like stars
You never seen stars that shine like this before

There's a wildfire, coming up the hill,
mad tom said he gone stop it with his sheer force and will
There's a wildfire, they're knocking at your door
saying it aint safe to stay here no more

I won't leave, no I won't leave
Won't let you steal my home like a thief
Yeah I won't leave, no I won't leave
Can't let your steal my home like a thief

Now his hound dog starts to cry
His hound dog starts to cry
Till the rain clouds start to form up in the sky
Then the rain came pouring down
Rain came pouring down
Mad tom and and his hound dog gonna save this town

I won't leave, no I won't leave
Won't let you steal my home like a thief
No I won't leave, I won't leave
Can't let your steal my home like a thief

Now he looks it in the eye
He looks it in the eye
Soon that wildfire
Soon that wildfire, is gonna die
There's a wildfire, they're knocking at your door
Saying it aint safe to stay here no more
There's a wildfire, everybody's leaving town
Mad Tom and his old hound dog, sticking around
Track Name: Shipwreck
I'm a wreck, I'm an old shipwreck
Sailing down the coast trying to make the most.
That's when I had to hit the deck, when I had to hit the deck.
I'm a wreck, i'm a lonesome wreck
Lonely is all you can be, A thousand leagues under the sea
You're never gonna find me
It's not the gold in my belly, that's holding me down.
The water that i'm under weighs a million pounds.
I'm a wreck, I'm a hopeless wreck
Hoping ain't work for me, since 1883
You're never gonna find me
It's not the gold in my belly that's holding me down.
The water that i'm under weighs a million pounds.
I'm a wreck, i'm a lonesome wreck
Lonely is all you can be, A thousand leagues under the sea
You're never gonna find me
I'm a wreck, I'm an old shipwreck
Sailing down the coast trying to make the most.
That's when I had to hit the deck, when I had to hit the deck.

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