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Urbana Champaign

by Aleem Khan

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N Bailey (URINATE) a e s t h e t i c Favorite track: Cameo.
Spencer Martin
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Spencer Martin The arrangements here are breathtaking. Ambitious, dense and captured beautifully. Definitely a standout album in 2016 for me. Favorite track: Marzipan.
Andrew Jervis
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Andrew Jervis Adventurous journeys into some crazy playful world where Gil Evans hangs with Sufjan and chats Axelrod. Favorite track: Cameo.
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Anonymoist A young talent wet ahead the ears. Favorite track: Jubilee Act II.
Jim Bruges
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Jim Bruges While this is an ambitious and incredibly layered project, it misses the charm of Aleem Khan's first self-titled project. By focusing so much on the experimental instrumentation we miss out on Aleem's fantastic vocals and songwriting. I hope we see more of the "Deluxe" and "Salt" Aleem next time. Favorite track: Urbana Champaign.
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released July 15, 2016

Written, composed, arranged and performed by Aleem Khan
Produced and Mixed by Aleem Khan and Jonathan Reynolds
Recorded by Jonathan Reynolds
Mastered by Josh Stevenson at Otic Sound
Album artwork by Omar Lalani

Carsten Rebeling - Trombone, co-wrote horn arrangements on “Cameo”
James Oliphant - Upright Bass
Nate Waters - Tenor Saxophone, co-wrote horn arrangements on “Cameo”
Sara Deabler - Vocals on "Marzipan"
Aleem Khan - Piano, Organ (Reed/Electric), Fender Rhodes, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Vocals and Electric Guitar

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Track Name: Cameo
Simply stunning
The night I hold you
Left me wanting less
'Cause all you gave was so true

Free from desire
The silence is all we truly need
A sea of honey
Acres of fruit so sweet
Mountain mist
Rich with mint is our future
Glimpse of gold
Where fate unfolds
The passion bold
Forever

Chase the thrill
Down the hill
Down the hill
Chase the thrill
Down the hill
Down the hill
Track Name: Dark Chocolate
Swimming in defeat
Just overthinking
Suddenly
Press my lips to concrete
How sweet distaste
A copper coated serenade
Betrayed
By the dreams I've clutched
In vain
Insane

Trusting us
We've been waiting
Long before the rush
Odd hush
Inside too much
Love's a chore
Don't you want more
Or less?
Protest or protect
The elegance

Lazily my tomb reflects
A series of regret
Content with regret
As it allows me to forget
When the crowns fall
They roll off and reside
Lost beneath these golden orange sheets

Knowing us
We've been waiting
Long before the rush
Odd hush
Inside too much
Love's a chore
Don't you want more?
Unless
My breath
Steps toward death
Track Name: Jubilee Act I
There's some time
And a place
Where we can stay
In our hands
Maybe we just
Started the battle
With nothing
Else but faith
And it did us no good
Stuck on little waves
This town deep in my heart
You are the only one
Strung out before the run

And the sun was screaming
Dancing towards the group
Feeling light and loaded
Overwhelmed by truth
Thoughts of change are appealing
With a thirst for youth
Heavy breathing tonight
Everything to lose

You shouldn't get ahead of yourself
You must cherish this fight you're livin'
Now excess is your goal
You try to seize control
You're taking what you give
How is our love like this?
Came as no surprise
Dancing through the lines
Never leaves us alone
Are you on your phone?
Walk a tiny bit
Take a sip
Let it drip
Let it all hold true
And swing lower

At long last
Perpetual pleasure
From privilege
And fear
My dear
We made it here
Do you hear the voice?
You made your choice
Shadows say what we're taking for granted
Granted
Granted
There's some time
And a place
Where we can stay
In our hands
Maybe we just
Started the battle
With nothing
Else but faith
And it did us no good
Stuck on little waves
This town deep in my heart
You are the only one
Strung out before the run
Track Name: Jubilee Act II
Ten after twelve
Past the fountain
Satin figures
Silver sanctuary 
Classic behaviour 
Of dicey flavour
Tailored tongues 
Telling lies of labour 
Fruitful in nature
Cross the marble
Your truth is hollow

More mild mannered misery
To cope is insanity 
In vanity 
Attention all ablaze 
All for what
For what
No guts
It's popular 

Laughing longer
Living larger
Each day
The price we pay
The pain remains 
Cold crimes at play 
Fall down the steps
Surrounded 
Fog faced figures
Look astounded
Fantasy to fruition 
Visions 

Of tired tattered tyranny 
With which will be the death of me 
No mystery 
Detention all the way
Every single day
It's popular 

Champagne chandelier 
Portraits of all I fear
Champagne chandelier 
Track Name: Urbana Champaign
Dreams become a jones
When you're forced to follow suit
Pain is our truth
Lived since youth
White and black are two of
The easiest to chew
Easy for you
When it's all you ever knew
Don't ya
Like what you see?
Scorn smothering me
It's hard to believe
I look down at my feet
Treat me incomplete
As our screams belt free

Knew it all along
Blind to those who mock you
Lost in between
Intentions once clean
To color unseen
Search beneath the screen
No leads
No leads
Up in arms is the charm
Harm done so move on with your life
Times we live
Of glass and it's thin
Chances are slim
Shivers flow in
Pools of blood we swim
I've had my fill