The Glass Wall

by Imani Coppola

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The dystopia of The Future on Imani Coppola’s eagerly awaited new solo album, The Glass Wall, says it all about the great vision of the uber-talented independent musician: despite a menacing undercurrent, there is beauty all around.
After two years of work, including seven months in the studio with Glass Wall co-producer Josh Valleau, Ms. Coppola has managed in 12 tracks to perfectly encapsulate the juxtaposition of danger and joy inherent in dealing honestly with modern-day life, from its all-consuming technological advances to the crazy-making thrill ride of love. Through a thought-provoking mix of cacophony and melody that runs behind Ms. Coppola’s signature brazen lyrics, there is a forceful epiphany at play that life on earth is amazing, if you’re only willing to step out from in front of your screen and actually live it.
“It seems sometimes like I’m on the inside trying to get out, to touch real life, to breathe real air, and when I can finally get outside I think ‘holy shit! This is amazing!’”
Such is Ms. Coppola’s fresh hopeful perspective that warms us like the flower coming up through the crack in the sidewalk that she sings of in The Future, that cheers us to believe as she belts it out that “there’s always potential for progress.”
Maybe we believe it better coming from Ms. Coppola’s lips, even through the ironically techno-modulated tone of Say Hello, because the 34-year-old Brooklyn-based singer songwriter has navigated the music world like a cat, knowing she has nine lives and always landing on her feet. From her debut album, Chupacabra, produced by Columbia Records in 1997, through to the Black & White Album from Ipecac Recordings in 2007, Ms. Coppola’s genre-defying lay-it-bare lyrics invite listeners to seize life and love in all their complicated grandeur.
The Globe and Mail called Black & White a “brutally honest album that’s fun to hear,” an assessment that carries through as well to Ms. Coppola’s work as part of the pop duo Little Jackie where her laugh-out-loud lyrics set to Adam Pallin’s programmed tracks on albums from The Stoop release in 2008 through to the Made4TV release in 2011 attracted great interest from film and TV studios.
It is apparent in The Glass Wall, as in Ms. Coppola’s many previous albums, that she has had to walk through fire and a fair amount of brimstone in order to tell the tales from which we benefit. Catch-22 for example, outlines a brief passionate whirlwind with a boy that Ms. Coppola offers up wryly “landed me in the psyche ward for a week.” The conundrum, of course, is whether or not one should avoid such relationships altogether, not go down such rocky roads as the heart takes us if we let it. But Ms. Coppola sings otherwise.
“I hesitate to say the kid is best left ignored…” the lyrics go. The psyche ward proved an invaluable experience for the artist, a metaphor for her musical aspirations.
“Everyone is so themselves,” she said. “No one is hiding.”
It is just exactly that kind of “crazy” that Ms. Coppola’s songs compel us to be, to break free of the rules of enslavement where blinking blackberries are our connection, where we avoid the pain of real love.
She sings in Pain Killa of love as “the most effective heala,” and of how “I take my chances when the feelins right but looks wrong” in Alive. It seems as if she’s singing softly under all her lyrics to stop pretending and live as you feel.
And, actually, she is. “Sometimes,” she says, “the only place to go for refuge is music, because it’s all vibrational.”
The solo-created safe haven of Glass Wall will be released on bandcamp July 31st, followed by an iTunes release Nov. 6. In a nod to the necessity of real-time connection, Ms. Coppola has announced plans to put a band together for her next album release. Good-bye virtual world, Imani Coppola is ready to Say Hello live.

credits

released 31 July 2012

Produced by Joshua Valleau and Imani Coppola
Recorded and Mixed by Joshua Valleau at The Glass Wall

Musicians

Imani Coppola- Vocals, Violins, Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine, Synthesizer, Percussion, additional Drum Programming

Joshua Valleau- Keyboards, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drum programming, Synthesizer, Piano, Percussion, Organ

Lewis Valleau- Drums (11), Drum programming (3). Electric Guitar (3)

Ted Poor- Drums (2,3,8,9,12,13)

Evan O'Reilly- Electric Guitars (3,4)

Grey McMurray- Electric Guitars (11)

Jamie Valleau- Bass (10)

Anthony J. Resta- Drums (8)

Gunnar Olsen- Drums (10)

Scooter- Toms ( 13)




All songs written by Imani Coppola (BMI) and Joshua Valleau (BMI)

Except * Written by Imani Coppola
Except ** Written by Imani Coppola, Joshua Valleau and Lewis Valleau


Mastered by Adrian Morgan at Timeless Mastering


www.imanicoppola.com
www.facebook.com/imanicoppola

Photography and Album design by Anthony Cortez Fernandez
Album artwork by Imani Coppola


For inquiries contact
imanicoppola@gmail.com

Booking
Monterey International
Ryan@montereyinternational.net

Music Licensing
Zync Music
Sanne@zyncmusic.com

©2012 Plush Moon Records
All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Made in USA

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Track Name: Say Hello
When I'm alone don't pass me by
Just say hello, good day hello, hello good night
You can make my day, You can make me smile
Just say hello, ok hello, hello goodbye
Just say hello.
Track Name: State of the Art
I had somethin to offer
I had somethin to say
Before my apathetic mind
Took my point of view away
Like a condominium of useless information
The quality of life has been compromised by technological gentrification
There goes the neighborhood, still got the Greene's and the Brown's
But once the computers moved in the brains moved out
They had a welcome party invited everybody
I couldn't connect cause my signal was a little spotty
I asked a server to refresh my cocktail
He said he'd send a link to the recipe via email
So I just stood there lookin at my cell phone
Waiting for the link to hit I realized I am all alone
At home in my underwear could swore I was there, I was there, I was there
But I didn't go nowhere

One part information two parts self promotion
Three parts isolation, isolation, isolation
One part information two parts self promotion
Three parts isolation we're at the mercy of the state of the art

I had a memory, if I remember correctly
I never walked around feelin so empty
Holding my blackberry like it was my best friend
My best friend miss you love you press send
How I ever got from point A to point B is beyond me
Must've used telepathy when I met with somebody
On the corner of a street runnin twenty minutes late
Did they just stand there and wait patiently?
I don't remember a thing, before computer technology
Was integrated into me

One part information two parts self promotion
Three parts isolation isolation isolation
One part information two parts self promotion
Three parts isolation we're at the mercy of the state of the art
Track Name: Breakin You In
I gotta speak to the people

Boy you're drivin me wild

Like a fire on the Nile
In Africa, bright bright lights!
No lion's gonna sleep tonight

Cause we own the night, until the morning sunlight
So hunt me, hunt me, hunt me down
I'll put you on like an evening gown

Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in

I'm burnin up with desire
This kinda heat never tires
In Africa, hot, hot white!
Aint no lion gonna sleep tonight

Cause we own the night, until the morning sunlight
So hunt me hunt me hunt me down
take me off like an evening gown

Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in

Cause we own the night, until the morning sunlight
So hunt me, hunt me, hunt me down
take me off like an evening gown

Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Ooo boy you're wearing me out tonight
I'm breakin you in
Track Name: Ave Maria
Help me understand, turn my pain into compassion
Can't get my head around it, can't get my head around it
He is like a question, and I'm always guessin
Is he gay or European, gay or European
Whose shirt is this? is it his or mine or mine or his?
Whose shirt is this? is it his or mine or mine or his?
Well I get right on my knees and pray
Ave Maria

Help me understand, turn my pain into compassion
Can't get my head around it, can't get my head around it
I am a victim, I am a victim of his fashion crisis, flashing devices
I get down on my knees and pray
Ave Maria

Patron Saint of Sex Laws, he is a lost cause
I pray to you for strength, help me understand this boy
An angel loses her wings, every time I sing
An angel loses her wings, every time I sing
And they'll all fall back to earth, so I get down on my knees and pray
Ave Maria

Can't get my head around it, can't get my head around him
He strikes me like a question, and I'm always guessin
Is he gay or European gay or European
I get down on my knees and pray
Ave Maria, Ave Maria

Whose shirt is this? Is it his or mine or mine or his?
Whose shirt is this? Is it his or mine or mine or his?
Track Name: Catch 22
Erase the lines of the conclusions you drew
Wipe aside the residue
Blow away preconceived notions of me being with you
I suppose my lapse in reasoning is through
Cause there's crazy people runnin around
Trying to make sense of imaginary sounds
I'm taken everything personal these days
I don't know about choo cause you're like a

Catch 22 kid, every moment with you kid
Since the second I met cha been tryina forget cha
My mind regrets that my heart ever let cha
Catch me, catch me, catch me when I was fallin
From the ledge in love with you
It's such a catch 22

The boy is playing with a double edged sword
He'll cut himself on his own accord
Love's a sullen child who will soon get bored
I hesitate to say the kid is best left ignored
Because I can't somebody who rattles about
Putting words in my mouth, you got me all figured out
I'm taken everything personal these days
I don't know about choo cause you're like a

Catch 22 kid, every moment with you kid
Since the second I met cha been tryina forget cha
My mind regrets that my heart ever let cha
Catch me catch me catch me when I was fallin
From the ledge in love, with you
It's such a catch 22
Track Name: Fear and Loathing
Every single mornin, single day of my life
Is lazy Sunday mornin and crazy Friday night
Every single mornin, single day of my life
Is lazy Sunday mornin and crazy Friday night

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

Every 3rd day is a 3 day week,
You heard the superstition yeah it happens in 3's
Every single day, the 3rd Monday in January
MLK it's your birthday
Every half and hour I get an hour for my lunch break
Every single Thursday's a bank holiday

Every single mornin, single day of my life
Is lazy Sunday mornin and crazy Friday night

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

When you see me comin better run run run
I'ma be the one shootin stars with a gun
I can dream I can I can I can dream
I can dream I can I can I can dream
Everyone better take cover when you see me come
I'ma be the one shootin bullets at the Sun

Every single mornin, single day of my life
Is lazy Sunday mornin and crazy Friday night

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

When you see me comin better run run run
I'ma be the one shootin stars with a gun
I can dream I can I can I can dream
I can dream I can I can I can dream
Everyone better take cover when you see me come
I'ma be the one shootin bullets at the Sun

Fear and loathing and now for some more of the same thing
Fear and loathing

Every single mornin, single day of my life
Is lazy Sunday mornin and crazy Friday night
Every single mornin, single day of my life
Is lazy Sunday mornin and crazy Friday night
Track Name: Pain Killa
7. Pain Killa

You can lie to me, you can cry to me
Say goodbye to me, so sick and tired of me
But L-O-V-E that's what you need

Love is a pain killa
The most effective heala
You can take a vitamin, can take a vicodin
But love is the winner winner

Find someone and love someone
if you got somebody then love somebody
aint got nobody then find somebody to love

Love is a pain killa
The most effective heala
You can take a vitamin, can take a vicodin
But love is the winner winner

Pain killa. Stop the hate, love's so much illa
Pain killa. Stop the hate, love's so much betta than pain killas.
Pain killa killa killla killa killa killa killa

You can make believe, live your fantasy
But you're faded like a memory
H-A-T-E is your disease

Love is a pain killa
The most effective heala
You can take a vitamin, can take a vicodin
But love is the winner winner

Find someone and love someone
If you got somebody then love somebody
Aint got nobody then find somebody to love

Love is the medicine for all the pain you're in
You can take a vitamin, can take a vicodin
But love is the medicine
Let it in, Let it in, Let it in, Let it in
Let it in, Let it in, Let it in, Let it in
Track Name: Good For You
Every light is green
All the streets are free of shattered broken glass
I'm in your breeze, in a dream you were having
Just the other day, I closed my eyes and made a wish
I wished for something good for you
I'd be good for you, so good for you.

Now I'll kick back, and let em spin
I'm floating above pavement smooth and black
I'm riding downstream in a dream you were having
Just the other night, I closed my eye and said a prayer
I prayed for something good for you

I'd be good for you, so good for you.

Good for you, I'd be good for you
So good for you.
Track Name: The Kids Are Dangerous
I spend my days reacting to decisions made by stupid people
Out in the sunshine, get in their way.
Although my mind is overactive it's on the brink
I sit on a rock and I think
I'd rather be a nut than a case for a basket
The kids are dangerous cause they don't know the rules yet
I'd rather be alive than a corpse in a casket
The kids are dangerous cause they don't have the tools yet

The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous

I spend my days blocking out the intentions of stupid people
taking up space, get in your face
I'm shaking hands with hidden agendas making believe with pretendas
putting me in their place
I'd rather be an idiot than cry all the time
addressing the problem is not a solution
and in the end I'll be a corpse in a casket
the kids are dangerous cause they don't know they're dead yet

The kids are
The kids
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are
The kids are dangerous
The kids are gerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dangerous
The kids are dddddaaannnggggerous
Track Name: The Same Pain
10. The Same pain

When everything hurts you, nothing can hurt you, it's all the same pain
When everyone hurts you, no one can hurt you, it's all the same thing
When everyone wants you, no one can have you and no one can hurt you
We're under the same sky, it's all the same rain.
We're in the same pain, pain, pain.

When everyone wants you, no one can have you, no one can hurt you
When no one can hold you, no one can control you

Brought down by the storm, I'm a writhing live wire, wild and tireless
There's a fire with in me with temperatures rising, my bloods streaming gasoline
We live in the same shame, long for the same fame, we're burned by the same flame

We're under the same Sun, under the same gun
We're in the same pain, pain, pain

Like a slap in the face, a punch below the belt
I felt the pinch of reality
Knocked the wind right out of me with nothing withheld
Honesty is brutality

It's in the same vein, we love in the same name, we're plagued by the same blame
We're under the same sky, it's all the same rain
We're in the same pain, pain, pain.

When everyone wants you, no one can have you, no one can hurt you
When no one can hold you, no one can control you
When everyone wants you, no one can have you, no one can hurt you
When no one can hold you, no one can control you
Track Name: Alive
11. Alive

Come right out the prison, c'mon let's make a man of you
Don't let the fantasy go on inside the plan of you
Come out and crazy survival may be breakin you
I'm talkin bout the concepts of surrender and serenity
I got a resume, you got a resume,
You're not a rebel if you don't got no enemies
I got an energy, you'll know just wait and see
I get an urgency, I'm an emergency

And I, I got the beach when I'm alive,
I, I gotta be somebody, gotta be somebody, I gotta be somebody

Hey! The lights are again!
Hey I must be alive

Doggone legacy, bone and a bed to feed
A jam and a wedge you can find out where you wanna be
Can plan everything, but you can fail everything
But don't let it get to you, don't let all your bitchin in
I got the medal, you got the medicine
I got the riddle but don't want everybody in
I got the fantasy, Joe don't got the fantasy
Knocked down on the fence, I don't wanna be the queen of
All that I hide, and we're not gonna find no harm to see
Harms the end of the river, the ends the enemy
I gotta be somebody I gotta be somebody

Hey! The lights are again!
Hey I must be alive

So vacate the premises, don't mess with the furniture
Don't mess with the symmetry, I talked to the manager
I talked to the vicinity, the Lord aint got no plan for me
There's no offer servin, servin or deservin me
I pull from the planets when the wallet and the pen is gone
I take my chances when the feelins right but looks wrong
It's all a menace, you're not a business
You're everywhere there aint no way they're ever gonna
Hold you as a hand gun, hold you as a hand gun
Hold you as a hand gun, hold you as a hand gun
Hold you as a hand gun and squeeze you like a matter
It's all gonna burn so let's just put it on a platter
Pry open a bottle and put it in his cup
Send the man his dinner and shut the mother up

And I, I got the beach when I'm alive,
I, I gotta be somebody, gotta be somebody, I gotta be someone

Hey! The lights are again!
Hey I must be alive
Hey! The lights are again!
Hey I must be alive
Track Name: The Wait Of The World
12. Wait of the World

The end of time, you said forever but I guess you lied
Next time you keep your promise, you say forever it's till the day you die
My river flows into an ocean, not even gravity can stop this motion
Trust me you can't drink from my cup, we're too heavy, we can't hold each other up

I wait for you, the wait of the world, the weight of the world
You are to me what H is 2 O (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh)
I'm rusty from all this lust running through me
I guess have to go, if you can't trust me
I gotta let it flow before it gets disgusting trust me
I can't ask for that no more, must be, must be
The end of the world

Now and then I go over the deep end
And from a distance it seems like I'm swimming
Low and behold, I'm truly struggling
If I let you get close you'd see I'm drownin in you
I was baptized in a motel pool, you were just above the surface
But I couldn't reach you
Gotta ask God if it was meant to be
Cause this pain I feel is close to divinity

I wait for you, the wait of the world, the weight of the world
You are to me what H is 2 O (oh oh oh oh oh oh oh)
I'm rusty from all this lust running through me
I guess have to go, if you can't trust me
I gotta let it flow before it gets disgusting trust me
I can't ask for that no more, must be, must be
The end of the world.
Track Name: The Future
13. The Future

Im like a flower commin up through a crack in the sidewalk
The circumstances were hopeless but there's always potential for progress
Sometimes you gotta fight even if you can't beat it
There's a chance to rise are you gonna stay seated
Are you gonna feel cheated by the world for the rest of your life
Forget smelling the roses, the least you can do is acknowledge them
Put aside the problems on your agenda in the A.M and the P.M

Today I took my headphones off and I listened to the sound on the street
I listened to the music in the sky, listened to the birds flyin by eh eh, i i
Listened to the music in a strangers eyes, listened to my own heart beat
Today I took my headphones off and I listened to the sound on the street
Amazing things are happening to me, amazing things are happening

The future aint what it used to be, the past aint never gonna be the same
The world is changed changed changed, the future aint what it used to be

There was a breath of fresh air that came through the window
That opened up when the door closed, now I go where the wind blows
Sometimes you gotta make a guess when you don't know
Sometimes you gotta step aside and let your own flower grow
Sometimes you gotta let life get you high to help deal with the lows

Today I turned my cell phone off and I talked to a man on the street
Had a conversation with the birds in the trees
and I had a conversation with me with me with me I say
Just checkin up, checkin in, what's up, what's happenin, how you been
it's been a long time, yeah it's been a while, so don't be a stranger
keep away from danger, stay outta harms way and be safe be safe be safe be safe

Cause the future aint what it used to be, the past aint never gonna be the same
The world is changed changed changed, the future aint what it used to be

Today I took my shades off and I let the Sun hit my eyes
Appreciated all the colors in the sky saw the world in a different light eh eh , i i
Took notice of the little things that all add up and equal my life my life my life eh
Today I took my shades off and I let a stranger look into my eyes
I let him see me with out my disguise
He smiled at me and asked for a minute to share his philosophy and he said

! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

The future aint what it used to be, the past aint never gonna be the same
gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be
The future aint what it used to be, the past aint never gonna be the same
gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be
The future aint what it used to be, the past aint never gonna be the same
gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be gonna be
The future aint what it used to be, the past aint never gonna be the same
Track Name: Say Hello - Human
When I'm alone
don't pass me by
Just say hello, good day hello
hello goodnight
you can make my day
you can make me smile
just say hello, ok hello
hello goodbye