Noughts and Exes

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This is the self-titled third album from Hong Kong indie-folk band Noughts and Exes.
Features the songs 'Hearts', 'Lovely Day', 'Seasons' and 'Collisions'.
12 tracks total, running time - 49.50

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released September 14, 2013

NOUGHTS AND EXES ARE:

Joshua Wong: vocals, guitars
Gideon So: piano, keyboards, melodica, glockenspiel, vocals
Alix Farquhar: vocals, glockenspiel, percussion
Alex Bedwell: drums, percussion, vocals
Winnie 'Wizza' Lau: bass
Winnie 'Bago' Lau: violin

Guest Musicians:
Trumpet: Michal Garcia
The Kickstarter Choir

All songs written and arranged by Noughts and Exes
All lyrics by Joshua Wong

Recorded at: Beatingheart and The Laundromatte
Produced by: Noughts and Exes
Co-produced and Engineered by: Manny Nieto from Estudio International, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Mixed by: Martijn Groeneveld at Mailman Studios, Utrecht, the Netherlands
"Hearts" and "Lovely Day" Co-produced and mixed by Kelvin Avon for Mofo Music Ltd.
"Hearts" and "Lovely Day" mixed and recorded at This Music Studio (HK)
Mastered by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering Studios

Album artwork concept and design by Joshua Wong at Laundromatte
Photography by Carmen Chan

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Noughts and Exes are an indie folk pop band based in Hong Kong. With an international line-up of musicians, a mish-mash of inspiration and creative instrumentation, the band has become one of the most unique sounds in the city, earning a strong reputation and cult following. ... more

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Track Name: Hearts
HEARTS

Oh our story always starts so promising
Then something will go awry
Yes something will go awry
What began ideal will simmer down to real
And these heights are not quite so high
No these heights are not quite so high
To what do I choose to bind
To what do I choose to bind

Will it break or be embraced
Be it treasured or laid to waste
Be it pleasure or pain I taste
This is my heart
This is my heart

Now the storm ensues and I am overcome
Oh to struggle or be subdued
Oh to fight or be left to lose
And the choice to leave is mine to give away
But to what do I hold onto
But to what do I hold onto
Though in pieces I push on through
Oh to what do I hold onto

Will it break or be embraced
Be it treasured or laid to waste
Be it pleasure or pain I taste
This is my heart
This is my heart
When the darkness lies in wait
Or the light promises to break
Be it heaven or hell I face
This is my heart
This is my heart

Oh the rush goes
And the flame slows
Oh the wear shows
But do we give way

Oh I can never fathom how I stay
Track Name: Seasons
SEASONS

So it starts and all is seemingly sublime
The outlook bright
And everything's divine
And from this height
I'm altogether fine
And I never look back down

And so amazed
At everything that's falling into place
Possibly perfection I will taste
If only I remain
And I never look back down

So the seasons roll
And what I'd counted dear I treat as old
Reflection and regret to which do I hold
Both lingering behind
And I never look back down

And so it goes as many have before
The fire wanes
A foot out of the door
And how we got here was a steady crawl
And I never look back now

As to why you would wait for me
Is a quandary I can't solve
As to why you would stay for me
As to why you would stay now

So it spirals on
And indiscretions are all sat upon
The breaking of your heart
Again I've done
And still you haven't gone
Yet I never look back now

And so unfolds
The listing of my sins and of your woes
And further will I fumble I suppose
And still you never go
No I never look back now

As to why you would wait for me
Is a quandary I can't solve
As to why you would stay for me
As to why you would stay now

And what would you say is wrong with this
And what would you say is wrong

So it starts again
And everything’s familiar and yet
Refreshingly anew
I hold my breath
And start to climb again
And I never look back now
Track Name: In The Eyes
IN THE EYES

What was beautiful
What's profitable
What we've all pursued
Is an adequate disguise
Here you're masquerading
But a look betrays the lies

What you've laid beneath
Buried under glee
Any sign of grief
Has been swept under the rug
Only room for happy
Still I read between the lines

Is there something in your eyes
Behind the glass it lies
And peering in you see it
Betraying your disguise
Despite your hope reveal it
It is in vain you try
There’s nowhere here to hide

Plaster over pain
Hold to your display
Cover up the ways
That you fall into the cracks
Keep up your performance
While your truth leaks through the lines

Is there something in your eyes

Now there's something in your eyes

Now you see there's something wrong with us
Now you see there's something wrong and it's still ok
Track Name: Whole
WHOLE

Breaking it down one can discern
Where the fracture lies
And from a height, it's easier to determine lines
Maybe my bliss in ignorance is to blame for sighs
I'm taken aback
I'm taken aback

But I could be whole

I have dipped into darkness
I have tripped on the light
I have read into rituals
In the hope of insight
Waded into the water
Wandered into the night
In the hope of completion
In the hope

That I could be whole

Lift your eyes to the mountains
Now where does my help come from
Track Name: Collisions
COLLISIONS

Treading warily
Keep yourself from all harm
Lest the breakage is
Far beyond all you've done
Fool me twice is a
Fashion you can't afford
So the good with the
Bad is lost in your war

Won't you brace for it
And you live when you're ready to lose it
You brace for me
Everything cannot be lest you brace
Brace for it

Treading carefully
May well keep you from harm
Yet regrettably
Hide you also from love
In collisions we
Realize what may be
But when fearfully
Stepping in you retreat

Won't you brace for it
You live when you're ready to lose it
You brace for me
Everything cannot be lest you brace
Brace for it

Here it comes wait for it
Track Name: The Silent Offender
THE SILENT OFFENDER

Voices in the dark
Are taunting, pull you apart
1,2,3, ready or not
Here they come, breaking the lock
You’d better start running again

Silence is no friend
The quiet will offend
Whispering all that you lack
Hinting at all you could have
Though you're full you hunger again

So you grope for more
Plenty is your poor
Nevermind climbing the chain
Nevermind scoring again
Everything's never enough

All you have cries out
For some faith to doubt
Into this pour out
Or everything's nothing again

You're timing out
Track Name: Seconds
SECONDS

Before the last one's blown
Before the flicker has gone
Before your song winds down
Before the final chime sounds
I'll take a breath to say
I'll take the time to celebrate
I'll take a drink and wait
And never rush out
Never rush out
Never rush out
Track Name: Lovely Day
LOVELY DAY

I thought this time
Was right despite
All other situations where
Broken pieces I had jammed in fit well

This smooth proved cracked
This whole, it lacked
I know upon inspection
That my perfection was a tad bit flawed.

It's a lovely day to die
Die to the one I love

Once here, now gone
Makes clear, unknown
And now upon reflection
The magic mirror that I used was cracking

But now "too late"
Has come my way
And oh it's so ironic
That by the time that I had dawned it was night

It's a lovely day to die
Die to the one I love

And now here stands
A broken lamp
With all illumination within but lacking
Motivation to shine

How wrong thou art
When in the dark's
The best of situations
To let the light of all you've gained burn bright

It's a lovely day to die
Die to the one I love
Die to in fact myself.
Track Name: On And On
ON AND ON

Facing the breaking
Bracing for all that erupts here

Brave all you fear or
Miss out on all you adore dear

Into the dark do we delve
Never parting and though swallowed whole
We go on
Unto the dawn we persist
Holding on to the hope
that the night will pass over us

Should this go amiss
Will all we've had be abandoned
Enjoying, enduring
Pleasure or pain we will fathom

Into the dark do we delve
Never parting and though swallowed whole
We go on
Unto the dawn we persist
Holding on to the hope
that the night will pass over us

Should the walls close in
Should the lights grow dim
Still this could sing
Still this could sing
We are right here

On and on we battle
Track Name: This Beautiful Space
THIS BEAUTIFUL SPACE

Here one breath
Silently slipped the next
I thought me quite set for your leaving
Though this time
Had been preparing myself
For departure I'm left bleeding

And oh what did you do
And oh what were you to
Us all, that you would leave such a silence when gone.

Though resolved
I was to that you'd go
I can't help but note I'm depleting
And this ache
Surely was a mistake
Since I was not intent on grieving

And oh what did you do
And oh what were you to
Us all, that you could leave such a silence when gone.
Track Name: ... At Best
... AT BEST

I could be fractured
Or maybe shattered
I could be flaking
Disintegrating or worse

Maybe I'm tearing
Or disappearing
I could be wretched
I could be useless at best

Maybe to crumbling
I could be fumbling
Or have I traded all of my soul
For my wealth

I could be wasted
Now I should face it
I have invested all of myself
On myself

I know these eyes
They saw me from far away
Then beckoned me to stay
And I can't hide
I know these eyes
They caught me while unaware
When I'd taken to despair
And I can't fight
Now I cannot fight

Now masturbation
is a vocation
Living a life of
Just pleasing myself

And now in pieces
I am deceived as
All I've acquired
Is slowly destroying myself

What is wearing me out
Though I bear it, I’m down

Oh you see me where I lie
Taking time to lift me up
Oh you see me as I die
Embracing me, you clean me up
Oh for reasons I know not why
You're here now and that's enough.