Alter Ego

by Shébani

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mess1070 just discovering this artist and I can't get enough, nice voice, nice prod, just some very good vibe in here totaly fan. Favorite track: Figure It Out (Bad Energy).
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After a long stint of attempting acoustic and Indie, “Alter Ego” was born when Shébani re-evaluated her musical direction and decided to follow her urban upbringing. Returning to her childhood influences of Contemporary R&B, Pop, PBR&B, and Hip Hop, the aim was put together an EP that represented her journey to date. With Rayan to dictate the instrumentation and lead the production, it wasn’t long before the spirit of the EP would represent the harshest truth; the alternative side to her personality she was uncovering was simply who she was all along. The songs encapsulate the inner struggles of finding the bravery to expose yourself to the world. Rather than lamenting on the presence of a hidden side, the 6 tracks on “Alter Ego” explain the various burdens that come from concealing your true self.

Using dark insipid keys over urban glitch beats, the album takes a fresh swing at redeveloping the modern-contemporary R&B sound of today. Using the unconventional blending of electronic and classical instruments together, the EP intentionally drives at creating a sonic mood of unrest and an atmosphere of neglect.

“Alter Ego” makes us question the intent and quality of our social circles, relationships, identity, and idea of loyalties. The EP forces the listener to decide for themselves the value of gut instinct, and how much they truly value intuition.

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released August 16, 2016

© Sarah Al Shaybani & Mohammad Rayan Bailouni.
Lyrics written by Sarah Shébani and Rayan.
Music written by Rayan.
Recorded at CTG Productions.
Mixed & Mastered by Rayan.
Dubai, UAE.

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New age wave of R&B, pop, and PBR&B from Dubai, UAE.

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Track Name: Figure It Out (Bad Energy)
Why would I care about what you think of me
Don't hold your breath, coz your confidence is misplaced
Don't explain yourself, what you call reasons I call excuses
But I pick my battles
Learn to let go, learn to let go

Something here feels so, so out of place
Bad energy
Like a silhouette in the rain
Bad energy
Like a ghost whispering my name
Bad energy
Haunting me, silently, yeah

Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you’ll see

You and I will never be the same
Bad energy
Like a poison lingering in my veins
Bad energy
Petrol fume that suffocates
But I deal with it deal with it I ain't gotta be the one that lives with it, yeah

Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you’ll see

You and I will never be the same
Bad energy, bad energy
Something here feels so, so out of place
Bad energy, bad energy
Yeah

And I'm done with the things that you put me through
Keep pulling me down
Pulling me down
Way down
Gotta pick my battles
This shit gets old
Gotta pick my battles
Learn to let go
Gotta pick my battles
Learn to let go
Gotta pick my battles
Gotta pick my battles

Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you’ll see

You and I will never be the same
Bad energy, bad energy
Something here feels so, so out of place
But I deal with it deal with it I ain't gotta be the one that lives with it

Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Figure it out and you'll see that
The joke’s already on you
Joke’s already on you
Joke’s already on you
Track Name: Breathe A Little
Wake up every morning with my heart in my hands
Mama says you gotta focus girl
Daddy won’t understand

I hear those notes playing and I hear them on my own
Feeling like I lost religion
No where to go

You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe

I’m leaving it behind I got nothing else to give
These walls they’ve seen me cry
Maybe they know I bled
So what you gonna do when they’re closing in on you
And in this life

You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe

And when your blood runs cold and you’re losing control
Then you gotta breathe in, breathe out
Breathe in, breathe out
And when you’re on the edge and you’re filled with dread
Then you gotta breathe in, breathe out
Breathe in, breathe out

You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe

You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe a little
You’ve got to got to breathe
Track Name: Ocean On Fire
Wait up
Where you think you're going
Were you not the one who said that nothing
Could ever faze you

This is
Not what I anticipated
We had plans but you had to waste them
Is there, is there someone new

And I've got half a mind
To call you out on your sh*t this time, yeah

But lord knows, he knows I'm tired
And two wrongs don't make it right

I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before
And I hate to tell you this, yeah
But we were nothing more
Than belief and denial
An ocean on fire
I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before

And now I gotta throw out
Memories that you made
Days that you shaped
Praying that wake up and realise, yeah
That you weren't exactly my type
But I cared enough to compromise
So don't feed your pride

And I've got half a mind
To call you out on your sh*t this time, yeah

But lord knows, he knows I'm tired
And two wrongs don't make it right

I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before
And I hate to tell you this, yeah
But we were nothing more
Than belief and denial
An ocean on fire
I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before

I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before
And I hate to tell you this, yeah
But we were nothing more
Than belief and denial
An ocean on fire
I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before

(And I should've known better)

Funny how things have turned out now
In an instant
This is where I turn the tables around
Keep my distance
And I should've known better
Than you were no good (you were no good)
You were no good
Funny how things have turned out now
(And I should've known better)
And I should've known better

I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before
And I hate to tell you this, yeah
But we were nothing more
Than belief and denial
An ocean on fire
I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before

I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before
And I hate to tell you this, yeah
But we were nothing more
Than belief and denial
An ocean on fire
I've seen it all before
I've seen it all before
Track Name: Piece Me Together
Ill scatter all my scars so you can stitch them up
I'll tear them apart if it's not enough
You cut me out a figure that I never see
I'm a matter of your form, mould me

Break me, re-arrange me

Piece me back together again
Piece me back together again

I know you said it once but I'mma make you
Tell me all the things that I need you too
Hold me like our conversations
Or talk to me and tell me in silence

Kill me, then save me

Piece me back together again
Piece me back together again
Piece me back together again
Piece me, piece me back together again

(Piece me, stitch me, do what you want but just heal me
Do what you want but just heal me)

Piece me piece me piece me yeah

Piece me piece me piece me yeah
You're keeping me out my mind

Piece me piece me piece me yeah
You're keeping me out my mind

Piece me piece me piece me yeah
You're keeping me out my mind

Piece me piece me piece me yeah
You're keeping me out
Keeping me out my mind

Piece me back together again
Piece me back together again
Piece me back together again
Piece me, piece me back together again
Track Name: Right By You
There's no other way to say this
But I think I'm in over my head
And I could keep on scratching the surface
Burn the candle out at both ends

Hiding behind closed doors and
Biting on my tongue
Coz I don't
Wanna say
What's going on

It may feel wrong to me
To me
But I gotta do right
I wanna do right
By you you
You you
You you
You you

And I'm going through the motions
I'm going through the motions
just to paper over the cracks
But it's better late than never
Yeah it's better late than never
Gotta face the facts

There's no better way to this
But I think I'm in over my head
And I don't
Wanna say
What's going on

It may feel wrong to me
To me
But I gotta do right
I wanna do right
By you you
You you
You you
You you

Cutting it cutting it both ways
Yeah I'm cutting it cutting it to save face
Cutting it cutting it both ways
Yeah I'm cutting it cutting it to save face
Cutting it cutting it both ways
Yeah I'm cutting it cutting it to save face
Cutting it cutting it both ways
Yeah cutting it cutting it cutting it, yeah

It may feel wrong to me
To me
But I gotta do right
I wanna do right
By you you
You you
You you
You you
Track Name: Make Noise
Okay I'll admit it
It hit me hard and it's not pretty
Thought I had life under control
And all the lies that come with it

Silence crept in
And I needed a friend
and I just wanna admit
That I needed a hand

And I can't, I can't do it all on my own
'Coz when I sit in silence when I sit in silence I
I hear it all so I
Try to make noise, try to make noise, try to make a noise yeah
Try to make noise, try to make noise, try to make a noise yeah

If I could just get a minute
I'd re-a-re-arrange my thoughts and get a grip on them
Floating floating floating floating round
I'm like a whirlwind spiraling down

Then silence crept in
And I needed a friend
And I just wanna admit
That I needed a hand

And I can't, I can't do it all on my own
'Coz when I sit in silence when I sit in silence I
I hear it all so I
Try to make noise, try to make noise, try to make a noise yeah
Try to make noise, try to make noise, try to make a noise yeah

Floating floating floating floating round
Try to make noise
But I
I can’t, I can’t do it all on my
And I can’t, I can’t do it all on my
I can’t, I can’t do it all on my
And I can’t, I can’t do it all on my own

I can't, I can't do it all on my own
'Coz when I sit in silence when I sit in silence I
I hear it all so I
Try to make noise, try to make noise, try to make a noise yeah
Try to make noise, try to make noise, try to make a noise yeah

I can't, I can't do it all on my own
'Coz when I sit in silence when I sit in silence I
I hear it all so I
Try to make noise, try to make noise, try to make a noise yeah
Try to make noise, try to make noise, try to make a noise yeah