See You When I See You

by Twin Oaks

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Digging deep between the realms of deconstruction and self-realization, Los Angeles-based band Twin Oaks (fronted by songwriter and vocalist Lauren Brown and producer/instrumentalist Aaron Domingo) put forth their sophomore release 'See You When I See You' with no limitations. Following the band's shoegaze-tinged 2017 'Collapse EP' and patient intimacy of 2018 'Living Rooms EP', Brown continues to present deeply personal observations on isolation, societal pressure, death, and failed expectations. The emotional depths are elevated (this time) by the band's ability to navigate between haunting soundscape, driven dynamics, and quiet contemplation. 'See You When I See You' is a process of diving into the most unsettling moments of life in order to find a better sense of self.

The writing spanned throughout the end of 2017 into 2018 and included the collaborations of drummer/percussionist Marilyn Beltran and bassist Aroldo Rios to bring the songs to full completion. Keeping to their DIY roots, Twin Oaks self-recorded and produced the album in October 2018 between Brass Plate Records and Domingo's home studio in Southern California.

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released June 14, 2019

All songs written by Lauren Brown and Aaron Domingo

Vocals and lyrics by Lauren Brown
Guitars, backing vocals, piano, synth by Aaron Domingo
Bass by Aroldo Rios
Drums and percussion by Marilyn Beltran

Produced by Aaron Domingo and Lauren Brown
Engineered and mixed by Aaron Domingo
Assistant Engineering by Roberto Avacedo
Mastered by Michael Craver
Recorded at Brass Plate Records in West Covina, CA and Aaron Domingo's home studio in Chino Hills, CA

Art layout by Lauren Brown

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Twin Oaks is a Southern California dream pop band fronted by Lauren Brown and Aaron Domingo. What started as a bedroom folk duo, Twin Oaks has since developed a much grander, dark-moody sound often crafted by bands such as Daughter, The XX, & The National. Led by Brown on vocals & multi-instrumentalist Domingo, the band is accompanied by drummer Marilyn Beltran & multi-instrumentalist Aroldo Rios. ... more

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Track Name: Montauk
Counting all the reasons like the stars in the sky
It's easier to give up than actually try
And when I look at you, I feel angry inside.
At myself. Because I just can't seem to love anyone else.

The beautifully damned, hopeless romantic
Breaking apart the good things in your own head.
Beautifully damned, hopeless romantic
Breaking apart the things I said

But when I said "It's not you, it's me"
You don't know how much I meant it

But I'll know it when it's right
When they give me a reason to come around
If you'll just give me some time
I'll come around
Track Name: Getting Nowhere
"You are playing with fire", they said
Put your guard down. Don't wait.
Take one step back and then lean in
Calling collect and asking for a helping hand

Because I've been here before
And I'm not getting nowhere alone
I'm not getting nowhere alone

"Put the medicine down", they said
Kicking yourself out of your own head
These thoughts are killing me
But I'll find a way out. I'll find a way out.

Because I've been here before
And I'm not getting nowhere alone
I've been here before
And I'm not getting nowhere alone
Track Name: Disappearing
Watch me as I disappear into white lines
Where no one can tell me how to feel
It's interesting to them when you're hurting
Everyone waiting on your discernment

And they'll do it to you
And they'll do it to you too

Watch me as I disappear. This is what it takes, they say.
To be someone in this city.
It's interesting to them when you're hurting
Everyone counting on your discernment

And they'll do it to you
And they'll do it to you too
Track Name: Lakes
Carrying pails of water out of this city
Sitting in an old house where the floors are creaking
Get time on my side and maybe I'll win it
While they all walk by, oh they look so pretty

Hear the sound come creeping in
I can feel it crawling down my skin again
Always thought my lover would have blue eyes

Kick back a few beers with some friends that I've needed
In an old gold field where the lakes are streaming
And they all walk by, god damn are they pretty
As we carry these pails out of this old city

Hear the sound come creeping in
I can feel it crawling down my skin again
Always thought my lover would have blue eyes

Don't go knocking on strangers doors
I won't go counting on a stranger
Track Name: The Worst Of It
I've been gambling with my own mind
Losing time after time
The intentions never were wrong
But I can seem to make it work out

So here we go again trying to pretend
That we see eye to eye
And can we just be honest now
There's no sense in faking how
We don't see eye to eye anymore

There's a brief confrontation
With the way I explain myself
But while looking at our reflection
Of the way this won't be working out

So here we go again trying to pretend
That we see eye to eye
And can we just be honest now
There's no sense in faking how
We don't see eye to eye anymore
Track Name: Rumors
Packing up old picture frames, as I tear these things down. I'll make sure to map out the ways from this old fucking town. While I cannot recognize myself, I don't see myself in any of the things I have.

And I've built this home with my bare hands. I've been working and sweating, the tears, blood, and all that I am. My whole life and these years I can't get back. No I can't get back. And they're gone now...

I said I just need some space to get my head straight.
I just need some space to get my head on straight.

They start talking among themselves, spreading rumors about my health. Everybody's wondering "Where are you going, why are you leaving, how could you do this?" I don't know...no I don't know. Maybe I'm lying...okay I'm lying.

I just need some space to get my head straight
I just need some space to get my head on straight
Track Name: Last Call
You said we could've been good
No, it's too late
And no one taught me how
To relay what I'm feeling now

It means nothing towards the only thing
That I swore would save me
Yes, I swore it...

What are you doing here?
And who is she to you?
I think it's the last call
And I've finally found my courage

I've been sinking,
Thinking of why this could be
I'll keep painting images
Those images of who I'll never be

You said we could've been good
No, it's too late
I'll write a toast to all of your faithless ways
And what I'm feeling now, there's no empathy
You said we could've been good
No, it's too late
Track Name: So Close
I've written out these lines maybe twenty times
Rehearsing to myself in a hallway, in my own hell
And they ask me where I've been, like it's some secret
Where could we go when everyone's watching
So close

We'll lie matches in the dark and I'll come rushing in after us.
Then you'll become someone I used to know.

I've been playing pretend like it's some secret
Rehearsing to myself while everyone is watching
So close

We'll lie matches in the dark and I'll come rushing in after us.
Then you'll become someone I used to know.
Track Name: Lost
Captain, oh captain I'm lost at sea
Was caught in a whirlwind, I found something
My lips are locked, my eyes are open
Captain, oh captain I've got no one
I'm letting the cold air fill my lungs
My hands are soft, my heart is broken

I'm waiting on a miracle
I'm waiting on a dream
I'm waiting for a miracle
That you might rescue me

Captain, oh captain I'm lost at sea
Was caught in a whirlwind of never-ending lies
My lips are soft, my eyes are frozen

I'm waiting on a miracle
I'm waiting on a dream
I'm waiting for a miracle
That you might rescue me
Track Name: Visitor
You were a small frame visitor
Hailed from the east and a bit obscure
I've been dying to meet you
Asked me 1,000 questions about where I had gone and how it felt
As we stirred our coffees cold

Visitor you came at the right time, this I know
That you've changed my life for good
Visitor you came with another set of eyes
And this, I did not mind

Time slipped past for a week or three
Learned all the names of the ones who'd leave
As we laughed about our failures

Visitor you came at the right time, this I know
That you'd change my life for good
Visitor you came with another set of eyes
And this, I did not mind

You were a small frame, visitor
Hail from the east and a bit obscure
I've been dying to meet you.

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