Exile represents a sea change for Aloud. Bandleaders Henry Beguiristain and Jen de la Osa spent over a year in the studio creating the album, following the departure of their original rhythm section. The result is a beautiful and strange collection of songs, featuring often-unfulfilled, complex characters coming to terms with bleak circumstances while searching for hope and relief in unlikely places.
The mid-tempo single 'Old Soldier' starts with a whisper and grows into a brilliant, psychedelic explosion of sound and instrumentation, including heavily effected electric guitars, marching drums, euphonium, trumpets, strings, mandolin and Henry and Jen’s opulent vocal harmonies.
In the love-turned-death ballad, 'To Die At Sea', Jen sings longingly over an acoustic guitar and lush string quartet. The song is so beautiful and alluring that the listener easily ignores the deeper macabre message, as the siren entices her lover to dive with her to "the bottom of the sea".
Another single, 'Darkest Days', takes a lighter tone. This Beatles-esque, sing-a-long features Henry crooning "Love, love, love, we all need love, to get us through the darkest days to come". Henry says the meaning is, "We're all stuck together on this blue orb and we all go through personal crises, but for better or worse, this is it. There's no sense in not having a positive connection with the people around you."
Title track 'Exile In The Night', is dominated by a Latin-tinged rhythm, ghostly soundscapes and a haunting melody. The song was heavily influenced by the music of Feist and the memoirs of Reinaldo Arenas (the celebrated, exiled Cuban poet). Jen explains the song’s origin, "There's a history of exile in our families, so it always been something that was always around. I wanted to write about that feeling of seeing some other place in the city you now find yourself in, or seeing ghosts and old faces in those of strangers."
Overall, Exile is Aloud’s most sophisticated and experimental album to date, showcasing their new-found love of orchestration, Sgt. Pepper-like production, and rich, lyrical imagery.
Exile is Aloud’s third full-length CD, and is the debut album from talented producer/engineer Daniel Nicholas Daskivich. The album was fan-funded via Kickstarter.com.