Charlatan

by Charlatan

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Cultivating elements of electronic beats and buzzing synthesizers, catapulted into blaring guitars dripping in reverb, vocals cascade into the mix, resulting in a poppy, yet textural harmony.

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released 03 December 2013

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Charlatan Chicago, Illinois

Charlatan is the solo project of Chicago native, Omar Rashan. Combining his love for noise rock, shoegaze, and pop, he forged his own solo project drawing heavily from these elements, assisted by electronic beats, synthesizers, and highly-textured guitars. The first album (self-titled) was released in 2013. ... more

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Track Name: Too Much of a Good Thing
A surplus of nothing sure looks like something.
Moving so fast, gotta make it last.
Burning earth and time, say it’ll be just fine.
We know what we knew, not what we do.

You’re wasting away, I thought we’re here to stay.
A captive audience unable to convince.
The crimes which we deny, there’s no more left to buy.
It’s getting hard to breathe, lying through teeth.

We were so good to ourselves.
We grew so fast, forgot ourselves.
Amplify silence, hear the fate.
Start something new we can create.
Track Name: Hearts
Forgive those who trespass against us.
They led to temptation without a fuss.
Filling the dustbins of history.
Fashioning truth into mystery.

What hearts are made of.
What hearts are made of.
What hearts are made of.
What hearts are made of.

Stealing our memories in the dark.
Enforcing love, it has made its mark.
It’s one thing I can give without taking away.
Filling your soul, it is here to stay.

What hearts are made of.
What hearts are made of.
What hearts are made of.
What hearts are made of.
Track Name: Plastic Ashes
Luster like light, you know it’s out of sight.
It’s boring us to tears.
Give us back our years.
Who’s gonna keep you waiting for another sun to fall?
Who’s gonna answer for you when you can’t take the call?
Who’s gonna make you pay for the damaged goods we sold ya?
Who’s gonna stitch together the lifeless words we told ya?

Plastic ashes again rain down on the wise men.
Pardon our dust.
We’re drowning in rust.
Who’s gonna keep you waiting for another sun to fall?
Who’s gonna answer for you when you can’t take the call?
Who’s gonna make you pay for the damaged goods we sold ya?
Who’s gonna stitch together the lifeless words we told ya?
Track Name: Yesterday's Weather
Burning sun of may.
Warm the Earth by day.
Take the cold away.

Light a fire inside.
Boil the tears we cried.
Teach us how to hide.

Hide all of this rain.
It's driving me insane.
Spiral down the drain.
Track Name: Vanishing Act
Some empty rooms are filled with broken memories.
Detached by time, floating in the breeze.
Some let the past forget us too.
But I cannot lose sight of you.
Neither near, far, or far between.
Infinite grief for this machine.

How do you do?
I’ll be missing you.
How do you do?
I miss you too.

So confident in all of this doubt.
Fate and hope are sure to burn out.
The questions just won’t answer back.
They stare intent on what we lack.
Catch a glimpse over pride above all.
Good luck, good will, in a world so small.

How do you do?
I’ll be missing you.
How do you do?
I miss you too.
Track Name: Sodium Skies
Loose tea.
Useless key.
Stolen cars.
Empty jars.
A million faces spread so thin.
None are yours, soaked in gin.
Sleepless night, sunless rise.
Glowing bright, sodium skies.

When I die some day, take my bones away.
When I die some day, I’ll be home to stay.

Wet street.
Steam heat.
Restless wall.
Hustler’s call.
They say, arbeit macht frei.
I know another lie.
Cheap time costs too much.
When Earth is hard to touch.

When I die some day, take my bones away.
When I die some day, I’ll be home to stay.
Track Name: Accidents Happen
Speeding into the night with a heavy head.
Velocity has its way of going nowhere instead.
Sweating and shivering, the smoke rode in his eyes.
Darkened vision dulled by the useless things he buys.
Everything feels like nothing and there's nothing to forget.
Keep your hands on the wheel, you've gone nowhere yet.
Well this might be hell, living by his crime.
He's never been dead before, cruising on borrowed time.

The coward's senses fall, weighing in on him.
The tunnel narrows, led by light so grim.
Skipping off the edge, slipping into the air.
Swiftly drawing near to what was never there.
No debts left to owe, a mercy he'll never know.
How low, how low, how low can he go.
He drives into the shadows, the light will surely drown.
Driving down, down, driving down.
Track Name: Always Never
My itching fingers
That taste that lingers.
Anchored pursuits.
Pull me from my roots.

Sunrise in the eyes staring back at me.
Going blind, got nothing to see.
When shadows bleed, cold where they lay.
Piercing rays question every day.

How long is forever, how long is forever?
When you say, always never.

So long as stars spin,
Time can't wear thin.
Hopes of clouded skies
Disperse as night dies.

Sunrise in the eyes staring back at me.
Going blind, got nothing to see.
When shadows bleed, cold where they lay.
Piercing rays question every day.
How long is forever, how long is forever?
When you say, always never.

How long is forever, how long is forever?
When you say, always never.
Track Name: Other Side
Dawn's light will never touch upon times come and gone, come and gone.
Fleeting forever over, over again.
You cannot find, What cannot hide, it's on the other side.
Meet you on the other side, we'll go untried.
See you on the other side, Where we'll collide.
Give it another chance, give it another dance.
It's easier this way, I've gone away.
Confiding in our breath again, we'll cheat death again.

Cold midnight air never felt so good, never knew it could.
But it should when it means killing routine.
Architecture never cared, so why should we?
Invisible lines disappear when you're near.
Follow the starry sky, it never lies.
Crossing over where time can be fair.
Together we walk alone, far in the night.
Far in the night, far in the night.