Spark & Fury

by Alfa

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Alfa's full length album "Spark & Fury" is a culmination of a 2-year endeavor, in which the artist experienced both the benefits and challenges of releasing an album with a label for the first time. Written and produced by Alfa, "Spark & Fury" enlists the talents of Grammy-nominated Nashville producer and oft-collaborator Marc Lacuesta; Hollywood-based producers and songwriters Ainjel Emme and Andrew Furze; as well as Tokyo and LA-based producer Kenji Nakai. Grammy-winning Alan Sanderson was the engineer, overseeing a two-day band studio session between Alfa, drummer Carl Thomson and bassist Austin Underhill, who helped shape song arrangements during weeks of rehearsals.

Inspired by her 5-year adjustment into Los Angeles' unique cityscape, Alfa sees "Spark & Fury" as the product of a late-blooming coming-of-age:
“The record is about accepting myself as I am: all my flaws, adjusting to each ‘phase’ in life, my vulnerability in love and my career; and betting that others can relate,” she says. “And musically, it meant a lot to me to play all the instruments that I know (guitar, piano, violin, ukulele), because I’d reached a point where I learned to trust myself and wanted to embrace that.”

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released June 23, 2017

Released by Pacific Records, San Diego, CA.

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Alfa Los Angeles, California

Armed with a voice, an instrument, and a keen sense of crafting a song, Alfa has been hailed as "an artist who has a spectrum of colors in her palette, a songwriter with a knack for tickling a mainstream ear" (Music Connection) Her songs have been heard on E!, MTV, nationally-released films and Spotify Philippines' Viral Top 50 in 2016. Alfa has opened for Sam Smith, Us the Duo, and Howie Day. ... more

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Track Name: Bare Feet
BARE FEET (written by Alfa Garcia/BMI)
I search through windows for something cozy
A yellow light or a bookcase sat just right
I do it every night.
Maybe I'm tired of the suitcase living
Maybe the faces of strangers don't excite me
anymore...

Ooooh this aching heart is
ooooh it's breaking apart
I can't fake it anymore
I wanna settle my bare feet and baggage on the floor.

I've found my fair share of blind romantics
They all seem pretty with no real consequence
'til my heart's in my hands
I want a door with a lock and a handle
a kitchen sink and a floor that creaks just right
and someone to say goodnight, goodnight to me.

Ooooh this aching heart is
ooooh it's breaking apart
I can't fake it anymore
I wanna settle my bare feet and baggage on the floor.

Maybe in the hotel light
a stranger's face can seem familiar
actions taken out of sight
can seem wise... in the meantime.

Oooh...

Ooooh this aching heart is
ooooh it's breaking apart
I can't fake it anymore
I wanna settle my bare feet and baggage on the floor.
Track Name: Take Me Home
TAKE ME HOME (written by Alfa Garcia/BMI)
red lips
sequins
high heels
i put on
makeup
it feels…

like putting on someone else's face might
make me … disappear in a flash of blinding light
who will I be tonight?

CHORUS:
somewhere in this scene
shrouded up in mystery
you're gonna be the one to reach me
gonna be the one who takes me home
true love doesn't lie
only when it breaks me
breaks me so bad and I don't want to feel
like I'm alone
say you'll take me home

it's a temporary
weakness
i know I will regret this

i'm still pretending there's something left here
from when he said goodbye
so I've been meaning to lose myself tonight.
who could it be
who will it be tonight?

CHORUS:
somewhere in this scene
shrouded up in mystery
you're gonna be the one to reach me
gonna be the one who takes me home
true love doesn't lie
only when it breaks me
breaks me so bad and I don't want to feel
like I'm alone
say you'll take me home

you can let me fall
into someplace I don't know
just don't leave me lonely.
Track Name: Incomplete
Incomplete (Written by Alfa Garcia/BMI & Matt Koelsch/ASCAP)

Baby, I know this sounds crazy
When you come around I don’t know what it is
Maybe it’s cuz you’re something different
from what I am used to, but you’re out of reach.

CHORUS:
Nothing but a passin’ thing
How you got me wondering
what everything would be like if you were mine
Every time I see you leave
Tell me are you make believe?
I can’t sleep, you make me incomplete.

Do you get tired running circles in my mind?
You’re just a good distraction I wanted all this time
It’s useless, I try to be productive
your smile is so seductive and you don’t even try.

CHORUS

Oooh…. la da.. I can’t sleep, you make me incomplete.

You fly so high, don’t come down for me
On restless nights you walk into my dreams.
I’ll let it pass, but until then I’ll just pretend
that you are mine mine mine.

Nothin but a passin’ thing
Boy you got me wondering… ooooh

CHORUS
Track Name: Man on the Radio
Oh, boy, you don’t know me but I think I know you
‘cause there’s something bout the way you sing to me
like you’ve ready into parts of me no one sees
and I can’t help but fall for your understanding.


Oooooh Ooooh
Oooo ooooooh

Oooooh Oooooh

Ooooo ooooooh.

There is no need for a formal face-to-face

To be honest I’m fine learning you line-by-line in my room.
‘cause in my head there is no one for me but you
I have got you pegged as a man with a plan, who’s a good listener too.
(yes, that’s you)


Oooooh Ooooh
Oooo ooooooh

Oooooh Oooooh

Ooooo ooooooh.

I swear you’re singin’ right to me
Like… I’m never out of reach.

Well, you must have found a way into my heart

Cuz it feels like you’ve been there from the start

And I know you don’t know me but I think that I love you
I think I loooovvee you

Yeah I think I loooovvee you

Man on the radio, man on the radio...
(I... love...you...)
Track Name: Round & Round
ROUND & ROUND (written by Alfa Garcia/BMI)

when it's quiet all the wheels start spinning in my head
round and round they go and i can't stop
the craziest idea and it's everything but said.
you should know i'm not in love with you

there's no way up
and no way down
so we just ride around in circles round and round
if you call me up
i won't come down
cuz there's no telling where we'd land
so let's keep goin' goin' goin' round and round
keep on goin' goin' goin' round and round.

just cuz i can i conjure up the colors in your eyes
every time somebody says your name
doesn't mean i want to be the one who's in your mind
even if i've memorized your face

there's no way up
and no way down
so we just ride around in circles round and round
if you call me up
i won't come down
cuz there's no telling where we'd land
so let's keep goin' goin' goin' round and round
keep on goin' goin' goin' round and round
keep on goin' goin' goin' round and round...round and round

and if you're thinking of me anytime tonight
'cause you found secrets in the corners of my mind
so what if I
keep on coming back to you from time to time
I keep coming back to you from time to time.

there's no way up
and no way down
we always ride around in circles going round
if you call me up
i won't come down
you never tell me where we'd land …

there's no way up
and no way down
so we just ride around in circles round and round
if you call me up
i won't come down
you never tell me where we'd land.

So let's keep goin goin goin round and round.
keep on goin goin goin round and round.
keep on goin goin goin round and round
round and round.
Track Name: Rubber Band
RUBBER BAND
(written by Alfa Garcia/BMI & Ainjel Emme/ASCAP)

I’m like a rubber band
stretch me out until I snap back into your hand,
a good little girl.

And what am I supposed to be?
quiet and sweet, but in actuality
you don’t know the half of me.

Wait, just you wait
til I break
til I’m thin as paper
Maybe you’d know
all this time
I held us together
for the sake of the show
I did it all for show
for the sake of the show… you would know.

You’re walkin’ on a wire
for the world to see
but is it steel beneath your feet
or is it me? Is it me?

Don’t confuse me for a safety net
I could lead you over but we’re not there yet, so

Wait, just you wait
til I break
til I’m thin as paper
Maybe you’d know
all this time
I held us together
for the sake of the show
I did it all for show
for the sake of the show… whoa, no, well you would know.

If you’re wasting time believing I could be
the kind of girl who’d never wrestle free
just wait
just you wait
til I break
til I’m thin as paper
Maybe you’d know
all this time
I held us together

Wait, just you wait
til I break
til I’m thin as paper
Maybe you’d know
all this time
I held us together
for the sake of the show
I did it all for show
for the sake of the show… whoa, no….
you would know.
Track Name: Blue
BLUE
(written by Alfa Garcia/BMI)

You and me, we work together
endlessly, we're bound forever
hold me close. Don't let me go.

We fight sometimes, we kiss and make up
epic highs and pointless breakups
I'm stuck on you. I promise to…

be the one you'll always run to
effortless and close enough to
tell your secrets to
so take a seat we'll watch the world go blue ooh ooh

Give me time to get my mind straight
wanna run, want to test my fate
now I know it's you for sure.

I'll be the one you always run to
effortless and perfect for you
I make sense with you
so take a seat we'll watch the world go blue ooh ooh

If you wait long enough
til I've made up my mind enough
promise you I will be there.

Sometimes I can read your eyes
and then I am paralyzed
there is no winning without you

hold me close
don't let me go.

Blue ooh ooh…
Blue ooh ooh

I'll be the one you'll always run to
effortless and close enough to
tell your secrets to
so take a seat we'll watch the world go blue.
Track Name: M.O.
M.O. (Missed Opportunity)
(written by Alfa Garcia/BMI & Andrew Furze/APRA)

You make me do the things that I don't wanna do
Like going out dancing and listening to
your crappy songs about somebody new.

I'm just a game you play while you're shuffling cards
dealing to whoever surrenders their heart
can't you see the forest for the trees?

Don't wanna be the girl on the side
misreading the signs
holding out hope that you'll finally find
the one that you need, babe it should be me
but I can't wait for eternity
so call me a missed opportunity.

You put me to the test, a broken ego at best
I'd rather hang on to whatever is left of my pride
so this means goodbye.
I struggle to refuse when you throw me a line
I'm always hangin' on by a string every time
Not today (no way!)
I'm walkin' away.

Don't wanna be the girl on the side
misreading the signs
holding out hope that you'll finally find
the one that you need and it should be me
but I won't wait 'til you fall for me
so call me a missed opportunity.

It'll break my heart for sure
cuz I swore I was yours
when I read it in the tea leaves last night.

Don't wanna be the girl on the side
misreading the signs
holding out hope that you'll finally find
the one that you need, babe it should be me
but I can't wait no, I can't wait

I'm the girl on the side
second-guessing the signs
holding out hope that you'll finally find
the one that you need and it should be me
but I can't wait for eternity
so call me a missed opportunity. for eternity
always be a missed opportunity
don't call me...
Track Name: Nothing Ever Lasts
NOTHING EVER LASTS
(written by Alfa Garcia/BMI & Alex Houton/ASCAP)

You look charming with you're wide-eyes staring at me
and your shoes, they look hundred years old
you invite me with your hands, you motion for me
to come closer when the sky unfolds

They say the race is never won
we... tie on our running shoes and go
this place is big, bigger than us

I can't get over this feeling anymore
I can't get over this feeling anymore
I can't get over this feeling that I'm growing old too fast
and nothing ever lasts.

Everything is changing constantly
where are the days of lemonade and vanilla ice cream?
here's a penny for your words of wisdom
i don't think the world is anything it seems.

Remote controls couldn't help us now
so, pack up your tv set and go
this place is big, bigger than us.

I can't get over this feeling anymore

oh I'm just trying to stay
real on the inside
oh I wanna be like a child
for a little while… cuz I

I can't get over this feeling anymore
I can't get over this feeling anymore
I can't get over this feeling that I'm growing old too fast
and nothing ever
I can't get over this feeling anymore
I can't get over this feeling anymore
I can't get over this feeling that I'm growing old too fast
and nothing ever lasts…nothing ever lasts, nothing ever lasts.
Track Name: From Me
FROM ME
(written by Alfa Garcia/BMI)

I try to speak to you, all casual and true
You speak in riddles back to me.
I wonder if it’s just the language that we have
You always loved your poetry.
But it seems I have to find a better man who doesn’t hide from me.

You’re such a wanderer, you’re beautiful that way
and I would never tie you down.
But your symbolic sighs, your overdrawn goodbyes
Baby, they don’t keep me ‘round.
Lookin’ for someone like you who doesn’t have to hide the truth from me.

Tell me your secrets.
Tell me where do you go?
I promise I’ll keep it
promise I’ll let you go
When you want to be free.

I savored summer days, composed the perfect phrase
To describe my love for you.
And in return you smiled, said I cling like a child
I believed that it was true.
No more hours deciphering lines, believing it’s just me who’s blind
If I could keep you babe, you know I would…

Tell me your secrets.
Tell me where do you go?
promise I’ll keep it
promise I’ll let you go
When you want to be free
When you want to be free..whoa-oohh.

When you want to be free.

He found me in a daze, heart broke in several places
We restored it, him and me
As the days went by, he stayed and he was mine
That’s the way love should be
But I miss you still some days
I wonder what kept you away from me.