PARAMOUNT

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sora's first full-length album, PARAMOUNT, is the perfect showcase of what sora represents. With a whopping 17 songs on the album, the sonic journey ranges from pop punk rock to quirky piano pop, EDM to sweeping orchestral ballads, and more. Blending traditional singer-songwriter methods with more mainstream sounds, sora truly shines from track to track.

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released June 14, 2019

all songs written by sora
songs 2, 5, 17 co-written by Sam Morel
vox and keys by sora
guitar by Thomas N. Gillis, Jr.
bass by Bill Mather (songs 1, 12) and Thomas N. Gillis, Jr.
production by Thomas N. Gillis, Jr., recorded at True North Productions
orchestration by Allison Layman (song 12) and Thomas Thoreau (songs 15, 16)
photoshoot by Daniel Waghorne, shot at Pelican Studios
graphic design by Emmalia Alao
creative direction by Sam Morel
executive production by sora

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sora. insomniac. on a journey of self-discovery.

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Track Name: King of Forever Alone
Wake up today, put all my dreams away
Fall back asleep, ‘cause there’s no need to keep
Pretending there’s more to life than this
Still, I can’t help but just to send a wish out

Always wanted to know what it’d feel like
To experience love at first sight

Finding what they sell on the streets is harder than it looks
But really, is there such a thing as true love by the books?
But it’s okay
Guess I’ll claim my title of King of Forever Alone

Wake up again, brush out the bed head
Don’t turn away, gotta stand ground and stay
And keep believing that there’s more to this
Even if it means I have to fight, because

Finding what they sell on the streets is harder than it looks
But really, is there such a thing as true love by the books?
But it’s okay
I’ll just play my role of King of Forever Alone

Wake up and breathe, just gotta believe
Chin up, you’ll find just what you had in mind

Finding what they sell on the streets is harder than it looks
But really, is there such a thing as true love by the books?
But it’s okay
I’ll be okay
I’ll rule as King of Forever Alone
Track Name: Bad Decisions
It's 2AM somewhere, and I really don't care
Whatever happens to me, just don’t mess up my hair
If they want a show, if they want to stare
Let 'em stare

And I can't fix, no, I can't change
The things going dark in my brain
I'm staring down a bottle that I've been draining
(Cheers!)

Drink a little, cry a little, f*#k a little, die a little
Throw a shot of Patron, and I’m ready to go

Let’s get in trouble!
What doesn’t hurt us now won’t hurt in the morning
Down another double
No time to think, ‘cause I don’t wanna miss a thing

It took a whole week for it all to break down
Give me a day up, then another to drown
I’ll be fine, I’ll just wear this upside-down frown
How’s that sound? (‘CAUSE I DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT YOU THINK!!!)

Build until the liquor burns
Spin until my head hurts
I never make the best decisions
(But then again, when did I ever, really? Oops!~)

Let’s get in trouble!
What doesn’t kill us now won’t hurt the next day
Down another double
No time to think, I just wanna dance the night away

And the stupid and the liquor taste the same on my breath
I try to drown 'em both, but the pattern's set
My friends pretend not to notice, as I stumble to bed
That the whiskey in my stomach didn't burn up my heart instead

It’s a slow dive from a high wire

Let’s get in trouble!
What doesn’t kill us now won’t hurt the next day
Down another double
No time to think, I just wanna dance the night away

Let’s get in trouble!
What doesn’t hurt us now won’t hurt the next morning
Down another double
No time to think, ‘cause I don’t wanna miss a thing
Track Name: Love's Worth
So it’s over, and you can’t help but just let the tears fall
It’s okay for a while
Pull the covers, and let your cries echo through the halls
But don’t forget to smile

You say that everything before this didn’t matter
I don’t know what to say
You’d swear the best days of your life only lasted three minutes
But I swear, there’s more than today

All signs point to go

So full speed ahead to the next destination
Don’t look back, go with no hesitation
‘Cause you deserve more than what you’ve been put through
Can’t you see? Everyone else still loves you

So don’t bother holding on for dear life no more
Just let it go
Pull the covers, throw them onto the ground and run
Run far away

All signs point to go ahead

So full speed ahead to the next destination
Don’t look back, go with no hesitation
‘Cause you deserve more than what you’ve been put through
Can’t you see? Everyone else still loves you

I know it’s hard to try to say good-bye
But now your time is up, and now it’s time to fly

So full speed ahead to the next destination
Don’t look back, run with no hesitation
‘Cause you deserve more than what you’ve been put through
Can’t you see? Everything else still loves you
Track Name: Only For Tonight
I’m going to have some fun
Even if I’m the only one
Just dancing on my own ‘til the night is through
Had a bit too much wine
Came out to have a good time
Didn’t think I’d run into the likes of you

And when the morning comes, we’ll go home
A little bit hungover and alone
But I know if I see your face again
You and I will remember when…

You got me on my toes
As we’re down on the floor
Now I really don’t know what to do
Where is this heart of mine?
Just came out to have a good time
Didn’t think I’d run into the likes of you

And when the morning comes, we’ll go home
A little bit hungover and alone
But I know when I see your face again
You and I will remember when we met

So baby, kiss me in the dark
Take me with the beatings of your heart
Even though we know it feels so right
I’m gonna love you only for tonight

So baby, come and hold me close…
Oh, please don’t ever let me go…

And when the morning comes, we’ll go home
A little bit hungover and alone
But I know when I see your face again
You and I will remember when we met

So baby, kiss me in the dark
Take me with the beatings of your heart
Even though we know it feels so right
I’m gonna love you only for tonight

I’ll love you only for tonight
Track Name: Fake Me Out
Bang bang, in my brain
Ricocheting off the walls
All we know goes down the drain
When we’re caught in this free-for-all

Oh no, here we go
Spin the bottle ‘round and ‘round again
It's over, we both know
Exactly where it's gonna land

I feel the lies pumping right underneath your skin
I say your name like a game that I’ll never win
You’re only mine for the night, it’s an easy sin
Just to let you in

I’m scared to look into your eyes
‘Cause I’d never be the same again
There’s something in your look tonight
That says you want to be more than friends

And when you move towards me
My heart starts to flee
Now I know I’m in too deep
But all I want you to do is fake me out

Tick tock, dirty clock
Steal away our time together
They may try to give you a shock
But you know I can do it better

I feel the lies pumping right underneath my skin
You say my name, take your aim, kill me with that grin
You’re only mine for the night, it’s an easy sin
Should I let you win?

I’m scared to look into your eyes
‘Cause I’d never be the same again
There’s something in your look tonight
That says you want to be more than friends

And when you move towards me
My heart starts to flee
Now I know I’m in too deep
But all I want you to do is fake me out

I’m scared to come into the light
‘Cause I’d never be the same again
There’s something in your touch tonight
Feels like a countdown to the end

And when you move towards me
My heart starts to bleed
But I know that I don’t care now
‘Cause all I want you to do is fake me out

Yeah, all I want you to do is fake me out
Track Name: Bumble Bumble
You know this damn well was
Baby, all your fault
Let’s take this to a pause
Bring it to a halt

What are you trying to tell me?
Where is this going?
I can’t just wait and see
Oh, quit your tip-toing

When the words get all wrapped up around your tongue
And the pressure’s on
Yeah, it feels likes your back’s turned to a gun
All night long

And when everything you say feels calculated
Where’s the fun in that?
Just makes everything all the more complicated
And downright bad

Even as you walk and stumble
Talk to me like bumble bumble

Feels like a ticking bomb
Ready to go off
Feel the beat of the tom-tom
As you stare in awe

When the words get all wrapped up around your mouth
What’ll you do then?
That’s when everything starts to spiral south
In this playpen

And when everything you say sounds agitated
Just bite your lips
‘Cause it’s really not hard to keep concentrating
Follow your script

Even as you walk and stumble
Talk to me like bumble bumble

When the words get all wrapped around your tongue…
And when everything you say feels calculated…

Even as you walk and stumble
Talk to me like bumble bumble
Track Name: Blue Moon
I woke up from my dreams with tears in my eyes
Never thought I’d encounter so many damn lies
In a world where love should’ve been the same

I was ruined by stories of queens and their kings
The mere thought alone made my tiny heart beam
For tales of love that I could never claim

We were made to believe expectations and dreams
All the wrong things in all the wrong people, it seems
But how could someone be so pure and naïve
When cruel reality hits?

And I’ll damn the blue moon that took place in this cage
It filled it right up with sorrow and rage
For the ones that I loved, and the ones who didn’t love me back

Oh, it’s hard to survive on your own in this world
When all you can do as your story unfurls
Is do your best to not let it all crack

We were made to believe expectations and dreams
All the wrong things in all the wrong people, it seems
But how could someone be so pure and naïve
When cruel reality hits?

And for the first night in my life, I cried myself to sleep
‘Cause I’m just a stupid child who fell in love in his dream
And as I tugged at these weakened heartseams
I felt them gently weep

As the young night grew older, the stars began to fade
And to you, a sad goodbye I bade

Some of us were made to believe expectations and dreams
In all the wrong things in all the wrong people, it seems
But how could somebody stay so naïve
When cruel reality hits?

We were made to believe expectations and dreams
All the wrong things in all the wrong people, it seems
But how could somebody stay so blind?

But how could someone be so naïve
When cruel reality hits?
Track Name: High and Dry
You think you really know me
Truth is you really don’t
I’m sick of all your bullshit
Then again, I should’ve known

Broke down the fort around me
Came in and ruined it all
You took my heart and you left
So I’ll throw yours at the wall

Every night, I wonder if you really meant anything that you said
The morning casts a shadow on my broken bones

I’m not falling for you anymore
You’re not the same guy I used to adore
And I’m leaving you high and dry to beg
“Ooh, please don’t go”

No, I won’t let you fool me anymore
Mark my words, you and me, we’re at war
You think that you can still push me around
But I can stand on my own feet now

So now you better watch out
I’m coming after you
Won’t know what hit you till it’s
Left you black and blue

Every night, I wonder if you really meant anything that you said
The nightfall casts a strength upon my weary bones

I’m not falling for you anymore
You’re not the same guy I used to adore
And I’m leaving you high and dry to beg
“Ooh, please don’t go”

No, I won’t let you fool me anymore
Mark my words, you and me, we’re at war
You think that you can still push me around
But I can stand on my own feet now

I’m not falling for you anymore
I’m not the same kid that you knew before

I’m not falling for you anymore
You’re not the same guy I used to adore
And I’m leaving you high and dry to beg
“Ooh, please don’t go”

No, I won’t let you fool me anymore
Mark my words, you and me, we’re at war
You think that you can still push me around
But I can stand on my own feet now
Track Name: Late Bloomer
Baby boy wrote down his first words
While the rest of the toys kept running forward
And they made great poetry
While his mind wrote what it heard

And even after all this time, he couldn’t believe
All the lies on their breaths and the tricks up their sleeves
They make it look easy
While he can barely breathe

Hey, just get up

Late bloomer took a blow to the face
Late bloomer’s trying to finish the race
Late bloomer’s trying to find his place
Late bloomer, I think he’s gonna win this race

While he was busy wiping tables just to get by
All the other crews were prepping to fly
Or already soaring through the clouds
I wonder why I even bother trying

Hey, don’t give up (READYSETGO!!!)

Late bloomer took a blow to the face
Late bloomer’s trying to finish the race
Late bloomer’s trying to find his place
Late bloomer…(He’s pulling into first!)

Late bloomer took a blow to the face
Late bloomer, just wanna finish the race
Late bloomer, trying to find my place
Late bloomer, I know I’m gonna win this race
Track Name: Hello, November
Another month passes by
And my heart spins into another phase
My breath’s cut short
As I stare into your bright blue gaze

All of my thoughts blur together
I can’t see clearly anymore
And then I start to wonder whether
You’re really worth fighting for

How did we get so far so fast?
But even then, we’re still not close enough
Can you hear the beats of my thoughts
As I try to find the truth in your bluffs?

Hello, November, what pain do you bring this year?
Hello, November, glad to see you’re finally here

Woke up next morning, to find you were gone
Was it a dream? Or did you just leave?
Your scent still lingered as you stole my love away
While I stayed here, curled up in my bed, to sleep

Constantly at war with myself
When will the flag be raised?
All the while I’m just standing here
Counting down the days

Hello, November, what pain do you bring this year?
Hello, November, glad to see you’re finally here
Hello, my lover, will you come see me soon?
I’ll be here waiting until the next full moon

And for a second, everything was at a standstill
But can I find that inner will?
Am I just blinded by ambitions or living in a dream?
Nothing’s ever really as it seems

Well then, I’ll cast my wish upon the stars
And then we’ll see exactly how far I can go

Farewell, my darling, it was nice while it lasted
Please don’t forget me, I hope to see you again

Hello, November, I have one more request
Take care my darling gets all the best

Hello, November

Goodbye, November
Track Name: 11:11
Throw another heads-down penny into the bank
‘Cause it feels like I never get a break
It works out so well for you, but never for me

I trip over sunshine and choke on air
I look up and get blinded by the glare
I want things to change, so I plead

Why do we believe what we’re told
When we’re told that it works?
Why do we do what we do
When all it does is leave us hurt?

So cut my ears one more time
And I’ll have another go
In the end, I’ll be alright
Because the only way to go is up to the top
I’ll see you when I get there
This time, it’s my turn to try my luck

Going left on a right one-way
Getting sick over the holidays
Everyone else has all the luck
When’s it my turn?

Why do things blow up in my face
When I try to fix it?
(Why does my life suck? Can things get any worse??)

So cut my hands one more time
And I’ll have another go
In the end, I’ll be alright
Because the only way to go is up to the top
I’ll see you when I get there
This time, it’s my turn to try my luck

Maybe if I wish for once
Something will go right
I’m looking for that feeling
So I can hold onto it tight

So let the cards read my future
And let the stars read my night
I’ll keep a pinch of salt in my hand
And run from everything in sight

Make a wish, take the leap
Falling into the deep

So cut my ears once again
And I’ll take my chance
If the world should end, then I’ll simply dance my way to the top
This time, it’s my turn to try my luck
Track Name: Holding Onto Nothing
I’m feeling down again, lost alone in you
Left footprints in the sand by the ocean blue
Don’t let me drown again while the tides are high
‘Cause once they’ve settled down, I’ll lay down and cry

Don’t call me “friend”, ‘cause this can’t be the end
Can’t we go back to when it was all pretend?
Turn out the lights, tell me good night
Guess all I wanted was lost back then

I should just let it go, but I never knew how
And the beating drums never sounded so loud
I just wanna feel something
If I can find a way to get you to stay
Maybe then the noise will finally go away
Guess I’m just holding onto nothing
Onto nothing now

I’m feeling strange again, but what’s left to do?
It’s fine, just stick to the plan, doesn’t matter if I’m deep blue
And you’ll be okay without me
But I don’t want to be okay without you

I should just let it go, but I never knew how
And the beating drums never sounded so loud
I just wanna feel something
If I can find a way to get you to stay
Maybe then the noise will finally go away
Guess I’m just holding onto nothing
Onto nothing now

Don’t call me “friend”, 'cause this can’t be the end
Can’t we go back to how it was back when?
Turn out the lights, tell me good-bye
Guess I truly lost the fight

Wish I could let you go, but I never knew how
And the beating drums never sounded so loud
I just wanted to feel something
If I could find a way to get you to stay
Maybe then this noise would finally go away
Guess I was holding onto nothing…

I should just let it go, but I never knew how
And the beating drums never sounded so loud
I just wanna feel something
If I can find a way to get you to stay
Maybe then the noise will finally go away
Guess I’m just holding onto nothing
Track Name: I Wish It Wasn't Like This
Every time I see your face
My heart breaks little by little
And every moment, every trace is all it takes
For me to go overboard

And every time I say good-bye
I wish that I would never leave your side
Why can’t it be like this?
Why is it always hit or miss?

I wish it wasn’t like this
Can we go back to how it was before?
I wish we weren’t like this
Because I can’t take anymore
I wish that I could turn back time
If only to see that smile
One more time
I wish it wasn’t like this

Letting go is hard to do
I have no clue where to go from here
I did my best, I really tried not to cry
But I couldn’t hold back the tears

And every time we start to speak
My heart gets weak, beating me senselessly
Why do I still go on?
Where was the point where this went wrong?

I wish it wasn’t like this
Can we go back to how it was before?
I wish we weren’t like this
Because I can’t take anymore
I wish that I could just rewind
If only to see that smile
One more time
I wish it wasn’t like this

And I keep hoping, searching for something
‘Cause I know this is more than fate
Is it okay that we’re not okay?
What can I do? Is it too late?

I wish it wasn’t like this
Can we go back to how it before?
I wish we weren’t like this
Because I can’t take anymore
I wish that I could turn back time
If only to see that smile
One last time

I wish it wasn’t like this
Can we go back to how it was before?
I wish we weren’t like this
Because I can’t take anymore
I wish that I could turn back time
If only to see that smile
One last time
I wish it wasn’t like this…
Track Name: Scared
Everything around me turns to black
And I don’t know what to do with myself
All of my fears flood through the cracks
That were left behind when the other ones left

And I’m scared to move any closer
For I know what comes next
But I’m free-falling down again
Am I to be trapped here forever?

Clearing my mind of all the lies
But all that does is make room for new ones
The rush is back, and I don’t want it
So I’ll run, oh I’ll run, run as fast as I can

One foot after another

And I’m left scared and all alone
Still trying to find myself
And this ocean engulfs me whole
But what else can I do?

And I’m scared to be by myself
But what else can I do?
And I’m free-falling down again
Track Name: Stars Fall
Wearing down this beaten path up ahead
Letting go of everything I brought with me
So many things that were better left unsaid
But I know you’ll be better off
And you’ll be better off

Stars fall when the words come to my mind in the night
I start to tremble
I fight just to hold onto something that feels right
‘Cause my life is in shambles

Sometimes things get worse before better
And slowly is better than not at all
But when it feels like you’re sinking forever
Can I stand to keep standing tall?

Stars fall when the words come to my mind in the night
I start to tremble
I fight just to hold onto something that feels right
‘Cause my life is in shambles

Stars fall when the words come to my mind in the night
I’m all alone
I try to hold the world back in its place
With my bare bones

Stars fall when the words come to my mind in the night
I start to tremble
I fight just to hold onto something that feels right
‘Cause my life is in shambles

Wearing down this beaten path up ahead
But I know I’ll be better off
And I’ll be better off
Track Name: Triomphe
They say things will be glorious after we’ve won the war
Even with these broken pieces lying on the cold floor

But I’m sick of the truths, and I’m sick of the lies
All the nonchalant words that we use as disguise
To hide from what we don’t want to hear

So no matter what happens, just keep true to true north
Set your sights on the goal, don’t look back, just go forth
It’s all you can do to not disappear

So I’ll write my own story

We aren’t seeking salvation
We’re destined for greatness
We’ll be paramount
Track Name: Out
Funny how you find yourself in the same place again
Nothing else to do until the clock strikes ten
And then you get the call that rings out of the calm
Telling you the lonely days are over
So grab your clothes and go, it’s time to start the show
Counting down in three, two, one

Come here, sweet Moonchild
Let’s go

One night out on the town’s bound to help you forget the bad things
No worries till the dawn, ‘cause tonight we roam as kings
So we sing la la la ladida
La la la ladida

Eat your heart out, pick it up, and then start again
All you really need in life are some damn good friends
To catch you when you fall, to dance you down the hall
To sweep you off your feet when you’re feeling down
So grab your clothes and go, while the night is still aglow
It’s time to take back our crown

One night out on the town’s bound to help you forget the bad things
No worries till the dawn, ‘cause tonight we roam as kings
So we sing la la la ladida
La la la ladida

I got you, and that’s all I need
You got me, sharing one heartbeat
I got you, and that’s all that matters
You and I, we’re ride or die

One night out on the town’s bound to help you forget the bad things
And as the old saying goes, “It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings”
So we sing la la la ladida
La la la ladida~

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