by Urban Folk Crowd

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"The Urban Folk Crowd are Conscious Route and Calum Carlyle. Bringing together a unique blend of Hip Hop, Folk, Indie, Reggae among other influences, the band have created catchy melodies and conscious thought-provoking lyrics in a way that is feel good.

The Urban Folk crowd came together when singer / songwriter Calum Carlyle met Conscious Route through the Edinburgh music scene. After being fans of each other's work they created a debut album in the background of their busy lives.

The album, which is produced by Fraser Johnstone, mixes influences from all the people involved to bring a slice of difference while creating a crowd ethos for this musical endeavor. Calum's musical background coming from Folk, Blues, Indie, and other influences, while Conscious Route originated from Hip Hop, Poetry, alternative music and Reggae. The two let the experience flow, rather than directing to write certain songs to be a certain way. With many cups of herbal tea and talking, the album took over two years to complete. What set out to be a project of serious intent changed direction into an enjoyable journey of learning and appreciation for good music and good people. I think that experience of the journey is conveyed through the music itself."


released October 28, 2015

All songs (lyrics/music) written by Conscious Route and Calum Carlyle
All songs © 2015 Urban Folk Crowd, all rights reserved
Recorded and produced by Fuzz
Recorded @ Stage Door Recording Studio
Mastering by Fat As Funk
Cover art and Design by Jon Thompson
Picture by Susanna Murphy, Logo by Louis Dyke
Photoshop by Simon Brooks
released by True Hold Records


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I'm a musician and songwriter from Orkney, now based in Edinburgh. Have a listen to some of my music, i hope you enjoy it!

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Track Name: Ethically
Now that the summer was over the weather began to grow cold
The fire burned low in the fireplace, is this what it's like getting old?
He'd worked all his life for a pittance, both of his sons had moved on
And after the rent and the taxes all of his money was gone

I mis-rep for the first step and I knew that didn't work
Ethically nobody seems to know what these ethics mean
Lost in generation trees, supporting of the families
Delusion lies with angry mangled up in these insanities
Lives lost for the casualties, the wars of the minds
The government then glorifies the losses of the lives
They stab their back with subtle lies
These lies are like pocket knives
F the truth, it ain't rocket science
It's about time that it stopped

I value my worth a lot 'cos worth is life for living
In times when even educated men can't even earn a living
'Cos greed unlike the honest will never be forgiving
I've read into life so much that I can't turn back
That's why I'm writing all my truths to manuscript the facts
We're rats just kept by rats caught on rotating wheels
And everything we work for, it doesn;t feed us still
It still sells up in shops and it has its mass appeal
Is it them controlling us, or us running the wheel?
They only supply the product, we give them the right to deal
Even self-service tills, taking jobs from friends
But still we blame the government as the corporate suits descend

He'd worked all his life in the city, he'd given the best that he could
Forced into early retirement he wondered if he really should have
Tried just a little bit harder to connect with the people outside
Or would he just have to accept that we're born, then we strive, then die?
We are born, then we strive, then we die
Track Name: Like A Harvest
Life we grow, it comes like a harvest
Like many fruits so what? disregard it
Some be the apple on the head, just the target
Depends what route you chose

Which road will you walk upon?
Which way will you go?
Each road has its twists and turns
How can you know?

We rise from the sun from sleep, we work to promote to eat
We eat for the wealth to keep, create boundaries, defence for farmers
To keep out the wolves from sheep

Which road will you walk upon?
What will you do?
Which road will you walk upon?
It's all up to you

Damage inside that we haven't recognised, tru

So touch your soul and your journey will unfold
It's time to grow, and we'll reap just what we sow
Track Name: Encoded
We're in a place that's so encoded
Forced into place, injection moulded
Pushed into sectors, colour coded
Hijacking funds from the ones that voted
Numbers, limitations we're under
Future so great we can feel the thunder
I got soul but it makes me wonder
Is it any good in the world today?
Terrorists, greed, paedophiles, rape
Even in love people sell the tapes
Makes me sad, worse, drapes
Tell by them poor man sell the apes
Criminology seems so refined
When you live in a jail like state of mind
There's no bars, walls, locks
Never lights out till the fall stops

And it's gonna make me cry
Ain't nobody ever tell me why
All the people wanna do is hurt one another
But everyone you meet, y'know, that's your sister or your brother

Trapped in the world of caution
Hunger, loss, it's a mash abortion
TV shop trash terminator
Internet truth, you may learn it later
Only takes you to confirm the data
Polluted world of toxins
Media serves it topspin
Freshly delivered with a slice
When it lies precise
Depends what side, do you find it nice?
Look real close, then you find the lice
Don't take police with a lie device
People so cold that their mind is ice
The same tools that apply the rights
Enforce the wars, don't fight the cause
As the innocent blood stains all the floors

So open your door and open your mind
We've got a long way to go and there's not much time
Many rivers to cross, many mountains to climb
But if we all work together, it's gonna be just fine
Or it's gonna make me cry
Ain't nobody gonna tell me why
Tell me why all the people wanna do is hurt one another
But everyone you meet, y'know, that's your sister or your brother.

...it's gonna make me cry, it's gonna make me cry
and i wonder why, said i wonder why, it's gonna make me cry...
Track Name: The Interview
Hello, and welcome to the show!
I've got a special guest, i'm gonna ask him some questions.
It's Conscious Route, from the Urban Folk Crowd, so good evening.
Can you tell us how you see the world, now?

I see this new urban frontier is born,
the doctor's propaganda, the midwife is faith
The father is philosophy, the mother is the Earth
Another miracle entering stratosphere, mentoring this atmosphere
Of the cosmic force
Tryin' to pool the atoms while splittin' for divorce
We're all in this same space
The movement, right or wrong, striving for improvement
System among system. Old habits
Breeding insight to the wisdom for the few
While many just follow and they don't know what to do
Mimicking the TV 'cos they haven't got a clue
Not agreeing with the penalty but settle for the price
Not switchin' up the music when the record is their life
Sick of the same song, still they drop it on
Far from emotions, in the West they got it wrong
When bodies feeling dark, don't listen to your heart
Dreams turn to nightmares, insomniac sleeping
And focus on the past that you're never getting back
It may be just an interview, i hope peeps can listen and recognise some facts

So what do you think is wrong?
I think the system
Why d'you want to put it into song?
Hope people listen
What do you hope to achieve?
The soul, freed,
To put it more precise, the inner strength so peeps believe

So it sounds like you've got it all figured out,
But do you just want to climb onto the rooftops and shout
About the things you want to change or have you really got a plan?
Because i think that we all know the future's in our hands
But nobody can agree on what that future is
Is it observation, recreation, conservation or business?
Or is it the heart, the soul and the voice?
And when we get down to it do we have a choice?
Or are we cogs in an unstoppable machine,
How can we get to where we're going if we don't know where we've been?
So can you tell me, are you ready to put it to the test?
Is it all inside your head or can you make it manifest?

It's lifting me, i hear you understand
It's hard to make a choice when your destiny's laid in legislation
Although you hear my voice
It comes back to the question do we really have a choice?

So what do you think is wrong?
I think the system
Why d'you want to put it into song?
Hope people listen
What do you hope to achieve?
The soul, freed,
To put it more precise, the inner strength so peeps believe

So what do you believe?
Time's in the moment
But actually how can people use that to be more free?
Time's not a wizard, there's no tricks up the sleeve.
Just stay more present, in touch with inner needs
So what do people need?
Life in the moment
But actually, what's the change that you want to see?
Government decisions not overlooking publicly
So we can build a better future success for our seed

But what do you think is wrong?
I think the system
Why d'you want to put it into song?
Hope people listen
What do you hope to achieve?
The soul, freed,
To put it more precise, the inner strength so peeps believe

So what do you think is wrong?
I hate the system
Why d'you want to put it into song?
Hope people listen
What do you hope to achieve?
The soul, freed,
To learn to value self as better purpose than just greed