Bleeding

by Thus Owls

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I gave you almost everything. There was nothing that I couldn’t leave. I try to listen, I try to hear but there’s only ringing in my ears. What is it that I can’t see, did I poke you where you’re bleeding? I woke up by a gentle wind singing in my hair. The animals had died then, as it had always been foreseen. Then I heard the words, too dark for anyone to hold. Will my kid ever forgive me? Did I poke you where you’re bleeding? Did I poke you where you’re bleeding? I know you well, I hear your name and your despair even in the distance. Out of water, out of fun, it’s so damaging and provoking. Did I poke you where you’re bleeding? Did I do that to you? The buried always grows around, alive or killed, it always will appear above some surface. Pushing me away to bring me in? Did I poke you where you’re bleeding? Did I poke you where you’re bleeding? The birds that scatter when you talk are lifted from my heart. They escape across the sky like something broken. I sing to bring you here. And I don’t know my powers, I ride on an ocean's back, grey and everlasting. How does the distance taste? I sing to bring you here. I want the whales to reveal themselves, I need to know of their existence. The violence in a human; consuming, sharp and raw. Privileged enough to not admit her privilege. But everything will reach an end, each sentence, our sleep, the sun and the flowers. Cause the land does not belong to us. Steaming fruits, sinking into grass, facing the earth, embraced or eaten, in a kiss or screaming. Take me and lead me away, take me home. My light is here but I don’t know the reason, a mother for my hunger when I get hungry. Take me and lead me away, take me home. The trees stand as a forest, black lines against the white. It’s a texture I relate to. I’m on the other side, but I want to feel my body, maybe like it was. Did I poke you where you’re bleeding? I want you and I don’t want you, it’s always there between us. You’re flying closer to the sun. There’s nothing I can do to change that and it used to not concern us. Did I poke you where you’re bleeding? Did I poke you where you’re bleeding? The birds that scatter when you talk are lifted from my heart. They escape across the sky like something broken. I sing to bring you here. And I don’t know my powers, I ride on an ocean's back, grey and everlasting. How does the distance taste? I sing to bring you here. I want the whales to reveal themselves, I need to know of their existence.

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released November 4, 2021
Bleeding is composed, arranged and produced by Thus Owls.
Lyrics by Erika Angell.

Erika Angell - Vocals, Synths
Simon Angell - Guitars, Synths, Synth Bass
Sam Joly - Drums, Vocals
Claire Devlin - Tenor Saxophone
Adam Kinner - Tenor Saxophone
Jason Sharp - Bass Saxophone

Recorded by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh in February 2021 at Hotel2Tango, Montreal.
Mixed by Radwan Ghazi-Moumneh at Hotel2Tango, Montreal.
Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal.

Cover Art by Louis-Alexandre Beauregard.

The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Thus Owls Montreal, Québec

The mesmerizing and dark velvet sounding Thus Owls from Montreal is built around the core of Swedish-Canadian couple Erika and Simon Angell. Simon’s harshly charismatic guitar blends with the urgency of Erika’s vocals to create a sound that bends and stretches their unusual compositions into ever newer and surprising shapes. ... more

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