The Mountain That We Live Upon

by Thus Owls

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1.
A Shade Of Green Lyrics by Erika Angell There is love for you within me that is sleeping A shade of green that you don't know yet Your heart a torn that's how you keep it Oh I thought I could love you out of it Burnt our feathers, burnt our faith But from the ashes rise a phoenix I won't ask no more and I will ask again Until the sky makes you believe it Oh I thought I could love you out of it Would you hold it? Would you hold it? When rivers don't run here no more When trees are gone and the rock lays raw
2.
05:46
In my dreams I am dying The birds are leaving my caved in chest I know all colours by heart now My voice is traveling freed in space You are in my future You are in my past No one knows how old this pain is Blazing within me, like a memory of mine I grow younger in it's pale light The love it takes to grow a life I am in your future I am in your past He takes me in to take me out He holds me up to bring me down Oh, and I suck it up and I soak it in leaving you to deal with it to deal with him One by one you seize the fires As they come rolling of her tongue Cause always is how he believes Leaves a rumble up her spine It's in a plague that she creates Bleeding out on paper Hole by hole she shapes the truth Into a darker blend to sing to Making her high like towers and tight as fists And after low and shallow, low and shallow He takes me in to take me out He holds me up to bring me down I suck it up and I soak it in Leaving you to deal with it, to deal with him In my dreams I am dying The birds are leaving my caved in chest
3.
04:48
On each side of one sentence Awaiting each other All I want is What you want love All said All held All of you Give me the voice to take it away Give me the words to take it away The mute and the broken that leave us in pain Take it away There's too much hollow Threatening to swallow What's pure and brave in us Hold my head love While I hold yours Above Away Ashore Give me the voice to take it away Give me the words to take it away The mute and the broken that leave us in pain Take it away When you wake up in the morning I know the dreams you had were blue When you ask me if I love you I know the birds are haunting you When you stop yourself from leaving I know how bad you want to Give me the voice to take it away Give me the words to take it away The mute and the broken that leave us in pain Take it away
4.
(Below lyrics written by Erika Angell) I made the choice to lose myself within another To sacrifice my own devotion quietly hoping I could have it both ways A solar eclipse A hidden path A gamble to which there is no regret They say you just don't and I believe them But what if it's not that you don't but because you won't, you won't, you won't. (Below lyrics are put together by extracted phrases written by Sappho, translated by Anne Carson from "If Not, Winter". I would not think to touch the sky with two arms. I don't know what to do Two states of mind within me You came and I was crazy for you And you cooled my mind that burned with longing Evening, you gather back all that Dazzling dawn has put asunder You gather a lamb you gather a kid You gather a child to it's mother Of all stars the most beautiful one Someone will remember us I say Even in another time. And on the eyes black sleep of night Mingled with all kinds of colours And I on a soft pillow will lay down my limbs With sweet oil, costly, you anointed yourself And on a soft bed, you would let loose your longing And neither any, nor any holy place Was there from which we were absent No groove No dance No sound Just because you won't, you won't, you won't.
5.
05:25
You are coming at me With sparrows in your eyes What does it take to have her In the morning or at night? Naked and then naked Everything is taken Layers of the union Peeled and ripped away Starved and drained to the teeth It's too much it can't be given From the rock bottom Without weight A muted vessel in the dark Strangely unaffected Was I robbed or did I let them all? At least it was expected The body Neon lit and female It's what I saw It's what they said Everybody looks the other way
6.
Give me rain Give me night Give me rain Give me night There's devils in the dark There's devils in the dark Held in bed Held in heart Held in bed Held in heart There's devils in the dark There's devils in the dark You won't see her again, again, again You won't see her again, again, again She's my everything I told you that It didn't end well you left and came I tried some new things But thoughts won't talk And nothing will be written It breaks my heart now And it mends it too Over and over it breaks and heals Like a breaking wave Or like night and day Over and over it breaks and heals It will be enough It will be enough Oh, the growing and the dying Oh, the believing and the lying Show me what you've got Oh, the loving and the losing Oh, the hopes and the delusions Show me what you've got He said; repetition is addiction The kick, the lick, the fix A single ride, a one way ticket Oh, show me what you've got Don't go digging where there's been digging Find your own fucking holes And your own cutting pain Oh, show me what you've got It will be enough It will be enough
7.
03:32
I was born to be a rock I was born to transform But only in the dark Where you will never know me But only in the dark Changing one shape for another We might be Very lonely We might both be Very lonely Due to who we are Due to who we are
8.
05:30
How I did resist it To let go of what I know Now I am falling With no perception of the ground I let myself go I let myself go I let it take me over I wash my heart and mind Clean from expectations Feed me knowledge Feed me strength Love and appreciation So I don't fear So I don't fear Who I might be tomorrow You're a feather You're a stone And I will follow All is new and all is old And I will follow My bones moved with the mountains Underneath the animals come out to feed All is blue and all is green Your eyes the lakes for skies to swallow And I will follow To read to please my love To feed your need my love You're a feather You're a stone
9.
04:06
I saw winter die in spring the faded days awoken Ripped apart from the pelvis to my heart for something larger They left and they returned The singing dreamers In shiny armour Life burning in their vision Like engines Pushing further I longed to follow them I longed to live like them But in my arms In my arms Holding you Holding me My blood Always

about

Montreal’s dark pearl Thus Owls is releasing their fourth full-length album The Mountain That We Live Upon on September 28th. Nine tracks, composed for four guitars, drums and voice, that questions creation from an artistic as well as a biological point of view. What does motherhood, parenthood and artistry mean and what happens in the wake of our choices? From a jazz-oriented, avant-garde rock with chanted poetry, one version and one reality takes shape. The unmistakable sound of Erika and Simon Angell carries and brings forward this larger version of Thus Owls into a dynamic, open and free sound where love stands undoubted.

For their fourth full-length album Thus Owls has collaborated with a six-piece large band. The core trio of Erika, Simon and drummer Samuel Joly (Marie-Pierre Arthur, Fred Fortin), is surrounded by three additional guitar players; Laurel Sprengelmeyer (Little Scream), Nicolas Basque (Plants and Animals) and Michael Feuerstack (The Luyas). The record also features Marc-André Landry (Matt Holubowski) on bass, Jason Sharp on bass saxophone and Emil Strandberg from Sweden on trumpet. The full band was recorded live off the floor, at Hotel2Tango in Montreal, to capture the passion that exists in their powerful and dynamic live performances. The new album will be the first release on Erika and Simon’s new independent label and artistic home; For The Living And The Dead.

credits

released September 28, 2018

All songs written, arranged and produced by Erika Angell & Simon Angell
All lyrics by Erika Angell, except second half of Solar Eclipse that is written by Sappho, Anne Carson (Translator), If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, Virago 2003. Reprinted by permission of Anne Carson and Aragi Inc.

Erika Angell - Vocals, Piano, Farfisa, Wurlitzer, Synths, Bouzouki
Simon Angell - Guitars, Bass, Wurlitzer, Synths, Vocals, Tambura
Samuel Joly - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

Michael Feuerstack - Guitar, Vocals (1,2,3,4,5,6,8)
Laurel Sprengelmeyer - Guitar, Vocals (1,2,3,5,6)
Nicolas Basque - Guitar, Vocals (1,2,3,4,5,6,8)
Simon Trottier - Guitar, Vocals (4,8)
Marc-André Landry - Bass (1,2,5)
Jason Sharp - Bass saxophone (3,6)
Emil Strandberg - Trumpet (1,5,7)

Recorded by Pierre Girard at Hotel2Tango and Studio 3, Planet Studios, Montreal.
Additional recordings by Erika Angell & Simon Angell at home, Montreal.
Mixed by Pierre Girard at Studio 3, Planet Studios, Montreal.
Mastered by Richard Addison at Trillium Sound Mastering, Montreal.

Cover photo by Caroline Desilets.
Cover design by Derek Broad.

Thank You
Sam, the rock behind the kit, for constantly blowing our minds. Pierre, for bringing our visions to full fruition. Mikey, Laurel, Nic, Marc-André, Jason & Emil, your voices brought the magic. Pout, Frank and Lubo for the instruments. Thank you Shaun, Estelle, Noah and Marie-Soleil at Danagement for your knowledge and care. Same to Justin and Juliette at Secret City. Matante Kiki & Pinky for the cabin by the sea. Howard at Hotel2Tango and Dan at Pop Mtl for your support. And to our many loved ones for your love, always.

This record is dedicated to our light and love, Ingrid.

We acknowledge the financial support from CALQ and FACTOR. 

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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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