Mean Sun

by Brasstronaut

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1.
Bounce 05:32
A steady hand can hardly stand to waiver from its course, so slightly I do believe in symmetry, but it's hard to see when we're living so awkwardly Our love grew slow like coral reefs beneath the mellow waves of a warming ocean And left behind the static lines of home to design a new horizon If I'm impolite, it's not a trend but just a way to bend these new anxieties. The privilege of compromise has risen to the cause of possibility An iceberg slowly melting in the gulf-stream sends a letter to its lover I'll soon return a hurricane and blow away your doubtful reservations. Wayoway I'm a little bit slow when the mind falls out theres nothing left but the echo
2.
Francisco 05:13
Hey, Capricorn's washed out today, In rivers of blood and I hope, Your head is blinded by snow And cities of gold, Hide hide hide hide Your head into the sun We're already done And I hope Your head is blinded by snow And long long Roads Mark seven international Count pennies just to pay for your love
3.
Mean Sun 04:39
The open water took him gently From our lines We tried to make the waves an offer They declined You slur and spit like you've been drinking On my dime. Looks like someone has opened a trap door In your mind. Know when to rise and fall. We're coming back for more. Follow the Northern squall, To empty shelves where they don't call. Look how mean the sun can shine When the sailors on the bay have lost their minds Black out wasted all the time Trading trolling nets for welfare cheques and wine This isolation makes me antsy My love. I tried again, but you won't answer Last call The dream of going for a long swim Is so close Know when to rise and fall We're coming back for more Follow the Northern squall To empty shelves where they don't call Look how mean the sun can shine When the sailors on the bay have lost their minds Black out wasted all the time Trading trolling nets for welfare cheques and wine
4.
Fossil 04:08
No more idle sleeping at the switch Couldn't hear the voices of Old dogs howling secrets to the wind Here's my cold admission I'm not a violent man Take the lines I wrote for you Unwrap them from my hands Promise to the chosen few You will not suffer long No one's on the river tonight We headed on To the light The devil never had a hand in this song Folly of a soldier swayed Charging of a light brigade What glories fade away In your silent summons, is there someone there? Approach with caution Find a figure painted on a chair With shaky hands and shotgun nerves Your eloquence a fossil gone Beam me above, help me over It's unsensational
5.
The Grove 05:14
We used to trace our names in the bright white sand And crawl into the jungle on our knees and hands We settled at the edge of a coral tongue Summoned by the pulse of a warm steel drum With the lights of Miami in distant view Easy money came quick and caught up to you You used to run around with the bright white swan, But now my better instinct tells me that she's long gone Gone gone gone gone gone gone gone When your locks got picked it was on the news The shadows of confession made your features seem older, bolder And you searched in vain for your marvelled swan You're calling out her name, but she's long long gone Gone gone gone gone gone gone gone Take a look at my face Take a look at my hands On account of the charge I'm a shell of a man Did you think they would rescue you? Pull you out of the cage and put you back on the catamaran Hey man Take away the facade The collection of cars On account of the charge I'm a helluva man Did you think they would come for you Pull you out of the cage And put you back on the catamaran Hey man, hey man Take a look at my life Take a look at my kids On account of the charge I'm a shell of a man Did you think they would come for you Pull you out of the cage And put you back on the catamaran
6.
Moonwalker 05:20
I listen to the countdown slowly getting further slowly getting further away And I can feel the moment slowly getting closer slowly getting closer now And my work will not be done 'till I return The shadows to the sun Moonwalker Leaving footprints in the grey dust I contemplate the moment I wonder if I might be cursed This night or blessed And I imagine that she's sleeping Far away and softly breathing As the light pours down from the curtains onto her skin Then into sacred rivers fall and from the minarets they call Moonwalker Not the same man, There on the ground, Fighting gravity is only bringing me down So I think I'm gonna stay here You can go on back without me I'm gonna miss you but I think it's for the best And now I'm signing off in space Will they remember me this way? Moonwalker
7.
Raise your glass a toast before I'm punished for your sins Drain your glass of drunken words you wish I never meant When the carver finally frees the angel from the wood He lights a smoke and blows a halo says my work is through It's an escape I can plan Letters for burning no hard would be done if Icarus flew round the sun with wings of metal An angel she returned descending on a ball of string Once before the ocean swallowed up her last refrain That's when the low voices won Dissonant singing no harm would be done if Icarus flew round the sun with wings of metal
8.
Life goes below me in shortcuts and hindsights Paul said it best when describing o bla di One minute lost focus a stranger standing outside of me Mind open eyes closing noises around are about to fade We all race to the peoples fate And your eyes will save my soul Locked in the moment I wrote it, I stole it But you hesitated debated why fate is I can't always understand this and presently It's not something you could explain to me anyway We all race from the people's fate But your eyes, will save my soul
9.
Falklands 05:24
Why climb into my tree to get a better view of roots growing beneath my ground Why dive into my lake to get a closer look at fish swimming beneath your wrecks And it's only a matter of time my friend till we reach the logic's end till I can no longer pretend I jump I duck I dive I swing Feed you from my hand help you with your plan only to get rid of it Feed you from my hand help you when I can only to get rid of it Why should I do what you want me to when it's only for a week or two? Why should I stay when you push me away hoping for a brighter day And it's only a matter of time my friend 'till we reach the logic's end 'till I can no longer pretend I jump I duck I dive I swing Feed you from my hand help you with your plan only to get rid of it Feed you from my hand help you when I can if only to get rid of it Your eyes are like Harriers in the night stalking the Falklands
10.
Mixtape 07:08
With a laugh like an oil spill try to show me how to keep it real Like a fish living in bad health no you don't trust anyone else Like a lion on a ferris wheel hear you roar for that mass appeal From the safety of a cubicle booking dreams on a potholed road You can dance for the moon I'll be right back to fight back the feeling You can dance for the sun I'll be right back to fight back the feeling Woke up in the seven gardens I have never seen you before You send me out to sea with a gun and a mask You send me out to sea with a boom and a crash

about

Astronomers define the mean sun as an imaginary star, moving at the pace of our equator’s rotation. Perhaps it is the impossible setting of this sun Brasstronaut has pursued since the release of their critically acclaimed 2010 debut, Mt. Chimera.

Cresting the momentum of that album – a SOCAN Echo Prize for Canadian song of the year, a Polaris Prize long-listing and chart-topping singles on The Hype Machine – Brasstronaut embarked on a comprehensive world tour. On their sophomore album, Brasstronaut has finally returned to reveal their radiant Mean Sun.

The forthcoming record was recorded with Juno Award winning producer Colin Stewart who is known for his work with New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Dan Mangan and Cave Singers. Mean Sun will be released on October 21st on UK indie label, Tin Angel Records.

Following on from their debut Mt. Chimera, that experimented in jazz and pop and genres as distant as klezmer and electronica, has led to a more pop orientated style that is now decidedly their own terrain.

‘Mean Sun’ harnesses the same virtuosity and can be heard in the shimmering and slowly unraveling opener ‘Bounce’ to the languid, dissolving ‘Mixtape’. “The Grove” is full of collapsing loops forming an unsettled bed of tense pop similar to Peter, Bjorn and John.

Elsewhere, title track “Mean Sun” is haunted by the unsettling synth one thought the exclusive domain of Portishead, while lead singer Edo Van Breemen’s vocals, withdrawn but uncannily intimate as those of Chad Van Gaalen, drift assertively into the chorus of an unexpected anthem.

Formed originally in 2004 by duo Edo Van Breeman and trumpetetist Bryan Davies it eventually evolved into a band. Brasstronaut, although early in their years, have a tendency to experiment with orchestral rock and have tendencies to dabble in electronica.

After a three month residency at the Banff Centre they emerged with their debut album and took to the road. They have toured North America twice with showcases at SXSW amd CMW. Festival appearances include POP Montreal in 2008 & 2009, Sled Island 2009, The Vancouver International HJAzz Festival 2010, Hillside 2010 and Rifflandia 2012. Outside of the US and Canada they have performed at Iceland’s Airwaves Festival, In the City, The Great Escape, Incubate, Walk The Line, Reeperbahn and have embarked on two EU tours.

credits

released October 22, 2012

Brasstronaut is:
Edo Van Breemen
Bryan Davies
John Walsh
Brennan Saul
Sam Davidson
Tariq Hussain

With Guests:
Nick Anderson - French Horn on Bounce, Moonwalker, Revelstoke Dam
Casey Van Breemen - Flute on Revelstoke Dam
Rakel Leifsdottir - Vocals on Mixtape
Alexander Overington - additional Production on Mean Sun

Produced by Colin Stewart
Recorded and mixed by Colin Stewart at the Hive Creative Labs in Burnaby, BC
Mastering by Rob Murray at Murray Mastering in New York, NY
Cover art & design by Michael Markowsky

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