Mean Sun

by Brasstronaut

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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by the unsettling synth one thought the exclusive domain of Portishead, while lead singer Edo Van Breemen’s vocals, withdrawn but uncannily intimate as those of Chad Van Gaalen, drift assertively into the chorus of an unexpected anthem.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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Track Name: Bounce
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
Track Name: Francisco
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
Track Name: Mean Sun
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
Track Name: Fossil
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
Track Name: The Grove
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
Track Name: Moonwalker
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
Track Name: Revelstoke Dam
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
Track Name: Hymn For Huxley
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
Track Name: Falklands
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
Track Name: Mixtape
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