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Harmonize the Moon

by Michael Feuerstack

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1.
I used to be a singer Bumping around in the astral plane Picking up astral trash to polish it up again Drifting like a shell It’s like trying to recall a dream you had Every detail brings you further away I lost all my credentials I lost my compass and my map I never lost my sense of wonder There were other ways to get back But don’t you know there’s a world out there (Only getting further) The sounds of waves and moving air (Drifting from the dream) Ever changing ripples Where the water meets the sand Infinite patterns Regeneration in the sand But when the tide returns in it’s own good time It pools at your feet And soon it’s at your knees Soon you’re swimming around in it all Lost in the weeds Maybe you want to hurry Maybe you want to take your time
2.
Too Kind 03:02
You’re too kind and trusting You give away too much for nothing I’ve got to hand it to your mom and dad But it leaves you with nothing Out in the open And brings you almost no returns Bathed and changed and coddled and towelled Warm and soft not made to be challenged The world is broken mirrors Traps and triggers And cold blood pools in the kindest eyes But a mercy killing Oh that’s another thing Compassionate and loving And blood like that is spilled every day Lost and found and claimed by a stranger Swaddled and sheltered and kept from danger But your victories have been hard won Something to rely on When fear is the only card you have Life will pass in the blink of an eye Born and raised and left to die

3.
Your mind was broken You spirit was beat You spilled like a fruit stand on a hot city street Hover and whistle Flutter and sigh They won’t hear you They won't even hear you and why should they? The birds belittle your song Your energy ripples It flows into mine I follow your rhythms I follow your rhythms in time I wanted to follow the sound The call of the weary The song of the tired An ode to the weak and the uninspired And the birds belittle your song The birds don’t care If the earthquakes rage They hover in flight Printed right off the page A gentle breeze blows The clothes on the line A flag of surrender A flag of relief in unseasonable time I wanted to follow the sound The call of the weary The song of the tired An ode to the weak and the uninspired And the birds belittle your song
4.
Time to Burn 03:36
There’s time to burn There’s time to burn There’s time to notice anything that won’t return Lose control Just lose control Tear the pages from the book and let them go The shape of it The silhouette It hasn’t even stepped into the light just yet There’s time to burn It’s always late And never late The sound it makes when it crackles underneath the flame There’s time to burn There’s time to burn The shape of it The silhouette It hasn’t even stepped into the light just yet There’s time to burn
5.
You’ll come around in the warmer weather Show your face feel much better It’s just an unheard sound A season that hasn't come See your face in the dirty mirror Squint your eyes see it clearer It’s just scattered clouds muddy rainbows no hard rain no caustic wind blows Harmonize the moon Sing the tidal tune like the oceans do Harmonize the moon Tones of purple and blue Cloud curtains open wide Home alone in the early winter Furnace quiet dusky shiver Once the light goes blue the orange and yellows fade Summer love is always with you Feel its warmth let it kiss you If the sun will allow the passing of time Underneath it’s eyes Harmonize the moon Sing the tidal tune like the oceans do Harmonize the moon Tones of purple and blue Cloud curtains open wide
6.
In the waiting room Fluorescence on your skin Flickering through The mind’s eye I’ve been flipping through Donated magazines Ten ways to get thin How to please your man How to save your skin Tell me what to do Whisper it into my ear If you had a dream that came true Sitting here on hold Left out in the cold Menu option’s wrong Call back later on You’ll be waiting all your life Tell me what to do Whisper it into my ear If you had a dream that came true If you had a dream Time is just a thread Through a blinking eye It’s painfully slow Through everything we know Tell me what to do Whisper it into my ear If you had a dream that came true If you had a dream that came true If you had a dream that came true If you had a dream If you had a dream

7.
Valley 02:58
Do you walk along the valley Tracing the spine of the earth You’ll be of service to nobody If a slip should claim a solid foot Do you want to be the kind of soul who can’t get up When the pendulum swings and knocks you down? You see a row of trees around you A silhouette against the sky A kaleidoscope of blue and black A bruise in your eye Do you want to be the kind of soul who can’t get up When the pendulum swings and knocks you down? When the pendulum swings and knocks you down Do you want to be the kind of soul who can’t get up When the pendulum swings and knocks you down? When the pendulum swings and knocks you down

8.
You can relax You can’t worry about the the things you can’t imagine You can’t suffer all the consequence in advance Push all your burdens to the back You can relax You can carry yourself with complete abandon Differentiate the questions from the answers And trust the curvature of memories in time Oh you never really know Oh you never really know until you get to where you’re going You paved the way You led the crowd by your own example With no army no crown and no castle Just the cool collected sovereignty of love Oh you never really know Oh you never really noticed us You can relax You can’t memorize a recipe for magic Don’t go sifting through the ashes of the tragic For convalescing memories Oh you never really know Oh you never really know until the feedback is out of control
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Bathed in light bathed in light Bathed in light bathed in light Devoid of metaphor strangely loud Out in the open it’s obvious now Bathed in light bathed in light Do me a favour make it obscure Make no mistake that I’ll ever be sure Bathed in light bathed in light A mosquito that lands on the tip of your nose A midnight intruder that the floodlights expose Bathed in light bathed in light Bathed in light bathed in light Crackles and sparks that jump from the fire Errant tones that stray from the choir Bathed in light bathed in light Running in circles spinning in air A moment in time catching the glare Bathed in light bathed in light Paint me a picture in mysterious tones Awash in pigment from sources unknown So much to look at so little to see Bathed in light bathed in light Bathed in light bathed in light
10.
Why don’t you stay And throw stones in the lake? Time’s an illusion The waves barely moving Slowly enough to forget where we were Since you’ve been away I spend by time Wasting away In the very best way In a slow dial of days and nights One by one collect them from the sand Side by side we give it all we can The key to my brain Is stuck in the lock Stuck on a loop Stuttering too Give it a turn and loosen the screws One by one collect them from the sand Side by side we give it all we can So many songs Go on too long Stuck on a loop Simple rhymes abused They sound like they think the world’s listening So why don’t you stay And throw stones in the lake?


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All over Michael Feuerstack’s latest record, Harmonize the Moon, time—and its inherent illusory nature—is incredibly elastic. Some moments seem to stretch on forever; others are illuminated only briefly, like fiery embers popping into the sky, extinguished just as quickly as they’re recognized.

While Feuerstack arranged and recorded Harmonize the Moon completely solo at his Montreal apartment in the spring of 2020, the songs that compose it were written over the past couple years, on wanderings and tours as well as at home. He embarked on a slow process of balancing the poetic with the narrative, producing songs that flow naturally instead of adhering too rigidly to established forms. The result is a collection that’s pensive but playful, introspective yet generous, and achingly intimate.

The tone is tentatively hopeful throughout. Over deliberately thrummed acoustic guitar and minimal drums, Feuerstack moves slowly and with intention, rendering his transmissions in intimate arrangements and his warm, expressive voice.

Harmonize the Moon was mastered by Philip Shaw Bova and features artwork by Paul Henderson. It will be released in spring 2021 through Forward Music Group everywhere people listen to music.

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released March 19, 2021

Written, performed, recorded and mixed by MF
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova
Artwork collage and layout by Paul Henderson

Thank you:
Stef for the drum
Jeremy for other gear
Pietro, Tim, Mikes D and B for early mix ears
Katie

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Michael Feuerstack Montreal, Québec

Montreal-based song-maker, musician and producer Michael Feuerstack (fka Snailhouse) has built an ever growing archive of crooked and beautiful songs. Live and on record, Feuerstack’s panoramic and literate song-craft can be heard in many forms, transcending boundaries with his unmistakable voice and unique perspective hovering between humour and heartbreak. ... more

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