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Natural Weather

by Michael Feuerstack

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1.
It hasn’t been your time The world has been unkind Although the body wilts Magic flows from the gentle part of you A candle makes no sound Quiet in its power Strong enough to light the way All the while death is just a breath away But love is all around Drifting on the sound waves Rippling through the muddy water on its way to you The will to simply be Comes reluctantly How long can you hold on? Smothered in the shade drowning in the light But love is all around Drifting on the sound waves Rippling through the muddy water on its way to you I heard your muffled sound I called up everything I could to help you let it out The darkness of your song Has made your sentence long Punctuated by light You’ll be condemned even though you’re right But love is all around Drifting on the sound waves Rippling through the muddy water on its way to you
2.
Run me in the sunshine and walk me in the snow Sweep the stable every time you come to see me So I eat my apples from your hand and never from the tree I’m all lost I’m all beside myself Where are you now? Doused in water from the river drying in the sun A band of shade across your eyes you scan the horizon You’re just trying to find a field that we can graze
3.
Jerome & I 03:07
Jerome and I walking on the sand I’m his girl and Jerome he’s my man Can it be us? Can it finally be our turn To get something right To learn what there is to learn? I know who us is I know about taking chances I know your heart is buying time Beating in your chest Making ripples in your eyes Did I say something wrong? Did I open up too much? Did I hit a nerve? There are so many nerves to touch Or are we just growing up? Are we walking through those doors? Jerome be mine and Jerome I’ll be yours I know who us is I know about taking chances I know your heart is buying time Beating in your chest Making ripples in your eyes It’s simple enough We just have to share the strain And do whatever we can Not to cause each other pain But that’s the part that nobody ever has Jerome and I walking on the sand I’m his girl and Jerome he’s my man
4.
You Worry Me 03:26
You worry me You keep me up at night Swaying back and forth In the blue moonlight You’re never far but you’re never near You’re not crying for help At least not catching my ear How many times will you try to say You didn't want to do it but you did it anyway? Am I just fanning the flames? It’s ok once and it’s ok twice You can’t have a fire Without melting the ice You worry me Where did you learn to set those fires Just to watch them burn? How many times will you try to say you didn’t want to burn me? You didn't want to do it But you did it anyway. Am I just fanning the flames? You worry me
5.
Heavenly bells are ringing They come into the house From two streets over Grace doesn’t sound like we want it to Heavenly rototoms Are falling down the stairs Ours is a soulful joy Because we don’t care Chucking them up Chucking them down Laughing at the sound How do you get the light to bend? How do you mark the time? Second fiddle, second to none We watch the second hand Just doing the rounds Small eternities, tiny sounds How do you get the light to bend? How do you mark the time?
6.
We’ve got to get through the fog The blurry maze Make the edges align get in phase Sweep the ashes the ashes form the fire And build it up again We’re already on top we just don’t know You've got to make our own luck Set the tone Beat our chests and bang the drum We are not that kind Both of us knowing the gates are closing We’re betting on the truth in the lie While we’re rolling time is folding Collapsing in the blink of an eye Do you give what you get? Do you take what you need? Tell me what I want to believe Why don’t the birds on the wire go up in flames? Electricity and fire Crows and ravens Orioles and birds of prey Everybody knowing the gates are closing Betting on the truth in the lie While we’re rolling time is folding Collapsing in the blink of an eye Message received Did you take what you need? Tell me what I want to believe
7.
You can’t make me make mind up You can’t make me open up You know me better than I know myself but that’s not enough You can’t make me turn the heat up You can’t make me start a fight I know you better than I know myself that doesn't make it right You know my love is like a petulant child I’m only waiting for the temperature to rise I can’t make you close your eyes Although I’d like to disappear You keep on pushing until you get to what you don’t want to hear Kick up the dust sink in your teeth You push my buttons and antagonize me I only fight you cause I know that you don’t have any fear Don’t make me say it Don’t make me be the first to pick up the gloves Belligerent love You can’t make me make my mind up You can’t make me open up You know me better than I know myself but that’s not enough Don’t make me say it Don’t make me be the first to pick up the gloves Infinite love
8.
Outskirts 03:12
The second hand is almost around It moves so slow Time enough to worry Time enough to lose control There are those that question everything Others they just know Those that never leave And those that one day have to go Don’t forget sympathy won’t do much good To soothe and mend To restore the fire to the wood Stir the burning embers up See what you can find Only you can spark my mind You can make my body glow Don’t forget the tall grass on the roadside That moves and bends Take a long look All we need is all around All we need is here Take me to the outskirts Take me where my heart won’t go
9.
Nobody knows Even though my body won’t be dancing See me come and go Everywhere I wander could receive me Dizzy in the mirror ball Heading for the exit light although nobody knows Heart beats in the cold Bloody on the path before you Let me know you’ve made it through the night See me running through the crowd Catch my eye and calm me down although Nobody knows
10.
You don’t need a reason You can do what you like You can burn in the sun or bathe in the light Who am I to judge you? Who am I to say If it’s the way you move or the way I stay? But you don’t know where you’re going And you don’t know where you’re going to be Before I wake up you’ll be on your way With the scattered sun through the trees To light your way I was lost when I woke up I was found when I went down Gorged in the country and grazed in the town But I don't know where I’m going And I don't know where I’m going to be And I don't know where we’re going to be I didn't ask for perfection I couldn't hold you to that But you promised me round and you gave me flat We’ve been betrayed by beauty Riddled with love Pushed down low and held up above
11.
Babies in love They’ve got minds of their own And eyes for each other Babies in love Winking in the mirror Unknown pleasures Dancing around under the lights Cutting the night with a knife Babies in love Babies in love Looking for kicks in bright black lipstick Sleeping bags and fashion magazines Dancing around in the breeze Bringing the world to its knees Babies in love No need to mention the centre of attention To babies in love Fledgling in their stride Laughing gulls in the tide Babies in love
12.
Closer 03:36
Most of us know There’s nowhere left to go but closer The future is a window And memories are shades Hysterical memes The comments are so mean, closer Inventing the truth Reliving our youth closer The future is a mountain Memories cap the peaks Claustrophobic dreams Escapist themes closer Reveal yourself to me Teach me how to speak closer All I want to do is good All I want to do is good

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There is a clichéd way to say anything worth saying, so Michael Feuerstack simply looks for the scenic route and tries to enjoy the journey at the same time. On his latest full-length album, Natural Weather, the songwriter wanted to make something gentle and complex: a recording that celebrates music as a refuge from binary thinking - a means to seek wisdom in the grey areas.

Recorded at home, Natural Weather offers a deceptively rich palette. Most of the instrumentation is provided by Feuerstack, with Jeremy Gara on drums and violin cameos by Sarah Neufeld. The background singers also figure prominently: Camille Delean shadows Feuerstack in harmony, while Michelle Tompkins and Mike O’Brien glimmer in response.

This collection balances Feuerstack’s signature dark humour and empathic inquisitiveness as the songs relax into deep ambiguity around heavy themes: love, death, memory, age, mental illness, intimacy, and ambition.

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released May 25, 2018

Michael Feuerstack: songs, singing, instruments
Jeremy Gara: drums, synth on Closer
Sarah Neufeld: violin
Camille Delean, Michelle Tompkins, Mike O'Brien: backing vocals

Recorded and mixed at home by MF with much help from Jeremy Gara
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova

Art by MF
all songs SOCAN

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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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