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by Michael Feuerstack

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sky-glass It usually takes me about 2 years for an album to really grow on me. I'm still really into The Forgettable Truth, not so forgettable as it turns out. The track Where Are You Now made a quick impression on me though. Also like love is all around and a couple others. Favorite track: Where Are You Now?.
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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 April 26, 2019

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

Michael Feuerstack is a Montreal based singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Widely acclaimed for his work as Snailhouse, a name under which he toured extensively and released a staggering amount of music since the mid 1990′s, Feuerstack is now starting fresh under his own name. ... more

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Track Name: Love Is All Around
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
Track Name: Where Are You Now?
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
Track Name: Jerome & I
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
Track Name: You Worry Me
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
Track Name: Heavenly Bells
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?
Track Name: Birds of Prey
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
Track Name: Don't Make Me Say It
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
Track Name: Outskirts
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
Track Name: Nobody Knows
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
Track Name: Before You Wake Up
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
Track Name: Babies In Love
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
Track Name: Closer
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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