Ten Seated Figures

by Yes We Mystic

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01:58

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released April 19, 2019

Yes We Mystic is:

Adam Fuhr • vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, upright piano, prophet rev2 synthesizer, ms20 synthesizer, electro 3 keyboard, ss30 string machine, toy keyboard, trumpet, conga and other auxiliary percussion, iPhone 6s

Keegan Steele • vocals, mandolin, ms20 synthesizer, prophet rev2 synthesizer, m100 organ, floor lamp and other auxiliary percussion

Jodi Plenert • vocals, cello, bass guitar, grand piano, electro 3 keyboard, prophet rev2 synthesizer, ss30 string machine

Jordon Ottenson • drum kit, sheet metal and other auxiliary percussion, ss30 string machine

Jensen Fridfinnson • violin, electric guitar, prophet rev2 synthesizer, grand piano, vocals

Yes We Mystic is also:

Davis Plett
Madeline Rae
Frances Koncan
Ross McMillan
Julian Kirchmann

Also appearing:

Eric Ross • additional violin on tracks 2, 4, 7, 8, and 9
Kathryn Kerr • alto saxophone on track 7
Todd Martin • french horn on tracks 5 and 10
Keith Dyrdia • trombone on tracks 5 and 10
collectif9 • strings on tracks 2, 6, and 10
Matt Boyer • guitar on track 8
Jordan Cayer • bass guitar on track 10
Davis Plett • grand piano, rev2 synthesizer on track 10
Madeline Rae • auxiliary percussion on track 10
Julian Kirchmann • audio manipulations on track 10
Katie Beth, Nicholas Burns, Leigh Chenoweth, Keith Dyrdia, Gloria Enns, Mikaela Hoeppner, Pam Jackson, Sarah Lampertz, Leah McIsaac, Hannah Muhajarine, Walker Rambo, Paul Sherwood, Kelsey Smith, Amanda Stegmaier, Stacey Traynor, Lola Whonnock, Chelsey Young, and Jason Young • Choir on track 6, 9, and 10

collectif9 is:
Elizabeth Skinner • violin
Yubin Kim • violin
Robert Margaryan • violin
Scott Chancey • viola
Xavier Lepage-Brault • viola
Andrea Stewart • cello
Jérémie Cloutier • cello
Thibault Bertin-Maghit • double bass

Produced by Adam Fuhr

Engineered by John Paul Peters from September 4-19, 2018 at Private Ear Studio and by Adam Fuhr from August 11, 2016 - August 29, 2018 at House of Wonders in Winnipeg

Additional Engineering on tracks 6, 9, and 10 by William Grierson and Arthur Antony, track 7 by Matt Peters, and tracks 2, 6, and 10 by Jack Kelly, Eric Séguin, and Ricardo Morejon

Certain samples in track 1 and 7 were taken from the sessions of Forgiver, produced and engineered by Jace Lasek at Breakglass Studios in Montreal

All songs written by Adam Fuhr and Keegan Steele

String arrangement on track 10 by Elizabeth Skinner

Horn and choir arrangements by Jodi Plenert and Adam Fuhr

Choir conducted by Brittany Mielnichuk

Mixed by Marcus Paquin at The Bridge in Montreal

Mastered by Ryan Morey at Grey Market in Montreal

Cover photo by Calvin Joseph with Bryce Creasy

Layout and design by Eric Dizon

To whom we are indebted: Jörg Tresp, Carly Bradley, Andrea Kessler and everyone at DevilDuck, Eric Ross, Marcus Paquin, John Paul Peters, Brittany Mielnichuk, Adam Sperry, Elizabeth Skinner and collectif9, Matt Peters, Stephen Carroll, Jeremy Giacomin, Bryce Creasy, Donavan Ostapowich, Callie Lugosi, Caleb Smith, Adam
Kelly, Helga Sickert, Susan Cloutier, Clarice Nguyen, Parents, Partners, and Friends

Legal: Devin Fulop at Henderson & Co.

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada's private radio broadcasters.

Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le government du Canada, et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

Produced with the participation of Manitoba Film & Music.

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Track Name: Uniform
Cover your eyes 
Lock the door 
Seated figure 
in a uniform 

You are born 
You are born 

Think of a life 
without witnesses
Do not fall asleep
This is what it is 

It persists 
It persists 

Sinks its claws into me 
Not yet fully formed 
Always sinks into me
Always being born
Track Name: Italics
This is an utterance grown old in
Where is the breath that I was holding?
Inside a useless incantation 
I can feel a sickness forming

Italicized
The sun down suits them fine 
Italicized 
We realize 
the sun down suits us fine
and we don’t mind 

I read they crested out in silence 
upon a weighty run-on sentence
And then the sudden bloom of violence 
Enter the room led by a figment 

Italicized
The sun down suits them fine 
Italicized 
We realize 
the sun down suits us fine
and so we stay inside 

Hand, mouth, dying symbols
Nameless, formless, screaming 
until they’re quiet
Track Name: Please Bring Me To Safety
Lays in the grass, slipping 
into a new silence 
When will the thought pass,
that all of this was made for him?

Edge of the light
Won’t go inside 
Watching the movements
of the dancers in the corner 

Jordon and Will ask him,
ask him if he’s alright 
His trust has failed, he begins 
to shake with all the earth’s screaming 

Edge of the light
Won’t go inside 
Why aren’t they speaking,
those dancers in the corner?

Tries to remember what brings,
brings him to safety,
brings him to safety 

Edge of the light 
Warm bed inside 
Hauled back into the calm 
by the dancers in the corner
Track Name: Win Ben Stein's Money
Oh, we feel so good
standing around in a circle
talking shit just like we’re little kids
All of the while, I’m a fist, I’m a pillar
But I’ll just keep repeating in my head

Win Ben Stein’s money
Win Ben Stein’s money
Turning all my friends away
I’m turning all my friends away
with Ben Stein’s money
with Ben Stein’s money

Oh, when he appears
to defend what belongs to him
I’ll say everything he wants
All of the while, I’m a shout, I’m a shudder
I’m breaking into tears because I will

Win Ben Stein’s money
Win Ben Stein’s money
Turning all my friends away
I’m turning all my friends away
with Ben Stein’s money
with Ben Stein’s money

I’m here to fall, I hear you call me down
I’m here to fall, I hear you call me down
I’m here to fall, when will you call me down?
I’m here to fall, when will you call me down?

Pull my breath out money
Push the tide back money
Crush my bones with money
I’m alone now, money
Track Name: Panthalassa
An ocean of blood inside
which we were never meant to keep
A million years until a breath
I’m crashing on that ancient beach

I was swallowed alive
I am swallowing light
I was swallowed alive
I am swallowing light

A stranger flexed his jaws at me
all in a tongue I didn’t know
for I had tried to drink the well
Is it recalled, or was it told?

I was swallowed alive
I am swallowing light
I was swallowed alive
I am swallowing light

Hold onto the moment that you knew
it was you moving through the waves

I was swallowed alive
I am swallowing light
I was swallowed alive
I am swallowing light
Track Name: Vanitas Waltz
A younger face
A hiding place
For the shapes
of all of the haunts I’ve made

Stay you for a month, for a year
Too cruel to bear

Fall into the view, fall into the view
All that I can do, all that I can do
Not to stumble in, not to stumble through
Bending as they grew, bending as they grew

Terrified
No animal wants to die
Colours that lie
Fallow beneath your life

Stay you for a month, for a year
Too cruel to bear

Fall into the view, fall into the view
All that I can do, all that I can do
Not to stumble in, not to stumble through
Bending as they grew, bending as they grew

Rooms in a house full of still lifes
Pulled part by slow light

Stay you for a month, for a year
Too cruel to bear

Fall into the view, fall into the view
All that I can do, all that I can do
Not to stumble in, not to stumble through
Bending as they grew, bending as they grew
Fall into the view, fall into the view
All that I can do, all that I can do
Not to stumble in, not to stumble through
Failing of the few, failing of the few
Track Name: Felsenmeer
I’m amazed by everything
but I don’t understand
Why am I ashamed
of what comes form my hands?

I’m in love with everyone
who I’ll never meet
Fold into a fable and
whisper through the sheet

I can’t feel it
I don’t need it

We used to say ‘I love you’
but now we say ‘drive safe’
Who we have turned into
is not who we made

I can’t feel it
I don’t need it
Felsenmeer

I can’t feel it
I don’t need it
Felsenmeer
Track Name: Last Known Sighting
We returned that night to find him there
No one knew how he lit up the air
He seemed to ignite a sun inside his chest
It made him tired, so he laid down to rest

Don’t go
Just tell us what you know
Show us how you glow
Oh, the call from down below
Show us what you know

Centuries spent stumbling in the night
Your memory betrays you as you write
‘He seemed to ignite a lantern in his skin’
It keeps you up,
just wondering where he’s been

Please don’t go
Just tell me what you know
No, he never glowed
Oh, a call from down below
Show me what you know

They returned that night to find him there
All they knew was nobody was scared
Track Name: Un/Form
Open your eyes 
Everyone is gone 
You are not yourself 
This cannot go on 

This is a sentence 
Four words in a row 
You have been asleep 
Nothing left to show 

Still unknown

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