Forgiver

by Yes We Mystic

supported by
Alie
Alie thumbnail
Alie Had the pleasure of playing a show with these guys a couple years ago and I've just been waiting for them to break out and HERE WE ARE it is happening and I'm like "Of course."
joel kneller
joel kneller thumbnail
joel kneller i saw you guys at local 510 in calgary . i was hooked your album has been getting played quite a bit in my world these day . hope you come back west next summer

cheers Favorite track: The Contest of Strength.
/
  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    The warmth and crackle of a vinyl record. Comes with download card of an exclusive bonus track, Without Fail.

    Only available for shipping to Canada and the US.

    For information on the release in mainland Europe, please go to dancanmusic.com

    Includes unlimited streaming of Forgiver via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $25 CAD or more 

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Only available for shipping to Canada and the US.

    For information on the release in mainland Europe, please go to dancanmusic.com

    Includes unlimited streaming of Forgiver via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      $15 CAD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $9 CAD  or more

     

1.
2.
04:41
3.
04:19
4.
03:42
5.
6.
7.
05:19
8.
9.
04:22

credits

released April 29, 2016

Yes We Mystic:

Adam Fuhr • vocals, guitar, keyboards, pump organ, piano, synth, bass guitar
Keegan Steele • vocals, mandolin, synth, percussion, vibraphone
Jordon Ottenson • drums, percussion, electronic drums, vocals
Jodi Plenert • cello, organ, piano, keyboards, vocals

Also appearing:

Solana Johannson • violin
Jace Lasek • bass guitar, tape machine
Todd Martin • french horn
Lloyd Peterson • lap steel on track 1
Olga Goreas • flute on track 6
Andrew Judah • banjo on track 8
Kathleen Vitt, Clare Schellenberg, Gabrielle Wiebe, Michelle Cleland, Thomas Epp, Peter Dueck, Mike Wiebe, Jodi Plenert, Keegan Steele, John Paul Peters • Choir on track 1

All songs written by Adam Fuhr and Keegan Steele, with the exception of track 4, written by Adam Fuhr, and Track 10, written by Adam Fuhr, Keegan Steele, Jodi Plenert, and Jordon Ottenson

Produced by Jace Lasek and Yes We Mystic
Except track 1, produced by John Paul Peters and Adam Fuhr

Recorded with Jace Lasek from June 3-27 2015 at Breakglass Studio in Montreal and Private Ear Studio in Winnipeg, except track 1, recorded with John Paul Peters at Private Ear Studio in December 2014.

Additional Recording by John Paul Peters and Adam Fuhr

Mixed by Jace Lasek at Breakglass

Mastered by Ryan Morey at Grey Market

Arrangements by Adam Fuhr, Keegan Steele, Jodi Plenert, and Jordon Ottenson

String Arrangements on track 4 by Mamoru Kobayakawa

Cover photo © Kyle Thompson/Agence VU

Layout and Design by Christopher Samms with Yes We Mystic

To whom we are indebted:
Solana Johannson, Jace Lasek, Olga Goreas, Stephen Carroll, John Paul Peters, Jeremy Giacomin, Bryce Creasy, Jonathan Cummins, George and Kathy Forzley, Karen and Mark Fuhr, Kerry Dangerfield, Joel Mierau, Loel Campbell, David Schellenberg, Mark Mills, Adam Hanney, Jared Falk, Ken Beattie, Robert Caro, Jörg Tresep, Christopher Samms, Kyle Thompson, Eric Ross, Manitoba Music, Mothers, Fathers, Partners, Friends

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 & Sound.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Yes We Mystic Winnipeg, Manitoba

Delicate melodies, contemplative grooves, and pummelling frenzy from Winnipeg, Canada.

contact / help

Contact Yes We Mystic

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Track Name: The Contest of Strength
we were drinking in the back
after closing up the store
that old spirit in my throat,
a spirit for every occasion

the contest of strength
in the rain, beneath the stairs
transmuting all the faces
in the crippled weekend air

celebration

the stories all were said
we sank deep in our clothes
leaning long into each other’s words
until the bars were closed

daniel stole because he could
I breathed out through my nose
a bright and sudden pain came up
and killed the spirit in my throat

celebration

he came out of his car
swinging wide the pipe
I backed against a wall,
some mumbled supplication
running with head hung,
Daniel ran my way
he laughed hard
and resumed the conversation

celebration
Track Name: Undertow
your arm in a sling from falling down the stairs at nine years
you broke your arm and I was scared to fall

if our deathbeds are next to each other
I will crawl right into yours

will you tell me all the things that I forgot?
we are swimming, spitting signals in the dark
and the clouds look just like mountains where we are
we are teething

what had you said to make me laugh with blood on my knees?

did you say “If our deathbeds are next to each other I will crawl right into yours”?

will you tell me all the things that I forgot?
we are swimming, spitting signals in the dark
and the clouds look just like mountains where we are
we are teething

I remember,
I remember when we were swimming, spitting signals,
now we are floating, the tide is clawing down
we are carried
Track Name: No Harm
thought, thought I could grip
grip the dust
by the speed of my hand
bone crash into skin,
swinging hard,
swinging hard as you can

between the houses we cannot be seen

we made, made new words
for the pins
that we felt in our legs
stood, stood in our rooms
wide awake
just to watch the day change

cold on the beds where our brothers have been

you know we did no harm
when they ran and hid, no harm
hunting the kids, no harm
you know they did no harm

in June, June’s thick breath
will collect
and then drip down our chins
cut holes in the screen
make them wide,
and let the creatures come in

between the houses we cannot be seen

you know we did no harm
when they ran and hid, no harm
hunting the kids, no harm
you know they did no harm

forming slowly, all things holy
no breath showing
all outrunning, our skin humming
into the sun
always running to,
never running from

cold on the beds where our brothers have been

you know we did no harm
when they ran and hid, no harm
hunting the kids, no harm
you know they did no harm
Track Name: Monument
in the end they’ll say his power
was lost in years and in hours
so what informed his lust
to turn the distance into dust?

oh, now I’m going, now I’m gone

and sure, he’s honed the craft
of speaking on our behalf
for us, he’d move a mountain
does that make him someone we can count on?

oh, now I’m going now I’m gone
oh, now I’m going

now he’ll part us like a sea
with these roads, with these roads
who’s he setting free
with these roads, with these roads?
behold his mighty gains
with these roads, with these roads
give kindness a new name
with these roads

now I’m going, now I’m gone
Track Name: Working for the Future in the Interlake
there is a fire burning underground
and it always keeps me turning back around

an agreement of silence, vessels made of wood
grey space that once was where something ancient stood

the weather made you so afraid

magnetic force, the inevitable return
to the place that I had left before

our friends are running,
living in cloud shadows

we made little tide pools in our open mouths
and stood like creatures frozen into silence or a shout

the weather made you so afraid

magnetic force, the inevitable return
to the place that I had left before

our friends are running,
living in cloud shadows,
cloud shadows, cloud shadows

there is a fire burning…

our friends are running
Track Name: The Contest of Wit
how did you become
a series of of numbers attached to a name?

why must I call into question
if it’s your honour that is to blame?

you are turning
I am learning
where you’ll go

what could I have said
to make you smile, but bring you to the ground?

I saw myself shouting
“you are your father when he let you down”

you are turning
I am learning
where you’ll go

round and around and around
baffled by the lack of sight and sound
and the sound, and the sound
hit me once, and I’ll turn right around
and around and around
baffled by the lack of sight and sound
Track Name: Odessa Steps
I know that this wasn’t the plan
don’t think anyone knew their own thoughts before the fighting began

and you trust that we will understand
that the lies you were told came direct from a higher command
a higher command

boy is falling
from the hordes
soldiers marching
pick him up and walk towards

and we yell without making a sound
watch the cradle that rocks slowly teeter and fall to the ground

as we ask ourselves, what have we found?
and how do you know who you’ll be the next time they come around,
with your chin up, eyes down?

boy is falling
from the hordes
soldiers marching
pick him up and walk towards

teach us regret,
guards of our debt
run from the steps,
run from the steps
teach us regret,
guards of our debt
oh

hold on baby, watch your step
it’s so easy to forget
Track Name: Born into Language
a parking lot outside a church
we are laughing into our sleeves
they’re putting the tea out as the family turns
you’re still hanging from the eaves

I held you in two cupped hands
your feet became unstuck from the sand
you walked back to where you began
I held you in two cupped hands

your brimming eyes were so quick to ignite
tried to revise what I knew about light
your brimming eyes were so quick to ignite
tried to revise what I knew about light

surrounded by a swollen bed
you turned into a satellite
you were born into language, the destruction of dark
but you had sudden perfect sight

I thought about how all bodies end
they looked to see if you would ascend
I felt a calm I didn’t intend
I thought about how all bodies end

your brimming eyes were so quick to ignite
tried to revise what I knew about light
your heavy eyes were so quick to ignite
tried to revise what I knew about light

I held you in two cupped hands
your feet became unstuck from the sand
you walked back to where you began
I held you in two cupped hands

I thought about how all bodies end
they looked to see if you would ascend
I felt a calm I didn’t intend
I thought about how all bodies end

(your brimming eyes were so quick to ignite
tried to revise what I knew about light
your heavy eyes were so quick to ignite
tried to revise what I knew about light)
Track Name: Ceilings
there was a sound the night after we were born
it flooded the air, and then it was ignored
he was the fur and she was a set of coloured teeth
twenty-two years slowly biting into me

you’re brand new
where the hell did you come from?
you said something to me then
when you came out of nowhere
you scared me to death

the creature that breathed and moved in my mother’s youth
is burrowing deep into her sinew
my eyes were gripped beneath blankets and the cold of the night
nervous loves and fears recorded in decaying light

you’re brand new
where the hell did you come from?
you said something to me then
when you came out of nowhere
you scared me to death

you’re brand new
where the hell did you come from?
you said something to me then
when you came out of nowhere
you scared me to death