Ten Seated Figures

by Yes We Mystic

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1.
Uniform 02:06
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
2.
Young Evil 03:37
3.
Italics 04:03
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Panthalassa 03:24
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
7.
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
8.
Felsenmeer 03:18
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
9.
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
10.
Un/Form 01:58
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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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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