Bedtime Briar

by Boreal Sons

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about

Bedtime Briar was first inspired by the imaginary dream-life of a beloved pet. More specifically, a dog named Briar, who's been a close friend of ours for some time. It seems obvious that dogs dream, but is their dreaming anything like ours? As the album began to take shape, we ended up using questions like this as a sort of creative springboard into an exploration of consciousness, reality, and identity in general. In a linear narrative that travels through different musical landscapes, we wanted to capture the swiftly changing nature of a dream, culminating in a nightmarish awakening and ending with a lullaby. It brings us great excitement to finally share this new project with you, and we want to sincerely thank you for supporting us and listening to our music.

credits

released 21 April 2012

Boreal Sons are:

Evan Acheson - vocals, piano, keyboards

Reagan Cole Mclean - bass, additional vocals

Blake Enemark – electric guitar

Zach Schultz – drums, percussion, additional vocals

Additional Musicians:
Julia Wakal - trumpet, flugelhorn
Megan Feniak – vocals
Danny Costello – moog synthesizer

All songs written by Boreal Sons

Produced by Zach Schultz and Boreal Sons

Recorded by Zach Schultz

Additional Engineering by Cam Tatham and Cameron Berlie

Mixed by Paul Boechler at Fader Master Sound Studios

Mastered by Brock MacFarlane at CPS Mastering

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Track Name: i. Spin
What is it now, oh friend of mine?
You whimper in your sleep.
You dream of other worlds again
And whisk away on zephyr winds
To deeper hidden places in your mind,
To hideaways and mountain passes
Where wallowing in summer grass
Is just your soul embarking through the night.

But how should I presume to know
Your consciousness, your dreams?
We thought your thoughts were nothing more
Than tattered rags and hardwood floors,
The burrows that you build from what you find.
But oh, what depth inside of you
To think that you’ve been dreaming too
Of every star in every rusty sky.
Track Name: ii. Shake
So we drank deep of the sun,
How it dripped like nectar on our goblet tongues,
And trickled down our icy throats
To warm us in the hollow of our bones

Keep me blind enough to see
Keep me dumb so I can speak

And I heard you after dark
As you hummed the muffled chorus of your heart,
And I heard your sleeping song
As you etched some ancient script into the lawn.

Keep me blind enough to see
Keep me dumb so I can speak
Do you hear me when I call?
Do you know yourself at all?

You’re the hummingbird I caught,
The fledgling thing I’ll keep till it flies off,
And when your daisy dreams are spent
You’ll wake with clouds of pollen on your breath

How the waking life deceives
Hides the truth in all our dreams
Do you hear me when I call?
Do you know yourself at all?

Domesticated, we fill our eyes with halogen
And watch projectors spit out copied images.
Fleeting shadows flit on cave walls of the mind
Our flickering silhouetted cinematic lives
We’re stowaways inside our heads,
We’re sleeping animals
We blink, we speak, we know our names
But we can’t explain ourselves.
We’re runaways on broken legs
Crippled automatons,
We brace our bones, we splint our steps,
But we’re aimless all along.
Track Name: iii. Stop
Fang or tooth, leash or noose,
Fence around the yard or a cell?
Is this what you’ve settled for,
A thicket of thorns for a bed?
Track Name: iv. Stay
What fault have you found in me,
That you should cower in the dark?
Retreat to your cage again,
I will leave the bars unlocked

Always

I have called you, I can wait
Until you learn to hear your name
Until the chasms in the floor
Won’t boast their blackness anymore

Shake off the grass and sand and leaves
Lay down your head on my knee
Take off the snare from ‘round your throat
Mine is the only voice you’ll know