screendeath summersong

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Join Woodland Telegraph on the final album in their Canadian Landscape Triilogy as they explore screen culture in a pixelated landscape of folks songs.

While the preceding albums in the trilogy explored the Rocky Mountains and prairies, SCREENDEATH SUMMERSONG steps into a world where the lines between nature and technology are blurred. Travel through a landscape where circuitry grows from trees, folk songs melt into pixels and we see screens instead of people’s eyes. These are folk-roots songs about constant digital connection; about what happens to our online lives when we die. Songwriter Matthew Lovegrove set out to explore screen culture through the lens of Canadiana roots music: “We spend so much of our waking life on screens, but there doesn’t seem to be any folk songs about it. I wanted to create a musical and lyrical landscape where I could engage with these ideas in a meaningful way”

Woodland Telegraph hack the folk genre by mixing in field recordings from big box stores and ambient soundscapes, creating a world where folk music blends with the digital. From hazy summer pop songs like summerblood to the darker roots sound of factory work; Woodland Telegraph shine a light on our digital age with rich imagery and harmonies. By the second half, we move closer to the heart of the album where we have a choice: to fully embrace our lives on screen, or find another way.

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released March 15, 2016

mike cashin- all things sound & percussion
dano okano- ebow electric guitar
matthew lovegrove- screendeath songs
tyler thompson-drums
eric mosher- bass
lindy gray-vocals
erin ronningen-vocals

chelsea sleep-fiddle
matt cavers- saxophone
anna lumiere- accordian
dustin culver- spoken word
ian mcclatchie-lapsteel

Recorded by mike cashin at Crew Studio, Recording Room & matt lovegrove on location in Gibsons, BC

Album Art- Meghan Hildebrand-LOVE ATTACK
Kim Dorland- EASTVIEW SEV #2
Sean Kua-AFTER THE STORM

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Woodland Telegraph Gibsons, British Columbia

woodland telegraph's Canadian Landscape Trilogy

A series of Canadian concept albums that map out the landscape of Canada in song

I. SINGS REVIVAL HYMNS (2008)

II. FROM THE FIELDS (2011)

III
SCREENDEATH SUMMERSONG (2016)

"These songs are Canada, seen in her finest light"- HEROHILL (R.I.P)
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Track Name: screens
A new day is coming up
It’s on the asphalt it’s
Spinning wheels it’s
Exhausting just to watch it unfold
Through it all the parts
Work together they
Work together like
A puzzle of machine
And woman moving

I’ve got two feet to walk
Through this traffic dance
Get to work on time
And work for the rest of my life
Janet’s pregnant
She works the cash
Tells a joke and feels sick now
For the rest of her life

Sees the screens
Instead of their eyes
Sees the screens
Instead of their eyes

And at night
The stars look like a million embers
Burning slowly above the city

I wander through
The miles of endless merchandise
Step into the parking lot
Stare into the darkness of the night

That hangs over me
Just like the days when the circuits sing
They found a way to make everything
Digital breathe in time
With your life

Will I see the screens
Instead of their eyes
See the screens
The pixels are pulling apart at the seams
Track Name: forests on the edge of factories
I’m in the forest now
It’s such a long way back
To the screens and shelves
Feel the pull of the river through us

These eyes are mine here they
Don’t see the screens now I’m
Alone with the sound of the highway
Feel the pull of the places behind me

It’s such a long way back
You wait in the parking lot
Forests on the edge of factories
Sleep comes so easy here
With the branches above my eyes
Can’t buy and waste this time
Forests on the edge of factories
Running through the underbrush into sleep
Dreams come through a field of industrial light
Will your circuits sing this time?

We walked the train bridge high
Throw a question to the wind, I
Godscreen going to let me be tonight
Will you come with me?

Where I can hear the sound of it
Through the darkness I hear the water it
Falls away and lights a path
The wires were tangled
We never looked back
Track Name: pixelate
The night sits alone
Splits the tone
Dial again and walk the streets
Lit the phone
Voices in the air
Above your head
Where footsteps
The overpasses stare
At the cars below

The night splits
The darkness
I watch the years of mine go by
Heard the sirens
Through the night
Where you’re walking home
Where I sit alone
Count the cars
And the transport trucks below
Your call lit my phone
Fell away from the pixels of my face
Are worn

What am I if not:
A box of pixelated
Bones in the end?
Screens with worn out faces
When I die
My information lives on
Forever

The streets are bare
You’re walking around
The people stare at their own two feet
A screen goes by of another life
Then another screen goes by of mine

Your call lit my phone
The pixels of these places
Changed their shape
And walk out the door
The factories awake
And the traffic change
Smokestacks in an open sky
That’s torn

It’s just another day
To work forever
And through the parking lot
The dark comes
When my circuits stop

When I die
Pixelate my mind
Track Name: factory work
I awake before sun comes up
I see the last of my dreams
Shake them off with a morning smoke
No one is talking on the bus
As the sun breaks through
A Monday morning

Who is manning these machines
Who is running this show
I wish I could shake their hands
That I am keeping free
From this old work
Free from toiling here

Just another day in the factory working
Another day building pieces of something
When I die put my ashes out back
And the weeds will grow
Above the smokestack breath
Above the dirty water
I saw the last of the light
Above the Speed River, I
Walked along the powerlines
Out of touch
Out of time

When I die I’ll be down there
Working in a factory
Working as a factory worker
I don’t see the light of the day
I walk past machines
Bigger than the house where I live
I don’t feel anything
Through dirty windows I watch

Night shift comes too quick
To take me
Through the streets
Passed the burnt out buildings
Late at night still operating
The sounds of thunderous machinery
I don’t care the nights the same
Sit in here, always waiting

But soon
I can feel the dawn
Is breaking up the night
Smoke on the river rising
Track Name: godscreen
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Track Name: fighting for the feeling
I had a dream that I was dying
I went outside and lay down in the grass
I felt that’s all I’d ever have

I laid there and watched
All the dew on the blades
Shine in the streetlights
Wandered around the places
Burned in my mind
Wandered around that place
I wasn’t scared
I was lit by the beauty I saw
And when I awoke, I forgot
What it’s like
To feel

Fighting for the Feeling
All those places are gone
All those people you knew
Working, living, dreaming their day long
There’s nothing you can do
Don’t leave, wont you stay for awhile
Breathe it in, wont you
Love it one more time
Back from where you came
And where you’re bound
Fighting for the feeling

A time will come when death
Will wash ashore and end my wandering
A river dawns, and pulls us on
I saw a fire left burning
You wander through the night
Saw the spirit smoke
Walk to the light now
In the morning, one more time awake
Until it’s time to go

Fighting for the feeling
Track Name: sunset down
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Track Name: summerblood
Oh summer time
The light through the glass
With winters dying breath
We wait for it now
We waded through the grass
Tracks where our feet would fall
To follow

Old Hespeler water tower
Through rusted factory light
Train tracks the sunset down
We chased stealing daylight

When I knew you like songs
We ran through the night
Right through you
The fire lit our shadows in the trees
Could I hold you
To promises I knew you couldn’t
Keep time in the dying light


In the Summerblood
We spilled out running through
The streets were red with sun
Until the night would come
Through the treetops tied
Where the moon is pulling you
And the wind held you inside
And we waited there for you
To cool your Summerblood
Now wait for years
To turn this around

We walk the traintracks high
When the acid breaks
And factories fell apart
And the river shakes
In time with the painted dawn
The traffic awakes
The forests were gone
In the time that it takes
To breathe
The fire lit our shadows in the trees
Grew dark
And the promises that kept us on our knees

River run through everything
We’ve seen your black night shimmering
The moon would rise reflections shine
We would keep on wandering

Through the town
And we waited there for you
To cool your Summerblood
Track Name: i will fall away
I will fall away from my life
The day that I am gone for good
I will see the godscreen
And I will wade the water
Cold and deep
Soon a stream of numbers
Flooding
Will freeze my hands
And froze my feet
I will fall away
Will fall
Track Name: follow free
Can you remember
Before the screens?
We would run through
The factory fields
Empty and wondering
But time got its claws in you
Killed the last of my dreams
Everyday I’m working
Until the sun cuts through
The smokestack choking
To breathe in what I need
I’ll follow
The faint golden light
To find out what I lost
Out there on the edge of night
It’s calling me
From the aisles into the street
I’ll follow
Follow until I’m free

I was the light in you
Walking to work in the morning
Saw the sun
On the concrete
Burn so brightly
The night wore through
All the places that I’ve been
I followed you
Your sun
Burn so brightly

Now I’m
Locking up the doors
And dreaming
Looking to the north
Walking on the concrete singing
Powerlines and dodging traffic
A river changing course
Pieces of the dreaming stars
Lost to all the pain
Wonder where you are
All these places look the same

I’ll follow the faint golden light
Track Name: breathing the numbers out
When you sat alone
You were staring like a ghost
The screens were all shattered
In the freezing winter’s wind
The cold breath you expired
A string of numbers bit by bit
Left the front door open wide
A spine of snow drifted inside

Come set your burden down
Lay the ashes of yourself
The screens were all shattered
A sky of black & broken birds
Back then the golden voices
Hushed and held out in the wires
Moved slow above the town
Hearing every single word

In the morning sun
I gathered all the wires that grew around me
I pulled them from the walls and let the
Darkness rain

It’s frozen in your mind
Bit by bit the springtime
Melts away the winter time
Awake and breathing the numbers out
I’ve seen a light that shines

Bit by bit you watched it fade
A river running through the broad daylight
You wanted it new
You couldn’t wait
Saw your reflection the first time
Track Name: faint golden light
The faint golden light
Moves so quick through the trees
And the factories
Awake the night
Drop a silver thread
That I can follow

Oh god don’t leave
It’s a sight/sound
Not everyone can see
How the night wears a hole
In the places that you go

It’s only in your mind
In the places people
Change their face in time
To the screen
Tied to your breath
Wander this dying town
There’s nothing left

Down by the floodwalls
Broken glass, reflected buildings
Watch the hydro-tower sunset
And the night comes
Clean above the chemical river
Where the faint golden light was
A bird on the rooftop
Getting larger then leaving
In the fray of the dawn
In the cool of the evening
Your shadows grew long
Getting larger then leaving
How it painted the air
The changing of seasons
You were never quite there
Getting larger then leaving

In the river that’s flowing through dawn
In the small piece of time you’ve been given
You can take what you need and move on
Getting larger then leaving
In the factory night of your darkness
How we met in a dream that was moving
Saw a bird on the rooftop
Singing
Track Name: springtime computers
Early in my mind
When things began to change
Instead of seeing flowers
Blooming in the spring

Instead of seeing birds
Perched on fire escapes
I’m seeing what the April
Showers really bring
There was a forest
Of wires in my mind
There was a change
Coming down the line

There is a light
Shining on through
The harder times
Sometimes it ain’t right
To take all the blame
For springtime computers
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