Able Island

by Language Arts

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Able Island is the sophomore record by Language Arts – it’s dedicated to their home, Nova Scotia, and is inspired by the mystique of the feral Sable Island.


Recorded across Canada in a myriad of locations (bedrooms, basements, hotels, clubs, alleyways, cottages, etc.) it is DIY in its truest form. Produced by band members: Neil MacIntosh and Kristen Cudmore, they collaborated with Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, The Sadies) on the mix.

The making of Able Island began in Nova Scotia, in a cottage on the Northumberland Straight and it continued as they made their way across Canada on their national tour. It features the ambience of homemade microphones, wind blowing down the stove pipe during a Nor’Easter, the crackling of the fireplace in the dead of winter, the voices of their audiences on the national tour, and reverb chambers made of large soup pots that they later cooked too much chilli in.

The songs are inspired by the sense of home and belonging. They touch on many deep sentiments like family roots and the mystery of the sea; loneliness and depression; the drifting between waking life and the fantasy of what life would be. A Sable Island carol.
 


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released October 9, 2015

Produced By Neil MacIntosh, Kristen Cudmore
Mixed by Darryl Neudorf
Language Arts is Kristen Cudmore, Neil MacIntosh, Joel Visentin

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Track Name: Idea
Idea

My mouth can't say the words
In my mind, flying, around like birds
My eyes are seeing blanks
Viewing it all through fish tanks

My stallion heart
It goes into messy fits
It gallops away from
All of this

My hands can't come apart
Holding me back from the start
But I'm in love with the idea
But I'm in love with the idea

My stallion heart
It goes into messy fits
It gallops away from
All of this

Please believe me
I love half of you extremely
Track Name: Through
Through

Wound up so tight
Bound to discover
Opening the doors
Hide under covers
Too scared to peek
Feeling like an orphan kid
Hoping's lost on me
Am I out of my lid

Been here before
Letting go of all directions
Losing control
Over my reactions
A liar liar
Disappointment steers this
All that you say
Can't believe I hear it

You never come through on anything that you say that you'll do
It's time to pull you away from me

This scene is toxic
Mirrors pointing at you
Somehow you lost it
There was nothing I could do
The spark dissolved
Or had it ever been?
Is this for me?
That is the question

Replaying old times
Over and over I've tried
The loop goes on and on
And on, in my mind
Heart's in a blender
A confusing smoothie
Over-driving the machine
It got really messy when...

You never come through on anything that you say that you'll do
It's time to pull you away from me

I did all that I could for you
Through - Through
Track Name: With Me
With Me

Solo
I'd swoop under lines
Flying
Freely through the night
No one
I would only see
Beauty
This could be for me
But now
Nothing that I know
If they
Said this wouldn't go
Believe
If this happened all along
I'd leave
'Cause it wouldn't be strong

It took a little while for all of us to find
That we may have been broken all of this time

Mystery
This disappearance
I will
Leave them in suspense
The best
Is all that one can be
Will you
Do this by leaving me?
Chapter
I started years ago
This time
I'd be sure that I'd know
Camping
In the thick of it
Feel home
But I am not a kid

It took a little while for all of us to find
That we may have been broken all of this time
Track Name: Neighbour
Neighbour

You stay away from here ...but there's room
I'll say what you want to hear, words I'll groom
I'll be your daydream
I'll make you wooed
I'll be your nightmare
I'll be your doom
You'll make a fountain wish
I'll make it true
I'll be the colour red
When you're blue

When I see your face ...I'm glued
When you speak my way, what to do?
I'll be your hopeful
I'll be belief
I'll hold your secrets
So close to me
I'll show you the things
That you could be
I'll be anything that you need

I'm on my best behaviour
This feels like it's a crime
I want to be your neighbour
I want to have your time

Being the best me
Tangled vines
Put it on the line
Hang to dry
The grass is greener
The other side
I've been over here
This whole time
And I am certain
That I tried
Is it in my heart
Or my mind?

I'm on my best behaviour
This feels like it's a crime
I want to be your neighbour
I want to have your time
Track Name: Secret Worlds in the Dark
Secret Worlds in the Dark

A crooked smile
A machine hum
Sitting in my searching engine

I lose myself
In what's around
Open my heart like fortress grounds

Want me for keeps
Foolish I feel
My heart's timer, it will reveal

Peering through blinders ...is this real?
Want me for keeps
Foolish I feel

I can see in your dark heart
I can't see in the dark

These hopes I have
I hope they'll go
Life shines when I hit the pillow

It carries me
A fantasy
I gave you all that I could be

I'm happiest
I've ever been
In this world, living in the dim

From sleep I wake
It was not real
Want me for keeps
Foolish I feel

Gotta be yourself
But only show the good parts
And when love starts
It builds secret worlds in the dark

I can see in your dark heart
I can't see in the dark
Track Name: A Coastline Bungalow
A Coastline Bungalow

About to sail away
On this darkened day
Gonna get some supplies for the storm

Welcome to the fold
Go wherever you will go
Momentum stalled, anchor to the floor

It's so nice to meet you
Glad you made time
Winds on the seas blew, they brought us up and flying

Circling this island around
Feeling safe and sound
We're coming up upon land's back

It's a coastline bungalow
It's all the things we'd ever know
Trace our path here on the map

It's so nice to meet you
Glad you made time
Winds on the seas blew, they brought us up and flying

So our hopes go home past the sea
Where it's no longer stormy
Then you wanted everyone to see
How beautiful she used to be
Track Name: Luckiness
Luckiness

Beautiful times
Remember to hold on
With hand in hand together
To belong

Visions of landscapes I'd see
In those eyes
Life times and memories of them
In my mind

If I decide to let go
I'll be sure to let you know

Openness comes upon us at nothing
When there's no other option
New feeling

Pulling ropes in from deepness
There's no end
Bounded by hopes
Release them from the bend

If I decide to let go
I'll be sure to let you know

Taking chances
No answers
What's happening to me?
Belief enhances
Those antics
What's happening to me?

If I decide to let go
I'll be sure to let you know
Track Name: You Came Knocking
You Came Knocking

Time, time
It's going
Memories
Are clocking
It's nearing
It's knowing
Then you came
'A knocking

Killing time
To kill time
Sincerely insincere
A fistful
Of kind words
Throw them at
The mirror

Conjuring up adventures
Everything's sparkling
Memories become hidden treasures
Please tell me what you're feeling

Is this all make believe
There's no place I'd rather be
Can you come and meet me
So we can become sparkly

Settling to become unsettled
Raveling to become unraveled

I sat alone then you came knocking
I felt at home when you came knocking
Track Name: Fight or Flight
Fight or Flight

No matter the anxiety I'm going to meet you there
Communication society, I'll act, it doesn't matter
When I feel the freakout I'm reminded that I'm alive
I'll grow strong when you go and then I'll try, I'll try, I'll try, I try

I'll slip into your house like you asked, after the sun has set
Looking at the light in your window makes me start to second guess
If I turn around and leave, what could I possibly achieve?
I'm told feelings that I'm not quite sure that I believe

Am I the ghost radiating in the night?
Am I the choice where you say that you might?
Am I sure of the response?
The fight or flight, everyone's
Am I sure of the response of fight or flight?

When you're there, I don't care about the chatter in my mind
When you go, my wheels spin until I forget about time
When you're home, I'm home, or at least that's where I want to be
When you know, you know you will never ever really tell me

Am I the ghost radiating in the night?
Am I the choice where you say that you might?
Am I sure of the response?
The fight or flight, everyone's
Am I sure of the response of fight or flight?
Track Name: Now To Nowhere
Now, to Nowhere

Tumbleweed
Dust tour
Black road or dirty floor?
What they hell am I looking for?
Missing this place: home

Welcome mat shaken
Wind blown, awaken
What the hell is this that I've mistaken?
Is this home?

Time flies
Late bloom
Sunrise
Afternoon
What the hell do I assume?
What the hell do I assume?

Search to find questions
Feeling impressions
What the hell happens?
What the hell happen?

I'm a little ball -a dust bunny, shifting my way to nowhere
I'm a little snail, inching over peat, I'm going back to nowhere
I'm going past, I'm growing feet, I'm going now to nowhere
I'm moving fast, digging in my heels, I'm headed there to nowhere

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