Armour

by Rae Spoon

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Rae Spoon has been called one of Canada’s best songwriters and their new album Armour does not disappoint. The ten new songs hold all of the lyrical depth indicative of Spoon’s compositions while showcasing their distinctive voice. Armour’s self-produced enigmatic soundscapes blur the lines between organic and electronic instruments. Analogue synthesizers, electronic drum programming, drum kits, percussion, electric bass, cello and guitar carry the album through pop refrains and danceable beats. Released by Coax Records, the album is the result of collaboration with Calgary’s Lorrie Matheson at Arch Audio Studios and features electronic arrangements by Berlin’s Alexandre Decoupigny.

Armour, Spoon’s eighth solo album, is the highly anticipated follow-up to Polaris Prize– nominated My Prairie Home, a musical about Spoon’s fraught childhood in Alberta. As much as My Prairie Home was about Spoon’s upbringing as a queer youth in a Pentecostal household, Armour is about their view of the future. Moments of reckoning with trauma and self-preservation mingle with messages of hope and survival. Armour explores the idea that there is no instruction manual for healthy adulthood, asserting that the attempt to construct meaning is itself the point of life. Armour is a tribute to the intimate space where both hope and despair have space to share the same voice.

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released February 19, 2016

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Track Name: Armour
We feel it before we wake up.
It’s there when we close our eyes.
All of things we traded
For a fortress to stay alive.

You know every stone I placed was to build a life for you.

On our bodies we wear armour.
we can’t tell where one ends.
throw it off and we’d go farther
But there’s no place we can begin

There’s no amount of damage
that we can’t withstand.
We are not made to be broken
even by our own hands.

You know every stone I placed was to build a life for you.

On our bodies we wear armour.
we can’t tell where one ends.
throw it off and we’d go farther
But there’s no place we can begin

All of the deals we made
In places we can hide.
All of the victories won
on the battle field the inside.

You know every stone I placed was to build a life for you.
You know every stone I placed was to build a life for you.

On our bodies we wear armour.
we can’t tell where one ends.
throw it off and we’d go farther
But there’s no place we can begin
Track Name: I Hear Them Calling
The fever stays away most of the time
Until it doesn’t and I fall out of line.
I want to live like this,I want to live like this,
I want to live like this all the time.

I hear them calling
from all around.
The beasts of wanting
say “let me out”

It has it’s way of of finding me.
I could stay underground, but I want to sing.
I want to live like this,I want to live like this,
I want to live like this all the time.

I hear them calling
from all around.
The beasts of wanting
say “let me out”

So let’s take a chance and scream at the wind.
Without your call my life’s not worth a thing.
I want to live like this,I want to live like this,
I want to live like this all the time.

I hear them calling
from all around.
The beasts of wanting
say “let me out”
Track Name: Written Across The Sky
There will be no miracles
when our bodies rise up.
It’s written across the sky
we will find a way up.

We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.

There’s nothing spiritual
about holding our empty cups.
Our screams will split lightening
And bring on the flood.

We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.

There is no glory
in a forest of doubt.
We’re waiting for a call
and then we will claw our way out.

We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
We’re hungry.
Track Name: Can't Go Right
Leave my body broken in half.
There is nothing left to mend.
Somethings happen you can’t take back.
Some things can’t go right again.

Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.
Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.

Your prayers are filling the sky and falling sideways down
And covering up my roof and blowing all around.
There is no end in sight as you keep on throwing them high
and they arc through the night and fall back to the ground.

Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.
Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.

We are fighting a battle that no one can win.
And killing off the ground that we have in common.
I have told you over and over that I know who I am.
If you don’t believe me we are way past the last stand.

Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.
Can’t go right. Can’t go right again.
Track Name: Wrestles With Death
I asked the stars
to pull away time.
I asked the stars.
They said no, no, no They said no,no,no

I’ve got a friend who wrestles with death.
She pulled me out when I was a mess.
told me that the moves aren’t already set.
So I wrote my way away the edge.

I asked the sky
to blow out my light.
I asked the sky.
It said no, no, no It said no,no,no

I’ve got a friend who sleeps with mercy.
I don’t know why she would have picked me.
She taught me how to stay still
so that our minds don’t go for the kill.

I asked the sea
To swallow me.
I asked the sky.
It said no, no, no It said no,no,no

I’ve got a friend who wrestles with death.
She pulled me out when I was a mess.
told me that the moves aren’t already set.
So I wrote my way away the edge.

I’ve got a friend who sleeps with mercy.
I don’t know why she would have picked me.
She taught me how to stay still
so that our minds don’t go for the kill.
Track Name: Stolen Song
If you grew up in a nothing town
where they sing the same song in every house.
Then I can see what made you so hungry
to stick up, to stand out
to be set apart, to make a sound.
To be someone new in the big city.

You can try it on
but you can take it off
and that’s why it doesn’t belong to you.
It’s a stolen song.

I you grew up in a nothing town
where they sing the same song in every house.
That’s what made me so hungry
to stick up, to stand out
to be set apart, to make a sound.
To be someone new in the big city.

I could try it on
but I could take it off
and that’s why it doesn’t belong to me.
It’s a stolen song.

You can try it on
but you can take it off
and that’s why it doesn’t belong to you.
It’s a stolen song.

I could try it on
but I could take it off
and that’s why it doesn’t belong to me.
It’s a stolen song.
Track Name: The Beast Is Me
Blue is the colour and the sound
when I chase myself around.
I can’t sit still and I can’t stay down.
So I go another round.

When I hear them call from the deep
I know that the beast is me.

Orange is the sky in the morning
when I wonder if I’ll ever sing again.
Then I find out every night
It’s the only way I fight.

When I hear them call from the deep
I know that the beast is me.

Gray is sound of the quiet
When all I want are fireworks.
To come and blow the night away
When there’s no one left to blame.

When I hear them call from the deep
I know that the beast is me.

When I hear them call from the deep
I know that the beast is me.
Track Name: Flood
All my armour falls at one word.
Fortress crumbles in your name.

You come out of nowhere and bring on the flood.
I will swim for you if that’s what you want.
What is between us if you aren’t out for blood?
I will bleed for you if that’s what you want.

Sing for all that has been stolen.
Bodies broken are still perfect.

You come out of nowhere and bring on the flood.
I will swim for you if that’s what you want.
What is between us if you aren’t out for blood?
I will bleed for you if that’s what you want.

What is calling will not kill us.
Break the dam and make a new world.

You come out of nowhere and bring on the flood.
I will swim for you if that’s what you want.
What is between us if you aren’t out for blood?
I will bleed for you if that’s what you want.
Track Name: Go For The Kill
Show me the place where you lay in wait.
Where do you go when you’re hungry?
It’s not enough to stand beside love.
Make it a part of your body.

Go for the kill,kill,kill,kill
I will make it easy.
Now that I know know know know
I live so you can chase me.

Show me the place where all light will fail.
Where you become disembodied.
It’s not enough to reach for a touch.
You have become what your longing.

Go for the kill,kill,kill,kill
I will make it easy.
Now that I know know know know
I live so you can chase me.

Show me the place where buried your name.
Where do you go when you’re wounded?
It’s not enough break even with love.
The losing is part of the giving.

Go for the kill,kill,kill,kill
I will make it easy.
Now that I know know know know
I live so you can chase me.
Track Name: Try Again At Everything
I will wear your grandmother’s ring
Aand try again at everything.
I do not trust the ground,
but I float above it when you’re around.

I would not have believed
when I failed life and it failed me.
That I could find a family
when I thought it was so out of reach.

We both want to stay free.
To let forests grow and storms on seas
and wildness which is everything.
if it’s true to you then it’s true to me.

I will wear your grandmother’s ring
and try again at everything.
I do not trust the ground,
but I float above it when you’re around.