The Dark & The Light

by Church of Trees

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Honor in Treason We picked this up for "I Can't Be Loved". We heard this on Anything Goes and fell in love with the track. We like to support albums, so naturally we got the whole thing. I'm glad we did. We needed to know where this song fit in the story. Mainly a hopeful story, it does not shy away from a cruel world. There is dark, and there is light. Relatable hope. For enlightened and darkened souls alike, this is a must listen to album. It will likely never leave our ipod. New fans right here. Favorite track: I Can't Be Loved ft Jill Beaulieu.
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The sophomore Church of Trees release features some of Canada's finest but lesser known female vocalists. A sonic shift from the debut EP Primitive Creatures, the new album explores a range of styles within the synthpop genre, from an edgy Numan-esque feel (Like Gary Numan, Scream in Silence) to more pop-oriented, danceable grooves (Listen to Love, Good Girl), with a heaping of the unexpected (I Can't Be Loved, Mister Maybe).

The album also features the song Listen to Love, which is co-written and performed with Rob Preuss (formerly of Spoons and Honeymoon Suite). Rob also contributes two extraordinary remixes (or as Rob calls them: rOb PreuSS Versions), one for Like Gary Numan, and one for Scream in Silence.

credits

released September 28, 2018

Bernard Frazer: drum/bass programming, synths, piano, sfx
Rob Preuss: synths, drum/bass programming on Listen to Love, and synths, drum/bass programming, percussion, bass, and guitar on both rOb PreuSS Versions.
Jordon Zadorozny: Guitar
Kelly Craig: Trumpet on Mister Maybe
DeeDee Butters: vocals
Tara Holloway: vocals
Andrea Matchett: vocals
Jill Beaulieu: vocals
Krista Hartman: vocals

Produced by Bernard Frazer and Jordon Zadorozny except for [rOb PreuSS Versions] producesd and mixed by Rob Preuss

Mixed/mastered by Jordon Zadorozny @ Skylark Park Pembroke, ON
Vocals recorded by Jordon Zadorozny except:
I Can't Be Loved: vocals recorded by Richard Kleef
Listen to Love: vocals recorded by Andrea Matchett
Another Perfect Day: vocals recorded by Kate Schroder
Drum/bass programming, synths, piano and sound effects recorded by Bernard Frazer with additional synths and drum/bass programming for Listen to Love recorded by Rob Preuss
Trumpets on Mister Maybe recorded by Andrew Burns

Album photograph by shutterstock.com
Album Design by Karen Bisson & Bernard Frazer

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Church of Trees Ottawa, Ontario

The Ottawa‐based synth/dream pop project broke onto the scene with 2017's Primitive Creatures, a collection of chill grooves, lush synths, and catchy melodies.

2018 introduces a new album, The Dark and the Light, that heralds an edgier sound and a host of new voices.
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Track Name: Like Gary Numan ft DeeDee Butters
Like Gary Numan
by B.R Frazer ©2018

I found a recipe
On a darknet site
A kind of formula
That turns water into wine

Take a drink and you're Trump-proof
From all the sick shit
His minions dish up
When they're digging into it

Are we living in the darkest time in history?
No surprise we want to disappear
From all this fear

I want to be like Gary Numan
Live in my car, be an auto inhuman

Don't like the melting pot
They want to purify the line
But in reality
They are as muddy as they're blind

They cannot listen
Because they will never submit
They do not understand time
Or that we're running out of it

Could we be whisper close to eternity
Could we be a single breath from insanity

I want to be like Gary Numan
Live in my car, be an auto inhuman
Under cover, and utter illusion
Here in my car, I'm in total seclusion

Like Gary Numan
L-l-l-l-l like
Gary (Gary, Gary)
Like
G-g-g-g-g-g
Like Gary Numan

I want to be like Gary Numan
Live in my car, be an auto inhuman
Under cover, an utter illusion
Here in my car, in total seclusion
Like Gary Numan
Like Gary Numan
Like Gary
Track Name: Good Girl ft Tara Holloway
Good Girl
by B.R Frazer & Tara Holloway ©2018

She used to be someone I knew
Blew sugar daddies when
the rent was due

Fancied herself as a star
A Marilyn cloned of
Feather boas and tar

She loved to shoot holes in the night
Painting the day
In shadows and spite

Revelled in anxiety
Waiting for love
Til she's dead on her feet

She was a good girl in some other life
Good girl, so happy and wise
A good girl in somebody's eyes
But not mine

She tries on men like boots
Flutters sorrowful eyes
Blood-red from the kush

Crying herself to sleep
Spends her pay cheque on makeup
To help her hit on the freaks

She was a good girl in some other life
Good girl, so happy and wise
A good girl in somebody's eyes
But not mine
She was a good girl
in some other life
Good girl, innocent and nice
A good girl in somebody's eyes
But not mine

She was a good woman, good woman
She was a good woman, good woman
Once

She was a good girl in some other life
Good girl, so happy and wise
A good girl in somebody's eyes
But not mine
She was a good girl
in some other life
Good girl, innocent and nice
A good girl in somebody's eyes
But not mine
Track Name: Scream in Silence ft Tara Holloway
Scream in Silence
by B.R Frazer ©2017
 
All roads to ruin start with a stumble
tragedy feeds off small mistakes
It's purification, act one of delusion
in a plutocratic state
 
I tried to be quiet, stayed mum to the riot
But I can't ignore this loaded game
A puppet & tool, the worst April fool
Too rich to relate
 
I can only scream alone in silence
I can only hide the pain away
I can only breathe in cold defiance
Burning in the hell that you create
 
A man on the edge, pride on the brink
A finger poised to cast our fate
You mock him & spit in a schoolboy fit
And nudge him closer to the bait
 
Do you even know
It's armageddon you sow
When you blink
It's too late
 
I can only scream alone in silence
I can only hide the pain away
I can only breathe in cold defiance
Burning in the hell that you create
I can only
I can only
I can only
scream alone in silence
(silence, silence, silence)
 
It's too late
Track Name: Mister Maybe ft DeeDee Butters
Mister Maybe
by B.R Frazer ©2018

Crowds a'flock like buzzy bees
They wander (ooooh)
In throughout my consciousness
they flow
All distractions interfere
and cover up my view
The walls of noise they block me
from you

Is you is or ain't you ain't
my baby
In you come then out
You're Mister Maybe
Won't hold my breath 'til you
come back (Nooo!)

Late at night your pebbles scratch
my window
A carnal call, you cum and go
what's new
Must admit, the usual's getting
pretty boring
Hard swallowing your
non-committal view

Is you is or ain't you ain't
my baby
In you come then out
You're Mister Maybe
Won't hold my breath
Is you is, I bet you ain't
my baby
In you come then out you're
mister maybe
Won't hold my breath

I won't hold, no
I won't hold
Won't hold my breath, nooo

Is you is or ain't you ain't
my baby
In you come then out
You're Mister Maybe
Won't hold my breath
Is you is, I bet you ain't
my baby
In you come then out you're
mister maybe
Won't hold my breath 'til you
come back (Nooo!)
Track Name: Like Gary Numan [rOb PreuSS Version]
Like Gary Numan
by B.R Frazer ©2018

I found a recipe
On a darknet site
A kind of formula
That turns water into wine

Take a drink and you're Trump-proof
From all the sick shit
His minions dish up
When they're digging into it

Are we living in the darkest time in history?
No surprise we want to disappear
From all this fear

I want to be like Gary Numan
Live in my car, be an auto inhuman

Don't like the melting pot
They want to purify the line
But in reality
They are as muddy as they're blind

They cannot listen
Because they will never submit
They do not understand time
Or that we're running out of it

Could we be whisper close to eternity
Could we be a single breath from insanity

I want to be like Gary Numan
Live in my car, be an auto inhuman
Under cover, and utter illusion
Here in my car, I'm in total seclusion

Like Gary Numan
L-l-l-l-l like
Gary (Gary, Gary)
Like
G-g-g-g-g-g
Like Gary Numan

I want to be like Gary Numan
Live in my car, be an auto inhuman
Under cover, an utter illusion
Here in my car, in total seclusion
Like Gary Numan
Like Gary Numan
Like Gary
Track Name: I Can't Be Loved ft Jill Beaulieu
I can't be loved
by B.R Frazer ©2017

It's with sympathy I tell you
Everything must change
Packed my guitar and tone
Took the Macy Gray

Had suspicion for the longest time
Things were not quite right
Guess this is where I pay

In the back room
Your bodies tightly pressed
In the shadows
Drinking his caress

I can't be loved
Oooh
I can't be loved
(I Wish that I knew why)
I can't be loved
(Ahhh ahhhh)
I can't be loved
No no no

In my stark and swollen mind
I had to follow you
Imagination moved
to a darker side

If people have the power
To manifest their will
I not only took the pill
I drank the kool-aid

In a dark room
Your bodies tightly pressed
I watch your shadow
swallow his caress

I can't be loved
Oooh
I can't be loved
(I Wish that I knew why)
I can't be loved
(Ahhh ahhhh)
I can't be loved
No no no
Track Name: Another Perfect Day ft Kate Schroder
Another Perfect Day
by B.R. Frazer ©2018

The Sun peeks over a field of dreams
World shakes off its starry beams
Coffee's on, ain't it good to be alive

Kids wake up to a velvet sky
Softly rub the sleep from their eyes
Another day to build on this perfection

Lilacs smell like French perfume
& the sound of laughter fills the room
It's a:

Perfect, it's a perfect
Just another perfect day
It's perfect, perfect
Just another perfect day with you

Warm breeze flutters across my face
Dip my toes in the cool of the lake
Some days you can almost touch the sky

Walked barefoot in the morning dew
The scent of pines, it smells like new
Spiderweb twinkles in the dappled light

Sometimes you gotta break stride
Smell the flowers and em-brace life
Seize the day, and find a....
better “meeeeeeeeee”

Perfect, Perfect,
Another perfect day
Perfect, perfect
Just another perfect day...

Perfect, it's a perfect
Just another perfect day
It's perfect, perfect
Just another perfect day with you
oooh ooooh, ooooh
It's perrrrrfeeeect
Another perrrrrrfeeect day, with yooo-ooo-oooou, with yooo-ooo-ooooou
Track Name: Me, Myself, & I ft Krista Hartman
Me myself and I
by B.R Frazer ©2017

Caught the wave of a roiling sea
Sank deep below
All that I could see … were dead roses

Flew to heights on a lover’s high
Came crashing to the ground
All that I could hear was “it’s over”

I tell myself
There will be blue skies (ah, ah , ahhhhh)
Convince myself, I’ll be just fine

It’s always
Me, myself and I, driving alone dear
Me, myself, and I
Gettin’ high
I see myself in time, without a lover
If I could be myself then I
Might just try … to learn to fly

It’s not love that eludes my gaze
But the heartache
makes it hard to smile at passers by

If fate should grant me one last wish
Stars align for Cupid's
I'll close my eyes; don't catch me crying

Drink myself to sleep
& dream the good lie (ah, ah , ahhhhh)
Wake up to the sound
Of si- lence

It’s always
Me, myself and I, driving alone dear
Me, myself, and I, gettin’ high
I always see myself in time
without a lover
If I could be myself then I
Might just try … to learn to fly

Me, myself and I
It’s always me, myself, and I
Just me, myself and I
don’t know why

It’s always
Me, myself and I, driving alone dear
Me, myself, and I, gettin’ high
I always see myself in time
without a lover
If I could be myself then I
Might just try to learn to fly
Track Name: Heaven's Waiting ft DeeDee Butters
Heaven's Waiting
by B.R Frazer and DeeDee Butters ©2018

Waiting
For some bell to ring
An ethereal voice
Alone to sing
Looking back
Guess I reaped just what I sowed

Heaven's waiting
At the door for me
And I'm praying
That it's going to be
Everything the preacher
Said it would be

Dreaming
In a sea of scorn
On the Hesperus
Lashed to a mast in the storm
So many changes that I should have made

Listening
To my wild heart beat
Waiting
Til it ceases to be
A child of the damned
One of the cursed few

The release of love
Lou said it would be
One life's gift to eternity
The day all liars finally speak their truth

Heaven's waiting
At the door for me
And I'm praying
That it's going to be
Everything the preacher
Said it would be

Angel's waiting to put
wings on my feet
My Gabriel
Blows his horn so sweet
Carry me
oh won't you set me free
Track Name: Scream in Silence [rOb PreuSS Version]
Scream in Silence
by B.R Frazer ©2017
 
All roads to ruin start with a stumble
tragedy feeds off small mistakes
It's purification, act one of delusion
in a plutocratic state
 
I tried to be quiet, stayed mum to the riot
But I can't ignore this loaded game
A puppet & tool, the worst April fool
Too rich to relate
 
I can only scream alone in silence
I can only hide the pain away
I can only breathe in cold defiance
Burning in the hell that you create
 
A man on the edge, pride on the brink
A finger poised to cast our fate
You mock him & spit in a schoolboy fit
And nudge him closer to the bait
 
Do you even know
It's armageddon you sow
When you blink
It's too late
 
I can only scream alone in silence
I can only hide the pain away
I can only breathe in cold defiance
Burning in the hell that you create
I can only
I can only
I can only
scream alone in silence
(silence, silence, silence)
 
It's too late

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