by Gold & Shadow

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Like Big Pink or more recently Gorilla Manor, "Birdhaus" is a loving tribute to the man palace where these songs were brought to life with strings, skins, and a newly-added synthesizer. It's maybe also a more mythical place - the upper canopy - more than just a home for winged creatures, also a resting place for the human soul.


released June 10, 2016

Written and arranged by Gold & Shadow at the Birdhaus (I + II)
Recorded at Monarch Studios + New Castle Studio
Engineered + mixed by Tom Dobrzanski at Monarch Studios
Mastered by Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering
Camilla Arnold sang on “Lifegiver”
Matt Lineker + Stefany Hampton + Alyssa Johnson designed and illustrated the cover and digi-booklet



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Gold & Shadow Nanaimo, British Columbia

GOLD & SHADOW’s vigorous and organic approach to creative rock music is a perfect match for the wild, oceanic landscapes of their Vancouver Island home. Influences include Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, and Bon Iver.

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Track Name: Dimension
I’m hoping it’s “out of this world”
what if it’s not? what if I’m wrong?
I’m cycling through all that I know
I’m taking account of my roles
what have I lost? what has it cost to think this much!

I scan my new dimensions
I look in all directions
call for help to come
waiting on the sun
strangled by the sum of what I’ve done

I’ve wasted my thoughts on a girl
writing about how we were, and what went wrong
I’m trying to write something else
not always about how I’ve felt, and not this song!

I'll go in all directions
I can’t hold my attention
what have I become?

once in a life you may find someone right
some give in, some hold on for a night
peace be upon those who call on the son
make it right, settle in for the fight!

I scan my new dimensions
I look in all directions
when at last it comes
the promise of the sun
Track Name: Judges
hey, call my name
step into the flood
step into the flame

hey, hear my voice
in confidence or fear
in silence or in noise

in a state of disconnect
your head is low, your neck is bent
everything about you says
you're leaving soon, you're dispossessed
you're trying to save what's left

son, look above
step out of the car
step into the blood

i'm not trying to call you out
for giving in, for giving out
but in a state of disconnect,
this is what you get
Track Name: Little Death
hey, are you home?
can I stay, wrapped up in the warmth
of your coats and your books
and that leather couch in your father’s house

things I knew and haven’t lost
carried on, and put down into song
for too long… things I know

I’m in her room
I’m stealing clothes
I can’t believe her words
could turn me into stone

and I’m alone, I’m afraid
that this distance shows
we won’t last the day

run away, watch it break
in a daze, things I knew
ripped away

hey, are you home?
can I stay?
you must be
the living fulfillment
of my dreams
Track Name: Lifegiver
seize the day while it’s still here
and hear his voice and live
receive the lifegiver
he only wants to give

come adore on bended knee
come raise your voice and sing
the gift he has is free
it cost him everything

he’s gonna give forever