a blazing fire, darkness, gloom, and a tempest

by Gold & Shadow

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Our acoustic record, featuring banjos, E-Bows, shakers, harmonicas, and all manner of melody&rhythm. Home recorded on a MacBook and mixed and mastered by Jordan Stringer at Cabin Fever Studios. The album reflects on some of the turmoil we were going through at the time, both in our own lives and as a group. All songs written by Dane Letourneau and arranged by Gold & Shadow.


released March 12, 2010

Dane Letourneau-all recording, songwriting, guitars, percussion, vocals
Jesse Janzen-bass, vocals
Matthew Fast-percussion, kit, vocals, harmonica
Jordan Stringer-acoustic and electric guitars, E-Bow
Mixed and mastered by Jordan Stringer and Dane Letourneau at Cabin Fever Studios (cabinfeverstudios.ca).




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: Cold Malaise
When you’ve got the afternoon to fill
And the salty call is clear and cold
Pavement stings so crisply underfoot

Or the muddled muse of these few days
Could just melt away this cold malaise
Burning off this undecided mess

When the Harleys are a swarm of flies
The looks you get are less than impressed
So long since you’ve factored in a rest

And her one intent is to see you lost
For she’s all too often paid the cost
Of watching you go halfway more than once

The current is slow but open water lies
ahead of the bow
You’ve taken this load
put it to the test
Burning off this undecided mess

When you’ve heard the loudest notes impale
As they’re standing still in the night
Before the gentle cry

The screens and all their sexist claims
Provoke the deepest thought
And evoke the slowest tears
Track Name: Fiction
Love of the words
You're so invincible
Mystery then
Can be a boulevard

Moved to be where
You have no obstacles
Fantasy then
Can be a cornerstone

Dear child
We're so immune!
...To this agony

Love at the end
You're not so plausible
To wait until then
Won't be an easy load
Track Name: My Sick and Worthy Heart
See - see I stand by
To care or write you back
Prevailing winds
Say not a chance

And all your IV tubes
Or medical attentions
Won’t return
Negative reflections

See - see I can too
Make a life of words
Attentions glide
Away from my perceptions of you,
my sick and worthy heart
my dear and worthy heart
Track Name: Olive 1&2
...and all the woe that came after your tender cries
Leaves have shivered and descended
We looked after your needs and your every move
Olive it wasn’t right

...and every minute after that
Sixty seconds couldn’t contain your wrath

Olive it wasn’t the fault of the people you made into toys
Olive, it wouldn’t have changed
The forest that brought you here remains
(Olive, our one and only)

Olive, you lost the way love
Olive in not so many words
All of these confrontations
Have given me the nerve

...and every minute after that
I never had the time to see your dad

Olive, the shadow that passed
Cold and sarcastic, clear as glass
You wouldn’t think of us now, if you ever bothered to think
(Olive, our one and only)
Track Name: Wrathtrevor
Breathe this dry and salty cloud
With your white limbs spread out
for the rain

There is incense in the air,
A fragrance that takes root in my lungs
Little flowers grow out of my mouth

The sun's a traitor at best
Through this dry and salty cloud

Suddenly I’m aware of an old friend
perched on my shoulder
You’re late but I’m pleased to make your acquaintance once again

The sun's a traitor at best
Through this dry and salty cloud