Life in Winter

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about

Life in Winter is an independent folk band (with alternative rock and pop influences) from Montréal. The project was started in the winter of 2007 by bassist/singer Sage Reynolds as a vehicle for his songwriting. The music is influenced by folk & rock from the 60's & 70's right through to what is happening in the indie scene today, as well as western music and bluegrass. A new EP is in the process of being recorded.

The band members are:

Sage Reynolds - lead vocals, bass, guitar
Rich White - guitar, bass, harmony vocals
Sheenah Ko- harmony vocals, lead vocals, keys, percussion
Eric Couture-Telmosse- guitar, banjo, harmony vocals
Liam Killen - drums

Album
Life in Winter's self-titled debut has 9 songs and is just over 40 minutes long. The songs were written between 2007 and 2011 and address such subject matters as: artistic motivation, fame, rural/urban duality, domestic friction, heartbreak, dreams, and the search for love. The mostly guitar & drums oriented music is subtle & quiet at some points and driving & loud at others. The abundant use of vocal harmonies on the album adds to the richness of it's sonic texture. The lead vocals are sensitive at some points and urgent at others, but always accurately display the depth of timbre present in Sage's voice.

credits

released October 29, 2012

Recorded & Mixed by Marcus Paquin in 2011-2012 at Mixart Studios, Montréal, QC. Mastered by Noah Mintz on Oct. 3, 2012 at Lacquer Channel Mastering, Toronto, ON. Additional engineering by Sage Reynolds.

All songs written, composed, arranged, and produced by Sage Reynolds. Co-production by Marcus Paquin.

Musicians:
Sage Reynolds - lead vocals, harmony vocals, bass, acoustic guitar (1, 4), electric guitar (3), percussion, piano.
Rich White - electric guitar, bass (3).
Brad Barr - electric guitar, acoustic guitar (2, 7, 9).
Andrew Barr - drums, percussion.
Laurel Sprengelmeyer - harmony vocals.
Marcus Paquin - harmony vocals, percussion.
Gabriel Lambert - banjo, electric guitar (5).

“Rural & Urban” interior portraits by Linus Ouellet. Graphic design and all other photographs by Sage Reynolds.

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Life in Winter Montréal, Québec

We are an independent folk band (with alternative rock and pop influences) from Montréal. The project was started in the winter of 2007 by bassist/singer Sage Reynolds as a vehicle for his songwriting. Influences include folk & rock from the 60's & 70's right through to what is happening in the indie scene today, as well as western music and bluegrass.

We're in the process of recording a new EP.
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Track Name: Flight
Lyrics for Flight written by Sage Reynolds

Grey rock wall, blue skies,
A lion in the sun, full size,
Tall white pine, a bear's right paw,
Prey on the run, lock jaw.

Eighth hour, Full REM,
Same roads, travel worn,
Arms out, eyes closed,
Mind let's go,
Off the cliff the air rips by you,
Fly.

Town of dreams, same name, lost,
Streets change, the shape of things,
Travel on, run, by East bound train, takes,
Time to find, what's
Here and not then.

Eighth hour, full REM,
Same roads, travel worn,
Arms out, flung wide, eyes closed,
Mind let's go,
Off the cliff the air rips by you,
Landscape far beneath,
Try, you drop like grey rock, dead weight,
Balance, cut your teeth,
Fly.
Track Name: Word Search
Lyrics for Word Search written by Sage Reynolds

We search for things to say,
"The snow is deep today,"
"It's windy,"
"Cold out,"
Standing,
In the lane.

You sew your hands beside,
The clerks in blue can't hide,
Their smug looks,
Cheap tricks,
Shuffle steps,
Teleprompt the guide.

I wont be home tonight,
To yield or run or fight,
The sorrow,
Burrows,
Takes hold,
Drown within sight.

Blue ice, green hill,
Swoops in for the kill,
Fear binds, Hate dines,
Young blood foots the bill.

There's not a lot to say,
"The snow is deep today."
Track Name: Lone Rider
Lyrics for Lone Rider written by Sage Reynolds

Always with a sure hand, floats across the hot sand,
Bones a blaze of white,
Lone rider, no shade, air currents, long wave,
Lake a welcome sight.
No rest when the hunt is on, move along,
To the pines of the distant hills, and the night, and the prey.

Four ways of going, barely showing,
Fault of hand or eye,
Twenty years of searching, all around the steel string,
Endlessly hone the mind.
More thrill when the stakes are high, ride the line,
True life when the end is nigh, it's the chase, the race of red and blue.

Only lonely, what's your story, ride out with the night,
Painted bells ring, nightingales sing, will the prey take flight.

Blue jeans and black top, empty voices don't stop,
Uniform in depth and sheen,
Green eyes with rust spots, seek your secret lost thoughts,
Burn down the post and beam.
More pain when the root's exposed, hide your past,
Twin life when darkness rose, in the black, with the track in plain view.

North wind, Eastern light, cold day begins,
South face, Western rise, turns, sees, runs free, for now.
Track Name: Reverie
Lyrics for Reverie written by Sage Reynolds

You walk the silk road to anywhere,
Riding boots and blue jeans, white blouse,
Piled in a heap by the bedroom door,
With sweet sounds through my radio.

You're all the mind's food I need,
Endless slow replay, running through the days,
In love with you despite the pain,
Lady of my dreams, nightmares, and reverie.

I take the slow boat to nowhere,
Floating on the current whim, half lost,
The track hums, bodies meet,
Lying in the morning sun, a memory too strong.

You're all the heart's fire I need,
Thought of slow delay, counting back the days,
In love with you despite the pain,
Lady of my dreams, nightmares, and reverie.

You held my eyes with your own, too long,
I hit rewind in my minds eye, the first song.

You held my eyes,
We rode the highs,
Through sunlit skies,
Daydream reprise.
Track Name: Wood Fire
Lyrics for Wood Fire written by Sage Reynolds

In a sunlit room by the riverside,
Dust in rays, it floats by the plants and fabric falls,
Smells of wood on fire and the leaves of grey,
Sounds of life drift down, it's the ebb and flow of day.

Time wears on, Where's on?, Where's on?,
Rise and cross the room to the place where music's played,
Thoughts cross your mind like the bees of summer,
Buzz and nag and swell 'til something breaks.

Throw the stereo, Watch sound fly.

Long arc in space then,
Short crash and burn when,
Gear hits the fire and sound explodes,
Mind wears out, Where's out?, Where's out?
It's the only house with two tone smoke.

Throw the stereo, Watch sound fly.

It's still in the room, when the noises resume, not half as bad.
I remember the light, and the dust and the night, three shades of reason.

I'll make the fire again with wood a little drier,
We'll walk the land tomorrow with hearts a little lighter.
By the river that runs,
Where the bees did buzz,
In the forest that talks,
It's the ebb and flow.
Track Name: Betty & Joyce
Lyrics for Betty & Joyce written by Sage Reynolds

By the side door breeze is blowing up the lane,
Her hair's undone,
Watching birds as they fly away with her dreams.
In the back seat Betty's driving you insane,
She rides the curb,
Smile & nod as she cuts you up at the seems.

It's the same old story,
Do it all for the glory,
When it's done you'll have nothing left.

On the front stoop low and rich he sings his pain,
For all the world,
They start to dance and the house it shakes, it leans.
From the top floor Joyce the baker starts to shout,
She's out of salt,
Grain and fire ground by her own means.

It's the same old story,
Do it all for the glory,
When it's done you'll have nothing left.

Top rated,
Back shelf,
Side-step to front,
Betty and Joyce.
Track Name: Full Blue
Lyrics for Full Blue written by Sage Reynolds

Shadow on the run, feather caught the sun,
Angles by your eyes, full blue, winter skies.

While my lung's on fire, white cold, clear desire,
To find the real thing, slow and low, dressin' well in warm attire.

Jack-shirt, wool finesse, don't stop your caress,
You're the real thing, Winter Lady, all my words fail to express.

Hair black as night, snowsuit so white,
Smile with your eyes, full blue, winter skies.

High boots, evergreens, camp time, switch to jeans,
We make the real thing, warm and dry, “That's the best fire that I've seen.”

Sun fades to night, snow bright, moon light,
Tell's me with her eyes, full blue, “Hold me 'til we rise.”

Now my heart's wild fire, white hot, clear desire,
I found the real thing, with mittens on, Winter Lady, warm sapphire.
Winter Lady, lights my fire,
Winter Lady, warm sapphire.
Track Name: Nine
Lyrics for Nine written by Sage Reynolds

Nine, burn your time,
And mine, thoughts in line.

Your face so pale, the ending starts,
Leaving the room hand to eyes, cutting ties, sailing through the wall,
The sundries fall.
The reach and tumble, the startled call,
She's not the one to count your stars, blind in bars, stumbling through it all,
A state of loss.

Where it went, burnt and bent, dark calls.

Nine, burn your time,
And mine, rain and vine.

The feeling's visual, black and orange,
Lost in a scape of moving lines, thoughts unwind, racing, vague recall,
A sense of awe.
At nine a.m. your eyes are still closed,
À vingt et un sa jour est done, you sprint and run, fighting full withdrawal.

The fire ate the hours, rain put the coals out, mind that devours.

Nine, burn your time,
And mine, thought design.
Break line, waste time.
Nine, thoughts unwind.