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Ellapsis

by Dreamtigers

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1.
Six Rivers 03:41
Footfalls in the dark near me always quicken my pulse Why must you always so secret be Why play me false Seattle was never the place for you Do we have the same favorite tree If I can’t find you, may you never be found May you always run wild and free Who harmed you when you were young Who took the trust from your face Scared of the wrongs that were done Nothing I can say If I can’t find you, May you never be found May you always run wild and free
2.
When Time is over All time is Now Threads of bodies scattered, Weaving in and out Look how they cluster And stretch so thin They think they started weaving They think they know What do you know? Look what it says here What do you know And from this distance, all turns to smoke Went wrong before we started The sickest joke What do you know? Looks like we’re stuck here What do you know What do you know before the long years What do you know Stuck at every turn Weaving all the wrong ways Clustered over time How long till the seals break As I get older, I have less and less to say
3.
What would it be to not forget The things that haven’t happened yet And find a simple way to choose The things we wouldn’t have to lose Last night I thought I saw you there But it hadn’t happened yet If we could, what would we choose The things we wouldn’t have to lose And I saw the last time (Picking up right after) Traded twelve for twenty more We wake when no one is watching, mirroring We wake when no one is watching, ringing out It was early evening before they ran backward Traded under, upwards, fear We wake when no one is watching mirroring futures we spell We wake when no one is watching ringing out our former selves Ringing out To find a simple way to choose The things we wouldn’t have to lose The things we would’ve have to
4.
For Sally 04:44
And I saw the canisters first and then I heard your voice- through the tubes you complained they cluttered up your room. The smell I could never place with your perfume from Sunday. You asked us how we were and how was the trip up Postcards and photographs- we talk of foreign trips and the time before he passed- he was a good man. And then I saw your face just like it was those days. But I write this on a plane- I won't see you again
5.
3.13.8 03:02
Oh my god Sorry that it’s been so long Took him away Took him away End of our day Took him And what do I do when it’s done Oh mother where is your son Took him away Took him away End of our day Took him Raise your hands in hallelujah Raise your broken hands
6.
Well I remember this moment Midwinter on the quad at midnight. You got the notion to run. Boy, you’ve got a lot of notions I remember this one. It was furious and bright, Brought you swiftly through the night The night we all face. I haven't seen you in years. Oh how I’ve seen the world Suck the joy out of everyone I haven't seen you in years. I hope you still Have those moments I’d love to find that You're not rotted dry.
7.
Took a walk outside, past the morning light Doesn’t matter now that’s all I like Doesn’t make a difference, I just do what I can I don’t think I'll ever See this city again All the boulevards, the neon lights Doesn't matter that I can’t tonight Doesn’t make a difference, I just do what I can I don’t think I'll ever See this city again Doesn’t make a difference, I just do what I can I don’t think I'll ever
8.
Pick up the phone, Then put it away Why do my hands shake So many before Unending array What will I do now? So much has gone, those footsteps don’t ring Lost until I hear The sound of your voice It drags me away The sound of your voice Drags me away What do I do now As the photos they fade Feel it sink like a roof in the rain Slowly lower What do I do now Screaming out in the dark and the fear Waiting only for it to draw near Even lower Oh how long is now Answers pass through my fingers stretched out Gone already with barely a sound Is it over But where are we now They’re still hoarding the moments they stole While the rest of us out in the cold Slowly smoulder And it burns And it grows And it burns The sound of your voice drags me away

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“What would it be to not forget / the things that haven’t happened yet?”

What would it be to see the future? To understand ourselves and our communities in the full scope of time- reckoning with the past while seeing the possibility and danger of what could be. Dreamtigers’ upcoming full-length, “Ellapsis,” out February 18th via Skeletal Lightning, isn’t afraid to ask these questions. “Ellapsis is a made-up word that means ‘Time Sickness’ “ says singer and lyricist Jake Woodruff. “Taking “ellapsed” and making it sound like a disease. Each song explores how time can multiply pain, over years and generations. Time and decay weave the whole thing together.”

As the album was nearing completion, Woodruff and partner/bandmate Aisha Burns had to unexpectedly move across the country to help out with a family medical emergency. This upended everything in their, and this close-knit band’s, plans. Dealing with a medical trauma, and the chaos and exhaustion of caregiving afterward, is something that they’re still processing. Attempting to navigate the U.S. healthcare system in the middle of a crisis threw many things into question. “It’s definitely surprising that we still liked these songs after the most stressful and exhausting year of me and Aisha's life” says Woodruff. “I didn't really know if it was gonna hold up after that. A lot of things in my life didn't, and I’ve had a lot of trouble reacclimating to formerly ‘normal’ elements of life. When I got a chance to finish these songs and send them to mixing, I felt like I was hearing them for the first time and coming back to myself but in a new light. I’m thankful they still resonated with me.”

It’s not often that songs about such expansive topics get to the point so immediately. The album’s opener, “Six Rivers,” kicks into a massive wall of sound that still leaves room for Woodruff’s evocative guitar work, and Joe Longobardi’s (Woodruff’s bandmate from hardcore juggernauts Defeater) crushing, yet tasteful, percussion. Caspian guitarist and frontman Phil Jamieson proves he’s equally powerful on bass, providing nuanced melodic sensibility to booming rhythmic grooves. Woodruff’s and fellow songwriter/guitarist Andrew Gary’s vocals float over all of this- weaving, detailed and incandescent.

These louder, grungier guitar-driven songs that start the record elevate the vocal harmonies and provide a searing opening act, culminating in the bombastic and cathartic ending of “I See the Future,” which features the first appearance of Burns and Dylan Rieck (Burns’ former bandmate in Bamorhea), providing emotive and spacious string arrangements. These coalesce over Longobardi’s powerhouse drumming, while “find a simple way to choose / the things we wouldn’t have to lose” floats like a mantra over the song’s end.

This power contrasts with the understated nature of the first of the more minimal songs, “For Sally,” which harkens back to the band’s singer-songwriter origins. These contrasts shape the record’s dynamic narrative arc, propelling the harmony-laden, luminous vocals into a dreamscape-like world. For anyone familiar with these musicians’ other work, Dreamtigers feels like a fitting, yet surprising rearrangement, a labor of love that’s now unleashed a fully-formed LP. It’s not really shoegaze, it’s not really emo, but exists in the liminal space between, with fractured emotions evident in every note of these compositions.

Recording took place in several stages; beginning with Will Benoit, longtime friend and owner of Radar Studio, a 100% solar-powered studio in the woods outside of New Haven, CT. They tracked the foundation of each song live in 3 days, and devoted another day to overdubs and ambient layers. Daryl Rabidoux (Cancer Conspiracy) provided technical assistance. Vocals and remaining instrumentation were recorded by the band at home. The album was mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip (Nothing, Lauryn Hill, Turnstile, Quicksand, among many others).

Dreamtigers, much like the Borges prose poem from which they take their name, are constantly chasing an ideal —their recordings offer snapshots of the band’s development, organic and imperfect but pointed at the beauty beyond. These songs, written about and within loss and time and oppressive structures, feel immediate in a time where loss and oppression are continuous. In “Ellapsis,” we see a band finding new form, offering us a record both nostalgic and invigorating, lush, and powerful, in love and solidarity during what have always been uncertain times.

credits

released February 18, 2022

“ELLAPSIS” WAS RECORDED LIVE AT THE RADAR STUDIO IN CLINTON, CT BY WILL BENOIT.
DARYL RABIDOUX ASSISTED.

VOCALS, VIOLINS, AND ADDITIONAL AMBIENT TRACKS RECORDED BY
JAKE WOODRUFF, ANDREW GARY, AND PHILIP JAMIESON.

CELLO RECORDED BY DYLAN RIECK

MIXED AND MASTERED BY WILL YIP.

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY DREAMTIGERS

ALL LYRICS BY JAKE WOODRUFF, EXCEPT “PERCOCET BLUES”
VOCALS BY ABBY CHAMBERLAIN AND JAKE WOODRUFF.

ART DIRECTION, DESIGN & LAYOUT BY R&AD / R-AD.COM

AISHA BURNS - VIOLIN, VOCALS ON 3.13.8
ANDREW GARY - GUITAR, VOCALS
DYLAN RIECK - CELLO
JAKE WOODRUFF _GUTTAR, VOCALS
JOE LONGOBARDI - DRUMS
PHIL JAMIESON - BASS

MANY THANKS TO SEAN AND MO AT SKELETAL LIGHTNING, EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE MAKING OF THIS RECORD, AND YOU.

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