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The Cities We Planned, The Cities We Made

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released September 10, 2013

Toby Cayouette: vocals, guitar, piano, keys, programming
Jon Hill: Guitar, vocals
Mathieu Dumontier: Bass
Michel Aubinais: Drums
Music by Statue Park, Words by Toby Cayouette
Guest vocals on Picture Irene by Sydney Wayser
Recorded and Mixed by Matt Lederman
Produced by Toby Cayouette, with additional production by Matt Lederman
Mastered by Ryan Morey at Ryan Morey Mastering
Sleeve design by Mike Durcak

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Statue Park Montréal, Québec

Behind soaring, breathy vocals, Statue Park is a blend of intricate guitar interplay, completed by moody, murky samples and bubbly analog synths, driven by a live pulsating, heartbeat of bass and drums. The Montreal quartet manage to carry their complex arrangements to the stage with verve and intensity, delivering a 90s inflected indie rock breathing through epicly layered electronics. ... more

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Track Name: Shackleton
Shackleton

Let me take you far away
On an expedition
To the furthest we can go
A place of ice and snow
And set adrift
On an ice floe
We'll lose our way
I'll sing to you every day

We'd be okay
If nothing ever got in the way
We'd be alright
If you never left my sight

We can forget about the rest
The complications
Take time to build a nest
The perfect nation
If something goes wrong
Will you be strong
Will you run away
Or will you stay

We'd be okay
If nothing ever got in the way
We'd be alright
If you never left my sight

We'd be okay
If nothing ever got in the way
We'd be alright
If you never left my side
Track Name: Electric Blue Printing Machine
Electric Blue Printing Machine

I've been keeping an archive
Of blueprints for the people we've never been
I have the keys to all their lives
So many doors through which we will never fit

I want to do something right, tonight
I want to do something right, tonight

I wallpaper inside my head
With all the pages from everything I've read
I count ripples in the air
Make systems for the people who are never there

I want to do something right, tonight
I want to do something right, tonight

I'm a professional
I'm a professional

I'm worth more for parts than a whole professional
With obsolete hands and a quiet, invisible spark
I'm worth more for parts than a whole professional
With obsolete hands and a quiet, invisible spark
Track Name: Picture Irene
Picture Irene

I can only ever know you from afar
I can't get closer to the fabric of your scars
The details in your lining like I've never seen
You're turning into someone I've almost never been, Irene

I never seem to be what you thought you saw
Around a corner, in passing, in awe
You don't remember what I was saying
Because you did all the talking

If we never met, you'd never leave
If we never let go of the distance
If we never met, you'd never leave
If we never let go, we could lead
A perfect existence

You never end up being that surprise
A girl I never ever saw with my own eyes
I guess we can't avoid actually meeting
But once I find out your real names, you're all the same

Just kiss my eyes, don't won't say a word
Just touch my mouth, don't be absurd
I'll always be new
Just because you'll never learn anything about me

If we never met, you'd never leave
If we never let go of the distance
If we never met, you'd never leave
If we never let go, we could lead
A perfect existence

This time, we'll try to stay away
At a greater distance every day
From here we'll keep waiting
For the first time
Track Name: Airport Echoes
Airport Echoes

It's the last call
The PA system says
It's your last chance
To cross the gate and wait in line
If you want to fly at all
It's the last plane out
To leave from here
To take you where you don't want to go
Again

I stow my bag
In the overhead compartment
And sit right down
Wishing that I'd stayed in your bed
I know it won't be long this time
No more than a day… or two
Before I start badly missing you
Again

From my window seat
Counting rivets on the wing
And plastic cups
Watching endless nothing float us by
But there's a fire in the sky
Every time I go
That lets me know
I have to let you let me go
Again
Track Name: Dead Man's Switch
Dead Man's Switch

Strange things happen in the night
My blood starts boiling, my brain transforming
My intentions are twisting into fights
Misplaced insecurity splattering all over the walls

When the time comes I'll feed on my own blood
Push myself over the edge
A tightrope walk along the ledge
I deplete the vitamins in my brain
It makes it so much easier when I turn into a monster

I lose my mind
Instead of trusting you when you needed me too
I lose my mind
Instead of trusting you and believing that
Everything will be fine

I'm sorry girl no one here is safe
When the darkness is upon me
There's nothing that can stop me
I've lost the war against myself
I'm turning inside out again
My own victim in the end

I lose my mind
Instead of trusting you when you needed me too
I lose my mind
Instead of trusting you and believing that
Everything will be fine

I wish I could
Avoid turning you into the enemy
And keep you safe when I'm out on a blood spree
I wish I was
Strong enough to stay away
And spare you from the things I'm gonna say
Track Name: 1983
1983

We started a company

In the first quarter of 1983

We wanted to make people happy 

And, of course, make a little money
We started worrying 
that our
8-bit programming 

Wouldn’t be completed in time 
for
The shareholders meeting

Wait for us 

Soon it will be ready 

For fourth quarter entry, maybe

We didn’t read the market studies 
or analyses 

On the viability of our new company
In the already saturated videogame industry 

We didn't stand a fighting chance of avoiding bankruptcy

Wait for us

Soon it will be ready 

For fourth quarter entry, maybe

When the orders starting coming 

We hired more programmers 

When the deadline came 

We'd be ready to start shipping
To make sure we'd stay in the running 

We hired a flock of managers 

When the deadline came 

We were ready to start shipping

The industry crashed on the last day of 1983

We had to declare insolvency 

We had to fire everybody 

Soon we will be ready 
to start another company
Track Name: A Letter Before Leaving
A Letter Before Leaving

I watched you wash your feet in the sink
I watched you lose your furs in the snow
I watched you burn a pie on the stove
I watched you drop your necklace down the drain
On the day before I left

You were angry
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch you do it all over again
And you were beautiful
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch you do it all over again

I watched you bite my cheek until it bled
I watched your nails dig trenches in my back
I watched you use me while you watched me use you
I watched the deepest sleep you drew me into
On the night before I left

You were fierce
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch you do it all over again
And you were fiery
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch you do it all over again

And during every day that I was gone
I watched the films we made
I listened to our songs

I watched you put a flower print dress over your shoulders
I watched you take it off and put on five more
I watched you carefully put your makeup on
I watched you cry it off in the mirror

You were far away
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch us do it all over again
I was far away too
I couldn't wait to come back
And watch us do it all over again
Track Name: This Folding House
This Folding House

There's another house I built in this one
Where the light bends when it touches no one
After all this time my ghost needs a place to stay
A place made out of everyone you've thrown away

It's time for me to go now
It's time to some light through
I am not the ghost for you

I try on new masks for size
But they all have the same eyes
These lives I see, I try them on
I try on new masks for size
But they all have the same eyes
These lives I see are already gone

I keep your ephemera stored in the library
My natural museum of personal history
I trapped myself inside this folding house for months now
Examining the DNA for why and how

It's time for me to go now
It's time to some light through
I am not the ghost for you

Screeching all the while my face turns blue
I rip up every floorboard for clues
I fold the walls and make them new
To try and forget there's nothing I can do

I try on new masks for size
But they all have the same eyes
These lives I see, I try them on
I try on new masks for size
But they all have the same eyes
These lives I see are already gone

You were someone else before I knew you
And you've become someone else again now
I've been consorting with ghosts and wasting my time
Because you were never there for me to find
Track Name: The Architect
The Architect

I am the architect
I built a city to protect
The things that I placed inside
You'll never have to hide

I populate it with the little things you love
And then I put us in a tower high above

You love it
You need it
You wanted it all
Wake up
And look down
At the city I built for you
I love it
I want it
And I need it too
As long as you still do

I built it for us
You didn't like the cracks and the rust
Help me fix it up
It was built with my hands
It was built to your demands
Help me finish it

She took the only bus
She left the city in a rush
She left everything I made
Everything I gave

I was alone inside
A city that had died
And all the things I made for you
Were thinking of leaving too

You love it
You need it
You wanted it all
Wake up
And look down
At the city I built for you
I love it
I want it
And I need it too
As long as you still do

I built it for us
You didn't like the cracks and the rust
Help me fix it up
It was built with my hands
It was built to your demands
Help me finish it
Track Name: Weights & Sinkers
Weights and Sinkers
 
Drill rivets through my knees
Screw a helmet to my head
Clamp my arms to my sleeves
And put on boots of lead
 
Walk into the
Walk into the sea
Walk into the
My heavy feet are dragging me
 
On my way down
 
The air gets thicker underground
As I walk further away from sound
There's no thinking underwater
In my suit of weights and sinkers

I've left behind my address
Living in standard diving dress
A coffin of brass and glass
I cut the supply to my breathing gas
 
Needed to know
Needed to know how deep i can go
Needed to go
Needed to go where no one goes
 
On my way down
 
The air gets thicker underground
As I walk further away from sound
There's no thinking underwater
In my suit of weights and sinkers
Track Name: The Science of Letting Go
The Science of Letting Go

I've been drawing your lines
Making surfaces align
Solving your equations
Drafting your elevations
A place I could hide
I put my body inside
Dissolved in the concrete mixture
Living inside your structure

I've been planning you for years
But the buildings I've made have disappeared

Let go, let go
Didn't you know
There's a science to letting go
So let go, let go

It's all over now
They tore your walls to the ground
Too many things need changing
Too much needs rearranging
There are other buildings to grow
I'll get another shot, I know
I'll seek out every commission
Submit to every competition

This is your call to make
I have nothing left that you can take

So let go, let go
Didn't you know
There's a science to letting go
Oh let go, let go

All the plans I drew I've placed inside balloons
I've tied them to a tree an one by one I set them free
One day there will be someone to draw me
I'll be the building to make
A building worth spending a life on