Local Haunts (Self​-​titled EP)

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A long-dead philosopher once wrote that we make our own history, but we must do so under the heavy weight of the past, haunted always by what has come before. Drawing on time-honored folk-country melodies, modern poetry and the gritty rhythms of prairie cities, Local Haunts explores these haunted histories. Not the big narratives but the tiny, everyday histories—of desire and upheaval, of longing and leaving.

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released October 12, 2013

David Janzen: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin
Tyler Bird: Upright Bass, Drums
Taylor Ackerman : Drums, Electric guitar, Organ
Danny 'Skinny' Dick: Pedal Steel Guitar
Brenna Lowry: Backup vocals
Nicole Hembroff: Violin
Clayton Smith: Drums

All songs written by David Janzen
Produced by Michael Granzow & Chin Up Record Collective
Recorded by Taylor Ackerman and Jesse Northey
Mixed by Jesse Northey
Mastered by Howard Baer

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Local Haunts London, Ontario

Local Haunts' songs are created by David Janzen, a singer-songwriter based in Edmonton and London, Canada. On the inaugural, self-titled EP, Janzen is backed by inimitable country artists, Treeline (Taylor Ackerman, Danny Dyck, Tyler Bird and Clayton Smith) and features guests, Brenna Lowry and Nicole Hembroff. ... more

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Track Name: Kawartha, North
Drove your car just far enough to find
Where the highways finally unwind onto
That stone-lake blue

Lost our way there only to find
every sound, every lake and every light would fold
Back into you

Are you coming home?

Left the light of the Great Lakes for to find
An idea, something I cannot cite, or make
Through time remain

Capital and they’re love of oil incites
Cadence of those prairie city nights unfolds
and I miss you

Are you coming home?

Time enough to know what we left behind.
A thousand miles between and we can’t quite find
The courage to dwell in, to pass through, to let go
Time enough to learn never we will know

Are you coming home?
Track Name: Desire Lines
With longing and hope Sukanen stokes a forging fire
To build of steel and oak, make material and real a desire
That won’t bend to the wind or the heavy weight of time
Of the shipbuilder stranded two thousand miles from tide.

The rhythm of work, hammered steel and painted earth would ease the mind
Recollections of home to galvanize the tired iron of his soul
and day after day the pulleys and the chains stabilize
the boat that emerges to defy horizon lines.

He knows the way things are going he won’t ever feel at home but he’ll try
to build something to bear the equation of distance over time
and to carry the infinite load of the modern signifier
his boat will go up and there he will abide

Infinite the ocean’s currents, infinite the clouded sky’s geometry
But the myths overwhelm and in the drought a desolate economy
Of longing and new verbs the love and the rain that just never came
For the shipbuilder stranded two thousand miles from the sea

Sontianan never sailed from the tired prairie soil still we strive
to build boats of words catch the wind of the world in signs
As hard as we try the metaphors won’t take us home but they might
Stand against the water and the wind at least for a while.

I know the way things are going I won’t ever feel at home, but I’ll try
to build something to bear the equation of distance over time
and to carry the infinite load of the modern signifier
my boat will go up, and there I will abide.