Wooden Spirits

by Winter By Lake

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Following the acclaimed Stories from Birds and Horses, Winter By Lake lets us discover Wooden Spirits, the sophomore album of this protean artist.

Wooden Spirits is an autobiographical fiction.

The winter inspiration of his first album gives way to Polaroids of those moments that arise unexpectedly in our minds: ramblings of the conscious and the unconscious.

Like the previous album, Winter By Lake has done everything: music, lyrics, recording and mixing. A course of two years in his Paris studio which began shortly after the release of Stories.

The album was mastered by Harris Newann (Constellation Label) in a process of sound quality against the current running at too high levels found in the current productions that tend to degrade the sound. To make it simple, strong doesn't mean better.

Wooden Spirits is a continuity in the approach of this rare artist, but a break in the current musical universe.


released February 24, 2014

Music, recording and mixing by Winter By Lake
Mastering by Harris Newman, Grey Market Mastering, Montréal, Canada

Totally cool and moody French groove pop. This is the second full-length release from Winter By Lake...and it's a keeper. The album features nine subtle voyages into the world of modern electronic pop. These songs are dreamy and direct, slightly commercial, but much more artistic in nature overall. We can't speak or read French, so we couldn't make out much from the press release that accompanied this album. But we were able to determine that the band is the solo project created by Nicolas Cancel. One of the reasons why Cancel's songs work so well...is the fact that they are presented so simply without a lot of unnecessary ingredients muddying the mix. The arrangements here are specific to each song...and the vocals are wonderfully breathy and hushed. If you're a fan of folktronica, dream pop, or electronica...there's a good chance you'll totally dig the nifty heady sound of these tracks. Our favorite cuts include "Night Birds," "The Fall," and "The War Is Over." Top pick.

Les Inrockuptibles
“(...)Le coeur de cette folktronica bat sous une fine couche de glace qui craquelle dès que l’on y pose un pied. Le Parisien avait déjà séduit avec un premier album charmeur, Stories from Birds and Horses. Il revient aujourd’hui avec ce Wooden Spirits envoûtant, aux humeurs à la fois douces et sauvages.” 4/5

Benzine Magazine
“Véritable artisan de la musique, Winter By Lake revient avec un nouvel album personnel et sensible, entre slowcore et électronica. Ou comment l’introspection permet d’atteindre des sommets…”

“(…) Le rendu sonore de Wooden Spirits est proprement incroyable, notamment dans l'imbrication entre instruments électriques et programmations électroniques. Les compositions sont pop et mélancoliques…”

Longueur d'ondes
“(...) Une poésie à l'anglaise captivante qui repose sur une certaine schizophrénie musicale. Cet album s'inscrit dans le style folktronica : l'hymne à la nature et l'appel au voyage touchent aux racines du folk tandis que les sons électro minimalistes s'invitent dans une atmosphère épurée. Pas étonnant que l'homme-orchestre soit féru de littérature japonaise ! Un album délicat qui reste fidèle aux valeurs du label : sobriété et sincérité… ”


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Track Name: Night Birds
This must be the place
Beyond the mountains
Black birds on fire
Crossing the night
You're speechless by the view
The stormy weather, the sound of thunder

Let it rain, let it

I will eat your sun
To blow on your land
The blackness of my angriness
Taking the roads to the dead cities
Are you one of them ?
Are you one ?

The love is faded by the salt
Of your tears on the pillow
Hopes are thrown
Winter by lake
The frozen sky of my emptiness

I'm a night bird
the king of the city
I deserve more
Than the few seconds
We share sometimes
With the alcoholic blood

Let it rain
Let it
Track Name: The Darkest Hour
On the shore
The light off and on
Where do you think, i am ?
The moon brings back
The ghosts in my brain
What a mess

And the noise of the waves
Rolling under my feet
Keeps me awake
While the wind
Pushing me away

Did you see the snow falling on doomsday ?

Endless stories made the universe
Tiny parts of me
Make their own now
But it's alright, it's alright
To falling apart
Letting the space between us
Melts on the ground

The darkest hour is coming
To take me
The feeling of your silky skin
And the smell you let in the bed

Let's take the staircase behind the hold house
I promise no one get hurt
As the shadows going to the bright side

The flood, the flood introduces the salvation
Of the wooden spirits
We float on a wild river

In the cold, surrounded by the water
Is there something to die for ?
Only the sound of the kids
Track Name: The Fall
The water is a sin
How does it feel ?
The piece of wood
Around the finger
The gift of the soul

Upon the bed
Let us fall
This is the end
The end

The amazing sound
Of our hearts starts to stop
Deeper under the silence
Deeper under

Upon the bed
Let us fall
This is the end
The end

At night tell me
What the ghosts bring back
To the soul, to the life
Back, back, back to the dark
To the light
Track Name: Old Tree
I will open your chest, love
And blow all the dust on your heart
I will open your skull, love
And give your thoughts to the light
Your light

The old tree is burning after the storm
This fire is like your words
I'm becoming a drinker

I'm buried in a box
You've made with the old tree's roots
Let it go, let it go, I will you do
But you won't give me to the skies
Dealing with the poison
Dealing with my blood
Am i just an other drinker ?
You're looking for someone else
Looking for a soul
To keep in a book close to your chest
Waiting for the rain to come
Track Name: Odd Fish
Walking deep in the sea
Looking at the faces around me
Wearing some dark clothes
Trying to find the magnificent door
To going through the edge of time
The birth of the lies

Calm down

Did you ever try to smoke under the sea ?
The air is running out
Farewell, farewell my friend

Calm down

Open your eyes
Let the nightmare behind
Leave your bed
The next struggle

Odd fish
Why are you so cruel with the little words in your mouth ?
And the battle is coming soon
To you
I'm still dreaming and waiting for
The riot
Track Name: Our Curse
Kitten is playing with a ball of yarn
Waiting a man to come in his home

A woman is crying alone
Thinking of the day she had
Life is a prison cell for her

Workers would you join us ?
To erase the lines on the wall

Sing slow
Our curse is sleeping
Sing slow
Don't wake up the king!
And when our hands will rise
Turning clouds into rain
You will not have any tears to cry

Father, where have you been ?
Letting us to rule the world
With no clues
Mother, take care of the kind beings
For the riot to come
In our minds

Joy rise
Washing the lies
Is it a dream ?
It's so real
The wall is down
As you can see
The rain bury our curse
Track Name: Wooden Spirits
Taking your fears
Won't change anything
You are still living on the edge
Losing yourself with someone else
Once you kissed me
A bullet in the heart
Wooden spirits won't see
The shelter of the blind
The night covers the sky

Strangers don't understand
That the walls are painted in black
Like the lines on the paper
You used to fill
When the dawn rise
The cat open its eyes to hunt

Downtown at night after
The funeral of our love
The best funeral ever
Told the friends
Keepers are waiting a sign
To close the door
I take a ship and sailing on your skin
Taking my life, taking my mind
Carrying the curse
How does it feel to write that on your skin ?

Write down
Track Name: Dead Man's Bones
Dead man's bones, you're coming
With your white skin
Dead man's bones, take me out of here
Out of the night
I can't see your face
Only your skinny skull
And the fear that you give

Knocking at the gates
Listening to the sound of my lost life
Thoughts are blowing in my head
Like a kid amused by the fire

Dead man's bones, I will burn you
Again remembering the old days
Dead man's bones run away
Before the devil's jaws gets you
Hurry up my time has come
Hurry up the day is done

Knocking at the gates
Listening to the sound of my lost life
Thoughts are blowing in my head
Like a kid amused by the fire

The air is fading now
Cause the unseen sins are over us
We will find a home
To protect us against the flood
Track Name: The War Is Over
The war is over
I put my brand new clothes on
Walking on a highway
With no directions in mind
Soldiers keep struggle in the field
I wish they'll find an exit to their life

Today I cut
The wire between us
Open my wings
And you old men
You are on your way
To see your love again
And stay in the clouds with her

You used to make me
New toys with young branches
Playing in the garden
Making some noise again
As I grew up
I let you in a house
With a cat
And a fire to warm you

I tried to be someone like you
Taking care of the others
Having a quiet life
But it was different wars, different times
The world is turning mad
When i'm looking a picture of you
I'm so proud to have
A part of my blood coming from you
I have to cut the link now
And the last words are
Thank you
Old man