Do You Dream

by Thanya Iyer

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"an eloquent amalgam that flashes tastefully with electronic nuance and compositional space"
- William Eau, Stack Your Roster



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released September 3, 2016

Thanya Iyer - Vocals, Piano, Violin, Toy Piano, Banjolin, Synths
Alex Kasirer-Smibert - Upright Bass, Synths, Guitar
Daniel Gélinas - Drums, Marimba-Synth, Field Recordings, Dried Clementine Peels
Shaina Hayes - Vocals
Simon Millerd - Trumpet, Synths
Sarah Pagé - Harp
Krisjana Thorsteinson - Oboe on "Loss"
Chuck Bronson - Effects on "Tender Thunder Theme" and “Loss”
Thierry Cotton - Soprano Saxophone on "Polyester Chu Chu Train Theme"
Jon Kaspy - Additional recording on "Daydreaming"

Recorded at Studio Chocolat Chaud between September 2015 and April 2016 with additional harp overdubs at the Barr Brothers Studio

All songs by Thanya Iyer
Produced by Daniel Gélinas, Alex Kasirer-Smibert & Thanya Iyer
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Daniel Gélinas
Artwork by Shaina Hayes
Design by Justine Israel

A big thank you Canada Council for the Arts and Factor Canada for making this album possible.
A bigger thank you to the moms and dads of this band and the close friends who give us so much love and support.

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Thanya Iyer Montreal, Québec

In the year MMXII, they began recording in a church with a moldy ceiling, a moldy basement, and of course a bedroom (occasional bathroom) made out of pews. “Do You Dream?” is an experiment of experimentation and songs coming together. Some might call it “songmentation”. Or even, if you look at it as experimentation + songs augmenting each other you might say “Saugmentation”. ... more

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Track Name: 500 Hours
Oh we wait, oh we wait
We will wait till the break of darn
And I’ll work, for the grain
I will carry this weight on

Oh my hands, they are tired
My body, it aches
For 500 hours to be done
Oh the day grows me weary, the night seems so long
And I’ll carry this weight on

If you ask me to wait for 500 hours
I will wait till the break of dawn
And I’ll wait, and I’ll work
And we’ll count them down together
500 hours

I know, I can’t help myself
When we throw our cards out on the table
I know now, of the lessons learned
It’s a simple story, not a fable
Track Name: Mind Body
Late at night I stay up counting cards until persuaded that I'll save 
Rolling round in circles in my head, my heart is heavy with the weight 
I can't wait not knowing when I'll finish writing this and hoping to brave be brave  
 
Maybe we'll come a little closer too the days where we can run up and down hills, and just be, forever and ever 
Maybe we'll grow a little closer holding hope that we'll wash away our inner rage and we’ll turn the tides of our seamless fate
 
So we breathe deep, slow 
We keep it deep, low 
And we acknowledge the pain the loss the sadness so we lose it forever 
 
I know this 
I know my mind refuses to grow 
I know this 
I know my body takes the load 
 
Maybe we'll jump a little higher coming close to the days where we can run up and down hills and just be forever and ever 
Maybe we'll fight a little harder holding hope that well wash away our inner rage and well turn the tides of our seamless fate 
 
So we breathe deep and slow 
We keep it deep and low 
And we acknowledge the pain the loss the sadness so we lose it forever
Track Name: Daydreaming
Daydreaming
Searching for a sign through the woods
Clustered in my head
I can’t define what’s good or what’s bad
I thought I understood,
I thought I knew I could see through all this black and blue

My body is so estranged
I thought it did know you
My mind right now – so deranged
I thought it could speak truth
I’m still waiting for that sign

Do you know me better than I know you?
You know I can’t stay here
I can’t see through all the blue
I’m still waiting for that sign
Track Name: Sail Away
Can we go far and sail away?
I just know I could be better
Will we shut down and fail to say?
I just know I could be better

If I could, I would go to the woods
Run away and find a boy like you, soft as the waves
You may know my name, but I’m just not the same

I would sail, through the rumble of the fiery waves
If you came to me I’d give to you, all that I’ve got
Can we disappear, maybe I’d see clear
Track Name: Painting
I can’t follow the line
Wait – I’ll get there soon
Or go back in time
No I won’t - I won’t admit

I’m standing in the sun
I’ve only begun to see the flaws in this painting
Colour deep its etched and engrained in me
My soul I can’t define I can’t feel the divine
I know you’re out there lost in this painting
Etched and engrained in me

These words, they’re hard to say
It’s hard to relay how you grieve me
These books shoved in a box
We’re left with the loss
No more dreaming

I’m standing in the sun
This web that I’ve spun ties me down
I can’t really take it I try to break its etched and engrained in me
This road I can’t decide
I can’t say that I’ve tried
Tried to look inside myself
Moving the mountains
We’re standing in the sun
I’ve only begun to start dreaming
But shove me in a box
Track Name: Bridges
No more, Can I fake it now
No more, Can I take it now

Would you rather be a listener, to the sounds of darkened cities?
Or would you rather take your limited ability, and change the way you deal

Would you rather hum in silence?
Make regrets through all the violence
Or would you rather make a sound that people can sing

To build a Bridge across an ocean
We’ve got to make a plan
To understand our own stabilities
The differences in weight, of you and me and our nature
Track Name: Hold on
Hold on to yourself
I'm trying hard not to let go
Hold on to the sun
Its the light that shapes our memories
Cause the times, they change
and our minds, they grow
from black and white to grey
And in time we feel
like the light goes away
Its the path that we take
Sometimes I feel the world turns too fast
I can't catch up, I can't breathe, I can’t see no more
If there were time to change my ways I would
But time don't wait for no one
If I could I'd run away across the world
I'd break my ties
goodbye
Track Name: Can we be still
From the start
We’re running from sunlight to dark
Can we be still?
I’m looking forever for that peace
You’ll find it alone, alone
Can we be still?
I’m looking forever

I’m holding on to faulty lines with open arms
are you inclined to take my hand, my tired heart
I was mistaken from the start

When I look outside I see the beautiful sun
When I close my eyes I know that you are the one
I know in my heart that I should give up the choice
I know I can change the way the wind blows
Track Name: Loss
When we first crossed paths we were young
But with time we’ve changed
Now the sun sets low, still you run
From this moment

Can we break from this moment
I need another day
Just to hold you close one last time
Before they take you away
Because it’ll be the only moment to set me up for life
and it’ll be our only moment
Track Name: For Now
Far out
Through the mountains
In my backyard
Through the backwaters
I hide it all away

All my secrets
All my notebooks
All my gold coins
All your dirty looks
Can I get away from here?

I know I’ve made mistakes in another time
In another place
In another rhyme
I can’t follow you down

Maybe I am no good
You’re a no show
I know if I could
I would follow you down

Yes, I know you
You’re a rain drop
Not so permanent
But you hit the spot
Will we ever move on?

Will you say the words I want to hear you say?
Will I break down?
Not another day
I can’t follow you down

I know I’ve made mistakes in another time
In another place
In another rhyme
I can’t follow you down

Maybe I am no good
You’re a no show
I know if I could
I would follow you down
Track Name: Not Warm Not Cold
Alone
Afraid
We don’t have to be okay
This is the way it works

Talk to me
There is room for you to be
This is the way it works

I’m hanging on for life
I walk on silver lines
This fire burns by back
Its unkind
Don’t leave us behind
Don’t leave us behind
Track Name: Be Apart/Break Apart (Give A Little)
And I know the feeling is gone 
If we wait just for one little minute can we turn it back on 
My dear darling you're a long way from home 
If you came back for just one more second, maybe we'd know 
 
So we try to give, we give a little, we give a little 
We give a little to the ones we love 
And we try to hold, we hold on, we hold on 
We hold on to the ones we love 
 
I know it hurts to be apart, break apart 
We're in circles right now 
In time we tend to grow apart, fade apart 
No more hurdles right now