Lefty Singer

by Andrew McPherson

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This is the 3rd solo album by Eccodek producer, remixer and Canadian producer Andrew McPherson. A collection of songs all grounded by Andrew's captivating and rich baritone voice, Lefty Singer is a lushly produced song suite that weaves together Andrew's great and abiding love of rock, ambient, folk and pop music styles.

Lefty Singer addresses the subjects of love and companionship, regret, departure and return, new lives and old ones.

Listeners may be familiar with Andrew's extensive production work for among others, Jane Siberry, Vieux Farka Touré, Buddha Bar, Kiran Ahluwalia, Philosopher Kings, EarthRise SoundSystem, Dubmatix, Delhi 2 Dublin, Dub Colossus, Transglobal Underground, Natalie McMaster, Shannon Kingsbury, Barzin and more...

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released April 8, 2016

Recorded, mixed and produced by Andrew McPherson, 2004-2007 at The Monastereo, Guelph, ON Canada.
Additional recording by Nik Tjelios.

Andrew McPherson-Vocals, keys, guitars, bass, omnichord, harmonium, percussion.
Jim Knight-Nylon and steel guitar, mandolin.
Shannon Kingsbury-Harp, vocals.
Paul McNaughton-Violin.
Kerry Josey, Wayne Cohen, Larry Steel-Guitars Tk. 11

All songs copy. SOCAN 2008, except Unravel by Bjork Gudmundsdottir/Guy Siggsworth 1997 Sony/ATV Harmony, Polygram Music Pub. Ltd.

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Over 7 critically acclaimed albums, Canada’s Eccodek has become a leader in the world of global fusion. With a 2014 and 2009 Juno nomination (Canada’s Grammys), multiple Canadian Music Awards, releases on Buddha Bar, Six Degrees, White Swan Records, their dubwise mix of African, South Asian, Turkish and island sounds, stacked on monster grooves is intoxicating. ... more

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Track Name: Fresh from the water
The rain it murmurs so silently at my front door
And again with resistance I wake to the day
I seek my comfort again

And I watch the horizon as it raises hell
Could today be the day

Now all that’s uncertain, pulled fresh from the water
Sings sweetly to me, sweetly to me
Could today be the day

So stark and naked with the wind passing through
Am I ever at rest
I retreat into silence with my weakness and greed
Never far from the fire

And she comes my obsession to unravel my heart
Like a vine from a tree

Now all that’s uncertain, pulled fresh from the water
Sings sweetly to me, sweetly to me
Could today be the day
Track Name: The lefty singer
Don’t forget me in the absence of you
Reported as missing in search of the truth
Purposeful, hellbent, that I might not see
How I force the hand extended to me

What’s to be done on this roundabout
Turn after turn with the floor falling out
Stand clear of this one ‘cos you can’t fake a lie
The glitter is fading and hurting my eyes
Unshakable man I set out to be
Slowly rebuilding the long ago me

What are the chances that both of us choose
A means to an end, do we win or lose

I find my courage in the strangest of ways
The lefty singer who triumphs the day
And you love the whole world a harvest for one
While I pick the fruit down, one by one.
Track Name: Pin prick
I’m honest when I say that you broke the surface
With just a pin prick, the flesh fell away
And tumbled to the floor, now I trip and I wobble
A man out of his skin is no man to be in

And noone tells you to hold your breath
When the air is all leaking out

I lied when I said that I just didn’t feel a thing
You just cannot believe everything you read
Reflections from my pen, words fell from the page
Never acting their age, neither blind man or sage

And noone tells you to hold your breath
When the air is all leaking out
Nobody……nobody tells you

I knew it when you said that I’m just destined to walk alone
Caught between a declaration and a tired legacy

Noone tells you to hold your breath
When the air is leaking out
And noone fills up the space that’s left
When the air is all leaking out
Track Name: Vapor trails
I land in a plane, take the first step
One hand anticipates while the other forgets
I’m older now, can’t count the years
The vapour trails of the heart carve a path through the fear

The land looks the same still whispering out loud
There’s a new word on the wing, it makes a song of your vow
Can this still be me all crooked and off the grid
The shadow heads the pack to mistakes I commit

It’s better here as I leave you there
Take the first step
Track Name: Nothing to say
I’ve decided to bury your love right where I buried my pride
So I can watch the ashes become my revolution growing inside
I’ll place flowers, your name in a stone, commit you in memory
And board up the temple where I held you high
No longer praying on my knees

I tried to break through but nothing to say
Must be a trial to be you
At the end of the day with nothing to say

They say you learn so much from someone by watching how they bury their dead
Your steely resolve, a heart so dissolved, took refuge up inside your head
Don’t get me wrong I’m better off now as you slowly tip toed away
Pulling the gate tight on your heart, the goddess who had nothing to say

I tried to break through but nothing to say
Must be a trial to be you
At the end of the day with nothing to say

Nothing to see
Nothing to hear
Nothing to say
Track Name: Phoenix at the wheel
Like a dreamer fixed on a star, A face pulled to the flame
I dance like a drunk deep in a spell, the victory your eyes have claimed.
Am i just pretending that I’ve captured your beautiful heart
I’m at wits end, my crude design went right back to the start

This decision I make will deliver me up ‘til the place of perfection
Seems closer at hand though i stumble and start and maybe lose you
Still the phoenix is burning……..
At the wheel

A photo I slide in your pocket marks time where the wisdom prevails
A scribbled decree of my simple passion the lover’s canvas unveiled
I hold you while you’re leaving for transcendance and necessity
The flock that I tend I set free to roam come closer to destiny

This decision I make will deliver me up ‘til the place of perfection
Seems closer at hand though i stumble and start and maybe lose you
Still the phoenix is burning……..
At the wheel

Take with you all of my soul fire, a beacon that brings you to me
I raze to the ground my constant desire
And the ashes breathe, the ashes breathe
The oxygen to me, to me, to me.
Track Name: In your sea
She’s the green, green lake, sent for heaven’s sake
She’s the crackle and burn in the fire that yearns
She’s the whistle and moan on the wind swept alone
She beats down on the door of my weathered façade
And gives my heart a shake

In the forest of stillness she waits out all my weakness
Then she shows me just how deep I have planted my feet
It’s time to let it go

Let these wings of desire take me far from here
Take these bricks from my back and I’m weightless

She’s the trick of the light in my wanderlust night
The still voice in my head, the refrain left unsaid
She rose up a new moon, with her eye so attuned
Burnt a hole right on through to what’s magic and true
I drink of your full bloom

Let it run through my veins like my heart’s desire
Always parched at the mouth in your sea
Track Name: Frida and the crow
Who could have known when the sun kissed the sky
This would be the last day of regret and transgression
The hand that feeds
You the gypsy with vagabond ways,
Living for the horizon, How could I resist
The light that fueled your eyes.

When the little ones go like they always do
Who’ll lay beside you, proclaiming we are all one

Noone knows like Frida and the crow
How fickle the dealer’s hand
Lay you down in the earth

And so I throw spears like the warriors do
To pierce the heart that steals the joy from my hands
So dear departed

Under the lilac, blooming resurrection
A song declared in your name, I’ll tend the tree beneath which you rest

Noone knows like Frida and the crow
How fickle the dealer’s hand
Lay you down in the earth
Track Name: Courier heart
Perhaps you’re the messenger who visits each blossom
Pollen in hand, sweet elixir to share
Perhaps you’re the lover with noble intention
A courier heart bent on exchanging

The transfer of light, ripe fruit emerging
Pregnant and ready…for reinvention