6 Possible Illusions Prior To Death

by Formalists

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released May 27, 2014

Released 01 August 2014
'6 Possible Illusions Prior To Death' was recorded and mixed by John Dinsmore of Licoln County Social Club, and Mastered by Milan Schramek of Laquer Channel Mastering
Album art by Joseph Landau based on sketches by Meghan O'Neill

Joseph Landau - Vocals, Nylon String Guitar
Will Hunter - Electric Guitar, Keyboard, Bass
Sean Traczyk - Bass, Electric Guitar
Daniel Korn - Drums, Percussion

With musical guest,

Ben Landau - backup vocals on Awakened/Reposed, and Moist Raisin Body

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Formalists Toronto, Ontario

Based in Toronto, Formalists are a progressive quartet with ties to the city’s classical and jazz communities. Their music combines alt-folk, indie, and western art influences, with a dual ambition to thrill and discomfort. At once elegant, and self-indulgent, Formalists share more then just a love of supine-grape eating with the hedonists of yore. ... more

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Track Name: Moist Raisin Body
Moist raisin body
Pickled in brine
Winking at children
Spam in your smile

You know that bodies
Are raincoats sometimes
If it is raining
And they’re outside

You know that bodies (they can be)
Great works of art (and they will be)
Provided that (they paint and)
Paint in the dark

Moist raisin body pickled in brine
Often reflecting soaring through time
Moist raising body, moist raisin eyes
Often reflecting soaring through time

You know that bodies can be
Anything x 4

Moist raisin body (moist raisin body, moist raisin eyes)
Pickled in brine
Gout in your feet and
Cataract eyes

You know that bodies
Are everything twice
First they are carrots
Then they are slime

Turn into slime x4
Into slime now

Moist raisin body pickled in brine
Often reflecting soaring through time
Moist raising body, moist raisin eyes
Often reflecting soaring through time

You know that bodies can be
Anything
Anything at all, at all, at all man
Anything at all
Anything

At all x 5

Anything
Anything at all, at all, at all man
Anything at all
Anything
Track Name: Thornhill (x18) For Long Life
There’s a tale, that you tell, and your teachers told before you
Oh, how Mrs. Chan would turn around and put her left hand to her brow
Aware, I’d stand, of seconds passed, a most reluctant scarecrow
And with my eyes follow the lines that met the lines of pharaohs

There’s a street, discarded fleet of loose lamenting lawn charms
They count the years of fresh regret that well in back yards to collect
The trees like patient cavalries that shade the paths for no one
This is the road that meets the street where I’m from
Track Name: Awakened/Reposed
Waiting all day the time flies
By and by
I, I might be here for a very long time

But when I finally go to sleep
Beneath the shade of taller things
I’ll see the scale of everything
And I’ll dream
In the leafy body of a great pine tree
Track Name: Oko Yono
I was on the fence
Hardly thinking
Neither here nor there
Just a feelin’

Dance Oko Yono
Cool band name
Come ye unto love
Come or something
I was on the fence

I was on the fence
Hardly breathing
Neither here nor there
Passing seasons

Dance Oko Yono
Cool band name
Come ye unto praise
Promise something
I was on the fence

I was on the fence
Hardly thinking
Neither here nor there
Just a feelin’

Dance Oko Yono
Cool band name
Come ye unto love
Come ye pilgrims
I was on the fence
Track Name: Fughetta
You’re my little Clementine
You’re the apple of my eye
You feel bad some of the time, then you don’t feel alright
Though you are always on my mind
I get so tongue-tied
Track Name: Go Joseph! Jacob's Favourite
Selling new cds
All the time, all the time
Of the songs that I write
All the time, all the time
I thought it was my time
You were wrong

Joseph don’t be let down,
You know what they say about
When you’re down and out
Don’t kick and shout
Go Joseph
The books been writ and you’re not dead yet
Not yet
Go, go, go for it, kid
Never quit

Wasting all my time
Don’t ask why, don’t ask why
Writing songs no one could like
Don’t ask why, don’t ask why
Going nowhere in life
Nowhere nice

Joseph don’t be let down,
You know what they say about
When you’re down and out
Don’t kick and shout
Go Joseph
The books been writ and you’re not dead yet
Not yet
Go, go, go for it, kid
Never quit

Printing band t-shirts
On the dime, on the dime
Writing verse until I cry
For a dime, for a dime
How the time does fly by
Day and night

Joseph don’t be let down,
You know what they say about
When you’re down and out
Don’t kick and shout
Go Joseph
The books been writ and you’re not dead yet
Not yet
Go, go, go for it, kid
Never quit

Step on the sidewalk, heel then toe
Sole to the pavement out looking for
Seeds for the sowing, grains for the store
Wood for the burning, when the winds blow
Cold
Weeds for the raising, children grow
Meat on the table, prayers on the floor
Mind for remorse, and same mind for lust
Love in the morning, ache in the dusk