Beauty In The Tension

by The Olympic Symphonium

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1.
Coat of Arms 03:52
When drawing a coat of arms What do you include The face of a nation The nation is you There’s beauty in the grey There’s beauty in questions We don't have to give it all away There’s beauty in the tension We’ll never own love We can only borrow When drawing a coat of arms What do you include A valuable artifact A generational mood There’s beauty in the unknown There’s unknown in the dark There’s dark in the room we’re in Because we haven't made a spark Where there used to be fire A history of phonographs Playing anything inspired By the heart and the belly laughs We’ll never own love We can only borrow
2.
Five minute red light on the way up a mountain 
There’s twenty degrees of cold coast to desert
 Power ballads on the radio - The Glory of Love
 When the days span out in front of you and you can see for miles above
And you’re passing perfect horses 
The glory of love

 Buffalo migration on the way down the road The sky has just begun to open up south 
There are things I’ve never seen here, there’s greens and there are blues
Primary colours with secondary hues
 Now they’re etched into my memory 
The glory of love 

My home, my home, I left you all alone But people still roam through your woods They are fickle and they are famous, despite what they have done They are distant and they’re jaded, like the prodigal son 

It’s been 11 months now, and something that I’ve learned Is that anything with beauty begs for a return
 But my car is in the junkyard The glory of love
3.
Thanks a Lot 04:41
They come, they go, they never think to let me know They take my breath they punch me when I'm at my best and I'll just leave this place, this time in some old lost dream and blind Well thanks a lot the bloody knot it won't come loose It won't come out The reigns, the horse, separate without remorse The ride, the jaunt, veers off and starts to haunt And i'll just stop and hope to land back on my own feet and stand Well thanks a lot The bloody knot it won't come loose It won't come out
4.
Comedy 04:41 video
When talking out loud Please watch your mouth Crack them all up but don't break the yolk Because egos get bruised From words that you use So spit them all out and try not to choke The voice in your head Defends what's been said Till the overly sensitive get over the joke You went for the kill High from the thrill knowing they will Get over themselves or get over the joke Get over yourself or get over the joke
5.
The Middle 04:03
Will you meet me in the middle Or is that asking cards to fold Am I bruising your toes
 Am I stealing all your gold

 God of grace, he never touched you He never bought anything you sold
 Hold close everything that’s dear to you 
That’s what I’m told now by those getting old

 I never waged a war I didn’t know I’d win Though I didn’t know that at the start It’s not the brain that rules supreme right now We’re going to leave that distinction to the heart 

Did I paint you in a corner
 Did I break all your balloons 
A bull inside a china shop
 That’s what I make of you 

A little rough around the edges 
But it’s buried in disguise
 Dragging bodies from the trenches 
 But it’s done with champagne eyes 

I never waged a war I didn’t know I’d win Though I didn’t know that at the start It’s not the brain that rules supreme right now We’re going to leave that distinction to the heart
6.
Careful 05:45
A stutter in my chest has put me to the test I should find the time for a little piece of mind These chemicals around might put me in the ground Leaving you behind haunts me deep inside When I leap through the door Won't you see they're cared for As quickly as he can, the boy becomes a man I'm wondering if she will have memories of me Stubborn and inert while headed for the dirt The thought of you behind kills me every time When I leap through the door Won't you see they're cared for As I leap through the door Why wasn't I careful
7.
8.
We're lost in the party but the party is lost There's nothing to celebrate there's no cause The candles are out but the smoke remains There's icing smeared on the window panes The game is all done but all the pieces stay The deck is all scattered and the cards are afraid The whistle gets blown just to hear the sound but it's not as abrupt when you're horsing around It's time to leave, it's time to go On occasion should be occasional Let's take a step back let's take it slow Waking up feels much better when you're not passed out So let's give up or get taken down We're lost in the party but the party is lost There's nothing to celebrate there no cause It's time to get out it's time we leave Because it's time we have and it's time we need
9.
There will come a time when I will stop brooding Settle down for good
 Because I have found you and we are devoted 
That’s my word to you 

Look at her now 
Look at her breathing 
Look at her now

 When I woke up I wasn’t dreaming
 Defeated, broken, and alone 
Then I thought of you
 That got me through it
 Showed me what to do 

Look at her now 
Look at her reading 
Look at her now 
Look at her seeing 
Look at her now 
Look at her teaching Look at her now 
Look at her succeeding 
Look at her now

10.
Choral voices sing I must be dreaming this is impossible awake Shake me until I’m in the game, and then I’m yours to take No further obstacle to move or navigate, I am yours Touch me talk to me don’t look me in the eye and tell me Im swollen symmetry painting outside the lines I will pick a flower but if it decides to die then it dies What makes a flower die? It’s damage at the root It could be dry and dusty like a carpenters boot It could be under saturation, or a rambling mute, it could be more It could be speed, adrenaline, an impossible pace It could be a cold hearted war of words leaving no marks on your face It could be punch drunk in the morning before the sun even takes it’s place It could be more It could be a transitional infidel that bends the ties that bind It could be a blurry reflection, or a multi faced disguise It could be roll with the punches, and swallow the surprise It could be more It could be a salt water water sting Or the look that’s on your face when you get down and dirty And the clock dictates the pace You get rabid like a dog that’s losing a one dog race It could be more It could be a tin can telephone without the string It could be shooting the messenger with a silencer on To keep the swan song that we sing from the choir Choral Voices Sing...

about

Beauty in the Tension, the fifth studio album from New Brunswick songwriting quartet The Olympic Symphonium, is the result of rural isolation, small comforts, and the discovery of two pairs of 'Dark Side of the Moon' pajama pants.

For six days last winter, the members of the Olympic Symphonium holed up in the legendary Old Confidence Lodge studio in Riverport, Nova Scotia to focus on capturing 13 new compositions. Working long days with the help and stamina of engineer Diego Medina, the band laid down a batch of songs that were road tested and ready to be captured in this magical Oddfellows Hall-turned-studio.

Delicious home-cooked meals and harmony vocals were provided by Jennah Barry, a fellow resident of Nova Scotia's south shore, and additional instrumentation was provided by Michael Belyea (Jenn Grant), Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors) and composer/arranger Drew Jurecka. Sonic inspiration came from Pink Floyd, guitarmonies, and Chicago's power-ballad 'Glory of Love' which the band riffs on in their song of the same name.

“a beautiful listen” - CBC Music

“With Beauty in the Tension, the Olympic Symphonium return with another dreamy, low-key folk gem” - Exclaim! (8/10)

"Beauty in the Tension possède assez de mérite pour aller au-delà de l’idée qu’il s’agit du meilleur disque du groupe en carrière; on a affaire ici à un très bon album, point." - Bonyenne

" The Olympic Symphonium harness their individual strengths to come together as one, seamlessly crafting Beauty in the Tension’s unique and unmistakable sound" - Dominionated

credits

released February 9, 2018

Created by:
Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, Dennis Goodwin, and Graeme Walker

with help from:

Jennah Barry - Vocals
Michael Belyea - Percussion
Tim Crabtree - Saxophones
Drew Jurecka - Violin & Viola
Patrick Lewis - Keyboards
Andrew Sneddon - Dobro

Produced by The Olympic Symphonium

Recorded & Mixed by Diego Medina at The Old Confidence Lodge
Engineering help provided by Chris "Skinner" MacLean

Mastered by J. Lapointe at Archive

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