Faces from the Static

by Ian Marquis

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Faces From The Static is my fourth full-length album.

I told myself I would take a bit of a break from music after finishing The Man Forgotten - but I couldn't stop writing songs. Within a month, I was getting new ideas, and by December of 2011 I had two tracks roughed out (Paper Hearts / Paper Friends and Triumph and Sin). Others came in the months that followed (Heisenberg, Revisited and Help Me Make It To The Night, to name two). I struggled with this album more than I ever have before. I built up a pile of dozens of demos. By the one year mark, I had pretty much nailed down my track list, but I still had a long ways to go.

Now, a year and a half after I first began, the album is finally complete. I feel like I started recording as one person and finished as another entirely. This album has truly been a journey for me.

I'm immensely proud of these songs. I hope you enjoy them.

Many thanks to Owen Young, Eric Marden, Fia Fortune, Matt Chabe, Mark Ricketts, Leslie Bowman, Rodrigo de la Garza, and Senora Esteban for their ears and feedback as I worked to put this all together. When I get the physical copies printed, your names will be on the inside.

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released 01 July 2013
Written, recorded, and produced by Ian Marquis.

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Ian Marquis Bangor, Maine

I treat the studio as an instrument. I obsess over the tiniest details in my mixes. I'm never happy with recording one guitar when I can use three. I like to take a simple story and dance around the meaning, never quite touching on it - I call this "Finnegans Waking". I don't think I'll ever stop changing my sound. I write the songs that get stuck in my head. I want them to get stuck in your head. ... more

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Track Name: Hide And Seek
Touch down on broken glass
I know that this will pass
Touch all the broken skin
Beaten brass is paper thin

Down and down and down again
Garments burned and soil turned
Down and down and down again

I'm gonna find you...

I'm over the mountains
And I can't land
But baby, I'm gonna find you

A burden of proof
On an innocent man
Oh, but they never mind you

My father sent me off to sea
With a broken back
And an apple tree

She is an ark in a wounded land
But the hangman knows
That you laid your child in the sand

Down and down and down again
Track Name: Help Me Make It To The Night
Call you up, are you okay?
I'm already on my way
I hope that I'm not out of line
But I think about you all the time

If you go left when I go right
Well, maybe you can spend the night
I don't mind if you haven't got long
I just want you to listen to this song

'Cause I'm afraid of growing old
Wasted pages and years I've sold
I bite my lip when I can't speak
I turn my head, and I grit my teeth

Cause there's a face that I love
But I don't know what it means
A mouth full of brass tacks and gasoline
But if you get up and shut the light
You know I won't put up a fight

This dance is such a fright
You know I'm not one to fight
I don't care if I'm alright
Just help me make it to the night

Call you up, are you okay?
I'm already on my way
I hope that I'm not out of line
But I think about you all the time

If you go left when I go right
Well, maybe you can spend the night
I don't mind if you haven't got long
I just want you to listen to this song

You've got a face that I love
Oh don't you know what I mean
My heart full of marbles and saccarine
But if you just let me hold you tight
I think I'm gonna be alright

This dance is such a fright
You know I'm not one to fight
I don't care if I'm alright
Just help me make it to the night
Track Name: Slow Down
You broke a window and you crept into my mind
I am alone inside four walls of glass, venetian blinds
I laid a carpet, see, you can't remember me
A pail of paint to hide, your hand, a bucket, turpentine

You shouted "slow down" but the cadence is already laced
I am so sick of this fucking place

They bend us
They break us
They bill us
They make us cry
But we are never gonna die
We are never gonna die

They say infatuation's a dirty lie
But we are never gonna die
We are never gonna die

You broke a door latch and took everything you found
I hid my memories in a box I buried underground
There's nothing left to see. You don't remember me.
A scrap of paper with a name that doesn't make a sound

You shouted "slow down"
You shouted "slow down"

They bend us
They break us
They bill us
They make us cry
But we are never gonna die
We are never gonna die

They say infatuation's a dirty lie
But we are never gonna die
We are never gonna die
Track Name: Call Me Crazy
There's oil slick on the sea today
Thirty pieces drifting down
And these ancient tankers, gone astray
You know that brave men die without a sound

I didn't want it, you tied my hands to the wheel
I didn't want it, I didn't think it was real
I didn't want it, you tied my hands to the wheel
I didn't want it, but dead men don't feel

You'd call me crazy
Who am I to blame?
Cause I loved a memory
Without a name

I didn't want it, you tied my hands to the wheel
I didn't want it, I didn't think it was real
I didn't want it, you tied my hands to the wheel
I didn't want it, but dead men don't feel

You'd call me crazy
Who am I to blame?
Cause I loved a memory
Without a name

You'd call me crazy
Who do I believe?
Cause these words move faster
Than the air we breathe
Track Name: Venus Aphasia
Venus carved from a block of stone
With a hammer hand, this shattered bone
Vision so plutonic, made you wrong it
Seems unfair to moan about

The coarse inclusions in your skin
You know I don't believe in sin
She said "We're made to die alone,
A hammer on my bone"

Raise your hand like it's out of style
Kinda stings but you make me smile
I can't breathe and my skin's gone white
But hit me again, this could take all night

Venus down in a pit of stone
With a hammer hole through every bone
Choices so neurotic, shards did not fit
Seems obscene to pick apart

The splinters perforate your skin
I know I don't believe in sin
You think you're made to die alone
A hammer on my bone

Raise your hand like it's out of style
It kinda stings but you make me smile
I can't breathe and my skin's gone white
But hit me again, this could take all night
Track Name: Underground
You broke your foot
And spent the summer in a cage
If fifteen screws can make a man
Three or four eradicate an age

He dug a hole
I was amazed
He burned the corners of a page
It's hard to breathe, we looked around
But I knew there was treasure hidden

Underground
Your head, cause you don't wanna be found
Your feet immobile in the stone
Scared of crowds, afraid to be alone
Now you don't dare to make a sound

He whispers like a drought
Can't pay a thousand men
To figure out the message
When the words are such a mess

Underground
Your head, cause you don't wanna be found
Your feet immobile in the stone
Scared of crowds, afraid to be alone
Now you don't dare to make a sound

Ativan
Concrete shoes and Ritalin
We slept in

Underground
Your head, cause you don't wanna be found
Your feet immobile in the stone
Scared of crowds, afraid to be alone
Now you don't dare to make a sound

Now you don't dare to make a sound
Track Name: Paper Hearts / Paper Friends
Cardboard girls and clothes with tags
Body parts in plastic bags
Paper dolls are made to lend
But I thought that you were mine, my friend

You're in tatters every day
But paper bends, and that's okay
Flesh is warm, and hairs will curl
But nothing compares to a paper girl

I want a girl with paper parts
Bristol lips and a foolscap heart
I want a girl with a cardboard smile
Tissue tongue and newsprint guile

Cut a little bit away
Don't like the way you fit today
This dress-up game, it's always the same
You're torn apart when I want to play

I've got cuts on all my fingers
From the times I played with you
Paper cuts from paper memories
Paper money, too

Paper dolls are made to lend
Paper girls who play pretend
Paper planes until the end
Paper hearts and paper friends

I want a girl with paper parts
Bristol lips and a foolscap heart
I want a girl with a cardboard smile
Tissue tongue and newsprint guile
Track Name: I Know Better (We Are Broken)
I know you cling to him
In case of stormy weather
Secure your heart, dear
You want to live forever

I disappoint you
But I don't mean to be clever
You should have known me
Should know that I know better

I know you think I'm lost
And you're a beacon for me to find
But I've already turned my back
And I'm not gonna change my mind

I can hear it in your voice
The way you talk to me on the phone
You say I've forgotten the plan
But I know that you really
Just don't wanna be alone

I know you cling to him
In case of stormy weather
You should have known me
Should know that I know better

We are broken
We are blind
Our lives, a token
We don't mind

I know I make our conversations
Shift in awkward ways
I know your knees are worn
From hours where you planned my days

I know you think I'm lost
And you're a cairn for me to find
But I've already left the path
And I'm not going back
I've got something else to find

I know you cling to him
In case of stormy weather
You should have known me
Should know that I know better

We are broken
We are blind
Our lives, a token
We don't mind

We are broken
We are broken
Our lives, a token
We are broken
Track Name: Heisenberg, Revisited
I could touch
But I don't want
To erase the world I see

And I can feel you there
But are you
Really next to me?

'Cause I'm a small man
I do what I can
To navigate the foam

You're effervescent
I can't tell
When I'm alone

Dust is all I touch and see

I split apart
The particles
And microgravity

And I can feel you shiver
But I can't tell
If it's for me

'Cause I'm a cold hand
A flash of pain
Without a matching moan

But when these
Points of light collide
You know you're not alone

Dust is all I touch and see
The taste of your uncertainty

Points of light and air so free
Am I to you as you to me?
Track Name: Everybody Plays to Win
A piece of
Handbreaks and keys, love
This ether in the drains
Is spinning me around my veins

In search of peace, though
Hard knocks and free flow
This sharp precipitation leads
To tendered hearts and furrowed knees

And I am not alone inside this room
A deadbolt slipped and I am gone

And I am not alone inside this room
A deadbolt slipped and I am gone
I am not afraid, am not contained
A latchkey bent, I am gone

And I am not afraid, am not contained
A latchkey bent, I am gone

Tell me how you get so thin
Everybody plays to win
You'll become the things you fear

Tell me how you got so thin
Everybody plays to win
You'll become the things you fear
You think your skin's so clear

Back and forth again
Back and forth again, my friend
Back and forth again
Back and forth again, my friend

Freeflow
Handbreaks and keys, love
This ether in my veins
Is spinning me around the drains

And I am not alone inside this room
A deadbolt slipped and I am gone
I am not afraid, am not contained
A latchkey bent, I am gone

Tell me how you get so thin
Everybody plays to win
You'll become the things you fear

Tell me how you got so thin
Everybody plays to win
You'll become the things you fear
You think your skin's so clear
Track Name: Triumph and Sin
Do you remember
The triumph and the sin?
Our days ran by
Like smoke upon the wind.

And laid upon my bedspread
Are books with blackened pages.
And five miles back
The fire burns within.

Well, she's not in the doorway.
No, she's not in the chair.
And she's not at the table.
Anymore.

My tongue still remembers
The juniper and gin;
Our recipe
The origin of sin.

And laid upon my table
Are charcoal leaves from ages
That I spent wandering
Out and back again.

Well, she's not in the doorway.
No, she's not in the chair.
And she's not at the table.
Anymore.

Well, she's not in the garden.
No, she's not on the stair.
No, she's not on the left side.
Anymore.
Track Name: Lock Your Lips
We tell everybody these cells
Aren't a prison
They're just here to keep us safe
Oh, you know, these bones don't chaffe, but

Night comes, keep your windows open
Lock your lips
Don't forget to check the sky
Even caged birds say goodbye

Tiny specks in an open hand
Can’t know the nature of a man.
We’re trapped between the Earth and the sky
And none of us knows why.

I know you're afraid, you've said so
In the corner
When you think that you're alone
Bright nightmares and old cologne, well

Night comes, keep your windows open
Lock your lips
Don't forget to check the sky
Even caged birds say goodbye

Fleeting birds that never land
Dream of walking on the sand,
But you and I were made for the sky
Without the means to fly.

A tiny speck in an open hand
Can’t know the nature of a man,
But you and I were made to fly
And we will never, we will never die.

Come with me and take my hand.
I’ll carry you when you can’t stand.
Don’t say “never”. Don’t say “nay”.
Somehow we will find a way

Come with me and take my hand.
We will soar - you know we can.
Don’t say “never”. Never land.
When you say “Peter”
I say...I say...

Come on now - we’ll save ourselves.
They won’t know. We won’t tell.
I’ve got magic. I’ve got spells.
I won’t tell. I won’t tell.

Come on now - we’ll save ourselves.
They won’t know. We won’t tell.
Don’t hold back. Don’t you cry.
We are never going to die.

You and I walk hand-in-hand
30 miles back on the sand.
I know we were made for the sky
But we don’t have wings
And we can’t fly, can’t fly.