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MR. SEW

by Mr. Sew

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Both Hands 03:13
In the trenches for so long Flat out tired, it's not wrong To need a rest, settle down Calm yourself a little now When you feel heavy, your head's sore And your feet won't seem to leave the floor Hold on to me when you start to shake Sleep for awhile and when you wake I'll be standing here with Both Hands ready To calm your fear and keep you steady So you understand, I'll make it clear I'm not going anywhere. I'll stay right here For you
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There is something alive and moving I remember faces pushed against glass Opening and closing eyes and hands Child's fingers reaching for a crust Another glass of wine or two Bread and berries slip out of my hand to the floor A single candle commemorates old days Licking fingers I reach to snuff the flame Deep Into the Heart Deep into the farthest corner of the smallest part It's a warm breeze I feel on my skin And it's winding down to the river's edge Touching lips to palm, I'm moving Turn the page, close the door Deep Into the Heart Deep into the farthest corner of the smallest part
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Dancing shards of light through ice and glass Tearing into bits purchased class No chance to join forever or even kiss On a thousand nights just like this Wanting just a word, using ten Wasting all the room's oxygen Who's talking what nonsense now? What did I miss? A million butterflies just like this What am I doing here? Where is the door? I should be leaving now Where is the door? I'm done with all of you Where is the door?
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Agora 03:16
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Time Machine 03:51
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Craft 03:10
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Stand 03:52
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Pie Town 04:28
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Say No More 04:28
Time heals wounds I've sometimes heard them say But if time twists the knife What truth does that convey? Erosions change the landscape Mountains into bay Port, village, town, city With more voices every day The barrage of their opinions Conspires to take through stealth The courage that you need To decide things for yourself They go la la la la You hear blah blah blah blah Oh they lie lie lie lie Say No More All roads lead to nowhere They go on and on and on See beyond meandering lines Look to the spaces The power to go further on Resides within yourself The cost and gain are greater Than imaginary wealth No more la la la la No more blah blah blah blah No more lie lie lie lie Say No More No more

about

Mr. Sew has excavated a secret tunnel between Austin, TX and Portland, OR to facilitate this collaboration between Henry Jansen and Eric Hausmann. These vocal and instrumental compositions are designed to spark cinematic imagery in the listener's mind.

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Entropy Magazine review
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A lovingly crafted piece of pop surrealism, Mr. Sew delivers something truly beautiful with their self-titled effort. Stylistically it is a true tour-de-force, running an impressively wide gamut. Over the course of the album they bring in elements of alternative rock, dub, psychedelic, ambient, and folk all neatly woven together into a perfect tapestry. The tremendous outpouring of instrumental textures helps to give the entirety of the album a bright airy disposition. Vocals further emphasize this gentle demeanor that radiates throughout. Lyricism delivers a dreamy poetry one that constantly ebbs and flows with the energy of the sound.

The sheer number of influences feels palpable. For the sheer polished production and orchestral approach, they bring elements of Fleet Foxes into the fray. Everything about their sound further lends credence to this as every single instrument absolutely shines with the fidelity working wonders. Going further down the rabbit hole they appear to incorporate bits and pieces of late 60s psychedelic folk, a la Vashti Bunyan’s clever consistent output. A keen sense of balance means that these tracks never become weighted down with the sheer amount going on but rather the pacing feels just right for their goal.

Crystal clarity reigns supreme over the pastoral opener of “Both Hands”. Within this piece the many layers intermingle to offer a rich palette of patterns. A tribal rhythm emerges on the spaced-out vibes of “Mr. Sew Speculates” where they bring a cinematic flair into the fray. The sprawling ambition of “These Uncertain Times” makes it a true highlight. Incredible percussion delivers a highly tactile sound for it becomes quite elaborate, always evolving in unexpectedly gorgeous ways. Dub-influences reign supreme on the contemplative “Deep Into the Heart” featuring what sounds like a melodica entering into the mix, complete with a steady bass. More energy flows through the consistent rhythms of “Happy Hour”. Highly sculpted “Agora” has a careful consistency.

Glowing jazz-like keyboards make “Time Machine” yet another highlight. So outright funky there is a jazz-rock flavor that rules supreme over the sound. On “Craft” they opt for a childlike sense of wonder as the piece unfurls. Akin to a long-lost soundtrack “Stand” features some delightfully elastic drumming that feels so intimate. Spaghetti western vibes frame the expansive “Pie Town”. A regal sensibility gives “Say No More” a distinct Pink Floyd aesthetic of the “Wish You Were Here” variety. The grandeur of the finale “Paint” rings as particularly well-earned.

Mr. Sew embarks on a grandiose journey on their epic self-titled effort, exploring a universe that feels very much their own.

credits

released November 9, 2020

All instruments by Henry Jansen and Eric Hausmann
except Deep Into the Heart (additional drums Scott Galper) and Stand (percussion Ed Hanley tala-wallah.bandcamp.com )
All vocals and lyrics by Henry Jansen

All songs written by Henry Jansen/Eric Hausmann BMI
Published by Hapadaja Music

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