Island Eyes

by Island Eyes

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wonderdog This is wonderful.
I was thinking that Spencer Krug had started a new project!
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Thomas Janzen creates a strange and mystifying world from the first steps into Pale Moon to the final hums of Over Waves, with each listen only pulling one in further Favorite track: Throw My Ashes Off This Pier.
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keisha If Sunset Rubdown was still releasing music, I bet they'd wish they'd have written this album. Favorite track: Pale Moon.
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Jn Fr Maybe Island Eyes' music might sound easy and pretty accessible at first, but there's always more than just a hint of anguish in Derek Janzen's songs. I'm not sure if anyone get's it, though, because as usual, Janzen eschews common stylistical devices of drama. It's almost like Janzen tried to hide his lyrics in gentle harmonies sometimes. Favorite track: Throw My Ashes Off This Pier.
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drew Solid album by a solid dude.
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Pale Moon 05:47
There’s a wind in my heart There’s a sword in the air, on the ocean I lay down, waiting for someone to love There’s a hand in the dark There’s a voice in the room, in the morning I lay down, waiting for something to come Out of the burning home Into the fading light Under the pale moon. O your clouds will come through the open door From the feral night, from the idle shore As the morning sun wakes the sleeping wolves I’ll be in your room; I’ll be in your home. My dear, I have been calling out your name All to see, there will be blood on your hands and knees O my heart, I have been drowning all these flames As this ends, my eyes are covered by your hands But the moon will rise again.
I heard your voice inside the room And O my God, I know it’s coming soon I called your name, I called on high But only lonely echoes did reply I won’t run, I won’t hide In the dark of the night Now I know, you were right I’ll remain in the light of the sun. I heard your voice inside the room As all your storming clouds came in for you I called your name, I called on high But everybody’s houses are on fire I won’t run, I won’t hide In the dark of the night Now I know, you were right I’ll remain in the light of the sun.
Idle Shore 03:58
I wasn’t born Into my own home I was left to be alone Into the night Out of the known world Right into the island’s eye Can you hear the voices on the shore Rising from the dirty ocean floor?
In A Fog 05:32
Say what you will or say what you want me to, I’m no prize For craving your name in the skin over my eyes I’ve got a hand or I’ve gotta hand it to your old friends For being the light at the end of the beaches There is a place O there is a place for me on this shore Away from the flames that were burning me out before Out of the night O out of the night I saw your clouds come in Into the room were lights have begun to dim In the center of that storm Me and my brothers all were born Into a fiery home In the dream your altars rose Above a sea of fog and smoke Just like quiet echo In the night I called your name Into the forest’s glowing flame Hoping to hear you say “This is the place my heart had been Before the mighty silver wind Blew all of your black clouds in.”
A hand at dark Reaches for my heart To pull me in But man, I will not give To the roaring flame Dancing high above our graves Or to the royal blood Of the ghost of God above. A silver moon Pulls your tides into The island’s eye But no, I will not climb Up that mountain Just to fire an arrow in the sun Or to the water’s edge Of an island. A secret hymn Your voice on the wind Is in my head But I will not depend On a ferocious king Inside the cloud of unknowing Or on my trembling hands For an arrow in the sun again.
To dream of the sea Where I’m washed to the shore With the clouds coming in Like the waters before I lift up my voice To the ruinous waves For the lights that once shone Are beginning to fade October mirage Is a sword in the air Or a wind in my heart On an evening prayer I’ve said it before And I’ll say it again “Every house is on fire Every light has gone dim.” Fire the arrows in the air, O the air At once, at last To the places where my lover remains Every ocean is the same.
Say this for me, for I have been seized A hand in the dark has a hold onto me It's pulling me in, into that horrible sea “All your clouds spring from the mouth Of night, O of the night.” Through the wind and the rain, I will carry you off in the aeroplane Through the fire and flame, I will carry you off in the end O will you wait for me after I disappear? Or will you throw, will you throw all my ashes off of this pier, O my dear? I’ll make it out From the flames that burn inside of this house To the place that we are from This city is an old black lung.
Over Waves 04:52
Old fiery home Buried under the snow I’m covered again By the voice of a friend O your tides have now come To wash up my blood That’s dried in the sun O I’m afraid of this heart I’m afraid of your ghost I’m afraid of your love Old watery realm On a path for myself I held up that blade Over all of the waves O your violent clouds Are a wind in this house Where your flames have gone out O I’m afraid of this heart I’m afraid of your ghost I’m afraid of your love.


Written and Performed By Derek Janzen
Recorded at The Noise Floor Recording Studios
Produced by Derek Janzen
Mixed by Jordan Koop
Mastered by Ephriam Nagler
Artwork by Courtney Loberg
Design Layout by Derek Janzen
Legwarmer Records, 2015

Special Thanks to:
Everyone who has been involved with the production of this record over the last two years. To Jordan for lending me all of your keyboards and pedals, Jared for letting me practice with your drums as well as lending me your snare and cymbals for recording, Ben for being my bunk buddy during my time in the studio, Courtney for creating some of the most eye-melting artwork I've ever seen, Connor for designing our webpage as well as keepin' it groovy on the bass at our shows, Jzero for helping with all of the emailing and preparations that went into putting on our release tour, Cody for recording all of the saxophone and rhodes last Christmas, and to Jessie for letting me waste all of our money so I could complete this project.

"This self-titled release is Island Eyes’ first album, and fans of Janzen’s previous work will be pleased to find that he is still crafting exciting, experimental pop/rock music that incorporates a range of instruments and electronics. An obvious comparison is Spencer Krug’s Moonface output, especially earlier releases like Organ Music and Heartbreaking Bravery, although both acts are distinctive and unusual and probably share less in common than the majority of conventional bands."

- Jon Doyle | Wake The Deaf


released May 5, 2015

Island Eyes is, on this record:
Derek Janzen - Drums, Beats, Keyboards, Guitars, Bass, and Voice
Jordan Soles - Keyboards on tracks 01, 03, 04, 07, and 08
Jenell Flynn - Saxophone on tracks 02, 03, 08, and 09
Ashton Klassen - Keyboards on track 06


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Island Eyes Vancouver, British Columbia

Island Eyes is Vancouver, BC musician Derek Janzen. He has been quietly recording and releasing homemade music from out of his bedroom since 2008.

Over the years he has played along side some great acts including Wolf Parade, Mount Eerie, Car Seat Headrest & Frog Eyes.
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