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 harris Solid album by a solid dude.
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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 Victoria, British Columbia

Island Eyes is Victoria, 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, Frog Eyes, Car Seat Headrest, Cousins, and We Are The City.

His next full-length record, "Other Light", is set to release in this summer.
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Track Name: Pale Moon
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.
Track Name: Every House Is On Fire
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.
Track Name: Idle Shore
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?
Track Name: In A Fog
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.”
Track Name: Arrow In The Sun
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.
Track Name: October Mirage
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.
Track Name: Throw My Ashes Off This Pier
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.
Track Name: Over Waves
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.

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