Other Light

by Island Eyes

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Jordan Soles Other Light is Rather Nice Favorite track: Path.
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Nathan wiz kid nation at their finest. Favorite track: I Could Almost See You.
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drew harris "Path" is amazing and I still get chills at about 5:00. Another great record from a v. talented songwriter. Favorite track: Path.
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All songs written, performed, and recorded by Derek Janzen
Mixed and mastered by Drew Harris grmnygrmny.bandcamp.com
Cover photo by Jessie Janzen

Recorded in various bedrooms from February 2015 - March 2018


released June 8, 2018


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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: Path
On the waves
I can't hear anything after all
While you wait for the candles
To burn every house down
An arrow in my side
An arrow in your side

There's a place
That I've been running to all alone
While you wait for the wolves
To burn every house down
An arrow in my side
An arrow in your side

I can feel it passing through
How can I explain this fading dream of you?
Drifting far beneath the sea
I'm set out on the path you have prepared for me

There will be a new wave
Underneath the city
Making all my plans for me
This is my apology
There will be a new wave
I can't find the feeling
Making all my plans for you
Track Name: Other Light
Memory of
The other light above
O this is where I can hide
Along the mountainside

O Victoria
The early morning sun
Has shone on everyone

Memory of
The other light above
O this is another night
To dream of another life
Track Name: Window
Another evening
Another dream of waves
An open window
A flickering of flame
Human voices
echo through the room
On the water
A path set out for you
Track Name: New Realm
I thought I could hear a human voice calling out my name
But every word cast to your silver wind is buried far below us
This must be the place that I was born, underneath the ocean
For when both of your hands cover my eyes, I can hear your violins

I thought I could hear your secret hymn float into the night
But everyone is drinking all my blood that washes on the shoreline
This must be the crystal countryside, sharpening the arrow
For every song you sang onto my heart echo through your old palaces

Your empty palaces
Track Name: I Could Almost See You
Waiting for you on the beach
In the evening, at the gates
I could almost see your face
I could almost hear your voice

Lay the sword at my side
After my blood has dried
Shine a light on my path
On the shadow you’ve cast
Track Name: Blue Death
Listening wind by the talking heads
Was in the air at the water’s edge
In a fog, In another light
I could almost hear your voice

Every night in a fading dream
I see your face from memory
A pale moon over violent clouds
Where did all the light go now?

Goodbye horses, goodbye year
I’ve been waiting for the smoke to clear
O this fire in my chest
It will burn until this blue death
Track Name: Memory
A light was above you over the water
Sending a prayer into the mouth of sky
If i was a phantom waiting in shadow
You were the two hands covering my eyes

Memory of

Wandering over the fog in the morning
A stone was cast into the mortal waves
A body descending under the ocean
The light above you continues to fade

Memory of love
Track Name: Floating Past
I’m floating past your burning home
There’s a flame upon this human form
As I lift my voice to the ocean roar
I lay my head on the idle shore

I’ll raise my hands to the glowing sky
While you light another forest fire
As the clouds come in, on the wooden pier
I'll be dreaming for another year.

There’s a wind inside my head
and a sword up in the air
There’s a voice inside the room
There’s a shadow on the heart
From a song about the lord
I am knocking at your door

O my love
I can’t wake up
I feel the holy sun
Drying my blood
Track Name: Marcel Dreams Of The Ocean
O a fire has floated out
from the windows of every house
Dance across the old country flame
and lay your body over the waves
O To dream of the ocean
And lift my voice up to you again

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