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While the eponymous debut album was concerned with ends, Go On focuses on starting again; putting your head down and pushing forward. The songs alternately shimmer and float, while reserving the right to occasionally punch you in the gut for good measure.

Produced by Crabtree, Go On was set in motion in London, Ontario in 2013 with engineer Dean Nelson (Beck, Thurston Moore, Bat for Lashes). Fleshed out in Nova Scotia, tracks were bounced around Montreal, New York, and even rural Lancashire, before the album was mixed by Graeme Campbell (Buck 65, Rich Aucoin).

The finger-picked guitars and orchestral flourishes remain in place from the self-titled debut. So too, the dynamic playfulness, knotty time changes and floating falsetto. New sonic spaces are explored in the chopped-and-rebuilt basses and vocal samples of When You Still through the so-loose-it-might-fall-apart piano and drums of Unfazed to the clarinets and marimba of the eponymous closer. The ground is constantly shifting, but the consistency and singularity of the songwriting and voice keep the listener firmly rooted.

Crabtree’s reputation as an orchestrator has been growing following symphony and chamber orchestra concerts across Canada and his arrangements give a unique stamp to Go On. Long-time collaborators Gregory Burton, Michael Feuerstack and Pietro Amato (the Luyas and Bell Orchestre), as well as Clogs member and the National, Kronos Quartet collaborator Thomas Kozumplik have left their indelible mark on the music. The arrangements move from minimalist to bombastic but are always exclusively tools put to the service of making a deep connection with the listener.

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released August 14, 2015

Recorded by:

Charles Austin at Echo Chamber, Halifax NS (1-10)
Simon Larochette and Dean Nelson at Sugar Shack Studios, London ON (2, 6)
Diego Medina at The Old Confidence Lodge, Riverport NS (2-8)
Pietro Amato in Montreal QC (2, 4, 5, 8, 9)
Michael Feuerstack at Salad Feelings, Montreal QC (2, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Tim Crabtree at Heritage Bingo, Halifax NS (1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10), at Mum and Dad's in Read, Lancashire UK (1, 7, 9, 10)
Joshua Van Tassel at Dream Date Studios, Toronto ON (1)
Thomas Kozumplik at Music Starts from Silence Studios, Brooklyn NY (10)

Mixed by Graeme Campbell and Tim Crabtree in Halifax NS

Produced by Tim Crabtree

Mastered by J. Lapointe at Archive Mastering, Mineville NS

Artwork and layout by Sydney Smith
Band photo by Anneke Hymmen

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Tim Crabtree’s haunting voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort.
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Track Name: Enough
You’ve heard enough of this now to make up your own mind and piece together.
You chewed the horns of this off and left them as an offering in the culvert

Blithely you pick out your words and won’t change them, no matter what the fashion.
Clothed in your nouns and your verbs, their best attempts to lead you to distraction.

So come on, don’t hide it, come on,

Don’t tell me you ought to know by now
Lost in your jaws, your sense chewed out
Don’t tell me you ought to know by now
The worst of it all is cycled round
Track Name: Lawless
Over out in the mud you made a promise
Over out in the mud you made a wish
Back where we walked you said that it was clearing
To quiet my mind and hold us both to this

Suffer the storms, the rains, the climb our hills bring
But caught where we are you shed your guilty tears
Summers indoors we rid our viral longings
But what does it mean when words are less than clear?

Save us the time and effort left
Don't pour on the charm, pay us back
Hopeful deceit is all it is
You say again "is all it is"

Gone with all the wise to where
We chase it blind and senseless there
Sanguine as the kids we are
We never give it up

Suffer the fool and genius the same:
Staple their lips before their claims
Hot on their heels we're wretched little boys
We chase the sense around

We'll learn in time
Track Name: When You Still
Told me I wanted this, but got in the way of it
Woke up an awful feud, put back to sleep for you
Stretch and reshape it, now, all just to disavow
Send me a miracle, save me the hectoring

Dig me a reservoir, fill it with hopes that scarred
Drain out the worst of them, we’d do it all again
I was a refuge there, dragged through the sordid air
I was a refuge there, but I could not wake up
Track Name: Wouldn't
Are we always looking out for something new?
Better to move on before the stillness catches you.
In the start we just start out for show, only given time can we appreciate what for

It was time for it to go
It was time, but it wouldn’t

With resistance I show out what is not in, asking eyes demand that I should share the same as them.
Do honesty and numbness hold no reason for this crowd?
Well does that mean to say we shouldn’t show them?

It was time for it to go
It was time, but it wouldn’t

Save it for a time when we can speak without restraint, balled up there you hold it just so tight that it’s not safe.
Sliding into fantasy to still a floor that shakes, we all know we would rather it was any other way

It was on the mind of all that minded we were there, the absence of a meaning didn’t mean we couldn’t care
When honesty and numbness hold no reason for this crowd, you called it right to say that we should show them

It was time for it to go
It was time, but it wouldn’t…
Track Name: Unfazed
How did we walk away? Consumed in fires of all sorts
The scratch that marked and stayed, a manifested onslaught

Don’t wake up when it rains
Silence should stay

Inside some awkward curse the strain will fray our taut rope
And silent where we’re cowed, they snatched away our last words

Don’t wake up when it rains
Don’t trail the sway
You won’t get back to sleep
You say you’re not fazed

Until the fire ran out we’d stay and fight in open
And switching sight for sound, the water closes over

Don’t wake up when it rains, silence should stay
Sleep through it all as though there’ll be no pain
Track Name: Onwards
Stored hate is sealing this groundswell of groundswells
Go on, side with them, then choose who ‘them’ might be

Try now to fall off. You stand strong, you don’t roll over

So go on, go onwards

Sign these misdeeds.
These bad puns, they go nowhere

So go on, go onwards
Track Name: Altona
Why the sighs and dogtrack curses?
Seal me in, I’ll chase you around
Over-reached my indistinction, take a breath and start again

Curled around as I was sleeping
Didn’t stir, would never know
All in lies and in suspicion
All in light and all in white

Fail us now, write today off and wait
Fail us now, I won’t stay

Softened up by no advances, the tone you’d use would set me off
Sidled off between the watches, so far gone
Stealed himself for not returning, reels as though he’s showing off
You call me a liar for the first time in a long time

Also known as, also known as…
Also known as Altona

Reseal yourself in a warmer place
When the light settles in on the light you stay
To hold onto a familiar place:
To have and not have

My heat is on, my lights are off
In the storm you can stay, you can sleep in the shop
And for all that you know, you’re not making this up
But you cannot know
Track Name: Bundled
In summers we learned it the hard way
Sold out all our friends for this one taste
Struck gold and retired them in bad faith
Shy minds stayed inside, but did not stay so dear

Considerate hat on a shoulder
Cut ties and float back to your home turf
Sleeves rolled up, folds opened in kindness and kinder

Here lies all the misspent youth, its grave a body
Old truly yours, you got it wrong
So take heed of this, you say, the path is laid, so why not linger?
You’re growing old
We’re all growing older

It’s only threads in the seams where you’re golden
No eyes leading from her gaze, seeing off her gaze outwards. On and on.
Your slide is not my way, seething all you say:
Don’t be kind in spite of spite

Tell me how the sky recoils

You stand over
You stand up
Track Name: Go On
You’ve heard enough of this now to make up your own mind and piece together.
You chewed the horns of this off and left them as an offering in the culvert

Blithely you pick out your words and won’t change them, no matter what the fashion.
Clothed in your nouns and your verbs, their best attempts to lead you to distraction.

So come on, don’t hide it, come on,

Don’t tell me you ought to know by now
Lost in your jaws, your sense chewed out
Don’t tell me you ought to know by now
The worst of it all is cycled round