The Nines

by Our Founders

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1.
03:09
Floods Limpid pools of water Limpid pools of eyes I’ve got Sand and Cactus Under cold black skies You’ve got the city You’ve got your friends You’re famous on the internet I guess it all depends Roll this town and conquer Or slip into the back That stage is like my bedroom So lets all hit the sack Back home there’s a memory Of something that you said I don’t want to lose that thought But I’m starting to lose my head I know that I’m capable of sinking pretty low Can’t Learn to admit it but after every show I can’t admit the fact, (so please) Get out with some dignity intact Slightly cracking voice Right beside my ear Rising up behind me A tiny creeping fear Your tiny little squeal Give up without a fight You hear the lovers scream in floods of winters night I know that I’m capable of sinking pretty low Can’t Learn to admit it but after every show I can’t admit the fact, (so please) Get out with some dignity intact I’m sorry that I might not Carry on the name Might not be the runner To entrust the holy flame So I’ll go back to strange beds You go to your friends Shut off all the lights And we’ll just wait till when We can be eye to eye And shut the door real tight To block out all the screaming In floods of winters night
2.
03:49
WHITE BEETLE Watch, I watch, as you .... you try to lay it down You’re Breaking out, In tears .... inside an airport lounge I watch, I watch .... the white beetle crawl It crawled, all the, the way up the wall CH I have you, I'll make you I'll never live it down Creatures glow with an unearthly light like little crowns The Old man, would probably.... would probably weep to see And I'm afraid, that now with you .... they'll probably come to be I watched.., the WHITE beetle .... make its way to you Its hiding out, from you .... right here in plain view CH I have you, I'll make you I'll never live it down Creatures glow with an unearthly light like little crowns
3.
Day of Delights Such a day of delights Such a sweet drowning kiss As my head goes under I can’t let you go Can’t go back to dead Now I opened my mouth, now too much has been said A little thought up on a dusty shelf, I’ve never got round to clean Hope that waits until another life, but maybe it will come back to me now You’re a tough nut to crack, such a beautiful shell I guess I’ll place my bets on a heaven or a hell I won’t forget the moment when, your smile made me lose my way. And I won’t forget all those little things We know I should probably stay away, but let me taste delight for just one day. Such a Day of delights Such a Sweet drowning Kiss As my head goes under
4.
04:07
Shack See the old place is still there Lots of times that we had where Old loves that leave a lingering taste Hang in the halls, brush against my face I lived there from when I was born Matchbook from that place we went, where it was warm Sits in a drawer with a an old credit card I thought this might hurt, thought it’d be really hard I am going home to Board up My little Shack I wish that I had more Reason then that Beaches, Parks that hosted it all Still marked and torn up, by my fall from grace, I never healed that scar Tried to mark the place but the ground was too hard Waiting for the gods to present me with signs Waiting for the same thing a thousand times That the hot spring under rock can explode into day If only I could tap it, the things I could say…. I am going home to board up My little Shack I wish that I had more Reason then that
5.
Another Chance It’s difficult, to admit the failure I'm getting tired of this place and of you But why should I care? There'll always be another chance I'll wait right here There's always a few who'll want it I jumped the gun on that, old familiar song Won't be the same, the moment's gone But why should I care? There'll always be another chance Public despair makes friends out of perfect strangers So many people ask, details about my past, I can't shut them out for ever, so I sever the ties I become what I most despise I hope one day ill have the time for scrutiny, Then I'll try to work out what went wrong with you and me. But why Should I care? They're always be another chance I'll wait right here, There'll always be the ones, who will want to be, my friendsnb
6.
05:26
7.
Little Letters Lying close to the sound Of moving ground My little place to hide A little world beneath the seats The stereo beats Like the ocean’s tide Little typed letters, so closely won That cell phone lit my burrow like a sun I don’t know who you are, yet But through my window, I get It coming through in bits Single words and typing fits The mundane and profane The deepest thoughts in your brain (are hidden from me like this) I don’t have your lips to kiss But we can reminisce about the last time It’s so far from there to here Nothing I can do, dear But that little screen lights the way From me to you So near In a haphazard, fragmented way It probably reflects the kids today And what they’re going through So I’ll fortify, my position And wait for the next transmission So please forgive my omission Of proper punctuation in my reply Little typed letters so closely won That cell phone lit my burrow like a sun The windows open, see the stars Feel the air The world is still there where I left it Stay quiet and they’ll forget you’re there
8.
a catalog of intimacies that i keep in my head they flit in and out of my life or stay until i'm dead its like a strobe light that's flashing and leaving little coloured spots in my eyes they may never go away and I file them in with the lies, that i told to make each one of them stay a little while.

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“Creatures glow with an unearthly light like little crowns...” This phrase from the refrain of ‘White Beetle’ offers a glimpse into the world of ‘Our Founders’. There is something eerily familiar about the songs Michael Olsen has created. Familiar and also surreal. Naked acoustic guitar, strings, and voice swim in a psychedelic dream. ‘The Nines’ sets spare lyrical stories of past loves, travels, and estrangement in a sonic landscape of artificial splendor. Our Founders draws the listener in directly with fragility and earnestness, while ensuring this directness is confused and intoxicated by the surprising instrumentation and arrangement of the songs. This album welcomes you inside, and hands you a blindfold at the door.

Mike Olsen brings a breadth of experience and skill as producer, writer and player fully to bear on 'The Nines', showcasing a whole new side to his musical skill and compositional prowess. Produced and performed by Olsen and mixed by multi Juno award winning engineer David Travers Smith, ‘Our Founders, ‘The Nines’ is a work of subtle beauty and emotional depth.

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released October 3, 2013

The Nines was written, performed and recorded by Michael Olsen
Additionally :
Warren Zielinski – Violin on “You are Mine”
Mia Sheard – Voice on “Little Letters”
Recorded in Uncomfortable Silence
Mixed by David Travers-Smith
Art and design by David Kleiser
Thank You: DTS, Naomi O, Peter Hudson, Warren, Mia, David K, Ghislain, Spencer
and FRIENDS-all of you.

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Our Founders Toronto, Ontario

Our Founders brings a unique sensibility to its music. Tuneful but high concept, smooth but sometimes odd. Members of Our Founders have collaborated with the likes of: The Hidden Cameras, Arcade Fire, Weaves, Merival, Jim Guthrie, Omhouse, Slakadeliqs, First Rate People, K-OS, Mocky, beau, Drake and Many many more. ... more

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