The New Atlas

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In June 2013 we released our mangy love child EP "The Barnyard Sessions" and you welcomed it with open arms. You allowed us onto your playlists, played us for folks who had never heard of us, you came to watch us live, and you paid us real life money (whaaaaa?!). Through this support you helped us to realize that we had potential. We felt a responsibility to up our game for you all. We saved the money that you paid for the album, we played many shows and weddings and campfire shindigs and in late fall of 2013 and early 2014 we hit the studio. I know I know it's February 2015...what took so long? The list of reasons is very long. Weddings, children, international relocation, school, mixing, mastering, and overall a desire to get you the best quality product that we could. For the same list of reasons this unfortunately is not a full album. THE NEW ATLAS is a collection of 6 songs from 4 different writers (Cam, Luc, Alec, Stephan). 3 tracks made an appearance in their infancy state on Barnyard Sessions (Heart Talking, Only Love, and Lights) and have been reimagined and finely tuned for the new release. 1 of the new tracks (Freight Train) was recorded as an open mic Live take that has a "bonus track" personality. We love the feel it gives off. The other two (Peter and Not Crazy) were labours of time, production and attention to detail. The New Atlas will be very quiet in the next coming year as Cam and Jodi embark on an adventure to Congo. The whole band supports them in fulfilling their calling to do missions work and we look forward to their return. At that time we are sure that you'll see a new and improved version of us around. Until then, let this satisfy your craving for us ;)

As a Thank you for all the support, If you paid for "The Barnyard Sessions" please feel free to download "The New Atlas" for free (or name your own price).

We are proud to present the self titled LP: THE NEW ATLAS

With Love,

Luc, Stephan, Byron, Alec, Cam, Jodi, and Marcus

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released 16 February 2015

Every track except Heart Talking was recorded with Neal Miskin. Heart Talking was recorded at Five Acres with Ryan McAllister.

Mixed and Mastered by Dan Koch.

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The New Atlas Vancouver, British Columbia

From somewhere in between the mountains and the ocean of Canada's great West Coast has emerged the folk collective, The New Atlas. This Vancouver-based group of songwriters and musicians are committed to communicating through folk music the bare-boned, nitty-gritty, hard-learned goodness of life as they see it. Open the door, come on inside, get the world off your shoulders.... ... more

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Track Name: Heart Talking
It’s not complicated and it’s not in the script, it’s just my heart talking
Hung up for hours and my mind is too thick; it’s just my heart talking
Won't you come meet me by the pier tonight, we can go walking
If I try to tell it and I tell it alright, it’s just my heart

Won't you come meet me by the pier tonight, we can go walking
Maybe if we're honest things will be alright, it's just my guilt talking
If were hanging on by the skin of faith, we'll soon be falling
Put your clothes back on and get out of my face, it's just my heart

These are the lessons, the moments of connection the restless and the lonely nights
What behavior could turn me from a stranger, to tears falling from your eyes?

It's not too late to walk away x 4

I've got a lot of faith; I just don't know how to show it
I've got a lot of hope, but I don't know how to feel it
I've got a lot of love, but I don't know how to give it
I've got a lot of faith; I just don't know how to prove it

It's not too late to walk away x4

It's not complicated and it's not in the script, it's just my heart...
Track Name: Lights
You are the light hanging from my ceiling,
Every time I close my eyes I still see it shining,
When all my lights go dark

You are the rock I have broken upon,
When I call your name I can feel my heartbeat,
When all my lights go dark,

I can’t see the light
When the road is dark and I close my eyes
I can see you but I can’t see the light

Now I’ve found a path and I’ve left the wide road
Now there’s no turning back though all I see is shadow
When all my lights go dark
Track Name: Peter
Peter, I’ve cast out into the deep but I’m floundering,
And my catch is so small, its hard believing
With each passing wave I drift further from you,
But this feeling of helplessness ain’t nothing new

This swell is rising into the unknown
I look around but I find myself alone,
How’d I ever get this far from home?

Though my spirit is strong my back is weak
I can’t carry the weight standing on my feet
I’ve always been a man of faith
But times have been real hard of late.

I’ve got a hunger and a deep abiding thirst,
If it’s a blessing then why do I feel cursed?
Even in my dreams I feel the hurt.

Peter, I got of that boat and I’m not going back,
I just, I hope your cool with that.
Track Name: Not Crazy
I just watched the fog roll in, its thicker than you know,
The snow is falling in whirlwinds, now I can’t see my boat.
There’s a cold over the harbor, its biting on my bones,
I just watched the fog roll in, it’s thicker than you know.
I’m not crazy but I want to sail away,
I’m not crazy but I take it day by day.

Your tears they are this ocean, yea you cried them every day,
I gave up turned myself in but they won’t put me away.
My prison is my conscience the jail man can’t escape,
Your tears they are this ocean, you cried them every day.
I’m not crazy but I want to sail away,
I’m not crazy but I take it day by day.

Give me that high tide, I’ll be gone today,
I’ve been pleading with the moon but the moon wants me to stay,
I’ve filled my heart with salt, I need to be alone,
I don’t have bad luck I’m just reaping what I’ve sown.

I just watched the fog roll in, it’s thicker than you know,
The snow is falling in whirlwinds, now I can’t see my boat.
And there’s a cold over the harbor, its biting on my bones,
I just watched the fog roll in, its thicker than you know.
I’m not crazy but I want to sail away
I’m not crazy but I can’t say that I’m sane,
I’m not crazy but I want,
I want to sail away.
Track Name: Only Love
Only love can save you now.
When the visions that you’ve had turn to dust and wind and sand,
And the words that you cried out turn to ashes in your mouth,
Only love can save you now.

In the evening when you find yourself alone,
You just go flipping through the channels of your soul,
And your mind has poisoned everything you know,
And its seems you’ve made a stranger of us both,
Only love can save you now.

Love ain’t patient love ain’t kind, love ain’t nothing of the kind,
Love is violent its true, and it will make a mess of you,
Only love will save you now.
Track Name: Freight Train
Chorus:
My heart is like a freight train,
Putting on hard miles and carrying a load.
My heart is like a freight train,
And this railroad is the only home that it knows.

Verse 1:
Are you just another station, am I just another train?
At your gates I unload all my freight,
And I wait for you to load me again.
But tonight will find me moving,
Rolling down that seaboard line
Loaded down and bound for glory,
Burning diesel through the night.

Verse 2:
I guess we should have seen it coming,
But were all bound to crash sometime,
Because when steel meets steel, there ain’t no pain feel
Just get back on track and try to leave that wreck behind.
No one chose the path they travel,
You just choose the best you find,
And if it takes a train to carry all my pain,
Well it takes an even bigger train to cry.

Verse 3:
I could carry you the distance,
If you could just learn to hold on,
But when steel meets steel there ain’t no pain to feel,
Just the cold hard fact of forgetting what is gone.
Now I’m iron and combustion,
The sharp taste of cocaine keeps my engineer on time.
Loaded down and bound for glory,
Lord knows I’m coming but I won’t get there tonight.