Wayfarer

by Western Jaguar

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Western Jaguar re-emerges from hibernation with his new full length record "Wayfarer." Partially recorded at the Nimbus School of the Recording Arts and Fader Master Sound Studios (owned by GGGarth Richardson [Red Hot Chili Peppers]), "Wayfarer" presents Trainor's "Western Jaguar" with a more polished and restrained sound. However, Trainor remains strapped within the atmospheric soundscape and multi-layered outbursts that figured so promently throughout his first record “Glacia.” Contextually, “Wayfarer” presents a dramatic shift from Trainor’s prior work as “Wayfarer” is an album of travel, both in context and in physical actuality. The album's first single "Council" opens the dialogue of displacement, confusion and separation from the comforts of home and confirms that "Wayfarer" is pushing Western Jaguar forward with new and definitive vigour.

In The Press:

"This is an album of intense sentiments that demands to be felt, going from aching displacement to yearning heartbreak to a haunting melancholy." - Josh Pineda, IndieBeat

"Lush in sound and spacious in its relatively simple arrangements, Wayfarer is filled with vamping piano chords and achingly beautiful violin." - Danielle Dzoiba, Red on Black Music

"Western Jaguar builds on his previous work to create a rich and emotionally textured LP in which he showcases an emotional and spiritual journey of the body, the heart and the soul" - Diamond Deposits

"Wayfarer is cohesive, chilling, and suffused with a zeal of passion."
Si Jia Wen, Permanent Rain Press

"It delicately brings his previous work through a folksy transformation an enriches it into an album that could fill the needs of a soundtrack or something just to chill out to." Joel Taylor, Rock The Valley

"The best way I can describe it is peaceful and serene" - Jenna Melanson, Canadian Beats

credits

released 26 March 2015

WAYFARER was recorded at The Nimbus School of the Recording Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Fader Master Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and at The House Studio in Mission, British Columbia, Canada - November 16, 2013 - October 25, 2014

"Bodie, CA," “Council,” “Frontier Town,” and "Vessels" recorded at The Nimbus School of the Recording Arts and Fader Master Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - November 16, 2013 - March 26, 2014

"Bathe," “Blackfoot,” “Ghosts of Madison Park,” and "Shores" recorded at The House Studio in Mission, British Columbia, Canada - January 2 to October 25, 2014

Album Credits:

Jeffrey Trainor - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Drums, Percussion, Cover Design, Production, Sound Engineering, Recording (Bathe, Blackfoot, Ghosts of Madison Park, Shores) Mixing (Blackfoot, Ghosts of Madison Park)

Mitchell Trainor – Bass Guitar on “Bodie, CA”, Tambourine on “Council” and Background Vocals on "Vessels," "Council" and "Frontier Town"

Ola Kado - Violin on “Bathe,” "Frontier Town," “Vessels” and Background Vocals on "Council" and "Frontier Town"

Jaimi Wainright - Cover Design, Photography and Background Vocals on "Council" and "Frontier Town"

Erik Janze – Lead Guitar on “Bodie, CA”

Kier-Christer Junos - Background Vocals on "Council" and "Frontier Town"

Jotham Yelle - Sound Engineering, Production and Recording (Bodie, CA, Council, Frontier Town and Vessels) Mixing and Mastering on all tracks

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Track Name: Council
Councils open again,
Ponder the start
Sadness creeps in my head
When it gets dark
Long are evenings,
Long are seasons,
Long are feelings that cumulate,
In my chest

Smoking your last cigarette,
Just give me a toke,
I know that I’ll soon regret
But I think that’s the joke
Stifling my feelings,
Stifling my breathing,
Stifling and reeling the demons they come,
To cut me up

Oh no,
Where do we go?
All our love’s been tainted and wasted
Track Name: Bodie, CA
The heat it soaks into your leather coat
Leaving me all out of sorts
And I can’t wrap my head around the feeling that’s grown
Oh, I want you to know

Step inside my mind for a little while
Just leave your body at the door
Look, I don’t mind if you stay the night but you just have to go
Before you attach to my core
Track Name: Blackfoot
Come back to me
I knew you so well
Come back to me
Save me from my hell

Come lay with me
Like the garden when we were young
Come stay with me
A bond that can't be undone

And I've tried
To let you know
That I'm not running back, running back oh
But in truth
I'm just tired
Of empty houses
And empty towns

I've seen it all
I know it's gone
I know i've fallen
I know it's fallen away
black sin
we're rocks on the ground
Track Name: Frontier Town
Take a walk,
Through time and space
Even brilliant minds,
Couldn’t save this place
Town hall sessions attended by no one
But ghosts of Christmas past
If these walls could talk,
They’d have a million stories
And a million tragic tales

And the lights go down,
On this Frontier Town
And the lights go down,
On this Frontier Town

It resonants in an eerie way
It resonants with myself
As I wait it’s almost surreal to think
About what it used to be
But, contemplating further
It’s hard to be here

And the lights go down,
On this Frontier Town
And the lights do down,
On this Frontier Town,
As we gaze about,
Its crumbling down
As we gaze about,
This Frontier Town
Track Name: Bathe
I’ve grown content with discontent
I’ve bathed in apathy
But too much apathy
And you’ll fade away

Just leave me here
I’m not good away from home

I’ve seen the end
At least my idea of it
It’s so close to fiction
It’s almost religious
Awakes my malaise

We’re heading out
We’re heading out
Searching for nothing
But we feel about
We feel about
Hoping for something

We bathe in two's
There's nothing I'd rather do
Track Name: Separator
You said you knew it from the start
I thought that we were meant to last
Your words are jagged, oh so twisted
Like breaking a bone through the cast

I see you running out,
It’s breaking me down
Track Name: Ghosts of Madison Park
The crow it calls to mark the sapling
A harbinger of gifts to give
The ghost inside your heart is calling
Pleading to its master’s sin
It echoes through the air,
But no one’s really there

The dark consumes your quaint homestead
The wheat buckles from the strife
My head is failed, my limbs are tired
As we scan the fields for signs of life

All those broken hearts in Madison
Waking up with tired bones
All those broken hearts in Madison
Waking up, all alone

All those broken hearts in Madison
Waking up with tired bones
All those broken hearts in Madison
Waking up, they're all alone
Track Name: Vessels
The fields of iron,
Savaged your tender heart
Oh, how I wish we were back at the start

Still the blood,
Spills from every pour
Begging me for more

Carved up,
Left out in the sun
As the flowers take bloom,
Were coming undone

Still the blood,
Spills from every pour
Begging me for more
I know it’s time to walk
Just give me one last talk

All my love is lost on you