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Absinthe & Smoke

by Corey Isenor

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releases August 16, 2019

Produced by Corey Isenor & Diego Medina

Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by Diego Medina at The Old Confidence Lodge in Riverport, NS, except Horns on 'Like a Drug' and 'All Remains The Same', recorded at Ocean Floor in Halifax, NS by Charles Austin & Franc Lopes.

Mastered by Ryan Morey in Montréal, Quebec.

Strings arranged and performed by Colin Nealis. Horns arranged by Andrew Jackson, and performed by Andrew Jackson and Paul St. Amand.

Performers:

Corey Isenor - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar on opening riff of 'All Remains The Same'

Liam Frier - Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Moog Synthesizer on 'Absinthe & Smoke'

Keith Doiron - Electric Bass

Ryan Brown - Drums

Colin Nealis - Violin, Viola, Double Bass, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond Organ & Leslie Speaker

Jennah Barry - Harmony Vocals

Jordi Comstock - Percussion

Aaron Mangle - Drums on 'Ladyslipper'

Scott McCormack - Electric Bass on 'Ladyslipper'

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Album Cover Artwork by Hannah Emmett, Design by Corey Isenor

Single Artwork & Design for 'Teenage Blues', 'The Long Way Home', and 'Like a Drug' by Corey Isenor

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Corey Isenor Halifax, Nova Scotia

On 'Absinthe & Smoke', Corey Isenor moves away from the country sound of his previous albums to focus on more of a roots- rock, folk-pop sound. Over the course of the ten tracks, the Nova Scotian songwriter vigilantly explores themes of youthful disenchantment, our existential place in the modern world, the passage of time, and - of course - romance - Pigeon Row ... more

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Track Name: Teenage Blues
I tend to lose myself, in memories of friends and lovers who have left me
a bad case of mental health, dwelling on the past, and living in a dreamland

how can I get away, from wishing to repeat, all my lost love affairs
another rainy day, for me to contemplate the enemies I’m making

I can’t avoid those teenage blues
every time I see a person on the news
someone who looks, a lot like you

If I can’t learn to separate emotions in my heart, from ideas in my headspace
i’m bound to perpetuate, this immature mind with an adolescent ego we all need to make mistakes for lessons to be learned, if life is worth living
and how we handle change, can remedy the pain if pain is what you’re feeling

I can’t avoid those teenage blues
every time I see a person on the news
someone who looks, a lot like you

I can’t avoid those teenage blues
every time I see a person on the news
someone who looks, a lot like you
Track Name: The Long Way Home
I heard a cry this morning, I took it as a warning sign,
Escaping voices outside, in the sunshine

I move through quiet meadows, I dance where on the shadow falls,
But even now at this hour, I feel small

Time won’t wait, another moment for my youth
Life won’t render me in love, without the proof
A song won’t end when it is beginning
Breaking out over the dawn, as I’m waking up on the lawn
Singing the same old song, but getting the words all wrong
Making them up as I go, taking the long way home,
Even if I don’t feel unhappy

I seek and find belongings, while I reflect on the scene performed
With every breath that I take, I’m reborn

A dozen limes and lemons, a thousand lines and boundaries crossed
When we are young we are free, but we are lost

Time won’t bend another moment for my youth
Life won’t render me in love, without the proof
A song won’t end when it is beginning
Breaking out over the dawn, as I’m waking up on the lawn
Singing the same old song, but getting the words all wrong
Making them up as I go, taking the long way home,
Even if I don’t feel unhappy

But I’m in luck, there’s something beyond this trend
Though I don’t know how it will end
Something around the turn, though I don’t know where or when
Something that I can’t prove, by taking it out on you

I move through quiet meadows, I dance where on the shadow falls,
But even now at this hour, I feel small

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