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If the Ruffled Feathers’ debut EP, Lost Cities, spoke of a journey to another time and place, then their full length album ORACLES speaks of the arrival, capturing the best of their musical ambitions. Coloured by the atmosphere of the horse farm in rural Oregon, where it was recorded, Oracles expresses the full range of the multi-instrumentalist five piece – from the decidedly beautiful bare-bones arrangement of Mockingbird to the orchestral composition of Rosin and Horsehair. The previously released single “Blueprints For Our Failed Revolution” is the flagship of this latest endeavour- highlighting the group’s exceptional capabilities and thematic inspirations.

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released 03 April 2012
Gina Loes: Vocals, Ukelele, and Guitar
Charley Wu: Piano, Organ, Mandolin, Guitar, and Vocals
Andrew Lee: Trumpet and Vocals
Matty Jeronimo: Bass, Guitar, Baritone Guitar, and Banjo
Sam MacKinnon: Drums and Percussion

Guest Musicians: Jeremy Sklad (Cello), Jon Lee (Tenor Sax), Molly MacKinnon (Violin), Jason Ford (French Horn), and Samantha Quon (Flute)

Recorded at Jeronimo Ranch (Wilsonville, OR)
Engineered by Mike Jeronimo, Sean Jeronimo, Sam MacKinnon and Matty Jeronimo, with help from Dean Baskerville
Mixed by John Raham and Mastered by Steve Berson at Total Sonic Mastering

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The Ruffled Feathers Vancouver, British Columbia

Taking inspiration from the likes of Beirut, The Arcade Fire, and Belle and Sebastian, the band weaves fables of revolution, love stories, and cities away from home. Listeners expecting conventional guitar-driven indie-pop will find themselves swept into complex arrangements of trumpets and mandolins instead. ... more

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Track Name: Canals of Suzhou
A
Have you heard the song
F#min(add9)
As gondoliers float on
D(6) E
Through waterways and ‘neath bridges made of stone
E7
Row to the rhythms of the dawn

A
I sailed down canals of Suzhou
F#m(add9)
(Ooh oh) Where lovers roam
D(6) E
My song is spreading, and the swallows are building their homes,
E7
On the mountains where the mulberries grow

A C#m
The mysteries of my mind
C#m7 C#mMaj7
Come back to me
The pieces uncombined
Come back to me
Our summer stars aligned
Come back to me
My lovers lost in time
Come back to me

Summer time
Where have you gone?
The invisible cities of my mind are crumbling,
And falling into the sea

My dreams will
Travel on the breeze
Searching for the ancient days of youth
The places where memories take root

I sail down canals of Suzhou
(Ooh oh) Where the mangroves grow
But the sun is setting, and the ocean’s calling me home
It’s stamped on the marrow of my bones

The mysteries of my mind
Come back to me
The pieces uncombined
Come back to me
Our summer stars aligned
Come back to me
My lovers lost in time
Come back to me
Track Name: All My Cities
I would go away to find out what it meant
Sugar me up sun by sun I’m
Never gonna know ya till the days are done

Turn it inside out, show me how it’s made
Shake it real hard ‘til every bead falls
Sweaty like the summer that you spent with me

Everything it’s adding up
Take your time we’re lining up the buttons
I’m holding on to all of its strings
There’s dreams of this in all my cities, oh!

We go hand in hand
We fit back to back
Just cover me up, some fine moon
I never want to wake up it would be too soon

One day at a time
Never need to rush
Just follow me now, going to take you home
Going to show ya ‘round the desert where this girl was grown

We’ll party like the coyote! Coyote!
Come see where I come from! Come from!
Everything it’s adding up
You can take your time. We’re lining up the buttons
I’m holding on to all of its strings
There’s dreams of this in all my! All my!

I’m holding on to all of its strings there’s
Dreams of this in all my cities, oh
Track Name: Lead Me To Destruction
What do you do (Oh Lawd!)
When she don’t love you? (No she don’t)
I’ve burned all my bridges (All of my roads)
Set fire to my memories too (too)

And I’ll still hold on (hold on)
To all of your things (all of your things)
The ashes of your beauty (of your beauty)
Haunt my dreams

So don’t you
Lead me to destruction
It happens all the time
When you come to mind

And I’ll climb thousands of mountains, walk deserts alone
Brave the waves of the sea, for my sins I’ll atone
Miss the fire in your eyes, I used to see every night
But if there’s hope for my soul, then I’d better, I’d better go

[Chorus]
Leave my troubles, behind
Cause sometimes
There’s still love, love, love
In your eyes

Darling have you heard my voice
It rings out
Even Louder
Than before


By the light of the moon (full moon)
Always there’s temptation (ahhhhhh)
A desire to believe (to believe)
You could lead me to salvation (ohhhhhh!)

And I'll still hold on (hold on)
To all of your things (all of your things)
The ashes of your beauty (of your beauty)
Haunting my dreams
Track Name: Dark Shorelines
All the small towns
On the shorelines
Two shadows
On the cliffside

And a lone car
On the brown rocks
Black water
Red on my side

It’s just a trick of the light
It’s just a trick of the light
It’s just a trick of the light
It’s just a trick of the light

And the small towns
On the black bay
Nothing moving
All is quiet

And the seabirds
In the slate sky
Guide the cold wind
Back to my side

It’s just a trick of the light
It’s just a trick of the light
It’s just a trick of the light
It’s just a trick of the light

But we wake up
From a long dream
And an old song
Floats over the water

It’s just a trick of the light
It’s just a trick of the light
It’s just a trick of the light
It’s just a trick of the light

It’s just at trick of the light!
Track Name: Blueprints For Our Failed Revolution
Tell me visions of the fall
Say, "Brothers and Sisters let's stand tall!"
Well we had a plan--it was right,
It was right, it was right.
We thought we knew the Heart of Man.

Poverty and destitution brings,
An army of soldiers that can't sing.
Well give me your hand--they're crying
And dying to no end...
History will bury all my friends.

Obstacles, obstacles,
They're laying barricades of Soviet-made
Disposable, oracles
We're taking to the streets
Marching to defeat!

It was a blueprint for
Our failed revolution!
Blueprints for
Our failed revolution!
It was a blueprint for
Our failed revolution!
Blueprints for
Our failed revolution!
Track Name: Rosin and Horsehair
My canteen is full of candor.
but that’s something I cannot contain
I had fun when you had me once
but your cup is downed and drained

I know I’m a wild young thing
dark horse that no man can tame
I had fun when you let me run
but you couldn’t grasp the reins

you had me once in those thirty months
you had me once in those thirty months

all the weed that you could muster
our conversations so sedate
I had fun when you showed me once
but I miss your sober face

All our fields were fit and fickle
but you took your sickle to make hay
I had fun when you had me once
but you left our fallowed plain

you had me once in those thirty months
you had me once in those thirty months

It came down to you or the fiddle
and I chose wisely I chose fair
There was no room to meet in the middle
so I chose the rosin and horse hair

you had me once in those thirty months
you had me once in those thirty months

It came down to you or the fiddle
and I chose wisely I chose fair
There was no room to meet in the middle
so I chose the rosin and horse hair
Track Name: Mockingbird
Hey baby it will be alright
I don’t care where you went last night
Times ain’t easy and I know it’s been hard
I left you standing in the old school yard

Hush baby it will be just fine
Spring is coming and it’s just in time
I’m going to pick you up and spin you around
There’s nothing like this love we’ve found

Ooooo Oooo

Hey baby just don’t you cry
I can’t bare to hear the tears in your eyes
There’s nothing left in my own place
Nowhere for you to make your great escapes

Hush baby don’t you say a word
I’m bringing you back a mockingbird
And if that mockinbird don’t sing
I’m going to get you a diamond ring

Ooooo Oooo Oooo Oooo
Track Name: Rooftop Garden
Grow, grow, grow
Oh brave seed
The earth can be tough
Maybe too rough for you and me

I don’t know, I don’t know what it is you need
I don’t know, I don’t know what it is you need
Give me one time just this one time
Give me one time just this one time
Give me one time just this one time
Can we hold on and see...

Rooftop garden, oh oh oh oh
Crumbs for the birds
City of bulbs
Plans a metropolis
Oh oh oh oh
All I got is weeds
All I got is weeds

Dig, dig, deep
Break of dawn
The earth is drying out
And all my energy is gone

I don’t know, I don’t know what it is you need
I don’t know, I don’t know what it is you need
Give me one time just this one time
Give me one time just this one time
Give me one time just this one time
Can we hold on and see...

Rooftop garden, oh oh oh oh
Crumbs for the birds
City of bulbs
Plans a metropolis
Oh oh oh oh
All I got is weeds
All I got is weeds
Track Name: Our Beautiful Hearts
Everyday I try to let you know
What you mean to me
Face to face or even on the phone
It’s your choosing baby oh

Cause I can’t get enough of your eyes
Doing their dance over me
I’m sick in bed, I’m loosing my head
Every time you leave

How do I begin to tell you
Everything I’m going through
Without you thinking
I over do it

I get lost in your house, in your arms, on your couch
I can’t think from the thought of everything we did only this morning
Shine on me, honesty, in this dim lit fantasy
All I need is some time to acclimatize
In this language of letters, I am choking on my feathers
Falling further from the sun and it’s only begun

I would choose time with you
Over anyone else
I get scared when it’s too quiet and now when I’m by myself
Like I’ll never have enough

Every day I have to let you go
Untie all of my strings
And what a waste of energy
Cause loving you is a good thing

I get lost in your house, in your arms, on your couch
I can’t think from the thought of everything we did only this morning
Shine on me, honesty, in this dim lit fantasy
All I need is some time to acclimatize
In this language of letters, I am choking on my feathers
Falling further from the sun and it’s only begun

I would choose time with you
Over anyone else
I get scared when it’s too quiet and now when I’m by myself
Like I’ll never have enough
Track Name: Lose My Soul
Well how come
We never talk anymore?
There’s a hole in your head
At the back
With a door
Am I an illusion
Or anything more
Than a shout in the dark
That you fight to ignore
And I know

I don’t want to
Lose my soul
It left me alone
In the night
I was hollow
Oh I don’t want to
Lose my soul
I followed it down
The the docks
Where the crows go

So wake me from
A rolling dream
And take me down
Where the wind is screaming
All for the pull of the tide
I’m so filled with time
But I never feel full
And I know

Well I don’t feel
Like I’m ready today
So I folded my heart
And I put it away
I’m losing myself
And I’m losing my mind
I’m a rock
I’m a shell
I’m a song over time
And I know
Track Name: The Ghost of Bear Creek
You say I’ve got somethin’ that you want
so why don’t you tell me what you need
from me
it’s on the tip of your finger
haunt me
an insatiable banshee
walking the line
between sailor and siren
shifting eyes on the portrait of the baroness

You say I’ve got somethin’ that you want
so why don’t you tell me what you need
from me
shattered crystalline chandelier
haunt me
through dimensional tapestries
walking the line
am I awake or dreaming
shifting eyes on the portrait of the baroness

Shivers passing through me
voices coarse, hair-raising
Footsteps
Staircase is creaking
spent one night in a haunted house

You say I’ve got somethin’ that you want
so why don’t you tell me what you need
from me
just let your beauty linger
haunt me
a phantom’s fantasy
walking the line
between corporeality
shifting eyes on the portrait of the baroness

just let me be
the ghost of bear creek
Track Name: Astoria
Riding high on the back of a shadow
You knew the names of the trees on the trail
And when I fell
The earth received me

Oh oh oh

On that old path in the dead of winter
It was a race against time and ourselves
Sound of a gunshot the reins burn our hands
Kicking and rearing

We saw our ghosts...

See the clearing where I fell
When I broke my legs you carried me home
The grass is tall
the gate is gone

You know the way
Oh oh oh...