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Down in the Weeds

by Trace Italian

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    releases September 19, 2019

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Digging Up Flowers
Across the Plains
Platform Manner
Cramping Up
3:30 MST
Man of the Century
Pimple on the Prairie
Segue (under the James MacDonald bridge)
"The Olden Days"


releases September 19, 2019

Music and lyrics written by Sean Newton, except where otherwise noted.

Riley Chernoff: drums and percussion (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Shea Iles: guitar (7, 8, 9, 10) and drums (2, 5)
Kelsey Wood: bass (2, 7, 9)
Sean Croal: upright bass (1, 5, 9, 12)
Connor Newton: saxophone (6, 7, 9, 10)
Evan Oddleifson: keys and mellotron (8, 9)
Joselito De Los Angeles: piano (2, 10)
Colton Hutchinson: noise (3, 4)
Declan Paxton: guitar and synth (4)
Sean Newton: everything else

People who helped out on sessions in some capacity: Declan Paxton, Kyra Heneghan-Smith, Nathalie Parent
Engineered by Sean Newton and Cameron McLean
Mixed and produced by Sean Newton
Mastered by Jesse Northey
Recorded in Studio A and B at MacEwan University, and at Smile! Studios in Edmonton, Alberta

Cover art made by Kyra Heneghan-Smith based on an old Canadian National Railways advertisement.

This record could not have been completed without the financial support of MacEwan University through the USRI project grant.

Thanks to everyone at MacEwan for support of all kinds: Paul Johnston; Bill Richards; Dylan Cave; Jamie Philp. Jeff MacCallum and the Cups N Cakes Network for showing me the good stuff. Alex Archbold at Curiosity Inc for a flexible schedule and enabling my fascination with old things from the prairies. Jesse Acorn for fixing up countless tape machines, preamps, and interfaces. Christian Cassan and Van Dyke Parks for taking the time to speak with me about making records.


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Trace Italian Edmonton, Alberta

Trace Italian is a psych-pop band from Edmonton, AB. The band is led by songwriter and producer Sean Newton and features a rotating cast that contributes to live shows and recordings. They've been around in some form or another since 2016.

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Track Name: Straw People
You never talk to no one
Their houses too far away to see
You tell your kids you're no one
And they both agree

You were born inside a farmhouse
A castle surrounded by seeds
You never saw the future
From down in the weeds

All my friends are made of straw these days
Turn to ashes every night

Tell me what you'd like to hear
Won't be here this time next year

Stand outside and make a joke for you
I'm not so sure I'm funny anyway, let me tell you
Last night I got drunk all by myself and yelled and played guitar, what do you mean you're having children, some days I barely feed myself
Laughing outside talking makes my throat hurt these days anyways, yea it looks like twin peaks out here, these forest fires are killing me

Taking smoke breaks every hour
To stand outside all by myself

So ya never talk to no one
Never never gonna let your secrets loose you don't know how
To talk to no one
Gotta gotta gotta think up some excuse, you must know I can read your mind

From down in the weeds
Track Name: Fruit Fly
Spitting cherry pits into your eyes
I'm a fruit fly
Charm offensive, sweet and sour lies
Today we'll die
Cough and stutter on the kitchen floor
Enjoying the view
Of nothing

You've had enough
A few days old
I hope you're gone long before I let you go

You slide a cigarette into your mouth
Don't make a sound
Blow some smoke that I can't fly around
You shot me down
Spiral downwards like a plane from the war
Maybe next time it's you
You've done it

You've had enough
Do what you're told
I hope you're gone long before I let you go

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