Light on Canvas

by Future Ghosts

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released November 10, 2012

All Songs written by Sean Whittaker

Recorded at Blackcity Recording (Chicago), Small Hands Studio, (Chicago), The Island (Chicago)
Engineers: Tom Whittaker, Paul Norman

Mixed by Tom Whittaker

Mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, Chicago

Produced by Sean Whittaker and Tom Whittaker

Photos: Eric Rivera, Keith Mooney, David Hanus, Sean Whittaker


THANK YOU: Dad, Mom, Eleni Raptis, Erika Schmidt, Emily Nichols, Jacob Mazer, Jeremy Mills, Michael T. Hodges, Eric Ridder, Paul Norman, Sissy Mena, Miguel Torres, Martin Atkins, Larry White, Jay Weinberg, David Lynch, Jose Cardenas, Pete Pena for the extended loan on his custom Super Reverb, Dave @ Underground Lounge, the good folks at The Observatory, Scott Ferguson individually and Kam Kama collectively.
Special thanks to Kelly for being there.
This record is dedicated in part to Ray Purcell, who was always a kind and supportive voice. We miss you.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Copyright 2012 Millson Music. Some Rights Reserved.

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Future Ghosts Chicago

Future Ghosts are an art/rock/dream/pop band from Chicago. Since 2005, they've been telling stories about love, ghosts, and the trickiness of time. Hooks and melodies leap out from heavily textured sonic landscapes.

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Track Name: When You're Dead
like flesh and gravity, the earth's an anchor too
its dirt and feedback trap the weary likes of you
impeding travel, senses faded with your brain
when you are dead, don't lose your head
don't lose yourself again
there is no separation, we need a destination
the maps are laid, if course is stayed, you might escape
or move, mechanical, half awake in microwaves
the sounds of stagnant phantoms, woeful short refrains
when you are dead, don't lose your head
don't lose yourself again
there is no separation, we need a destination
Track Name: The Drift
white and pink and static tones
in spinning snow, the hum comes
waves that amplify the drone and take her home
pulse and subtle diffuse glow
the light show grows around us
walls are shadow painted rows
the air sings soft and low
we're gonna drift until it's gone
leave the television on
into the sound, she's fading
into the sound, she's falling
ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
into the sound, she's moving
into the sound, it's calling
ah ah ah ah ah ah ah
burning half-tone picture tube
subdues in blue harmonic
a wash of sonic current moves into the room
hearing spirits singing through
electric vents and wires
lyric noises, voices soothe her
as she's coming to
we're gonna drift until it's gone
leave the television on
come with us, it won't hurt you
Track Name: Radiatorsong
warm like a radiator song
soft like the lamplight on your wall
sleep tight the night ain't very long
verse and a chorus, then it's gone
starlight, agents in the sky
cast down, twinkle in your eye
deep gaze, amazingly inspires
all things to move until they die
you were the sweetest dream
you were the closest thing
you were the sweetest dream
but you know we have to wake up sometime
one pulse, erasure of all thought
deep kiss, forget the things we're taught
we'll miss the image of this world
light on a canvas, nothing more
felt like a radiator song
soft like the bed that we'd lie on
sleep singing, melody ain't long
verse and a chorus, then it's gone
this radiator song
this radiator song ain't very long
la la la la la la la
Track Name: The Wake
morning only comes for some you know
daylight don't move through the dirt (I know it hurts to hear)
and when a certain sudden piece locks into place
you face erasure
cancellation of it all
and the sound of the heart brought to silence
and the wake you'll never wake to know
and the love of the world, and all it's violence
and the dream of someplace else to go
moments don't always arrive you know
it's getting hard to figure out (what it's about)
the senseless pacing of the plot
synced to a clock that stops for no one
and runs you out of town
and the sound of a gun brings the silence
and the wake you'll never wake to see
and the love of the world and all its violence
and the dream of somewhere else to be
Track Name: Time
we are running out of time
we are running out of things to find
digging holes in the ground
making holes in the sky
find a whole lot of 'how'
next to nothing of 'why'
and all the while it keeps on ticking by
and we run...
away from life and go down
the way we're taught to slow down
we are running out of time
things collapsing from inside
step away from our hearts
step outside of our minds
we get no answers from love
we get no visible signs
and all the while it reaches out and wraps around
and we run...
away from life and go down
the way we're taught to slow down
so don't slow down
so don't slow down
i don't ever want to slow down
we are the ones who light the fires on the sea
no time no time no time ain't got no hold on me
we are the ones who guard the gates and keep the key
no time no time no time ain't got no hold on me
Track Name: After the Party
this ain't no birthday party, girl
are you coming to the funeral after?
i hear you laughing now, but just you wait
things aren't so great on the other side
we have to hide in antique furniture
and the walls of old hotels
the occasional prayer
finds us in the air
moving through the cracked waves
and into the radio
the occasional prayer
finds us in the air
seeking names and faces
to return to places we know
this ain't no tea party girl
it's a slow march down the aisle
where your bones marry the earth
and there's no mirth in making sound
as the world goes on without you
while you wait around, inaudible
oh lord, let us get to the next place...
Track Name: In Another Place
kill the current course, let's set the rendezvous
in outer space or on the moon
you choose the place, i'll pack the suitcase
i won't be late, just make it soon
don't get caught in the cracks, don't be a ghost in this world
the illusion is deep, we've got to keep ourselves alive
i can't wait to be with you again
in another place where the starlight never ends
i can't wait to be with you again
i've gotta believe we're headed somewhere, oh please
kill all the lights, we're headed out tonight
to someplace far away from here
we can't take much, that shit'll just hang us up,
just a few things we hold dear
don't get tied to the facts, don't believe too much in this world
the illusion is deep, i need to keep you by my side
tell me what happens if we get lost
is there some signal flashing
something that calls on us
i'll follow, i'll follow, i'll follow, follow me
i'll follow, i'll follow, i'll follow, meet me there
don't let me down
Track Name: Crystal VS. Static
someone was comforted once
by the feeling that somebody was whispering
now the signal is vague
dull objects that laugh in meaningless space
if it ain't crystal it's static
if it ain't crystal it's static, static, oh
if it ain't crystal it's static
if it ain't crystal it's static, static noise
i wasn't happy in silence
i wasn't happy in endless psycho-speak
i wasn't happy in anything but sleep
all of the things in the room
only half of them link to things you want them too
now all the voices are trashed
dull muttering tongues that pull you right back
Track Name: Ruins
something once captured, lost
reel exposed,
the memory attempted but couldn't commit
and 'though you know the place was real
you could never prove it, it's a mental ruin
and where we go beyond the seal
do things displaced ever leave a trace?
moments locked in damaged thoughts
killed by time
our minds even counted as casualties
send your heart back home
to find the world has gone
never get it back
you lost the photograph
Track Name: In Winter
you catch a fleck of snow
a twist of winter air
a sparkle in your hair
oh
it's not enough to know
the glow you seem to wear
if tomorrow you're not there
oh
so wary of this gift
when all is lifted to the sky
the future is a whim
and tomorrow you say die
she's not alone
she's not alone
she's not alone
but we're not at home
the winter city stands
lakeside makes a cage
a place where sparkles fade
oh
i see you throw your hands
eyes still so afraid
the wind takes you away
oh
Track Name: Invisible Elephants
from the tap of the telegraph
to the movement of your tongue
i sap the signal and feed
communication
oh oh oh oh
the invisible elephant
the center of the room
i wouldn't say malevolent
but i suck
oh oh oh oh
if the walls aren't whispering
and your things are standing still
be sure i'm listening
to your thoughts
oh oh oh oh
the most dubious dinner guest
a single empty chair
you needn't try a second guess
i'm there
oh oh oh oh
call it waiting
dead and dreaming
tiny feelings i can steal from you
shifting papers
pulling drapes down
a show of strength
now look what i can do
i'm at the edge
i'm at the center
i'm getting better
you're looking thinner
i'll be waking real soon
Track Name: What the Dead Dream
do the dead dream they're still here
like the stars dream that they still rule the sky?
do i dream that i'm real
that i've got time, and nothing has died?
i want to know where the light goes
where there are no more eyes to catch it shining
do the dead dream like i see
in artifacts and crude reflected rooms?
do i dream i could be
something more than memories to you?
i want to know where the love goes
when there are no more hearts to give it home
did i get lost in a dream?
and are you still dreaming it to?