Lies Between Us

by Paragon Cause

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about

The EP, and the the forthcoming album, were produced by one of their musical heroes - Sune Rose Wagner of Danish pop/alternative sensations, The Raveonettes. And it happened in the craziest way. Jay sent Wagner a tweet mentioning he would love to work with him on their next project. He never imagined Wagner would actually reply – but he did, and the two soon began a correspondence which led to Wagner traveling up from New York City to Ottawa to work alongside Paragon Cause.

“We didn’t know what we were getting into and we just went with the flow. We spent 10 days recording 8 songs in my basement studio. Two weeks later he called saying ‘what are you doing for New Years?’ and he drove back from New York to Ottawa and we spent another week recording another seven songs. It was all very, very spontaneous” Jay said.

“He did all the drum programming and added some synthesizer on a number of the tracks. But his role as producer was integral to the final product. We all worked so well together. There really wasn’t much that we had to do as everything happened so naturally. It was very strange in a good way, and we all had an amazing time.”
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Although they have only collaborated musically for a couple of years, Jay and Michelle have developed a powerful symbiotic connection, feeding off one another’s ideas to create original songs of remarkable uniqueness and depth of meaning. “Sometimes I will come up with a guitar idea or Michelle will come up with a vocal idea or a lyric and we will sit down at the piano and jam it out. It’s very organic. It’s pretty amazing how connected we are when we’re writing music together,” said Jay. This is evidenced by the music being created alongside Sune Rose Wagner for ‘Lies Between Us’.

The first single from the EP, Drop Me In, takes the listener on both a musical and lyrical journey, in this case of someone coming back from the brink of psychological oblivion. The song’s composition becomes increasingly upbeat in tone as the emotional tenor of the lyrics also turns the corner to a more positive outcome.

“It’s a song I wrote when some friends were going through a depression and the idea was to say there are people around you that can help” said Michelle. “I’m saying drop me into the situation, I can help, I have some understanding from my own struggles’ It’s about helping pull them through this and how that person that you knew went away for a while but now you can see them coming back. And that’s when the song itself transitions to a happier sound.”

Save Me, slated to be the second single from the EP, is a strikingly powerful song, both musically and especially lyrically. Musically, the song came together very quickly after producer Wagner challenged Paragon Cause to write a punk rock song, replete with the ragged energy punk is known for, as well as with a strong political message.

It is a bold statement of individuality and the importance of freedom of thought, with searingly honest words penned by Michelle, which strikes out at the nature of domination and control exercised by many churches over their flocks, by European colonizers over the indigenous people they conquer, and by men over women in many facets of society.

It’s a multi-layered lyric that also talks about the freedom of realizing that you can’t fix everything and everyone, and that sometimes people can’t be saved.

“It’s about people exerting control because they think they’re better, that they’re superior to someone else. It’s two ideas: the religious side of things says you can save them all but at the same time we look at it saying you actually cannot save them all, meaning you cannot save them from themselves. And for myself I grew up in an environment governed by a very strict church, that has its own school system and completely controls everyone’s lives, including what they are to think and believe,” explained Michelle.

“In our own history the Europeans came here and thought they could control and convert all the indigenous people and how they thought they were so much better. But there’s another, deeper layer to the song where I came to the conclusion that you can’t save everyone, you can’t win every battle, and that for your own peace of mind, to avoid being overwhelmed and despairing, sometimes you have to just admit that you can’t save them all.”

Lies Between Us feels deeper and more emotionally complex with each listen, which is how it’s been designed. Bonaparte and Opthof have brought together a mix of music styles that would seem conflicting and dissonant, but they make it work. Incorporating 1980s synth sounds with jangly 1950s guitar runs, laced with jazz piano chords, hip hop backbeat, the EP is as atmospheric as it is interesting.

credits

released September 13, 2019

Written by Paragon Cause
Produced by Sune Rose Wagner

Mixed by Sune Rose Wagner
Mastered by Joe LaPorta
Recorded at Neko Studios, Ottawa, Ontario Canada
2019

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Paragon Cause Ottawa, Ontario

Paragon Cause is an indie-electronica band based in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, with a penchant for making music that is enigmatic, darkly mysterious, but also wondrously compelling.

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Track Name: Someone Else
It’s what you get for listening
Listening to someone else
Running just to catch on up
No time for trouble now
Never getting through to you enough
Time for hesitation
It’s never gonna be enough
Time for hesitation
It’s never gonna be enough

It’s what you get for listening, listening to someone else
Time for hesitation
It’s never gonna be enough
Time for hesitation
It’s never gonna be enough

Running just to catch on up
This time in trouble now
And I’m never giving up

This is not a place for you
To run and hide
This is not a place for you
To run and hide

It’s what you get for listening, listening to someone else
It’s what you get for listening
It’s what you get for listening
Listening to someone else
Track Name: Save Me
Words for me fall of deaf ears
When I’m miles ahead
Let me take you back
History repeats itself
You cannot lie
Let me take you back

To the place
To the time
Where you believed
To the place
To the time
Where you believed

Your('re) superior
Your('re) superior

Keep on trying
The same damn thing
Miles ahead
Let me take you back
But I won’t stand by
Take it in
The secrets out
The facts are in
Please look back

Your('re) superior
Your('re) superior

To the place, to the time
Where you believed
To the place, to the time, where you believed

You cannot save them all
All for nothing
You cannot save them all
All for nothing

To the place, to the time, where you believed
To the place, to the time, where you believed

Your superior
You're superior
Your Superior
You cannot save them all
You cannot save them
Track Name: Separate Lives
Your never far
Never far
Never far
Separate lives
Different ties
What lies between us
Has taken form
Can’t keep it from showing
Can't keep it from showing through

Your never far
Never far
Never far
New surprise
From kinder eyes
What exists between us has taken form
I can’t keep it from showing
Can’t keep it from showing through
Everyone see it, when will you
To my surprise
Different tries
The lies between us are changing form
And I believe you
And I believe you
And I believe you know

That thinning ledge is still in view
No ones sees it except for you
Different lives
Compromise what lies between us has taken form
Will it be up or down

Your never far
Never Far
Never Far
Track Name: I Waited
Waited for you for so long
Never to be
Could have kept on believing
Risking more than me
Forgive me for my unbelief
I can’t rely on what I see
I may not understand nothing
So what’s your plan

It might be forever
But somethings just never will be

I waited for you for so long
Rest in denial
Explain it now, how I find you
When I run and hide

It might be forever
But somethings just never will be

Maybe this time
I’ll break the constant
I keep believing
But insanity shows through
If this is it
The pace is impossible
I’m falling behind
And it shows

It might be forever
Some things just never will be
It might be forever
Somethings just never will be
Track Name: Kick Me (When I'm Down)
Wouldn’t it be nice if we all played fair
Wouldn’t it be so nice if you treated me the way you should
If you wanted more
Wouldn’t it be so nice

Wouldn’t it be nice, if we all really cared
Even in the dark, with absent intentions
If you didn’t kick me when I’m down
Kick me when I’m down
Wouldn’t it be nice

If you wanted more
Wouldn’t it be nice
Even in the dark
With absent intentions
Even in the dark
With absent intentions

Wouldn’t it be nice
When nobody’s watching you
What will it be
When nobody’s watching you
What will it be

Will you still kick me when I’m down
Kick me when I’m down
Wouldn’t it be so nice
Even with the best of intentions
Even with the best of intentions
Even with the best
Even with the best of intentions
You still kick me when I’m down
Kick me when I’m down
Wouldn’t it be nice
Track Name: Drop Me In
Drop Me in
I can go anywhere
Drop Me In
I can Pull too
Don’t be scared
I was scared once
Don’t be scared
You didn’t care once too

Drop me in
I was there once
Drop Me In
I was scared Once
Drop Me In
You didn’t care once too

Somethings not right
I can feel it
Somethings not right
You can feel it too

I know your coming back
I know your coming back to me
I know your coming back
I know your coming back

Dont be scared
I was scared once
Don’t be Scared
You didn’t care once too

Drop Me In
Cause I want to

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