Near Equator

by Fancy Colors

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Here's the story of Near Equator, which took about 2 years to finish:

While the members of Fancy Colors toured the world with various artists like Regina Spektor, of Montreal, Sondre Lerche, Vetiver, CHAPPO, and Jupiter One, the musicians worked at home when they could.

From songwriter Zac Colwell:

"It happened one wintery night as I was drifting off to sleep, listening to the critters under the floorboards of the house I live in in Brooklyn.

"It was about 3 am and I was in the twilight state. The critters were scratching and snoring, and as it turns out, dreaming.

"I finally managed to get to sleep on the uncomfortable futon. As I drifted off I had the most powerful sensation of being pulled into the floor. (Having had the experience as a kid of being woken up from a concussion, I can say here was a similar feeling, but in reverse.) I opened my eyes in my dream and saw something I've never seen in life.

"This album is an attempt to evoke some of that experience.

"After a lot of reflection I realized weeks later that somehow my psyche had melted with the critters' and I experienced some of their dreams. Sometimes I appeared in them, as they had been watching me. My influence was there as well, and we dreamed together as one mind.

"I don't know how this happened and it hasn't happened since. Perhaps it has something to do with the magic spells my girlfriend mutters in her sleep. She doesn't know about this.

"This album is an attempt to capture some of what I remember of the mixture of the dreams."

Colwell insists on talking about the music in unconventional terms. Describing the mood of the album, he mentions a "Buddhist hallucination", or "the memory of an experience, rather than the real experience".

The group is currently working on new material while performing in their current residence of Brooklyn, New York.

The album was released on Sandolyn Records in September 2012 in time for a national tour supporting Sondre Lerche. Fancy Colors also served as Mr. Lerche's backing band on the tour.

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released October 15, 2012

Released 05 September 2012
Musicians: Zac Colwell, David Heilman, Pat Dougherty, Chris Olson, Bob Parins, Jeff Taylor, Steve Wall
Produced by Steve Wall
Recorded and Mixed by Steve Wall
Additional Recording by Zac Colwell
Strings arranged by Yoed Nir (Cellos, Strings, Electric Cello)
Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound
Artwork by Rawan Rihani

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Track Name: Animals Under The Floorboards
ANIMALS UNDER THE FLOORBOARDS
Sometimes I think I never will
Get mad enough to make me kill
All the animals under the floorboards that keep
me up all night
Once I had another Mind
That made me neither cruel nor kind
And I wonder now: are they my family
As I go in and out of dreams I think I understand
their little sounds
Track Name: Castle In The Snow
CASTLE IN THE SNOW
Castle in the snow
Caught a fox by the toe
Told me everything she knows I won’t starve anymore
Free as a whale, I travelled five-thousand miles Through caves and ice, shedding blood, sweat,
and smiles
To make right a wrong turn is almost too much
to bear because
Who knows what might follow Follow my footprints in the sand
Castle in the snow
Caught a fox by the toe
Told me everything she knows I won’t starve anymore
On the ground outside was the rest of an animal A family of wolves somewhere is happy and full
Track Name: The Way You Walk Away
THE WAY YOU WALK AWAY
From the garden I watch the leaves in the wind For no reason I check the time on my phone Oh, but I never got a chance to tell you when
you left for work
I love the way you walk away Footsteps that stain my mind The feeling you leave behind The way that you walk away
From the window I count the cars going by
You shine the moonlight and my freckles are the
stars all around
Oh, and I never got a chance to tell you before
we fell asleep
I love the way you walk away Footsteps that stain my mind The feeling you leave behind The way that you walk away
The ribbon in your hair that I can almost hear (I am on to you)
As the day grows long your shadow stretches
near, and tells me every secret again (I’m right behind you)
I love the way you walk away Footsteps that stain my mind The feeling you leave behind The way that you walk away
Track Name: Africa
AFRICA
High and Dry from North to South
We have to hunt or go without
Rain or Shine from coast to coast
You got the things that I love the most
A place that I’ve never been to A place I might never go
A place that I’d love to see, but Who wants to ruin the mystery Oh, no
Africa, it’s a long way to your shore
The sun shines down on a desert plain It’s getting hot today
We worship the sky and pray for rain It’s getting hot
While a tiger sleeps in a buzzard nest You got the things that I love the best
A place that I’ve never been to A place I might never go
A place that I’d love to see, but Who wants to ruin the mystery Oh, no
Africa, it’s a long way to your shore
I swam out far as I can go
Watching the clouds watch me below I got so far I can’t see the land
Turn right back when I realize
A place that I’ve never been to A place I might never go
A place that I’d love to see, but Who wants to ruin the mystery Oh, no
Africa, it’s a long way to your shore
Track Name: Seen It All
SEEN IT ALL
Can you love if you can’t be there
Can you care if you can’t be anywhere
Should you speak if you haven’t found your voice Do you have to choose if you’re fine with either
choice
The more I ask around I find the questions never
end
Do you have to start if you don’t know where to
begin
Can you love if you can’t be there
Do you get the vibrations that I send you through
the atmosphere
I got so old. I think I’ve seen it all
You shoot me down, so I crawl across the floor I’ve been so bored, I thought I’d seen it all
But I hear your voice and I crawl across the floor
You can see when you close your eyes And mysteries can reach you through the
darkness sometimes
What makes you proud of a waving flag
My father said: You know that everyone’s awake
when they’re not asleep
In every other land
You would sing but you don’t know how You would leave but it’s just impossible now You don’t care if they told you so
You think you don’t have to learn what you
already know
I got so old. I think I’ve seen it all
You shoot me down, so I crawl across the floor I’ve been so bored, I thought I’d seen it all
But I hear your voice and I crawl across the floor
Track Name: Never Found
NEVER FOUND
It’s the legs of a scorpion
And the rays of a setting sun
I can feel it when I’m almost there As it captures my attention
If I sense it on a foggy night
Well, I might lose it in the moonlight It’s the real me peeking in
Help me find the never found
It’s in the sky and in the ground When there’s no clues been left for us Help me find the never found
As elusive as a snake in the grass
It isn’t happiness
It’s the same in other parts of the world
When you’re dancing with a stranger
And how long, I wonder, will it last
And do I really have to learn the hard way, every
time
Do I really have to learn the hard way It’s the real me peeking in
Help me find the never found
It’s in the sky and in the ground When there’s no clues been left for us Help me find the never found
Track Name: Last Summer
LAST SUMMER
Last summer I saw someone come out of the woods
He stared at me, so I just stared at him as hard as I could
His eyes looked like they were asking me
And then he just turned away
But then last weekend I finally thought of something to say
Track Name: Sorceress (One Night Stand)
SORCERESS (ONE NIGHT STAND)
One time is OK, but what if I wake up here again Well, everything was just fine, but I don’t know
how I got here... Or when...
Can you show me the way out of here?
I took a trail down through the hills
You wouldn’t believe what I had to kill
And then you tell me you love the sound of the
desert wind
I know what I have to do: go back out and get it for you
The first day was alright, but I didn’t know if I’d make it through the night
The sound of wolves are ringing in my ears and someone told me they can smell your fear...
Well, can they?
Can you show me the way out of here?
I took a trail down through the hills
You wouldn’t believe what I had to kill
And then you tell me you love the sound of the
desert wind
I know what I have to do: go back out and get
it for you
Track Name: The Last One
THE LAST ONE
I tried to draw your face, soo I traced the flowing lines
The picture’s a disgrace, but I’m sure to make you mine now
I followed you all day, but I stayed two steps behind
You wave the boys away, but I’m sure to make you mine now
I’ll be the last one... and I’ll be the lasting one
We gather at your feet, and we worship in a line We pander and compete, but I’m sure to make
you mine now
I’ll be the last one, but I’ll be the lasting one
I guess I’ll stay here behind the scenes
I can’t stand to just sit, not waiting patiently So just make your way down the line
And I’ll be the last one... I’ll be the lasting one
I chased you all day long, but I stayed two steps behind
Each turn we took was wrong, but I’m sure to make you mine now
And I’ll be the last one... I’ll be the lasting one
Track Name: Language For Her
LANGUAGE FOR HER
I saw a map in the lines of her hands and now I’m following
Or maybe I’m just wondering if I can make a home in her heart
I smelled the sea in the waves of her hair and now I’m remembering
When we stood there shivering the first time that
we swam in the dark
Now every time that I watch the moon replace the old sun in the sky
That I stand and watch the waves grow higher and higher
I think everything’s just a word in a language for her
I felt the sun in the heat from her skin and now I’m wondering
Are these ice caps dripping all around us as we lie in her bed
I saw her thoughts in a lost flock of geese, they were gathering
Preparing for winter wandering, there, beneath that grey Autumn sky
Now every time that I watch the moon replace the old sun in the sky
That I stand and watch the waves grow higher and higher
I think everything’s just a word in a language for her
When she’s around all my thoughts quiet down
I saw the world in the rounds of her eyes
Track Name: Driftin' on a Cloud
DRIFTIN ON A CLOUD
Was it just a dream... does anything we did mean anything
I think the sky was clear the day you passed away
Why do I see you smiling through the pouring rain Are you still the same if your face is different but
you keep your name
I heard it was silent all around the Dead Sea
Isn’t it insane that I hear your voice in the cicadas’ cry
Looking out the window at the rusted rails I just pretend our story was a fairy tale
I heard it was silent all around the Dead Sea Driftin’ on a cloud...