October Gold

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released November 16, 2015

Kit Soden: vocals, guitar
Aliza Thibodeau: vocals, violin, piano

Evan Stewart: bass
Thomas Fortner: cello
Erin Schwabe-Fry: french horn
Will Bennett: percussion
Ben Ewing: tambourine, shaker

Produced by Ben Ewing and October Gold
Recorded, engineered, and mixed by Ben Ewing
At McGill University Studios
Mastered by Ryan Morey
Cover photo by Michael Todaro
Music written by Kit Soden
Lyircs based on poems by:
Thomas Moore (1779-1852) [track 1] and
Archibald Lampman (1861-1899) [tracks 2-5]

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October Gold Montréal, Québec

October Gold, an alt-folk duo based out of Montreal, is the latest collaboration of singer/songwriter Kit Soden and his partner in music (and life), violinist Aliza Thibodeau. This marriage of Soden's folksy roots and Thibodeau's classical sensibilities has created a unique sound described as "painting your imagination with song."

October Gold recently released their sophomore album in July 2013.
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Track Name: At the Mid Hour of Night
At the Mid Hour of Night

At the mid hour of night, when stars are weeping, I fly
To the lone vale we loved, when life shone warm in your eyes;

Then I sing the wild song 'twas once such pleasure to hear!
When our voices co-mingling breathed, like one, on the ear;

And tell me our love is remember'd, even in the sky.

And, as Echo far off through the vale my sad prayer rolls,
Faintly answering still the notes that once were so dear.
I think, oh my love! it’s your voice from the Kingdom of Souls,
I think, oh my love!

And tell me our love is remember'd, even in the sky.
--
Lyrics based on a poem by Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
Track Name: Violet Fire
Violet Fire

By hills and waters, farms and solitudes,
lonely forest brooks buried in the far violet hills.
Through fielded valleys that run between deep woods,
Murmurous and cool; through hallowed slopes of pine,

Where the long daylight dreams, unpierced, unstirred

To wander by the day, To lie among deep rocks
By the old oak tree tangled with wild vines,
Where wings of birds Spread thick as stars,
Through summer airs and summer lands,
Where the long daylight dreams, unpierced, unstirred

To watch, as through a mist of light and dreams,
And hear upon the wind, now loud,
now low
The murmur of cool streams,
With a smile as golden as the dawn,
tipped with violet fire
--
Lyrics based on a poem by Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)
Track Name: After Rain
After Rain

For three whole days across the sky,
In sullen packs that loomed and broke,
The columns of the rain went by;
At every hour the wind awoke;

The great drops rattled at the pane.
The rain kept drumming on the roof:

I heard till ear and sense were full
The clash or silence of the leaves,

But when the fourth day came—at noon,
The darkness and the rain were by;
I strode the valleys pied and still;
I climbed upon the mountains.

I saw the river's length unfurled,
Pale silver down the miles of plain,

I heard till ear and sense were full
The clash or silence of the leaves
--
Lyrics based on a poem by Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)
Track Name: Soft like Gold
Soft like Gold

Picture us by this old and soundless river
On the outer edge of space,
Where the body comes not ever,
But the absent dream has a place,
Where we loved and laughed and sorrowed
In a thousand worlds of old;

Neither sun, nor star, behold—
Such a beauty, soft like gold,
Now we rest and dream for ever...

And I wander there in my mind sometimes when my heart is clear,
Vistas of vast arch and column, Shadowed by unearthly trees—
We can tell the paths and seasons
Of the farthest suns that shine.
Where we loved and laughed and sorrowed
In a thousand worlds of old;

Neither sun, nor star, behold—
Such a beauty, soft like gold,
Now we rest and dream for ever...
--
Lyrics based on a poem by Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)
Track Name: Altitude
Altitude

Not to be conquered by these headlong days,
But to stand free: to keep the mind at brood
On life's deep meaning, nature's altitude
Of loveliness, and time's mysterious ways;
At every thought every thought and deed to clear the haze
Out of our eyes, out of our eyes considering only this,

What man, what life, what love, what beauty is,
What woman, what life, what love, what beauty is,

What beauty... What beauty is,
This is to live... This is to live...

Though strife, ill fortune, and harsh human need
Beat down the soul, at moments blind and dumb with agony
yet, patience-there shall come
Many great voices from life's outer sea,
Hours of strange triumph, and, when few men heed,
Murmurs and glimpses of eternity.


What man, what life, what love, what beauty is,
What woman, what life, what love, what beauty is,

What beauty... What beauty is,
This is to live... This is to live...
--
Lyrics based on a poem by Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)