Fortress

by Temple Canyon

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04:26
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04:37
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04:27
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05:27
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03:53
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04:07
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03:54

credits

released August 24, 2019

Al Reiter - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Jason Shao - Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Mariko Ruhle - Guitar, Lead Vocals

Additional performances by:
The Rolling Twenties - Vocals on track 8
Kris Gray - Lead guitar on tracks 3, 4, and 6

Produced by Temple Canyon
Engineered by Jason Shao, assisted by Marian Macapinlac
Recorded 2018-19 at Crybaby Studios & Madkin Apartments in Seattle, WA
Mixed by Jason Shao and Don Farwell, Earwig Studio
Mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering
Art direction by Mariko Ruhle
Photography by J. Arthur Sunday

All songs written by Mariko Ruhle
Arranged and performed by Temple Canyon
Dedicated to our family of blood and friendship.

Special thanks, love and inspiration to all our friends and loved ones supporting us on our musical journey, cheers to all the lovely people around us helping make this dream a reality: Eric Westerlind, Jason Williams, The Deer, Cumulus, Afterlife Giftshop, Lonely Mountain Lovers, Chris King & The Gutterballs, Giants In The Trees, (h)ourglasses, Escape Train, Antonioni, Medejin, Leava, Byland, La Fonda, Cold Comfort, Moon Dial, Thedrifterluke, Rat Queen, Big Thief, Fleetwood Mac, Spinster, Bear Axe, Ana Lete, Supply & The Man, Dearly Departed, Dark Hip Falls, Scarlet Parke, The Loveless Building,Tellers, AFI, Tim McBride & The Divide, Mirror Gloss, Adopted Kids, Raina Rose, Ol’ Doris, RHCP, Long Dark Moon, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Pearl Jam, Kristen Allen-Zito, Star Meets Sea, Wooky, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, John Elliot, Dravus House, Eric Miller, Thad Wenatchee, Crybaby Studios, Sofar Sounds, Ballard VOX, XO Publicity, American Standard Time, Radio Boise, J. Arthur Sunday, Don Farwell, Levi Seitz, 107.7 The End, The Local Project, 107.3 Local with Louise, Dan’s Tunes, Mitsuhiro Honda and whoever else was involved in the design of the Honda Fit, Push/Pull, Cafe Pettirosso, Jupiter Bar, Add-a-Ball Amusements, Raygun Lounge, The Sunset, Barboza, Blue Moon Tavern, Cafe Flora, Radio Coffee & Beer, Cafe Racer, Conor Byrne Pub, High Dive, Hopvine Pub, Soundbite Cider, Madkin Apartments, Mirage Garage, Debra Blake, Atticus Wiman, Jessie Craig, Sheridan Slutsky, Kris Gray, Steve Miller, Kira Shea, Marian Macapinlac, Jimmy Rice, Maggie McGehee, Richard Hoag, Jeehah Yu, Judd Wasserman, Christopher Lomba, Aeon Corvidae, Chris Estey, Eric Luck, Melissa Wax, Colleen McCarter, Steven Graham, Sarah Curtis, Sean Jewell, Nicole Bratt, Patrick Kern, Jack Wilson, Michael Gill, Justin Branstad, Miriam Williamsom, Taryn Joyce-Mendive, Jeremy Bang, Justin Minich, James Scott, Suzanne Hyde, Scott Chatenever, Nikki Barron, Reese Tanimura, Scott Klasek, Connie Wu, Jess Wetter, Jeanne Mitchell, Kate Cofell, Youngmin Park, Josh Hershfield, Emily Cowart, Steve Wiman, Charity Cornelius, John Carlson, Tim Mendonsa, Jina Gill, Jon Pontrello, Paige Montana Quinn, Devin Lake, Zac & Christine Catozzi, Jonny Spielsinger, Amanda Gonzalez, Rachel Spangler, Allan Pichardo, Alyssa Benson, Meezee, Mumu, Hen, Joe Jellema, Amber Riccardi, Chris Gordon, and anyone who has ever come to a show who we haven't had the pleasure to meet.

...and of course, to Cameron Crowe & Neil Young.

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Temple Canyon Seattle, Washington

Nostalgic rocky canyon magic brewing in Seattle, WA. Psychedelic folk rock reminiscent of the variety coexisting in Laurel Canyon's hay day. Rainy rock - grunge vibes - of the PNW washing over the fiery and sunshiny California coastal influence Mariko Ruhle, lead singer and songwriter was raised on. A rapturous transference of memories and hallucinations through sound. ... more

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Track Name: Pressure
Shovel and bucket in her hand
Will her sandcastle stand?
Will the waves wash it away
Before she’s done?
Look at what she’s made
Only her hands could dream of that
All of a sudden it changes
The years, the years they change us

If you want it all
Then take my hand and fall into
Take a chance and fall
What do you have to lose?

Pressure, pressure
Fear is all that’s left
What you can’t see
What you can’t hide from
Irrational/rational
Can I take any more?
Pressure, pressure
Fear is all that’s left

If you want it all
Then take my hand and fall into
Take a chance and fall
What do you have to lose?

Dour and down you’ll find
Death watches us all
And with the sweet comes the sour
Pocket knife blood line forever
We’ll even die on the same day
Star shaped
Petals fly in the night
Black across the moon
She had one green eye and one blue
Track Name: My Goldmine
Living like we could die tomorrow
I’m high on your smile
What it’s like to be held by you
What it’s like to be
Always wondering why

What was mine now is yours
What’s inside me now
Is like a goldmine
Look inside, find the hole
What’s inside me
Now is yours, my goldmine

Jump on three
Sky above and water below
Lover breathe…
Happy, I am older now
Lover please, take me underneath

Deep down
In darkness we climb
Your lungs fill with cyanide

What was mine now is yours
What’s inside me now
Is like a goldmine
Look inside, find the hole
What’s inside me
Now is yours, my goldmine
Track Name: Fortress
Too close to home
Not far away enough

Too close to home
Not far away enough for me

Within a fortress
Of a broken heart
Enclosed in golden gates
Jaded but awake
Awaits a warrior
Ready to fight
For understanding
Till the end of time

Too close to home
Not far away enough
Track Name: I Tangled With The Serpent
Was there a witnessing
Did you think that you were dying
Were you renewed
Were you born again
Was anything you wanted missing?

Serpent seep, set me free
Leave my body
The crooked lines you left on me
Won’t wash from my skin but
I’ll keep untangling, untangling

Well you can’t seem to see
The forest through the trees
And if you could, would it change a thing
Or like Mary would you be crying?

Serpent seep, set me free
Leave my body
The crooked lines you left on me
Won’t wash from my skin but
I’ll keep untangling, untangling

Well last night I tangled with the serpent
And this time she looked a little different
And it’s our right to bear the burden, of his wrongs

Untangling, untangling
Untwisted from within
Track Name: Roses In My Hair
Put roses in my hair
Like my mother put roses in her hair
Will I ever put roses in my hair
Like my mother did?
Lift your spirits Rose, rise up
Hang roses round your room
Like your mother did
Hang the roses round your room
For your mothers, for your mothers
Forever, forever
Track Name: Traveler
He started out in the 70’s
Just trying to be
Who he wanted to be
My momma too
She found the road
She found herself
At least I hope so?

Like skipping stones
Across the water
They traveled long ways
To find each other
He road his bike
She hitched a ride
And a few more on down the line
From Minnesota to California
She could have found him
Across the border
To Wisconsin
Where he was leaving
It all behind, to find a new life

This family line that I’m a part of
Always reminds me to trust my heart

What do you want?
Take every chance, chance
Don’t waste your time
This star’s on fire, fire

Oceans ago, on a beach side
Smoking grass, getting high
Just one look in those blue eyes
Her long hair and her big smile
He lit a fire inside of her
Like no master tender
Their fire died and
Their love went awry

This family line that I’m a part of
Always reminds me to trust my heart

What do you want?
Take every chance, chance
Don’t waste your time
This star’s on fire, fire

Let it out, let it out
It’s gonna go out
If you don’t let it out
Let it out, what’s inside of you
Track Name: Elysium
“Forgive, forget,” that’s all that’s left
But it’s not that easy
Roller skate away down an empty highway
Fly away from me

I think that I’ll stop calling you for good
Unless the world is ending
I’m glad you’re not all alone out in the desert
You never know when it’s storming

“Forgive, forget,” can we pretend
That it’s a great success?

I think that I’ll stop calling you for good
Unless my world is ending
We’ll be like two ships passing in the night
I know that you’re out there

Free like the wind in my hair
Free like breathing you in
Free like the blood in my veins
Free like a good feeling, feeling

And in the end
We’ll be two stars aligning
Becoming one form of light
Shining like the light in your name, Elysium

“Forgive, forget,” it’s a success but
If it ain’t, don’t tell me baby
Track Name: Like A Champion
In the ring weighing in
Taking space, taking names
In the ring weighing in at infinity
At never goes out
At never dies down
It only dies down

Tragic unpredictability
Like the stress of
Raising me all alone
It’s so heavy, like a champion
Oh, yeah

Losing steam, losing lives
Taking hits every night
In the ring it’s only
Blood sweat and tears
Cheap fights and losing bets
This fight ain’t over yet
It only died down

Tragic unpredictability
Like the stress of
Raising me all alone
It’s so heavy, like a champion
Like a champion, oh yeah
It gets so heavy
Track Name: Desire
Midnight rose growing
Wildflowers blowing
Where did that light come from?
It’s hours till the sun comes up

Black hole, step into
What have we done?
We didn’t know
What we were getting into, oh

Earthly obsession
Make our little confessions
Deep down in a dark sea
Of our psyche

Black hole, step into
What have we done?
We didn’t know
What we were getting into, oh

Satisfy your soul
However it wants you to
Curious heart filled with
Desire, desire, desire, desire

Black hole, step into
What have we done?
We didn’t know
What we were getting into, oh

Desire, desire, desire, desire
Deep down in your heart
There’s a woman with a warning
We didn’t know
What we were getting into
Track Name: New Moon
I don’t mind
Listening to you write
I don’t mind listening to you

More than the moon
Send me your messages
Send me your words
I know that I can count on you

Touch me like light on my skin
The sun much too bright
Shining in your eyes

More than the moon
I love you, I love you
More than the moon

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