Fortress

by Temple Canyon

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    Fortress on a single 12", 33 1/3 RPM vinyl record, with a single-gatefold case featuring the photography of J. Arthur Sunday.

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1.
Pressure 04:26
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
2.
My Goldmine 04:37
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
3.
Fortress 04:27
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Traveler 05:27
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
7.
Elysium 03:53
“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
8.
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
9.
Desire 04:07
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
10.
New Moon 03:54
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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released August 24, 2019

Al Reiter - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Danica 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 Danica Shao, assisted by Marian Macapinlac
Recorded 2018-19 at Crybaby Studios & Madkin Apartments in Seattle, WA
Mixed by Danica 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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