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Seven siblings, seven voices, seven songs...sans électricité. That's "Blood Harmony" in a nutshell. Ah, if life was only that simple for all of us. Fortunately, it is for this indie-folk-rock family outfit known as LES SAGES (pronounced Lay-Sahj), which has upped the stakes with the addition of three more members to seven total. In reality, however, there is nothing quite that simple about Les Sages. Shrouded in the exquisitely complex harmonies, poetic lyrics, hard-to-forget melodies and stunning acoustic performances are deep socio-moral messages. Whether their message is about the allure and fallacy of rejecting society for its faults (Mexique), staying true to your dreams amid naysayers (La Lutte Des Classes), the affirmation of the possibility of lasting love (Nomades) or a call to each of us to be a person that interacts with others only for good (Amis), Les Sages' theme of positivity and self-exploration rings clear. And the best part: while other bands use studio tricks to produce harmonies and counterpoints like those you'll hear on Blood Harmony, Les Sages does it for real, live, in the flesh. Blood Harmony includes new track Mexique plus acoustic-harmony versions of six songs (retitled in French) that originally appeared on the band's critically-acclaimed Deep Elm debut "Share This."
"Blood Harmony is an effort to draw out the soul of the band" says Kris Larson. He continues, "We tried to limit instrumentation to accents and percussion and to force more weight on the vocals to carry the sonic roundness, emotion and essence of the songs. Blood Harmony is the flavor of our childhood music-making, a giant family sitting around one guitar or one piano, each person improvising their own harmony. The decision to create this album came when we were asked to join our friends from Rock for Justice on tour raising relief funds for flood victims in Pakistan. We wanted to create a set that would be totally fun to play and easy to take on the road. This was the seed for Blood Harmony. The artwork, by our good friend and fan Bayley Brook Christensen, is an abstract visual meant to depict the the idea of blood-related siblings singing in harmony. We hope the message listeners take away from the album is that everyone is okay. Even though there are terrible things in the world, humans are resilient. We survive and have the capacity to experience joy through it all. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to become frozen by fear or anxiety. We shouldn’t hate the world because it is imperfect. Let's stay positive and make it a little better."
Les Sages consists of seven (of nine) immediate siblings including original members Kris Larson, Peter Larson, Andrew Larson and Joe Larson plus Clara Larson, Annie Larson Adolphson and John Larson. On this release, all members switched off between vocals and playing celesta, piano, guitar, djembe, tambourine and various other percussion instruments. Blood Harmony was recorded and produced by Les Sages at their home studios in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. Deep Elm also released the band's full-length "Share This" (2010) as well as the innovative theatrical album "Animals" (2008). The Larson clan was born in Alberta, Canada and at a very young age entered into their existence as nomads (see lyrics for Nomades) residing in over a dozen cities both domestically and overseas before settling in Utah.
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in mexico you're all alone. you can't look up and say hello. and beggars' eyes are on your throat, as you walk streets made of bones. the towns are all just desert stands, if you try and leave you'll find death in them sands. you're always outside ‘cause the windows are gone, and the air is heavy with dirt. they're economic cannibals. every tummy's penny filled. and when you go out wear your bullet proof vest, ‘cause the bad guys are crooks and the good guys are dead. so if you're lookin' for the real frontier, chillin' adventure and a fistfight with fear, don't go west and live in a home, go south and die in mexico. you're always on your side, and you bend truth to prove you're in the right. but this we can't abide, so we'll leave the place, forsake this race. and it's right before our eyes. we'll find light before we die. we left before the sunrise, with books in our bags to help us find the new light. but what we found was isolation; no frame or application for our derivations. and it was right before our eyes. we were alright and everything was fine. yeah it was right before our eyes, but we forsook it and our minds went dry. and i left, so to society i died. we left before the sunrise, and searched the whole year through, and when we settled down in that mine, we found that we were blind
Track Name: La Lutte des Classes
joe: i'm in love. andrew: she lives on the hill. joe: i'm a wreck now. andrew: it's beyond your skill set. joe: brothers i've struck gold and now i just can't wait to hold it! andrew: brother you've struck gold and now you just aren't fit to hold it! andrew: are you blind? joe: i can see her face now. andrew: are you deaf joe? joe: i can hear her voice. kris & andrew: oh cover up your craze! she's not about to sink that low, not for you. no. narrator: he fell in love with the mayor's daughter! joe: so i'm blind? andrew: it's just a minor spell. joe: and i'm cursed now? andrew: we're just trying to help. joe: oh cover up your craze! she's not concerned with what my wallet weighs. andrew: oh cover up your craze! she's just concerned with what your wallet weighs. andrew: give it time. joe: time to bloom and grow! andrew: so you're a mage now? joe: i will never tell! kris & andrew: oh brother you're insane! joe: then insanity is friendly to me! andrew: we'll see! joe: you'll see! andrew: we'll see. narrator: he fell in love with the mayor's daughter! joe: i fell in love with her; she fell in love with me. i fell in love with the mayor's daughter and she fell in love with me!
Track Name: Chauffeur de Corbillard
driver of the hearse, do you know the worth of the body in the box in the back of the car that you're driving? driver of the hearse, do you know the worth of that man? driver of the hearse, do you know the wise words he sent to generations? he was the driver of the church; a prophet and a servant of the people in the world, in and out of the chapels. in the time he spent on earth he showed us how to work and to serve. he was the strongest kind of thread. for the living and the dead, he built the temples that would bind, build, and bless. so tell me driver of the hearse, do you know the worth of the body in the box in the back of the car that you're driving? driver of the hearse, do you know the worth of that man? driver of the hearse, do you know the wise words he sent to generations? my only hope is that someday i'll grow up to be half the man that he was. he plead with us to become all the best and better. i swear my heart will be true to the letter
Track Name: Nomades
i'll be your puppet. you can tie your string and tug it. i will follow your lead. and when the devil gets us tangled i won't cut myself free, because i never wanna leave. i'm never gonna leave, i need you. just take this this ring. we'll set a date for in the spring to sign in permanent ink to the terms and the conditions for a permanent link. we'll be fearless as our lives combine and find light. if you ever say that you're craving change i will get up and run away with you. and try to to find a better life i will get up and run away with you, i will pack up and run away. oh the king himself can honor me in royal song and the people of the cities can shout, bob! bob! but i am bored if the voice isn't yours. you'll be my puppet. i will pull your strings. you'll love it. we'll play out the best scenes from your favorite romance movies and my epic spy themes. oh you'll never want to leave, because we're such a perfect team, you and me d. we'll have nine kids. they'll learn to sing and strum and pick. the boys will play in a band and they'll write this song to honor us and our tattered tired hands. oh it'll be the best of heaven, earth and hell as we grow through this. so what if i want to move our life? would you get up and run away with me? i know you'd get up and run away with me. and try to find a better life. i know you'd get up and run away with me. you'd pack up and run away. oh the king himself can honor me in royal song and the people of the cities can shout, bob! bob! but i am bored if the voice isn't yours. i know you know this, but i have to let this out! and tell the world through songs and shouts that i am bored if the voice isn't yours
Track Name: Cicatrice du Soldat
i board the train tonight to run from the man that appends all these years on our lives to make us wise. i was convinced i was not innocent until tonight when the truth, with a flare, burnt the scales that were paired to my eyes and wrung them dry. would someone please hit the pause button now that i'm here? would someone please hit the pause button cause i'm scared. and, no i don't want to grow up and take on a world that is so much bigger than i had ever known. i'm just a child. i killed a man tonight. it was my first time in battle for the country that asked me to fight, so i fight. i cannot shake from my brain what i saw in his eyes. in the moments i scoped out the shots that would finish his life my soul died. would someone please hit the pause button now that i'm here? would someone please hit the pause button cause i'm scared. and, no i don't want to grow up and take on a world that is so much bigger than i had ever known. i'm just a child. i'm just a kid and i don't want to grow up fast, i just want to keep my shades on. i'm just a kid. no i don't wanna grow up fast, i just want to keep my shades on. i'm just a kid and i don't want to drive your guns, but i believe saving freedom. i'm just a kid, but now i have to grow up fast, so let's hit play and save the children, our children, from this
Track Name: Deception
i never would have known that this was real, but then i saw the signs. in the time it took me to take my pills she left me for a spy. you know better than i do. you've got a sweater and it's keeping you warm! it's keeping you warm. you've got friends now don't you? but then you're such a worm. i guess i never knew you from this angle or i never would have started. i thought you were the perfect angel, but i was swimming with the sharks. you knew better than i did. you had a letter and it was dated march 15! march 15. you had friends now didn't you? but you're such a nuisance now. so just go to your new boy. make a show with your new toy. and pull out all your tricks to reel him in. but i hope he'll have warning. let him know before the morning that commitment's not a word that you employ. i never would have known that this was real, but then i saw the signs. in the time it took me to take my pills she left me for a spy. you know better than i do. you've got a sweater and it's keeping you warm
Track Name: Amis
is it so hard to understand that there's still life that moves and bends out there that's not you? with a brain that sits inside a skull; with nothing more than two small holes to peer through and watch the world? well the truth is that's all i've got too and the rest the world, but somehow you are the only one with the natural skill to take advantage, but never feel, as you steal to build! that is not why we call our friends on the weekends! there are millions of lives left spent and broken. let's find the pieces and help them mend. don't choke them. let me guess, your father beats you red? and now your mother, she is dead? you know i'm sorry. well, i really am. but now you've got to learn to love and give before you end up like your father did, just angry and full of sin. well the truth is i've been raised too well. and now honestly i've never felt the slightest dose of domestic fear, but just break the cycle. please don't be psycho. just learn to feel. that is not why we call our friends on the weekends! there are millions of lives left spent and broken. let's find the pieces and help them mend. don't choke them. all of your life you were the one no one would come to for advice. that is not why we call our friends on the weekends! there are millions of lives left spent and broken. let's find the pieces and help them mend. don't choke them
In the words of Maynard James Keenan: "Holy fucking shit." This album is not necessarily about being the loudest kid on the block. With that said, Sharp does not hesitate to absolutely pummel you into the ground with mind boggling riffs and time changes. If you're into prog-metal, buy this now. Right now. Rod Astorga