all our wolf hours

by hellothisisalex

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Fieldworking 03:46
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We were down in New Mexico A red t-shirt We were down in New Mexico A red t-shirt And hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the colour red But it wasn't a bug that was a hummingbird don't swat at the hummingbird And hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the colour red But it wasn't a bug that was a hummingbird don't swat at the hummingbird We were down in New Mexico A red t-shirt We were down in New Mexico A red t-shirt And hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the colour red But it wasn't a bug that was a hummingbird don't swat at the hummingbird And hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the colour red But it wasn't a bug that was a hummingbird don't swat at the hummingbird We were down in New Mexico A red t-shirt We were down in New Mexico A red t-shirt And hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the colour red But it wasn't a bug that was a hummingbird don't swat at the hummingbird And hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the colour red But it wasn't a bug that was a hummingbird don't swat at the hummingbird But it wasn't a bug that was a hummingbird don't swat at the hummingbird.
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You wake up as a deer You're running away Dashing in and out All along the forest's edge You wake up as a deer You're running away Trying to escape Whatever it is that's chasing you When I suddenly find myself surrounded by about a dozen wolves grey wolves and, uh, black wolves all the sudden one by one thinking about my fate all the sudden one by one individual wolves begin to drop dead all around me in a circle one by one.
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The Cancer 03:52
In my dreams there's always sickness They pushed me down and they kept pressing I was fighting them off and it hurt They pushed me down and they kept pressing I was fighting them off and it hurt They pushed me down and they kept pressing I was fighting them off and it hurt They pushed me down and they kept pressing I was fighting them off and it hurt They pushed me down / My teeth started to shatter and come apart and they kept pressing / tiny, sandy I was fighting them off / bits and pieces and it hurt / strange runestones They pushed me down / a festering wound and they kept pressing / infected I was fighting them off / growths of bone and it hurt / a... a boney piece And it hurt / a... a boney piece.
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And I play with my feet. You're welcome, you're welcome. Can you play?
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Sorry about that, they just let me out of the hospital today. Yeah, that was a joke. Thank you, good night. I'd also like a turkey deli sandwich with pickles and mustard.

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“All our wolf hours,” the most recent album from hellothisisalex, further elaborates on the duo’s bizarro instrumental electro-pop, layering analog synths with field recordings, disembodied talk radio, bird songs, and conversations about road trips and nightmares.

With a sound described by Ben Rayner of the Toronto Star as “fuzzy analogue tones and jaunty pop beats,” hellothisisalex’s music has grown darker in recent years. For “All our wolf hours,” the duo finalized a number of songs that had been evolving since their previous album, 2013’s “Anniversary.” While recording and mixing songs with titles like “Pick up thy severed head and march!” and “Milk of Amnesia,” they drew inspiration from horror films, tabletop gaming, and the sheer fact of being alive during a global pandemic.

“All our wolf hours” comes at a time of change for hellothisisalex—Melissa Creasey will be stepping away from making music, though Mark Prier plans to continue alone. With this album being the duo’s tenth release, hellothisisalex sought to make “All our wolf hours” a satisfying conclusion to having written music together for over twenty years.

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released January 27, 2021

All our wolf hours was written and produced by hellothisisalex (Melissa Creasey and Mark Prier).

Thanks to (in no particular order): our New Mexico travelling partners Gareth Lichty (don’t swat at the hummingbird) & Sarah Kernohan, the high school bands Reverend & 11:11, docu-historian Jared Sales (thanks for recording those moments long ago), late-night chatter Adam Linthwaite, the films Phantasm & Ginger Snaps, wolf-celebrant Josh Richardson, gaming aficionados Freyja & Rob & Phil & Émilie & Josh & Matt & Hailey, art co-conspirator Charlene K. Lau, and our ever-patient families.

An extra special thanks to Hamilton for giving us a place to live.

An extra-extra special thanks to Ainsley (you’re welcome, you’re welcome).

In memory of Marcel Dubé.

If the world outside isn’t on fire, consider a walk outdoors.

Use Empathy to create an advantage. Roll 4dF, add it to your skill rating, and check your result on the ladder. Or roll an extreme success using your Persuade skill. It’s up to you.

www.hellothisisalex.com has information about our doings, when doings have been done.

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hellothisisalex Hamilton, Ontario

hellothisisalex is Melissa Creasey and Mark Prier. Together, they write bizarro electro-pop infused with whimsy, a love of pop music, experimental audio, and a northern-robot esthetic. In February 2001, they christened themselves ‘hellothisisalex.’

The music the duo write is primarily electronic, filled with raw analogue synths and otherworldly noises carried by melodic bass lines.
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