From Away, From Here

by Mizuna

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"From Away, From Here" is the debut album from Mizuna, a collaboration between Mackenzie Leighton and Geneviève Beaudoin. With the help of some good friends, they recorded this album back in Maine, where they spent a childhood.

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released January 13, 2017

Geneviève Beaudoin & Mackenzie Leighton - Vocals / Rhythm Guitar
Santiago Hervella - Upright Bass / Percussion / Organ ("And I Do") / Electric Piano ("Little Fangs")
Tyler Postiglione - Lead Guitar ("Little Fangs," "No Deer in Chinatown") / Melodica ("Paris Girls”) / Toy Piano (“Strange Joy”)

** Paris Girls Choir: Sofie Kapur, Tyler Postiglione, Santiago Hervella **

Written by Mizuna
Produced by Mizuna, Tyler Postiglione, and Santiago Hervella
Recorded by Tyler Postiglione and Santiago Hervella
Mixed and mastered by Tyler Postiglione

Album cover photograph by Emily Leighton
Album cover design by Ally Zhao
Additional photographs by Felix Chan

Thank you … Sofie Kapur, Tyler Postiglione, Santiago Hervella, Felix Chan, Ally Zhao. Jeffrey, Susan, Emily, and Chelsea Leighton. Felicite, John, Nick and Camille Beaudoin. Patrick Bova. Caroline Cunningham. Victoria DeLeone. Leigh Morrison. Emma Pliskin. Justine Poustchi. Oona Robertson. Kate Spies. Emma Strebel. Eric Sturm.

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Track Name: Hide
paint my hide all different colors
put feathers on my face
what kind of animal does that make, does that make me?
Track Name: No Deer in Chinatown
recently I’ve been finding sand at the foot of the bed
feeling pine needles pressed against pockets of corduroy
there’s branches of sumac on the shelves
oh my dear it seems that I’ve been stealing

in sleep I can see deer in June
but there are no deer in chinatown

bicycles remain exoskeletons we’ve housed our bodies in
and chickens rotisseried lassoed with twine
they’re dangling in the windows showing no signs
just keep walking on by

in sleep I can see deer in june
but there are no deer in chinatown
there are no deer in chinatown

the trees have been fooled into bloom
pink cherry blossoms in december
blame the unusually warm weather
but the air is too warm for my skin
I want to move northward
where my bones can settle in

in sleep I can see deer in june
but there are no deer in chinatown
there are no deer in chinatown
there are no deer in chinatown
they must have fled above canal
Track Name: Catie
oh Catie, she's not what I expected
she's not what I dreamt it would be me, I want it to be me

between our eyes, lies a theater
empty as you blow wind to rolls and rolls of backdrop
but I hadn't seen what had a grown underneath
the snow kept coming, had all the actors running home
but one didn't stray and away you did fall
names they are a haunting, through ice I am coughing

oh Catie, she's not what I expected
she's not what I dreamt it would be me, I want it to be me

between our eyes, shoots an aqueduct
said April to the farmer now's the time in drowning arms for
spring wine to my lips, curve thumbs around your wrists
those paper daffodils you paint stain my plans to move away from this

lie to live, live long to lie down

oh Catie, she's not what I expected
she's not what I dreamt
Track Name: Paris Girls
hyacinths go well with fractured cobblestones
shutters always match the window boxes
the women that sit behind balconies
have higher cheekbones than I
their fingernails lack the dirt fixed underneath mine

but what do they know
what do the girls in paris know
and I would like to know
what the girls in paris know

they’re fastening their two toned shoes at night
always baring shoulders and wearing tights
feeling palm lines of a lover across the table
I bet later on he’ll trace the notches in her spine

but what do they know
what do the girls in paris know
and I would like to know
what the girls in paris know

maybe it’s the way they pronounce arrondissement
si je parlais francais, je serais un fille de paris

but what do they know
what do the girls in paris know
and i would like to know
what the girls in paris know
what the girls in paris know
Track Name: Catacombs
step by step, down the catacombs
and all at once you froze
you climbed backed up so I followed you
you asked me why, you fool

Eurydice gave no answer
on a plane, I’ll leave faster

well, we melt and we freeze
we say no then we seize each other’s arms just the same
but no river by night, oh no tower of light
can mark the foolish words in our minds

I reach for a hand but I know it’s a fist
sometimes love is a swing and a miss

there’s no remedy for the aching city
with a love that’s divine but a life that’s just not quite
and the martyr who’s hoping leaves a bum that is broken
a love that is not - is a knot untied
Track Name: Seagulls in Belleville
one morning I asked him a question,
why so many seagulls here in belleville?
he told me they must be converted birds
for the fish markets

and missing him happens in the body
on the train from away from here
the corn is still growing in the fields
pulling the space between the shoulders and the heels

on a pris un juillet
je crois que j’aime l’homme que j’ai quitté

that night he quizzed me on the body
en commençant par les orteils
il dit qu’il peut me voir dans la nuit

and in the morning he read me
a bulletin of oceanography
and it’s never been so sexy
all those steam ships and ice factories

on a pris un juillet
je crois que j’aime l’homme que j’ai quitté

je te tiens, tu me tiens
je te tiens, tu me tiens
je te tiens, tu me tiens
Track Name: Little Fangs
put your ghosts on the table
wring 'em out until you're able
to look up with your bursting eyes
the fire inside, it does, it dies

oh you're just there all skin and bones
you're nervous, Love, it shows, it shows
but I don't think you'll run too far
your fangs don't bite, they bark, they bark

well I wanted love like two thieves on a train
like the night I kissed you on a stone lion's mane
we've beaten all the best of odds
does a second chance mean space apart?

I'm a man, who's put you first
but I need time, this hurts, this hurts
you don't smoke weed, you're filled with doubt
oh heavy a mind, heavy a girl

Maine, New York, Halifax
those tickets bought to get back, get back
I said I'd return again
and steal you flowers from Stonington

cuz I wanted love like two thieves on a train
like the night I kissed you on a stone lion's mane
we've beaten all the best of odds
does a second chance mean space apart?

does a second chance mean space

that night you came with your mind crossed twice
crying is this right, oh is this right?
little fangs in a gentle face
we're both playing a monster's game
Track Name: And I Do
be enough it’s over, say goodnight
sidewalk wasted hollow horrified
sour so much I taste, harder bitter your love is so
I know I’ll see you on the street

and I do

wander, wonder where you’ll be next
and who will she be on my steps
remember when you moved in upstairs
knocking on my door I’d never felt such arrest

and I do

dont compare my love to a past
you don’t know how I feel, was always like that

and I do

be enough it’s over, say goodnight
sidewalk wasted hollow horrified
and I know I’ll see you on the street and I know I’ll see you on the street

and I do
Track Name: Strange Joy
we’ve spent afternoons walking
and you’ve told me about
the bats in the walls of your childhood home
and I’ll wait till morning to think about
all those fluttering sounds

strange joy it is to be alone with you
strange joy

you revere cedars and locusts too
and I wanna learn how to tell one from the other
but we’re well past the golden hour now
ghosts in the graveyard running around
spend our time circling round

strange joy it is to be alone with you
strange joy


I said darlin
are you doin fine
yes I’m doin fine
but I’d feel better if I knew


strange joy it is to be alone with you
strange joy
strange joy it is to be alone with you
I’d feel much better if I knew
yeah I’d feel much better if I knew
Track Name: Kid House Tin House
deed's been handed down
everyone's moving southbound
graze on the wood of the womb around you

kid house, tin house
cotton tail and copper mouse
graze on the wood of the womb around you

dreams hide, plums dry
lazy teams of shoofly
graze on the wood of the womb around you

and I can't sing when it's moving to fast
and I can't sing when it's moving

and I can't sing, when it's moving to fast
and I can't sing when it's moving, moving, moving
Track Name: Need
how these limbs fall into place
tell me how the world will be
but you roll back on the bed and sigh
today don't surprise me, no today don't surprise me

what does it take to follow a want till it breaks?

you've need for something, I've a need for nothing

well if teeth are bone, does it mean they can break?
how my mouth does often bleed
but the dentist, she swirls all around just to prove
you ain't got no disease, no you ain't got no disease

what does it take to follow a want till it breaks?

you've need for something, I've a need for nothing

well, get up, get on, why don't you get gone?
rinse your mouth and go to market
a choice is a choice is a meal on our plate
oh why is your mind so disjointed?

your mind, you're mine

you've need for something, I've a need for nothing

and I think we should’ve made a list
to define this very lesson
this one singular depression