Catalyst

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Catalyst is the debut full-length album from Artifiseer, the solo project of Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer Ian Livingstone. Completely self-produced and self-recorded, Catalyst offers deeply personal songwriting combined with electronic experimentation and emotive performance.

Building on previous releases, this album brings myriad layers of electronics and distorted vocals, at times effervescent and at times bleak. Twisted washes of noise and synth drone weave in and around the edges of these songs, while dense, swirling beats and prominent vocals guide the listener through both some of the brightest and also some of the darkest songs to come out of the project to date.

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released July 7, 2015

All songs written by Ian Livingstone
Recorded at home by Ian Livingstone
Produced, engineered and mixed by Ian Livingstone
Mastered by Ian Livingstone

All instruments, synths, and sounds by Ian Livingstone
Vocals by Ian Livingstone

Album Artwork by Gabriel Akinrinmade (aka Box Of Wolves)

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Artifiseer Saint John, New Brunswick

Artifiseer is the solo project of Canadian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer, Ian Livingstone. By combining twisted, noisy atmospherics, effervescent synth lines, and bizarre orchestration with effected percussion and layers of his brooding, agile vocals, Artifiseer offers a unique blend of experimentation and pop sensibility. ... more

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Track Name: After Dark
Don't let go,
Don't let go,

Alone in the eve's gloom,
Running until lights we lose,
Ooh, we are,
Dreamers in the dark,
Dreamers in the dark...

Don't let go,
Don't let go,

One with the tainted stars,
All the people that I've lost, so far,
Ooh, we are,
Dreamers in the dark,
Soon we'll see, like,
Dreamers in the dark...
Track Name: XVIII
Curious falling fragments,
Of these torn engagements,
Around me,
Watch as it moves in circles,
Concentric forming chambers,
Around me...

Threading it all together as we go...

Leaving the city, shattered,
The weight of it's walls, I've shouldered,
Will it find me?
Watch as I run in circles,
The dire, heavy air,
Around me...

Threading it all together as we go...

Cannot do what you ask of me,
Are you really the one I seek?
Just tell me,
Just tell me...
Track Name: STOP!
Undo my innermost self,
It's been two years in this colourless hell,
Where I've become, all of my fears...

Here, in this darkness of mind,
Even under the brightest of light,
Of all the weaknesses I should possess,
Well, who'd have guessed?

Stop! (all's said and done)
Stop!
Stop!

Break my walls, my shields, my doors,
After all, my heart's already your's to keep...

You kill me,
You kill me,
You kill me,
You kill me,

Stop! (all's said and done)
Stop!
Stop!
Track Name: Drown
Struggling, I joyously gasp for air,
As the loud tide fills my mouth,
Choked and tired, though still I stay,
No breath, but I drink eagerly...

Drown me, inside,
Drown me, inside...

Swallowed, swallowed into you,
Bittersweet energies swim in me,
Choked and tired, though still I stay,
No breath, but I drink eagerly...

Drown me, inside...
Track Name: Of Stone ♥ Of Glass
Skin of stone, skin of glass,
Pale, these tales of distance passed,
Far beyond, walls of man,
Old untruth, heavy in my hand,

Heart of stone, heart of glass,
Long these lies all last,
Skin of stone, skin of glass,
Dark stains on the surface,

Skin of stone, skin of glass,
Pale, these tales of distance passed,
Heart of stone, heart of glass,
Long these lies all last...
Track Name: Sleep Infinite
I have no way out,
See through these eyes, cast down,
I've lost this one...

Still, I search in slumber,
Motionless, I wander,

Join me, in infinity...
Track Name: Lights in the Sky
North winds blow, and I feel it light anew,
Unravel these words, these words I spin for you,
Say, has it haunted you lately?
Crawling heart, has it haunted you lately?

Stark lines drawn,
Into shadows long...
Stark lines drawn,
Into shadows long...

(And you know, that given the chance, I would...)
(And you know, that given the chance, I would...)
Say, has it haunted you lately?
Crawling heart, has it haunted you lately?

Stark lines drawn....
Track Name: Catalyst
Selfish psychic tears, tell me, how can this be?
Bleaker futures, turning forth, this catalyst in me,

Ephemeron, shaking, scared,
Will I ever be the same, out there?

Wasted, worthless time, lying lifeless where we fell,
Kiss me, in silence, inside this tiny hell,

Ephemeron, shaking, scared,
Will I ever be the same, out there?

How can you deny, the one inside you?
Lose yourself, your cruel, cold youth,
Are we not worthy of candour?
Am I not worthy of order?

I wait, I wait, I wait, I will wait...