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"Ethereal and delicate electric guitars, lush harmonies, toy keyboards, and glockenspiel surround Dean's hushed voice and acoustic guitar. From the sparse and personal title track "Dust" to the ghostly Lanois-esque ambience of "Letters", Dean creates sonic worlds to explore - world's more revealed in each repeated listen." cdbaby.com


released July 7, 2003

dd - vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboard, glockenspiel, percussion, loops
adam warner - drums, percussion
brian macmillan - lap steel
erik arnesen - banjo
mike lerner - piano, organ
wes neal - upright bass

produced by dean drouillard

mastered @ golden mastering by jj golden.

recorded in an apartment on queen st. in toronto by dean. drums recorded at zoloto station in terra cotta ontario by adrian lawryshyn. piano and organ recorded at christ church in bolton ontario by mike lerner. percussion on "nothing stays" recorded in adam warner's bedroom.

photos by adrian lawryshn
sleeve design and layout by aesthetix/dan bryk



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dean drouillard Toronto, Ontario

Dean Drouillard has maintained a consistent artistic output, producing a half-dozen releases since 1998. His recordings bely a curious and artistic imperative but his compositions remain melodic and approachable. From the mid-fi melancholy of Dust, to the cinematic instrumental vistas of The Bear Lake, Drouillard’s music denotes a restless exploration, refining his sound without redundancy. ... more

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Track Name: Nothing Stays
no one thinks
you can turn back on yourself
when you think you're figured out
but once in a while
the ground crumbles beneath your feet

when i was young
i could teach you to fly
until one day i gave it up
now i fall
just like everybody else

there's no sense in holding
onto something you can't hold

for all i know
we're right in the show
and i'm choosing to play along
'cause one thing
i can tell you eye to eye
nothing stays the way it is
Track Name: Like I Do
saw you yesterday
talking to the camera like you know
what it's all about
what it takes to keep a vacant glow

i can see your star
follows where you are
like i do

i'm not keeping score
but it seems you're getting nowhere fast
clutching all you've got
staying put to make the moment last

you can make believe
and i can always leave
like i do
Track Name: Letters
read all your letters
put them away
i'm feeling better
these days

danger in numbers
across the floor
no one remembers

no one told me
this would take so long

you don't have to call
it doesn't matter
i can take it all back again
Track Name: What I'm Waiting For
i can sense it again
something's up my friend
and i'm not sure where to go
i was warned in advance
but i still took the chance
putting everything below

after all that we've done
it's like we've just begun
i don't know
what i'm waiting for

i been pushed all around
when i'm coming down
there is no other place
there were signs on the way
and i'm only today
seeing what i need to face

no one told me
about the one's before me
they all know
what i know now
they're gone
i've gone this far
Track Name: Dust
some say
i'm wasting my days around here
we don't exist
it's just a bad habit we have

don't confuse
yourself with the dust
in the air

you're swept a bit further away
you're out of my head
you're barely a hangover now

stop everything
we can't let this thing go on

go on
now go on
Track Name: Close To Cars
dd - vocals, guitars
adam warner - drums
Track Name: No One Needs To Know
you're so quiet in your way
you can't be touched
until i turn into the one
who says too much

now you know
what no one
needs to know

take in everything
that's floating in the air
hide it somewhere

no one needs to know
what you've got on me

'cause i can fly
i can drop
fall so hard
'til nobody can hear
Track Name: Nobody's Fault
there you go again
flying off the handle
it's getting hard to tell
what you want

you can walk away
i'll count my blessings
just like you said
we're not one

it's nobody's fault
it's nobody's fault
but you don't speak
for me
Track Name: Candle
lay me down
you can waste away
in this town

i'm not gone
too far
although i'll never be
what you are

you justify each day
with the last
the things i hear you say

you've got this veiling way
of ruining my day
i'm lost out in the grey
i'm never unimpressed
you see my guard at rest
and undermine me at my best

i sometimes write it down
it's never so profound
as when you are around
i toil through the words
the ones you haven't heard
and i'll rest self-assured

lay me down
Track Name: All I Know
dd - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboard, percussion
adam warner - drums
Track Name: Something I Can't Lose
i should have known
this would happen
i'm always getting myself
into something i can't lose

you never change
i never learn
we speak our minds
in silent turns
'til somehow
i'm the one who burns

i'm not pushing you away
i just don't trust a word you say
don't see how we both can stay

you're always one
who tells a story
to give yourself the glory
until no sound
is ever heard
Track Name: I Can't Play
i bought your record at the store
without knowing quite what i would be in for
there you were
for all to see
you're just like me

played it back to back all night
and everyone was saying i would be just right
before i knew
i'm standing there next to you

sometimes i bite my tongue
you understand
more and more i realize that i
i can't play in your band

you wear your heart upon your sleeve
telling truths i'm finding harder to believe
closing in on every chord
i can't afford

everday that i play
i don't say
i'm setting myself up
to run away