aaron cadwaladr

aaron cadwaladr

 Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN
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Sophisticated West Coast Folk-Rock, with an urban yet earthy sensibility.

Biography

It’s a rare and fine thing when a new voice arrives, fully-realized, on the music scene. From the first note of Aaron Cadwaladr’s folk-roots infused debut release Wade Through the Dark, it’s evident that this West Coast-based singer-songwriter has an exceptional combination of originality and maturity – an earthy yet sophisticated sensibility sure to garner him a focal role among the new generation of artists on this province’s vibrant indie music scene.

The Aaron Cadwaladr Band is: Aaron (guitar & vocals); Cornell St Jean (bass); Nathan Shubert (keyboards...) and Michael Munro (drums).

The 14 tracks on Wade Through the Dark showcase Cadwaladr’s rich and resonant voice and poetically compelling lyrics combined with his openness to eclectic musical influences. Songs on the release range from the barrel-house off-kilter folk rock of the title track Wade Through the Dark to the pared-down jazzy-tinged lullaby of fingertips to the bluegrass-infused slow down, and covering a lot of ground in between. His lyrics speak to the challenges of living in an over-commercialized world, of making your own way in life, of the lure and beauty of the natural world among other social and personal themes. The recording features contributions from notable Vancouver musicians including Veda Hille (piano), Peggy Lee (cello), Steve Dawson (pedal steel and electric guitar) and Jesse Zubot (violin) among others. All songs on the FACTOR-supported release were written and arranged by Aaron, and the recording was produced by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Veda Hille, The Cave Singers) with Cadwaladr at Hive Creative Labs in Burnaby.

Cadwaladr was born on Salt Spring Island, and raised on a homestead near Cape Scott on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. His love and respect for the natural world was nurtured throughout his early years, and is evident in his writing today. As he grew up the larger world beckoned, and he’s lived in both rural and urban BC and travelled the world. Time spent working for passage on a sailboat across the Caribbean and Atlantic, living in Wales and Berlin, and busking the streets of Europe helped shape his musical style. In addition to a fine arts degree, Aaron is a graduate of the Jazz Studies Program at Malaspina University. He makes his home among the community of musicians and music teachers in Vancouver.

Cadwaladr has played with a number of groups in and around Vancouver, including the Juno-nominated band The Kerplunks. In November 2007, he released his debut EP Shape Changing Sky with support from FACTOR. This well-received release led to FACTOR’s continued support for the recording of Wade Through the Dark.

With a love of acoustic instruments and folk music traditions, a contemporary urban sensibility and a vital and independent voice – Aaron Cadwaladr’s first full release is a distinctive addition to the great Canadian singer-songwriter tradition.

Wade Through the Dark is available for purchase on iTunes, through the website: www.aaroncadwaladr.com and in select record stores.

Lyrics

Shape Changing Sky

Written By: Aaron Cadwaladr

Verse 1:
In the sun and wind, blown clean,
Vacuum from the sky, pull away the dust from my eyes.
Pick your half ideas from the tired ground,
Turn them around, fold a paper dragonfly.

Chorus:
Shape-changing sky,
Thoughts come clear and they’re gone,
Flash like a plane cross the sun. X2

Verse 2:
Risin’ up from the gelatin street,
Wet concrete, ends in ideology.
Shoot the thought projector thru the vapour screen,
Twist the lens and let it breath, move like the light thru the trees.

Chorus:
Shape-changing sky,
Thoughts come clear and they’re gone,
Flash like a plane cross the sun. X2

verse 1:
In the sun and wind, blown clean,
Vacuum from the sky, pull away the dust from my eyes.
Pick your half ideas from the tired ground,
Turn them around, fold a paper dragonfly.

Chorus :
Shape-changing sky,
Thoughts come clear and they’re gone,
Flash like a plane cross the sun. X2

Take These Chances

Written By: Aaron Cadwaladr

Verse 1:
If I don’t take these chances,
This long line of dances,
I am bound to wither up and die,
Falling down through the empty night

Verse 2:
If I don’t wade through water,
Frozen bones, like aching wire,
I will walk my cold feet goin down,
To the lure of the unsung ground

Chorus:
The new moon will still dilate as it wanders through the night.
The seas will rise and fall whether I am wrong or right.

Repeat verse 1

Repeat chorus

Here by Me

Written By: Aaron Cadwaladr

Verse 1:
Lyin here with you, Asleep in my arms
There’s a lot to say, Cause I’m goin’ away
Want you here by me

Verse 2:
The calling road, Pulls me away
I have to leave you here, I’m missing out I fear
Want you here by me

Verse 3:
Id probably trade, 20 years from now
The moon for 1 day, With you here this way
Keep you here by me

Verse 4:
Markets may fall, Buildings might burn
They don’t compare, To the times we share
When you’re here by me
They don’t compare, To the times we share
When you’re here by me

Wade Through the Dark

Written By: Aaron Cadwaladr

Wade Through the Dark: by Aaron Cadwaladr

Verse 1:
Push the fire out and lay down by the water, sleep beneath the turning sky
At this lake side there’s no one to pull the plug out, we left all our debts behind
The only sound is the appetite of time, its turning in the belly of the ground
When we wake up in the English morning, better pack up and be gone.

Chorus:
We had to wade through the dark, In a foreign land
The weather gets rough, better run for cover, Never turns out like we planned

Verse 2:
Takin on fate, we climb into the fire to see what we can find
Pressin through fields like a mainline burnin’, leavin’ what we know behind
When there’s nothing to say we listen for the stories of this ancient land
It’s the touch and go of the impulse show, we make it up best we can

Chorus

Verse 3:
The only catch with the freedom here’s its hard to get anything done
Even chaos can end in stagnation, its overuse will leave you numb
When we get back to our native soil, how are we gonna land?
Floatin’ down easy like a papery leaf, or backs broken in the sand?

Chorus X2

Things that Save

Written By: Aaron Cadwaladr

Verse 1:
The clouds are hovering above
Like moths drawn ‘round a porch light
The city grinds you to the ground
With mercenary foresight

Verse 2:
Every step is done through sand
Every breath is sold in bandwidth
When you’re running in a maze
Of dislocated language

Chorus:
Cause the things that will save you
When you think you’ve reached your end
And you find you’re starting to pretend

Are the sound of the branches
That bend to greet you in the wind
And the cold clear water on your skin

Verse 3:
Pile some seaweed ‘round your heart
Try to get you through the winter
Now the sky is torn apart
and the ground is filled with splinters

Final chorus:
Cause the things that will save you
When you think you’ve reached your end
And you find you’re starting to pretend

Are the sound of the branches
That bend to greet you in the wind
And the cold clear water on your skin

Are the sound of the branches
That bend to greet you in the wind
And the taste of salt water on your skin

Slow Down

Written By: Aaron Cadwaladr

Verse 1:
The last time we came through here, was in December
Frozen trees through the salty smear, of the windscreen
Now its summer, the days are long, the mountain air is
Sweet like honey, you can’t go wrong,

Chorus:
So let yourself slow down
Let yourself slow down
Slow down, let yourself slow down

Verse 1:
All along the winding road, it doesn’t matter
Where you get, its how you go,
Movin’ faster only weighs you down with dreams,
Only leaves you Lookin' back to where you’ve been,

Chorus:
Wishin you’d slowed down…
So let yourself slow down.
Slow Down, let yourself slow down

Bridge:
I have wasted too much time, Lookin' forward and behind
Relax, the magnets that are pullin' on my mind.

Chorus:
And slow down, let yourself slow down
Slow down, Let yourself slow down
Slow down, Let yourself slow down
Slow down, Why don't you slow down?

Down to the Ground

Written By: Aaron Cadwaladr

Down to the Ground, by Aaron Cadwaladr

Verse 1:
A settlin’ light cuts towards night through a rainstorm,
Time starts to slow.
Time starts to slow, when you choose to follow your heartbeat,
Down to the ground.
Down to the ground, unravelled by sound, falls a rat’s nest,
Of Yarned together lies
Yarned up lies from the compromise of pleasing,
Everyone else.

Verse 2:
Sometimes when the rain falls down it’s like the sky and the ocean,
Are exchanging blood.
Exchanging blood, while the rivers flood from the seasons,
Of wanting too much.
Too much to hold like a heart that explodes from filling,
Up on regret
Regret’s a knife that carves hole in your life, leaving cracks where,
The rain rushes in

Outro:
A settlin’ light cuts towards night through a rainstorm,
Time starts to slow.
Time starts to slow, when you choose to follow your heartbeat,
Down to the ground. Down to the ground. Down to the ground....

Discography

Shape Changing Sky: EP. released November 2007.

Wade Through the Dark: Full length album released October 2009.

Set List

Three 45 minute sets.

Original material plus choice covers.

Covers include songs by Radiohead, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Wilco, Iron and Wine...