Transatlantic Zodiac

Transatlantic Zodiac

 Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN
BandFolkWorld

Transatlantic Zodiac are a dynamic cluster-folk band. They combine many world flavours, with powerful vocals & lyrics and an intense, driving live performance that induces audacious, close-eyed transformations and full-bodied dancing. Playful, energetic, a touch dark & highly entertaining.

Biography

Transatlantic Zodiac are a unique blend of folk music and fervent gypsy melodies with thoughtful lyrics and powerful vocals.

Their debut offering, 'It's a Mean Season for Silver Linings', takes inspiration from Eastern European folk music, Middle Eastern melodies, Indian ragas, American jazz, klezmer music, grunge rock, and much more, all set against the backbone of driving rhythms and street folk music.

Transatlantic Zodiac's first three years of touring has brought them to such amazing festivals as Evolve 2011 and 2013 (Antigonish, NS), Sunseekers 2010 (Chance Harbour, NB), In the Dead of Winter 2011 (Halifax, NS) and the Dooryard Arts Festival 2010, 2011 & 2013 and many other great venues throughout the Atlantic Provinces.

Their music has been compared to other bands such as Beirut, Hey Rosetta!, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Lyrics

Port Mouton Bay

Written By: Michael Dalton

'Babe' I said 'I'm lost again
this feeling it comes in waves
I picture the street lamps that loom above
as stars shining through the rain

The light on this road has been far from dull
I really can't complain
but when the colors shine so bright
I lose my breath and need to scream

Eternal Queen

Written By: Michael Dalton

From the morning to the moon
I feel her fire through and through
this star, my light, my love my Queen
in reverence to her I'm eternally

Freedom is my open case
the space I take in this weightless state

From the moon unto the dawn
through my veins I hear her song
a rep she's sent her for my heart
a glowing one I shall worship apart

Freedom is my open case
the space I take in this weightless state

I'll count the moments in her eyes
one by one by one by sky
none can fade this love it seems
curb this charm of my eternal Queen

Freedom is your open case
the space you take in this weightless state

It's a Mean Season for Silver Linings

Written By: Michael Dalton

There is a well for drowning and drinking
so full of poison and love
hidden in a meadow of madness
so few will dare speak of
all the children of the sun they are claiming
the way is wrought with blood
but for you and I there isn't anything
that we could not overcome

I'll trade a ragged piece of me for a ragged piece of you
layin' down and wasting time

It is a mean season for silver linings
when hope is turning to stone
and all the blood and the tears are forgotten
and all our struggles undone
so cast your spell with all the weary wanderers
and grab yourself a mug
here is your well for drowning and drinking
poison yourself with love

I'll trade a ragged piece of me for a ragged piece of you
layin' down and wastin' time
there is a river of red and a river of blue
of blood and tears to climb

Snowflake

Written By: Michael Dalton

I don't really care for this party
I don't like most of the people here
every inch of the cold in these cement steps
will freeze the pain in these sarcastic tears

I don't really care about your heartache
go join the lonelys at the bar-o
all you have is all that you take
don't substitute your loneliness for sorrow

there are many a million roads
only one of which I know
all our thoughts and our gods and opinions
are as unique as a flake of snow

I've often thought about your fortune
and all the hangups you endure
but your dream doesn't dance to my tune
it is you and your song that's for sure

there are many a million roads
only one of which I know
all our thoughts and our gods and opinions
are as unique as a flake of snow

To Wash Away our Names

Written By: Michael Dalton/ Donald MacLennan

We were waltzing through the days
singing in the rain
the wealth of her love
dug my humbleness a grave
oh black heart
that lies beneath the waves
full of memories and love
things I cannot save

We were lying in the sand
but I was miles out at sea
past lovers in her head
were tied around my feet
oh black heart
that surrounds me in the waves
full of memories and love
things I cannot save

now I am poor.

Discography

It's a Mean Season for Silver Linings - 2010
1. It's a Mean Season for Silver Linings
2. All Our Gravity
3. Port Mouton Bay
4. Eternal Queen
5. To Wash Away Our Names
6. Stained Glass
7. Snowflake
8. The Way You Smile
9. Beyond the End

Set List

1. It's a Mean Season for Silver Linings
2. All Our Gravity
3. Port Mouton Bay
4. Eternal Queen
5. To Wash Away our Names
6. Stained Glass
7. Snowflake
8. The Way You Smile
9. Beyond the End
10. All These Holes
11. These Old Shoes
12. In Love, In Dust
13. Who Are We
14. The Heist
15. The Ransom
16. This is Ours
17. Feet are Solutions