Woods (2017)

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about

Five years ago I undertook a project that would fundamentally change my life. As a high school senior who had absolutely 0 experience recording, I chose to spend eight months of my life working on my first ever album. I suspected my peers found this to be a bold move as no one our age from our small town had ever attempted such an endeavor, at least that I'm aware of. I was blessed with support I had never expected and the creation of the original Woods will forever define the memories of my senior year.

As a self defined ambitious writer, I wanted the album to revolve around a central theme that derived from my fears of obsessive men. This evolved into a tale about a man with an unrelenting capacity to adore a particular female he sets his sights on. Naturally the woman is, more or less, creeped out by his admiration and cuts all contact. Unfortunately, this proves to be too much for the main character, he stalks his love interest and eventually kills her out of his paranoia that she'll begin to see other men.

My abilities at the time of making the original album were vastly underdeveloped, and it reflects as the album has aged. I made it goal to release an album every year that showcased the development of my abilities since the original Woods until I felt comfortable creating what I initially planned.

Today, I can confidently tell you that this album is everything I intended for it to be. I hope you enjoy Woods.

I want to thank a few people who have influenced, supported, and inspired me throughout my musical journey so far:

Marcus Perez - I'm aware we've had our ups and our downs throughout the years, and perhaps we're never meant to be the closest of friends. However you and I both know we wouldn't be where we are today without each other. Your support and help on the original Woods, Pluto, and Atlantis helped us both discover who we are as artists and individuals.

Nathan Gitchell - I'm going to be honest, that Pluto review was probably the thing that helped me the most out of anything I've ever taken that's helped me become a better artist. I have looked to it constantly with every project I've made to make sure I'm covering the mistakes I made in my past work. Thank you for always being a supportive friend.

Jon Gibbs - It's been a long time since we really connected, and I apologize for that. When the original Woods was recorded and for about a year after you pulled me out of one of the deepest slumps I was ever in with your passion for music. Without you, there's no drive to keep GLFC going, to continue writing, to continue making when I thought I was done with this. Thank you.

Caleb Doerr - You've done in depth reviews of nearly every album I've ever made and aren't shy to give me critiques. It's amazing to me that five years have passed since we recorded that sax solo for the original version of Escape Me. I hope this new version of Woods can show you how far I've come both as an individual and musician.

Kenaniah North - Ken, I do not have enough nice things to ever say about you. I honestly can not fathom how much my life has changed through your ability to bring people together, and that's reflected in how my music has progressed both with and without your direct contribution. I hope we can work on more together soon because you have a heart of gold, and the voice of an angel. I love you, man.

Ian Delong - From the days of Miles To Come you have simply been my biggest fan. I feel like I can't say enough how much I appreciate how excited you get when I'm self indulgent and talk about my music. I hope this version of Woods does you better than the original did.

Andrew Linabury - My dude. It was a godsend when you accepted my offer to be on Pluto, I've never worked with someone who worked so hard and had so much passion for their art. Without Pluto and Atlantis there is no I Confess, and I'm as proud as this album as I am of our I Confess project. We've talked about bigger topics than I normally ever hit with people who've known me their entire life. You are my brother, and we're going to take on the musical landscape together.

Lindsey Flores - Perhaps you'll never read this, and that's okay. Your impact on me resonates with every song I wrote for so long. You gave me feelings I thought were long dead, and that inspired some of my best work. You helped me put on some of the best shows Owosso has ever seen, and you never let me feel like anything was in my way musically. Keep chasing your passions and dreams.

James Schramm - Before I start I want you to know that I apologize for not keeping good contact, we both have busy lives and I understand that. I remember how cringey you thought the original Woods was back in the day and that moment resonates with me to this day as the moment I knew I wanted to go back and make a second album that topped Woods in every way possible. Thank you for dealing with my badgering during those years. No matter how far apart we may become, know that many tracks off of Paradox are still being listened and felt by myself and others. I look forward to seeing what big ambitious projects you accomplish in the future.

Aidan Pope - While you haven't ever been a direct collaborator with GLFC, you've made it a point to show me that the music anyone makes on a shoestring budget can be as professional and it is powerful. I value your input and insight unlike many others, and the people you've introduced me to have humbled me with their intellect and creative minds.

Matt McNamara - It's insane to me that you and I have held onto our friendship despite numerous reasons why we potentially could have lost everything. I don't take this for granted. You and your group of friends who you've introduced me to throughout the years have given me so much hope about the power of local music and the camaraderie it brings. Don't lose faith in yourself or the music you write, I have as much faith as I can possibly muster in you and your art. Don't let the dream of being in a kickass band die.

Trevor Loux - Who would have thought that the guy who listened to John Mayer a little too much would remain one of the most important people in my life in 2017? You are well aware of how important your influence has been on me, both as a musician and as an individual. There's no one I'd rather spend a long car ride and listen to just about anything with. Thank you for the stories, the songs, and the memories. I won't let you down.

Emily Noel - When Rachel put up that video of you singing that song you wrote years ago I've wanted to write music with you. Of course this wouldn't come to fruition until many years later when we started becoming friends in 2012, even then we never really started hanging out all that much until right before you moved in with us at The Palace. The days of us jamming at The Palace inspired me to grow so much as a vocalist. Your voice is unlike anything I've ever heard before and I hope we can write songs together one day like we always planned but never got around to. You'll always be my friend.

Randie Strouse - My boy. You humble me as an artist and as a musician, there is simply no other person that I look up to so much with everything dealing with music. Integrity, originality, eclecticness, and ingenuity - these are traits that I see shine through every piece of music you work on whether it be your own or someone else's. Thank you for making Photography the album it is, and always being my biggest supporter.

Ellie Kenealy - Never have I met such a creative force that transcends so many mediums. Never have I met such a soul that resonates with me on so many levels. The songs you write put mine to shame and it's a crime that I'm even remotely recognized when you should be going on worldwide tours every year. I can't thank you enough for being my best friend through and through, I have never met a person as genuine as you.

Orion McMullen - I can't cover everything I want to say, and you know that. Thank you for being my best friend all these years and never losing faith in me even when I've let you down. Hopefully you can be proud of how far I've come after listening to this record. I love you.

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released February 10, 2017

Miles Taylor Winchester - Composition, Lyrics, Instrumental, Mixing, Mastering

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Track Name: Wake Up
Wake Up

Compared to those before me
I am a voyager out at sea
With nothing but his row to keep him afloat
I’ll have to make a stand if I’m to heed with command

Maybe if I’m outgoing they all could see me
Maybe if I’m lonely then they’ll adore me

Wake up
It's so far gone
It's all behind

In a realm beside myself
I talk myself out of jaded memories
Dreams intertwine with what once was
If I had my way I’d never tear my world apart

Maybe if I’m outgoing they all could see me
Maybe if I’m lonely then they’ll adore me

Wake up
It's so far gone
It's all behind

And after 30 years it all came flooding back
The murderous thoughts that once left him in the void
He awoke, he spoke
He's aware he's been damned for a long time now

Sulking and suffering and searching for answers
He wakes up, he looks back, he reflects and retracts
The questions had these answers that were too much for him to bare
No justification or explanation, asylum wasn't there

Time and time and time again he was told that he was sick
Authorization of isolation made sense with a flick
Here begins the story of a man with obscene thoughts
Telling himself to wake up, wake up, wake up

Wake up
It's so far gone
It's all behind
Track Name: Nostalgia
Reflection is a weakness
In the eyes of evil
And between you and me
I never let myself face these facts

Ten years ago for example
Thought I’d felt it all
Till she came around, turning my world upside down
Why’d she have to end it all?|

Oh why? Oh why?
Did you go and ruin it all?

When I was talking to you
When I was talking to you
I was screaming, I was dreaming, I was staring at you
I was crying, I was dying just to know that you’re home
When you were leaving I was meaning to and missing you too
I was craving you were saving, concealed in your dome
When I was talking to you

Bang! The sound of a gun
Took you out in merely seconds flat
And it’s never been quite the same
You took the best of me as I could see

Isolated my sins for years
The body rotted in the ground
Taking their time to find the man
Scot-free, he’s known as the dragoman

Oh why? Oh why?
Did you go and ruin it all?

When I was talking to you
When I was talking to you
I was screaming, I was dreaming, I was staring at you
I was crying, I was dying just to know that you’re home
When you were leaving I was meaning to and missing you too
I was craving you were saving, concealed in your dome
When I was talking to you
When I was talking to you
When I was talking to you
Track Name: Bleed, It's Night Now
I was cold and alone
Stoic as a stone
Soaking in the apathy waves
The city was alive
Then and every night
How could I find what to say?
I had always thought my looks were enough
To compensate my actions
This girl I just met, invites me to go
Looks to me she thinks she knows best

I spent my life dancing all night
It’s all led up to this night
I’m going all out, fading into sounds
Living up in crowds
And by the end, she’s going to know my name
The start of my reign
I spent my life bleeding all night
It was a practice of sacrifice

I was grooving on the floor
I didn’t care no more
She was diving into my sights
She had a look in her eye like no other guy
Ever made her feel this way
She took a step to the right, I followed all night
My follies seemed so far away
It’s so cliche what I’m about to say
But this better never go away

I spent my life dancing all night
It’s all led up to this night
I’m going all out, fading into sounds
Living up in crowds
And by the end, she’s going to know my name
The start of my reign
I spent my life bleeding all night
It was a practice of sacrifice

I spent my life dancing all night
It’s all led up to this night
I’m going all out, fading into sounds
Living up in crowds
And by the end, she’s going to know my name
The start of my reign
I spent my life bleeding all night
It was a practice of sacrifice
Track Name: The Dragonman
It all seems like a dream
You coming into my life
After all these many years
Thousands of days the insane
To think they once followed me like I was bigger than God
Now you’re the one who’s on my mind
Could you tell me if that’s wrong or right

And then there’s your chance
It was the perfect chance to dance
But now I see that look in your eye
Would you dance with another guy?
Don’t leave me all alone in this world
Don’t you know that we are purled
Our love could be with glory
Don’t you look at me like you’re sorry

It was never just like a game
How I developed my dragoman fame
I’ve crushed every demon
Locked inside my soul
Given attraction, and the fate of our night
I couldn’t let you out of my sight
But now I sense those sins
Don’t distance yourself, you’re not out on an ocean

And then there’s your chance
It was the perfect chance to dance
But now I see that look in your eye
Would you dance with another guy?
Don’t leave me all alone in this world
Don’t you know that we are purled
Our love could be with glory
Don’t you look at me like you’re sorry
Track Name: Oceans and Oceans
Hold up, what’s going on?
I feel as if you’re not alarmed
I’ve been
Waiting in the rain
All you could say is
Take things “day by day”

Hey girl can’t we agree
The only one enjoying this isn’t just me
If I’m coming on strong and you like the way
The visions I have won’t fade away

Then breath, let me hear you say
The gates are open, the flood is to stay
Oceans and oceans could keep us apart
Keep on treading, keep on treading
Don’t leave me alone

And now, you’re skipping out town
Took a bus down south, lying out of your mouth
Who do you think I am?
What is your endgame plan?

Just when you think I’m out of your sight
I’ll be behind you with a candle light
You think you can leave a sinking ship
But the water is colder than you’ll ever be

Then breath, let me hear you say
The gates are open, the flood is to stay
Oceans and oceans could keep us apart
Keep on treading, keep on treading
Don’t leave me alone
Track Name: Adore You
That was the best night of my life
And now I’m deprived of how you held me tight
You took us to your home
Later that night
You sent me to mine

I’d take one look
Last at you
I thought I’d call you
For you believe I’m a fool

Earth’s been spinning
My patience is thinning
My love’s been waiting
So here goes nothing

I love you, my one night whore
I love you, my jaded bore
I should have said I was sorry before
I knew I adored you
I love you, my one last dance
I love you, just a second chance?
I would have said I was sorry before
I knew I adored you

That was the best night of my life
With a straight face you lied to mine
I waited for an eternity
Hearing you breath is good enough for me

Earth’s been spinning
My patience is thinning
My love’s been waiting
So here goes nothing

I love you, my one night whore
I love you, my jaded bore
I should have said I was sorry before
I knew I adored you
I love you, my one last dance
I love you, just a second chance?
I would have said I was sorry before
I knew I adored you

Once I can find you that’s when you’ll know what you have to do
This is our goodbye, just leave it for the night
Track Name: Voyeurism
She looks back
She don’t look sad
I’m piecing this together
If I’m careful
Don’t forget to
Find her wherever
She may go
Then I’ll won’t
Refrain from my intentions
Then maybe she might see
The side of me that she don’t see
Then maybe she might see
The side of me that she don’t see

I’ve studied the art of patience
And have waited for you
I imagined you doing the same
But that not the case
As I await your needed return
You’ve left me to burn
I’ve been to the gates of hell
You can’t escape what time will tell
She looks back
She don’t look sad
I’m piecing this together
If I’m careful
Don’t forget to
Find her wherever
She may go
Then I’ll won’t
Refrain from my intentions
Then maybe she might see
The side of me that she don’t see
Then maybe she might see
The side of me that she don’t see

I’ve staked out all night alone
My identity not revealed nor shown
Hiding outside your door
Melting into my core
I know you’ve went to a party
I’ve remained stationary
If stalking was a game
Call me Mr Monopoly
Track Name: Scrambled Eggs
She’s headed out for the night, a dinner for two
Observational skills, playin’ my suit
I’m not gonna follow her out
Risk plays right into doubt
No I’ve got a better plot
It’s bold and brash
Bump right into her, wearing a mask
“excuse me miss you’ve dropped your cash”
Got it

Key the to her door, Apartment complex,
Up on the fourth floor oh no one expects
An intruder like me, not in this neighborhood
How the thrill of the hunt got me feeling so good

I used to run and I’d hide eye’d these feelings inside
Abide to the ride, sigh, grating my mind
Her face painted on my memories
She’ll let out a blood curdling scream

She is coming home
I’m tracking her phone
And she’s coming home, coming home

She is coming home
The party is done
Now she’s coming home

Gasoline spreads, fumes inside my head
I’ve got her phone bugged, and the matches set
I’ll wait outside her place when my trap is set
The place be burning down, there’ll be no more eggs

And when she’s coming home, she’ll be with her man
My plan is set in motion there’s be nothing left
I’ll take bodies back to the woods where I’ve stayed
And put them in the ground, from the place they’ve once came

She is coming home
I’m tracking her phone
And she’s coming home, coming home

She is coming home
The party is done
Now she’s coming home
Track Name: In The Woods
Down in the dirt, I’ll feed you well
Need another spring clean
When will I learn this isn’t fine
Need to go back to sleep
Out on the trails I heed the call
This is where I belong
Down in the dirt is home with you
And there’s nothing I can do

Out in the woods, in the woods
Keeping my thoughts to myself
Out in the woods with just myself
Out in the woods leaves bury all the
Dreams I had with you
Had with you, now I'm alone

Down in the dirt, you’re laid to rest
As they search the crime scene
But they won’t find a thing
As I’m taking myself out too
This world is too much for one man
To understand
Problems that were addressed have taken their toll
Now it’s time to go

The shadow is buried, the twilights is raising
My thoughts are breaking loose
The abyss of my heart is resting with you
Below the soil

Out in the woods, in the woods
Keeping my thoughts to myself
Out in the woods with just myself
Out in the woods leaves bury all the
Dreams I had with you
Had with you, now I'm alone