The Strange Case of​.​.​.

by Mark Ceaser

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $7 CAD  or more

     

1.
03:53
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.

about

Mark Ceaser – The Strange Case of…

On the Canadian prairie, there is a contrast that many don’t acknowledge consciously, yet it’s always there, like two halves of your awareness. It’s the juxtaposition of the land and the sky, a perfect 50/50 in your perception. One half are the deep blue heavens, which go on forever, and the other half is the flat ground, which stretches as far as the eye can see; on the prairie, some folks joke that you can watch a dog run away for days.

Western Canadian singer/songwriter Mark Ceaser has crafted a new album full of these contrasts, a folk/rock/roots effort aptly called, The Strange Case of…. It’s no accident that the title references the duality of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. The songs reflect the light and dark of the human experience, these conflicting emotions that live at the event horizon between land and sky.

On The Strange Case of… Mark Ceaser explores these emotions, utilizing the lyrics of a born storyteller, capturing themes that range from the child-like, ‘nothing-can-go-wrong’ naïveté of falling in love, to the grim horrors of addiction and depression. The songs range from funny, light-hearted, toe-tapping acoustic pop to songs that are softly whispered secrets, and even tracks that let loose the devil to cut to the dark heart of things.

Ceaser started his music career in the duo, Sexually Attracted to Fire, but The Strange Case of… is his 1st full-length solo effort (following his Burma Road EP). Both solo efforts were produced by Ross Nykiforuk (The Northern Pikes, The Deep Dark Woods). When he’s not playing music, Mark Ceaser is an economist and a home care support worker. In fact, he tested much of this new material for people with intellectual disabilities, the most honest audience imaginable, gauging whether or not he was on the right track with any given song. The result is a mature effort that strips away any superfluous fat and leaves you with down home, honest songwriting.

No matter where you come from, no matter who you are, you’ll feel right at home in the divergent space between the prairie land and sky, and in this imaginative album about the ups and downs of modern life.

Press:

“Offering more than the average coffee shop singer/songwriter, Ceaser’s new album is a quirkier affair; I hear hints of everything from Nick Cave to REM. It’s idiosyncratic, but still highly accessible, with just enough character and weirdness to make it interesting, but not so much that it goes overboard.” -Craig Silliphant (Planet S Magazine, Polaris Music Prize Juror)

credits

released October 29, 2011

All words and music by Mark Ceaser
Except Jekyll and Hide, words by Mark Ceaser and Farideh
Produced, engineered and mixed by Ross Nykiforuk at glennross studios
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering in Boston, MA
Assistant Mastering by Maria Rice
Original artwork by Greer Tilford
Album design and layout by Derek Bachman
All songs (c) & (p) 2011 Mark Ceaser (SOCAN)

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Mark Ceaser Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

contact / help

Contact Mark Ceaser

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Westward
Staring westward at the sun
Her tired eyes come undone
Forfeits the memories
Of promised love that always leaves

Westward become you
Westward calling true

Isolated by her prairie town
Ominous winter drags her down
Dreams of an ocean view
A candle lit ocean for two

Westward become you

Westward callings true

The rolled up streets of Sunday night
Provide the quiet she needs to find
The way through the mountains and snow
Wring out the past to lighten the load

Westward become you

Track Name: Unfortunate Enough to Know
Desperate dizzy dying by the watering hole
Gator came along tried to barrel roll
Fight to get away from the jaws of death
Breaking teeth swinging deep blood and sweat

I’ve been unfortunate enough to know that you
Will steal my dimes haunt my rhymes
Without sparing love or truth
Send your miserable old mother my way
Hateful eyes ferocious guise
I’m drowning and you’re unscathed

A band of buzzing angry swarming bees
No one tried to warn me hidden in the trees
Kamikaze aeroplane sneak attack
Pushing bush retreating no looking back

I’ve been unfortunate enough to know that you
Will steal my dimes haunt my rhymes
Without sparing love or truth
Your friends send their stinging insults my way
Bitter wives loyal spies
Cornered in my cage

Stomping stampeding stock of buffalo
Blasting like boulders down the gravel road
Spun the truck around white knuckled the wheel
Hit the gas running heard the sirens squeal

I’ve been unfortunate enough to know that you
Will steal my dimes haunt my rhymes
Without sparing love or truth
Send your herd of Harvard lawyers my way
Their expensive ties hang me to dry
Anything to get paid
Track Name: Help Hold Keep
she thinks no one loves her
because she’s always alone
she stares in the mirror and wonders
what this life is for
she’s too young to die but too scared to change
and too tired to fight anymore

won’t you help me up, hold me up, keep me up
i’m not strong on my own

lonely cries echo her mistakes
and the cravings consume the days
a warm glass of milk and some pills to help
but the nightmare won’t go away
longs for the praise of her father’s grave
and can’t find the words to say

won’t you help me up, hold me up, keep me up
i’m not strong on my own

lonely cries echo her mistakes
and the cravings consume the days
a warm glass of milk and some pills to help
but the nightmare won’t go away

won’t you help me up, hold me up, keep me up
i’m not strong on my own
won’t you help me up, hold me up, keep me up
i’m not strong on my own
Track Name: Comfortably Naked
Grass to our knees shade from the heat
Laying beneath the old willow tree
Back from the road where nobody can see

Rollin’ tumblin’ comfortably naked
Making love in the summer breeze

A lazy drive Sunday afternoon
The scent of lilacs in full bloom
Lay a quilt to set our picnic dining room

Rollin’ tumblin’ comfortably naked
Making love in the summer breeze

Wind blown curls tease and swirl
across her cheeks to her smile
The perfect mix of kisses and licks
makes her laugh, oh I love the way she laughs

Rollin’ tumblin’ comfortably naked
Making love in the summer breeze
Track Name: In the Stillness
you light up my heart
lead me from despair
into silence

i dream about your touch
and the inspiration you bring to me
to love again

when clouds crash down and wind makes us weightless
we’ll hold your hands, run as the rain hits
laugh like thunder, dance until the storm breaks
in the stillness i’ll hear you

before you came along
i was as ghost
lost in white noise

invincible steady you stand
to guide me home again
save this drifting man

when clouds crash down and wind makes us weightless
we’ll hold your hands, run as the rain hits
laugh like thunder, dance until the storm breaks
Track Name: Midnight Contortionists
Windshield fogs, the popcorn’s cold
Midnight at the drive-in, romance rolls
Strokes her hair to see her eyes
Urgency and need rise up inside

Two amateur contortionists
Tangled and tossed in midnight bliss

Lose control, back seat fun
Tastes her candy thighs, before the credits run
Climax hits, resolving sighs
Ecstasy beads in midnight shine

Two amateur contortionists
Tangled and tossed in midnight bliss
Track Name: Jekyll and Hide
A basement prison
His jail cell the couch
A spell of depression
Keeps the light out
Poisoning silence
Lonely he waits
For nothing
how long will this take

I don’t know why I feel ashamed
Every time I hear his name
Make excuses place blame
Even though he chose to be this way

He comes up laughing
Suddenly life is great
Bitter delusions
The manic overtakes
He cuffs the night and
Curses the day
The man I knew
Is gone without a trace

I don’t know why I feel ashamed
Every time I hear his name
Make excuses place blame
Even though he chose to be this way

He’s failed me before, he’ll fail me again
Refuse my help time and again
He reaches hell so I’m forced to walk away
And accept, he chose to be this way