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In the press:

"Whether you’re excitedly singing into a hairbrush microphone before a big date or driving home in the rain after having been stood up, The Sylvia Platters have got your back." - Martin Castro, The Cascade

"A well tuned record that binds differing takes on a common theme, Shadow Steps explores connection with humans, within our society, and our own minds." - Chloe Hoy, The Permanent Rain Press

"The six tracks written by the band are moody but comforting, led by heavy, dissonant guitars and backed by ethereal harmonies. They’re noisy and sludgy enough to be reminiscent of classic groups like Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine but playful enough to be likened to more modern favourites like Nana Grizol and Yuck." - Aly Laube, The Runner

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released October 19, 2018

Tracks 1 to 6 written and performed by The Sylvia Platters – Alex Kerc-Murchison, Nick Ubels, Tim Ubels, and Scott Wagner. Additional percussion: Felix Fung. Recorded and produced by Felix Fung at Little Red Sounds, New Westminster, BC in February and March 2018.

Tracks 7 to 11 written and performed by Stephen Carl O'Shea. Additional vocals on 'World of Tears': Becky Ninkovic. Produced by Mike Gittens and Stephen Carl O'Shea. Recorded and mixed by Mike Gittens at VPL Inspiration Lab (Vancouver, BC) and Lou's Room (New Westminster, BC) between January and May 2018.

Mastered by Greg Mindorff at Suite Sound Labs, Vancouver, BC.

Artwork by Renee Campbell.

Released on vinyl by CIVL Radio.

All rights reserved, 2018.

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Track Name: The Sylvia Platters - Morning Ritual
Grab my phone
Pulling up your number
"Golden Hair", today's B-side

It's not much
Holding up my intention
Could be anywhere, just a place to start

Past perfect night
When we were clear and sober
Shaking off my guiding vice

Future perfect day
I'm stretching out the impression
With each repeat, it'll be okay

Only you can make me feel this way
And I meant to never dissolve you
Track Name: The Sylvia Platters - Blockhead
Fade in burns your edges white
Nothing can make the season right
All day long you play a game of shadow steps
Behind the walls of your bedroom basement, lights out

Within the frame
A picture of forgotten feelings
Outside has changed
But the circuits to your heart, they still remain

Make me illuminate again

Drawing out a last effect
Drawing in a final breath
Diving headlong into rooms you left unswept behind the door
Alone and malcontent


Within the frame
A picture of forgotten feelings
Outside has changed
But the circuits to your heart, they still remain

Make me illuminate again
Track Name: The Sylvia Platters - K.U.I.
Nobody sees what you conceal
Out of light
But I'll try

Something about you makes me shiver
Deep inside
Please advise

The heart of every morning
The heat of every day
Wounded by a measure
Whose dream can you escape?

Nobody wonders how it feels
To put on eyes
But I might

Cause I've got bruises to uncover
Blue and mild
Black and wild

The heart of every morning
The heat of every day
Wounded by a measure
Whose dream can you escape?

Answering questions left unlisted
Takes some time
But I don't mind

Cut out copy to bridge the distance
Between the lines
Over miles and miles
Track Name: The Sylvia Platters - TV Light
Slower now
She don't mind
Take her down
Across the line

She don't speak
A shallow wall stares right back
She don't sleep
A TV light reflects in lines across her back

She couldn't dare
She wasn't there

Come the day
Or come the night
I'm waiting for your TV light

She couldn't dare
She wasn't there

She's on the stair
She wasn't there
Track Name: The Sylvia Platters - Cut Scene
Tonight I'm trying
To stay awake
So I can catch this lie

Sculpt this life
Disguise
I'm feeling blind inside
Heartbreak will find its way

Pour down my cheek
Mist and mystique
Give me a cut scene
Won't you come home with me?
Track Name: Stephen Carl O'Shea - Callow
Run, run away run away from here, run away from all the thought and fear
Look, look inside, look inside yourself, inside yourself is where peace will be

Us. And Them.
Lost. And Found.
Us. And Them.

Darkness sweeps swiftly ‘pon this place, set upon us as we wait in fear
Light, light will come rushing in, when they speak the words that we must hear

Us. And Them.
Lost. And Found.
Us. And Them.
Track Name: Stephen Carl O'Shea - World of Tears
It’s a world of tears
How could I not know it?
All my life above it,
It’s a world of tears

And all of this time
Thinking I knew what’s mine
Till the fullness of time
Reading all the right lines

It’s a world of tears
How could I not know it?
Too afraid to acknowledge
It’s a world of fears

Till the fullness of time (x4)

It’s a world of tears (x4)
Track Name: Stephen Carl O'Shea - Foreign Province
I awoke in
a foreign province
Let unspoken
Altered conscious
Feels much closer
Disjoined process
Empty promise
Suspicious nonsense

Foreign nation, foreign nation, foreign language, foreign problems (x4)

Receding perspective
‘Cross barren landscapes
Collapsing structures
Build on nothing
Strategic options
Depleted imports
Restricted Access
Dead and lifeless

Foreign nation, foreign nation, foreign language, foreign problems (x4)

Foreign nation, foreign nation, foreign language, foreign problems (x4)
Track Name: Stephen Carl O'Shea - Fear is My Companion
There is love and then there’s this
Disconnected feelings, defeated fist
Fear is my companion, there is this
Only know there’s nothing beyond this

This is of the moment, certain risk
Yet upon us we hold, fractured disc

Next upon us, there is no fortune, no future
There is love, then there’s this.

Next upon us, there is no fortune, no future
There is love, then there’s this. (x2)

There is love and then there’s this
Sea of righteous voices, upheld fists
Fear is my companion, no changing this
Could there be more to this, beyond this?
Track Name: Stephen Carl O'Shea - NES vs SEGA
You can use your mind
Feel the pressure
Feeling unsure, feeling unwell, feelings can tell
Pressure release

Synaptic collapse
Synaptic relapse
Thoughts unsure, thoughts unwell, thoughts can tell
Pressure release

Millions of synaptic connections
Minimum reception of your depth perception
Already conscious of your animal conscious
Nothing left (nothing here)
It’s dark (it’s cold)

There is still your mind
Is that mind still?
Not here, not now, not well
Pattern fail

Shadow Steps (x8)

Millions of synaptic connections
Minimum reception of your depth perception
Already conscious of your animal conscious
Nothing left (nothing here)
It’s dark (it’s cold)

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