On High

by Kate Maki (2008)

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"Maki and Gelb make a fine match. Along with co-producer Dave Draves, they create a dusty, twilit setting, full of junkyard guitars and ghost-town saloon pianos, and Maki settles in nicely, penning a collection of songs that use few words but are never simple. She can sell a song with only her voice and an acoustic guitar." - PITCHFORK

"Like the best country singers, Maki's voice is conversational yet somehow self-contained, as if it'd be quite happy talking to itself sitting on an open plain, or whistling to itself behind a wheel." - MOJO

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released February 12, 2008

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With a preference for recording in experimental, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants fashion, Kate employed legendary Tucson, Arizona phenomenon Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) as producer for her third album, ON HIGH. Kate met Howe in 2004 at a show in Toronto where the young singer made a lasting impression on the desert rocker, very much like M Ward did some years back (Gelb released Ward’s debut in 2000), and Gelb eventually signed Maki to his US label, OWOM: "Kate’s a hardy country type of pioneer woman. Her guitar pickin rhythm is like a drum, and she can belt out, even when she is quiet, like a storm". Recorded by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn in Ottawa, Ontario over a period of five days in March 2007, ON HIGH features Howe on piano and guitar, Dave on optigan and organ, Dale Murray on pedal steel and guitar, and Nathan Lawr on drums. Howe, Dave, Dale, and Nathan also lent their voices to what was recently described as "an acoustic record of simple beauty. You can hear the space between the notes and the sighs between the chord changes. Pure and innocent as Canadian Snow" (NPR’s Bruce Warren).

All songs written by Kate Maki
except Badminton Racquet written by Kate Maki and Nathan Lawr
Produced by Howe Gelb with Kate Maki and Dave Draves
Recorded and mixed by Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn in Ottawa, Ontario
Mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering
Artwork by Emily Waugh
Format: LP/CD/digital

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Track Name: Highway
Highway

Truth is on the windowsill
Age is on my skin
Skin is on my aching bones
Trouble lies within
Trouble lies within
Let my heart find a home
Let my voice stand alone
In the window in the wind
Sun is on the windowsill
Day is almost done
What’s done is gone
What’s gone is lost
Losing has just begun
Losing has just begun
Let my heart find a home
Let my voice stand alone
In the window in the wind
I sit upon the windowsill
The day has passed me by
No heart at home no voice alone
I wonder where you are
I wonder where you are
On the highway on high
On the highway on high
On the highway on high
Track Name: Blue Morning
Blue Morning

Blue morning
Blue morning
Red sky at night
I can’t right with you
You can’t right with me
We can’t write it off
Still mourning
Still mourning
Both day and night
I can’t go with you
You can’t go with me
We can’t let it go
Let it go
Blue
Blue
Blue
Track Name: Wanted Ads
Wanted Ads

This ain’t no lullaby this life
This ain’t no lullaby this life
This is everything
Walk the dogs at night in town
Walk the dogs in town at night
This is everything
For you and I
Is it worth its’ weight in scars
Are we better behind bars
Read the wanted ads in town
Read the wanted ads at night
This is everything
All i want to say is lost
All you want to say is lost
This is everything
for you and I
Is it worth its’ weight in scars
Are we better behind bars
Track Name: White Noise
White Noise

White noise
Black holes
Lost your song
Lost your sight
You will make it right
White lies
Black skies
Held your tongue
Held your tone
You will make it known
New day you are bound
Old way you are sound
White lines
Black signs
Jumped the track
Jumped the train
And you’re alone again
New day you are bound
Old way you are sound
New day you have found
Track Name: To Please
To Please

Take that look upon your face
Wipe it on your sleeve
I don’t care what you want
I don’t care what you need
I’ve got myself to please
Take those words upon your tongue
Throw then to the breeze
I don’t care what you think
I don’t care what you see
I’ve got myself to please
Myself to please
Myself to please
Myself to please
I've got myself to please
Take that weight upon your chest
Send it out to sea
I don’t care what you think
I don’t care what you need
I’ve got myself to please
Myself to please
Myself to please
Myself to please
I've got myself to please
Track Name: Message Forgot
Message Forgot

Getting old getting older
Slowing down getting wise
Rising up to the sky
You notice you care less
You’re fearless and free
Falling out of disguise
In five ways you’re faster
In ten ways you’re not
This is a message forgot
The sight and the sound of
The silence around us
Getting old getting older
Slowing down getting wise
Falling out of disguise
Track Name: Badminton Racquet
Badminton Racquet

We keep together like a badminton racquet
Bouncing little birdies everywhere
Serving and returning not aiming for the net
Which catches and keeps you separated
We keep together like a badminton racquet
Setting up and knocking them down
Your peace of mind is a taxi cab waiting
Waiting but you’re not going
Waiting
But you’re not going
Track Name: Beyond The Sun
Beyond The Sun

A wall comes down beneath the one
A light shines on beyond the sun
Are we happy now
Walk the halls alone again
Repeat steps one through ten again
Are we happy now
How do we know
How do we know
How do we know
Think of things the way they are
See up close from very far
Are we happy now
Are we happy now
We are we are we are
We are we are we are
We are we are we are
We are we are we are
How do we know
Track Name: We Are Gone
We Are Gone

In the town
In the town
In the town behind the tower
There’s no face
No face
There’s no face on the man in power
In the light
In the light
In the light behind the crowd
There’s no sound
No sound
There’s no sound in the man of the hour
In the mirror
In the mirror
In the mirror behind the eyes
There’s no wall
No wall
There’s no wall for the man in fear
There’s no time
No time
There’s no time behind us now
We are gone
We are gone
We are gone
Track Name: Don't Look Down
Don't Look Down

When the water is calm
It can draw you in
It’ll take your hand
And water down your sin
You won’t swim
Until you go
Too far down
Leave me on the way side
Leave me on the dark side
Leave me on
I’m better off
The water is calm
It pulls me in
Holds my hand
And it buries my sin
I won’t swim
Don’t look now
I’m going down
Don’t look down
I’m going down