Wyndham Thiessen | Foggy Breakdown Mounting

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Foggy Breakdown Mounting

by Wyndham Thiessen

Acoustic, eclectic folk with wry, provocative lyrics. Sadness on the weissenborn, wit on the banjo, protest with the harmonica.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Feast of the Lord
2:29 $0.99
2. I've Been Looking for a Girl like You
2:29 $0.99
3. Talking Eschatology Blues
3:07 $0.99
4. Theseus's Ship
3:49 $0.99
5. Leave Room
3:52 $0.99
6. A Song That Can't Be Used
1:38 $0.99
7. The Optimists' Breakfast
3:30 $0.99
8. If Misery Loves Company Then I'm Feeling Something Else
2:21 $0.99
9. Foggy Breakdown Mounting
3:44 $0.99
10. 555-1212
3:25 $0.99
11. There's No Way That Sherlock Holmes Could Have Solved All the Crimes That We're Told He Did
3:14 $0.99
12. After the Great Forgetfulness
2:20 $0.99
13. I Might Love You Forever
3:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Wyndham Thiessen is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist with “a truly rare talent” for songwriting (The Daily Gleaner). On his newest album, Foggy Breakdown Mounting, Thiessen’s skills on the guitar, banjo, weissenborn, cello, and harmonica are all on display, but it his abilities as a songwriter that take centre stage: the songs are provocative, funny, and strikingly original, revealing a mind as sharp and creative as any on the Canadian scene today.

Thiessen began performing in the early nineties as “Bone Man Slim,” and in 1994 he released his first album of Bone Man Slim originals, A Retrospective, on the Azimuth Records label. Jurgen Gothe praised the debut album as “a startling disc; might just be brilliant, all of it.”

Thiessen eventually dropped the “Bone Man Slim” moniker, but he continued writing songs. When he had amassed over fifty unrecorded songs he decided it was time to return to the studio. He picked thirteen songs, enlisted the help of Juno Award-winning producer Steve Dawson (also his brother-in-law), and in 2011 he put together his second album, Foggy Breakdown Mounting.

The songs draw from a wide range of sources for inspiration. Several show the influence of the years Thiessen spent as a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Toronto. “Theseus’s Ship,” for example, takes an ancient Greek puzzle about identity and makes it the setting for a tale of love on the rocks. Other songs are born from his experience as the leader of the L’Arche community in Saskatoon—a community in which people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together: “The Feast of the Lord” celebrates that even “a man who smelled like an egg, barked like a dog, and grabbed my leg” is invited to the heavenly banquet. He tackles weighty subjects with humour (musing about death and the end times in “Talking Eschatology Blues”) and invests seemingly trivial matters with significance (reflecting on the lack of sausages at a complimentary meal in “The Optimists’ Breakfast”).

Thiessen grew up in Vancouver, spent several years in Toronto and Lethbridge, and now lives in Saskatoon with his wife and two sons.



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