empathy, please

by C N U S

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After an invitation to perform as part of the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival’s FUZE series, songwriter Cedric Noel (Sentimentals, Redwood Fields) asked friend and musician Tate LeJeune (Union Suit, Pastel Skeleton) to collaboratively interpret classical pieces from composers such as Edward Elgar and Healey Willan. Following that performance, the two decided to put their work to tape, and record. The result is two prolific Fredericton composers coming together to form C N U S (pronounced C-N-U-S) and release an eleven-minute piece of interpretations, along with two freshly written pieces by Noel and LeJeune. The duo will release "empathy, please" both on analog tapes and digitally on November 3.


released November 3, 2015

C N U S is Cedric Noel and Tate LeJeune
Guitars, vocals, recording and mixing done by Cedric Noel and Tate LeJeune on Saunders and Woodstock
Artwork by Tate LeJeune
Photography by Matt Carter
Thanks to Meaghan and Greg at FUZE for the inspiration to create ambient musings, Tina for food, Matt for your support, and to the person reading this.



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C N U S Fredericton, New Brunswick

a collaborative effort between fredericton, nb artists cedric noel and union suit

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Track Name: 10 hours
don't fall repeatedly for her
don't stall immediately for thirst
make eyes; are seemingly a curse
fresh lies; we need some time to nurse

and it's hard to be away from you

don't fall immediately for her
don't crawl for semblance of some hurt, it's the worst
you can stall, measure what is first
but don't fall repeatedly for her

and it's hard to be away from you
Track Name: near, bye
facing oneself with these surroundings
and rejecting this architecture
as if gray slabs were malleable
as if molding liths felt feasible
i visited the links
but the game lasted split seconds
i did splits between the platform and the speeding metro
i cheated death to learn the gains are unnatural
i used breadth
to learn how suffering feels
i stayed out til six to know that the links are sealed
with an empty hit counter
shook to all the hits
then took a cold shower

having held hands with invisible power
i wrote my last plea down
and took a cold shower

did the splits
with 'stay in touch'
was excited to see every 'crush'
fell on my weak knee
into seeking distance lush
and affordable

time can only consume
never produce
i want this feeling to be reduced
i want to hear death's four-letter name roll off its own tongue
i want a shield from a sun

so used to used hope
so used to using touch
it's been two hours and i've slept too much
it's been two hours and i've said too much
just give me a reason
to live with 'rejection'
i know inverse circles draw my preferred methods
but i hope my visa
is never accepted