The Judge

by Alexandria Maillot

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it gives me some real goosebumps to say that The Judge is finally out.

this song started forming in April 2017, when Kirsten Ludwig and I were going across Canada on our Two Coins tour. I often find it hard to write on the road, but somewhere in an unlit corner of a basement floor bedroom in Calgary, this song emerged. I let it live in my voice memos unfinished, and unsure if I would ever revisit it. after two weeks of driving across the country, we had arrived in Montreal, where we were staying with a friend, an acquaintance at the time, who had just moved to Montreal. little did I know that this person would end up playing a significant role in helping nurture a sea of songs that I had not yet even realized. over the course of four days, we had joked about how great it would be to record an album together; him, a recent Montreal transplant looking for projects to engineer and produce, and me, a creative grappling with the crisis of not having written a full work in well over a year. by the time I had left Montreal, I had already booked flights back, and committed to making an album of songs I had not yet made.

if I had not sort of forced creation out of me, I don't think this song would exist. if I had not found the right person who understood the weird time signatures I kept playing in, I don't think this song would exist. music, as much as it is about inspiration, is also incredibly circumstantial. it is influenced by the time of day, the season, if you are indoors or outdoors, in a city or in the woods, etc. I give a lot of gratitude to the elements, because without them, this song, and many others, would not exist.

lyrics

I used to be
The one you held at night
We’d breathe in deep
Exhale to still and quiet
You’d wake, I peak
Wait for your restless feet to start tiptoeing
Towards the bathroom sink

I used to know
The way you’d say hello
Peck on my check, “Good morning my dear sweet-“

In the mirror I’m thin
Stripped of oxygen
What will be underneath If I try to shed this skin?

I’m fixing what’s bent out of shape
And I’ll keep it in the back where I know it’s safe
But what’s a loss if nothing’s gained?
And who am I to judge when a line’s not straight?
Who am I to judge?

I strip the sheets
Clean out the cabinets
Sweep underneath the places we would sit
What’s left to fix?
In all this empty space, your fingerprints keep getting in my way

In the mirror I’m thin
Stripped of oxygen
What will be underneath If I try to shed this skin?

I’m fixing what’s bent out of shape
And I’ll keep it in the back where I know it’s safe
But what’s a loss if nothing’s gained?
And who am I to judge when a line’s not straight?
Who am I to judge?

credits

released September 27, 2019
Recorded at Indica Records Studio Plateau in Montreal, QC
Produced by Samuel Hewson Woywitka and Alexandria Maillot
Engineering by Samuel Hewson Woywitka
Mixing by Ryan Worsley (Echoplant Studios)
Mastering by Philip Shaw Bova (Bova Lab Studio)
Additional engineering by Ryan Worsley
Additional drum editing by Stefan Norware and Matt Di Pomponio
Additional vocal tracking by Luca Fogale

Alexandria Maillot / vocals, guitar, piano, synth
Dylan Phillips / string arrangement
Esca Quartet (Amélie Lamontagne, Edith Fitzgerald, Sarah Martineau, Camille Paquette-Roystrings) / strings
Isaac Symonds / guitar, synth, additional textures
Marito Marques / percussion
Volodia Schneider / drums
Music & Lyrics by Alexandria Maillot and Luca Fogale
Album artwork by Danica Olders and Laura Baldwinson

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