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thomas mathie Tundra Vole is on fire once more ... an engaging release filled to the brim with life. Favorite track: Choikos.
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Teleó ("consummation" in Ancient Greek) is a melodic take on what it means to be human.

Waking up alive on the earth
A sweet but fleeting sense of congruity
The disorientation of pain and the ways we choose to cope
And, despite everything, our shared desire to belong.

The final two tracks of Teleó bet with hope—that instead of breaking into nothingness, in the end we will find the fragments stitched together into something beautiful.

As a non-Indigenous person who’s immigrated from one colonised land to another, I’d like to acknowledge the First People whose land this music is connected to: the Wadi Wadi people of the Dharawal Nation.

Over the past 10 years of living on this land, my own perspective and spirituality have been enriched. These songs lend expression to what’s been taking shape.

I honour the elders both past and present and acknowledge their descendants who have endured dispossession and genocide, yet continue to maintain their identity and culture. I honour them by paying respect to the knowledge embedded forever in this land.


released December 10, 2015

Recorded & Mixed at Lungi Studios
Engineering by Chris De Souza
Mastering by Nathan Tiddy at The Green Room
Produced & Mixed by Chris De Souza

See track details for full credits.

All music by Chris De Souza, except:

'Coda', music by Lucas/Oram/Manders, covered with permission, courtesy of Edge Kingsland Music.

=> Hear the original:

and 'Tetelestai', which features a sample from 'A Orillas del Mar' by Blien Vesne. Used with permission, courtesy of Blien Vesne. (Che, ¡Gracias!)

=> Their original:

Artwork by siblings Drew & Logan Commons. (What DO you know about Brooke?)

Layout design by the talented Kaylee McMillan

Huge thanks to Laura Howald and Krista Sundberg for their incredible voices, Aaron Rathjen for his bass genius, and the rest of my team for the opportunity and encouragement to make this music.

Hugest thanks to Becca and our kids for putting up with me striking while the iron was hot (a few late nights), and for going out when I needed a bit of quiet on the set.



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Tundra Vole Wollongong, Australia

Chris De is a fleshy electronic music-maker born in the Canadian Arctic, raised in the West Coast suburbs of Vancouver, and for the past decade has found himself living by the beach in Wollongong, Australia.

With a Telecaster in one hand and a Juno 106 in the other, Chris spends his days at the helm of his little studio, plunking out tunes that reflect an evolving sense of place.
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Track Name: Arché
Turn the lights on in this place
I want to see your face

Vocals: Chris De Souza
Track Name: Choikos
Vocals: Chris De Souza
Track Name: Aischuné
Vocals: Laura Howald
Bass guitar: Aaron Rathjen
Track Name: ‡ Brother's Keeper (Ghost Town)
Ghost town
A ghost town, it's a ghost town
Everybody went away
Looking for a stake to claim

Ghost town
A ghost town, it's a ghost town
Build a city and rack up debt
Hold a smile until the world forgets

Let's go
Let's go out
Let's go
Let's go out to the field

Vocals: Chris De Souza
Track Name: Tetelestai
Vocals: Laura Howald and Chris De Souza
Track Name: Prokoptó
Grace, come lead us home
Tune us to your song
Love, the earth will know
Righting all that's wrong

Picking up the pieces
Pieces of this burnt out home (we carry)

Carry on
Carry on together

Every organ and every bone
Every child who's left alone

There is a river
We'll go together
Come to the river
We'll go together

Sample from 'A Orillas del Mar' by Blien Vesne (from their album 'Mientras Seamos Jovenes') used with permission, courtesy of Blien Vesne.

Vocals: Chris De Souza
Track Name: Coda (After the Deep Dark Death)
I was lost but now I'm found
Now I know the sweetest sound
Father/Mother's love and hope surround
Here's my home

"Coda" originally written by Manders/Oram/Lucas, and recorded by Edge Kingsland. Permission granted courtesy of Edge Kingsland Music.

Vocals: Krista Sundberg, Chris De Souza