Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies

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Act I: Goodbye Friends Of The Heavenly Bodies
Studio album by Neverending White Lights
Released September 27, 2005
Genre Rock
Length 79:01
Label Ocean Records Canada / Maple Music Nationwide
Producer Daniel Victor
Neverending White Lights chronology
Act I: Goodbye Friends Of The Heavenly Bodies
Act 2: The Blood and the Life Eternal

Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies is a 2005 multi-artist collaborative album by Neverending White Lights. Conceived by Daniel Victor, it features lead vocal performances by members of different bands, including several well-known Canadian acts, such as Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Alexisonfire, The Watchmen, Creeper Lagoon, and Age of Electric.

Sonically, the album mixes diverse ambient textures and symphonics with drum loops and melancholic vocal melodies creating a style of ambient indie-pop/rock much different and more experimental than other acts in the same class. It was Victor's debut album as a writer, producer and performer. The album as a whole took 4 years to realize from start to finish and proved very trying to complete.

The first single off the album, "The Grace", features Dallas Green, and was originally entitled "Grace of a Happy Death".[citation needed] The single was a big hit in Canada (hitting # 1 on the video charts and # 3 on the radio charts) and brought the project into the mainstream almost overnight. Two more singles were released afterward ("Angels & Saints" and "Age of Consent"). A series of connecting videos were coincided with the singles (known as the NWL video trilogy) where Victor played a dream-like Victorian character searching for an angel love interest (played by Canadian singer-songwriter Emm Gryner).

Tracks that were to appear on Act I include another track sung by Daniel Victor entitled "Head Down", "Throwing Chairs" featuring Jonathan Foreman of Switchfoot, "John Dies at 56" featuring Mogwai, "Shipbuilding", an Elvis Costello cover featuring Andy Yorke, and "This Is My Fate", another track featuring Dallas Green. They were all cut for various reasons.

The album led Victor to many award nominations and wins, including "Favourite Single of the Year" (Indie Awards) and "Favourite Group of the Year" (Radio Music Awards) in 2007. It also gave Victor his first Juno nomination for "New Artist of the Year" (at the 2007 Juno Awards).

Track listing[edit]

I: The Hour Arrives

1. "From What I Once Was" – 5:55
2. "Angels & Saints" – 3:10
3. "Age of Consent" – 4:08
4. "Ending of a Story" – 3:31
5. "Return Our Lives" – 6:00

II: My Angel, My Queen, My Death, My Treasure

6. "I Hope Your Heart Runs Empty" – 6:23
7. "A Littlepiece" – 4:45
8. "This Longing" – 5:43
9. "Of All the Things You've Done Wrong" – 3:06
10. "Tired of Saving Souls" – 5:20
11. "How Could I Survive" – 2:58
12. "The Grace" – 5:19

III: A Pale Nation Sleeps in Misery

13. "First Days of Spring" – 5:50
14. "Liar" – 3:45
15. "Life Is a Dead Scene" – 4:58
16. "Our Final Hymn" – 8:08

Guest Vocalists[edit]

Act 1: Goodbye Friends of the Heavenly Bodies (2005)
Song Artist Band
1. From What I Once Was Daniel Victor Neverending White Lights
2. Angels & Saints Chris Gordon Deckard
3. Age of Consent Nick Hexum 311
4. Ending of a Story Chris Gray The Black Maria
5. Return Our Lives Judah Nagler The Velvet Teen
6. I Hope Your Heart Runs Empty Scott Anderson Finger Eleven
7. A Little Piece Marco DeFelice Supergarage
8. This Longing Daniel Greaves The Watchmen; Doctor
9. Of All the Things You've Done Wrong Nathan Larson & Jason Martin Shudder to Think & Starflyer 59
10. Tired of Saving Souls John Campsey Sleepway
11. How Could I Survive Sharky Laguana Creeper Lagoon
12. The Grace Dallas Green Alexisonfire; City and Colour
13. First Days of Spring Matt Talbot Hum; Centaur
14. Liar Raine Maida Our Lady Peace
15. Life is a Dead Scene Todd Kerns Age of Electric
16. Our Final Hymn Jimmy Gnecco Ours