new realities

by k-rakos

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about

I was living and recording at home in Lisle, IL and commuting by train to Chicago four days a week for work at DePaul University. I felt insecure about my previous album ‘is here’, which featured singing and some traditional song structures. So i turned my focus toward abstract instrumentals, with streamlined structures and limited vocals. I sampled sounds aboard a Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail car, and the birds in my own backyard, creating textures and rhythms with lots of filters, echoes and distortion. Words are used to evoke ideas and emotions, rather than tell stories. The resulting album isn't without flaws, but is one of my favorites in the k-rakos series.

Written during the George W. Bush years while the U.S. was at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, this album expresses the need for change in a moribund world. What appears on the cover is a broken concrete animal statue photographed in a Key West, FL graveyard and crudely superimposed over the bluffs of Southern, IL.

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released September 1, 2006

A k-rakos distortion featuring Todd Snow on the track 'inner sanctum'. Remastered in 2017.

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Track Name: green trees
green trees
sunshine
Track Name: fortunate
you are the
fortunate one
now that things
have changed

after all the
difficult years
everything
has changed
Track Name: i can walk
i can walk
go for miles
new sights float by
i can walk

i can move
ride for hours
blue skies sunshine
i can breathe
Track Name: healing begins
prescription stopped
revenue down

medication returned
healing begins
Track Name: ascend
(instrumental)
Track Name: inner sanctum
(instrumental)
Track Name: sleep on trains
maybe
government design
that keeps the
honest man down

we sleep
on trains
by day and
darkest night
Track Name: dire consequences
what is truth
what is freedom
why such deceit
such dire consequences
and how will we ever
really know
Track Name: insectoid
(instrumental)
Track Name: ideas
it comes down to this
ideas will always come
show some faith
in them

only trouble is
just around the bend
show some faith
and turn

pain it shall recede
when you can accept
learn how to
be wrong
Track Name: last of
(instrumental)