is here

by k-rakos

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Things had gotten pretty complicated with my last album, 'mvrvbrmvr'. So for 'is here' i decided to take a new approach. I began recording in 24-bit mode for higher fidelity. I focussed on simple, clear and direct arrangements. I did not hold back from singing, and avoided slathering my voice in effects. There is a noticeable boost in recording quality between this album and the last. But I would later realize that my voice benefits greatly from a touch of compression and EQ.

Upon releasing 'is here', i didn't call much attention to it. I was very insecure about the album, mostly due to my voice. But i no longer think of it as a total misstep, and believe it contains some of my best songs.


released May 1, 2005

A k-rakos distortion. Reworked and remastered in 2013.


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Track Name: sprawl
Track Name: please destroy me
please destroy me
break my habits
eat my food and
spill my coffee
keep me up and
wake me early
steal my clothes and
lead me far away
far away from home

i am only one of many
everybody counts for something
all of us are blessed and perfect
this i know but still i find it hard
to feel the peace i need
take me far away
far away from home

followed the palm of my hand
like a roadmap
not the places i wanted to go
so i ride along with you
Track Name: lifelong identity crisis
earth is brown
roots are ghostly pale
deep in space
deathly cold
source of every color

i want your skin
your point of view

my head hurts
my teeth hurt
my back hurts
my shoulders hurt
my eyes hurt
my knees hurt
my brain hurts
my life it hurts

new illusion
start again
Track Name: transport
Track Name: want to
i want to invite you to a party
don't even know where or why
think i'll ride my bike downtown
think i'll climb a tree in the park
i'm not afraid of illusion
i'm not afraid of being alone
and inside this confusion
there is a place where i am whole
i am just trying to be human
make mistakes all the time
but i never ask forgiveness
when i know my heart is right
Track Name: pushing rocks
write rewrite
write rewrite
for the hundredth time
country zero
city nothing no

healing eyesight
typing memos
rhythm takes my pain
none of those quite
seemed to fit right and

i'm pushing rocks uphill
you don't need to tell me
if i didn't think i stood a chance
i'd have stopped a long time ago

telling stories
silly loves songs
none of that would do
is energy

some catharsis
trees and sky
none of that quite
seemed to fit right so
Track Name: electric forgetter
your dark eyes
all this frantic movement
am i still alive
this depression just won't
let me go tonight
there's no divide

can't be sure
which road to choose
or bed to lie in
wave good-bye
to young and handsome swimsuit model
tho tonight i send mine
Track Name: regret nothing
boot upon the door
finger in the crack
all mistakes by me

regret nothing
no regrets

how can i go on
living in the past
point of power is now

regret nothing
no regrets
Track Name: oxalis
Track Name: get it right
most of the time
my head was filled with lies
i don't want to be like that anymore

there comes a time
in everybody's life
same thing everyday
you know something must change

stars will align
nature shall provide
happy accidents
and i will get it right
this time
Track Name: metamorph
it's okay
i'm still your friend
it takes a lot to shake me
it takes a lot
to bring me down
well as long as i get high

don't be afraid
i'm still around
and after all we've been thru
things we've seen
that can't be explained
not completely if at all

i'm impatient and impossible
and get angry when i work too hard
but i'm trying to transform
so stay close but let go
i'm impassioned and i'm popular
with some people but not everyone
and i'm trying to transform
and most times i'm just fine

all of my words
are not beautiful
some of my dreams incomprehensible
fortunate are we
to have come this far
no turning back
when the future calls