leveler

by k-rakos

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about

Do a keyword search on 'leveler' and you'll get more than one definition: that which levels, that which destroys, one who seeks to eliminate social inequality and so forth.

Half the tracks on ‘leveler’ were created in 2005 while I lived outside of Chicago, before I knew I’d move to California. And the other half were made in an apartment in Los Angeles, sitting on the floor with my recording equipment propped up on milk crates. Whereas my previous album ‘new realities’ was relatively cohesive and ambient, ‘leveler’ is more varied. There’s a lot of repetition, a bit of noise, and a few vaguely self-help/political/apocalyptic or incidental vocals.

This album contains one of my favorite tracks, yet I once wrote the sarcastic tagline: Crap-tronica at its finest from the world's least popular meuzzishin! A reviewer on iTunes later described this project as "the worst album ever recorded”. Perhaps it’s fitting that one sunny afternoon while cycling along the Los Angeles river bike path I snapped the cover shot of the torn-up truck.

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released September 1, 2007

A k-rakos distortion. Refurbished in 2018.

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Track Name: take heed
see here
ordinary things
fishing pole
bowling ball

take heed
inner strength
nowhere near
aisle four

picture
on the inside
a perfect summer scene
sunbathed hill
wildflowers

when they rise
they rise so fast
taller healthier
every year
Track Name: with love
for every action
react with love

born of confusion
proceed with love

this lonely membrane
is paper thin and
the sharpest tools
are found within you
a shard of glass or
grain of sand are
more real than
fear divider

heart of the problem
will heal with love
Track Name: an end to violence
when will we see
brighter days
thieves are stealing
our future away
dreams of peace
and flying cars
have been replaced
by oil wars

can we learn
from history
solve world problems
creatively
hold our leaders
accountable
bring an end
to violence

what i meant
by flying cars
was fast machines
that sail through clouds

what i meant
by flying cars
was clean machines
fuelled by the sun
Track Name: subsonic
ocean wave
subsonic bass
not slow or fast
or out of place
Track Name: get back up
stumble fall
get back up
Track Name: alpha state
go slow reflect
enjoy always
Track Name: in time
ten twenty nine

numbers of the day
these events in time
never to return
then again they might
theories unfold
stories are told
moments are alive