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new realities

by k-rakos

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green trees 03:31
green trees sunshine
fortunate 03:13
you are the fortunate one now that things have changed after all the difficult years everything has changed
i can walk 04:16
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
prescription stopped revenue down medication returned healing begins
ascend 03:12
maybe government design that keeps the honest man down we sleep on trains by day and darkest night
what is truth what is freedom why such deceit such dire consequences and how will we ever really know
insectoid 03:27
ideas 02:17
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
last of 03:14


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.


released September 1, 2006

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


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