ARCADIAN

by Symbion Project

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Tuukka Junnikkala
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Tuukka Junnikkala I must say this album might be a contender for my favorite Symbion Project album to date. And not just because my cousin appears on track three.

This is one of those albums that feels like a cohesive whole. There's an emotional thread that runs through the record and speaks to the listener. The music is refreshing and honest, and it's honestly been a long time since a record took me into its own world the way Arcadian did.

Turn off the lights, close your eyes and turn up the music.
Larry Fine
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Larry Fine It's impossible to choose a favorite track from this album that represents the culmination of Kasson's years of experimentation in downtempo, EDM, synthpop, and trip. Featuring brilliant, ethereal, and pillow-soft enveloping vocals from Melissa Kaplan, Briana Marela, and other top singers, it ties together the diverse and immersive sound of Symbion Project into a nice, flowing album that a listener of any preference can relax and enjoy. At once deep and abstract, it's for everyone.
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Arcadian 04:58 video
Arcadian: I don’t feel like i belong In this place, this world is not for me Careful words just come out wrong They’re deaf here, all blinded eyes and apathy I need to tune out all the noise Senses numb, a withered frequency The bitter hum of strident lies Silenced, nothing left but sympathy Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All complacent and serene Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All cerulean and green Another place, another time Reminds me, of what i leave behind No regrets, no reticence Calmly, so taciturn and serpentine In this brand new wonderland Seduce me, transforms living cells At the end of the world Fondly, i’ll lose my subtle sense of self Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All complacent and serene Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All cerulean and green Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All complacent and serene
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"Napoleon" An ode to the false feathering This tar isn't so wasteful An eldest of sophistry Rewind Rewind's Untenable "My lycorine visage is hollow" Over these oceans ignis fatuus followed Own them And savor every sound don't let them out Never mind those cyanide fables Inlaid in your silver tongue Those oils you've been caught peddling Leaves scars thick as ship cables An eldest of sophistry Unkind Unkind Tyrannical Your Lycorine silence is hollow Your napoleon wasteland smacks of bitter salt under heavy fire Those stolen spirits of the lost and bereaved cry out Over these oceans Tort'ed Persephone followed Cage them And savor every sound Don't let them out Never mind those cyanide fables Inlaid in your, inlaid in your silver tongue
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Still bloodthirsty Slake my thirst Walk up to her Your form is flawless You love yourself And I can not blame you I’ll use it against you Deprived of her words She sells her story In love with her own voice In league with the spirits Nice pickup line I’ve used that one before I’m supposed to feel empty Empty and wanting more Out with the new, in with the new Not this again To have my own way In spite of the devil Even if I leave my body It won’t heal me You can’t fix me Even if I fill her body It won’t leave me, Still bloodthirsty I’m waiting for the full-blown darkness To go down on me The only thing I can trust to return Locked tight against the light Must I need to, Feed my body Kiss you, Bite you Taste your ending Love is a compensation For a good effort It is yours to keep Those hazel eyes would See right through me If this was me This is not me Even if I leave my body It won’t heal me You can’t fix me Even if I fill her body It won’t leave me, Still bloodthirsty
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The field so damp with morning dew Silently dawn melts away Drawn to chaotic colonies The thrum of life, it stirs your heart A simple act to take the pain away Will you find your peace? Why sacrifice the gifted life you have You’re blinded by the grief A devil’s ruse has brought you to this place With fraudulent deceit The heavy weight of melancholic days Yearning for release A pleasant sense, intoxicating With black eyes and bored hearts Drawn to their murmured harmonies They are here to set you free A simple act to take away the ache And help you find your peace Why sacrifice the little cherished ones? You’re blinded by release A devil’s ruse has brought you to this place With promises caprice The undertow of lonely, ruined days They drag you to your knees, they pull you underneath A simple act that took the pain away Have you found your peace? Why sacrifice the gifted life you have You’re blinded by the grief A devil’s ruse has brought you to this place With fraudulent deceit The heavy weight of melancholic days They will set you free They will set you free They will set you free They will set you free
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I went to meet you in the city I could feel you drawing near I was soaked in fallen raindrops Served me well to hide my tears Could you reach deep down inside me Put hands into my core Work your fingers my organs And pull out the piece of evil I don’t want to feel the pain of Everything I did before Nothing makes like you do You’re the strongest force I know If I could do something right to get to you soon Would you please tell me I feel you when I turn off my mind and I’m all heart Strong blows the curtains off Everything falls apart I can open my heart I can stay here in the light I can read the words of life But would you talk when I lose my eyes Would you finally lift me up Would you finally take my hand I’ve been reaching for so long Don’t think I’ll stop until you come
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You Remain 04:26
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This hidden scene, right here, yet underneath The pull weighs me down Without you I’d slip away without a sound VERSE2: I don’t have the strength, to fight it off again Take me in your arms, this demon is my friend This hidden second scene, right here underneath The strain will make me drown, I’ll slip away without a sound CHORUS1: Another time caught in this foreign place Another game so bittersweet to play Another chance to reach you far away Another song, through the static haze, Cuts through the noise to tell you I’m ok. FINAL CHORUS: Another time, another game Another chance, through the twisted maze Another place, so bittersweet Cuts through the noise, and tell you I’m not far away Another time, another song Another chance, through the static haze Another place, so bittersweet Cuts through the noise, and tell you I’m not far away
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lay her down in fields of clover she's weighted down in sulfur and heartache bring April rains... for your sons and daughters they love in vain (in vain) forsaken were you ever giving? reclaim us and fix what needs fixing… (background vocals) you spin backwards no companion moon to waltz with absent magnet how earn'st thy name? how earn'st thy name? short years, long days how earn'st thy name? Sierra crown drips emeralds and diamonds in ember gowns her train drags in phases did once you reign? in bounty and oceans? Mistaken misnomered and missing reclaim us please fix what needs fixing… oh sweet venus have you given up? lay her down... just a man made myth of beauty and love You spin backwards no lunar companion to waltz with no magnets attraction that one moon was tragic it pushed you down down down down down out of bounds Forsaken… Moons hit and run thrown counter to the sun Mistaken… thru her life filled clouds a molten surface shrouds Reclaim us! Lay her down… Thrown light years out of bounds (lay her down) Explain this … Just a man made myth of beauty and love?
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Another grand design To lure me far away A space outside of time So purely cast astray These heavy words maligned with futures cast in doubt The liminal divine Destructive and devout This tiny part of me In the micro-kosmos sea in between I feel you here When the waveforms amplify I know that I’ve arrived I’m alive I feel you here In time I’ll disappear Into the hidden sphere Lost frontier You’ll join me here In that place you dare not look Where the gods and angels shook Out in space where moons align Torn between the astral sign Mere existence of this plane The quintessence entertain Orbiting the great machine I’ve awoken from my dream These heavy words maligned All futures cast in doubt Subliminal divide Destructive and devout
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Arcadian: I don’t feel like i belong In this place, this world is not for me Careful words just come out wrong They’re deaf here, all blinded eyes and apathy I need to tune out all the noise Senses numb, a withered frequency The bitter hum of strident lies Silenced, nothing left but sympathy Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All complacent and serene Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All cerulean and green Another place, another time Reminds me, of what i leave behind No regrets, no reticence Calmly, so taciturn and serpentine In this brand new wonderland Seduce me, transforms living cells At the end of the world Fondly, i’ll lose my subtle sense of self Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All complacent and serene Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All cerulean and green Fall away, arcadian, fall away, All complacent and serene
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Such Letting Go is Love Verse1 they froze a disbelief does the empirical hide the things you can't quantify, can't quantify? watch the laws all fly are we just air or just a container for the worlds inside? sudden nature takes too soon what she conceives - no this isn't the way its supposed to be, supposed to be now you've taken flight... Chorus Such letting go bound to roads we follow home (to only heaven knows) you're now travelled light under skies where all the stars explode the psalms of the willing giving souls we send you light we send you love we send you peace on your journey home. Verse2 do you chase the falling leaves to a terminal tide or do they go everywhere, go everywhere? hear the fates all sigh no you weren't just air or just a container for the worlds inside - you are bigger - what you needed most to see… are you scattered to where you're supposed to be, supposed to be? now you've taken flight… Chorus Such letting go bound to roads we follow home (to only heaven knows) you're now travelled light under skies where all the stars explode the psalms of the willing giving souls we send you light we send you love we send you peace on your journey home.
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about

Bittersweet indie-electronic songs about escape, alternate universes, and heartache. Features a variety of talented singers and instrumentalists and now contains both the Halcyon EP & Bloodthirsty single along with numerous remixes and alternate mixes!

Arcadian is also available in quad surround along with a few other Symbion albums here: quadaudio.bandcamp.com

"Such Letting Go is Love" is dedicated in fond memory of Kristen Stark.

Halcyon EP is a 6 song release complimenting the full-length Arcadian album release. Featuring the music video mix of "Arcadian"; a lush, experimental remix by Brooklyn-artist Kodomo of "Napoleon" along with an alt mix by Symbion Project, a re-interpretation of the song "Bloodthirsty" by singer Markus Junnikkala, and a brand new unreleased instrumental "Halcyon" feat guitar by Geoffrey Klok who played on "Such Letting Go is Love"

Also includes the fall 2017 "Bloodthirsty" single release which contains the 360video mix and an instrumental mix.
360video: youtu.be/8xe-23uH3Og
2D video: youtu.be/mYq298oBXNs

credits

released September 9, 2016

Arcadian, Beekeeper's Muse, You Remain,
Cut Through the Noise, & Mikros Kosmos
Written & performed by Kasson Crooker (BMI)

Napoleon, Venus
Written by Kasson Crooker & Melissa R Kaplan (BMI)
Vocals & lyrics by Melissa R Kaplan (BMI)

Bloodthirsty (all versions)
Written by Kasson Crooker & Markus Junnikkala (Teosto)
Vocals & lyrics by Markus Junnikkala

Such Letting Go is Love
Written by Kasson Crooker & Geoffrey Klok
Classical guitar by Geoffrey Klok

Beekeeper’s Muse
Additional synth & drum programming by Jon Drukman
French horns performed by Gus Sebring & Abe Owen
Horns engineered by Dan Sebring

The Charmed
Written by Kasson Crooker & Jenni Potts (BMI)
Vocals & lyrics by Jenni Potts

You Remain
Background vocals by Melissa R Kaplan

Stainless Endless Radiance (Arcadian Mix)
Written by Kasson Crooker & Briana Marela (BMI)
Vocals & lyrics by Briana Marela
Briana Marela appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar
Published by Speed of Dark Music (BMI)
& Holy Sphere Music (BMI) administered
by Covertly Canadian Publishing (BMI)

Watercolor and lasercut design by Yancy Way
Mastered by Dave Locke/JP Masters

Produced & mixed by Symbion Project

HALCYON EP:
Arcadian (Calcutec Remix)
written by K.Crooker (BMI)
Published by Speed of Dark Music (BMI)

Such Letting Go is Love
Written by K.Crooker, M.R.Kaplan, G.Klok
Performed by Symbion Project
Lyrics & Vocals by Melissa R Kaplan
Classical guitar performance & arrangement by Geoffrey Klok
Published by Speed of Dark Music

Napoleon (Kodomo Remix)
written by K.Crooker (BMI) & Melissa R Kaplan (BMI)
Remixed by Kodomo
Published by Speed of Dark Music (BMI)

Bloodthirsty (Markus Junnikkala Mix)
written by K.Crooker (BMI) & Markus Junnikkala (Teosto)
Production and mix by Markus Junnikkala
Published by Speed of Dark Music (BMI)

Napoleon (Halcyon Mix)
written by K.Crooker (BMI) & Melissa R Kaplan (BMI)
Published by Speed of Dark Music (BMI)

Halcyon
written by K.Crooker (BMI)
Published by Speed of Dark Music (BMI)
Classical guitar performed by Geoffrey Klok

All songs copyright Speed of Dark Music (2016/2017)

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