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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  • Exclusively for the audiophile/surround sound aficionado, Arcadian is now available in 4 channel Quad surround sound! These are 44.1KHz, 24bit files in either 4 channel WAV or 5.1 FLAC (center and LFE channels are silent). Or for those that still need to use DVD playback, you can choose the DVD-A/V ISO to download and burn onto your own DVD. This gets you around having to pay the huge shipping costs (and possibly VAT) that come with an actual DVD. The DVD let's you choose between DTS and Dolby Digital, or play in the DVD-A player.

    The 2009 album "Misery in Soliloquy" is also available in Quad surround as well on either DVD/CD or digital download. Be sure to check out the Quad Special if you plan on buying both as you'll save some $$!
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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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Track Name: Arcadian
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
Track Name: Napoleon (feat. Melissa R Kaplan)
"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
Track Name: Bloodthirsty (feat. Markus Junnikkala)
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
Track Name: Beekeeper's Muse
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
Track Name: The Charmed (feat. Jenni Potts)
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
Track Name: Cut Through the Noise
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
Track Name: Venus (feat. Melissa R Kaplan)
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?
Track Name: Mikros Kosmos
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
Track Name: Arcadian (Calcutec Remix)
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
Track Name: Such Letting Go is Love (ft Melissa R Kaplan)
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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