RELAX

by KASHKA

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Hi there! This is my third album in the KASHKA project. Thank you for checking it out. Try and listen to it as a whole, if you can. If you can support, please do. Every download and purchase makes a difference to my life as an independent artist. xoxo Kat

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released July 1, 2017

KASHKA // RELAX
Co-produced by Kat Burns, Lisa Conway, and Andrew Collins

Performers:
Kat Burns - vocals, guitar, piano, synth, misc
Lisa Conway - string arrangements, synth, vocals, shaker, misc
Andrew Collins - bass, programming, vocals, synth, guitar, misc
James Bunton - programming, keys, production on Reset
Ian Borak - live drums on Holding Steady
Lisa Bozikovic - background vocals on "New Moon Blues
Chantale Renêe - vocal samples on Look Up
Alex Ricci - vocal samples Look Up and I Can't Relax
Mika Posen - viola
Taylor McGee - violin
Kevin Wong - violin
Cory Latkovich - cello

The album was engineered by Andrew Collins at Wildlife Sanctuary Sound in Grey County ON except: Look Up, and additional instrumentation across the album, recorded by Kat Burns at her house in Toronto; Reset was recorded, produced, and mixed by James Bunton at Glen Gordon in Toronto; the string quartet was recorded at Halo Brewery in Toronto; vocals on New Moon Blues were recorded by Heather Kirby at her studio in Toronto; live drums on Holding Steady were recorded by Calvin Hartwick at Dreamhouse Studios in Toronto. RELAX was mixed by Annelise Noronha at Homework, and mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel, both in Toronto. Album art direction by Kat Burns, cover photography by Sean Howard, and interior collage by Callow Explorer.

All songs written by Kat Burns and published by Play The Triangle Music, Red Brick Songs and Paper Bag Licensing except: Reset written by Kat Burns and James Bunton; Wild Things written by Kat Burns and Valerie Broussard; I Can’t Relax written by Kat Burns, Lisa Conway, and Andrew Collins. String arrangements by Lisa Conway. Arrangement for Float Away was based on the original concept by Kat Burns, Catherine Lutkis, and Tony Montana.

Thank you for the encouragement, time, patience and workspace: Wildlife Sanctuary Sound, WooHoo! Farm, Halo Brewery, The Banff Centre, Jonas Bonnetta, Misu Burns, Greg Landucci, Kevin Drew, Charles Spearin, Heather Kirby, James Bunton, Mika Posen, Chantale Lalonde, Ian Borak, Alex Ricci, Monika Hauck, Brooke Harris, the Burns family, Eric Portelance and family, and special thanks to all the players and collaborators on this album.

This album couldn’t exist without the thoughtful contributions from the following people: Norma Wood, Robert Gaffney, Justin Mazur, 257 Films, Kieron Circuit, Ryan Wheeler, Daniel Spencer, Greg Wilson, Sergio Juarez, Kristina Burns, Ron Burns, Yvette, Dave Thomas, Philipp Thuering, Jeffrey Keibel, Michael Oakley, Jarret Ruminski/That Devil History, Alain Joseph, Stephen Wilson, Ty Smart, Matthew Myles, Matt Wolfe, and Joe Williams.

The sacred land on which this album was created has been a site of human activity for 15,000 years. This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. I am extremely grateful to those who came before me, for the land that I live and work on.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

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Track Name: I Can't Relax [Instrumental]
Everyone's always telling me to relax. I can't relax.
Track Name: New Moon Blues
i don’t know how
we made it through
unsinkable plans
i’ll follow you, i’ll follow you

where do we go
oh when we die
do we become
all of the black in the night sky?

bodies of light
bellows of sound
ash in the wind
dust on the ground

no city lights
deeper than blue
follow the night
even the moon has darkened too

maybe we know
maybe we don’t
maybe we grow
maybe we won’t
maybe we know
maybe we don’t
maybe we grow
maybe

autonomous hands
fingers that trace
the time in the sand
the lines on my face

bodies of light
bellows of sound
ash in the wind
dust on the ground

i don’t know how (changes are everywhere)
we made it through (take in the sun)
when darkness abounds (walk into what you fear)
i’ll follow you (into the new?)

maybe we know
maybe we don’t
maybe we grow
maybe we won’t
maybe we know
maybe we don’t
maybe we grow
maybe we won’t
Track Name: Float Away
started out at the riverbed where we lay
while the smoke curled overhead, there we lay
filled our lungs with all the stories we’d been told to get us through the day
bodies warm and laid out in the sand
soaking up all the light we can
lay there til the sun begins to sink under the weight of all of us
and as the fire burned we saw reflections of the flames in each of us
my father used to come here as a boy
he sought the safety of the river, the solace of the woods
my mother used to bring me as a child, and she would cradle me so tightly... as if i’d float away, as if i’d float away
as if i’d float away as if i’d float away
Track Name: Signs
Oh we’re sitting here waiting for signs
break the darkness, let in the light
a little purpose, something to know
a new direction, somewhere to go

cos every time we feel like we’ve got it all worked out, right
something comes along and turns it all up on its inside

never-ending work to be done
push harder to become one
a little further, that’s where we’ll go
gotta risk it, how will we grow

cos every time we feel like we’ve got it all worked out, right
something comes along and turns it all up on its inside

every time
every time
i’m looking for signs

we gotta break the cycle
we gotta break the wall
we gotta break the silence
we gotta watch it fall

cos everytime we feel like we’ve got it all worked out, right
something comes along and turns it all up on its inside

every time
every time
i’m looking for signs
Track Name: Look Up [Instrumental]
Impossible things weighing on me Where is my place, where could I be?
I left the winnings and took up the chase Searching for answers in a hollow space

How are we living when seconds are shared? You call us connected when nobody cares The voices of many, the words of a few Searching for meaning and a little truth

If we all strip it back
And find out what we’re missing We can all reconnect
Remember how it used to be
Muscles and sweat Our bones are set Feel it connect Heavy chest
Let’s press reset

Whenever I falter, stumbling, weak
Caught on the words that I’m too scared to speak I swallow my doubt
Push it from my mouth
finding the strength
To let it out

If we all strip it back
And find out what we’re missing We can all reconnect
Remember how it used to be
Muscles and sweat Our bones are set Feel it connect Heavy chest
Let’s press reset
Track Name: Holding Steady
if one more step can get us back up on our toes
why don't we run until there's no where else to go
oh let's push ahead, push ourselves instead
oh you're young, you can't look back until you grow

i've been crawling through a dry spell
learning how to get well
learning how to see

now i'm kicking in the glass walls
learning how to stand tall
learning how to speak

i'll hold my own now
lately i've been holding steady, i've been holding steady

if i could count up all the hours that i've spent
lost in worry, apprehension or regret
it would become so clear that we've learned to fear
the line of what was said and what was really meant

i've been crawling through a dry spell
learning how to get well
learning how to see

now i'm kicking in the glass walls
learning how to stand tall
learning how to speak

i'll hold my own now
lately i've been holding steady, i've been holding steady

and all the time we spend to forgive our choices
echoes all the time we need to collect our voices
Track Name: Wild Things
one day it dawned on me this is all we’ll ever be behind our eyes
a heart beat
all our cells trying to breathe
we are wild things you and me
we are wild things roaming free
no destination
no train of thought
muscle memory moving us along our bodies, bone and skin
no control this moment that we’re in
through the times that we keep struggling and the days we’ve just let go
all the hours our hearts keep pumping through the things that we don’t know
we are wild things you and me
we are wild things roaming free
we’re exactly
where we should be we are wild things you and me
chorus x 2
we are wild things
and we’re roaming free we are wild things
you and me