In Real Time

by Chris Koza

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    A beautifully designed compact disc of In Real Time, envisioned by Chris Koza and designers Jeffrey Grutter and Claire Moyle (Deckhand Creative). This 8-panel fold-out includes all of the lyrics, credits, thank you's, etc on a rich matte-finish. As objects go, this is a nice one that also stores the new album.

    Includes unlimited streaming of In Real Time via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      $12 USD or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Look, Listen, and Feel how In Real Time translates to vinyl. You can hold it. You can smell it. It's as real as real gets. It occupies space. Design by Chris Koza and Jeffrey Grutter and Claire Moyle of Deckhand Creative, This 12"x12" sonic art-piece prominently depicts the exquisite oil-painting image of Koza on the front cover as rendered by the astonishingly skilled brushstrokes of Jeffrey Grutter. This is old-school CGI; da Vinci style.

    *images below are of the design elements - vinyl will be in stock November. 9th and shipped beginning on November 11th. Updated images will be posted following the shipment of stock.

    The 12"x12" 150-gram vinyl is housed by a printed lyrics sleeve - which is housed inside a large, colorful, beautiful album sleeve/jacket. While supplies last, all vinyl orders of In Real Time will also include a copy of the release-show poster.

    Includes unlimited streaming of In Real Time via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 4 days

      $20 USD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $8 USD  or more

     

1.
take me back to an innocent time raw and reckless; unrefined with no idea of what tomorrow might find broken mirrors see things clearer even in the times it all went wrong playing out like some unknown and familiar song take me now through every wrong turn the low-down times that I did earn wash my face in the blood, tears, and sweat - the misery I can’t forget then take me back to an innocent time where everything is clear and bright take me back - just this one time let what comes next be anybody’s guess even in the times it all went wrong playing out like some unknown and familiar song rolling on through the days a marble in a wooden maze waiting for a level head and a steady hand to guide on through to the end broken mirrors see things clearer broken mirrors see things clearer playing out like some unknown and familiar song
2.
Be Wild 03:16
won’t you come away with me some time to the country and leave the city life - leave it all behind and all up in the air don’t come down the wild will pull you in so be wild you’re trying to get to Mars riding your bicycle who else to keep the lonely planets company you won’t sit waiting for the fading stars to disappear and all up in the air don’t come down the wild will pull you in so be wild love will ruin you it will get through it will consume you and why is that so bad? it’s all up in the air don’t come down the wild will pull you in so it’s all up in the air so don’t come down be wild
3.
you got a half a tank and a coastline all there is to do is drive and let the pretty wheels spin you’ve got a number ringing in your mind all there is to do is call and listen to the pretty voice say “what took you so long to find me” looking beyond the jagged outlines only to see the negative space overwhelming and wild whatever it is, whatever it was it’s always right here under your skin: an electric tide pulling me in you’re always ending up in the same place a cafe on the edge of town; a hiccup on the county line and every once in a great while someone walks in through that door reminding you of someone you knew from another life now so far removed I look right through the long shadows only to see the negative space overwhelming and wild whatever it is, whatever it was it’s always right here under your skin: an electric tide pulling me in pulling me in, pulling me in, pulling me in whatever it is, whatever it was it’s always right here under your skin: an electric tide pulling me in under your skin whatever it was it’s always right here
4.
Wishing Well 03:08
she gave me the news clear as a bell as a coin in a wishing well she gave me the news now all I got is news this isn’t goodbye, isn’t goodbye this isn’t goodbye, isn’t goodbye, isn’t good she says it will be all right, it will be all right she says it will be all right, it will be all right, it will be all then one afternoon raining and wet on a day I can not forget she gave me the news now all I got is news this isn’t goodbye, isn’t goodbye this isn’t goodbye, isn’t goodbye, isn’t good she says it will be all right, it will be all right she says it will be all right, it will be all right, it will be all dream a little bit don’t be so quick let it settle in before you do it all again she gave me the news now all I got is news she gave me the news and now all I got is news she gave me the news now all I got is news it’s all I got it’s all I got all I got is news
5.
Mountain 03:13
there’s a drive-in some miles out there’s a parking lot overgrown with flowers and weeds a screen hangs on, surrendering past the limits there’s an old dirt road there’s a secret plot people come and people go out of the fire into the afterglow in town the bookstore has a discount cart just a quarter for a paperback find “My Side of the Mountain” there what else goes missing through the years later at the bar it’s ten-to-close time for one last round take your glass and knock it back anyway, who’s keeping track you are free to go whenever you need to go things are always changing as sure as this river flows I will love you for a long time; as long as anyone could ever know I will love you for a long time, for a long time for this brief window
6.
Brooklyn is sparkling like a handful of glass the champagne bottle falls, footsteps down the hall the blood-red taillights of a checkered cab roll over the bridge go where it’s brighter and better than what this shore could give you could love just anyone you could love just anyone you could love just anyone but maybe just anyone couldn’t love you nightfall in the Village where the air is alive where the moment is surreal, where you will do what you feel the sweet hypnosis of every taste you could ever want with your handful of diamonds this is where you belong you could love just anyone you could love just anyone you could love just anyone but maybe just anyone couldn’t love you maybe just anyone couldn’t love you
7.
Drown 03:03
it’s a long way down the Mississippi though it’s so close to my heart where the ocean is waiting like a mother to take you in her arms she’ll take you in her arms and rock you back and forth quiet you, and soon you’ll feel fine the rain up from the north makes its way down to the south where you will drown in the rail-yards, empty as a strip mine only ghost trains pass through while the ocean is waiting like a lover one who never will abandon you she’ll take you in her arms and rock you back and forth quiet you, and soon you’ll feel fine the rain up from the north makes its way down to the south where you will drown she’ll take you in her arms and rock you back and forth take you in her arms where you will drown, where you will drown it’s a long way down the Mississippi though it’s easy to find just follow the winding of the river slipping on through the countryside she’ll take you in her arms and rock you back and forth quiet you, and soon you’ll feel fine the rain up from the north makes its way down to the south where you will drown where you will drown where you will drown where you will drown
8.
Radio Wave 04:08
traffic standing like a stone ten million people all alone they wait for a signal change everyone pushing to get home walk in the door set down the key turn on the lights and the TV the world blinking off and on ten million faces in the screen radio wave rushing through the open air you can never taste or touch spilling into everywhere I’m reaching out for you you’re reaching out for me through the physical plane I keep falling for a radio wave late at night the city sleeps the freeway sounds just like the sea the waves crashing on forever water washes over me radio wave a flyaway frequency you can never hold or feel the spirit of the in-between I’m drifting after you you’re drifting after me through the physical plane I keep falling for a radio wave rushing through the open air you can never taste or touch spilling into everywhere I’m reaching out for you you’re reaching out for me through the physical plane I keep falling for a radio wave the waves crashing on forever the waves crashing on forever the waves crashing on forever the waves crashing on forever
9.
The Healer 04:09
I’ve been waiting to say its been a long time since I’ve seen you, babe where have you been you look so different than you did back then all this waiting that I’ve done no kind of satisfaction no resolution just destitution now I’m looking on the street like we never missed a beat like a healer you lay your hands on me I know every corner of town its been a long time since I’ve seen you around where did you go overnight from everywhere to invisible all this waiting that I did no, it’s not a way to live but I couldn’t see beyond the plane that I was on now I’m looking on the street this picture feels incomplete you’re the one that I see laying your hands on me I can’t lose you again I can’t lose you again I can’t lose you again I can’t lose I can’t lose I can’t lose now the clocks have circled back all the pieces are intact all the traffic lights have died cars are speeding through the night now I’m looking on the street like we never missed a beat like a healer you lay your hands on me
10.
there’s a road so often traveled that she never tries to find still it finds her so easily it’s hard to see how they’re not always intertwined maybe this time you won’t hear yourself say “maybe this time will be different than the last” just this once - is that too much to ask she will always keep your secret no matter what you tell she can hide the summer in the cold and the winter in Hell and the road that she travels is under every step still it finds her so easily it’s hard to see how you could ever break its grip maybe this time won’t go the same way “maybe this time will be different than before” as crazy as it is to believe that anymore maybe this time maybe next time maybe sometime maybe sometime
11.
In Real Time 03:50
when I come home after travelling for a long while I’’ll try to be what you need I’ll listen to you to what you say and what you don’t how one can feel so remote in a big city what you crave it is kind of a lovely life that seems unafraid when I come home you’ve got to tell me what you’ve seen how the birds come to nest as the heavy sun sets and I’ll describe my days so mundane that you would cry how it’s such a cruel game with no clear ending what you crave it is kind of a lovely life that seems unafraid, unabridged now I’m by your side to contend with the fantasy of us what gets lost in real time in real time there’s no slowing down news-cycles; satellites; people spread out fortunes are promised then squandered so fast we’re just casting anchors in this sea of madness what you crave it is kind of a lovely life that seems unafraid, unabridged now I’m by your side to contend with the fantasy of us what gets lost in real time in real time in real time in real time
12.
Prism 03:40
someday far away where the ocean meets the sky on this crystal, cloudless blue horizon so sublime everything made good everything made right let your cards dissolve nothing left to solve all the loose ends find that they have tied you’ll be satisfied someone will find you and remind you: give it one more try in this fragile, fleeting new inversion where the ocean meets the sky everything made good everything made right let your cards dissolve there’s nothing left to solve all the loose ends find that they have tied you’ll be satisfied you’ll be satisfied only there you’ll be satisfied

about

Rogue Valley frontman Chris Koza has completed a new solo album titled In Real Time; a twelve-song collection confronting the perception of time, the oasis of the in-between, and the allure of the ocean. The Portland-raised, Minnesota-based singer-songwriter has consistently produced and released music over the past decade. Koza's songs are being heard on television and radio broadcasts all across the world. Most recently, Koza's song The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller's film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and also included on the soundtrack.

In Real Time was written and recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota between stretches on the road. The album finds Koza returning to the pop songwriting roots he established in his pre-Rogue Valley work such as Patterns (2006) and The Dark Delirious Morning (2008). In Real Time pits the time traveler against his younger self, face-to-face in a vacant parking lot on the edge of town. It is classic Americana re-imagined through the lens of a jukebox aficionado; a cagey swirl of rhythms, textures, and lyrics that depict the grass coming up through the cracks in the pavement, reaching for the sun.

credits

released October 28, 2014

Mixing: Brett Bullion
Mastering: Huntly Miller
Additional Production and Programming: Paul Marino
Produced by: Chris Koza
All Songs and Lyrics by Chris Koza (c) Little Radios (ASCAP)

Initial live tracking and strings performed at The Pearl Recording Studio by Zach Hollander.
Overdubs and vocals tracked at Little Radios by Chris Koza and Paul Marino.
Piano on “Prism” recorded by Kevin Bowe at Okemah Studio.
During the first string overdub session (for Electric Tide, In Real Time, and Prism) The Laurels String Quartet was comprised of: Josh Misner (first violin), Jesse Peterson (second violin), Erica Burton (viola), and Ben Rosenbush (cello). The second session (Radio Wave) featured Colleen Bertsch (first violin), Jesse Peterson (second violin), Erica Burton (viola), and Dan Lawonn (cello).

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Both solo and with his band Rogue Valley, Chris Koza has supported and shared the stage with artists such as Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, The Jayhawks, Neko Case, Kathleen Edwards, Dan Wilson, Stephen Kellogg, This is the Kit, and Tift Merritt, among others. His song (Rogue Valley) The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. ... more

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