Sleepwalkers part 1

by Chris Koza

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On Sleepwalkers part 1, Singer-Songwriter Chris Koza scours the SKUF bin for hidden gems and deep cuts, assimilating the shifting narrative of the personal past through media, memories, dreams and possibilities enduringly almost-within-reach. Chris's first solo album since 2014's "In Real Time" is bursting at the seams with sweeping electric guitars and pulsing pianos, while a Roland Sh-101 and Juno-106 subtly lurk in the background. Sleepwalkers part 1 is at its core Americana music in the city; a collection of ten songs following a transit map of dynamic acoustic guitar, expressive vocals, and poetic lyrics that at once ponder, observe, dismiss and celebrate the awkwardness, curiosity, and clarity of youth.

There is the diner you are in, then the diner of your dreams where you see yourself sitting always; constructed of contradictory and corroborating minutia. There is the music over the jukebox; a sound collage of the fleetingly familiar and the unborn. There is the way that the light from a neon sign catches the rainfall and is reflected in wet streets which is both true and transformed. A Sleepwalker is someone who haunts or is haunted by the flux of memory and its overlay with the physical moment.

Sleepwalkers is a double album released in 2-parts. Strategically, given the evolving nature of attention spans and the sheer volume of artistic output available at any given moment, a 2-part release allows for a longer window of opportunity to reach a greater audience with new music. Artistically, part 1 and part 2 function independently in their production and stylistic choices, though complimentary and as singular narrative concept.

Basic tracks were recorded at Wild Sound Studio in NE Minneapolis and engineered by Steve Kaul. Cody McKinney (bass), Richard Medek (drums), and Peter Sieve (electric guitar) along with Chris (acoustic guitar, Rhodes, piano) comprised the live band. Additional tracking and overdubs by Chris at Little Radios, also in NE Minneapolis. Guest vocals include Alicia Christenson, Becky Shaheen, and John Munson. Part 1 was mixed by Brad Bivens and mastered by Tom Garneau.

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released April 5, 2019

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Chris Koza Minneapolis, Minnesota

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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Track Name: Sleepwalkers
arm’s length away
you say the distance keeps us safe
well I drag my legs to your door
my body knows something
my mind just won’t admit
no one ever could change you
and only fools would try

I guess I never put to rest
the sleepwalkers in my mind
it’s not your job to play God
when the graveyard comes back to life

all the wasted time
trying to become someone else
you taught me a thing or two
it took awhile to catch up
to where I am now
if we had another run
we’d blow that scene apart

I guess I never put to rest
the sleepwalkers in my mind
it’s not your job to play God
when the graveyard comes back to life

no one ever could change you
and only I would try

I guess I never put to rest
the sleepwalkers in my mind
it’s not your job to play God
when the graveyard comes back to life
when the graveyard comes back to life
when the graveyard comes back to life
Track Name: Anagram
on the theatre marquee
yesterday was a name
the letters now rearranged
to a crass and obscene phrase
the patrons couldn’t hold their laughter
every finger pointing after those
up-to-no-good-kids
you’re caught in the middle of it
lost and there’s no easy way out

they are both your best friends
you’re together all the time
there’s no secrets you hide
save the one that you’ve resigned
now you’re drifting, growing distant
you’re not alone in this story
love is a clever quicksand
you’re caught in the middle of it
lost and there’s no easy way out

words stay the same
but the meaning changes
you’re all turned around
and falling sideways
none of the simulations you worked through
ended up like this
out-of-body and in-between
make-believe and the real thing

maybe things will all blow over
and go back to how they were before
if this is all a dream
you’re caught in the middle of it
lost and there’s no easy way out
mmm, now you’re caught in the middle of it
lost and there’s no easy way,
there’s no easy way out
Track Name: White Lions
she speaks it into existence
white lions on the lawn
glass houses on the hillside
lost in reflection

playing at real romance
fearless and rarefied
skydivers in ascension
willing to risk their lives

for a chance to get close
to something fundamental
love in ones and zeroes
get close to the truth
but there’s no understanding
what is coming over you

chasing illumination
blue sapphire chandelier
rose petals on the runway
appear to disappear

for a chance to get close
to something accidental
love in ones and zeros
get close to the truth
but there’s no understanding
what is coming over you

there’s no understanding
what is coming over you

she speaks it into existence
a love you can’t deny
she speaks it into existence
a love that drives you wild
she speaks it into existence
a love you can’t define
she speaks it into existence
a love that gives you life

and a chance to get close
to something accidental
love in ones and zeroes
get close to the truth
but there’s no understanding
what is coming over you
Track Name: Music to Me
shadows fall across my face
as I walk the city wide
windows of empty displays
I’m the only one on either side
would you trade your dreams for a guarantee
to be safe, sound, and secure?
would you give your love away for free
to go following uncertainty?

in the valley between tall buildings
where the sunlight doesn’t fall
lockstep with the crowded sidewalk
everyone lost in their own song

and it’s music to me

in an age where all that is
awaits your fingertips
how does one bear the weight
and keep from slipping through the cracks?
I’m gonna go somewhere and catch my breath
where the air is clear and sweet
when I find that place and way of being
I wonder would you go with me?

it the minutes between the hours
where time is a broken poem
where you’ve always been this person
you’ve always known a different song

and it’s music to me

shadows fall across my face
as I walk the city wide
Track Name: Hush
I need something to grab onto
a gravity that keeps me fastened
a role play I can settle into
a place not far from home

stay with me if you’ve got nowhere else to go
I’m too good at being alone
I’ve come undone

my eyes are open
to what’s set in motion

daylight’s fading, truths are changing
hearts are raging no more waiting
words are heavy, bodies ready
to let a lightness in

all my fears concede to a different path
a way I’ve always just walked past
now I’m running for it

my eyes are open
to what’s set in motion
and in a little while when we’re still convinced
that time is infinite

there’ll be a hush
there’ll be a hush, hush, hush

stay with me if you’ve got nowhere else to go
there’s so much that we both don’t know
we’ll discover now

our eyes are open
to what’s set in motion
and in a little while when we’re still convinced
that time is infinite

there’ll be a hush
there’ll be a hush, hush, hush
Track Name: Red Cassette
she was waiting at the westbound stop
fumbling with a red cassette
headphones one ear on the other off
Robert Smith on her halter top
a phone number drawn
on the cover of a Sondheim script

she won’t wait for an epiphany
already got her place by the sea
some days it’s easy
some days I just want to scream
where only you know where to find me

room was spinning like a carousel
emptied every bottle on the shelf
music playing rumbling through the floor
sirens outside, a knock on the door
but no-one is home
they’ve all run deeper into the woods

she won’t wait at the palace steps
some things you gotta go and get
some days it’s easy
some days I just want to scream
where only you know where to find me

staring at the river from the lawn
as single spot in a Sunday crowd
softly smiling though she’ll never tell
you’ll spend a lifetime saying farewell
so what would you make of the world
if the canvas was blank?
Track Name: Station Wagon Blues
morning show hijinx
laugh at their own expense
crawling through zip codes
in wood-paneled chariots
keeping a low profile in case
someone is watching
like the one
that you’ve had
your eye on

white shirts and blue slacks
fall in with all the rest
drum up some courage
don’t leave it to circumstance
if there was a perfect time you’d be
the last to know
so get back in the race
and let’s go

only in film does the good side succeed
only in song does the party go all night
only in fantasy does the spell break
only we’re living in real life

cue up the mixtape
to say what you really mean
just get to the weekend
and wait for phone to ring
when you wish upon a headlight
your dreams will be bright
start it up, let it roar
let it ride

only in film does the good side succeed
only in song does the party go all night
only in fantasy does the spell break
only we’re living in real life
only we’re living in real life
Track Name: Man of Stone
don’t move - you’re OK where you are
who is going to push
you up and down a hill?
you’re fine on your own man of stone

don’t cry - you’ll find another way
to keep it all inside
no-one has to know
be the man of stone holding strong

weather turns by-the-by
while everyone’s inside
you’re out there on your own
rain, heat, wind or tornado
you’ll stay right where you know
man of stone

breakdance, well that move is not for you
who else is going to wait
silent by the wall
happy not to fall?

whether you do or die
no-one has to know
weather turns by-the-by
rain, heat, wind or tornado
no surprises though
man of stone

no surprises though, man of stone
don’t let anybody know, man of stone
rolling on alone, man of stone
rolling on alone, man of stone
rolling on alone, man of stone
rolling on alone, man of stone
rolling on alone, man of stone
rolling on alone, man of stone
Track Name: Hollywood Theatre
it’s taken me so long
to come around
so much is changing
I feel like the odd one out
I thought I was close
to something that I’d always known
it vanished overnight

so I keep searching
places I’ve been
for something I didn’t see
to show me what I missed
you know, I never believed in ghosts
but now that I’ve seen one

I’m in love again
I never thought I would find
love again
still after all this time
spinning out of control, spinning out of control
falling forever
I don’t want to find the end

sure things falter
and empires fall
so many gods to appease
you can’t answer to them all
I thought I was close to something
that I’d always know

then it vanished overnight
a certain way of life
it’s always been there
I’ve been missing out
funny, it’s taken me so long
to come around

now I’m in love again
love again

I’m in love again
I never thought I would find
love again
still after all this time
spinning out of control, spinning out of control
falling forever
I don’t want to find the end
I don’t want to find the end
now I’ve found love
again
Track Name: Where We Go
if you remember me when I’m gone
I’ll know
somehow my mind wanders
somehow my heart wonders
if you think of me when I leave
I’ll sense it
I can’t explain the invisible ways
we’re all connected

where we go
we weave a net around the world
in every step captured in every breath
a dream you told me about one day
long ago when words were cheap
roads weren’t so steep
our hearts in synch
where they will always be

if you talk about me at all
I’ll hear it
somehow my ears ringing is a siren singing
when you’re driving through the night
I’m with you
I can’t account for why we are bound
I’ve come to expect it

where we go
we weave a net around the world
in every step captured in every breath
a dream you told me about one day
long ago when words were cheap
roads weren’t so steep
our hearts in synch
where they will always be

where we go, where we go
I can’t explain the invisible ways
we’re all connected
where we go, where we go
our hearts in synch where they will always be
our hearts in synch where they will always be
our hearts in synch where they will always be

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