Human Element

by Chiasma

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Second album independently released by Indianapolis-based prog 5 piece Chiasma.

All songs written and performed by Chiasma
Copyright Chiasma 2016

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released November 4, 2016

Mixed by Lanis Watkins, Rapid City SD
Mastered by Corey Miller at The Lodge Recording Studio, Indianapolis IN
Artwork by Nicole Hawkins

Many thanks to Glenn Snelwar of At War With Self for all of his great feedback, and a huge shout out to Gabrielle Heagy for putting up with our nonsense on camera!

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Chiasma Indianapolis, Indiana

Melodic prog with some vocoders, squealies, and plastic vegetables throughout- Chiasma is very excited to be releasing their second full-length album on 04Nov2016!

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Track Name: Currents
Starboard
Correct course
Forge on
Till the bitter end

Reach higher
Attune
With everything to prove
Desire
Marooned
The currents cleaving you
Track Name: Starboard
Starboard! Block the windows
Starboard! Somebody block the windows

Does this need define me?
Does it seal me?
Can its space confine me?
Leave me be!

Breathe in
One lungful at a time
If only I could name it

A fool’s errand to know myself
A grand terror to put my trust in you

Drawn in by the currents
Alone adrift the ocean’s not so bad
Given to its motion
Red on the horizon, following
Hunting down a phantom
This vessel has no ropes to help you aboard
Drowning in the currents
Board up all the windows
There’s a storm ahead!

Just go away
Just draw me closer

Follow along, make haste to me
I don’t know how long I can hold her
Follow along
Hurry along
Follow along, catch up to me
I don’t know how long I can hold her
Follow along

If I could just find the questions
Maybe you’d know the answers
But I see clouds in the distance to you
Track Name: Fourier Transform
Some kind of reckoning slowly clouding up the air
-Breathe your last, we’re finished
Ignored the balances, couldn’t say we’re oblivious
-Not anymore, not anymore
Transform to furtherment; cooperation breeds compassion
-Let’s play nice together
Transform to betterment
But we never learned to share it
-Prepare for warmer weather

We saw it in the water first
Then it pothered up the air
It felt as though the ground had burst
With that final ripping tear

Fourier! I can’t make sense of what you’ve done
But I think I’d like to, I think I’d like to
Oublier waging odds against the sun

So tell me what you think; when we’re crawling in the ashes
-Take my hand, I’m sinking
Will we commiserate? Or abandon all compassion?
-Oh god what were you thinking?
Go on and hedge your bets!
I think there’s still some optimism
-Is this our last decision?
For some kind of avalanche that will bury our divisions
-A million prayers rewritten

Fourier! I can’t make sense of what you’ve done
But I think I’d like to, I think I’d like to
Oublier waging war against the sun
Fourier! Our fragile web has come undone
And I think I’d like to, I think I’d like to
Trouver a way back to the form we’re from
This analysis has lost its fun
These pretty dreams will save no one

La papillone délaissé
La cabaliste délaissé
La composite délaissé
La passion renoncé

Oh god what have we done?
I want more of this
I want more from this
But we abandon our passions and run
Track Name: Afterglow
A billion crowd in to gawk and stare
To see the fruits of their labor worn and bare
They say, “that’s not my choice,
I would’ve turned it all around if I’d been given the foresight.”
The soul burns us asunder
Alone

But what am I to become?
My empire reaches to the sun
No peers among you
Alone
The Making, Craving
It was there to take
Destroyer, Molder, in my hands to shape
I couldn’t love someone without losing
And I saw something in the light I didn’t want to see:
Me

A mirror pierced inside

Light-soaked in afterglow
Who would’ve thought you’d get this far?
You're a god now. A god!
Blood-soaked in aftermath
They’ll be speaking your name now!
You're a god now
Alone

Here at the end of life I see
I’m not what I wanted to be
Here at the end of light I feel
These towers won’t deliver me

Keep on, eyes on the prize
Just wait until I show you how!
Don’t tell me what I can’t do
Don’t look back
I have nothing to give you!
Stay on track
This sacrifice is needed to become what I should

Keep strong, eyes on the prize
Just wait until I show you!

Light soaked in afterglow, I always knew I’d get this far
I’m a god now. A god!
Blood-soaked in aftermath, they’ll be speaking my name now!
I’m a god now
Alone
With all the rights I claimed
I created all I was
I’m a god now. A god!
Defend your cowardice
But you reap what you sow
I’m a god now!
Alone

Light fading
All I want is you
Heart straining
Built it all for you
I know they never really knew
Who I was
Track Name: Circles
I thought the ground beneath me was solid
A straight line to the past

A shimmer in the dark
A subtle shift to the side
A grappling of the heart
A door I don’t remember

Fleeting seconds and ever-evolving
The orbit chases its elliptical end
And around and around again it circles
And who among us can see outside?

Straight ahead, keep on straight ahead
There’s naught but an illusion of this moment
It’s just another race
Another movement in this never-ending space

Another movement in this never-ending change

Please don’t change

A shimmer in the dark
Almost understanding
Familiar to the heart
A language I don’t remember

Almost there, please keep still
I need your anchor
Moving targets with no true center
A mind defying its own dimensions
And we’re left with just a notion
Track Name: Chiasmatic Passenger
Trust in the system
Take the conveniences at their word
Accept the death that’s dealt you
Ignore the grievances left unheard
The paradox of living
The bait and switch of reluctant worth that’s assigned to you
The singular sight of your virtues
To be abused

Do you know the way out?
Can you show me?
Dreaming all the way to the other side
Give your blood and sweat to another life
Waiting for your stop, just enjoy the ride
Valued passenger

I brought you here!
-Don’t pretend like you own me
And I can take you away!
-Like your promises earned me
Soporific

No
I’m not one of a kind
I’m a chiasmatic passenger
Two systems combine
So tell me why I feel so well defined!
Stuck in this cold design

Entitled to the planet
Entitled to your time in space
Inherently disparate
Too short-sighted to know your place

You stand apart!
-Don’t pretend like you know me
Separate from the stars!
-Like your torment controls me

No
I’m not one of their kind
A skyward gazing passenger
Bound for the divine
So tell me why I feel so deprived!
Inherently denied

Soporific traveler, you keep on waiting to arrive
Well your dominion’s growing weary of it
If you’re so set apart, why’re you wondering where you are?
I think the traveling’s taken its toll on you

The false starts and panicked beginnings
Fall in love with the secrets of the fall
Unbound heart
Don’t know what you came for
Embrace the tired unrest that you are
Track Name: Urgent
Imagine for a moment
Could you?
That we're wrong
You stop time for a moment
Just stop time for an instant
Maybe then I wouldn’t have try so hard
Maybe then our differences wouldn’t feel so urgent

I feel it slipping by me
I know it’s gone right by me
I can’t seem to control it
Nothing I do will slow it

Urgent
But time won’t tell
We've naught to sell
Track Name: Narcissus and Echo
Were you the one calling my name?
Because I didn’t seem to hear you.
Are you now staking your claim?
Well I’m just a little bit busy
-Reflecting truths upon the water’s call
-Pretty face unrequited after all
Don’t test me!
I’ve transcended beyond the plane of the living
Respect me!
At least I have found a voice of my own. Ha!
Let’s evaluate the history
‘Cause I’m not the slightest bit inclined to speak to you

Narcissus I’m tired of calling right back to you
Done chasing a flower that never truly blooms
Narcissus I’m tired of looking right back at you
You’re wasting away for a love you never knew

But oh
Deep down it shows
Shows who you are; not who you boast
Deep down it shows how lonely you are

My poor confused darling
Let me put it in a way you can understand:
“I’d rather die than you should have me!”
You don’t seem to be blinking
I’m not sure you’re even thinking
Oh, how fitting indeed
That you should break your own heart

But what if we put our mirrors together?
We could do this forever
Turned our mirrors together
We could do this forever
In fractals I found you
I am you
Don’t stop the feedback loop
In it I found you

You have taken my soul!
-This vanity clings to me, taking its hold
Your visage echoes!
-This image, it sings to me, leading me home
You have taken control!
-The water, it calls to me, making me whole
You are not fit to love!
-No specter can conquer me but my own
Track Name: Fighter
A beautiful ending was never enough to give to you
So how can this damage be dealt you instead?
The best of us all was always enough for you
But I can’t live with it

I don’t know why you tried
To find the will to fight
Betrayed from the start but how you tried
To find the will to follow me

Your sisters are waiting
Follow me, love
Go on home
They’re all there waiting for you

Trust me now, Fighter
“I’ve been blessed with enough”
Is what you told me
You’re safe now, Fighter
“We all have mountains to climb”
But yours was too damn high

I don’t know why you tried
To find the will to fight
The earth had taken it all and yet you tried
To fight the need to leave me

Your sisters are waiting
You’re set free, love
Go on home
They’re all there waiting for you

Trust me now, Fighter
“There’s a reason for this”
Is what you told me
You’re safe now, Fighter
“Someday you’ll see the meaning”
I haven’t seen it since your leaving
Believe me now, Fighter
What about your daughter? What about your son?
What about the husband you loved so much?
You’re home now, Fighter

I can’t believe that I never said goodbye

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For Tami
Track Name: Human Element
Blink blink blink
in an instant it will all be over
Think think
in an elemental song
Sync sync sync
to the cadence of a new beginning
Link link
all the pieces that you've found

What has it cost me to ignore all the violence I'm made of?
The currents that brought me leave a silence that will echo on and on

But did you even think of us like we were- just down below
trying hard to hear you?
Dreaming loudly
Seeing barely
Still so small
Yet caused it all

But I don't blame you anymore
I blame myself
What do you want from me?
Let me be part of this or let me go!

I should be part of this!
Let me be part of this!
We should be part of this

If I could just find the questions
Maybe you'd know the answers
If I could just find the questions