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KIND

by Thanya Iyer

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1.
I woke up in the water I woke up with my love hanging by threads I saw us for the first time I saw it was the end No more water, Im drying out No more sunlight, the world’s getting darker Love is lost in blurry scenes of you for you and me for me We’re too far away, far away, far away
2.
This balance is tilted I can’t seem to stand still I wish I could see straight See the shape of my hunger See it tumble and tangle Entangled in my words I just wanna feel still I just wanna feel still Find me some passion In the passion fruit forest Take a walk on the 9th cloud Where you’ll find all your answers I get lost in the daytime When I’m running on water I forget to drink water I forget to drink water I wait for a sign telling me what I should see I just want to see something in you that I know I can keep But when I look through your salty eyes, I know you want me to see I just want to be something else maybe this is not for me
3.
Maybe it’s just a few more weeks of this I ain’t gonna run and hide But my mind keeps running to a Dark hole where I keep my soul buried deep I ain’t gonna run and hide I ain’t gonna run and hide
4.
Take it in your own hands Make the choice to get better I’ve been numb for long now I’m longing to, I’m longing to Jump in ocean water Take the road that’s longer Try to be a dancer I’m longing, I’m longing Take it in your own time Make the choice to get better Please don’t hold me hostage For who I am, for who I was I could be a dancer I’m feeling it, Im pacing Please don’t hold me hostage For who I am, for who I was Cause I know in life there are highs and lows
5.
Look up to the light will find me lost in layers Light will guide me Little bird sleeping away through the day You never know what there is hiding away There’s a land out there where what you do or say Can count for you And if you take a chance on yourself and let it go You knock all the rocks out of your way to the show The shadow that tells you to stop in the snow it Looks up to the light will find me lost in layers Light will guide me
6.
No more will I hold on to you, so I let it go No more will I hold on to you, so I let it go Bring back that which is kind to you, so I let it go What do we need?
7.
Into the Water 4x I lose my way And throw it down This fire burns, it burns me to the ground Into the water Breathing through fingers Give us our minds back Give us our bodies
8.
Lay low lie here Let the smoke clear Walk the borders Wait for sun to finally rise Keep from feeling Keep from fueling all the fire Keep my distance If I look you in the eye
9.
Alien 04:09
Bring me down to earth Teach me how to learn Teach me how to live Teach me how to love
10.
I saw a light drifting across the pond (running, running) I saw a dream falling flat underneath all the age I saw a word, an idea floating across the screen I saw myself, running far from, running far from I saw your, self, running far from, the way we said things would be I saw myself, running far from, running far from I’ll just lay down my head I’ll just lay down my head
11.
Let’s make a deal to always be together even though we don’t belong

about

Crucial questions around healing, cultural identity, and disability are among the many subjects visited by Thanya Iyer's sophomore album, KIND. Although represented by a concise title, KIND explores an expansive universe where Iyer and her band examine interpersonal relationships, ideas of home and destination, and our collective responsibilities to one another. To aid in this journey of big, difficult questions, Iyer enlists the help of a huge cast of musicians, with guest features ranging from brass trios, vocal sextets, flautists, and harpists.

Underscoring its explorative nature, the constant movement of KIND melds the sounds of experimental pop and improv into a magical amalgam that teems with flashes of jazz and nuanced electronics. Iyer's rhythm section pulsates with genre-defying palettes of blips and skitters that twist elegantly into the melodic voices of interlocking synth, strings, and piano, all led by Iyer's enrapturing lilt. The rhythmic direction of bassist Alexander Kasirer-Smibert and percussionist Daniel Gélinas clears a navigable path in an otherwise unnavigable setting, built on the pair's understated yet intriguing expertise.

The most succinct distillation of the album's themes is perhaps found in KIND's tracklist. "Please Don't Hold Me Hostage for Who I Am, Who I Was" and "Bring Back That Which is Kind to You" inspire philosophies of self-care and emergent reconfigurations of justice, calling on listeners to self-reflect and detach from our preconceptions of ourselves and our identity. At the end of its course, KIND arrives at the conclusion of acceptance and resolve: acceptance of our collective circumstance, and the resolve to make the choice to do better.

credits

released July 31, 2020

✧ Thanya Iyer: voice, synth, violin, piano
✧ Alex Kasirer-Smibert: Bass, percussion, synth, voice
✧ Daniel Gélinas: Drums, Drum machine, percussion, voice

✧ Shaina Hayes: Voice (tracks 4,5)
✧ Simon Millerd: Trumpet (tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 8)
✧ Mawmz Plus Choir [Shelby Cohen, Corey Gulkin, Emilie Kahn, Brigitte Naggar, Sarah Rossy, Tamara Sandor] (tracks 7,9)
✧ Emilie Kahn: Harp (track 2)
✧ Frédérique Roy: Accordion, Voice (track 6)
✧ Devin Brahja Waldman: Saxophone (tracks 2, 3, 6)
✧ Felix Del Tredici: Trombone (track 2, 6)
✧ Anh Phung: Flute (track 3, 6, 11)
✧ Scott Bevins: Trumpet + electronics (track 10)

✧ Artwork by Emilie Muszczak
✧ Lettering design by Sophia Grouev
✧ Graphic Design by Kevin Duquette

✧ All songs by Thanya Iyer
✧ Produced by Daniel Gélinas, Alexander Kasirer-Smibert & Thanya Iyer
✧ Additional lyrics by Daniel Gélinas (track 7) and Alexander Kasirer-Smibert (tracks 8, 10)
✧ Recorded and Mixed by Daniel Gélinas at Studio Chocolat Chaud (Ogden, QC), St George’s Anglican Church (Montréal, QC) and Resonance Café (Montréal, QC)
✧ Mastered by Elton Chueng at Classick Studios (Chicago, IL)

✧ A big thank you to the Canada Council of the Arts for their continuous support in our music.
✧ So much love and appreciation to Topshelf Records for being on this journey with us and believing in our music.
✧ And eternal showers of love and gratitude to our friends, our families and our community that have kept us strong and supported throughout this process!

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Thanya Iyer Montreal, Québec

In the year MMXII, they began recording in a church with a moldy ceiling, a moldy basement, and of course, a bedroom made out of pews. “Do You Dream?” is an experiment of experimentation and songs coming together. Some might call it “songmentation”. Experimentation + songs augmenting = you might say “Saugmentation”.


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