How Not to be Alone

by AK

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Calling forth visions of the stillness of the Florida swamplands, the magic of swimming in summer lakes in New England and the power in the belief of a friend, AK shows us through the stages of her life thus far, ending in her troubled look for love. The songs are punctuated and enriched by the band’s lush instrumentation including piano, violin, clarinet, upright bass, drums, and elaborate vocal harmonies. Indiemuse.com praises, "AK sings with the conviction of one who understands grace as both abstraction and fact of life."

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released March 25, 2014

AK - Vocals, Piano
Hajnal Pivnick - Violin
Lindsey Cosgrove - Clarinet
Carl Limbacher - Upright Bass
Ross Marshall - Drums

Produced by Renato Milone in Brooklyn, NY

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AK New York

AK is a powerful new voice on the New York music scene. Formerly a trained opera singer and a traditional folk singer, AK found her own voice writing about her life on the east coast. Removed from her native California she discovered a love of seasons, deep wonder at the power of winter, wind and rain and the new bonds that form during hurricanes and floods. ... more

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Track Name: Circles
Round, round revolution let’s roll to the woods
Don’t leave me behind I’ve got the J,
my swimsuit’s still wet from yesterday.

Knees locked in a circle, Ladies first.
Lightning lights the circle for what it’s worth.

Hands in, hold ‘em steady, show your palms to the rain.
Hold fast, pray I’m ready for life to change,
still hoping that maybe it stays the same.

Lighters light up this circle, it’s ladies first!
Smoke and grime make this circle my girls.

And girls, start walking. Hike on up those dollar stockings.
And on, once as dreamers, somehow now as believers.
Let it end as it’s good, as we started, understood.
Track Name: Florida
Cold, clear water of Mexico
Why do I find myself dreaming of you,
Years long after the last lizard tails
are hidden in the night?
Florida!

Warm, damp air of the panhandle
why do i find myself breathing in you,
Years long after the last dark trails
Are hidden in the night?
Florida!

Song of songs, it comes undone.
The people turn to run and everyone hangs on
To hear what I have done, let go of to become
Oh, Florida!
Track Name: The Pusher
The Pusher he pushes the air in my chest
And he pulls up the wind to blow through my breast
And he reaches his arm down my silent windpipe
And he pulls out the sound of the old riot life.

Oh, oh, now don’t you think to make me stop and dream would give me one last try?
If the reason is right I’ll give you just tonight to make these words see light.

So he pushes a pen towards my dying right hand.
But it’s no use at all, my mind’s aching.
But then with two solemn fingers of gold
He pulls out a word that lay silent and cold.

Oh, oh, now don’t you think to make me stop and dream would give me one last try? If the reason is right I’ll give you just tonight to make these words see light.

Calls me back from the dead
Gently lifts my lowered head
Pulls me out of bed

So he gives me a sheet from the skin of his teeth
And a pen of his blood, so I write what I see.
And the word in his hand that’s been deep in my chest
And the fear all along, well it stopped up the rest.

Oh, oh, now don’t you think to make me stop and dream would give me one last try?
If the reason is right I’ll give you just tonight to make these words see light.
Track Name: Electricity
What I have to offer you, it can't be very good.
I have laid out all my troubles, behind them I stood.
And in this very place where hard love hurts so good,
I have told you everything and been misunderstood
Why? Why?

So I withdraw my offer and I slide back my hand.
I'm sorry I embarrassed you, that wasn't my plan.
But in your glowing home I found a place to land
and I now I see to stay here was more than you could stand.
Why? Why?

So now I think I understand the reason for the phone:
To feel through electricity how not to be alone.
And in the dark, after the call, when really no one's here at all,
I find myself reaching out. For what?
Why? Why?