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Chrysalis

by ABUNAI

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1.
will i still be here in the morning do we still need all the noise can we find our life in the mirror i can't wait to feel your voice we got sixteen hours of daylight that's enough to fly away i've been holding you for a minute and your soul is on display
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i'm not falling just like how the floor feels all this pain just to get more pills i'm gone time machine set to rewind bringing back the shorty i had on the eastside loving like my momma did my daddy i'm blinded by the future shown to past me holding it, can't focus i let go, it's like i like, i just like i feel like i'm high when i'm in it meet me at the peak don't speak when i feel it i'ma crush to powder all the power i gave plant the seed and pray for leaves, then i wait tryna be more like my eyes and die late likely not the types of shots that i take always left low hanging fruit i brace and cut it at the root if i need you will you come bae, my sheets just don't fit i try to hide flesh and fluid, but my skin ain't so thick i drank too much, but what's patience when the end feels so near? plus when i get to the bottom almost feels like you're here i wake up too late it's two am i think like it's you or him my hands freeze around my phone you live here but i'm alone hold the ones you hold up fold the blanket grown up rush this time don't rush it trust the fall just trust it it looks softer on the other side we don't have to on the other side
3.
mph outro 01:54
4.
turn and face the world feel it slowing down color in your mind phases of the moon canvassing the sky tell me what you find when you're done you're always enough on your worst day we can stand here say a prayer for you (here's a light for you) weaving the nest of your first day we can exhale here's a light for you (say a prayer for you)
5.
pure heart 03:02
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every time i exhale feeling for the guard rail don't let me miss this time no every time i look now need another look now won't let me miss this time no there's a future and a heartbreak on the line you could leave it here or take this as a sign i'm a distance but i'm conjuring your eyes you know you have always known we don't feel the falling forwards
8.
wingspan 00:42
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photon 02:01
10.
keep coming after me we can be honest saturated gray stare out the portal as we fade away cut from the tether and you're still with me soothing my atmosphere with memory coming back for more
11.
soft focus 02:20

about

Tartelet are proud to introduce the blissful, psychedelic electronic soul sound of ABUNAI on his sophomore album Chrysalis out May 20th.

Across 11 songs the Oakland, CA-based multi-instrumentalist lays down a dreamlike style which should chime with fans of Tame Impala, Khruangbin and James Blake alike. As well as the sun-soaked surrounding of his Californian home, ABUNAI’s family connection to Hawaii casts its influence over an album which has all the makings of a crossover success. Early support for Chrysalis comes from Gilles Peterson, Don Letts, and Wayne Snow.

“My sound is definitely influenced by the live music I grew up with in the Bay Area,” says ABUNAI. “There's plenty of musical legacy here, including the '60s psychedelic and counterculture movements, the '90s rave scene, and the hyphy movement. I'm always trying to connect the dots and blend all of my influences."

ABUNAI has been playing music most of his life, starting out with piano and moving onto sax before falling for the sultry tones of bass guitar, which you can hear slinking under most tracks on Chrysalis. From a five-year stint through his teens playing every weekend in a jazz-funk outfit to exploring music production (in the band Paper Void) and embracing his own singing voice, the sound ABUNAI has reached is the natural product of a life spent honing and refining his skills across a full spectrum of sounds, styles and tools. His time is also divided with his work as a neuroscientist – a career path that emerged from his fascination with the effect music has on the brain.

Chrysalis was, like so many recent albums, a project made largely in isolation during the pandemic, although ABUNAI did reach out to close collaborators kissingpractice and Raquel Marie to contribute some guest vocals, Kevin Farzad from Sure Sure for the acoustic drum parts and a few additional production touches from Tartelet regulars Glenn Astro and Max Graef. He bills the songs as an exercise in therapeutic self-care through lockdown as much as a balm for others. “It's music for healing,” ABUNAI explains, “for the listener to be able to marinate in the slow tempos, the dreamy textures, the swirling vocals, and the lush synthesizers. It’s very much about growth, re-emergence, and dreaming of a better future.”

As well as dealing in ear-catching pop melodies and sweet vocals, there’s an underlying theme of the ocean, which stems from his coastal surroundings and his family roots in the Pacific.

“I think the album is aquatic,” he reflects, “and it feels like a voyage to me, or like a long shower, being reborn in the water. I played the album for my grandpa, who's a veteran sailor and pilot from Hawaii, and he said it was the perfect music to play when you're sailing on the open ocean at sunset.”

Cast in nostalgic, soft-focus tones and endlessly soothing for the soul, Chrysalis is your new favourite record for tender moments, hazy days and starry-eyed reveries alike.

credits

released May 20, 2022

Composed by Evan Gitterman
Produced by Evan Gitterman
Mixed by Evan Gitterman
Executive producer Emil Margetli Nyholm
Mastered by Hari Shankar Kishore

Guest contributors:
Gravity Almanzar - vocals (2)
Raquel Marie - vocals (10)
Shawn Barry - backing vocals (1)
Kevin Farzad - drums & percussion (1,3,4,5,9,10)
Glenn Astro - additional production (7)
Max Graef - additional production (2)
Isaac Ghansah - trumpet (9,11)
Matt Segall - tenor saxophone (9,11)

Cover photo by Dianne Weinthal
Costume courtesy of Peter Lai
Graphic design by Krashkid

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