Dreamstate (2015)

by Axon-Neuron

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1.
Bloom 05:55
It begins with a seed Oh so small and unassuming Not a hint of the majesty And spectacle soon forthcoming In a hostile world Indifferent to this tiny seed Seeking an open clearing In crowded soil choked by weeds The chances are slim The future is grim For this sapling to blossom at all Now what is needed most To realize these dauntless dreams Is to grasp a gaze at you Bathed in your brilliant beams If only given a moment's chance To take firm root and grow With love and shelter and nurturing care Its beauty and brilliance will show So bold in its hue Its colors so true Revealing its beauty to all Your light emanates Your warmth permeates You allow me to bloom (to bloom, to bloom) The once vulnerable seed Has grown into a mighty tree Strong and secure in stature To branch out and bloom so free A beauty mature Perfect and pure A beacon of radiance to all Your light emanates Your warmth permeates You allow me to bloom (to bloom, to bloom)
2.
Machina 05:52
Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick The release and capture Spinning gears and rigid mechanisms Life mechanical The past and future Interactions of fluid organisms I seek out patterns An arrangement closely knit Sorted into a grand classification I find comfort in order Understanding how the pieces fit One by one yielding to unification The framework is set The logic as yet is soundly expressed My mind is at rest Chaos interrupts As I began to feel confidence Within my magnificently managed machinery You appear and inject creatively colorful unpredictability into it all I must reevaluate I must recalculate my approach Reacting to the new enchanting mystery I must truthfully admit I rather enjoy it through and through Tearing apart all the cogs of my machinery The old system had become grotesque So dust covered and set in its way In an attempt to discover beauty statuesque I obtained a drab scene of dull shades of gray in its place Shattering absolutes, new-found dreaming renews adoration Vita ex machina
3.
Whole 04:35
Hole, lacking fulfillment Missing just one last piece Try as I may to be wholly sufficient Obtaining this remains out of reach All that I achieve, all I accomplish How farther could I reach with assistance? Someone to make me whole Life's greatest gifts, all the memories had Have greater meaning if shared Sole, singular vision Strong, clear in its focus Though I may see what's in front of me clearly Blind we are to our periphery Life seen through the lens of my existence So narrow in scope, limited distance Open up my eyes to a sight Richer than my tired black and white You help make me whole Challenge me, strengthen me Inspire me to be more Expose me to new thoughts and new ways Life, completely lived Whole, give in completely To all my ambitions Conceding not to my old inhibitions Walking my path with a companion
4.
Soñar 08:51
We met in a dream A beauty of perfect elegance graced my sight Was it as it seemed? Would this wonderful prelude persist beyond the night? A miracle so rare I was unprepared To say what needed to be said Before the opportunity fled Each day the dream returned The motions and sights The sounds and the lights But dimmer, softer, and weakened each time Increasingly concerned I tried to deny it But actions implied it The dream had faded, diminished with time So powerless to stop Losing my grip on this intangibly sweet spectre Quickly waking up Paradise flew away on an unyieldingly terse vector If I could return With what I have learned To say what sadly went unsaid Before all hopeful dreaming was dead
5.
No Más 05:24
Invitation Lovingly extended, but my reach has come up short Once a mighty symphony of beauty, attraction Soured now by discord and cacophony Thoughts careen and crash within my mind Amore No Más Abatido Blinded by biology, impulse and instinct took control A misfire of neurons, nervous flutters, butterflies, stammers and cold chills of another kind Crashing from euphoric high, facing now a harsh reality Cerebral cortex suddenly short circuiting, chemical imbalance fully floods my mind Overwhelmed with unreciprocated love
6.
Maelstrom 04:20
The sea is serene The once wild winds have waned The water's soft sheen A cool, calm composure it has gained Ready to embark on a vast voyage Boldly blazing a trail ahead Making mirrored waves in your stead Setting sail on your command to 'engage' I will be your port of safe harbor In rough seas I will be your anchor I will be a shelter from the maelstrom In all the journeys in time and space, What is a traveler without a loyal companion? Amber pierces the demure dawn sky The sun breaks free of the horizon's ally Should the sun sear too strongly Baking your Icarus wings Should the skies swiftly sour Bringing thunder and lightening I will be your port of safe harbor In rough seas I will be your anchor I will be a shelter from the maelstrom In a prior scene Your companions promised the moon As a chimera in a dream, They showed their evanescent nature and fled so soon Despite those deserters' show of character so poor I will weather the storms and squalls I will remain through the tide's rise and fall We will intrepidly embrace the world we explore I will be your port of safe harbor In rough seas I will be your anchor Holding fast waiting for you faithfully Shore to shore, sea to sea, here I'll be I will be a shelter from the maelstrom
7.
The Fountain 06:10
The air is mostly still An almost imperceptible breeze drifts by The night sky is overcast No Moon at all to remedy this darkness Absent from its celestial post Instead a lamppost burns for me That unnatural orange-pink glow illuminates I am here again tonight Like on so many previous nights Again I pay visit to an old friend To hear him speak his timeless speech He is silent Tonight My friend, the fountain, typically sputters and gargles, hisses and roars It is of course nothing but babble But I'm soothed by it anyway The chaos and the crashing So constant is this disorder that it fades away Replaced by a soft, even nothingness No matter how extremely strong these turbulent storms They're drowned out under the waves of noise The pouring rain becomes a drop in the ocean The raging hurricane acquiesces to an infinite sea of tranquility Tonight my friend is silent The water drained, the pools dry as a bone He, too, is absent from his post He is silent Tonight
8.
The Stars 04:59
The Earth stands still, wrapped in dark wings The bed of shimmer solace, drift in a sea of sleep Alone the traveler gazes past the stones Before the blazing colors, the anatomy of the sun And all the world can't see The life that drifts so free The stars The trails of light leave us blinded, The silent giants in the ring, leave us breathless The traveler wonders how he got here A heaven beyond the dreams, a light behind the dark And all the world can't see The life that drifts so free The stars The stars
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about

"Dreamstate (2015) " is a complete remix and remaster of the 2012 sophomore album from Axon-Neuron.

"Dreamstate" is a continuation of the rich, jazz-harmony and orchestrally influenced progressive rock sound of the 2011 debut album, "Brainsongs," but with a new influence of Meshuggah and Animals As Leaders inspired progressive metal. The arrangements are denser and more complex, and some new sounds are explored with the guitars and keyboards. Vocalist Sandra Kung joins the group for this release, contributing piano to many tracks, with Joe Leaman taking over the keyboard chair, exclusively playing the Fender Rhodes on this album. Guitarist and composer Jeremey Poparad utilizes the Roland GR-55 guitar synth on the opening track, "Bloom," (the only true keyboard on this track is Joe Leaman's Rhodes), as well as a custom 9-string electric guitar, which spans an octave below and a fourth above a conventional 6-string. Bassist Matt DeRubertis takes the spotlight on "Soñar," utilizing a variety of effects to create a haunting, high-pitched melody with his bass. Drummer Elliot Wallace rounds out the band, and lastly, returning again is the studio string orchestra, expanding the sound of the group on a number of tracks.

Another point of interest is the final track of the album, "Danseuses de Delphes," by 19th century French impressionistic composer Claude Debussy, arranged for the group by Jeremey Poparad. Originally a work for solo piano, as part of his two books of preludes.

"Dreamstate" has been completely reworked to create a mix that is more balanced and full than the original, with superior clarity of all the interwoven sounds on these dense compositions. Both "Dreamstate" and "Brainsongs" will be receiving a sonic update in 2015 in preparation for the group's forthcoming third album, "Metamorphosis."

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released February 19, 2015

Sandra Kung - Voice, Piano
Jeremey Poparad - Guitar
Joe Leaman - Rhodes
Matthew DeRubertis - Bass
Elliot Wallace - Percussion

String Orchestra:
Violins - Allison Lint, Flora Nevarez
Violas - Allison Lint
Cellos - Mark Allan Schulz, Hannah Thomas-Hollands
Double Bass - Matthew DeRubertis, Frank McGill

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