Incandescent

by Kinjac

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Over a year and a half in the making, Incandescent is a concept album about an unusual relationship Michael O'Shea (the musician/producer behind Kinjac) had with a Swedish girl that led him to move to Stockholm for the summer of 2010. Its chronological narrative traces the arc of this relationship from beginning to end. The synchronistic and unlikely beginnings, a transatlantic journey before they had met in person, a blissful summer in love, the heartbreaking end caused by international and emotional walls, and his recovery from depression in recognizing the sublimely cyclical nature of the human search for love—for the incandescent.

The album was written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael O'Shea and released on his label Solotechne Records. The album was finished at his studio in his native Asheville, NC, but much of the writing of this album, and his previous release No. 7, took place in Stockholm, Sweden. Acts with a similar sound to Kinjac are Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Caribou, Massive Attack, Postal Service, Muse, Saul Williams, Sufjan Stevens, and Brazilian Girls.

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released February 24, 2012

all songs written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael O'Shea (Kinjac) at Solotechne Studios.
released by Solotechne Records.

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Track Name: Her Lips Are Copper Wire (A Poem by Jean Toomer)
Her Lips Are Copper Wire

(A Poem from Cane by Jean Toomer)

whisper of yellow globes
gleaming on lamp-posts that sway
like bootleg licker drinkers in the fog

and let your breath be moist against me
like bright beads on yellow globes

telephone the power-house
that the main wires are insulate

(her words play softly up and down
dewy corridors of billboards)

then with your tongue remove the tape
and press your lips to mine
till they are incandescent
Track Name: Arrivals
I drove all through the night
to see the screen at newark light
when your flight arrived
so I could look into your eyes
at last
I meet you again
at last
I’ve been waiting for you
since the end of last time around
I waited for your plane to touch down

a kiss
incandescent
changes everything
in one second
I was waiting in the terminal
trembling
I was waiting
for that one precious thing
Track Name: Transatlantic
your image
sunk into my mind
sends twisted and tangled shivers
down my spine
you say that you're mine
but all I can do is pine
pine for you
while you're on the other side
of the atlantic
and it's true my dear
it's quite romantic
but I'm frantic and tired
of this transatlantic distance from you
so far from you
so come home
come home to me
Track Name: Only
you’re the only one for me
I see that clearly when you’re near me
so now please don’t steer me away

you’ve got the one and only
disposition that I miss
and only you can see through me
when I only halfheartedly exist
a kiss on my cheek makes me weak
and question everything
the theoretical seems so vain
when you make me feel so sane
it’s driving me insane
the subtle words that turn my world upside down
you’ve got me spinning round
tumble down into oblivion just to see you again
I’ll leave my world behind to exist only in your eyes
synchronicity belies the fate that drives you to me
and I’m truly sucked in
happily trapped I crossed the map
blue ink on the page can’t keep me away
transatlantic flight for one
one way bound for the sun

transatlantic flight for one
one way bound for the sun
for the sun
Track Name: Departures
we peel off
the titles
and hold hands
into the future

don’t let go
of me
just let me
breathe in your skin again

swept away
by fate
lovesick mistake
what’s right won’t let my soul rest
Track Name: Aeroplane
I’ve been taken away from where I want to stay
by an aeroplane and a name
stamped into a passport
tells me time is too too short
our time is too too short

dozing off in flight I thought I had it right
but last night may have been the last sight
I’ll have of you
this can’t be true
this can’t be adieu
what about those things
you said
maybe they were better off in your head
maybe I’d be better off dead
maybe I’d be better off if
I hadn’t let you in under my skin
I’m wearing thin like the oxygen I’m breathing
and maybe you were merely teasing when you offered your heart
maybe you were merely pleasing my hopeful heart

you have your doubts and you have your reservations
I highly doubt that I have the patience
to wait for chance
to wait for you
to wait for chance
to wait on you
but maybe it’s just the recycled air
and staring at the sun
and lacking oxygen
on this slow flight home
whatever home means anymore
Track Name: Jennie
jennie where did you go?
jennie come home
I miss you I miss you I miss you so
jennie come home

you’ve got my world on your side
and you’re always on my mind
I choose to look in front
instead of always behind
synchronicity’s greatest gift
was bringing you to me
it’s true to me
you’ll always be
deep inside
and dear to me
Track Name: Walls
my heart is dizzy with reality setting in
anxiety creeping up in nausea deep within
I want to write a song for you
something to break through
the walls you’ve built up deep inside of you
but you don’t want me to

I know you’re scared but that’s no way to be
I know you’re scared when you look across at me
and think about a life together
I know you think only of stormy weather
but I want to be caught in the rain with you
and I promise at least a sunny day or two
I know you’re scared but I am too
so let me in and let your walls down
just let your walls down
and I’ll do the same

my heart is dizzy with reality setting in
anxiety creeping up in nausea deep within
I want to write a song for you
something to break through
the walls you’ve built up deep inside of you
but you don’t want me to

you let your walls trap you in
you let your walls cause the end

you had your walls up
but you couldn’t even see
you had your walls up
built up way up in front of me

you couldn’t see
the walls you’d built up in front of me
Track Name: You Said
you laid your head next to mine
every night
you said you’re mine
until the end of time
you said
you knew me in the life before
you said you’d see me soon
as I walked out that door

you said
a lot of things
but I heard more

you laid your head next to mine
every night
you said you’re mine
until the end of time
you said
you knew me in the life before
you said you’d see me soon
as I walked out that door

except you can’t keep
the promises you've made
I’ve heard the same excuse before
and you knew as well as I do
it was adieu for me and you
when I walked out that door
Track Name: Incandescent
incandescent lets me see
incandescent dissolves reality
incandescent your breath against me
incandescent burns what used to be
to the ground
and spreads the ashes all around
lets me melt inside of you
lets me start anew
reborn unformed by the glare
of fluorescent stares

incandescent
a lone light shines on through the night
another word for the love I’ve sought throughout my life

like a moth is drawn to light
I was drawn into your life
and I thought this time around I had it right

I had it right
but sometimes the light is not what it seems
fluorescent only incandescent in your dreams
and when you wake you see the mistake that you’ve made
so come on boy just act your age
all the world’s a stage for you
don’t waste your youth on falling in love
on being patient for a dove
looks can be deceiving and false promises can be thieving
of your precious time
so just get it right
next time around

incandescent
a lone light shines on through the night
another word for the love I’ve sought throughout my life

like a moth is drawn to light
I was drawn into your life
and I thought this time around I had it right

I had it right