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To The Initiate

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The triumph of the three
As it is, and because of what is, and what shall ever be
The four beneath the one
The quintessential animation
Spirits arise, to you there is no end
Time will progress with the beauty of what shall ever be
Absence provides water for this elemental spring

The toil and the reaping
A reminder of inherent beauty
Welcome respite amidst the weeping
An ushering in, a reminder of purpose
Of Will, of duty, of rejuvenation of promise
To answer the clarion call
As imagination creates existence
The builders professing to one and all

Far flung revisions, unsteady convictions, fall with me now
Uninitiated, we'll fight the war from outside, follow me down
I'll warn you but once, the answers aren't there
And maybe this spirals en route to nowhere
And the compartments of the scheme are vast
But up is still down, and the last will be first
And fevered dreams are still illusions too

Imagination creates existence
The builders professing to one and all
This too shall pass
With you I'll pass
This blessed past
Forever bending fast

To you there is no end
To us there is no end
To all there is no end
To end the time begins


from The Crash And The Draw, released April 7, 2015



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Minsk Chicago, Illinois

Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago, Illinois, and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, MINSK is an enigmatic collection of opposites. The music is at once modern, organic, and other-worldly; songs are stirring sonic journeys. ... more


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