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After Dark

by Essenger

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    releases February 7, 2020

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Shinigami
2.
03:45
3.
Half-Life
4.
Exopolitan
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6.
I Can't Rely On My Memories
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Empire Of Steel (feat. Scandroid)
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10.
Blood Moon

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After Dark is the breakout debut album from pioneering synthwave artist Essenger. By building cinematic synthscapes with a dark, futuristic edge and infusing them with personal lyrics and songwriting touches, Essenger has crafted an immersive and beautifully produced recording that is unlike anything else in the synthwave genre to date.

Essenger has assembled a remarkable group of collaborators for the album as well. From the dystopian atmosphere of "Empire of Steel" with Scandroid to the darkly beautiful duet with Lexi Norton on "Downfall" and the metal-inspired aggression of "Lost Boys" with Young Medicine, each track on After Dark holds its own personality with plenty of surprises for listeners to discover.

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releases February 7, 2020

Written by Essenger
Except "Offworld" written by Essenger & PYLOT
"Downfall" written by Essenger & Lexi Norton
"Lost Boys" written by Essenger & Bret Liber
"Empire Of Steel" written by Klayton & Essenger
Published by FiXT Music
Except "Offworld" published by FiXT Music & 23rd Precinct Music
"Empire Of Steel" published by FiXT Music & Celldweller Music
Produced by Essenger

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Essenger Kansas City, Missouri

Essenger stands on the cutting edge of electronic music, blending an array of influences for a sound that pays tribute to modern alt rock, EDM, and synthwave. The artist marks his highly personal songwriting style with striking lyrics, and the result is a singular creative style that opens new possibilities for both retro and future synth music. ... more

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Track Name: After Dark
City fog
Somewhere in those lights you’re on your phone
I should have known
Saw you called
Wonder why you try
I’m still alone
You’re on your own

Disconnected
Don’t know why we fell apart
The feeling sets in
But only after dark
But only after dark

(But only after dark)
(But only after dark)
(But only after dark)

Hollow shell
Look me in the eyes and see I’m numb
I’ve come undone
Let me go
I’m sorry that I can’t be what you want
My heart is gone

Disconnected
Don’t know why we fell apart
The feeling sets in
But only after dark
But only after dark

(But only after dark)
(But only after dark)

But only after dark
Track Name: Essenger & PYLOT - Offworld
Slipping from the damage
Every entranceway destroyed
Floating empty in the void

Far enough to vanish
Will I find a place to start
Or will I sink into the dark

Who will keep the balance
When your code has been dispersed
What is sacred, what is cursed?

Protocol invalid
Every system gone offline
Will you leave or choose a side?

Can’t undo this
Can’t undo this (Offworld)
Can’t undo this
Can’t undo this
Can’t undo this
Can’t undo this(Offworld)
Can’t undo this
Can’t undo this
Can’t undo this
Can’t undo this (Offworld)
Can’t undo this
Can’t undo this
Track Name: Downfall (feat. Lexi Norton)
I didn’t see the signs
Thought I’d found a way out
You caught me with those eyes
I’m thinkin’ I should leave now

A couple words won’t hurt
“So what’ you doin' downtown?”
You tell me how you’ve been
And now my head won’t slow down

I shouldn’t stay
But can’t help but wonder
I hate the way (I love the way)
That you pull me under
I know I’ve made mistakes
But this could be my downfall
You could be my downfall

You could be my downfall

I didn’t mean to stare
Couldn’t help but notice
A part of me still cares
But it’s over and you know this

I shouldn’t feel this way
You’re fuckin’ with my head now
A couple drinks too late
You got me thinking out loud

I shouldn’t stay
But can’t help but wonder
I hate the way (I love the way)
That you pull me under
I know I’ve made mistakes
But this could be my downfall
You can be my downfall

You could be my downfall

Don’t try to tell me this is nothing
Say it with your hands on my face
Don’t try to tell me this is nothing
I can count the reasons with my eyes closed
Calling your name
I’ll find a reason my eyes closed
And you can be my downfall
(You can be my downfall)

I shouldn’t stay
But can’t help but wonder
I hate the way (I love the way)
That you pull me under
I know I’ve made mistakes
But this could be my downfall

You could be my downfall
Track Name: Essenger & Young Medicine - Lost Boys
Save yourself, leave me here
Tie me down, and disappear

Tell them nothing, don’t make a sound
Taste your fear as the sun does down
And the shadows fill the night

Yeah, save yourself
You’ll burn in hell for what you’ve done
But never die
One day you’ll stand for something

So fear yourself
No soul to sell, nowhere to run
Now you know why
Lost boys don’t cry for nothing

Time is up, your days are few
Fate’s unkind to those like you
Pick your poison, I’ll hunt you down
Dig your grave at the edge of town
Not a trace left to be found

Yeah, save yourself
You’ll burn in hell for what you’ve done
But never die
One day you’ll stand for something
So fear yourself
No soul to sell, nowhere to run
Now you know why
Lost boys don’t cry for nothing
You know we run this town at night
(Thou shalt not fall)
It’s one for all
And you won’t find us dead by daylight
It’s what it means to be alive
(Thou shalt not fall)
From hell we crawl
And tonight we ride by moonlight

Yeah, save yourself
You’ll burn in hell for what you’ve done
But never die
One day you’ll stand for something
So fear yourself
No soul to sell, nowhere to run
Now you know why
Lost boys don’t cry for nothing

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