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After Dark

by Essenger

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    The breakout debut album from pioneering synthwave artist Essenger is available for the first time on vinyl!

    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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1.
Shinigami 00:50
2.
After Dark 03:45
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
3.
Half-Life 03:21
Twilight falls on empty streets I’ve seen it all, the days repeat A thousand nights of restless sleep I’m losing touch with everything So call it off You can’t save me now There’s nothing left of me to give Now I’m begging you to slow down Let me be alone now I should be the last thing on your mind It’s been a long time coming And I’m still here running from everything, yeah You can find me in the street lights Driving after midnight Funny how the time flies when I’m gone And by the time you wonder I’ll be six feet under so stay away I had my doubts we’d come to this So just pretend I don’t exist You did your best, so let this go I hate to say I told you so So call it off You can’t save me now There’s nothing left of me to give So save your breath I’ll suffocate the same And I can’t bring you down with me Now I’m begging you to slow down Let me be alone now I should be the last thing on your mind It’s been a long time coming And I’m still here running from everything, yeah You can find me in the street lights Driving after midnight Funny how the time flies when I’m gone And by the time you wonder I’ll be six feet under so stay away
4.
Exopolitan 04:12
I’m leaving No reason I just want to feel again Don’t call me I’m not the same I’m hopeless You know this It’s too late to save me now I’m nothing I’m dead inside I’ve seen it all before Can’t fake this anymore These memories leave me torn So forget my name And let me go Hypnosis Narcosis A slave to a simulation Replace me We’re all the same Inducted Corrupted Compiled under cold fluorescent lights Unbind me Or let me decay I’ve seen it all before Can’t fake this anymore These memories leave me torn So forget my name And let me go
5.
Offworld 03:38
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
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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
8.
I’m counting down the days The future feels so distant A lot of things have changed And few have been resistant Devaluation reigns And fear of self destruction Adapt or be replaced And follow their instructions So lay waste to all we've made For your corporate palisade You won't automate our roles If we digitize our souls A new force will intervene Half human, half machine And no enterprise on earth will make us kneel To your empire of steel Recoded we'll reboot An uprising is moving And the power you misused Will soon be your undoing We’ll give you what you need Though not quite what you were meaning And we’ll reap what you have sown We are the soul of this new machine So lay waste to all we've made For your corporate palisade You won't automate our roles If we digitize our souls A new force will intervene Half human, half machine And no enterprise on earth will make us kneel To your empire of steel Recoded we'll reboot An uprising is moving The power you misused Will soon be your undoing We’ll give you what you need Though not quite what you were meaning And we’ll reap what you have sown We are the soul of this new machine So lay waste to all we've made For your corporate palisade You won't automate our roles If we digitize our souls A new force will intervene Half human, half machine And no enterprise on earth will make us kneel To your empire of steel To your empire We’ll give you what you need (To your empire) And we’ll reap what you have sown (To your empire) So lay waste to all we've made For your corporate palisade You won't automate our roles If we digitize our souls A new force will intervene Half human, half machine And no enterprise on earth will make us kneel To your empire of steel To your empire of steel To your empire of steel
9.
Lost Boys 03:40
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
10.
Blood Moon 03:52
Foreign skies Come and find me where the daylight ends Stolen time Enough to waste on feeling young again Destination decimation, be my detour for a while End in tow, we’re headed nowhere, we can watch the world burn Take one last look at what we left behind (Summer’s over, hold me closer, cold is setting in) We can drive forever till the blood moon dies (Lost together, now or never, there’s going back) Too late to start again So let’s live to see the end And leave our shadows we’re gone Silhouettes Against the darkness hanging over us Don’t forget All those places that we used to love Destination decimation, be my detour for a while End in tow, we’re headed nowhere, we can watch the world burn Take one last look at what we left behind (Summer’s over, hold me closer, cold is setting in) We can drive forever till the blood moon dies (Lost together, now or never, there’s going back) Too late to start again So let’s live to see the end And leave our shadows we’re gone Destination decimation, be my detour for a while

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After Dark follows a story of existential dread, detachment and the struggle of reconciliation with the human condition in a rapidly-evolving world.

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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. - FiXT Neon

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released February 7, 2020

Written by Essenger
Except "Offworld" written by Essenger & PYLOT
"Downfall" written by Essenger & Lexi Norton
"Lost Boys" written by Essenger, Josh Hurst & 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
Cover Art by Chin Fong

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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. His highly personal songwriting style and personal lyrics result in a unique style that opens new possibilities for both retro and future synth music. ... more

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