Loud and Clear

by Folkstar

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Ⓟ © 2013 Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP) Loud and Clear (lyrics) I never knew you could lose a sense like that Just like that Like somebody hit the mute button Then turned the up the screeching sounds Like somebody turned on the static Suddenly my world turned upside down For the longest time I blamed myself I stayed at home, not wanting to go out My dreams just got much further away I cursed the world and let it drag me down My doctor didn’t know because they don’t know anything My specialist called me a “miracle” I escaped my days of anger and depression But it took me a long time to figure it out I got past my fear Of losing my life Of falling behind I wasted my time Before I lost it all I needed a wake up call Loud and clear Even though I couldn’t hear Loud and clear Even though I couldn’t hear A musician missing an ear How am I supposed to know what comes out of my fingers? Complicated, the things I hear Trying to understand loud sounds and whispers My doctor didn’t know because he doesn’t know anything My specialist said “it happens all the time” I’m working my way back on the stage Odds may stack against me, but I’ll be alright I got past my fear Of losing my life Of falling behind I wasted my time Before I lost it all I needed a wake up call Loud and clear Even though I couldn’t hear Loud and clear Even though I couldn’t hear
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Fabrication 03:05
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Human 04:07
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Could You Be 05:02
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Ice Queen 04:21
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New Eyes 04:23
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Trampoline 04:24
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Afterglow 03:18
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Outcast 02:53
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Folkstar’s new album Loud and Clear is an intensely ambitious 16-track work of art. Folkstar’s Kim Dicso and Sue Cag speak their minds on this album, with songs covering life and death, suicide and dreams, the flaws of our society and the beauty of our world.

Folkstar tackles teen bullying in the song “It Gets Better” (inspired by the It Gets Better Project). They scrutinize our manufactured lives in “Fabrication” and “Everybody Knows” and expose animal exploitation in “Human” and the jazzy number “Abolitionists.” Crowd favorite “Could You Be” is an anthem about love and dreams, as is “Dream Thieves.” Songs exploring death include “Final Curtain” and “New Eyes,” which delve into the emotional complexities of losing someone. Of course there are songs about love as well, such as “Trampoline” and “Ice Queen,” reminiscent of Folkstar’s debut album Emotional Bootcamp. Finally, the title track "Loud and Clear" tells the story of Cag’s hearing loss and talks about a “wake up call,” a common theme throughout the album.

Folkstar fearlessly creates music of substance. Although formed in North Carolina and labeled folk-rock, their music features a variety of influences including west coast rock, indie, blues, jazz, and of course, acoustic singer-songwriter folk and intense guitar laden rock ‘n’ roll.

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released August 20, 2013

This album exists for and because of those who dare to dream and create, to inspire and be inspired; for those who have ever felt lonely and different and have used it as fuel to become their own rockstars; and for those who have spoken their truths and inspired us to do the same. May you see yourselves in what we’ve created just as we see ourselves in you.

Folkstar:
Kim Dicso: ­lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, trumpet
Sue Cag:­ electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, backing vocals, and acoustic guitar on “Human” and “Trampoline”

Special Guests:
Leslie Wiegle: ­backing vocals on “Something New” and “Afterglow”
Dylan Linehan: ­piano on “Dream Thieves” and “Afterglow”
Nic Martinez: bass guitar on “Natural High”
Preston Luce: cello on “Afterglow”

Photography by Megan Deitz (booklet front and back, booklet portraits) and Sue Cag (front cover, back cover, inset lyric photographs)
Art Direction/Design by Kimberly Baker at Shatterbeck Visual Creations

Produced by Sue Cag
Recorded at Karmic Fury Records, Hampstead, North Carolina
Mixed by Karen Kane at The North Bend Room, Wilmington, North Carolina
Mastered by João Carvalho at João Carvalho Mastering, Toronto, Canada
All songs written by Sue Cag and Kim Dicso of Folkstar
Published by Karmic Fury Records (ASCAP)
℗ © 2013 Karmic Fury Records. All Rights Reserved.

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Folkstar fearlessly creates music of substance. Although formed in North Carolina and labeled folk-rock, their music features a variety of influences including west coast rock, indie, blues, jazz, and of course, acoustic singer-songwriter folk and intense guitar laden rock ‘n’ roll. ... more

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