Asaph

by Asaph

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This album was recorded roughly in parallel to the recording of "Lost/Found". "Lost/Found" was very heavy in shoegaze electronics and I was also doing a lot of soundtrack ambient score work as well during this time. Working on Asaph was my way of escaping all of that kind of song and find respite in a different sound palette. I've always loved the acoustic guitar and the post-grunge sound of indie folk music so I wanted to explore that more with this recording.

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released April 28, 2017

All songs written, performed and engineered by Samuel Joseph Kim except for Carried Away and Contagious (written by Danny Kwak and Samuel Joseph Kim).

(c) 2017 strangers and angels music

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Samuel Joseph Kim San Francisco, California

Samuel Kim is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer currently based in San Francisco, CA.

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Track Name: She's Knocking On Your Door
Is there something that I’m supposed to think?
Is there something that I’m supposed to drink?
Is there a path I ought to walk?
Is there a map I forgot to chart?

Oh, you know, you know
I’ve heard it all before, heard it all before
Oh, you know, you know
She’s knocking on your door
Knocking on your door

The answers will keep on repeat
The lovers never truly will meet
Your conscience making puddles at your feet
I wish I could call it the way you see

Oh you know, you know
I’ve heard it all before, heard it all before
Oh you know, you know
She’s knocking at your door
Knocking at your door

The way you see

Oh am I supposed to think?
Oh am I supposed to drink?

She’s knocking on your door.
Track Name: Carried Away feat. Yesan Damen
We’re finding comfort at the core
Used to want a lot but now no more
Youthful ambitions deep within to find meaning

Panic faces of the curious
Solitude emerge victorious
Reignites confidences in what seems fleeting

Tried to kick the habit but man
It’s impossible to ignore it
Try to tip the balance man
But it’s impossible to ignore

When the constant searching
The almost yearning
In the end that adds up to nothing
You get carried away
Carried away
Carried away
Carried away
Till it’s making you crazy

Tried to kick the habit but man
It’s impossible to ignore it

You get carried away
Carried away
Carried away
Carried away
Till it’s making you crazy

Carried away with the passion and the fire
Let it go but it just multiplies
Carried away with beliefs that they all conspire
To form plans with new lies
Carried away with the callings and the fights
Hold to the hopes that they multiply
Carried away and believe that you’re in the right
That’s how we’re still getting by
Track Name: I Can't Hear You
All of my life
I lay out on the floor
God where are you now?
I don't know anymore
 
I feel the trouble
Coming through the wind
It's time to decide
Where I end and you begin
 
I can't hear you
I can't hear you
 
You said step inside
But all I saw were four walls
Don't have the words
But there you are
 
All the grabbing and screaming
The fire in my veins
You were talking so fast
Nothing's ever gonna sound the same
Track Name: Tread Softly
(instrumental)
Track Name: You Love The City
There’s a science to living this way
A math that adds and taketh away
You can give your heart
And watch what gives back to you

I have a love and it’s driving away
Cheap as gas and keeps asking to pay
You can do what you love
But it won’t love you back

You can do what you love
But it won’t love you back

You love the city but the city doesn’t love you
You love the city but the city doesn’t love you
You love the city but the city doesn’t love you

I have a love that’s driving away
Cheap as gas and keeps asking to pay
You can do what you love
But it won’t love you back
Track Name: Contagious feat. Yesan Damen
Contact flamed into burns
Confused and eager to please
The prodigal had returned
A stranger fraught with disease

Still can’t figure it out
And you still have your doubts
There’s no more need to shout
“Go away, go away from me.”

Open wounds in open air
Passersby wouldn't breathe
Heightened senses felt each stare
As he turned away to leave

Stoic in his ways
Knew he could not stay
There’s no more need to say
“Go away, go away from me.”

Tried his best to conceal
An uninspiring fate
Sicknesses have revealed
That it’s already too late

Still can’t figure it out
No I’m not one to doubt
There’s no more need to shout
“Go away, go away from me.”

Agents carrying pain
That spread throughout our veins
Soaked in fear and shame
“Get away, get away from me.”
“Get away, get away from me.”
“Get away, get away from me.”
“Get away, get away from me.”
Track Name: I Keep Running
I am the one who’s faded
Time infiltrated
Along with the stories of your birthday
You always know what I’m gonna say

I am the one who’s running
Out of daylight, out of day
No one seems to catch me
‘Cause they’ll know what I say
They’ll know what I say

I’m a trailer ghost
Lost in the roads you crossed through
Out on the kerosene
I dance, I dance, I dance
On the fires of our doubts

I am the ghost you run right through
I call to stop but what’s the use
I’m still running but you’re not running after me
I’m still running but you’re not running after me

I’m still the one who’s running
Out of day light out of day
No one seems to catch me
Because they’ll know what I’ll say
They know what I’ll say

I am the ghost you run right through
I call to stop but what’s the use
I’m still running but you’re not running after me

This is as true as I’ve ever been
Track Name: No More Veil
I don't have much time now
But I have this song
Hold tight to what you love
Before it's all gone
 
I've searched for so many words
Through so many songs before
I hid them in such poetry
It's hard to talk for sure
 
I need this now to sing so clear
With no more veil
 
No more veil
No more veil
 
There are seasons lost but
I can end this well
Drink deep from this fount
This never ending well
 
It's filled with so many words
And through so many songs before
It was sung before you were born
And sung when they shut the door
 
I need this song to ring so clear right now
Free it once more
 
With no more veil
No more veil
 
I don't have much time now
But I have this song
Remember what you have when
These nights get so long