Festival

by Kite Operations

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1.
04:24
festival they have gathered expecting more when the sun sets i will have come here too by this river changes everything show me a future and grasp it when you were incomplete before you didn't see it
2.
04:21
teach me how to see this world so i can barely breathe sunlight burns my eyelids off and brings me to my knees give me this life! i need this life! give me this life! i want this life! i wanna live this life! i stare at the burning light blood evaporates from my veins self parts from my flesh and bones my body disintegrates...
3.
04:34
send you a line once in a while and how... you found a real life i am proud of you see me? you fled from porno saved us from boredom christ, i wonder how it feels to be your man at night arms aching, warm, wet, and tight i will remember you
4.
03:07
we entered houses randomly flew off rooftops, skidded on roof shingles watch where you're going! these damn brakes hardly work anymore... turn around! who are you? tell me what you want! i'll just leave this things.. uh, over here.. and i'll be on my way.. nah, nah, you ain't going nowhere! you listen to me when i'm talking to you! [a little rosiness of the cheeks and with a twinkle in his eye] the children were confused, delighted, crazed by what they saw the silhouettes were frenzied closing in around them all everywhere at once he spread them in return, of course, they fed him fueled by 100 million milk glasses, 4 billion cookies of molasses he set out to achieve a thankless task a role for which he did not ask why does santa claus get all the credit? that capitalist pig, he just doesn't get it! i am the laziest man alive i work one day out of the year 364 days of unemployment please i need a purpose i sit around and drink until it's that time again can't taste a thing anymore all this vodka's killing my taste buds oh you can pay me for my time, but you can't buy my soul! ah! who's to judge what's good and fair? i'll gift them all! i do not care! for i am father ded moroz upon siberian yaks i'll toast to children, their unbridled greed cognac and my snow maiden are all i need onward pasha! onward 'tola! 1, 2, 3, 4!
5.
02:27
got to go back home now stayed up too late again and i've forgotten where i am enough sin crawling on my back so kindly show me to your door collapse on the backseat and pay no attention to the roads anymore because that's what i pay you for keep me safe was my only hope
6.
03:55
seashells on the seashore singing sweet songs that saved my life seashells she'll never look into these eyes she'll never steal me through these eyes she'll never pull me into my sea grave to die seashells! seashells! seashells! you saved my life drown like stones in a paper boat oh and they claw and they claw and they claw my hands and pull me deep seashells! escape! escape yourself she'll never look into these eyes she'll never steal me through these eyes she'll never pull me into my sea grave to die
7.
02:38
where we gonna go and who we gonna meet and who we gonna love and who we gonna hate and who we gonna fight and who we gonna save and everybody knows it everybody rubs it everybody needs it everybody shoves it stick it in the closet forget it cuz you lost it never coming back, it's impossible you and me together you and me it's never never ever tethered never ever tethered this love is never ever never ever weathered you and me together never ever feathered everybody knows it everybody rubs it everybody needs it everybody shoves it stick it in the closet forget it cuz you lost it never coming back, it's impossible
8.
if i am gone will it really matter? do you know what really matters? and when you find out, will you be able? who said to you, be here? do this? are you really this? is there life after life? or does it even matter? i've been waiting so long
9.
05:43
ave maria i am here dry your eyes beast to man mindful devotion no more war godlike love for all living heart is burning my whole life my whole soul in true communion
10.

about

Rewind back to 2004. December 30th to be exact. I was invited to perform alongside Kite Operations as a guest for a one-off improvisational experiment they had put together in NYC. I recall the weeks of rehearsal prior to the show, many of which were recorded without me. I remember their demos like they were yesterday. “They’re creating some really sublime stuff here," I thought to myself. The sessions were sort of works of seemingly orchestrated sounds, with a mixture of dynamic scales and elements of shoegaze-to-pure-noise, backed by really jazzy chops. It was inspiring, I must admit. But that was just a taste of what to expect 5 years down the line. In retrospect, I don't think I was able to fully comprehend what was being unleashed at the time, but I just knew that it was something really special. And I had a strong suspicion that this wasn't their first encounter with what was happening within those few weeks of rehearsing for the improvisational show. It couldn't have been; I just knew it. It came too naturally for them. I realize now that I was just a tourist at the time. To this day, I still feel like those sessions were somehow part of their progression all along- a precursor to “Festival,” if you will. Now that their 3rd installment is a completed piece and has taken a life of its own, in a way, my memory of that time has come full circle. A lot has happened in the last few years since I’ve moved, personally and musically. And I can hear the growth in this band. The work of “Festival” is evidence that their thirst for new horizons has catapulted. I feel very lucky to have been there in the beginning stages to witness a tiny glimpse of their newfound spirit unfolding 5 years ago, as I sat there and listened…just as I'm sitting here now, on the other side of the country...5 years later...still listening...
- Jack Tung, San Francisco, 5/2009

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released November 3, 2009

All songs written by Kite Operations except "Slow Machines" written by Kite Operations/the Gold Medalists (BMI)

Joseph Kim - guitar, voice
David Yang - guitar, voice
Jie Whoon Kang - bass
Sung Shin - drums
Andrew Blanchard - drums on "Seashell" and "Dasepo"

Recorded and Mixed at K.O.A. by Joseph Kim and David Yang
Mastered by Jon Monteverde
Art & Design by TruthStudyCenter

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Joseph Kim - guitar, voice
David Yang - guitar, voice
Jie Whoon Kang - bass
Andrew Blanchard - drums

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