Specter

by Cordoba

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1.
Outcry 04:52
Hear my call / This is an outcry Hear my call / This is an outcry To kill you have to start To destroy To kill you have to start with hope You listen through my phone / you hear Neighborhoods crying Not to be left alone outside Ready to be homes Hear my call / This is an outcry Hear my call / This is an outcry Oh I want to live in a place with no walls or endings take me there take me there No ceilings breathe in the sky Lights for everybody streets for everybody take me there take me there Doors of diamonds and gold Roses on the steps petals over everything take me there take me there take me there Take me show me let me build into Into a path of gold To rebuild Into a path of stone and gold You hear me through my bones / you hear Neighborhoods rising Break the locks off everything new Make them into homes Hear my call / This is an outcry Hear my call / This is an outcry
2.
{Brianna} I am a factory of formless faces Conveyor belt that’s eating itself I am producing only perfect layers Hiding how it felt to trust my mind I am cracking the glass the windowpanes are crumbling But I’m making thousands more inside There is no end of more there is no end of more there is no end of more there is no end of more there is no Someone made me this feeling / Packaged into a reason Someone built me this feeling / Forced to make my own meaning I am the trembling that means production Squeezing all light out from my eyes It takes every piece of me To stop your machine To stop your machine {A.ADISA} And I seek to keep it down and out No spiral Wash it off and reapply And free to keep it in the foreground No forensics No poetics In the context of my inner ground Context of my my cloud Context of my mouth Context of my house No end of more, there is no end of more
3.
Mutual Aid 01:13
4.
Diluvian 04:45
Closing their eyes It falls away Gouged out lies Are here to stay The blind will rise Today Sweat leaks in streams From the open wound All that seems Is flooded and ruined Water fades to steam In dreams wrecked and lewd A copied image pretend evolution A sign of incomplete revision A warped reflection of a mass revival Taken over from If only Those that build Were allowed to step forth It's lonely And it's filled With blind barking hounds And eyes Darken skies that overflow and It lights up Comments rage If for a moment It ruptures Disengaged Cue apathy And eyes Darken skies that overflow and Cry None left to try So why disguise Those lies And eyes Darken skies that overflow and Present bones that Reveal racist Fucks flexed in full view A copied image pretend evolution A sign of incomplete revision A warped reflection of a mass revival Take it over
5.
Waters Rise 03:59
A river climbing up above the banks Spilling out Gazing Embracing Doors of houses Windows filled with flowers River blood replacing air Eating every- thing it Touches Sounds of thunder Melting away colors When the waters rise This time There will be no place To hide They will leave us behind
6.
No Answer 01:27
7.
Ghosts I 03:39
I see you when you talk to ghosts I hear you hold their shadows close When you escape to higher ground Pray for nothing to tie your spirit down There’s city blocks all filled with ghosts They rest in parks and trees and homes When you return from better lands Hope for something to end up better then
8.
Ghosts II 05:11
You don’t believe in, you don’t you don’t The future i know, you don’t Never looking as people fall away Never listen to how we stay You don’t see into, you don’t you don’t The present i live, you don’t Never stopping for any touch of pain Never hearing the words we say The chains you made will burn away Burning buildings windows falling into air nothing there When it’s over, when it’s over, when it’s over This was a prophecy, look what they did to me, look what you did to me You’ll know I was right, when it’s over Sidewalks splitting disappearing into cracks into black You taste the salt on your hands You breathe the earth in your lungs You feel the blood on your teeth You see the ghosts you made Empty veins The chains you made will burn away
9.
Crimson 04:33
Strike us down You don't give a shit Blue streaked hordes The crimes they commit Only fuel our anger Hold me Broken, discarded and hungry Cast aside By those meant to console me Crimson Dripping on the cement Is a familiar sight for Those who Just walk by Strike us down You don't give a shit Blue streaked hordes The crimes they commit Only fuel our anger (Empty your veins / All that you wanted to keep / Buried) Torn to shreds You Have no time Bleeding suits Will sink in the slime
10.
No Horizon 04:48
Circling riding round Fountain spews from the ground Diamond eye on the park open arms Welcome you to the city’s swarm Every whole sets of legs One by one two by two Birds on the bath, ornaments on the lawn Cameras flash we look down Guarded by cross and shield Steel blue Running wheel in a garden Running in a loop No horizon Circling driving by Millions of shoes pound the ground Red tower with my city’s name in lights Black and blue knights on foot patrol Steel blue Running wheel in a garden Running in a loop No horizon Circling flying by Buildings touch the sky My city’s drowning under the heights Submerged under lights and steel Underwater watchful eye The fog in the sky covers the spire How far is its reach How far
11.
Circling riding round Fountain spews from the ground Diamond eye on the park open arms Welcome you to the city’s swarm Every whole sets of legs One by one two by two Birds on the bath, ornaments on the lawn Cameras flash we look down Guarded by cross and shield Steel blue Running wheel in a garden Running in a loop No horizon Circling driving by Millions of shoes pound the ground Red tower with my city’s name in lights Black and blue knights on foot patrol Steel blue Running wheel in a garden Running in a loop No horizon Circling flying by Buildings touch the sky My city’s drowning under the heights Submerged under lights and steel Underwater watchful eye The fog in the sky covers the spire How far is its reach How far

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You can buy this album as a CD here: music.amalgamusic.org/album/specter

Specter is motivated by a deep-seated feeling that the fabric of society is quickly unravelling, and their songs react to issues like gentrification, police brutality, and escalating social unrest. Cordoba also reflects on feelings of isolation and anxiety that have only been amplified in this time of pandemic. The album is characterized by the band’s typical off-kilter grooves, nuanced arrangements, and vocal versatility, this time incorporating performances from KAIA String Quartet and a cast of local jazz musicians.

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released October 30, 2020

Cordoba is…
Brianna Tong - Vocals
Eric Novak - Vocals, Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Bass Clarinet
Cam Cunningham - Guitar
Zach Bain-Selbo - Keys
Khalyle Hagood - Bass
Zach Upton-Davis - Drums

Also featuring...
A.ADISA - Vocals on Track 2, Background Vocals on Track 3
Neko Jackson - Background Vocals on Track 3
Eli Namay - Bass on Track 2
Matt Riggen - Trumpet on Tracks 2, 3, 9, 11
David Fletcher - Trombone on Tracks 2, 3, 9, 11
KAIA String Quartet - Strings on Tracks 2, 5, 7, 9, 11

Tracks 3, 10, 11 written by Cam Cunningham
Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, written by Cam Cunningham and Brianna Tong
Track 2 written by Cam Cunningham, Brianna Tong, and Asha Adisa
Tracks 4, 9 written by Cam Cunningham and Eric Novak

This record was recorded at Jamdek by Doug Malone and at Limbic Audio by Cordoba’s own Zach Bain-Selbo. It was mixed by Zach Bain-Selbo and mastered by Greg Obis of Chicago Mastering Services. Album art by Eric Novak and Brianna Tong.

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Cordoba Chicago, Illinois

Cordoba is a Chicago-based jazz fusion sextet. They play tunes that combine intricate grooves, soulful vocals and explosive improvisation with a commitment to radical social change.

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