Plasticity

by Watabou

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  • 5 Year Anniversary Cassette
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    PRR-016

    60 tape run of Plasticity by Pattern Recognition Records to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of my 2014 EP!

    This tape was released in conjunction with Watabou x Bubblegum Octopus' "Starry Night Tour" so numbers are extremely limited!

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1.
01:33
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate Regardless that I know it's detrimental I feel this fluid flowing through my veins And it may be exactly what it takes For me to get past this lapse, this peripheral gap At the cost of my independence Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate Fighting with this synergy Acting like I'm independent Redirecting benefit Towards this moral rift (spirit pouring through based off of what I consume) Realigning energy Realizing my addiction Conscious of jaded efforts I attempt change Yet I still drink Is there any way For me to ascend Anywhere above My current location The answer always comes Deep from my subconscious A transfer made so neutrally From the cause itself I will win, I will find myself When I win, what will winning help Questioning, but not giving in I'll ascend, I'll refute the urge to further Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
2.
I'm reveling in your compliment I'm Hyperventilating Ever so consciously Ever so aware of my own awareness I can't breathe Normal air Lungs react And I follow I never let a thought slip by without prior Critiquing, and assuming judgement Making it an abstract Straining outward context as it stands Manipulating, inwardly debating, and Struggling just to breathe To breathe So I design my state of mind to reflect itself other times For the confines of what is mine remind me of the finite line Persisting past plain fortitude Maliciously and insecure Outgrown, outweighed, outlasted, and My troubles sink below this pristine air
3.
01:11
Acting out of implied necessity So it seems to me I- I need to breathe To breathe and to feed Off all of the ideas foreign to me And to have consumed Past the point of greed There remains something else I need Something that I need My heart invests itself in this And speaks convinced of urgency Convinced So it seems to me That I am to obtain what I seek By impulsive means
4.
03:54
Awake and staring at the walls as unfulfilling as it sounds I cannot concentrate On anything outside of my own growing lethargy (I'll) just try To close my eyes and sleep And sleep The foundation of my slumber Hinges on what could be done instead Of laying my head down and wondering what thoughts it will evoke Though it wont amount to much Since I've already dreamed Sweet dreams of love and light And everything ambiguous that I want What I need's action not lullaby Not passive passion Pushing past my Mismatched reaction Detaching from distant distractions
5.
Turning away from my lethargic mold Pushing towards thoughts of a meaningful reality I'll rewire and reconsolidate Redirect my Neuroplastic Envelope To transcend this objectivity Catalyzing ethereal flow Becoming who I promised myself I'd be Years ago
6.
01:08
I'm falling through the conventions of my Only system setup Just like mathematics when applied This is the basis of my monotonous schedule I try to side against it but I'm Null and dying from this self-inflicted starvation of all my conflict I'm in need of depth, I just need some new light But how can that light just be obtained If there is anything maintaining Interest in these digits Providing structure is a key but how does that relate to me I'm seeing past these rigid Lines that work objectively to find The human construct that confine It's concept and create this null
7.
Mind aligned to a meter arhythmic Pulsating frustration at its stem I'll waste no time tearing through my Sense of stability Gaining pace at a speed still encumbered Pushing to dissolve my reaction Words so dispersed at the top of my memory Trying to climb through this sensory chokehold It's been twenty long years since the last time that I remember being able to breathe Endless instinctual defensive properties Forcing me to fight Forcing me to retort Taking me further than I've ever been before Never letting go Impulsive and devoid Of any motion backwards and of anything besides this Strangulating sequence of natural intent Keeping me away from self-conception Limiting My own observation Or so I'd like to think It's so much more than these (x2) Ingrained social reflexes Weighing in with no sense of rhetoric On my own grounds and opposed to my mind I will act with confidence self-given Against all of my past ingrained social reflexes

about

Plasticity is my reaction to a constantly evolving struggle that progressively splinters as it grows, creating calloused social circumstances based on our own unwillingness to accept and admit to our vulnerabilities. It is a depiction of the subconscious thought processes and circular conflicts which create out identities. It is about the awareness and manipulation of these thoughts and ideals to create our own personas and communities. The name Plasticity itself is a reference to the contrast between the fantastic depths of neuroplasticity and the "plastic" passive behaviors that are socially prevalent. The presence of these thoughts in everyday life is something I've appreciated learning throughout the creation of Plasticity and I hope it's something you find valuable as well. You are just as vital to my existence and growth as I am.

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released February 22, 2014

Watabou is Rebekah Riott
All compositions by Watabou*
Art by ioekey
Recording by Matthew Morden
Mixing by Rebekah Riott, Justin Vieira, Graham Lapp, and Matthew Morden
Mastering by Justin Vieira
*Track 4 feat Matthew Morden

Many thanks to Matt, ioe, Justin, and Graham for each playing a huge role in the completion of what is definitely a musical milestone in my life. I hope that your endeavors bring you as much fulfillment as working with you has brought me.

Many thanks also to Colin Shannon, Ryan Taylor, Eric Stephenson, Jonah Rusling, Julian Lesse, Nikola Whallon, Jay Watson, Eric Vanbuhler, Seth Weddle, Robert Inhuman, Zach Lockwood, and Noah Borders for all of the immense support and inspiration you've each given me throughout the production of this release.

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Watabou Ann Arbor, Michigan

Watabou is the amalgamation of extensive electronic programming, punishing physical externalization, subconscious realization, and constructive manipulation of myself and my art. It is the peak of my artistic externalization and I hope you understand and enjoy it for what it is. ... more

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