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How to Draw a River, Step by Step

by Rika

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Restless 01:52
black clouds over the rooftops keep you inside where will you go tonight? where will you go? dim lit rooms outside tell stories you will never hear when you go it will seem like you were never here
Port Dover 04:07
one last breath and then you run as long as your feet carry you cut from the strings that held you back and tried to tear your world apart one last breath the camera flashes and you run into the sparkling golden red for all these years you’ve kept all the postcards on refrigerator doors and on shelves safely locked away from yourself you were holding on to this place
Mute 03:46
the paint came off the walls in your house and the heat seeped through the windows and your eyes got lost in the dark you found it hard to drift off to sleep with these heavy thoughts on your mind when it’s quiet and unbearable you spent the whole night wide awake with curtains drawn to keep the trouble at bay in a city you can’t see through sometimes the words don’t come out sometimes you keep your mouth shut
See-Through 04:40
here summer is almost over the air is slowly getting colder we hear the city hum a lullaby and watch the taillights fade into the night all the magic disappeared because our stories won’t translate and when you saw your face reflecting in the window of the train you became see-through
heading through the forests floating over seas when will you arrive? when will you be free?
when you noticed how the years passed away and your heart couldn’t keep the pace when you realized how long you’ve been waiting for some things to take shape you took the first bus to the harbor and set sail waiting for the winds to blow you away
October 05:50
it’s october and you spend your days with a worried look on your face watching the rain drizzle down watching the boats drift by your house everything it takes to keep you warm there is a fire in your neighbor’s house it’s keeping you from sleeping sound turn over leaves falling down burn houses and homes one by one everything it takes to keep you warm everything it takes to keep you safe
Retrospect 03:59
afternoons turn into nights and christmas lights paint outlines to the city covered in white slowly i’m moving on can barely feel my hands there’s just enough light for my shivering feet to find my way back home and i don’t understand how things can change so fast get buried like the grass underneath the snow when we were kids we were waiting in your room with hopes held high now i’m waiting for this year to end
Treasure 04:24
you always wonder how you’re supposed to swim too afraid to tread this cold cold water too weak to cure the illness to overcome this distance waiting to be found you blame yourself for every empty hour every language you don’t understand and the day is coming down to throw your head around you stay inside waiting for the storm to come down over the house you’ve built around yourself
Departure 05:50
looking out to the horizon from the windows of your car seagulls gather over us and the words we spoke about our younger years disappeared raindrops pound against the glass tired of your voice stories from the past words about old times disappear at last had a couple of drinks last night and i took the pounding counting hours passing by the hate-filled mouth kept quiet the heavy eyes got tired now i’m leaving you behind until same time next year


released February 15, 2013

Additional Musicians

Manuel Altinger (horn)
Matthias Frey (violin)
Christian Hölzel (guitars, synths, vocals)
Paolo Mora (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Kerstin Pachschwöll (vocals)
Lukas Pöchhacker (cello)
Michael Schreiber (vocals)

Album Credits

Produced by Big Rok and Rika
Recorded and engineered by Big Rok and Michael Lahner at Spiegelfabrik, Gars am Kamp
Mixed by Florian Parzer at Floxbox
Mastered by Martin Siewert
Artwork photography by Manuel Riegler
Layout and Design by Stefan Fellner


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Rika Vienna, Austria

Rika, eine Band in vierköpfiger Besetzung, hat sich für das Debütalbum "How To Draw A River, Step by Step" (VÖ 15.02.13) Raum und Zeit genommen. Aufgenommen wurde gemeinsam mit Christian Hölzel (Francis International Airport) in einem still gelegten Fabriksareal, fernab dem lauten Treiben der Großstädte, in denen die Mitglieder sich sonst aufhalten. ... more


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