Instructions Unclear

by Reckoner

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Instructions Unclear is an album built with instruments, voice and code - under the sorrow, malaise and paranoia for the hyper-surveillance of the personal.

A follow up to the skittish and pulsating Fracking (2016), Instructions Unclear is the result of two years' worth of tinkering with a variety of sound-making objects, ranging from dusty synthesizers, broken white noise machines, tube amps interfering with underground power lines, toy pianos, repurposed DAW modules and blocks of Haskell code.

Parts of the album were developed over a series of Algroraves in NYC, while others were put together over multiple flights, late night trains and in dingy Brooklyn apartments with rude cats.


released October 22, 2019

Written, recorded and produced by Sumanth Srinivasan

Synth on 'Red Spiders Cometh' and 'Supply Chain' by Matthew Kaney

Additional piano production on 'An Evening Ritual' by Warren Lain

Mastered by Justin Perkins at Mystery Room Mastering

Cassettes produced by Analogue Media Technologies, Inc

Artwork by Pierre Depaz and Sumanth Srinivasan

Thanks to Warren, Pai, Tara, Burton, Ansh, Devon, Niyanth, Caleb, Jess and Dr Sicchio

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Reckoner is the solo project of guitarist and experimental composer Sumanth Srinivasan.

He is based in NYC and performs as a part of the live act Reckoner+=Matthew featuring live coded music and visuals.

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Track Name: Red Spiders Cometh
The spiders are on the way
Stay out of luck
Stay in your rut

The canaries are tied
Strapped to the box
Stay out of love

The spiders are all around
Scream at the sun, From underground

The bodies are frozen in
Big plastic bags, Cynical

The maginot line for your
Phone and your head, they
Come crashing down

Bring down your guards, and
Pray to the cloud
Stay out of love

Traffic ahead of us (x8)
Track Name: Supply Chain
Stare away into the evening
It catches up to the heart
The fire in the sweatshops
And the pie in your face

Haggle over your ruins
Frozen into a toy
Walk around in the wet sand
Until you spawn in a perfect world

And then a dream in a dream,
Astounded and fragile
And then a dream, then a dream
Straddle your treasures

Say your prayers with a rapture
And fire a cannon into the void
There’s a heart and soul in how you brand it
So talk me out of all your [redacted]

And then a dream in a dream
Astounded and fragile
And then a dream, then a dream
Straddle and sway

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