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Instructions Unclear

by Reckoner

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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)
Supply Chain 05:00
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
Placards 04:14


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

Source code available at: github.com/reckoner165/InstructionsUnclear




Reckoner Brooklyn, New York

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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