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Broken Mirrors

by Kinjac

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I lit the flame spoke the spirit's name I'm not ashamed to admit I went looking for trouble sifted through the misery to find the lessons in the rubble returned from the other side with my vision doubled read the sacred scriptures written in the sands of time mysteries of the divine etched deep within the mind buried deep under the radar in the words inside a rhyme left in plain sight for the blind seekers to find in time what you find in the quiet of your mind isn't always fine you’ll find I’m afraid that's the price you pay for having something real to say
it’s so hard to find hope when you’re living on a sinking boat with no land in sight no way to get it right (turn off the light and say goodnight) we’re all playing a rigged game living in a system made to keep us tame a rose by any other name would smell as sick we’re all going down into the sea so let it be and let it burn another turn around the sun another year closer to staring down the barrel of a gun our time is done
Wolf 03:12
she keeps it numb to keep the peace he’s sipping gin he’s dressed in fleece but he’s a wolf and she’ll be on her knees so soon she signed a deal with the devil and spelled out her doom
Champagne 04:08
blame all your troubles on the future and the past spent your life building monuments that can't last took a look in the mirror all you see in its glare is a fragile shrinking soul from a life spent unaware now champagne bubbles are all that sticks to your soul you've drowned yourself in a bottle and dug into a hole wasted away like all the minutes of your passing days for your life of leisure that's the price you pay self diluted and defeated by the thoughts you hold now you’re sinking down into the ground that you stole save your breath if you think you can apologize don’t you know you can’t sew up the wounds you opened with your lies now champagne bubbles are all that sticks to your soul you've drowned yourself in a bottle and dug into a hole wasted away like all the minutes of your passing days for your life of leisure that's the price you pay
Selfish 04:10
you see what you want you hear what you please you take what you want til there’s nothing for me too selfish to see that your misery is self-imposed (you’ll never know) too careless and empty to see reality pop your pills and count your wealth drink your drinks for better health hide yourself from yourself cause your self is too selfish
In Time 03:27
I need to learn how to slow down and stop myself before I ignite I need to learn how to trust the ones I love now so I don’t burn down everything that I’ve built all of my friends have left me for dead they can’t stand the things I’ve said can’t stand the things I’ve said all my past lovers can’t stand to see my face now they’re in a better place they’re in a better place all of my dreams have shattered at my feet cause nothing stays complete no nothing stays complete all I have loved has withered on the vine cause everything will die in time everything will die in time
best to forget those haunting memories that keep you up at night best to let go of all regret and be on your merry way best to forget the things you never meant to say the paths that never were your way the nights that never turned to day the lingering stain from a heart carelessly maimed the fear ingrained by wounds that left you lame and stole your youth best to forget all of the truth that was contained in the names of those who chose to close the door and walk away broken mirrors all around can’t seem to find the ground under our feet all is terror and defeat can’t reflect when your soul is circumspect when your head is off its neck and all you feel inside is dead
Shattered 03:10
broken mirrors on the walls reflecting all we see distorting what it means to be
Possession 03:03
you don’t seem yourself, my friend I hear the noises from beneath our feet I hear them coming up from underneath for me you’re not yourself please, just calm down before they take you underground should we run or should we stay and pray that the demons don’t take our souls away you’re not yourself please, just calm down before they take you underground
Possessed 03:56
you've got your claws dug so deep in me and your flaws kept so secretly that no one can see how your demons have possessed both you and me


Although Kinjac has a prolific resume as a producer and four albums already to his name, his last album Moths was released three years before Broken Mirrors. They say that death strikes in threes and he became quite accustomed to it in this atypically long break between albums. First his sister’s best friend died of cancer at 19, then their father died very suddenly from cancer, and then he and his wife watched her father slowly deteriorate and die from cancer. Those events punctuated other major upheavals and traumas in his and his family’s life, and needless to say, Broken Mirrors is lyrically a dark and introspective album that deals with existential reflection on tragedy and loss. However, it does not focus on death itself, but instead the ways in which severe emotional traumas affect us personally and in our relationships with others. Trauma breaks a person on some level and that affects our interactions with everyone around us. We begin acting self-destructively and bring our loved ones down with us. Like a broken mirror, our reflections are distorted and those who hope to seek a clear reflection in us only see a fragmented and broken image. Kinjac has been this broken person, and he has been surrounded by them, and Broken Mirrors is his musical exploration on that theme.


released April 22, 2016

Written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Kinjac (Michael O'Shea) at Seven Moths Studios.


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Kinjac Asheville, North Carolina

Southern gothic anti-pop for sad citizens of the dystopia.

Kinjac is the solo project of music producer MG O'Shea.

Bandcamp Daily’s editorial director wrote “O’Shea is comfortable in the darkness. The music he makes as Kinjac exists in shadow, using the structures of industrial and dark ambient music as a backdrop for investigating life’s tragedies and big, unanswerable questions."
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