The Unraveled (Full Album)

by ash.ØK

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about

Philadelphia producer / songwriter ash.ØK weaves disparate threads of genre — electronica, trap, hip-hop, folk, blues, and ambient — into a fine tapestry of sonic innovation.

Straddling cultures as a first-generation Indian American, ash.ØK was as influenced by gritty boom bap of artists like Nas, Pharcyde, and Notorious B.I.G. as by the ancient music of his parent’s Indian Catholic heritage. The incongruity of continental divide and generations is what forges ash.ØK’s distinct sound, merging traditional Eastern themes and chord progressions with rich urban compositions of layered complexity.

His latest album, The Unraveled, examines themes of melancholia and the dissolution of love within intimate relationships. Through the use of opposing perspectives, ash.ØK embraces polarized storytelling as relationships shatter, deteriorating from internal conflicts of the individual and their character. This theme is brought home in deftly crafted, artfully arranged, and lushly layered textiles of sound.

The Unraveled begets critical mass in its fusion of disparate genres with orchestral and urban instrumentation, haunting vocals, and synth production. The album, which ash.ØK produced over a period of two years, features collaborations with artists including Tina Guo (Ellie Goulding, John Legend, Hans Zimmer), Kid Moxie, Anna Yvette (Machine Gun Kelly, MiTiS, Rootkit), Chrysanthe Tan (Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Justin Beiber), and Kaly (A.R. Rahman, Rianjali, Raxstar) among many others.

The album was engineered by Grammy-winning Jeff Chestak (Kanye West, Linkin Park, Justin Timberlake) and Ryan Schwabe (King Britt, Baauer, RJD2) & can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and all other major outlets.

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released January 28, 2018

:: When ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Vocals performed by The House Jacks

:: Chained Rebellion ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Vocals performed by Kid Moxie
Lead violin performed and arranged by Chrysanthe Tan
Programming / Arrangement by Ashok Kailath

:: The Unraveled ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Vocals performed by Rebecca Loebe
Rebecca Loebe vocals recorded by Jinx McGee
Additional vocals performed by Rianjali
Programming by ash.ØK

:: Godly ::
Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Vocals performed by Kaly
Bass by Rhodney "Rah Sungee" Miller

:: Holding Sand ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Cello, Erhu, and Native American Bass Flute performed and arranged by Tina Guo
Programming / Arrangement by Ashok Kailath

:: Breathe Me In ::
Produced and Recorded by Ashok Kailath (ASCAP)
Vocals performed by Anna Yvette
Lyrics written by Ashok Kailath, Anna Yvette, and Pretha John
Additional vocals performed by Rianjali
Programming / Arrangement by Ashok Kailath

:: Bitter Herbs ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Vocals performed by Merry Ellen Kirk
Lyrics written by Ashok Kailath and Pretha John
Lead Guitar performed and arranged by Phil Romeo
Additional guitars by ash.ØK

:: Just Freedom ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Vocals performed by ash.ØK

:: Athenaeum ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Vocals performed by Laiyla-Rose Kailath and Augustine Kailath

:: We’ll Waste Away ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Vocals performed by Robyn Cage
Tabla performed by Jomy George
Lyrics written By Ashok Kailath and Pretha John
Additional lyrics by Vanaysia Le
Additional vocals performed by Miranda Rae

:: Liquid Therapy ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Additional Production by Alvaro Flash Icaza

:: Shattered On The Inside ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Vocals performed by Conkarah
Additional production by DJ Jounce
Lyrics written By Ashok Kailath and Pretha John
Scratch Guitar by Harry Wilson


:: Don’t Say Xie-Xie ::
Written, Produced, and Arranged by ash.ØK
Brass Ensemble by The West Philadelphia Orchestra
Recorded for The West Philadelphia Orchestra by Adam Hershberger and David Fishkin
Strings by The Jaclyn Duncan Trio (Jaclyn Duncan, Samantha Hyo Crawford, Mark Bassett)

:: All tracks programmed by ash.ØK
:: All tracks mixed by Jeff Chestak
:: All tracks mastered by Ryan Schwabe

Cover Art and Album Design: Bret Syfert
Photography: Dan Drufovka

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ash.ØK Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

:: Producer | Urban | Electronica ::
NEW ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Featuring music with TINA GUO x KID MOXIE x CHRYSANTHE TAN x CONKARAH x ANNA YVETTE x JOMY GEORGE x MANY MORE!

Inquiries/Collabs: contact@ash0K.com

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Track Name: When - ash.ØK x The House Jacks
When
When I was a young boy
The world was in the palm of my hands
And as I grew older
I began to understand
That you
Were no friend
On you
I could never depend
And these dreams
Though they bleed
And they cry
to come alive
Please I just beg for a kiss
To let me know I still exist
Cause I need you to smile
Track Name: Chained Rebellion - ash.ØK x Kid Moxie x Chrysanthe Tan
Chained Rebellion
All those dreams we softly dreamt
All those dreams in a haze of blue
Never felt such loneliness
Never felt so close to truth

Always love for what we wished, even when we had to keep
Always moving, never reaching all the things we had to be
Trapped within the arms of time
This rebellion chained inside our mind

[chorus]
In this moment
In this instance
We lost a lifetime, we lost a lifetime

Desperate for some other life
Clinging on to what we know
Half carpe diem and then
Looking back at tomorrow

Forever was just yesterday
Now we’re here caressing heartbreaks we thought were faraway
We’re shadows, memories
A final dusk and our soul’s released.
Track Name: The Unraveled - ash.ØK x Rebecca Loebe
The Unraveled
I walked this road in my worn shoes
Never even cared to look behind
Walked towards a dying light
Let the darkness keep me blind

You’re talking, I don’t hear you speak
So darlin', please just save your words
Tomorrow comes, the burden is real
Your cries will be the only thing unheard

Took a drag of my last cigarette,
Closed my eyes, wishing this could be my last breath.
Turn the page, let this darkness lift - so we can breathe

[chorus]
In your hands, is an answer, dear
So quietly you slip away
Forever’s gone, but this moment is here
Unraveled and I left you this way...

The children laughing and the world moves on
A face I don’t know staring back at me
No promises today, if tomorrow comes
We'll remember how we used to be

Too busy getting by to really just live
So lost in now, I forgot to dream
You stood silently by our side
Carrying a burden I’d never see

Took a drag of my last cigarette,
Closed my eyes, wishing this could be my last breath.
Turn the page and let this darkness lift - so we can breathe.

[chorus]

Darling touch my hand, can we dream something better than this
Press your lips to mine, fairytales end with a kiss.
Forever wasn’t meant to fade this far away
Somewhere lost inside I think we’re still the same.

[chorus]
Track Name: Godly - ash.ØK x Kaly x Rah Sungee
Godly
Godly - what they call me
You can miss me with the bullshit
God given me the pulpit.
And this blue pen

Brown king got a round brown thing
Ride around town with the top down
Bow down to the brown skin
You a hater if you ain’t bouncing
By now you should know that the flow move mountains
And I ain’t just found it
I’ve been loading up clips rain down like a fountain
Load another fuckin’ round then
If you ain’t my king get down then
If you ain’t my king get down then
Wanna call me king, get down then
Load another fuckin’ round then
If you ain’t my king get down then
Track Name: Breathe Me In - ash.ØK x Anna Yvette
Breathe Me In
Raindrops crashing down a window
Chasing paths that you know
We’ve been here to end again

Same words spoken all before, tired
This will be the last time, that you’ll hear them from my lips

They say people don’t change
you said there would be no more games
I know I shouldn’t have listened.

Holding out for hope, you’re clinging
Seal your fate before the end.

[chorus]
Breathe me in
Figure me out
Learn me again
If the storm should pass
And we don’t fade away
Learn me again.

You’ve been running around in circles
Looking with your eyes closed
You don’t want to see yourself.

Just take a look in the mirror
And see yourself clearer
Before you lose me.

Holding out for hope, you’re clinging
Seal your fate before the end.

[chorus]
Track Name: Bitter Herbs - ash.ØK x Merry Ellen Kirk
BITTER HERBS
Bitter herbs, crushed to dust now
Nectar sweet, melt away now
Everything, slowly steeping inside
This cup is warm, but only tonight.

Take a sip, can we forget now
Just today, no words or regrets now
If this is the last time to gaze in your eyes
Heart breaks spilling into this chai

[chorus]

There was a time, we both dreamed away
In coffee shops, our love brewing away
Let me drink deep your fantasies
Pour your secrets out, all your memories

And now we’re here, it only ends once now
When you leave, forever is done now

And I know there’s nothing more we can say
As we’re sitting here, already drifting away
Can we linger, just one story, one more fantasy
When this cup is done - so are we.
Track Name: Just Freedom
JUST FREEDOM
Give me that freedom just to feel so good
You give me freedom just to feel so good
I got that freedom just to feel so good
Give me that freedom just to feel so good
Track Name: We’ll Waste Away - ash.ØK x Robyn Cage X Jomy George
Whisper half a truth
I’ll give you half a lie
Overdose on love
I’ll bring you back to life

I’m just that sorrow
Slowly fading away
Memories of a heart
That you never tamed

Many times I tried set you free
I couldn't knowing how much
You loved me

Hide my heart, maybe, we can survive
Make believe and I’ll tell you everything’s fine

We’ll waste away
Just one more day
We’ll masquerade
As we fade away


[chorus]
Don’t be fooled by your love for me
Let go of your emotions and wake up from the fantasy
Don't be fooled by your love for me
If you knew how I felt, you would learn to forgive me

My dreams at night are full of regrets
Of your broken heart caged
And a love that will never be met

I'm not unfaithful, I’m just incomplete
like my soul is in rebellion
and your love won’t let you see

I'm not the one to want to break your heart
To take devotion so pure
and tear it apart

And we’ll masquerade
As we fade away

[chorus]
Track Name: Shattered On The Inside - ash.ØK x DJ Jounce x Conkarah
SHATTERED ON THE INSIDE
Nights wrapping over our souls
Buried in our memories
No dreams other than this
I can’t remember how it used to be

Pretty lights flashing in your eyes
Only we could ever know
Deeper truths, shackled away
Scream and let go

[chorus]
Shattered on the inside
Pretending that we’re alright
Falling deeper, intoxicated
These dreams got me faded

We said that we could be free
And live our lives one day at a time
But baby all is never forgotten
Tears hide behind smiling eyes

Let’s not forget, all the talk
There’s nothing more I want to know
Deeper truths, shackled away
Scream and let go

[chorus]

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