Natural Beauty

by hikikomori

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Natural Beauty might be a fitting title for the cover art of this EP (a beautifully surreal, extremely closeup photograph of a moth's wing), but in reality is a sarcastic remark about the focus of this collection of songs: the ugliness of human nature.

A completely solo work, all done under the self-imposed surveillance of a video stream live for anyone to watch (youtube.hikikomorimusic.com), Natural Beauty is as much an ode to basement internet life as it is modern social commentary.

With 80's keyboards that live comfortably next to jangly indie rock guitars, and current day electronic sounds paired with often falsetto vocals that aren't afraid to sing over a mathy beat once in a while: this EP has a sound that both seeks the future and the past at once. Radiohead is the obvious influence, but there's definitely some Postal Service, Queens of the Stone Age, and subtle various classic rock references mixed in as well.

Hikikomori began in 2010 as a solo side project for me for songs that didn't quite meet up with what Withershins was about. After moving halfway across the country and away from my bandmates in Withershins, it became my primary focus. My intention is to stay true to the concept of hikikomori as much as possible by way of online shows, live streams, and being as much of a shut-in as I can while still being a functioning music project.

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soundcloud.com/hikikomori-music
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twitter.com/hikikomoricolin

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released May 19, 2017

All audio lovingly handcrafted by Colin Larson
Cover art photo by Adolfo Ruiz

I would like to thank everyone who's ever brought positive energy towards me and my artistic endeavors, but above all else I'd like to thank my amazing wife Erin for her infinite wisdom, kindness, and patience. You make every day beautiful for me and my adoration for you is ever-growing. The bond we share is the most treasured part of my life: I love you.

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hikikomori Frederick, Maryland

fresh from the basement

ex-withershins, johnnyork

Hikikomori, literally "pulling inward, being confined", i.e., "acute social withdrawal") are reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement. Hikikomori have been described as loners or "modern-day hermits."
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Track Name: Invisible Way
the light cannot escape
the things we dare create

all that we see and say
well you're there in an invisible way

well maybe it's all for the best
they say if you wanna find happiness
you really gotta know yourself

now you don't have to say
cause you're there in an invisible way

why won't you take a
look in the mirror
what is it you're hiding anyways?
Track Name: I'm Yours
you deceive me
and make me your fool
please believe me
that I don't want you
no I don't need you

leave me speechless
and tied up again
you control me
I can't ever win

no I won't win
no one wins

my mind goes blank
I'm paralyzed

you're keeping me from
burning bright

but I'm yours
i know I'm yours
I'm yours

competition weighs on me
my confidence you stole from me

another chance will
pass me by
it happens almost
every time

but I'm yours
i know I'm yours
I'm yours

find a way to turn out right
Track Name: Pull The Peg
you dont want to understand
you dont care because you've got a plan

maybe you've been sold a lie
maybe think before you buy

and we wait and we wait and we're waiting on you

the wind flies through the window
where your thoughts and your prayers go
time out everyone around must listen
to what we say or we will surely fall

unless you succumb to superstition
then our lives they will benefit us all

unless
Track Name: Loser Talk
when did you lose it?
your sense of
good direction
now we all just want what's best for us
but you seem
a bit distracted

put on your
uniform
get out there and make a play

wrapped up in the moment
feeling righteous and
addicted to argument
impatient altercations
well I guess that's
just how they make us

put on your
uniform
get out there and make a play

so don't listen to what they say
they're only playing for a team
when winning is everything
we're lost

why can't you see it?
blind to the damage
of loyalty and good intentions
now we all just want what's best for us
why can't you see it?

put on your
uniform
get out there and make them pay

so don't listen to what they say
they're only playing for a team
when winning is everything
we're lost
Track Name: Bye June
Bye June
I'm going to the moon
It better be by June
'Cause I'm going to the moon

So June
You'd better make it soon
I hope you make it June
'Cause I'm going to the moon

Bye June

Bye June
I'm going to the moon
I hope you make it soon
'Cause I'm waiting on this moon

Bye June
I hope you make it too
I'm wishing you're there too
I hope you make it June

Bye bye June