Atoms

by Platon Karataev

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1.
Ex Nihilo
2.
04:26
3.
03:27
4.
04:32
5.
Psalmus
6.
Aphelion
7.
03:29
8.
Disguise
9.
Litmus Heart
10.
Bitter Steps
11.
Valaki jár a fák hegyén (Bonus track, Kaláka cover)

about

This album is about searching for our innermost selves, and also about questioning everything. The title, ‘Atoms’, refers to the idea that just like us, each song on this album is an individual shivering atom on its own.

Throughout these songs, there is a sense of falling - either towards ourselves or away. Catharsis is a key element of the album, something one experiences when approaching the inner self, the core. We encountered this experience during the past two years while writing this LP. We have no idea where these songs emerged from, but we are seeking to find their place of origin.

The album also reflects a sort of emptiness, and focuses on states of abandonment, and the sense of floating. It resolves an anxiety stemming from questioning former values, a never-ending grappling with transcendent beings.

If one dives too deep, one collapses. If one flies too high, one runs out of air. We walk on this Earth together, carrying our heavy bodies. ‘Atoms’ is a 40 minute pause within this.

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releases June 5, 2020

All songs composed, arranged, and performed by Platon Karataev. Platon Karataev are: Gergely Balla, Soma Bradák, Sebestyén Czakó-Kuraly, László Sallai
Recorded at Stamusic Studios & Mastering Production, Budapest. Produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Ábel Zwickl
Additional instrumentation by András Jáky (bass), Domonkos Kondor (trumpet), Ábel Zwickl (guitar, keys).
Design by Emőke Dobos

‘Valaki jár a fák hegyén’ was written by Sándor Kányádi, composed by Vilmos Gryllus, rearranged and performed by Platon Karataev
All rights reserved by Gryllus Kiadó.
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Ábel Zwickl and Péter Kirschner. Additional guitar parts by Bertalan Horváth

The copyright of this sound recording and artwork is owned by Platon Karataev. Made in Budapest, 2020.

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Platon Karataev is a Budapest based indie rock band formed in 2016.

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Track Name: Atoms
Atoms

You’re standing on a plain, snow-covered, shivering with cold
You said I’m yours

We hold onto each other like fallen leaves on frozen ground
With healing wounds

Our faces stroked by the fall
We’re freezing, we’re just small
Atoms who blindly crawl
Towards each other after all

You’re standing on a plain, snow-covered, shivering with cold
You said I’m yours

Fear from loneliness and madness are the strongest bonds
But now we’re found

It feels like swimming under water or like praying to the sky
One can’t do with open eyes

Our faces stroked by the fall
We’re freezing, we’re just small
Atoms who blindly crawl
Towards each other after all

Look at these frozen bones on the sky
We call them stars but that’s a lie
Track Name: Wide Eyes
Wide Eyes

A heavy burden of choice
On my deepening mind
My eyes are wide from both fear and from wonder
I see my way but I’m lost
In this straight labyrinth
I’m drowning in paradox
I’m drowning in paradox

No more fear from the walk
Through the dark forest of my mind
This pressure of freedom
And stone cold apathy
I can’t see but I feel
There are greater things than me
But I’m sinking in apathy
I’m sinking in apathy

Meteors light my mind
I peel layers of my thoughts
Track Name: Ocean
Ocean

I’m not saying that I’m crying
Just an ocean fell out of my eyes

My hands are smoky firewalls
Clasped for prayer
In the mud I shed my faith in rags
I’ll leave it there

I’m not saying that I’m crying
Just an ocean fell out of my eyes

Gratitude is sand beneath my tongue
I’m kelp between God’s toes
I’m a dead fly on his dusty windowsill
Burden of meaninglessness

I’m not saying that I’m crying
Just an ocean fell out of my eyes

I’m a splinter in God’s numb palm
Track Name: Wolf Throats
Wolf Throats

I'm a thought I run without feet
I'm a thought I fly without wings

Their hunched furs in shreds and they haven't been fed
The wolf throats are red as they howl at me mad

This upward falling breaks my bird bones
I have nothing to atone for

Can't you see that the conductor is dead?
The orchestra's led by a score that's unread
Their hunched furs in shreds and they haven't been fed
The wolf throats are red as they howl at me mad

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