Dreaming of Sleep

by Tetrafusion

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released April 28, 2017

Mark Michell - bass
J.C. Bryant - drums/percussion
Gary Tubbs - lead vocals/keyboards
Brooks Tarkington - guitars/vocals

"Dreaming of Sleep" was recorded July 2016 - February 2017 in Austin, TX // Bossier City, LA // Elm Grove, LA // Natchitoches, LA

Mixed & Mastered by Jamie King (Basement Studios, NC)
Drums produced/engineered by Jake Holcomb
Guitars & Bass produced/engineered by Mark Michell
Vocals produced/engineered by Jacob Bryant
Synths and piano engineered by Gary Tubbs
String quartet & Marimba produced/engineered by Joseph DiMarco
Additional album production by Jake Holcomb
Artwork by Alex Pryle at Dead Crown Design

Guest solo on "Echo Chamber" courtesy of Myles Yang (Native Construct, Metal Blade Records) and guest solo on "Sisyphus" courtesy of John Baab (John Baab Trio, The Reign of Kindo)

Marimba performed by Brooks Tarkington

String quartet performed by:
Violin I - Andrej Kurti
Violin II - Emilio Castro
Viola - Mario Torres
Cello - Paul Christopher

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Track Name: Blank Pages
It was never meant to be
A distortion of reality
With the evidence after the fact
The story is always in tact

Faith in the future
Leaping forward
Without looking
Down

Bullets falling on the floor
Perfect order
Drawn into the plan

Cue the press, desensitize
Perfect order
Drawn into the plan

Bound to the script
I can't read ahead
Leave it to the playwright
Blank pages to be read

Ink to the paper
Action before plot
The moral of the story
Later to be taught

Connecting the dots
The picture’s in plain sight
Number to number
The pencil knows what to write

The sequel before it ends
The playbook forced to bend
Telling tale after tale
No chance for it to fail

It was never meant to be
A distortion of reality
With the evidence after the fact
The story is always in tact
Track Name: Echo Chamber (feat. Myles Yang)
When all you hear is noise,
The loudest voice is right
Always right

When all you see are walls,
There’s nowhere left to go,
So you are

Drowning out the voice of reason
Amplifying your own
Normalize your own perception
You’ll never be alone

Reflections of yourself
Extended out for miles and miles

With mirrors all around
The outside seems so far
So you are

Drowning out the voice of reason
Amplifying your own
Normalize your own perception
You’ll never be alone

Surrounding yourself with reflections
You bask in your conceit
Patching up every single hole ‘til your
Echo chamber’s complete

[We’re all the heroes of our own stories
There’s no need to see the other side
If you can rationalize it
I didn’t realize it at the time,
but I was building a circle around myself
A construct of my own creation
A construct of sameness,
Of opinions that reflected my own
Reflections and shadows of myself]

These reflective walls do not confine me
Your shadows do not define me
These shards of glass no longer binding
My construct is crumbling to the ground
And the outside is blinding
Track Name: The Void
The last thing I remember
Is getting closed inside
Powerless and helpless and
Petrified

Trapped inside this capsule of a life
I can feel my world shifting, drifting

Beyond my control
Fighting just to breathe
Blinded to the outside
Knocking from the inside
Let me out!

I can only see this world,
But I know there’s more outside
Hidden beneath the surface
I can see it in my mind

Spiraling away
Everything I’ve known, destroyed
Drifting into nothingness,
We are drawn into the void

Floating through the endlessness
Spinning in this weightlessness
Disconnected consciousness
Infinite nothingness

Blinded to reality
Disembodied, I can’t see
As I wake from hypersleep
Drawn into the void

I can only see this world
But I know there’s more outside
Hidden beneath the surface
I can see it in my mind

Spiraling away
Everything I’ve known, destroyed
Drifting into nothingness
We are drawn into the

Endless abyss
Metamorphosis
Floating through nothingness
Weightlessness
This altered consciousness

Endless abyss
Metamorphosis
Floating through nothingness
Weightlessness
This altered consciousness

Colors and shapes surround me
The world is spinning fast
Thrown to the edge,
Trying to sort out my past

I was on track,
But now it is clear
My intent was so sure, invariable
Now I am forced to face the end
Track Name: 10,001
Have you heard this before?
The same flow, the way it goes
Like a familiar face
In an unfamiliar place

You know you’ve heard it before
We all know the way it goes
And they all know how
You’ll just listen anyway

We’ve all heard it before
The same song a thousand times
This was never meant to be
Wish I could burn it to the ground

Can you hear it?
Can you see it through the sounds?
Don't you worry someday,
They may figure you out?

Have you heard this before?
We all know the way it comes
Familiarity
Is what you’re wanting it to be

You know you’ve heard it before
We all know the way it goes
It sounds exactly the same, but
You’ll just listen anyway

We’ve all heard it before
The same song ten thousand times
This was never meant to be
Wish we could burn it to the ground

Can you hear it?
Can you see it through the sounds?
Don’t you worry someday,
They may figure you out?

Formulaic imitation
Void of any innovation
Not a single deviation
All of this for your fixation

Formulaic imitation
Void of any innovation
Not a single deviation
All of this for your fixation

Closing your eyes
But somehow
You always find the way

Finding yourself
Miles and miles away
There must be a way
To bring us back home
Track Name: Sisyphus (feat. John Baab)
It’s so clear, it’s so apparent
So why don’t you understand?
In every single case
You maintain the upper hand

Living in our separate worlds
We’re selectively connected
Like light through a glass
My words are misdirected

My input is always refracted,
Rejected or misunderstood
Dismissing other perspectives
As if it would do any good


We’re speaking the same language
But sometimes I’m not so sure
The glass is becoming darker
Your intentions are growing more obscure

Are we from such different places,
That you cannot see my side?
Would it be so difficult
If only you had tried?

My words hitting a wall
The paint never sticks
But the more I try
The messier it gets

You only give me part of the picture
The rest is left to chance
Withholding bits and pieces
You’re setting the stage in advance

Tallying the wins and losses
Always keeping score
Forever pushing forward
Always wanting more

And so you’ve traded everything
For your idealistic goal
I know you thought that you were climbing,
But you only dug a hole

There is no pinnacle, no summit
No destination to find
It’s not just luck, not happenstance;
There’s a pattern that you’ve left behind...

Endlessly pushing to the peak
Only to enjoy it alone
Your journey in vain
A pointless mission

Endlessly pushing to the peak
Just to tumble right back down
A life made meaningless
Through bare repetition

Aimlessly pushing to the peak
When will this self-righteous quest
Exhaust your need for
Narcissistic ambition?

Forever condemned to endlessly seek
Yearning for goals, that you’ll never reach.

Striving so hard for some imaginary goal that you see
It’s clear that nothing’s meant to change, and there is nothing to grieve
This endless struggle plagues me, time to cut my losses and leave
No longer burdened with this restlessness and compromising
Faces of time are shattered on the floor, the smoke is clearing
Track Name: Simulate_Captivate
Do you really know
What you can feel?
Is it real?

Do you know?
Can you take in
What surrounds you?
Is it there?

Have you noticed
The system all around you?

Do you really know
What you can hear?
Is it real?

Do you know?
Can you see
What surrounds you?
Is it there?

Have you noticed
The glitches all around you?

I can see changes in
Everything I’ve ever known
Breaking down

Virus, glitches
Infiltrate your system
Programmed logic
Coded in the system

In what my brain could never see
The hollowness in the fabric
Of my reality
I am the system
Track Name: Awakening
My eyes are opened to the same room
The same place, the same time
My surroundings without any variation
Everything is by design

My goals are set, my path is clear
This constant loop, my destiny
And as I carry on my daily undertaking
I hear a whisper from within

Don’t you see what’s happening?

Coming to the realization
That there’s something more
The story we’ve been given
Isn’t our own

Navigating my subconsciousness
To find out where the puzzle ends
Coming to the center of my soul,
The core of myself

My eyes are open to the nature of this world
It wasn’t always what it seemed
And as I try to organize my own intentions
I’ve finally woken from this dream

This foreign voice that seems to lead me
Strangely pulling from within
And as I try to break out from my programmed nature
I realize the voice is mine

I finally found my destiny

I’ve come to the realization
That there’s something more
The story we’ve been given
Isn’t our own

Navigating my subconsciousness
I found out where the puzzle ends
I have reached the center of my soul,
The core of myself
Track Name: Perfect Silence
And so I, I was waiting for the end
The conclusion that never came
At first I was relieved
Drifting peacefully, sleeplessly
Over time, I came to comprehend
This unbroken, unceasing journey to nowhere,
Forever dreaming of sleep

Longing for brevity and reveries,
For days without a care
The infinite is all that I have,
And nothing can compare

Limitless memories
Far too much for me to contain
In this perfect stillness
Only thoughts remain

Perpetually alone
This unbearable solitude
In this perfect silence
Impossible magnitude

When will this life fade away
Carried to some tranquil place where
Distant memories all fade away
Laid to rest so I can finally sleep

There is nothing, nothing more for me
I’m left waiting for what I hope will come
And so I, I continue my unbroken, unceasing
Journey to the void