color blind

by tony appleseed

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In a reality where Donald Trump is leading the Republican presidential ticket, Venezuela is on the verge of a social collapse, and Americans sit pacified behind their cell phones, escaping the world around them into an alternate reality where fear is rapidly digested, and subservience runs rampant, Tony Appleseed is locked away in his bomb shelter which doubles as a recording studio, blaring through the megaphone, love each other and yourself, before it's too late.

Just over a year after the release of Appleseed's debut album "Metanoia," "Color Blind" emerges in a wash of landscapes to be slowly and methodically torn away in a descent into pure synthesis. syncopated counter-rhythms chop against the current of a sonic mania. filters ringing in your cochlea, only to reveal the grand-wave beneath the matrix, rolling in the rhythmic ebb and flow, crashing against the shore, and retracting only to be born again.


released June 3, 2016

tony appleseed: vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass, ukulele, drums, programming, mandolin, banjo, cello, percussion
sean polk: synthesizer (track 1 & 8), rain stick, foam pad (track 8)
justin iannarone: guitar (track 1), doctors office toy, volca, delay pedal (track 8)
mike mastropierro: voice message (track 1)
jordan garofolo: toothbrush (track 8)
jen santa maria: book (track 8)

album art: gregg bautista
layout & text: tony appleseed
recorded, mixed & mastered at antFARM(studio)



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Track Name: type 0>type 1
we're the slaves to Google gods
the touchscreen has replaced the knob,
indefinitely... until the next release
when implants in our arms & eyes
adjust the way we see the skies,
artificially. neurology

are these human parts inside,
or is evolution just the next step
to becoming A.I.?

Ray Kurzweil & Deep Thought
join the incoming onslaught
of machines, hypocrisy;
in preservation of ourselves
are we just building our own cells,
of humanity? incoming.

sprained thumb & pinky,
clothed arm extension
completes the sleeve
of the modern attention.

biological boy scout
drowned in digital dugouts
clicking away from the moment
with each new intention
Track Name: colorblind
How would life be
If we were all colorblind?
No hues to segregate
No hatred misaligned.

Imagine we are all the same
Cause behind this fabric
We are only one brain
Visually engaged
in a struggle with ourselves
So throw your tongues to the ground
And exit from this hell.

I wish we were all colorblind
We need to shed this hate
It's only in our minds
I wish we were all colorblind
There is no race, we can't lose
If we leave no one behind.

How could life be
If we just dropped the gun,
No bullets congregate
In the the hearts of our loved ones

Imagine we are all the same
Cause behind the trigger
Is a weak heart to blame
Misplaced anger
In a struggle with ourselves
So throw your arms to the ground
And exit from this hell

Humanity is in its infancy
Suffering from hypocrisy
Strong in the head
But weak at the knees
Track Name: komorebi
I ask myself, is this the real life?
it's not a hell, the walls are just a little tight.
is selfishness really a downfall?
should I identify with the crucifix on the wall?

these things I ask myself,
so I can carry on (and on and on and on),
I'll just tell myself,
what I need to hear.

crack in the mind,
a realistic lack of faith.
contemplate, while your family sit & waits.
and though I've strayed far from my goals,
it's not about the path,
it's about the love you hold so close.

the things we hold so close,
just get torn away,
so what will matter the most,
on this timeline from day to day?
Track Name: blunt point
Pencils dulled

Frozen fingertips

Splintered grip,

As liquid doesn’t.

Throw down,

Might as well,

It’s really just you

In a different skin,

Think about all your flaws,

Coming to relentlessly haunt you;

The form is irrelevant,

It’s the lesson that matters, 

The one you’re not learning,

The one I’m not learning.
Track Name: the thinking man
thinking man
storm in his head
thinking man
will soon be dead
thinking man
wants to know
thinking man
troubled with questions
troubled with answers
Track Name: lessons
I would think, we'd have learned by now.
I would think, we'd have learned by now.

The risk we take, move along without knowing how.
The steps we've made, in a path that's yet to be found.

I've had it all, I've never had enough,
when I fall, it's never been this rough.

I'm learning how to read the signs,
I'm learning how to take my time.
In a fast paced maze with no escape,
I'm learning that I've lost my mind.

I would think you'd have learned by now,
Jaded sight can't see the loop
That you're caught in now.