Retrieve the Keys

by Nick Karch

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The debut album by “Bolus” front-man, Nick Karch. Fans of Bolus will notice an extension of the band’s signature sound, mixed with additional exploration into more straight-forward, yet unique and unexpected musical territory.

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released October 28, 2014

Composed, performed and produced by Nick Karch
Mixed and mastered by Mat Keselman

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Track Name: Parallel Path
Can you start again
When you're on your way?
If you see the end
Would you think to stay?

Life escaping from my view
Working in dark time
Out the door are stories
One of them is mine

The music waits for me
And I return the favour
It's time to take a step to the curb
And see the roads I know

I'm on a parallel path
That can never meet its twin
And once I thought it could
No matter where I stood

Now on a parallel path
I see another end
With a greater heart for a starving art
And no need to pretend
What I intend

Prophecy of gold
Hidden far along the road
I can see where it may be
But heart and mind can disagree

The new path smiling its own
Knowing where it all began
In the midst of the old I turn around
My back to the anger, I face the sound

The music waits for me
And I return the favour
It's time to take a step to the curb
And see the roads I know

I'm on a parallel path
That can never meet its twin
And once I thought it could
No matter where I stood

Now on a parallel path
I see another end
With a greater heart for a starving art
And no need to pretend
What I intend

No direction
No seclusion
This decision
Changing mind

I'm on a parallel path
That can never meet its twin
And once I thought it could
No matter where I stood

Now on a parallel path
I see another end
With a greater heart for a starving art
And no need to pretend
What I intend
Track Name: Sidewalk Blocks
One sidewalk block
And on and on
Still I walk after so long

The night still sings
Its mysterious tune
It's not yet time to hide out from the moon

Cold winter air
Of solitude
No longer scared with this attitude

These roads I know
Silent, just for me
Imaginary voices let me be

Onward to nowhere
Just breath in the air

Step by step, still I walk
Over every sidewalk block
What more could happen tonight?

I can't keep track, can't keep count
No memory of this amount
Turns out my choice wasn't right

So I'm left to ponder, left to wander
Barren paths, into the night

Transparent stars
Clouds hover low
Memories return and sink into the snow

Look for the heart
The echo of a beat
In the field where I thought we would meet

Onward to nowhere
Why should I even care?

Step by step, still I walk
Over every sidewalk block
What more could happen tonight?

I can't keep track, can't keep count
No memory of this amount
Turns out my choice wasn't right

So I'm left to ponder, left to wander
Barren paths, into the night

It's time to go! It's time to go!
Aches and pains running head to toe

I'm dozing in this frozen jungle
Where nobody can see the instability

Get back to the path
And push yourself back home

Step by step, still I walk
Over every sidewalk block
What more could happen tonight?

I can't keep track, can't keep count
No memory of this amount
Turns out my choice wasn't right

So I'm left to ponder, left to wander
Barren paths, into the night
Track Name: Figures
You pose, silently
Staring into space
Standing so statuesque
Suspicious, all the same

Can't help but wonder how
You keep yourselves composed
And if I close the door
Do you come alive once more?

In your plastic skulls you dream
Until I can no longer see

Then the battle begins
But no one ever wins
As you shall stay in tact for me
But what you don't understand
Is I'm your biggest fan
So don't you hide your playful side for all eternity

Bookshelf for a home
Boring as it seems
Levelled allegiances
And designated teams

Most of you automatons
Can turn on your disguise
But not when I'm around
I don't believe your lies!

In your plastic dreams you wait
Hoping that I stay out late

Then the battle begins
But no one ever wins
As you shall stay in tact for me
But what you don't understand
Is I'm your biggest fan
So don't you hide your playful side for al eternity

No one ever wins…
Track Name: Approve the Pretender
He's sitting by himself in the middle of the room
On the chair, he's staying there and he won't be leaving soon
Takes out the old guitar to play his simple song
Looks around to see who's there, but no one to say he's wrong

Somebody tell him!
I wanna tell them!
Nobody sees the crime take place
Don't go to him!
Don't approve him!
Just let him play without a trace

The pretender tries to steal our eyes
And they all watch in awe
But I know what I saw
And it reminds me of someone I used to know
But understanding what went wrong
You learned your lesson long ago

Always finding us with the corners of his eyes
But he can't find his glory no matter how he tries
Still playing all his songs, he doesn't understand
Sing with security, I just don't think he can

Somebody tell him!
I wanna tell them!
I've seen so many do the same
Don't go to him!
Don't approve him!
Let him discover who's to blame

The pretender tries to steal our eyes
And they all watch in awe
But I know what I saw
And it reminds me of someone I used to know
But understanding what went wrong
You learned your lesson long ago
Track Name: Wasted Summer
Sleeping, awaken
The sun had brought in too much light

Switch on my stomach
I'm ready to start the night

I know some day soon
I'll get right back on track
My dead mind stole it long ago
I've gotta steal it back

Freedom around me
Not one to share it properly

So few meetings
But so much opportunity

I would always hope
Night would show its face
But so many more times
That night was a disgrace

Wasted summer, you teach me one more time
Damn this summer, now I’m punished for my crime
Absent music and ever absent love
Drifting farther from a time I'm thinking of

Contract missing
To tell me "go look somewhere else"

LCD screen
Guide me through this awkward hell

Down the darkened road
The shorter days appear
Way to take advantage
Now I know the end is near

Wasted summer, you teach me one more time
Damn this summer, now I’m punished for my crime
Absent music and ever absent love
Drifting farther from a time I'm thinking of
Track Name: Landing Light
Parallel in the sky
Trust in the hanging chains
No question of how or why
We fly right up again

A silhouette in the fog
Illuminate the scene
Ready to be revealed
Beneath the canopy

How simple it is to wake you up
And send shivers down your spine
You can't see a thing as the music soars
And the sight and sounds align

Consecutively inflicting awe
Upon the thousands below
Their eyes open wide
Not a moment to miss
Of the unforgettable show

Design of a greater brain
Of pillars left to right
Enclosing the five within
Who could forget the sight?

A signal to end the night
Trembling through the walls
Synchronize with the light
And flood the open hall

How simple it is to wake you up
And send shivers down your spine
You can't see a thing as the music soars
And the sight and sounds align

Consecutively inflicting awe
Upon the thousands below
Their eyes open wide
Not a moment to miss
Of the unforgettable show
Track Name: Forest Meadow
Sacrifice for what I seek
But dusk determines I am weak
At the feet of stone giants
Time is frozen still

Fixed eyes on me, never blink
What could two megalithic gods desire?
Riddle for sunrise, mind adrift
In the forest silence

Maybe lost
But in peace
I know not what's ahead
Save the danger

Signify something
With no hint at all
The stones provoke this questioning
Built to stand so tall

Rays of light escape this place
But I can still see your face
In this meadow we decide
With your spirit by my side


The mossy tiles I walk
Leading through the gate
Not one soul can pass until
It’s proven to be fate

Beyond I see abandoned keys
The only ones required
Burden you to push me forth
Guide me past the fire

I'm not alone in here
You make this cavern clear
But puzzles lie ahead
The ones we used to dread

We conquer what we fear
Make shadows disappear
The keys fall into grasp
We flee the dark at last

Rays of light escape this place
But I can still see your face
In this meadow we decide
With your spirit by my side

Rays of light escape this place
But you can still see your face
Far from finished, we move on
Never waiting for the break of dawn
Track Name: Animation Cel
When I try to think of you beside me
It doesn't seem to work the same
As when I'm cooking up a storm
And for that I feel a bit more sane (but not too sane)

You always had a sense of style
The ones I know could learn a thing or two
But in your shoes, they'd be afraid to fight
I've never seen the character I see so well in you

I've got a thing for an animation cel
Her curves and colours drawn so well
And the way she walks while she talks is only art direction

I've got a thing for an animation cel
Her curves and colours drawn so well
The voice behind, one of a kind
In your world I'd make you mine

That's quite the skill you have to navigate
But I know it came with no fun ‘n games
You've got a good orange head on your shoulders
Smile through tragic tales with no shame

I would be there to back your logic
Intelligence is lacking on this sea
But let's leave room for humour animation
Your body and your brain can always move so comically

I've got a thing for an animation cel
Her curves and colours drawn so well
And the way she walks while she talks is only art direction

I've got a thing for an animation cel
Her curves and colours drawn so well
The voice behind, one of a kind
In your world I'd make you mine

That's a good job, inker
I mean a good job, tracer
Looking great there, painter
And sounds awesome, miss voice actor
Track Name: Left to Right
We are still on the search
After millions of years
While the story is complete
For all supposed equal peers

But I will not die later
More likely too soon
My clock ticks as clocks so do
Drives this part of thought to ruin

So I leave the house
Maybe the streets are empty
But hope still stirs

Left to right
I keep on looking for the medal that I made
You shine in light, but turn and deny the shade

Left to right
I keep on looking, never to escape this mind
In my sight, but much too far away

Recapitulate the scene
Where you would hang your head
Disappointment by my fault
What more is to be said?

Never ending condescending
Familiar advice
Never bending out of shape
And now I pay the price

So I leave the house
Maybe this time is different
But I've been trapped

Left to right
I keep on looking for the medal that I made
You shine in light, but turn and deny the shade

Left to right
I keep on looking, never to escape this mind
In my sight, but much too far away

I've learned so many lessons well
But in this world, logic doesn't sell
Ten second start for the lucky ones
All else take cover in your shell

Left to right
I keep on looking for the medal that I made
You shine in light, but turn and deny the shade

Left to right
I keep on looking, never to escape this mind
In my sight, but much too far away
Track Name: Retrieve the Keys
Two keys scrape against my skin
My thoughts are drawn to you
By association with this place
And the gradient from black to blue

Pains of every step
Draw my body to the ground
Just a little more
I can see the glowing from my door

With no thought retrieve the keys again
While many steps remain
But subconsciously it's clear
The journey's end is near

Tonight left me on my own
In the dark streets of this town
But the lifeless winds surrounding me
End up broken by the railroad sound

Music in my ears
Drawing pictures for my eyes
Just another walk
From the realm beyond the matching lock

With no thought retrieve the keys again
While many steps remain
But subconsciously it's clear
The journey's end is near

Frozen in the dark
Draw my footsteps to a crawl
Just as you appear
I regain the chance to persevere

With no thought retrieve the keys again
While many steps remain
But subconsciously it's clear
The journey's end is near