Sensations in Two Dot

by ZINNIA

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steveinsocal "…because every now & again, when "pop" is as smart and intelligent as the collection of songs on this album, it deserves closer attention… especially when one which nails its poetic, melancholic soul to such an unashamedly bright pop soundtrack. The trick here is the way Rachael Cardiello softens all the electro-pop elements with strings and guitar, to both complement and texture her crystalline vocals and imaginative lyricism…"

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Jarretr This is one of the best debut albums I've ever heard. The songwriting is beyond exceptional, and Rachael's voice has so much power. "Bullets" in particular is such a fine and relevant-to-life piece of work. You NEED to own this album right now. Favorite track: Bullets.
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1.
Yellowstone 03:45
I can feel it in me like a geyser in Yellowstone Wouldn’t say that it’s still haunting me but it’s there like a stink in the mold And I want it - I want it I need it - I need it So bring me home - bring me home Maybe you saw it in me though I try to keep it close to the bone Maybe you want it from me though you know you ought to leave it alone But you want it - you want it You need it - you need it So bring me home - bring me home I can feel it in me like a geyser in Yellowstone Wouldn’t say that it’s still haunting me but it’s there like a stink in the mold How was I supposed to know it would put me at ease? How was I supposed to know it would cost such a fee?
2.
Black bark, yellow leaves I do not know what you need Autopilot we’ve been on Always running, I’m always tired I’ve been treating you so bad I’ve been seeing things all wrong I can love you better than this Came to the city as the leaves were dying A rock in my throat and we’re always fighting You’ve got a sadness bigger than we knew I spin it into panic, how’re we ever gonna get through? Time is always moving too fast And I’m always moving too slow Should we be out on the road? Should I have made more of a home? I’ve been treating you so bad I’ve been seeing things all wrong I can love you better than this Black bark, yellow leaves - I do not know what you need White walls, second floor - take us back to how we were before Fake, faded flowers - done up in that godly manner Brooklyn, early fall - did we come here just to stall? Black bark, yellow leaves - I do not know what I need
3.
Bullets 06:06
I’ve been thinking ‘bout the eagle you painted for your grandfather I’ve been thinking ‘bout your new room with the white walls at the shelter I’ve been thinking ‘bout the bullies that’ll keep you from going back to highschool And I’ve been thinking ‘bout your red hair - you never looked us in the eyes I want to tell you that it’s all gonna get better I want to tell you that it’s all gonna get easier I want to tell you that it’s all gonna get better I want to tell you that it’s all gonna get easier You took the car and the two kids and you left him in the mountains I know you’re tired of the same shit and the money keeps disappearing I really didn’t realize how hard you’ve been struggling I really didn’t realize how alone you’ve been - how lonely Do you think it’s gonna be alright? Do you think it’s gonna be alright? God I hope it’s gonna be alright God I hope it’s gonna be alright I’ve got a list it’s been growing since I was thirteen years old And you told me what your brother did I’ve got a list it’s got strangers and fathers And guys from around our town And every single name still hits me in the gut - like a bullet in the gut Yeah every single name still hits me in the gut - like a bullet in the gut Yeah every single name still hits me in the gut - like a bullet in the gut Yeah every single name still hits me in the gut - like a bullet in the gut
4.
Lupins 04:29
Lupins on the road and sorrow in the north You’ve been hanging on a dream for so long Got an aching heart in Montreal Didn’t think it’d be so hard to let him love you I see you there I can feel you I have arms to hold you but I haven’t words Come on to me now Let me hold you There’s a softness here I’ve taken down my walls Blood is in the south and fire in the west High fever in the eyes of the beholder Calloused is the skin and weathered is the heart There are things you didn’t want to get used to I see you there I can feel you I have arms to hold you but I haven’t words Come on to me now Let me hold you There’s a softness here I’ve taken down my walls Take it to a mountain - take it to the sea Take it to the one who knew you in your darkness Put it down on paper - put it in a song Distill the desperation from your anger Can you see me now? Can you feel me? I have tried to take it on but I am tired Come on to me now Will you hold me? There’s a softness here I’ve taken down my walls There’s a softness here I’ve taken down my walls There’s a softness here I haven’t any walls
5.
You wanted something real? Ah then let me show you something real real You wanted something good? Ah then let me show you something good good You wanted something right Let me be right with you Let me treat you right Has it been too long Since somebody really saw saw saw you? Has it been too long Since you let somebody know know know you? Has it been too long Has it been too long since you had someone to love you? Since you had someone to love I can’t be your saving grace I can’t keep you from the racing of your mind And the heavy hand of time But I can be the one that gives you a soft place to land
6.
Blueprint 01:17
Jersey City boy On the rooftop cool in the city Hot headed in the night Got a burning for a good way forward Got a fire in his eye Jesuit school and daddy is a doctor Nanny in the attic and Johnny’s got cancer Mama’s got five kids You’ve got asthma Take it to the shore Just a benny on the beach with a hard cut style Another restless kid on the Avon mile Hail Marys and Rock and Roll Springsteen is gonna save your soul You’ve got the spark that’ll start this fire And everywhere I go there you are I can feel it in my blood - there you are What a restless soul - what a heart on fire I wanna take it there - I wanna find you here
7.
Requiem 04:57
Ten years a requiem Can I let it go now? And all the things lost Can I let them go now? Can I let them go now? Can I let them go? I held your suffering I didn’t want it! I got a tough skin I didn’t want it! I didn’t want it I didn’t want it The salt is thickest at the bottom of the sea I know it - see my tongue I have licked it! I followed you down to the bottom of the sea I grew gills, my blood thickened I gotta tough skin I gotta tough skin Ten years a reckoning Are we in the clear now? And every word spent Are we in the clear now? Are we in the clear now? Are we in the clear? I gotta tough skin I gotta tough skin From the moment that I heard Like a blueprint in my blood It was comin’ like Biblical flood I know it’s not the way we wanted it to be But still the waters rose in that imminent sea! I gotta tough skin I gotta tough skin
8.
Just your standard Homecoming Queen Just a loony bin hero She goes hot for the artists and sweet for her mama You love her when she’s manic You hate it when she’s sad Were you looking for a gilded saint? Some kind of poet? A prophet? To lead you to the water in the night? She’ll show you the way though it won’t be the only way You’ll follow her there though it won’t be easy And then when she’s gone you’ll cast her in porcelain Then you’ll put her portrait down in chalk pastel She was busy tripping on cracks in the pavement You took her photo in the candlelight so you’d remember her smooth It ain’t what we thought it would be It ain’t what was promised The walls and the ceiling were solid but the ground was hollow Yeah we wanted a father We got a revolution You can blame it on the medication You can blame it on the institution He was aching for more than was given We could see it in his eyes He showed us the way though it wasn’t the only way We followed him there though it wasn’t easy And then when he was gone we cast him in porcelain Then we put his portrait down in chalk pastel He was busy tripping on cracks in the pavement We took his photo in the candlelight so we’d remember him smooth Tell again that American dream The storybook version The one with the early risers in the cul de sac All it needed was a songbird What a pretty tune Sweet cantata in the morning light A little love song for your delight Yet you find yourself straining to hear the hallelujah in the night In the night...
9.
Dreamer 03:38
Are we just feelin’ our age? Baby, is this when we should be thinking ‘bout a mortgage? Did you always want a garage? Should we be considering the spacing of the children? What if they want to go to college? Maybe if we’re lucky one of them will be a doctor Me, I always knew the arts were hopeless from the get go But baby we’ve been working so hard I would never throw the towel in What a mess though I’ve been wanting it - dreamer I thought I needed it - dreamer Boy I’m fighting for it - dreamer What a dream - what a goddamn dream! Tried to make a go in the big smoke baby Working in a kitchen for eleven bucks an hour Hanging on a tip at the night club honey Top 40 hits and bottle service money You’ve got what it takes - you just need some more exposure! We’ve got what you need - can you keep your composure? ‘Cause you’ve been wanting it - dreamer You thought you needed it - dreamer Boy you’re fighting for it - dreamer What a dream - what a goddamn dream! Is it true what the uncles say: Dreams are for the young? Everybody’s getting stiff tryna get rich! You wouldn’t like me like that - you wouldn’t like it! I wouldn’t want you like that - I wouldn’t want it! ‘Cause, we’ve been wanting it - dreamer We thought we needed it - dreamer Boy we’re fighting for it - dreamer You’ve been wanting it - dreamer You thought you needed it - dreamer Boy you’re fighting for it - dreamer I’ve been wanting it - dreamer I thought I needed it - dreamer Boy I’m fighting for it! What a dream - what a goddamn dream!

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released November 22, 2019

Rachael Cardiello - voice, viola
James Burrows - guitar
Chris Pruden - synth
Connor Walsh - bass
Ian Morris - drums
David Brandwein - array of pleasing sounds

Songs by Rachael Cardiello (SOCAN)
Produced by David Brandwein
Co-produced by Rachael Cardiello
Recorded in More Sound Recording Studios (Syracuse, NY) and Galaxy Smith Recording Studio (Brooklyn, NY)
Engineered by Jose Varona, Jonathan Smith and Jason Jocko Randall
Mixed by Dave Brandwein
Mastered by Jason Jocko Randall

Photography by Jenna Ledger
Makeup by Samantha Couture
Design by Jon Cardiello

Released by Anything Bagel: an independent Montana label

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ZINNIA Toronto, Ontario

synth rock art pop

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Equal parts intimate and fierce, ZINNIA is the toronto-based project of Rachael Cardiello.

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