Departures EP

by Karikatura

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"With gorgeously dark, terse horn arrangements, minor keys, and eerie gypsy chromatics along with a slinky latin rock bounce, the Brooklyn band’s music is danceable and also surprisingly deep." -- New York Music Daily

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released March 17, 2012

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Karikatura Brooklyn, New York

Karikatura makes life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. While the band has toured everywhere from Japan to Brazil, New York City is home. With bright horns, socially conscious lyrics and booty-bouncing beats, Karikatura delivers real songs that transcend style and genre. ... more

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Track Name: Suitcase
My suitcase is filthy
It's been on the road
It's tasted things you'd never imagine
The earth of a thousand floors
And I'll never wash it clean
Cause every stain is a memory of a place I have been
With this old suitcase as my table, as my pillow, as my home

All I need's in my suitcase for aywhere I go
It's me and my suitcase
We're going it alone

My friends never understood how I pack up and go
I say I love them and I wish them well
I'll write to them from the road

My suitcase was stolen last night, and it hit me suddenly
All those things that I kept,
And took everywhere I went,
Weren't things that I really need

So if you took my suitcase, thanks for helping me understand
All those things in my suitcase
They don't make me who I am
I don't need no suitcase to get up and go
I don't need no suitcase
I'm going it alone
Track Name: Una Idea
I was sitting outside an old cafe on Third Avenue when I saw him
A frail old man
Something in his hand smelled like dead dry leaves in autumn
Approached slow
He spoke low and pressed his left thumb against my head
And as he pushed right through into my brain I retained a phrase he said

Una semilla
Solo falta una semilla
Para una idea para crecer
Una semilla
Con el sol y la agua
Somos una selva lista para florecer

As I walked away I felt a change
The words kept racing through my mind
I was exploding with ideas to share with each stranger I could find
From the hole in my skull grew a spiney thing, a twirling length of vine
And it pierced right through each passerby who listened to these lines

Una semilla
Solo falta una semilla
Para una idea para crecer
Una semilla
Con el sol y la agua
Somos una selva lista para florecer

And oh
The vegetation penetrated all I know
All the politicos and priests, the criminals
Police were swallowed whole
And NYC somehow became a saner place to be
When all was leveled by the vines and over time became a new geography
Oh what a dream

Una semilla
Solo falta una semilla
Para una idea para crecer
Una semilla
Con el sol y la agua
Somos una selva lista para florecer
Track Name: Red Shade
You were the most beautiful in the hours after I told you I’d never return
Singing old songs around the kitchen table
Your voice, like butter melting
Lyrics of coffee and cigarettes
Like the one ashing between your fingers
Go on and sing of your heart as it falls to pieces

But I leave today
And I can feel the shakes run down my spine
Now I will know lonliness
All those things I’ll miss when we say goodbye

Put a red shade over the light
Turn the music low
Truth is a thing that we keep from eachother when we’re laying on the bedroom floor
We paint big pictures with big words, yet we say so little
But if you keep on singing, I’ll keep playing
You know music is the rhythm to my soul

But I leave today
And I can feel the shakes run down my spine
Now I will know lonliness
All those things I’ll miss when we say goodbye

Goodbye my baby blue
Take the red shade home with you
Goodbye my baby blue
Forget my name
It only brought pain to you

But I leave today
And I can feel the shakes run down my spine
Now I will know lonliness
All those things I’ll miss when we say goodbye
Track Name: Sleep of No Peace
Remember the cold night in December,
When you pulled the sheets over your head
You were just a little boy,
Not even twelve years old,
The weight of the world on your shoulders

And every night when you go to sleep
You realize your dreams bring no peace
So every night you will try to stay awake

Your childhood happy dreams, now wars and battle scenes,
A cold reality you can't escape
You say "I'm too young for this,
No power I possess can bring any healing"

And every night when you go to sleep
You realize your dreams bring no peace
So every night you will try to stay awake

There's a whole world outside of your window
It's full of shadows that dance through the night
And there's people who do such unspeakable things,
You lose sense of what's wrong and what's right

And every night when you go to sleep
You realize your dreams bring no peace
So every night you will try to stay awake
Track Name: Suitcase (Strikkly Vikkly Remix)
My suitcase is filthy
It's been on the road
It's tasted things you'd never imagine
The earth of a thousand floors
And I'll never wash it clean
Cause every stain is a memory of a place I have been
With this old suitcase as my table, as my pillow, as my home

All I need's in my suitcase for aywhere I go
It's me and my suitcase
We're going it alone

My friends never understood how I pack up and go
I say I love them and I wish them well
I'll write to them from the road

My suitcase was stolen last night, and it hit me suddenly
All those things that I kept,
And took everywhere I went,
Weren't things that I really need

So if you took my suitcase, thanks for helping me understand
All those things in my suitcase
They don't make me who I am
I don't need no suitcase to get up and go
I don't need no suitcase
I'm going it alone