Kodascope

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Kodascope, a sextet from Kansas City is releasing a 6-song self-titled EP on May 12, 2015. Harnessing funk, soul, pop, and electronic influences, the band has crafted an album reflective of their energetic live performances. The current line-up of the band started playing shows in the summer of 2014 and was well-received by dancing audiences. Not wanting to release an album that strayed too far from that experience, the band began recording live in their West Bottoms studio in the fall. “We would basically lock ourselves in the studio and play through the songs a few times and try to capture the energy we have as a live band,” says Justin Skinner, percussionist.

Holing up a couple times a week for a month in Skinner’s studio, the band knocked out 8 eight songs for a full length album. “We are all album-lovers, so we wanted to put songs on this first release that fit together and have something in common thematically,” explains singer Mike Tipton. The EP was mixed and produced by Skinner over the course of the winter. In December 2014, the band released “Wind Rider” on ITunes and Spotify, along with a self-produced video. “We wanted to get something out to show the fruits of our labor and that song shows a different side to our music than the dance stuff. It’s a pretty good tune for the winter months,” says drummer Matt Hayden.

While the current line-up has only been around for a year, the members that make up Kodascope have been embedded in the burgeoning Kansas City music culture for over a decade playing jazz, folk, roots, pop, and electronic music in various bands. The members are all active in multiple projects like Anna Cole and the Other Lovers, Monta At Odds, Found A Job, The Waldo Jazz Collective, Claire and The Crowded Stage, and Brutus. Megan Zander (Dream Wolf, REN) and Camry Ivory (Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds) lend their amazing vocal talents to the EP on a couple tracks: "So Afraid of Losing You," and "It's Alright, It's OK."

The first single from the EP is “Stay In Love (2Nite),” a song born of 70s and 80s funk influences.
The band will be hosting a release party at The Brick in KC on May 23rd.

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released May 12, 2015

Cover Art by Chad Cogdill Photography
Recorded, Mixed and Engineered by Justin Skinner at

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Kodascope, a sextet from Kansas City is releasing a 6-song self-titled EP on May 12, 2015. Harnessing funk, soul, pop, and electronic influences, the band has crafted an album reflective of their energetic live performances.

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Track Name: Stay In Love (2nite)
"Follow exit signs" but she don't know what that means
She's got that fight, fight, fight the deeper in the night she goes
I know, I know, I know, I know the roads are turning
Yes I know, I know, I know, our love is turning

You got to rise above
You got to stay in love
You got to stay in love
You got to stay in love

There's moments when she cries but she don't know what she said
there was a bang, bang, bang click!
The silence just sticks around
I know, I know, I know, I know she's always changing
yes I know, I know, I know, she's always changing
But
Let's stay in love tonight

Partial to the light but the city makes it's bed
It was a boom boom boom boom in a room filled with friends
I know, I know, I know, I know these moments make her
Yes i know, I know, I know, I know I'll never change her
So
Let's stay in love tonight
Track Name: It's Alright, It's Ok
Hidin' out in dirty corners, my darling babe
You're awful word I've tried to rhyme
I'm gonna look you up in an old dictionary
I'm gonna write you on down 'cause you won't make sense next time

And if we make it alright, if we make it all rhyme
It's alright, it's ok
And if we play it just like we did the first time my mind gets blown away

I'm gonna hold my head in muddy water
I read that it could make that process seem less contrived
I'm gonna write it down in an old notebook I have
If I write it all down well it won't make sense next time

And if we make it alright, if we make it all rhyme
It's alright, its ok
And if we play it just like we did the next time
My mind gets blown away

I'm gonna throw it all out the window again
Let's call it plausible, let's call it possible

And if we make it alright, if we make it alright
It;s alright, it's ok
And if we don't play it like we did the next time my mind gets blown away
And if we make it all right, if we make it all rhyme
It's alright, it's ok
And if we don't play it like we did the next time it's alright, alright,
It's alright it just goes that way
Track Name: So Afraid of Losing You
I'm a jealous kind of lover
I hold that light onto one another
Don't you go back into the darkness
You've been there so long
Stay with me here longer, longer

I'm so afraid of losing you, I'm trying not to lose my cool

We set the stage of doubting what we wanted
It's simple enough, still that darkness taunted
Redefine a jealous kind of lover
Hold that light onto one another, another

I'm so afraid of losing you, I'm trying not to lose my cool

Take this heart for your crazy love
Why don't you tear me apart with your crazy love?
Break my heart with your crazy love
Why don't you tear me apart with your crazy?

I'm so afraid of losing you, I'm trying not to lose my cool
Track Name: Conversations & Proclamations
Take
Take it or leave
I wanted reasons to believe in everything that I see but I don't believe it
So I shake
Shake it to leave it
I wanna self-realize by myself but I forgot to conceive it
Yes love
You love it or leave it
I've got a love like a loaded gun and it's ready for the dealin'

It's coming untied, what happened to my mind?
In these old conversations and proclamations of everything true
It's written down now, the certainties of age
It's coming untied, what happened to my mind?
In these old conversations and proclamations of everything true
It's written down now, the certainties of age

Shut
Shut it then leave it
I've had 18 years on these rungs and time is still fleetin'
Speaking of time
Time isn't healin'
When the clock taunts every wrong move the right way
Is deceivin'
Yes, yes love
You love it or leave it
I've got a love like a loaded gun and it's ready for the dealin'

It's coming untied, what happened to my mind?
In these old conversations and proclamations of everything true
It's written down now, the certainties of age
The day I saw a face standing in my place
With these old conversations and proclamations of everything true
Everything will change if provided the space
My time is slipping passed, I've lost all I grasped
In these old conversations and proclamations of everything true
It's written down now, the certainties of age
It's written down now, the certainties of age
Track Name: Windrider
Write the word, turn the stone, build a fire, till the soil
You walk on
Words are air, sound, and tone
Ideas come, ideas go like the weather
Like the weather

You got it all down
Everything is in it's place
You got it buttoned up
Trying to create some space
Between the inside of your blood and veins
You got it all down

You know the game, you know when you're in it
You get too close, you get tangled in it
But love takes time and time is freedom
The work is hard but it's work with meaning

You got it all down
Everything is in it's place
You got it buttoned up
Trying to create some space
Between the inside of your blood and veins
You got it all down

Windrider, wind, windrider,
Windrider is comes in the night
Windrider, wind, windrider,
Windrider is comes in the night
Windrider, wind, windrider,
Windrider is comes in the night

You got it all down
Everything is in it's place
You got it buttoned up
Trying to create some space
Between the inside of your blood and veins
You got it all down

Windrider, wind, windrider,
Windrider is comes in the night
Windrider, wind, windrider,
Windrider is comes in the night
Windrider, wind, windrider,
Windrider is comes in the night