Sleepwalkers part 1

Chris Koza

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On Sleepwalkers part 1, Singer-Songwriter Chris Koza scours the SKUF bin for hidden gems and deep cuts, assimilating the shifting narrative of the personal past through media, memories, dreams and possibilities enduringly almost-within-reach. Chris's first solo album since 2014's "In Real Time" is bursting at the seams with sweeping electric guitars and pulsing pianos, while a Roland Sh-101 and Juno-106 subtly lurk in the background. Sleepwalkers part 1 is at its core Americana music in the city; a collection of ten songs following a transit map of dynamic acoustic guitar, expressive vocals, and poetic lyrics that at once ponder, observe, dismiss and celebrate the awkwardness, curiosity, and clarity of youth.

There is the diner you are in, then the diner of your dreams where you see yourself sitting always; constructed of contradictory and corroborating minutia. There is the music over the jukebox; a sound collage of the fleetingly familiar and the unborn. There is the way that the light from a neon sign catches the rainfall and is reflected in wet streets which is both true and transformed. A Sleepwalker is someone who haunts or is haunted by the flux of memory and its overlay with the physical moment.

Sleepwalkers is a double album released in 2-parts. Strategically, given the evolving nature of attention spans and the sheer volume of artistic output available at any given moment, a 2-part release allows for a longer window of opportunity to reach a greater audience with new music. Artistically, part 1 and part 2 function independently in their production and stylistic choices, though complimentary and as singular narrative concept.

Basic tracks were recorded at Wild Sound Studio in NE Minneapolis and engineered by Steve Kaul. Cody McKinney (bass), Richard Medek (drums), and Peter Sieve (electric guitar) along with Chris (acoustic guitar, rhodes, piano) comprised the live band. Additional tracking and overdubs by Chris at Little Radios, also in NE Minneapolis. Guest vocals include Alicia Christenson, Becky Shaheen, and John Munson. Part 1 was mixed by Brad Bivens and mastered by Tom Garneau.

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In Real Time

Chris Koza

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Rogue Valley frontman Chris Koza has completed a new solo album titled In Real Time; a twelve-song collection confronting the perception of time, the oasis of the in-between, and the allure of the ocean. The Portland-raised, Minnesota-based singer-songwriter has consistently produced and released music over the past decade. Koza's songs are being heard on television and radio broadcasts all across the world. Most recently, Koza's song The Wolves and the Ravens was featured in Ben Stiller's film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and also included on the soundtrack.

In Real Time was written and recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota between stretches on the road. The album finds Koza returning to the pop songwriting roots he established in his pre-Rogue Valley work such as Patterns (2006) and The Dark Delirious Morning (2008). In Real Time pits the time traveler against his younger self, face-to-face in a vacant parking lot on the edge of town. It is classic Americana re-imagined through the lens of a jukebox aficionado; a cagey swirl of rhythms, textures, and lyrics that depict the grass coming up through the cracks in the pavement, reaching for the sun. credits released 28 October 2014

Mixing: Brett Bullion Mastering: Huntly Miller Additional Production and Programming: Paul Marino Produced by: Chris Koza All Songs and Lyrics by Chris Koza (c) Little Radios (ASCAP)

Initial live tracking and strings performed at The Pearl Recording Studio by Zach Hollander. Overdubs and vocals tracked at Little Radios by Chris Koza and Paul Marino. Piano on “Prism” recorded by Kevin Bowe at Okemah Studio. During the first string overdub session (for Electric Tide, In Real Time, and Prism) The Laurels String Quartet was comprised of: Josh Misner (first violin), Jesse Peterson (second violin), Erica Burton (viola), and Ben Rosenbush (cello). The second session (Radio Wave) featured Colleen Bertsch (first violin), Jesse Peterson (second violin), Erica Burton (viola), and Dan Lawonn (cello).

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Beyond The Divide

Chris Koza

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In the spirit of Brad Barr, Explosions in the Sky, Helios, and other pop-instrumentalists, the Beyond The Divide Film Soundtrack album is a delightful listen either under intense headphones scrutiny or as background textures drifting throughout the day. But I would be all the more grateful if you would have a listen and decide for yourself.

The album is packaged in a full-color matte-finish eco-wallet, incorporating photography from the film and lyrics. The design elements can be seen below. Full artwork will be added once the albums arrive from the manufacturer.

Beyond The Divide is a documentary film directed and produced by Jan Selby. Chris Koza composed the original score for the film, which was edited by Bill Kersey. The film premiered at DocUtah and is continuing to elicit powerful emotional responses from viewers all over the world.

The music begins with simple meditative guitar melodies and rhythms and slowly blossoms through a hybrid of woodsy and synthetic textures.

The title track on the album is the only song with vocals, where Koza channels his best mellow-mountaintop voice to carefully drift among the crags and crevices of a complicated and revealing facade. credits released 11 November 2014

all songs written and performed by Chris Koza drums and percussion by Alex Young mixed by Lance Conrad mastered by Rob Schlette

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Live at the Pearl

Chris Koza

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This album features live solo-acoustic performances of songs that Koza is in the midst of tracking for his next studio full-length album, due out in 2014. These songs are staples of Koza's solo acoustic set and performed extensively while touring with Stephen Kellogg, Tift Merritt, Brandi Carlile and others. credits released 14 May 2013

Recorded at the Pearl Recording Studio in NE. Minneapolis on April 17th, 2013 by Zach Hollander. Mixed by Chris Koza and Paul Marino at Little Radios. Mastered by Paul Marino at Xeojax

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The Dark, Delirious Morning

Chris Koza

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released 08 June 2008

Engineered by: Paul Marino and Joseph Logsdon Mixed by: Paul Marino and Chris Koza Mastered by: Bruce Templeton for Magneto Mastering (c) 2008 Chris Koza, ASCAP Little Radios tags

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A Friend of a Friend

Chris Koza

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released 21 October 2006

Compiled from a couple different sessions: "Foothills" engineered by Joseph Logsdon in Nashville, TN; Mixed by Joseph Logsdon in Nashville, TN "July" engineered by Paul Marino and Joseph Logsdon in Cannon Falls, MN; Mixed by Joseph Logsdon in Nashville, TN "After Work in Early October", "Morning Moon", "Slow Learner", and "Redwood Skyline" Engineered and mixed by Chris Koza in Minneapolis, MN Mastered by Bruce Templeton for Magneto Mastering (c) 2006 Chris Koza, ASCAP Little Radios

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Patterns

Chris Koza

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Exit Pesce

Chris Koza

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released 15 October 2004

Engineered and mixed by: Chris Koza Additional engineering by: Adam Lazlo Mastered by: Tom Herbers (c) 2004 Chris Koza, ASCAP Little Radios

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In addition to releasing music eponymously, Chris is also the songwriter and bandleader for Rogue Valley, a Minneapolis-based ensemble that continues to create and perform new music.

Go here to listen and find out more about Rogue Valley.