Sincerity.

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"Sincerity" is the first studio recorded album to be released by Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist Kimmortal.

"The songs on this album accumulated as I'd write them in my car or on the bus or in the dark of all the many rooms i've made home out of. Hearing myself spit my own words into empty space reminded me that I'm not that silent, i had a voice, and going to the purest, most sincere and honest places of myself brought healing." - Kimmortal

"the songs on Sincerity are heavy with Kimmortal’s lyricism. At times she’s a strong and convicted rapper, and at other times she’s a gentle acoustic soul artist with a milky voice. Regardless of the style through which they are being communicated, Kimmortal’s lyrics poignantly transform personal feelings into words. On “Divine” she sings “I went to you to catch my worth in your gaze,” in a melancholic tone, which perfectly captures the feeling of seeking love and acceptance from others. “Divine” also encapsulates some of the recurring themes on the album: self-reflection, self-love, and honesty." - review by Elysse Cloma, grayowlpoint.com

"The album, produced, recorded, and mixed by Jeremy Enns of Ascetic Productions encapsulates Kim's vast and varied experiences and societal musings over the past decade with a substantial and stripped, yet simultaneously ethereal and spiritual, sound of indie-folk-soul-rap fusion. Kimmortal's soulful voice and lyrical stylings have often been said to be reminiscent of a younger Ms. Lauryn Hill (circa MTV Unplugged)."- "Indie Inside" review, rabble.ca

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released November 28, 2014

All songs, lyrics + art by: Kim Villagante
Produced, Recorded, Mixed + Arranged by: Jeremy Enns (Ascetic Productions)
Main vocals: Kim Villagante
Harmonies: Racquel Villagante, aly de la cruz
Background vocals:
Micajieu Velasco, Paul Talbot, Francis Arevalo, Rain de Guzman, Jeremy Enns
Guitar: Eirene Cloma
Drums: Ian Cardona
Piano: Nancy Letitia
Violin: Dasha Chel
Cello: Anna Kuchkova
Beatbox: Sam Dabrusin
Cajon: Wataru Uno
Electric guitar, Bass, Glockenspiel, Percussion: Jeremy Enns
Strings on "Doubts" and "I'm Not Sorry" arranged by Anna Kuchkova, Dasha Chel, and Jeremy Enns.
Assistant Engineering by: Spencer D Carson, Shane Robinski, and Eirik Hutchinson
Mastering: Brock McFarlane at CPS Mastering
Recorded at Fadermaster Sound Studios at Fader Mountain Sound
Photography: Rachel Gamboa
Manager: Racquel Villagante

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Track Name: Doubts
LYRICS:

I wanted to say you were the best,
But I let my heart go to rest
I wanted to pay you my respect.
These words in my mouth go left unsaid

Doubts

So I continue to float in my imagination,
crashin' with my waves then my realization,
that maybe i like it here,
or do i really like it here?

so i stay here
cos I have…

Doubts

and well i guess that i'm a damn good actress
because ya seem to have no idea

and my body is a cage
but i know that i know that i know that i know how to dance but i have..

Doubts
Track Name: Dying in Flight
i hold glass to my heart
check for hidden agendas
remember my start when i move up higher
i refuse to celebrate if i step before my heart
and i won't celebrate if the buzz drowns out my heart
talk to me talk to me
come down
talk to me talk to me come down
cos i can trick myself with all this motion so that i'm dyin in flight
wings cuffed to labels now
though i'm a free bird
i still chase their words
cos i've lost and i've fought and forgot my own
talk to me just talk to me come down
talk to me just talk to me come down
see me through my scarcity of words these days they so easily drip
off the lips of jibberish spittin kids with degrees but they
more like below zero regurgitating theories trying to be heroes so
for the subtext i check for this it's always there
beggin for attention
conceit is in the air we breathe noses up high
big heads and big cysts growin on narcissysts even when our fists
are up
ya'll can still power trip it up
even though you make fine points bout a system corrupt
something is wrong
if you can't say "wussup?"
talk to me just talk to me come down
talk to me just talk to me come down
Track Name: She
CHORUS:
And you never saw it comin but now she's all up in your face
Cos you underestimate
but now she's right back with her style and her grace
Look her in the eye son she'll slow down to your pace
And she'll make it possible
Her love ain't something you can replace
Her mind ain't something you can erase

RAP VERSE 1:
She never showed it before
See her complexity
Brought the epiphany that
you're buildin walls thru your macho philosophies book Of rhymes that u wrote to confine
Never thought you'd be the guy to paralyze a mind unKnown reality
Her silent tragedies. We'll walk for hours playin games of monopoly
Im sitting on the side of society
As if this greed wasn't something that's inside of me
but we do
power trip for miiiiles
Try to tame her wiiild
Keep her body on trial
then tell her to smile
DAANCe around it
Nod ya head like this
Dumb it down
Hiphop has lost it's common sense
But I still love her
They say they just havin fun but shes the daughter of the gun son Shootin rhymes at the heart of revolution
Wisdom like realize I'm inside of u or keep collidin in this life we do like train wrecks
1, 2, Mic check?
Treat every women with respect She's a queen Recognize her fight
Legacies to be seen and it don't stop NO

RAP VERSE 2:
and she won't stop her existence is power arose from the ashes she's more than a flower got style for miles beyond the threads on her BODY her mind is forever
she's ocean embodied not hobby, my music's from struggle. But honesty is rare in this greedy bubble like the land that's been stolen
lies have been woven in our minds, then in time become the words that are used to define
us it's got me sayin what the … to this fake it till you make could care less if ya break
it's a rat race dog eat dog mentality
still she looks for god in this gritty city kinda like woman warriors
not exotic bystanders
the women in my life
have always been creators
anchors, leaders, artists, teachers, mothers, we are mothering our mothers, we are healers
invisible to high society, we push back,
cos that's no excuse to fall back so I guess that
we'll need more false alarms just to keep this ball rollin I try to keep my heart in my art keep god flowin out
majesty's in real time but it's in disguise gotta resurrect ya'll with a fist up to the sky
with your fist up to the sky
Track Name: Blue & Orange
best friend you held out your hand
reached for mine and pulled me in
brought my hand to your lips gave me a kiss you don't even know
how my heart has found its home
our mouths crack open we sigh
i cannot deny this miracle we touch
the miracle of us

blue orange and blue, blue orange
oh the sky tells stories of me and you
complimentary colours
we count down the hours
until we'll melt into each other

and we can talk and talk and say these words a million times, but nothing beats skin on skin
so in my dreams we meet by the water,
i hold your head in my hands,
cos even our silence speaks love and they can say what they say becos they're anti-gay
but we will love anyway

blue orange and blue, blue orange
oh the sky tells stories of me and you
complimentary colours
we count down the hours
until we'll melt into each other

and i will stand here and i will stay here
nothin can take you away
nothin can take me away
and i'll give everything, they'll see my heart singing
that i love you, girl i love you
blue orange and blue, blue orange oh the sky tells stories of me and you complimentary colours
we count down the hours
until we'll melt into each other
Track Name: Brushing by Heaven's Shoulder
i'm at a place where i'm getting tired of the same thing sometimes coffee don't suffice to wake me from my sleep every day i pray to feel my life in this space
while they say, "you're so ungrateful babe, you think too far ahead,
don't you see what's right in front of you? how could you be so blind?
to leave everything you have, everything you have,
to leave everything you have, everything you have?"
but i would much rather that you speak to me in a different language
cos this home's not my own my tongue only knows silence and if this place cannot hold me, i don't have to stay

why does it seem like i can never finish?
my home is a search and my life is scattered
my art has no home, and they say it don't matter
it's like i'm only offered glimpses, scratching on the surface
but as I'm brushing by heaven's shoulder i hope i'm getting bolder, but as you're brushing by heaven's shoulder i hope i'm getting bolder,

so i'll be criticized for searching' outside of these lines
so you'll be criticized for thinkin' outside of these lines so we'll be criticized for lovin' outside of these lines
so we'll be criticized for lovin' outside of these lines

many roads trail behind my steps
and home is still a search here but i have not quit
many roads many reasons trail behind my steps
i hold fast to a dream that they quick to dismiss
but as I'm brushing by heaven's shoulder i hope i'm getting bolder but as i'm brushing by heaven's shoulder i think i'm getting bolder but as i'm brushing by heaven's shoulder, i know i'm getting bolder but as we're brushing by heaven's shoulder, i know we're getting bolder bolder
Track Name: Divine
You were the stars in my sky
I put you up there
I was connecting the dots
So that later I could sit and stare
At a whole
Rather than
flying objects
That run in circles Shooting stars Every now and then

I went to you to catch my worth in your gaze
I Never found it, o how my mind it was displaced
And now i'm pinning our fragments together Just to see Love's
Face
And I tried
See all those times I was collecting The stars in your eyes
All I wanted was a
piece of the divine

And maybe we're supposed to fall like this...
Track Name: Between the Earth & Sky
where do we lie
between the earth and sky?
where do we lie
between the earth and sky?

and will we meet halfway?
if i go my separate way?
and will we meet again?
even if we go our separate ways, our separate ways?

and i ask these questions as if you would give me an answer but i know that no label will mean
a happily ever after

i don't know, i don't know i don't know
i don't know, i don't know...
Track Name: Peace
Most of the time were waiting
When we can just be
Stuck up in confusion
when there's no need for complexity
You see it only takes one
than others will follow and take a stand
a nation built on division
and yet they claim to be on one mission


Why does peace have to be so hard to achieve?
A destination? Oh We struggle to conceive.
There is disfunction beneath this order.
But she'll turn to it, I said she`ll turn to it all to console her. Why does peace have to be so hard to achieve?
A destination? Oh We struggle to conceive.
There is disfunction beneath this order.
But she'll turn to it, I said she'll turn to it all to console her

No need for explaining
it's just like chasing the wind.
This chaos of unanswered questions
well maybe all the answers lie within
a system full of empty ritual
Instead of unity, creating opposition
Where's the peace can you tell me brotha
if we ain't listening to each other?
can ya tell me now...

Why does peace have to be so hard to achieve?
A destination? Oh We struggle to conceive.
There is disfunction beneath this order.
But she`ll turn to it, I said she`ll turn to it all to console her. Why does peace have to be so hard to achieve?
A destination? Oh We struggle to conceive.
There is disfunction beneath this order.
But she'll turn to it, I said she'll turn to it all to console her it will only destroy her
Track Name: I'm Not Sorry
LYRICS:
I'm not sorry this time.
I'll still be standing when you push past me.
And I'm takin what's mine.
Putting it in my pocket,
Excluding all the other shit,
that you once served me.

I'm not
sorry, not sorry, no.

You should know that i'm tryin,
I'm tryin to pull myself together.
You never earned my respect.
I put my money where my mouth is
when i say i come correct
And this time i'm for real,
when i speak of this rebellion
and this urge i feel.

I'm not
sorry, not sorry, no.

I've been, wastin' seconds, tryin to teach dummies lessons,
don't mistake me, for your imaginary
sidekick my soul's sick and you don't deserve it NO
for the last time GO
it's about to go DOWN
my gift is my sound, so get the fuck out of my house, toxic get out
I'M NOT SORRY
for my head up compromise has got me fed up
i won't kill the bomp of my bass for your set up, uh no no
I'M NOT SORRY
i've got a right to grab the mic in this city of clones blanco zones has got me feelin alone
I'M NOT SORRY
I respect my breath enough to save it you were never a special occasion, i'm not playin'
I'M NOT SORRY
For my right to be free, my fire requires no apology and i'm a star,
how can i NOT shine?

I'm not
sorry, not sorry, no.
Track Name: Ancestral Clock (Boom Bop)
Boom bop...

chorus:
Eternal ancestral love breathe a new rhythm in me when my heart wants to stop
Internal biological clock tick a new rhythm in me when my body wants to drop (x2)

VERSE 1:
like the rhythm in my people never dropped though our bodies were left to rot colonized afterthoughts green land but dead end jobs history repeats and now pops grips a mop from the philippines with big dreams for his artistry but now he cleans settled for the family passed baton to me i guess i'm the rebel from his rubble REinvention I flow with paintbrush and microphone sessions
I fight polite and pretty discretion my mom taught me that lesson i'm shinin bright
like the 8 point sun in every direction
but broken connections from the mother and her land got me hurtin with my questions this heart needs some reconnection

VERSE 2:
a new beat boom bop
when hip hop is all you got and all knowledge is your power they called me a monkey and a coward tongue tied around religion awardin me some ribbons cos they history I preached to perfection
even better than my own strangers in my own home cos my mom is workin to the bone
gangster narratives my brother tries to clone in my fatherless home men of colour demonized here
money trees never grow on this side it's like a jungle sometimes I wonder on the number
of those of us stayin under
broke and blue collar necks hustle for a dollar cheque givin'em minimum sums drop outs aint coolin out they're doin subtraction
cos rent is too high at night i'd here my mom cry I just wanna survive lord
prayin for a miracle in 9 to 5, 3 to 11, graveyard shift rituals but we keep
spittin breakin the cycle never caught trippin, never stop flippin plots, forgettin? we not, gettin back up
cos we'll never drop wont stop never drop, that's my people. And we are the..

verse 3:
a new beat boom bop
cos our stories live in hip hop wisdom’s in the rhythm we keep join we will never stop
alibata signs line melanin to taggin fresh street skin winnin back the mother tongue lovin our reflection
this means rebellion pay attention and ask question like why don't I see me in the media
what they feedin ya? white tides have histories of crashin into ya forced entries tryin to kill us with amnesia?
So I write to remember dismember the offenders i'm the new school avenger
educate myself to rage raise hell and grow bolder the city's gettin colder economics on my shoulders we must be workaholic soldiers cos we're workin overtime filin truth from toxic folders
i'm just a young cat writin raps with spitfire attack takin it higher my flow never lax only desire is bringin it back to the 8 point sun shinin bright in the stars my legacy is not too far it's in my heart

BOOM BOP (x8)

CHORUS
Eternal ancestral love breathe a new rhythm in me when my heart wants to stop
Internal biological clock tick a new rhythm in me when my body wants to drop
Eternal ancestral love breathe a new rhythm in me when my heart wants to stop
Internal biological clock tick a new rhythm // tick a new rhythm // a new rhythm like

boom bop boom bop (x7)
Track Name: Sincerity.
am i sincere in this spiritual quest?
and will this devotion last?
conspiracy theories, the deceit and the lies
how will i be able to see truth with my own eyes?
i'm all alone now in this quiet space,
i won't be afraid all my thoughts i will face
now won't you break down all of my theories
especially the ones that have kept me weary
and sometimes i feel like a stranger even in my own skin
trying to earn their favour
these lines i've drawn are too thin
what is underneath all of this
sifting out all of my blockages
and i know that i know who i am
and i know that i know where i stand