REAGAN ESTHER MYER (2019)

The soundtrack to Reagan Esther Myer represents the musician’s first musical departure from live looping technique since Rebecca began writing and performing music in 2006 as Nuda Veritas. Where loops once reigned, now synthesizers rule. Continuing into this sonic effort are the lush, classically-trained vocals, fragmented spoken word tape samples, and vintage drum loops typical of her compositions.

Underpinning most tracks is an ethereal choir of angelic voices (meant to be the voices of Reagan’s mannequin pals on stage) attributed to a vocal synth created by sampling the singer’s voice from a low F#3 to a high C#6 and drenching the virtual instrument in gauzy reverb.


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Only one part of an ambitious and immersive world, Reagan Esther Myer delivers incisive social commentary through a retro-futuristic synth-pop sound. Reagan Esther Myer is part concept album, part prophecy, and part satire. ... The story’s conflict between technological capitalism and individuality is made audible ver eight tense, futuristic tracks, in which retro synths and distorted samples fight for space with Kopycinski’s serene vocals. The result is disturbing, memorable, and complex—a project that leaves more than a tune stuck in your head.
— Sound of Boston

LYRICS

 

MANNEQUIN

Welcome to my mall, my friends
Too bad that we're closed
Where once consumers came to spend
We now call our home

Special deal if you don't wanna feel
We're slashing prices on brain devices for you today
In fact, we're giving them away

Welcome to my prison cell
We're glad that you're here
Where once the racks and shelves were stocked
They now lay bare

Big markdowns, just follow the crowd
Get in line to monetize your hearts, your thoughts, your souls
In fact, everything must go

Fall in line, run with the pack, play the game
Be the same plastic face, empty brain

Swim with the tide, don't rock the boat, don't make waves
Be the same plastic face, empty brain

Be the same, be the same, be the same


RESURRECTION

You have come back from the dead
A ghostly memory resurrected inside my head
And want so bad to believe what you have said
If I do, and it's true, there's uncertainty ahead

The world I've built is safe and sound
And if I let you come around
Solid turns to shaky ground
I don't know now, what to do now

I really have to wonder why
If it's true that you didn't die
Why the government would lie
I don't know now, what is true now

Damned if I do, damned if I don't
Throw caution to the wind or else remain here all alone

If I don't care, then you disappear
Your memory, your cries for help will fall on my deaf ears
And I want so bad to believe that you're sincere
If I do, and it's true, the future is unclear

The world I've built is safe and sound
And if I let you come around
Solid turns to shaky ground
I don't know now, what to do now

I really have to wonder why
If it's true that you didn't die
Why the government would lie
I don't know now, what is true now


SISTER

Never did i think things could be different
Never did i think that things could change
Even if you said things could be different
If you said nothing would be the same
I'd say liar, liar, pants on fire.

Ties that bind
Return, reconnect, much tighter
Free your mind
Refire, repeat, rewire

Low tide, high tide, wax and wane
Nothing ever stays the same
Breathe in, breathe out, night then day
Phases, circles, loops, replay
You're the one, the only one
Catalyzing this change
Choices, actions, make patterns in the brain

All this time
Return, reconnect, much tighter
Free to design (your mind)
Refire, repeat, rewire

Never did i think things could be different
That black and white could blend and make a gray
Even if you said things could be different
That dead and numb could up and be replaced
I'd say liar, liar, pants on fire.


APOCALYPSE

The sky was black
The trees were white with flame
Skin and hair blown back
Ash drifting down like rain

Slow motion
Twisted faces, tacit screams
Silent commotion
Blood like static TV

Ever since the day that they planted that seed
I can't tell what is a dream or just a fading memory
Ever since the day that you called me on The FEED
I can't pinpoint what this feeling is that's washing over me

Now the veil has been lifted
Apocalypse sets in
Awakening, revelation
It's plain to see the end is beginning

All was white
bright lights were blinding me
A tray of implements to my right
A doctor menacing yet serene

Say goodbye
To worry and to pain
My life flashed before my eyes
The past extinguished like a flame

Ever since the day that they planted that seed
I can't tell what is a dream or just a fading memory
Ever since the day that you called me on The FEED
I can't pinpoint what this feeling is that's washing over me

Now the veil has been lifted
Apocalypse sets in
Awakening, revelation
It's plain to see the end is beginning


SUSPICION

I was fine being desensitized
I was fine being paralyzed
I was fine being homogenized
I was fine being commodified

Cross my heart
Hope to die
I won't be minimized
I'm vicious, malicious, and so suspicious
Cross my heart
Hope to die
I'll put up a good fight
I'm vicious, malicious, and so suspicious

Now's my time to revitalize
Now's my time to individualize


FIGHT

Now it's done
Dead and gone
Now it's over
The future colder
Only one thing left undone

Do you ever feel like you just wanna fight?

Truth is fire
We're gonna burn it all, gonna burn it to the ground
Facts burn brighter, yes, much, much brighter
Than the falsehoods you spew now

Do you ever feel like you just wanna fight?
When you're sick and tired of being fucked up inside
You just gotta fight

Now it's time
For evil and good, for evil and good, to collide
Stakes are high, so high
Freedom on the line

Do you ever feel like you just wanna fight?
When you're sick and tired of being told how you can live your life
You've just got to fight

I've been had
Befuddled, hoodwinked, bamboozled, and flimflammed
I have drawn a line in the sand
No longer your puppet, your pawn, your dupe, or your henchman
And so we’ll burn it to the motherfucking ground

Do you ever feel like you just wanna fight?
When you're sick and tired of being fucked up inside
You just gotta fight