Private Time

by Sun Kin

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Private Time is Sun Kin's 3rd full-length album. It was recorded between November 2018 and July 2019 with an array of guest appearances by independent musicians from around the East Bay.

Many of the stories in Private Time ponder the weight of tradition, the way societal narratives about “how things have always been” can erase a life of possibility. Pressure from Asian immigrant families to accumulate riches, produce children, and cement monogamous partnerships seem ludicrous when stacked up against a world literally falling into the sea in “Small Gestures.”

Like the Man de la Mancha tilting at photocopiers, the narrator of “IDKY” steals time from an office job to make grandiose, anachronistic art in the face of rampant profiteering. In “Boyfriend’s Car,” a codependent couple crashes when both partners rest the weight of their trauma on each other and forget to watch the road.

credits

released January 17, 2020

Kabir Kumar - vocals, guitars, synths, bass (on 6, 8), drums & drum programming, percussion, samples
Jake Kopulsky - drum kit, percussion
Geoff Saba - bass (on 1, 3, 7), guitars, synths, vocals, electric vibraphone, shakuhachi
Max Langensiepen - guitars
Tyler English - bass (on 2, 4, 5), guitar, pedal steel
Phil Di Leo - Rhodes, Grand, organ, synths
Sarah Carpenter - vocals (on 1, 3)
Little Arcs (Hannah Levy, Derek Sup, Zach Giberson) - vocals (on 3, 5)
Marissa Dietz (Sucker Crush) - cello, vocals (on 1, 6)
Sasha Reynolds (Fieldress) - vocals (on 2)
Miguel Gallego - lead guitar (on 4)
Michael Orange Julius - glockenspiel
Adam Hirsch - tenor saxophone

Engineered by Adam Hirsch at Tiny Telephone in Oakland, CA
And by Geoff Saba at Itinerant Home Recordings in Oakland, CA
And by Kabir Kumar in my bedroom
Mixed by Geoff Saba
Mastered by TW Walsh

Photo by Ginger Fierstein
Design by Kabir Kumar & Ana Stoyanova (@rockrosee)

Special thanks to my parents, my Nana, Miguel Gallego, Jacob Kay, Leah Stone, Sarah Goldfarb, Kat Vidt, Styles Munson, Dan Kolpin, Ken Herman, Josh Ginsberg, Sam Anderson, Erik Krasner, Maddy Guzmán, Craig Heed, Chris Daddio, Sivan Lioncub and everyone else who gave me feedback and support through this experience.

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Sun Kin is
the alt-pop project of Kabir Kumar,
born in Bombay, broadcasting tunes from Oakland
with friends.

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Track Name: Prince of Intention
It’s in the early evening hour
When the bedroom starts to slip from sight
I sit in darkness letting my eyes
Take in the mercy of the window

Have you
Been waiting so long for the sun to fall
Inside
Are you
Holding out for work that will make you feel
Full of use

My ivy hangs accusingly
In the shadow of the laptop screen
And greedy for the water I share
When I refill from the filter

Have you
Been hiding inside my wildest dreams?
That’s where I kept ya!
Oh yeah you
Beaming in my bed with the holy sheets
Make me wild

Cuz when I catch this look
In the mirror
Can’t help but see a way to live
And though I’ve been meaning
To water them all
There’s a replacement life
Deep in soil
I’ll give you light so you’ll grow on me too
Deep in the pool with our greatest features

Have you been waiting inside my wildest dreams?
That’s where I kept ya!
Oh have you
Been waiting so long for the sun to fall
Inside
Oh yeah you
Smoke me out of caves I hide in
Make me climb
Oh yeah you
Beaming in my bed with the holy sheets
Make me wild
Track Name: Boyfriend's Car
In the back of
Your boyfriend’s car
You ask me to hold your breath
On the window I draw it
Till we can’t see the exits
It's just the two of us
Make most of me gone

In the back of
Your boyfriend’s car
Our skin peels off the vinyl
Repeating song
One disc in the changer
Grinding it down

In the back of
You, just like you asked
The mirror shows each pore
Behind my face, a steely frame
We phased out for ages
Before the two of us
Would remain inside me

In the back of
Your boyfriend’s car
You ask me to hold your breath
On the window I draw it
Till we can’t see the exits
It's just the two of us
Make most of me gone
Track Name: IDKY
Lost my mind
I don't know why
I can't be blinded yet
I don't know why

Lost my drive
Its information
Through a portal on my desk
That was my time

Took my time
Everybody told me you should make your money work
And I ignored them
I had a vision
Until you told me

When it’s the date of the show
Just simply act like you know
It’s okay to be admired
And while you’re sharing your screen
You must pretend like you have seen
The confidence of a paycheck

Cuz I killed some time
In a meeting room
Where I micro-slept and sang
The psalm of weekend
Brace myself!
On my standing desk
To embrace the beacon
When will I be found out
Will I be found out?

This is the date of the show
Just simply act like you know
It’s okay to be admired
And while you’re sharing your screen
You must pretend like you have seen
The confidence of a paycheck

With every click comes a price
You could go visit their eyes
It’s okay to be admired
But I will not once be stained
By any gaze or compliment
Except the truth of a paycheck
Track Name: Small Gestures
And when the sadness goes away
There’ll never be another one to take its place
On the day Dad taught you how to swim
He tied on anchors ‘round your ankles with a tale
“Hold in the pressure, make that sale”

When the roads are flushed by the sea
(When the roads are flushed by the sea)
I don’t ever wanna pretend (ya ya ya)
Anymore
That I don’t feel this way (I don’t feel this way)
When our bones sink in
Interred with the shale and blue jeans
(When the roads are flushed by the sea)
I’ll still feel so light in your arms

And when the sadness goes away
There’ll never be another one to take its place
You cornered me on your way up
Your pressure passes down through me to pneumatic brakes

When the roads are flushed by the sea
(When the roads are flushed by the sea)
I don’t ever wanna pretend (ya ya ya)
Anymore
That I don’t feel this way (I don’t feel this way)
When our bones sink in
Interred with the shale and blue jeans
(When the roads are flushed by the sea)
I’ll still feel so light in your arms


When the roads are flushed by the sea
(When the roads are flushed by the sea)
I don’t ever wanna pretend (ya ya ya)
Anymore
That I don’t feel this way (I don’t feel this way)
When our bones sink in
Interred with the shale and blue jeans
I’ll still feel so light in your arms
(When the roads are flushed by the sea)
Track Name: Coming Back, Again (feat. Little Arcs)
It takes some time
For us to know
The extent of the damage
How am I supposed to be
Responsible?

It takes some time
For us to know
The extent of the damage
How have I been pouring rain
When I can't keep the pieces in hand?

I felt it once
I felt it once
I felt it once and never again
It takes some time
For us to know
The extent of the damage
Track Name: Clear, for Once
Life without losing
Life without losing anything
Is not the life I could live
Without losing my mind
I won’t take curry for any kid to see at lunch
Then I’ll be fine

Assimilation is the way I found
Chameleonic is how I sound
It’s time to lose it: I found my own voice now
You’ve got to meet the body
You’ve got to meet the body
I hope I write this song before too late
Cuz there’s a note that I want us to take—
I’ll hold my mouth open for you to shout opinions
Rest your head upon my chest and then I’ll feel safe

Tell me why
Tell me why I’ve got to
Make up a past time
Give my worth a place
So one day I’ll understand
When you say “hometown”, it’s

This brown and bearded face
For pigs to mistake
I’ve got a number
Who’s gonna take it?
I’ve gotta fly soon
I’ve got a suitcase
For me to board the plane
I must unfurl the borders in me

I’ve got a monster
I’ve got a secret
I’m pretty sure I’ll have to leave
If I’m not smiling
I stole the right voice
I’ve got a stage name
He’s going to remind me
He’s going to remind me
He’s compromised me
We’re compromised

My dad begs me to shave
So pigs won’t mistake
I’ve got a number
Do you wanna see it
I’ve gotta fly soon
I’ll drop my suitcase
For us to overcome
We’ve gotta seize the means of coping

I’ve got a monster
I’ve got a secret
I’m pretty sure I’ll have to leave
If I don't work for free
I stole the right voice
Track Name: Moon-Crane
Whether I live by the things I say
Or what I exhale to keep you here breathing the air with me
You fell beneath
Why won’t you speak?
Please say something
Bobby, please
I know that you wanted to die and I got in the way

Though I wasn’t there to keep you company
I could tell you never got to sleep so well
Holding hands from cars and planes
I spill the words
They aren't enough
Battery dies
You know how to love and tried to pass it down but I don’t know

And I must be dreaming life without you
When I wake up sinking into the sheets
A budding iris starving for the sun’s light
I could only point the mirror so long

A century of satellites
Phone towers and transatlantic wires
And you just wanted to dim the light
Breathe in the perfume of the choking smoke
Whether I live by the things I say
Or what I exhale to keep you here breathing the air with me

You fell beneath
Why won’t you speak?
Please say something
Bobby, please
I know that you wanted to die and I got in the way

Though I wasn’t there to keep you company
I could tell you never got to sleep so well
Holding hands from cars and planes
I spill the words
They aren't enough
Battery dies
You know how to love and tried to pass it down but I don’t know

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