by Sidetrack Walker

Deprivation 06:57
Deprivation (17./18.03.2015) all the passers-by all their passing eyes all their signals and transmissions are a buzz around my head all the passers-by grabbing for my eyes all their signs of goodwill all their gestures of affection hugs and kisses for their sisters and their roommates and their friends and for their lovers fleeting touches from a soft and gentle hand no explanation no script to the play deprivation sweep me away this inundation is holding sway deprivation deliver me today and the way they dress the way they move their ass and their make-up and their shopping bags are the tongues of Babylon and expressions of joy and expressions of outrage and their costumes and their perfumes and their pheromones abound it never starts with words it never ends when it starts to hurt flashy stickers on their bikes and subtle flickers in their eyes all these passers-by got their own damn lives the implications overwhelm me and the crowd is crushing me there are codes in cards and shards and stars and the ripples of the sea but no matter where I look such codes will never work for me resignation when reason fails deprivation ease my pain desperation is here to stay deprivation…? no fucking way


Bandcamp buyers will receive an exclusive bonus track that is not available anywhere else: the first sketch of “The Host”, recorded on my phone in June 2018 when I came up with the basic idea for the song. Sharing this with you is a daring experiment well outside my comfort zone, which leaves me feeling somewhat ‘naked’. After all, this recording was made under subpar conditions and never meant to be released. Rather, it was intended as a rough-and-ready memory aid so the ideas wouldn’t slip away. The lyrics, too, are an unpolished version that differs from the final one in several places.
All this notwithstanding, I found myself returning to this sketch again and again for its raw authenticity. Led only by acoustic guitar and vocals, its stripped-down, spontaneous character brings out an entirely different side of the song. At the same time, it offers unique insights into my workflow, drawing back the curtain of my often obsessive perfectionism to reveal the bare-bones inspiration that starts off most of my pieces. I de-noised the recording and gave it a mild mastering treatment, but left its imperfections untouched. Enjoy!


released May 28, 2021

All music and lyrics written, arranged, performed, produced, recorded and mixed by Dominik Sonders.
Track 2 remixed by Andre Jonas.
Mastering and cover layout by Andre Jonas.
Photography by Dominik Sonders.
Golden ratio drawing by Tilla.

Bonus track mastered by Dominik Sonders.

℗ 2021 © 2015–2021 Dominik Sonders. All rights reserved.


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Sidetrack Walker Kiel, Germany

Sidetrack Walker is an independent music project focusing on atmosphere and honest, emotional songwriting. Headed by German artist Dominik Sonders, it draws on genres such as Art Rock, Trip-Hop, Drum’n’Bass, Dark Folk and Modern Classical.

(Photo: Nikita Mädge)
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