New World

by Dave Kerzner

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"New World" is the debut solo album from former Sound of Contact keyboardist/songwriter/producer Dave Kerzner. It's a Progressive Rock "concept album" that's set in the future and follows the main character on a journey from being stranded in the desert to finding his way back to the biodomed city where he originally came from.

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released December 9, 2014

Track 1: Stranded pt1-5 (10:32)
Track 2: Into The Sun (7:21)
Track 3: The Lie (5:04)
Track 4: Under Control (5:54)
Track 5: Crossing Of Fates (4:49)
Track 6: My Old Friend (5:27)
Track 7: Ocean Of Stars (5:36)
Track 8: Solitude (3:39)
Track 9: Nothing (6:17)
Track 10: New World (5:57)
Track 11: Redemption: Stranded pt. 6-10 (17:25)

The Cast:

Dave Kerzner – Vocals Tracks 1-11
Keyboards Tracks 1-11
Guitar Tracks 2,4,6,9
Drum Programming Tracks 4,6,8
Fernando Perdomo – Guitar Tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Bass Tracks 1,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Nick D’Virgilio – Drums Tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7,9,10,11
Steve Hackett – Guitar Tracks 1,11
Francis Dunnery – Guitar Tracks 10,11
Russ Parish – Guitar Track 6
Colin Edwin – Bass Track 2
Billy Sherwood – Bass Track 5
Keith Emerson – Moog Modular Synth (via Sonic Reality) Track 5
Simon Phillips – Drums Track 5
Durga McBroom – Vocals Tracks 1,11
Lorelei McBroom – Vocals Tracks 7,8
Jason Scheff – Vocals Tracks 1,11
David Longdon – Vocals Track 10
Emily Lynn – Vocals Tracks 8,11
Lara Smiles – Vocals Track 8
Heather Findlay – Vocals Track 2
Maryem Tollar – Vocals Track 6
Christine Leakey – Vocals Track 7
Ana Cristina – Vocals Track 1

Produced by Dave Kerzner

Mixed by Dave Kerzner
except “Stranded” mixed by Tom Lord-Alge
Assistant Mix Engineering & Editing by Chris Holmes

Mastered by Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen for Lurssen Mastering

Artwork and Graphic Design by Christine Leakey
Cover Art by Dave Kerzner

Big thank you to the backers of the "New World" Kickstarter campaign who helped to make this possible. Thank you to all my friends and family. (For a full list of credits and thank yous please refer to the included PDF Liner Notes)

All songs ©2014, Dave Kerzner, RecPlay, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

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Dave Kerzner & Sonic Elements Miami, Florida

Dave Kerzner, of the band "Sound of Contact", has a variety of Progressive Rock projects including his work as a solo artist. Dave's “Sonic Elements” project uses sounds from his company Sonic Reality and features iconic guests like Steve Hackett (Genesis), Keith Emerson (ELP), Billy Sherwood (Yes), Francis Dunnery (It Bites), with SR drums from Neil Peart, Nick Mason... ... more

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Track Name: Stranded (Part 1-5)
Stranded (Part 1-5)
(Words and Music by Dave Kerzner)

Sudden isolation
A lone forgotten name
The wind will blow the dust of greed and shame

Stranded in a wasteland
Won’t be crawling back
We have to face the void for what we lack

A wave of evolution moves across the sand
All will be forgiven, only some will understand

I am not your conscience
I am not your trash
You gravely made the trade for petty cash
A lie with no repentance
A waiting loaded gun
Poised to end the game with anyone

A wave of evolution moves across the sand
All will be forgiven, only some will understand
Once the leaves of trees are gone, with nothing left to smile upon
We’ll trace our steps back to the dawn of what is right and wrong

Miles beyond the blinding sun I go
No water in sight
Just follow the light and pray for the night

The Earth, the moon and stars align
The truth behind façades will shine
Quickly shifting paradigm reveals the source sublime

Appearing in the distance
Subtle signs of life
I’ll have to save the strength for another flight

A wave of evolution moves across the sand
All will be forgiven, only some will understand
Once the leaves of trees are gone, with nothing left to smile upon
we’ll trace our steps back to the dawn of what is right and wrong


Watching evading the words so degrading the stabs in the back to the start where we are not the sheep nor the shepherd to keep from the leopard who eats out your heart and then takes on the part of the bringer of light and the breaker of dreams lost in the ego’s impossible schemes fuel for the weak becomes paralyzed in paradise multiple deception and gross misconception of rat-like impostors who feed on their own up to what you have done and the seeds you have sown in the darkness of hiding the truth that you’ve known the fearful believers will sink like a stone

Follow the light
Pray for the night
Track Name: Into The Sun
Into The Sun
(Words and Music by Dave Kerzner)

You put your desires in motion
You took on the risk of the flight
Knowing certain danger awaits
Ignoring the flaws of your plight
It’s not right

All systems were go for the mission
All signals inviting the quest
Passion goes into orbit
Fueled by the fire in your chest
It’s not right

Into the sun
Far away from everyone
You flew too close for what it’s worth
And you crashed down to Earth

The shimmer of blistering starlight
Beaming its glamorous eyes
You fell for its warm seductive power
Only to be eclipsed by its pending demise
So unwise

Into the sun
So far away from everyone
You knew full well that you would burn

Brace yourself for impact
Heat shield giving way
Quickly losing contact
Transmission ends today
Breaking up in pieces
Hearts disintegrate
Track Name: The Lie
The Lie
(Words and Music by Dave Kerzner)

Stories told that slowly came apart
Following the pulse of a loveless heart
You cannot win the shady game you’ve played
You hide behind the door in the bed you’ve made
Fabricated tales for your sharade
A misguided lost crusade

You, you can’t escape the lie
No matter how hard you try
The future will reveal the reasons why
You poorly chose to lie

As you’re walking toward the ledge
You feel a coldness closer to the edge
Never looking back at what you’ve said
Never thinking how it might be read
Someday you will slip up and be shown
Beside the guilt you own

You, you can’t escape the lie
No matter how hard you try
The future will reveal the reasons why
You poorly chose to lie
Track Name: Under Control
Under Control
(Words and Music by Dave Kerzner)

Like a needle extracting the source
A promise given taken by force
Your moving finger sculpting my mind
Led to believe and follow you blind
Seeds of deceit planted under the skin
A hidden chip designed to steal from within
Breaking my will so you can play with your toy
Distorted pleasure from the hope you destroy

I am under control
I am under control
I feel your hands on my soul
I am under control

Got a fever, sweating it out
Vultures waiting in the shadows of doubt
At any moment the tables will turn
For now I run while the bridges burn
I look for shelter from the storming skies
Avoid the watchers with their roving eyes
Escape the trance that held my feet to the ground
Break away to where I’ll never be found

I am under control
I am under control
I feel your hands on my soul
I am under control

All of this time in crime I played the quiet fool
For all that I am, it’s impossibly cruel
All of what’s mine designed to make a better you
To make a better you

I am under control
I am under control
I feel your hands on my soul
I am under control
Track Name: Crossing Of Fates
Music by Dave Kerzner

(Instrumental)
Track Name: My Old Friend
My Old Friend
(Words and Music by Dave Kerzner)

Hello, my old friend
From the other side of the end
You’ve come to visit me again
Poetic license to pretend

Hello, to the shape unknown
Waiting dauntless on my own
Bare and fragile flesh and bone
I am eager to be shown

Give me reason, give me art
Unearthly wisdom you impart
Crossing over, shaking hands
With someone who understands

Hello, my old friend
From the other side of the end
We both took that drive
To an unexpected curve
With hollow people
Who’ve got a lot of nerve
Restrained what we deserve
In a cloud you observe

Give me reason, give me art
Unearthly wisdom you impart
Crossing over, shaking hands
With someone who understands

Give me courage, give me grace
Spin the dogma that I face
I am tuning to the signs
Etching truth in cosmic lines

So long, my old friend
One day we shall meet again
Track Name: Ocean Of Stars
Ocean of Stars
(Words and Music by Dave Kerzner)

Drifting in an ocean of stars
Missing you and all that was ours
I travel to the waters that glow
To dive into the realm we know
It’s hard to fathom what we choose
Someone has to win or lose
Another life a different fate
In this one it’s too late

Immortalized within a song
Shattered rhymes and words unveiled
Now I’m back where I belong
We can’t deny this ship has sailed

Drifting in an ocean of stars…

Picturing your crystal face
A vision I cannot erase
Misfortune took the magic away
Nothing I could do or say
One of these days you’ll know
I never meant to let you go
If only you and I could be whole
We’d get back what they stole

Immortalized within a song
Shattered rhymes and words unveiled
Now I’m back where I belong
We can’t deny this ship has sailed

Drifting in an ocean of stars
Missing you and all that was ours
Don’t know if I’ll see you again
But we’ll be alright in the end
Track Name: Solitude
Music by Dave Kerzner
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Nothing
Nothing
(Words by Dave Kerzner ; Music by Dave Kerzner & Fernando Perdomo)

I thought we had it all
Just illusion
Then you dropped the ball
Big confusion

Words don’t mean a thing
Just distraction
The phone no longer rings
A sad abstraction

All I need from you is nothing
Yeah nothing at all

Schemers pay the price
Instant karma
Smacked down from a vice
Terra firma

Enjoy your power trip
Your delusion
I’m off this sinking ship
My revolution

All I need from you is nothing
Yeah nothing at all

I will let you leave without a sound
Get off this merry go ‘round

In your twisted world
You’re high above me
But, you’re just a frozen girl
Who cannot love me

All I need from you is nothing
Yeah nothing at all
Track Name: New World
New World
(Words and Music by Dave Kerzner

Too many people
Counting up their change
Inviting insanity
in a world so strange
All that we are

Recording the memories
With cameras in our eyes
A fraction of reality
And the magic moment dies
All that we are

What we have we borrow
Possessions in the mind
Yesterday we plan tomorrow
And leave today behind
If you and I would see
The power that’s within
A new world we create could begin

In the kingdom of society
We’re all ruled by the clock
Consumed by our anxiety
We march instead of walk
All that we are

We hold the answer
inside we know
Obscured by imposed beliefs
till we let them go
Track Name: Redemption (Stranded Part 6-10)
Redemption (Stranded Part 6-10)
(Words by Dave Kerzner ; Music by Dave Kerzner & Francis Dunnery)

A storm of frantic changes taking place
Molecules are glowing
The energy exploding into space
The field that held me in suspension left to feed on your disgrace

I scan across the desert with new eyes
Intercepting signals crossing yeah
Enemies are trapped in their disguise
Unwinding clock revealing the mask of lies

The cold machines are lurking in a pack
The echoes of their marching
Calling me to face them on this track
Inner peace and sanity is fleeting in the race to get it back

The stars and oceans
Fade into the sun
I shook the garden spell
Melding back to one
It’s nearly over now

Now that I’ve come this far
The quality of how we are
All have had their role to play
What’s the meaning who can say?
Climbing over hills of blame
Determined lone forgotton name
The wave of evolution came
I’m coming back to stake my claim

All the talk
All the fear
All the questions disappear
Past the pain
Around the bend
Just what matters in the end
All is right
All will thrive
All it means to be alive
And the truth somehow survives
I see my part so clearly now
From the stage, a final bow
All those years of learning how
Holding on through the day and the night
We’ll make it to the light
To the light