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if and only if

by soso

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Undone 03:45
And Yet 04:08
It was almost a beautiful day. And I forgot what I wanted to say. It is not me who is cruel, it’s life that is that way. And I forgot why I wanted to stay. Never wanting nothing more than this. It’s almost five years to the day. Don’t forget it was you who wanted it this way. It is not you that is cruel just things turned out that way. You always get what you want anyway. Always wanting something more than this. And we are haunted by this lifelessness. And I am not a violent man, man hands are clenched in fists. And yet: is this all there is? Listen. I know how easy it could be to just close your eyes when you’re driving down the highway and your eyelids are getting heavy. I understand all too well the allure of just forgetting and the impulse to let go. Just let it go already. The striving, the working worry, the dumb yearning, it’s never-ending. This pretending to be well, it’s own particular path to hell. Albeit one of my own making. Where I go, I go alone. I won’t be taking you with me. Always wanting something more than this. And we are haunted by this lifelessness. And I am not a violent man, my hands are clenched in fists. What have you done?
Wolf Willow 04:06
All In 02:41


If and Only If is the latest project by Canadian indie hip hop stalwarts and long-time collaborators, soso and Maki.

Over a period of two decades, soso and Maki have been charting their own unique course, operating at the edges of the hip hop genre to develop a distinctive and personal body of work that helped define the prairie hip hop ethos.

On If and Only If, their first album in seven years, Maki has crafted a delicate and evolving backdrop for the contemplative lyrics that established soso’s reputation as one of the most unique voices in alternative hip hop. Drawing from noise, drone and other forms of electronic music, Maki sets the tone for an album imbued with the pressing political issues and social tensions that have characterized the past five years. The album was certainly not rushed. It is well-considered, deliberate in pace and intent. This is winter walking music.

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released March 31, 2021

Words by soso (Troy Gronsdahl).
Music by Maki (Maki Kypriotis).
Produced, mixed and mastered by Maki.
Artwork by Breanne Bandur. Design by Troy Gronsdahl.

All the way to the world's edge, all the way home and A morning more or less like this one are comprised of excerpts reconfigured from Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy. Wolf Willow draws from Wallace Stegner’s prairie memoire Wolf Willow: A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier.

Copyright 2021 Endemik Music in partnership with Mism Records, Audio Recon and Hello.L.A.


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