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#1 Posted : 13 June 2020 04:52:50(UTC)
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Title: “The Therapy Sessions (Vol. I)”
Artist: Kara Romero
Release Date: June 13, 2020
Recorded: Basement Studios, Manhattan, New York
Genre(s): Hip-Hop, Rap, RnB
Length: 22:19
Label: Just Record
Producer(s): Kara Romero, Orion

“The Therapy Sessions (Vol. I)” is the title of the 2020 E.P from American/Spanish Hip-Hop artist 'Kara Romero', it marks the first extended release from the musician since 2017's E.P titled “Raising Hell” and comes following an extended break from the public eye in which the artist has gone through a lot of personal issues. With the release of the E.P set to follow on the heels of her first single since 2017 titled “Cruel As Shit” which peaked at number four on the singles chart upon it's release at the end of May 2020. That single features on the E.P alongside a collection of songs which tackle similarly dark theme's as the collections title suggests. It is also set to mark the beginning of a productive year as she continues work on her sophomore album, recently confirming that the E.P will inform a lot of the next album and that she classes the E.P very much as a companion piece to the as yet untitled album.

In a recent interview, Kara spoke about the E.P and it's impact on her own life, “I decided to call it “The Therapy Sessions” because I felt like a lot of the writing process was about me trying to figure some shit out in my head. What I've written about is some of the darkest moments of the last four or five years of my life. I've struggled with a lot of issues, depression and addiction and nobody knows about any of this, so rather than discuss it in a magazine article where the story can be edited and moulded to fit the narrative of whatever the trending topic or buzz word is that week. I decided to tell it in six songs, in my own words with the painful and brutal rawness that it requires.
It's a fucked up situation, it's not a redemption story with a happy ending or a positive arc flowing through it. I'm better than I was, but I'm far from recovered. I'm still in therapy, the shit on this E.P is still very real to me. But I wanted to get it out there and channel some of this excess baggage into something that may be beneficial for me for once. Music has always been therapy for me, I may be required to lay on a couch for three hours every week and talk about my feelings, but writing and recording this probably did more for me than any amount of time talking has.”

The E.P features a heavy drum and bass influence, aggressive guitar sounds and melodic and brooding piano instrumentation in order to complement the dark nature and themes of the albums lyrics. It was recorded in late 2019 and early 2020 at Basement Studios in Manhattan, New York by Kara Romero and it was produced by Kara Romero alongside production team 'Orion' who provided the majority of the instrumental support. The E.P will be released on June 13, 2020 through Just Record Records.

Tracklisting;

01. “Therapy Session (Part I)” (4:48)
02. “Cruel As Shit” (4:53)
03. “Six Years” (3:07)
04. “Regrets” (4:03)
05. “Wild & Free” (3:52)
06. “Therapy Session (Part II)” (2:56)



Credits & Personnel;

CREDITS

Produced by Kara Romero, Orion
Engineered by Augustine Francis
Recorded at Basement Studios, Manhattan, New York, USA

Production Manager: Ignacio Santos
Mixing: Augustine Francis

PERSONNEL

Kara Romero - vocals, lyrics, production
Brayton 'Bellows' Carter – piano, keyboards, backing vocals, production
Jadyn 'Boa' Ghalen - guitar, backing vocals, production
Jamal 'Circuit' Ghalen - drum machine, backing vocals, production
Ignacio Santos - bass, percussion, programming, production manager
Augustine Francis – engineering, mixing
Rebecca Lowell - photography, art direction
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#2 Posted : 13 June 2020 22:01:51(UTC)
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Track: 01
Title: “Therapy Session (Part. I)”
Artist: Kara Romero
Length: 4:48

{Intro - Therapist}
“Good to see you again, Kara
How's Woolfie doing?
I see that you've been taking some of my notes on board
You've been taking yoga classes
Styling your apartment
Contacting some old friends again, I see
It's good to see you taking positive steps in your life
I think you'll really see the benefit”

{Kara}

Yo, none of this is working for me
Just give me back the pills that you took from me
I'm feeling more empty now
Than I ever did before
Just rolling around on my bedroom floor
Trying to confine myself to one place
Just four walls and an empty space
I'm losing my shit
God, I feel so empty without it
I've tried the shit you've attempted to bury me with
Just give me the god damn shovel and I'll start to fucking dig
You hear me?
Yoga ain't gonna fucking heal me
I need the adrenaline rush
A lil hit from the kush
Give these vices back to me
It's the only way I know how to be
It's the only way that I fucking feel like me
Please

I'm so numb
I'm addicted
I'm in pain
I'm conflicted

I felt like such a fucking fraud
You asked why I've spent the past two years indoors
I grew up in the projects
But now I'm living in an apartment complex
Williamsburg with the bohemians and wannabe intellects
Pretending that they relate to me
I kind of enjoy their company
I feel like it grounds me
But it kills me too
It brings me down
Cause I feel like I ain't being true

I've been on some form of medication since twelve years old
The thoughts got me quickly
And they started to take their hold
Cold grip on my reality
I never had anybody to call
Mom went when I was four years old
That was when I really started to fall

I'm so numb
I'm addicted
I'm in pain
I'm conflicted

Daddy worked hard
He didn't mean it
He lost her just like I did
Didn't need to take it out on an innocent kid
So I ran and hid
Harsh reality hit me
Like a ton of bricks

I'm so numb
I'm addicted
I'm in pain
I'm conflicted”
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#3 Posted : 13 June 2020 22:04:19(UTC)
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Track: 02
Title: “Cruel As Shit”
Artist: Kara Romero
Length: 4:53

“You look around the room and you don't feel a fuckin' thing
Like shit don't matter and love is no longer filled with all the joy it's supposed to bring
Just looking at each other from across the room with empty eyes
Instead of leaving forever, we just stay together and play along with all the lies
Big happy family is all I ever wanted in my life
But happiness has gone from this relationship
And the certificate says that our names are husband and wife
What the fuck happened to the pair of us
This shit just ain't right
And this just ain't the life
Ain't the life we were both supposed to lead
Manhattan king and his Brooklyn queen
Supposed to be running this shit like we both did dream
Nobody would have ever questioned it
This world can be cruel as shit

We wake up everyday
Sweeping floors and serving food
Wasting all that potential away
We wake up everyday
Sweeping floors and serving food
Wasting all that potential away

You finish your shift and come home to a cold glass
Whiskey ain't enough to heal from all the labour that's kicked your ass
No pictures on the wall, it's just the coldest place to call home
And even when we're fucking, we feel no love at all
Potential wasted, life unfulfilled
I remember when every night used to bring a new kind of thrill
Dancing on the tables, friends and enemies
Have long since turned into fables
What's gotten into you and me
Did we really make it?
Yeah, we're still together
But are we truly happy, stuck in this shit forever

We wake up everyday
Sweeping floors and serving food
Wasting all that potential away
We wake up everyday
Sweeping floors and serving food
Wasting all that potential away

Sometimes I get so pissed, I just wanna kill myself
I know that ain't the option but I fear for my mental health
Have you ever been in love
And seen it go away
But had to be reminded of it
Every fucking day

Yeah, we're supposed to be running this shit like we both did dream
Nobody would have ever questioned it
This world can be cruel as shit”
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#4 Posted : 14 June 2020 03:14:29(UTC)
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Track: 03
Title: “Six Years”
Artist: Kara Romero
Length: 3:07

“Please forgive me father for I have sinned
It's been a rough couple of years and I've been hitting the bottle hard
I know that everybody said marriage would be so tough
That it would only work if we had our shit together
But I never knew I could feel so lonely
With somebody laying there right beside me
I've tried so hard to get his attention
But his mind is some place else these days and there's no affection
It's like we're travelling on different roads
Headed in different directions

Well I found myself at a loss
I just didn't know what to do with myself
Do I keep on keeping on
Just to save face
Or risk harming my mental health

It was a couple months ago now
I took a night for myself
Down at the local bar with a couple of my old friends
I said that I'd be fine
That I wouldn't end up drinking
But as the night went on and I was left alone
I guess I spent too much time thinking
Maybe just a glass of whiskey to help me to numb the pain
Maybe then he'll give me a little attention again

I'm sorry for the things I've done
I'm sorry for the mess that we've become
I'm sorry for the things I've done
I'm sorry for the mess that we've become

Six years of sobriety have gone down the drain
For a moment of insanity
To take away the pain
I've been so proud of the strength that I showed to get clean
But I guess I've been driven to the brink
I've been sold the wrong dream
There's no more reset button out there for me
I can't go back through that cycle
It's empty to me

I'm sorry for the things I've done
I'm sorry for the mess that we've become
I'm sorry for the things I've done
I'm sorry for the mess that we've become”
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#5 Posted : 14 June 2020 03:17:04(UTC)
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Track: 04
Title: “Regrets”
Artist: Kara Romero
Length: 4:03

“Yeah, I guess I didn't put the work in when the world was waiting
Spent too much time in my head hesitating
When the rest were out there, hustling, earning that paper
My career was going down fast like a broken elevator
I try to pin it on the sickness
Depression's like a dick that just wanna hit this
And I can take it like a champ
It's just like I keep screaming out for more
Got me holding on for dear life banging on the headboard
But the truth is that I don't have that drive
I could be touring the world with my name all up in lights
But instead I followed up my debut record
With a stint in rehab recovery
It took me til' twenty-six for that self-awareness discovery
When I sing it comes from the lungs
But when I rap it comes from the fucking heart
But the days when the pen moves is too few and far apart

Man, I think I'm just lazy, I think I think a little too much
Then I get in my head and into a rut
I head for the bottle, get drunk and we'll fuck
I just wish I could get inspired enough to make love

Man, I think I've got regrets, I think I've got too much
Was given the world but it wasn't enough
Now I just head for the bottle, get drunk and we'll fuck
I just wish I could get inspired enough to make love

I was supposed to be the next big star in a city that was full of em'
Took four years just to finish my debut album
Do I have you attention now? That was ironic cause it barely even had my own
I was in the middle of working on my dream
But there was too much shit going on
The distractions were too much and I've always hung with a bad crowd
But they got my back for life
I just wanna make the hood proud
I guess I took advantage of the things that came to me
With a number one record on your name
Everything comes a little too easily

I think I fucked up, I think I took it all for granted
Been dining off the success of that multi platinum debut album
Staying in the charts until fucking forever
Wish it had crashed and burned
So I'd be forced to get my shit together
I should be three albums in with a legacy to make me proud
But I can't resist fucking with the wrong crowd
I should be on top of the game
I read comments saying they're patiently waiting
But I'd rather take a hit than write one
More addicted to the kush
Than the adrenaline rush

Man, I think I'm just lazy, I think I think a little too much
Then I get in my head and into a rut
I head for the bottle, get drunk and we'll fuck
I just wish I could get inspired enough to make love

Man, I think I've got regrets, I think I've got too much
Was given the world but it wasn't enough
Now I just head for the bottle, get drunk and we'll fuck
I just wish I could get inspired enough to make love”
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#6 Posted : 14 June 2020 04:03:24(UTC)
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Track: 05
Title: “Wild & Free”
Artist: Kara Romero
Length: 3:52

“Why did you have to go in such a hurry?
I still had so much to learn from you in this harsh world
A little girl at four years old
Just needed a feminine hand to hold
Daddy tried his very best
But he always seemed to be a little too stressed
It seems his work became his entire world
I guess he forgot about his little girl
He just let me be
I was allowed to run wild
I was allowed to run wild and free

This is the only way that I survive
The only way I stay alive
I don't need you to come preaching to me
This is my destiny
To live my life wild and free
Wild and free

They told me that I'm suffering from depression
Well I gotta make a little confession
There was a time when those thoughts got really dark for me
But I drowned them in the darkness of New York City
I went out drinking every night to numb the pain
Wake in the morning and take the same fucking pills all over again
But the suicidal thoughts tend to pass
With every empty whiskey glass
I don't want to sober up
Cause I don't really give a fuck
If this is how I choose to cope with the pain
Give me the bottle and do the same
I'll repeat the process
Again and again

This is the only way that I survive
The only way I stay alive
I don't need you to come preaching to me
This is my destiny
To live my life wild and free
Wild and free

I don't want an intervention
Or any of this negative fucking attention
I may not make it past twenty seven
But that's okay with me
I'll be in a club with the best of em'
Until I get there
I ain't gonna stress with em'
Because I know there's somebody waiting for me
That's the dream that I've been sold
She'll be waiting for me
With a feminine hand to hold

This is the only way that I survive
The only way I stay alive
I don't need you to come preaching to me
This is my destiny
To live my life wild and free
Wild and free”
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#7 Posted : 14 June 2020 04:05:52(UTC)
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Track: 06
Title: “Therapy Session (Part. II)”
Artist: Kara Romero
Length: 2:56

{Intro - Therapist}
“So it looks like you've still got quite a lot to work through
Unfortunately I don't think I'm able to help
I've been doing therapy for twenty five years now
And I've not seen such … a mess
I hope you don't mind me being blunt
But fucking hell”

{Kara)

Alright then, put me in a straight jacket
Sentence me to life
I've only ever caused harm to myself, would never hurt somebody else
Not physically anyway, maybe there's a couple of guys that I wanted to send away
Six feet under, buried way beneath
But we've all dated our share of psychos and creeps
And yeah I've got some childhood trauma
But haven't most of us too
I'm not the only one to hit the bottle in order to make it through
And I'm sure you've had some dark thoughts
It makes us fucking human
Doesn't mean I'mma bout to hit the streets and start fucking shooting
An addictive personality, maybe that's all it is
I wouldn't be the first bipolar singer to become fucking famous
And if I'm being honest
I think I've done a good job of keeping my problems private
My pussy ain't all over the internet just yet
There's still time for that regret
Maybe I should try it
Live my life like an open fucking book
Live streaming, premium, click bait, PornHub
One hit wonder gets fucked

Nah, I just wanna numb the pain
Whatever it takes to make it fucking go away again
The pills used to do that, but now you've took em' away from me
Said it's not viable for the long term
Man, you're slowly killing me

I'm so numb
I'm addicted
I'm in pain
I'm conflicted

I'm so numb
I'm addicted
I'm in pain
I'm conflicted

I'm so numb
I'm addicted
I'm in pain
I'm conflicted”
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