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"Reality State" takes its title from a long and winding conversation with a cab driver on my way to band practice about his previous life selling real estate in Dubai and all of the artifice that accompanied it - fake names, glamorous backstories, renting a Rolex for an hour to wear to the client meeting to help seal the deal. Due to some sort of linguistic mix-up, he used the beautiful and compelling phrase "reality state" instead of "real estate" throughout his 23-minute Wild West tale.
This song is the older cousin of "New Reality" from Essentials and presents a different take on the cognitive dissonance of living in a world on fire. "Reality State" is more concerned with personal dynamics - identity construction and performance, building and maintaining connection, and making space for worry about small and big things at the same time. It's a snapshot of summer 2016-era simmering discomfort. As we dive into writing more and more new material, we're releasing this remaining track from the 2017 Essentials sessions as a bookend or a final celebratory balloon.