Splendor

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released July 21, 2015

All music by Bryan Akcasu and Mitchell Dill

All lyrics by Bryan Akcasu

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Bryan Akcasu
Additional recording by John O’Reilly Jr

Bryan Akcasu - vocals, guitar, bass, baritone, programming, keys
Mitchell Dill - guitar, bass
John O’Reilly Jr - drums
Laura Figley, Mollie Coffin - background vocals

Cover art by White Elk

Special Thanks: Al Aguilar, Bryan Panzeri, Nate Sirotta and Impulse Artists, Shabnam Ferdowsi at Beating Lights, Jesse and Doug at The Abstract Recording Studios, and all our friends and family.

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Track Name: The Explode Boys
The Explode Boys
 
Followed the vans
To the edge of the city
Taking your hands
To raise them up with me
Singing like crows
Everybody knows
Their flags wave us home
This is where we've always wanted to be
 
We explode! 
Here comes my soul
My big, big soul is coming through
Holding everything embraced
Never, ever
Letting go of you
 
Pushing through crowds
Trying to meet you halfway
My voice is so loud
Carries through the alley way
In one wild moment
The colors of all men
Painted on the bench
This is where I know I'm going to stay
  
And I'm crying
Yeah, I’m crying
Crying on the train
Writing flashcards
Writing flashcards
Writing flashcards in the rain
 
Track Name: Splendor
Splendor

I'm waiting around on an open day
I can hear the city singing far away
And I can see the blues
Out in the offing
I know there's somewhere I'm expected to be
But I see the wind is blowing tops of trees
And I’m overcome
With just unfolding

And I laugh at myself
Throw my body to the ground
Crying at the splendor and the sound
Until I feel someone
Pulling at my sleeve
I know I’ve gotta go, I know I’ve gotta leave

I'm watching the crowd, they’re set in motion
A little girl, is talking and talking
But I don't know
What any of it means
Someone’s coming in, they want to take me away
And I’m looking out, into the living array
And then it all makes sense
But only like a dream

I'm looking around for something to ground me
I've got the leaves switching all around me
And isn’t that the way 
It is with living
I made promises to everyone before
But I don't believe in myself anymore
And I have no choice
But I'm somehow willing

I’ll bring the feeling back
Someday a memory like that could save me
From letting go of faith
Track Name: Brinka
Brinka
 
I’m stepping up
Rapping to myself
Then something snaps
In front of everyone else
Oh, then I peak in, windows glowing
All down my street
This old holographic setting
All this fuss I’ll be forgetting
I’m dropping dead, dropping dead and I’m off my feet

Brinka Brinka Brinka Brinka
No I just don’t fit
Brinka Brinka Brinka Brinka
You can laugh about it
But my last few steps will be free
And no one will ever find me
Brinka Brinka Brinka Brinka
No I don’t move right
Brinka Brinka Brinka Brinka
Go ahead and make light
But my last few breaths will be full
And now I know I've got to ramble
 
I’m waving bye
Kicking at the crowd
My mind goes blank
I’m laughing way too loud
Flipping over, rusty motors
All along the road
This old holographic setting
All this fuss I’ll be forgetting
I’m scraping by, I’m scraping by on the debt I owe

Oh, I hit the ground
and I'm rolling around
Oh, break at the seams
And somebody screams
But it’s is easier than it seems

This old holographic setting
All this fuss I’ll be forgetting
I’m dropping dead, dropping dead and not regretting
Track Name: Heart Trip
Heart Trip
 
Feel the endless cool night breeze
Blood moon outside my window
Thought I heard somebody talking to me
I’m a stranger everywhere I go
 
My mind is not so blank anymore
So I know I've gotta keep you warm
But my light is only moon shine now
Gotta light a candle in you somehow
 
I love the mist upon my skin
I love the heart trip, I love the heart trip
I love the sky it's falling in
I love to let it rip
Carrying on, carrying on
But it makes my heart trip
 
Posting another letter to Marco
Making crazy marks with the pen
Looking strange to everyone I know
The blood moon’s weighing in again
 
Feel the endless cool night breeze
With crazy marks up on my knees
And softly midnight jasmine blows
It’s another night of wonder you'll never know
  
I’m talking
I’m talking with your accent
I am a stranger
I’m a stranger to my friends
A gentle feelin' comin' feelin' comin'
There's a blood moon shining in
Track Name: Strawberry
Strawberry
 
I take a strawberry
For giving to the children
Under the canopy
I can just sit and listen

I have been living off this land
I think I'd eat out of your hands
 
Hide in the pepper tree
And fall into the garden
Among a swarm of bees
I learn to beg your pardon
 
I have been living off this land
I think I'd eat out of your hands

Your animals know me
And I can’t wait to feed them
 
I have been living off this land
I think I'd eat out of your hands
 
I’m marked up by green grass
I'm removing both my shoes
I’m spreading out like a shirt
This is my home and I love you
This is my home and I love you
Track Name: Anchor
Anchor
 
Today I went out walking
While the sky was hanging low
I've got a tape I made of you talking
Gonna press play and let it go
I wonder if you remember
How the world used to disappear
You said I wish we could see each other
For the first time right down here
 
Oh, I forget that I've forgotten how it really was
I only wanted to make my mark on you
Oh, just like everybody does
Ever since you died it's gotten harder and harder to tell the truth
 
But your light
It's still with me
I have an anchor
I have a root 
And in time
I'll be happy
Well-looked after
And I'll try to make it up to you
 
On my way down I was singing
A strange melody was passing through
I can't recall it now that I'm waking
Just another dream I have of you
Sometimes I go out walking
Somedays no one's on your side
When I listen to this tape of you talking
I just wanna live a simple life
 
But sometimes
I just pretend
That we'll see each other again
Track Name: Desert Song
Desert Song
 
Again I'm wind blown
Shaking off the dust
Tickled by little sounds
Rims ate up by rust
There’s no one waiting
I don’t have to wait
And no one has it in for me
I know how to celebrate
 
In the city I was fighting
I was gonna be so so late
In the desert I’m retiring
I’m naked and plain but I’m so so great
 
I’m in the sun bath
Rubbing off my skin
A tire in my path
Throwing junk right in
There is no one talking
I don’t have to talk
I hope you're forgetting me
Running all around the block
 
In my city I was backward
I was gonna be so, so rude
In the desert I don’t care
I’m quiet and crazed and I’m so so crude
 
All night howling
The wind rips through
And in the morning
Wake up soaked with dew
Track Name: Let Me Remember
Let Me Remember

I found the charm 
In the snowy white
Your eyes like glass
Throwing off a light
You spun around at me
To find me gorgeously
I mumble to myself 
About the winter birds
You shouted the wind 
Before you ever heard
And then I closed my eyes
Until the moment died

Oh, let me remember you
Oh, not ready to let go
Oh, so I’m celebrating you
Oh, the only way I know

On the winter floor 
I found you soaking wet
I was off in the storm
‘Cause that’s how lost I get
Under the swirling stars
You've never gone so far
I was reaching out
Into the one light room
And your mouth was flickering
In the window moon
I was in disbelief
You were shivering like a leaf

Oh, I rushed back to the night alone
Oh, the blackest sky that I have ever known
Oh, I cursed myself in the winter bright
I was so far back you faded, you faded into white

I still taste your salty lips
I'm still wet with your tears
You gave me the warmest kiss 
The warmest kiss of the year
Track Name: Life Is Full Underground
Life Is Full Even Underground

Your voice is ringing
I'm clutching at blankets
I'm breathing in hard with every word
The tape stops playing
The room is so quiet
My heart's the loudest thing I ever heard

And I hit rewind
And I hit rewind

Holding my vigil again
'Cause you still fill this room
You will be crucial again
You'll be returning to bloom
And your spirit resounds
Life is full underground
Yes, even underground

I see you cleaning
I'm forcing up my eyelids
I'm gazing at you beyond the bed
Your memory's fading
I am startled by crickets
A light is flickering next to my head

And I am alone
And I am alone

Holding my vigil again
'Cause you still fill this room
You will be crucial again
You'll be returning to bloom
And your spirit resounds
Life is full underground
Yes, even underground

I know that I've become confused
Every day I'm a little more reduced
You were holding me together
I'm hanging on forever
By a stitch, by a stitch
Track Name: Super Owls
Super Owls

I'm dizzy
In this one light room
Flushed against the windows
I might mumble
When I'm sleeping 
Hear your voice come out of the radio

Like you’re singing 
And making up the bed
The only words I hear 
Are things I should've said

As you're making the room up
In a colorful way
I couldn't have imagined it like this
Yesterday

I'm reeling
In this one light room
Reaching through the glass 
Writing something
On yellow paper
Hear your voice come out of every crack

While you're singing 
And making up the bed
The only words I hear 
Are things I should've said

As you're making the room up
In a colorful way
I couldn't have imagined it like this
Yesterday

I'm dizzy in this one light room
Flushed against the windows
Writing something
On yellow paper
I know I should’ve given up hours ago 
Track Name: The Explode Boys [Live Acoustic Version] (Bonus Track)
The Explode Boys
 
Followed the vans
To the edge of the city
Taking your hands
To raise them up with me
Singing like crows
Everybody knows
Their flags wave us home
This is where we've always wanted to be
 
We explode! 
Here comes my soul
My big, big soul is coming through
Holding everything embraced
Never, ever
Letting go of you
 
Pushing through crowds
Trying to meet you halfway
My voice is so loud
Carries through the alley way
In one wild moment
The colors of all men
Painted on the bench
This is where I know I'm going to stay
  
And I'm crying
Yeah, I’m crying
Crying on the train
Writing flashcards
Writing flashcards
Writing flashcards in the rain
 
Track Name: City Fair (Bonus Track)
City Fair

I watched the sunset fires
Crawling on the stacks of tires
Stacked up like city towers
Banners waved like wind through flowers

My ageless heart
My homes apart
Leading me so far away from there
Something lost at the city fair

Climbing the pepper tree
Children like some fruit growing
The block opens up to me
Voices chorus as I'm going, I'm going

My ageless heart
My homes apart
Leading me so far away from there
Something lost at the city fair

They say "Come home, come home"
Track Name: Now I’m Surprised (Bonus Track)
Now I’m Surprised

You held me up, I set out walking, I crossed the world, getting on with it
Such a long way, so much was hidden, I only wanted to uncover it
To find...
There’s a surprise, there's  a surprise
 
All this plenty, left me wanting, I had some pieces, where’s the rest of it?
It was always here, in the moment passing, how did I ever lose my hold of it? 
In time...
I was surprised, what a surprise
 
You put me down, when I was loving, I saw the pattern, at the end of it
I tried to hold on, to all I was losing, but I found the love in letting go of it 
For you...
Were a surprise, what a surprise
 
For all my dreams, what I really wanted, was to start it out and then to finish it
And after all, I was only trifling, it happened to me, I opened up to it
What a surprise, what a surprise
 
Oh, for all this time, as someone living, I tried to come and make the most of it
Now in a strange way, I've lost the feeling, I guess I just missed the point of it
And now 
I am surprised, what a surprise
Still I am surprised, what a surprise