Splendor

by Two Cheers

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1.
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  
2.
Splendor 03:47
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
3.
Brinka 03:33
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
4.
Heart Trip 03:41
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
5.
Strawberry 04:43
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
6.
Anchor 03:45
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
7.
Desert Song 03:34
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
Super Owls 03:10
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 
11.
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  

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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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Two Cheers Los Angeles, California

​Two Cheers is singer/songwriter Bryan Akcasu’s music project based in Los Angeles. Bryan writes, records, and mixes exclusively in basements, bedrooms, and closets instead of studios. October 2020 will see the release of “Not A School Day After All”, the first of about a dozen singles marking a new direction for the project. ... more

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