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Compress, Expand

by shallov

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Compress 12:23
i would tell it all if i only had guts to speak – it’s been a while since here and now became all what’s left of me | i know there’s not too much to see in a hindsight – future’s one with history – it was written in our blood: „we’re a failure“ – waste left behind – unwanted children of mother nature | this world’s made of war and you cant stay appart – either you will align in their march or you’ll wear their footprints over your head and arms - but remember every wall once falls and on their ashes we’ll build a new town from our stone-bodies yet aimlessly covering the ground – you are not alone, and you have never been | cranes don’t talk while they grow high – bring us closer – stones don’t talk while they’re being tossed around – waiting for their time | and no battle would make you proud – no light would make it brighter, no joy would take you high and no question make you wonder – i would follow the sound if it only made us find her – i feel she’s still around but she got buried under bitterness and anger | we swore they can’t tear us apart | do you really love? | there’s nothing left to say – you can spare yourself | this world leads fucking nowhere but i’ll get by – black holes expand in our heads, consuming all, they weight a tonne – we can barely see each other’s light | with branches we grow, with their leaves we fall – i guess that’s life – our arms too heavy, yet hopes too high – i swear we tried | beneath the burden of an ancient ghost, it’s hard to feel alive – it’s something bigger than you or I | do you really love our life? | lock the doors, turn back your eyes, drop the keys and follow me inside – take a look how time flies through smudged windows that you swore to clean tomorrow – it’s been a while since you been gone but nothing’s changed in this dirty hole – all this mess, drawn curtains, unpaid bills and your stupid games, well, just go along and play them – you’ll be safe locked up in this room – concrete and glass ain’t no place for two | you’re a monster | future, don’t leave me behind – future, carry me on dead or alive
Expand 10:25
we lay our thoughts in sound – walls to hide behind – and when no one’s around, justify our failures – to tame our wild minds – hold on to in our hardest times – windows to could-have-beens reflecting our who-we-ares – and those seeds we once spilled in our garden and proudly watched to grow into trees now surround us as our furniture – first thing to burn down when this room catches fire | trading our time for comfort – try to define – out of control – i know that you tried to be everyone’s friend – but it’s always us and always them | and what’s once been divided will never turn into one – i can’t explain anger since i question our love – numbers can’t describe what hides behind your precious mind and what i search for the most is silence with my head laid high in the clouds – watch this mind fall appart from above | and when i’m gone too far, i hope someone’ll someday come here to live – wherever I’ll go, white plaster will remind me from under my nails – if these walls could talk I am sure they’d tell you everything – they watched me rise and watched me crawling down on my knees, begging them for sympathy – they’re just as white as me | we are ashamed of our naked skin under this white blanket of sanity – before we lay our heads down into another fever dream – and disappear completely from each other’s perspective – and last flashes of light astray in a weary blink – let me ask you for one last thing: could you paint the skies on my skin? – before i let this skin swallow me | and i’ll weightlessly shine in applause with the sun – with clouds i’ll shape what you wished for all that time – i’ll be there where the wind blows – i’ll make the dirt dance – all for the sake of your eyes – this sandcastle’s my home – here I lay myself down every night – if you reach through the walls, our hands will meet at the other side


this album reflects our last 2 years of existance, cyclic thoughts of despair, confusion, self-doubt, love and hope. the outcome carries a lots of memories and feelings, which we now let go to spread love and fellowship.


released December 8, 2019

Recorded and mixed in 2019 by Jakub Hríbik at PULP Studio, Bratislava.
Mastered by Dexter at SuperSize Recording.

Cover art is featuring the painting "The Mistake of Collective Memory" (2016) by Michal Fízik inspired by photography of the Barmaley Fountain in Stalingrad (1943) by Emmanuil Jevzerichin and a cutout of the original photography itself.


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