Philistine Empathy EP

by How Scandinavian

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Songs inspired by bad dreams, Yume Nikki, and insomnia.

Newly remastered for 2017, all songs have received a slight but noticeable quality upgrade in terms of mixing and mastering. Additionally, some timing issues have been fixed and these songs sound better than they ever have. Please re-download this 2017 reissue in order to experience "Philistine Empathy" as it was meant to be heard.


released January 12, 2013

Guitar, piano, bass, drums, vocals, fx - Bryan Santizo
Written, mixed, and produced by Bryan Santizo
Recorded at The Lost Ooze, CA*

Album art by the talented and supportive Ilya Shipkin (

*Piano recorded at the Sanchez Home
(special thanks to the lovely Ms. and Mrs. Sanchez for allowing me to play piano badly for way too long).


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Alias of Bryan Santizo, founded in 2008.

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Track Name: Eucalyptus Burning
flames extinguished as I awoke
from a slumber vague of details
past tense location
a friendly retrograde
subtle color within the shades

tell me this isn't the first time it has all burnt away...

so we missed it
we rebuilt it
but it is never replaced

we cannot return
took her in too
and spat out at the next bedside

such a warm youth
filled with myself
I will never bear it
I can't share this
and the bells ring without remorse
an eternal flame burns on that riverbank...

spilling black and white from a burnt volcano
and as I felt her skin melt
so did my blindness to this hell

another strange door to be afraid of
its howling takes me farther
with her knife in the lining of my pockets

and everything...
stays the same...
nothing changes... in this dream.
Track Name: We Exist
summoned to the ladder once more
with another bloodstained souvenir
cause I know when I return to sleep
there won't be a single person there

just another phantom left
in a tragic vacancy
of a lingering reminder that was never meant for me

a fable that turned into more
cruel uncertainty that's killing me
cannot sleep but there's always a dream
without constraint turns to murdering

and there's no false hand above
and her slumber turns deeper still
through another awakening is not how she's returning

learning in the brash tired ways
of the same shame and song
drifted much too far in
this haunted bright ocean

my sun shines differently now
a cruel reminder
that we exist, oh we exist
but only in my mind

the endless steps towards her room
faltering on the highest throne
only once you're lost enough
can you find your back home

a laughing specter
and relentless stagnation
with just another dead-end choir waiting for me at home

learning in the brash tired ways
of the same shame and song
drifted much too far in
this haunted bright ocean

my sun shines differently now
a cruel reminder
that we exist, oh we exist
but only in my mind

now I know where I am...
now I know where I am...
now just when will I wake up...?
now I know where I dream still...
Track Name: New Romantic Ideas
I woke up today
and I wondered why
I wondered why, I wondered why
when there's nothing to see and nothing to do
except dream, accept me...

a round of time that isn't there
somewhere else it's already a day
and we're not a part of it
dying plants hang by exposed wire
it's hard to find our proper home

but because we have time
know that much is left
much is left
your closing eyes don't have to ever open again

but if you open them just enough
we're anywhere you want to be
to be...
whether in your dreams or just with me
we find ourselves among the clouds

if you are weighed down by faceless doubt
faceless doubt...
we might just make it in time

but its another cold morning now
here's to being bound for it
waking next to the dumpster
wandering without much to blame

find out
find out just what this life is really worth

maybe in the next life
to find a greater amount of time
simply said, never learned
never going back, it's all we known
Track Name: A Brighter Hell
it must be hard to be an urchin today
because I fell in the same old trap
that I've heard of a thousand times before
and with such a cruel effort to remain relevant
to hold their interest again, again, once again

and I don't like to!

repeat myself after the first time, in years I had something
something original, something original, something original,
something original, something original

if there's a brighter hell will I be there to say I told you so?
if there's a brighter hell will I be there to take you out?

so what's the point? all my friends don't relate to me anymore
and I'm getting older as well, and these dreams are dull too
so it goes: when one shoe is tighter than the other
my palm is colder than yours and god's season is laughing at me
at whatever I thought I had before; it's just not there
a cruel joke that I'll never learn, a cruel joke that I just can't learn

but I never learn, guess I'll never learn, just let me learn, but I'll never learn
no I'll never learn...

if there's a brighter hell will I be there to say I told you so?
if there's a brighter hell will I be there to show you the way out?
but I heard the same words and they never change
and I never learn until you've heard it before
but there's someone else waiting for me out there

if there's a brighter hell will I see you there?
Track Name: Life Is Saccharine
so this is the new memory
how to drift from yourself
my new missed identity
to forget and fear no longer

look beyond what you know
look beyond and know your place
but who says you had one before

this presence of nothing
and litany of desires
lent me some greater knowledge
but I've been played out so many times before
and it took me this long to know

no I didn't forget you
I recognize the mistake
but how do I keep you
without leaving myself there

the birds stopped singing
the birds stopped singing
the words stopped reaching
the words never reach me
the birds fell down below