Smiles Without Mirth EP

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1.
You hid yourself Upon simpler days Now let the tracking Of the mistakes have its way Taught them how to fight But not to resist The single adoring thoughts It’s knives against a kiss Lost my trust fund But no one stops smiling Now the wolves have Found their scent Due to lack of priority You can enjoy whoring out your time Suggest one thing and then another You finish nothing and say there’s tomorrow I’m so happy we aren't good friends I’m so tired I can’t read And you said you’d be okay But I know that in a few weeks I’ll get nothing, get fucked over And you’ll have your way Is it too much to ask for? It’s so different now If I told you would say “No, I don’t believe you, not a word you say”. My thoughts, surely scrambled It’s a bit forced don’t you think? Don’t you think? Of course not.
2.
Jay Fantini 03:43
I bet you thought of me wrong Contempt will have its way My reason isn't flawed You can settle down a familiar fact Is the obsession gone? Feel a distant call, a peculiar past! No the numbers aren't ever wrong Say what you can’t admit It’s such a fun story to recall A death by association Turn the pages left to right That’s all that is definite! Pearson sure had his way Over any fickle philosopher today Now nothing’s unsure Hand me a pencil, write down infinity There’s no remorse on me Solving the problem sure was easy No the numbers aren't ever wrong Say what you can’t admit It’s such a fun story to recall A death by association Turn the pages left to right That’s all that is definite! All that’s definite Now you thought you should have left but You’re still stuck in the same place; you were there four weeks ago Now your mind is somewhere else, and you’re not sure.
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(instrumental)
4.
For A Living 05:54
promised myself that I would never waste my time
5.
Elated 03:27
By now I could have made it by now By now I could have made it by now But I went for more But I went for more But I went for more But now, you thought you shouldn't
6.
Nancy 04:09
Left and the month went away Some wait there and some never came Try to find reassurance when Every word has a second notion I want to rearrange my doubts To make for worn out mistakes Still waiting for the role Of a trusted and adored soul What I meant is left intact How’s it prove it’s more than fact To you and with you I’m never sure Steady decline with stressful days Only a few things to make them go away Chance meetings and un-exchanged smiles Nothing mattered as much from then it seems But now could this be the start of Discovering you’re everything I want How can I find comfort in familiar courts without familiar face? There’s always a trail, but not enough to find you
7.
Old News 03:44
Three minutes with thirty seconds It’s okay, nothing happens, it’s another place Here’s to reliving what I can’t replace How to return to a few hundred days Don’t want to be like that But it’s in the blood None is shed for a reason without repent I’m old news And yesterday’s headlines Don’t stay relevant He said “Get over it” Look ahead an inch and wait your turn The ruler of the day will be your own I never am the right hand But I didn't want to be a hot shower and nap Passed my own examination But she says I’m still depressed “Didn't get over it” But I know I did Am I unaccepting of all The things you said Or am I letting all the shit Get to my head? It’s careless to pretend I’m wrong It’s careless to pretend you’re gone

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Remastered and slightly remixed for this EP's 3rd anniversary! I had to remove two tracks that were really just way too out of sync (a common occurrence with the older How Scandinavian material), or just too weak from the rest of the material. I haven't done much tampering in regards to the (relatively minor) sync issues though since it gives the EP its certain charm. I think the new mastering makes it more clear and easier on the ears, definitely what it deserved for its 3rd birthday. Enjoy the new improved sound of the 2010 How Scandinavian 'classic': Smiles Without Mirth. Definitely my most ambitious and unique early work.

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released July 30, 2010

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Alias of Bryan Santizo, founded in 2008.

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