Utility End

by How Scandinavian

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1.
Clandestine 03:46
Walked alone again Nothing to do with an hour to say to anyone No longer left with second thoughts on mind Not on mind Not on mind It's not mine Oh it's not mine, believe me So whose is it? I don't know We don't care One lifetime finished and four left on the side To follow me there Cause one of these days I won't have to cut time For you stay again and again and again And I'll settle in Into the second best Or whatever is left to forsake it Just to make sure That I'll be back (now I know) Has it come to that? Yeah, it's come to that again (anyone would know) And you know everything And I'm left clueless
2.
The Big Guns 04:26
Made fun of me for being your friend, again not like those words had any weight left in them and I remember time passes and I guess I never knew you in any real way the big, wide and empty it simply persists the feeling that you are right once this story is told nothing stops it from growing more old hoarding a treasure a trove of words never said no need to bother now standing here, it just appears all too clear whatever helps you sleep at night holding onto those days a little bit too tight whatever helps you sleep at night holding on a little bit too much, tight I don't know what I want I'd like to ask you for a favor to let my words rise to the occasion because any weight to them might seem a little strange something too heavy to believe but I found out what I saw in all of them Isn't what I remembered either way si mi boca se quivoca a favor de quien estas a favor de quien estas So I leave it all behind To see what altars truly stay it's a one sided affair, but it's oh so sincere maybe it's better to just pack it up my friend What a fool I've been Stayed too long in time Of passing through But I've gotta move on Got to get out of my own way whatever helps you sleep at night holding onto those days a little bit too tight whatever helps you sleep at night i just know for a fact it isn't me
3.
Well we've had a load of fun But it's now time to say goodbye The burden capsized and small perhaps I've outgrown it after all But echoes of barks and regret Is all you get to keep it almost bores me to sleep The subtext of this song is something I've thought of for a little too long That what you cherish and despise both will forget you in due time good luck keeping up with all trial and error results not even close to in tune yeah, getting worse every day all of my brutal ways of saving the minimal bit of face can't account for total loss No one's fault but MINE Should have spoken up When I was afforded the time so the worst you can do is harm the fatal habits of misplaced pride a proficient bit of art but when I've said enough I think it's time for me to go like the day the dogs went home I think it's time for me to go like the day the dogs went home but this is how we learn this must be how we learn this must be how I burn is it gone too fast

about

Hello. Usually I write extensive liner notes on my records and Utility End will be no different. I simply ran out of time to write something that was up to my personal standards, so in a couple days I'll continue to update this with some background and information about why this record even exists and what it is about (to me). Below is an excerpt that details the early genesis of the EP, which I'll most likely re-write and edit in time. Thank you for reading and listening. Don't ever stop reading.

"Utility End is the first of two releases meant to re-introduce new and old listeners to some of the sonic avenues that How Scandinavian has developed over the last decade or so. Before the pandemic occurred, the plan was to finish up the second album after the live band did a run of shows in the first quarter of the year, and finally begin working out how to distribute that. The typical band thing.

That did not happen and the focus to perform these album songs and complete their recording was instantaneously dropped. For the majority of the time, I did not want to work on music as I did not see the point. This was not a new feeling, but it was obvious to me that it felt justified to simply step away from something that felt personally irrelevant.

As the months passed on, milestones of the year before being lapped over, anniversaries perceived more anciently, I slowly began to think of an idea I had for years prior that never came to fruition: a Christmas/Winter single.

For many reasons owing to that particularly busy and exhausting end of the year, I never was able to gather the nerve to go through with it and ended up with a pile of "Christmas" songs somewhere on a corrupted HDD. But the idea seemed interesting and if it did not go anywhere, the songs could just stagnate on another ill-fated memory device without protest..."

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released March 11, 2021

Written and recorded by Bryan Santizo at The Lost Ooze 2.0 from late 2020 to early 2021.

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Alias of Bryan Santizo, founded in 2008.

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