He & She, Angry enough to keep Loving in the Dark Ages

by 2L8

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“Attempting to place an album like this in any firm category would ultimately prove to be futile, and finding something to compare it to has become a daunting task as well. So, it goes without saying that this isn't your run-of-the-mill experimental rock record. Here's the breakdown: there's a singer/composer (and I get the vibe he does plenty of other stuff), a guitarist, two drummers, a cellist, a viola player, and a chap handling the double bass. The music they put together with those instruments is, not surprisingly, slightly classical in nature, but by experimenting with tones and composition, they find effective ways to embrace quiet darkness, fill the sound with a palpable nervous energy, and take seemingly standard arrangements and suddenly turn them inside out and upside down. All of this, coupled with the trembling, frantically emotive vocals, adds up to a collection of songs that will not only beg you to listen to them repeatedly, but also to study them carefully.”
Brad - CD Baby

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released October 12, 2008

Thanks to Nagash Sagan from Brasil for resizing the original cover to fit in a square! :D

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2L8 Θεσσαλονίκη, Greece

A collective led by K. and comprised of greek talented musicians, 2L8 is a bold project that has come to be categorized by their radical stylistic shifts between albums, while retaining a consistent interest in rhythm and distinct sonic accents and textures. Their music is rewarding, challenging and lurches deftly between emotional intimacy, ambition and uncompromising experimentation. ... more

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Track Name: The Nameless Faces
The night passes slowly
Mistaken (Thought)
The night will never let them go
Well we got stuck here
And it’s cold
You see
This is my end
Till the death of need
I
Change
I

Where is the place you promised us in our early days?
Where is the place you promised us in our early days?
Where is the place you promised us in our early days?
Where is the place you promised us in our early days?

Oh, you think this is about my shadow, don’t you?
No, this is the end of my floating in your endless sea
Where is the place you promised us?
THE PLACE YOU PROMISED US!
Where is the feast?
My enemies are laughing
The fool still believes in
That old rusty scale we dumped long ago in the water
Where is that sound?
The sweet melody that eternally will calm this weakness?
How come I never get an answer?
Instead, another pill, a new prescription?

Where is my raincoat?
Where is my precious blanket?
I used to wear you to pacify this hunger
Where is the awe?
This venomous feeling?
My love I have to drown, to seek underwater
Where are my feet?
Where are my feet?
Guide me!
Where are my feet?
Where is the place you promised us?
THE PLACE YOU PROMISED US!
Track Name: Prologue
The frustrated poets choir
Hail the condemned to death

Hence, you still think this is about my shadow
On the contrary!
On the contrary!
I was floating in a vast sea
Your voice woke me up and I am drowning
After you got lost I didn’t know how to live
So I didn’t
I made a choice never to react
Never to be surprised
Every night I walk in the dark alley
And I wait for him
The cold blade
My murderer
But I am my murderer
Don’t be fooled
Lie is a universal principle
The Ministry of Propaganda
Don’t laugh
This is the beginning
Track Name: Josephine (Part I)
Just give me some time to overcome the fear of the evil I have inside of me
I need all your patience and all your kindness
Josephine oh it tears my heart the words I said to you that day
Josephine oh I never tried, and I know now that I have to pay
The telephone rings with your voice, when I answer it is not you.
I see your face everywhere I look, yesterday I saw you on the moon
Josephine I am constantly talking to you
Josephine every single word was invented, oh it was meant for you
I quit my job, I no longer seek, no salvation for me please
I want to scratch you off my head, but I no longer have nails.
I step to the balcony there is life outside
Don’t know where I am going, never been to that part of the town
Josephine when I met you I had to give birth to a new self
Josephine now that I’ve lost you have to kill myself again
Josephine will you strangle me?
Josephine will you strangle me?
Josephine will you strangle me?
Josephine you strangle me
Track Name: Josephine (Part II)
Josephine will you strangle me?
Track Name: Monotone Ruins
Why didn’t you tell us the sky is your lover?
Why didn’t you tell us the sky is your lover?

Why?
Why didn’t you show us life without mirrors?
Why didn’t you show us how to sleep at nights?
Well I am alone and you are alone, oh why don’t you see me?
Well I am afraid and you are afraid, oh why don’t you scream?

Why?

Pretending that I am dying from bitterness
I walked in the dark dying from bitterness
If I am alive and you are alive why are we bleeding?
We want it all but we are not willing to change

Why?

We must protect ourselves from excessive clarity
This is where life loses the most beautiful ideals
I want to rest, oh I want peace then why am I still burning?
I want to feel, I want to love but why do I still moan?

They try to convince us every effort is useless
But the rain starts with a single drop
If I am drop and you are a drop then we become a river
And it’s about time we fucking drown them all
Are you afraid? Don’t be afraid! Don’t be afraid of losing!
We are going to lose for sure! But it’s ok, yes it’s ok, cause we are not alone!
Track Name: Patience (Part I)
Excessive are the ways of the sky...
Track Name: Patience (Part II)
He aimed for the sky, but this ladder doesn't reach the surface
But still he aims for the sky
He lies
She lies
Track Name: Patience (Part III)
I wait, oh wait to define your breath
Track Name: Paradox
What are we doing?
What have we done?
What are we going to do?
Let’s blame the sun

Me? Cancer? Resist? Collapse

Deep inside him
The ghosts cry
If we shoot the sun
Everyone will go blind
We got nothing left
To believe in
Walking dizzy and blind
Till we die

Your life was only the dust and mold of books, waiting in a shelf
To drive you away from I, but still you want to know?
No knowledge is any help, all is vanity
Without Yours, without Mine
We will exhale
Track Name: The Abyss
Wait, drop your guns, seize fire
Oh my love, is sleeping, and dreaming of me
Lay by her side while gloom is crawling in
Till the smell of her hair would become a part of my sleep

Safety, my warm shield, blossom
Blossom our passion
Bless our love
My love is sleeping in my arms
Blossom their lust
For fresh bloom
We are safe dear
As long as we don't let them in our dreams
Track Name: You Walk on Empty Streets Now, Holding Your Heart in Your Hands (Part I)
Didn't know our love was so small couldn't stand at all
Track Name: You Walk on Empty Streets Now, Holding Your Heart in Your Hands (Part II)
I wasted all these days counting numbers, now I seek for you in vain
I wasted all these days mumbling answers, now I sing for you in vain
I wasted all these days following the rules, ironic now it’s too late

In vain, in vain, in vain, I got nothing left to say

I thought the day we were to meet I would burst into a river of words
Funny huh? Funny...
I got nothing left to say

For I remember the day that I lost myself to a no good cause
Back and forth, back and forwards
Till I had no name
I am a stone
So, I finally quit my love, this is my last song
Couldn’t you see?
Couldn’t they see?
All I wanted was to sing for my soul
All I wanted was to sing for my soul
Buying
Selling
Track Name: Epilogue
The frustrated poets choir:
No more poetry, only raw meat

How did I get so far away from things that really matter? What happened to my sanity? Regret i name myself no more. But this scar flows like a river. And this river leads to eternity. Oh, my love, my sea. I finally found a way to get inside you. I melt this flesh to become a river. For the sea refuses no river. I no longer have a use for this body if I cant embrace you. So I close this letter. I quit penning suicide notes and anonymous love letters. Time to rest.. I shall be remembered for this. For I walk on empty streets now, holding my heart in my hands.
For I walk on empty streets now, holding my heart in my hands...
Track Name: Dialogue
In my sleep I heard your eyes blink
Desired to wake up and kiss you but I was trapped in a dream
In this dream I was falling asleep, struggling to stay awake and focus my hearing on your eyes blinking
It’s a circle that leads to nowhere

If I were to violently draw a flower in your palm and walk six fingers along your arm and then end by whispering would you show the land before time?

Hope should be a three letter word, in fact we should just keep the o, wear it like a halo, still it will remain hollow. I am inventing a new alphabet, doesn’t seem enough, I am to paint, colors speak all languages.
It’s a circle that leads to nowhere
The frustrated poets choir:
How do the pages fill?
In the end the hero dies
In the end the hero is dead
He who talks loud says nothing
No revolutiuon is ever complete and rebellion continues forever
I heard her voice grow faint, how unfair
Victims of chance
To see myself into your eyes, tiny, bit distorted, yet recognizable
Nowadays we prefer the replika to the original
I hate
NO
WHEN RAIN DRIES CLOUDS FORM
WHEN CLOUDS MOISTEN RAIN FORMS
WHEN RAIN DRIES CLOUDS FORM
WHEN CLOUDS MOISTEN RAIN FORMS
It’s a circle that leads to nowhere
It’s a circle that leads to nowhere
We don't need to know, we can live here
We don't need to know
Track Name: Excuse Me, But I Just Have to Explode (Part I)
The truth my friends is I am a thief
A cheat, a liar, just a kid
Don’t whip my love, no please don’t cry
I burn everything tonight
I sing cause I am left undone
No peace inside my empty heart
Can’t you see I am terribly tired?
I am moving to the sky

To the sky

When I am up there and watch you die
I’ll laugh and show my bitter smile
If I am a liar, a trait, a cheat
Would I be here tonight?
Please, oh please, don’t mind me please
I am fooling you with all these tricks
I confess, I am selling dreams
I am the only one who’s buying

My disguise

I find it hard to be a very
Caring person, yes indeed
I know you can not understand
But it’s so hard to say
The things you must be thinking, dear
The things you wish to hear
I know you can not understand
But I can hold your hand....

It’s enough,
It’s more than enough my love,
It’s everything to me

Oh I must I go, can’t breathe here
Can’t you see, I drown in fear,
I don’t belong, I don’t deserve,
I want to be left alone
You can’t dictate compassion
Tenderness or inner warmth
Can’t you see I am terribly tired?
I want to be left alone

Enough!!!

For a moment there I loved you
Listen to me, I am plain and true
I wasn’t born for no reason
For a moment I had you
You justified my existence
Shuttered down all the resistance
A pity to just say goodbye
Come and live with me up in the sky

Tonight, tonight, tonight, tonight!
Track Name: Excuse Me, But I Just Have to Explode (Part II)
Tonight I give away whatever is called mine
Tonight I burn, all the past, all the glory, all the words
All the mistakes and the faults
I am left undone
We didn’t fail as lovers.
It’s just that love is forbidden in this collapsing world
Yes I know I heard it all before
The tyranny of the corporation
The science of exploitation
The terrible legacy of poison
The cancer epidemic
Changing the composition of the atmosphere
And the poor generations to come
Love is not a part of the plan
Love was never a part of this plan
Well I don’t care anymore
No we didn’t fail as lovers
Something was stolen from us
Since then we move like ghosts
Living in past tense
With these open wounds
Traumatized and paralyzed
Unable to love and be loved
Our emotions will never be safe here
So come with me
Come hide with me in a volcano
They won’t find our DNA
Join the resistance, fall in love!
We’ll jump together holding hands
Together holding hands
But you hold my hand no more
You hold my hand no more
And if I have to sing goodbye tonight
And if I have to sing goodbye tonight my love
I got one last thing

I’ll miss you
I miss you already
I miss you my love
I miss you like the flower misses the sun
I miss you like the sea misses the salt
I miss you like the night misses the moon
I miss you like the sky misses the birds
I miss you like bees miss pollen
I miss you like the winter misses snow
I miss you like the fire misses the forest
I miss you like I miss you

Soon I will disappear