Splintered Man

by Splintered Man

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Debut album by London-based Splintered Man, featuring Simon Kobayashi of smallgang and Alex Carter. The songs were written over a two year period and showcase the fluid intuitive playing of both. The songs deal with lost and new love, coming to terms with the past and the present, and the anxiety of domesticity. Coming on with pretty and hooky melodies that belie the impressionistic and incisive lyricism, the album is one for late nights and early mornings.

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released August 11, 2014

Vocals and Guitars: Simon Kobayashi (smallgang) and Alex Carter.
Drums and percussion by Matt Atkins (Crumbling Ghost, Slowgun, Smallgang).
Cello on 'Stay by my Side' and 'I Think the Shape of Your Head' by Jon Clayton.
Recorded and mixed at One Cat Studio, Brixton with Jon Clayton.
Mastered by Owen Turner at the Sick Room, Norwich

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Track Name: Stay by my Side
The sun has lost its shine
The moon is yours and mine
It's getting too dark to see your eyes
And now, now it's time

Like light slipping away
Not far enough
Stay by my side

In a little room in Berlin
Was where our love would begin
We closed the door on the world outside
And unlocked the one within

Like light slipping away
Not far enough
Stay by my side

A bed of broken arms
Lulls the sleeper deeper in
There's no way around this way of thinking
A blanket of shed skin
This new love of mine
Set your flesh alarm
And now it's time

Like light slipping away
Not far enough
Now we're slipping away
Not far enough

Stay by my side
Track Name: Dartford Tunnel
A soft and dark presence
By my side
Hey youngest one
The roads open wide

There is nowhere we can't go
With you by my side

Do not leave me
With the sound of my own voice
These hollow belongings
They echo endless
Keep on talking till the light
Floods in response

Like children on our shoulders
Suspended in wonder
We entered Dartford tunnel
In the dead of night

The faces of missing people
Appear at our window
Telling us to slow down
Begging us to lay low
I love you ain't that enough
To propel us

Like children on our shoulders
Suspended in wonder
We entered Dartford tunnel
In the dead of night
Track Name: I'll Get Back to You
At times I'll be unavailable,
At times I won't return your call,
At times I'll be unavailable,
At times I won't return your call,

My battery will not be charged,
My signal will have no bars,
But I'll get back to you,

At times my tone will be engaged,
At times my voice will begin to fade,
At times my tone will be engaged,
At times my voice will begin to fade,

Messages will not be received,
Touch my screen,
There's not much beneath,
But I'll get back to you,

At times you'll make me break up,
At times you'll predict my every word,
At times you'll make me break up,
At times you'll predict my every word,

In my hand is your hand set?
This contract I may come to regret,
But I'll get back to you,
But I'll get back to you,
Let me get back to you
Track Name: Home to no Home
Sun is burning
Birds from the sky
The ground swallows them whole
Beneath us they fly

Makes some people sweat
Makes some people cry
I wanna go home
I don't know why

Two girls are chasing
Leaves in the breeze
Spinning in circles
Innocent and complete

Makes some hearts melt
Makes some hearts freeze
I wanna go home
And uncut my keys

Lover do not dwell on the passing of this time
Before I was yours and before you were mine
Together we will be in a seasons infancy
Witness your own death and be set free
Witness your own death and be set free

Alleyways whisper
An illicit embrace
The carnival of the company I keep
As it freaks and mutates

That's where I found my place
And then I found my place
I wanna go home
Now it's too late
I wanna go home
Now it's too late

Go home to no home
Track Name: Oh My
Oh my friend I
Don't want to leave you behind
In your arms
Bodies of milk and flesh
Turn to dust and light

Over the years
You developed an intolerance
For western appetites
And Eastern accents

Oh my friend I
Don't want to leave you behind

Oh my little dreamer I
Don't want to leave you behind
In your thoughts
Spirits of youth and snow
Turn to glass at night

In strange new living rooms
Dancing to a familiar
Husbands and wives
And their bittersweet lovers

Oh my little dreamer I
Don't want to leave you behind

I'll hold you down while you fit
Slap you round and wipe the drool from your mouth
So tired of your rolling eyes
I roll mine I roll mine right back
And they meet for a second and in that second
There's a spark of recognition
Like morse code like Geiger counters
Track Name: A Quiet Life
Sometimes it all gets too much
feels like my head will explode
Sometimes it's never enough
I can't ever let it go
Sometimes I'd rather be anywhere but here

Well you know I would do anything
for a quiet life
I'd go out on a limb for the simple things
to be enough
I'd take off my socks and shove them in the mouths
of the ones I love
But for now I'll let them blather on
and I'll keep my big mouth shut

Sometimes I get so lonely
I find someone to follow
Sometimes it seems so obvious
even a child would know
Sometimes I wonder if she disappeared
How long would it be before they saw I was still here

Well you know I would do anything
for a quiet life
I'd go out with some young dumb teenager
who'd be grateful for love
I'd take off my clothes and sink into the sea
and never come up
But for now I'll let it wash over
and I'll keep my small mind shut

I'd live in a hut
live off berries and nuts
and get rid of this taste in my mouth
I'd rely on my gut instinct
on my sensing sense and my nous
But I drink till I cannot speak
and try to tell you what I'm harping on about
and your actions speak so loud you know
I end up having to shout

Anything for a quiet life
Track Name: Patient Song
Broken promises
Held up in visiting hours
There is a box of chocolates
And a bunch of flowers

Now the patient's on the mend
Pure gold at the rainbow's end

We are family secrets
We are storms in a teacup
We are books without covers
Under no illusions

Now the patient's on the mend
Pure gold at the rainbow's end
Now the patient's on the mend
We are gold at the rainbow's end

Broken promises
Held up in visiting hours
There is a box of chocolates
And a bunch of flowers

Do not mistake my forgetfulness
Occupy my mind of absence
Track Name: Parent Song
Oh mother I was afraid
because I did not know where you came from
Oh father I was ashamed
because I did not know where you belonged

And I grew up and I grew distant
I got lost in an instant
But now I'm coming back

Oh mother when you protest and get arrested
The police can never keep your message withheld
Oh father when you refuse to raise your fists
It hurts more than violence ever could

And when they bring your trial to the courts,
You stand up and you speak for
The ones who have no voice

Oh mother when you sat on my floor in a cloud of stubborn smoke
And spoke of your history
Well your mother your never knew her you lost her you lost her twice
First in a hospital and then again in the country

And although you never found her
You never once grew bitter
And you never quit
You never could quit

And father your father was a gambler and he lost you,
he saw all he had and he threw it all away
With your head bowed asking for assistance from his mistress
Come bail me out son bail me out again,
He said bail me out son bail me out again

Oh Mother I'm no longer afraid because I know exactly where you came from,
And Father I'm no longer ashamed because I know exactly where you belong,

From the permanence of old scars
To the first beat of a new heart
You will always be there
Track Name: There was a Love
There was a love that I had for so many years
There was a love I had
I had to change myself to lose it

The past is a cold water bottle
The past is an unearthed electric blanket
The future is a warm globe,
The future is one hot potato

There was a love that I had for so many years
There was a love I had
I had to change myself to lose it

A future with no trial or error
Is a future with no raison d'être
Rifling through the corpses in my closet
There's no hole deep enough

There was a love that I had for so many years
There was a love I had
I had to change myself to lose it
I had to lose myself to changes

It's never going to happen again
It's never going to ever end
Track Name: I Think the Shape of Your Head
One night when we
Are close to sleep
A high pitched wail
Will pierce the silence
The windows will shatter
And we'll drowsily mutter
Have you come to save us
To save us from us

I think the shape of your head

One night when we
Are counting sheep
Silence will cease
For a foreign wail
Dogs will growl and howl
Then break like chalk
Sons and daughters in the dust
Of their faithful mutt

I think the shape of your head

I lost the space in your bed
I lost I lost I'm lost

One night as we slumber
Silence will surrender
To a Sound never heard of
Hovering above
The cracks in the kitchen will widen
No door fits in its frame
And are you here to save us
To save us from us

I think the shape of your head
Reminds me of something else
Track Name: You Corrupted Me
There was no place for me in the world
An artefact out of context
The next best thing I thought you were
So I began to build my plans around you
The joke is
I was serious

You corrupted me
With your innocence
With your little sharp manner and dress
Well I guess I guess I guess

You led me down a brightly lit alleyway
I was all set for resignation and debt
And then you went and whispered something
And then you went and whispered something
You went and whispered something
I'd fail to ever forget

You corrupted me
With your innocence
With your little sharp manner and dress
Well I guess I guess I guess

You corrupted me
So when you went and made your discovery
It was me left feeling naive

Please

Leave me out of it
Hold me keep me deep inside

Inside inside
Where our bodies cannot lie