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Optimist EP

by Rama Gu

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1.
Statuette 03:58
he throws all his clothes off natural, smiling and laughing of marble and pearl what do i know? i bathe in the glow to you, not me it all comes too easy the perfect occasion seen through perfect eyes the perfect pose noble and powerful my beautiful athlete you’re nobody’s prize a crucible of him but glowing and molten forged into a statuette heavy and golden i bury it in the ground this object, this token who knows what might sprout up? who knows what i’m hoping? a spotlight? what’s going on here? they’re calling my name i’m giving my speech the music swells up i thank the academy my own little academy
2.
Favor 04:20
of all the souls in the city no one makes me feel colder i wanna be told i’m pretty i wanna lay my head on your shoulder someone to make it look easy i wanna be inside your soft cocoon of protection wrapping your ego around my pride we all need a favor we do so now i’m throwing in with the fire like the phoenix i’ll rise anew the sword above my head the things our parents said cut me deeply there’s holes in everything that i do we all need a favor we do
3.
Optimist 03:55
you packed it all up for him gave us what wouldn’t fit you austere optimist i’m full of nerves to see you sit atop your craigslist motorcycle kick the stand up and smile you’d ride through anything you’d ride through anything you’d ride through anything through any weather out on the road telling yourself it’s for the better we made it upstate where the bones of forest glades harbor glowing flames of the northwestern rains on great plains interstates the cornfields boxed you in is that where life begins? you’d ride through anything why there? whatcha leaving for? the year is young the friendships strong the long nights spent up singin’ the shiso and the bugs new york misses you here you are loved you’d ride through anything through any weather out on the road telling yourself it’s for the better
4.
you assholes make me sick why must you rub my face in it? this pail of crabs i’m living in they’re gonna tear me limb from limb and it might not seem so grim— where we’re going and where we’ve been— if i could read those squiggly lines all tangled up remapping blind at the crossroads of ignorance and bliss enjoy it, the ride it rarely lasts the needle points you home the roads all pull you back to rome its people won’t leave you alone senatus populusque no! i can’t find no escape they tear my clothes and cause me pain tell me what you need from me tell me what you need when old friends are chewing off your ears and true magnetic north is shifting year to year unmoored from all place and time the compass lets you roam as sure as the sun does shine the needle points you home

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released September 24, 2019

All songs written by Anders Kapur

Recorded and mixed by Shae Brossard at the mighty Hotel 2 Tango in Montreal, QC

Additional recording by Anders Kapur in Banff, AB and Brooklyn, NY

Mastered by Dave Horrocks at Infinite Wave in Calgary, AB

Anders Kapur - Guitar, Vocals
Emma Munger - Guitar
Jeremy Yuto Nakamura - Bass, 12-String Guitar, Synthesizer
Theo Munger - Drums, Percussion
Charlotte Wang - Cello, Vocals on “Statuette”
Chantel Astarte - Vocals on “Favor” and “The Needle Points You Home”
Sofia Kapur - Vocals on “Optimist”
Carla J. Easton - Vocals on “The Needle Points You Home”

Album Art by Izzy Kapur and Anders Kapur

Special thanks to the Banff Centre and Joshua Chang

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