From the recording THUS II [Standard Edition]

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Killing the Beautiful

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This is the Standard Edition of the second album. There is also the Unlimited Edition which is gapless like a Pink Floyd album and includes 4 additional tracks. This version offers a classic listening experience with a moment of silence between songs. Either way, the compositions themselves are dense and bear repeating to really absorb, though the intent is also to be palatable upon first listening.

THUS II was written over the course of 4/5 years and really ended up being a struggle, as I went into it striving to avoid the old sophomore slump. What emerged over time was an accumulation of short creative spurts as opposed to the first album, written in mainly a single inspired 5 month stretch. I think as a result of that, it was difficult for me to come to terms with the project as a whole in its finished form until I rerecorded, remixed, and mastered it between 2012-2014. Finally I am at peace with THUS II as a record and it stands tall as a companion to the first album.

Lyrics

You gave yourself the axe
With no chance to come back
Like sugar twisted heat
a smell not quite as sweet

Poignant truth drains soil from the ground
not buoyant as they drown

So how'd you know how to hurt without the pain...?
To kill the beautiful people...?
You've got to know
that your fiction is fixing to kill you

Someone had you attacked
With no chance to react
dropped what they couldn't use
and rearranged the facts

So how'd you know how to hurt without the pain...?
To kill the beautiful people...?
You've got to know
that your fiction is fixing to kill you
Poignant truth drains soil from the ground
not buoyant as they drown

I have seen it so many times before...