saudade EP

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06:29

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saudade (noun) [sɐwˈðað], [sawˈdadʒi], [sawˈðaðe]

a Portuguese and Galician word that has no direct translation in English. it describes a felt emptiness or absence--a deep emotional state of nostalgic or deeply melancholic longing for an absent something or someone. it often carries the repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return.

also described as "the love that remains", and is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement or pleasure. it is both a sad and happy feeling--sadness for missing and gladness for having experienced the memory.

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released 23 November 2013
produced by jason tan
photo by chew wei shan
written, arranged and performed by .gif

.gif is chew wei shan & nurudin sadali.

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.gif Singapore, Singapore

pronounced |dot jif|, .gif is an electronic duo comprising weish and din.

being frequently occupied with other musical projects, they treat .gif as a space of freedom, respite, and honesty. they strive to make music that is intensely personal, and hopefully, meaningful. ... more

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Track Name: diatribe
i'm tired and the voices call as i walk down the street
they howl and they crawl but i'm numb from my head to my feet
i call to my memory with a vague hope that he made a mistake
there is no way to unsay what you said

my eyes a blur, my feet drag to the lull of the drums
my heart ablaze with a friction that'll burn the sun
and i call to reason with a vague hope that he has an answer
well i lose but at the same time i cannot surrender

'cause you know
i'll fall at your feet
at the hint of a call at the sound of a pin drop
'cause you know
i'll fall at your feet
in the beat of a sigh
at a sign that you'll change your mind
your mind

my knees are weak my head spins with the swell of the hum
my heart ablaze with a friction that'll burn the sun
and i call to faith with a vague hope that he knows what to do
you know i'll wait, i'll wait, i'm waiting here for you

'cause you know
i'll fall at your feet
at the hint of a call at the sound of a pin drop
'cause you know
i'll fall at your feet
in the beat of a sigh
at a sign that you'll change your mind
Track Name: box burning
i will not celebrate your passing
nor euphemise my eulogy
you're gone. you're gone and i can't see
a better place where you will be
that's not with me.

through casket glass i stare and dare not wonder how
you are still flesh
each curl and lash
in perfect order, yet
no longer filled.
you are still fresh inside my mind,
secret chuckle, crinkled eye,
crooked toes on creaking stairs
in the dead of the night.

i will be there as you descend,
with two teaspoons of vanilla ice cream
one to ease the bitter pills
the other 'cause you'll ask for another anyway.

paper gold paper home paper temple
we burn and turn over embers
remembering your fervour for life
and love and strength in strife
it feels surreal to watch you wheeled into the fire
admire the flames that drink the drops
hot off my cheek.

you always made a silly sniff
that made me giggle when you kissed
my forehead and i really wish i learnt the habit sooner
'cause it's time
and from tonight-

i cannot smell you back.
Track Name: good night, green light
i would've done
this long ago
if i knew
if i, if i

we vanish
we disappear
in a cloud of smoke
of smoke, of smoke

if i walk
walk far enough
maybe i would find
if i, if i

commit this to memory i
can't think much longer
squeeze my palm, love
don't go i
(want to remember this)

breathe ever so slowly
keep me company i
can't do it now, babe
they can't do it now
(will you remember me?)
Track Name: 11:59
(suffer, sinner)
packing up a false love,
drawer by drawer
page by page
talk by talk
kiss by kiss

suffocate / erase it
submerge / silence it

do it clean
and delete
evidence
of the act

tuck it in
in a boot
of a car
with love

shed a tear
say goodbye
and forget
that he loved you