Blacktop

by Alex Koman

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© 2016 Syrup For The Stars Music

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released October 16, 2016

Music and Lyrics - Alexander Emerson Koman
Producer - Aubrey Shamel
Recording Engineer - Aubrey Shamel
Programming Engineer - Aubrey Shamel
Mixing Engineer - Aubrey Shamel
Mastering Engineer - Paul M Sammes
Vocals - Alexander Emerson Koman
Acoustic Guitar - Aubrey Shamel
Electric Guitar - Aubrey Shamel
Keyboard - Aubrey Shamel
Bass - Aubrey Shamel

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Track Name: Weather Machine
Vexed by the vortex
I was captive to the waves
Thoughts of commitment
Made her black dots dilate

This storm could not be chased
But I did not want to escape
Engulfed by the wind
And it suckered me in, suckered, yeah I’m a sucker

Spiraling into the precipitation
Depression feels so wrong
I’m a high-strung low pressure system
When it rains, the tears never end
Where’s the fail-safe?
This weather machine, weather machine is broken

Regulation’s out the window
The thermostat is gone
Whatever the air blows in
Is what I have to live on

Spiraling into the precipitation
Depression feels so wrong
I’m a high-strung low pressure system
When it rains, the tears never end
Where’s the fail-safe?
This weather machine, weather machine is broken

Vexed by the vortex
I was captive to the waves
Thoughts of commitment
Made these black dots dilate

Spiraling into the precipitation
Depression feels so wrong
I’m a high-strung low pressure system
When it rains, the tears never end
Where’s the fail-safe?
This weather machine, weather machine
This weather machine, weather machine
This weather machine is broken
Track Name: Not When the Sky Is Too
Uncertain umbrella
You’re searching for a yellow circle clearing
Can you steer me toward the light?

The velocity of the vapors
Is an indication of the wait
Until this occlusion tapers off

Could there be a hopeful sun?

I am blue, I am blue
Not when the sky is too
I am blue, I am blue
Not when the sky is too

Uncertain umbrella
You’re trudging through the liquid spheres
Can you peer in between despite?

The velocity of the vapors
Is an indication of the wait
Until this occlusion tapers off

Could there be a hopeful sun?

I am blue, I am blue
Not when the sky is too
I am blue, I am blue
Not when the sky is too

I am blue, I am blue
Not when the sky is too
I am blue, I am blue
Not when the sky is too
Track Name: Blacktop
Smell of the blacktop after the rain
A chemical spills inside my brain
No one’s coming to clean it up
And I don’t care

This pollution makes me happy
If it’s irreversible
My ecosystem will lose control
And I won’t care

Now I have found my bliss
A sensation in the mist
Not on my hard drive
Blasting down the freeway
I feel like I’m seventeen
But a better kind of that past version of me

Smell of the blacktop after the rain
My control swirls in the drain
It is a lonely euphoria
And I don’t care

This pollution makes me happy
If I buy a convertible
My top will be down
And I won’t care

Now I have found my bliss
A sensation in the mist
Not on my hard drive
Blasting down the freeway
I feel like I’m seventeen
But a better kind of that past version of me

A better kind
A better kind
A better kind of that past version of me

A better kind
A better kind
A better kind of that past version, past version

Blasting down the freeway
I feel like I’m seventeen
But a better kind of that past version of me

Smell of the blacktop after the rain
A chemical spills inside my brain
No one’s coming to clean it up
And I don’t care
Track Name: Hammocks in the Dark
Shooting off under
Shooting stars wonder
How it all came to be

From cocker spaniels
To pussy willows
To ordinary folks like you and me
You and me
You and me
You and me

Stars and planets
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness

Shooting off under
Shooting stars wonder
How it all came to be

From blown volcanos
To canyons and chasms
To organization of all of the atoms inside my body

Stars and planets
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness

Stars and planets
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Stars and planets
Thank goodness

Stars and planets
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness
Thank goodness
Thank goodness
OH!

Stars and planets
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness for hammocks in the dark
Thank goodness
Track Name: The Tricks Lie in the Deal
Have you always wanted to be this way?
The shape of who you are?
If your mom made you a puzzle
Did she give you the edges to start?

‘Cause it matters where you come from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal
The tricks lie in the deal

The pieces that you get
And the way you eat your candy
Something ‘bout behavior
Quirks make for good quotations

‘Cause it matters where you come from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal
The tricks lie in the deal

Cyan, magenta, yellow, and black
On cardboard
Divided into thousands
You’re still the same
But your approach
Changes the pace of the game

‘Cause it matters where you come from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal

‘Cause it matters where you come from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal
Track Name: Ghost Crabs
When we went to the beach
And I kind of said, "I love you"
We partied that week
And we never shared a bed

When we went to the beach
And I told you I wouldn’t mind
That we party on the sand
Dancing with the ghost crabs

It was sideways
It was sideways
It was sideways movement
Found a cubby in the sand

It was sideways
It was sideways
It was sideways movement
You found us a way to hold hands
A way to hold

When we jettisoned the past
And I showed so much relief
I could party into the future
And sleep soundly by the water

When we jettisoned the past
And I was very considerate
We flooded the time with silence
Dancing with the ghost crabs

It was sideways
It was sideways
It was sideways movement
Found a cubby in the sand

It was sideways
It was sideways
It was sideways movement
You found us a way to hold hands
A way to hold

It was sideways
In the sand
You found us a way
To hold hands

It was sideways
It was sideways
It was sideways movement
Found a cubby in the sand

It was sideways
It was sideways
It was sideways movement
You found us a way to hold hands
A way to hold

When we went to the beach
And I told you I wouldn’t mind
That we party on the sand
Dancing with the ghost crabs
Track Name: Newsdealer
Drive by and make the exchange
A little bit of cash and some interchange
My newsdealer sells me a paper
And reminds me about the world

So fast, I just come and go
A moment passes, and I have the info
My personality is that of a feeler
I grasp the columns and am so touched

My newsdealer is a healer
Tiny moments that mean so much
My newsdealer is a healer
“Have a very blessed day. Come again, my friend. It’s all okay”

When the light doesn’t turn
And I have an extra dime
I roll down my window because
I want to change my life

My newsdealer is a healer
Tiny moments that mean so much
My newsdealer is a healer
“Have a very blessed day. Come again, my friend. It’s all okay”

My newsdealer is a healer
Tiny moments that mean so much
My newsdealer is a healer
“Have a very blessed day. Come again, my friend. It’s all okay”
Track Name: Scale
In my head, there’s a government
Filled with rules and regulations
Its laws determine my decisions
With very fine precision

Inside my head, there’s a tuna fish
I hate seafood, and I kind of think I’m allergic
A part of me I learn to live with
Even though it might mean getting sick

There’s got to be a counterbalance to this mess
A counterweight for extreme states of mind
Doesn’t it call for an attitude adjustment?
You can’t be sorry nor be victimized

Don’t worry about the scale

In the recesses is my inner child
Playing on the playground, playing Superman
At once he’s invincible and bulletproof
And then the “kissing girl” chases him away, away, AWAY!

There’s got to be a counterbalance to this mess
A counterweight for extreme states of mind
Doesn’t it call for an attitude adjustment?
You can’t be sorry nor be victimized

Don’t worry about the scale
Don’t worry about the scale
Don’t worry about the scale
Don’t worry about the scale

There’s got to be a counterbalance to this mess
A counterweight for extreme states of MIND

Doesn’t it call for an attitude adjustment?
You can’t be sorry nor be victimized

Don’t worry about the scale
Don’t worry about the scale
Don’t worry about the scale
Don’t worry about the scale
Track Name: Crazy While
I left Carolina
I won’t be back
This much I know, I

Spent most of my days in bed
Asleep in the spirit, not right in the head
I won’t be back, this much I know

Each moment I’m gone, I grow

I haven’t been home in a crazy while
It doesn’t make a difference who you are
Things will add up in time
My calculation says there’s not much change in the zones
But going east to west, I find the best parts of me are still unknown

I said, "Goodbye, waterfall"
It’s time to find the current me
And what I believe

Each moment I’m gone, I grow

I haven’t been home in a crazy while
It doesn’t make a difference who you are
Things will add up in time
My calculation says there’s not much change in the zones
But going east to west, I find the best parts of me

I’m learning second by second
(There’s more to me than seventeen square miles)
I’m learning second by second
(There's more to me, there's more to me)

I’m learning second by second
(There’s more to me than seventeen square miles)
I’m learning second by second
(There's more to me, there's more to me)

I haven’t been home in a crazy while
It doesn’t make a difference who you are
Things will add up in time
My calculation says there’s not much change in the zones
But going east to west, I find the best parts of me
Are still unknown

I’m learning second by second
(There’s more to me than seventeen square miles)
I’m learning second by second
(There's more to me, there's more to me)

I’m learning second by second
(There’s more to me than seventeen square miles)
I’m learning second by second
I haven't been home
Track Name: Little White Dot
“Stay close to that white dot”, he said
“When you’re in the blackness—do you know what that white dot is?”
“It’s hope,” he said, “When you’re in the white”
“You must do everything you can not to go into the hole"

The picture of the yin yang he drew
Like the one on my necklace
It was a gift from a wise person
I’ll never forget his words from that day
Then the hospital closed
And I walked away with a memory

Spiraling into the precipitation
Depression feels so wrong
I’m a high-strung, low pressure system
When it rains, the tears never end
Where’s the fail-safe?
This weather machine, weather machine

This weather machine, weather machine is broken (Now I have found my bliss)
Weather machine, weather machine is broken (A sensation in the mist)
Weather machine, weather machine is broken (Not on my hard drive)
This weather machine, weather machine is broken (Blasting down the freeway)
Weather machine, weather machine is broken (I feel like I’m seventeen)
Weather machine, weather machine is broken (But a better kind of that past version of me)

‘Cause it matters where you come from
Your perspective is the big reveal
It tells a lot about you
The tricks lie in the deal, the tricks lie in the deal
The tricks lie in the deal
The tricks lie in the deal

Where’s the fail-safe?
Could there be a hopeful sun?
If it’s irreversible
Wonder how it all came to be

From the shape of who I was
To a cubby in the sand
I wanted to change my life
By playing Superman

I left Carolina
I lost my faith in God
But thankfully, for my friend, I had
A little white dot

“Stay close to that white dot”, he said
“When you’re in the blackness—do you know what that white dot is?”
“It’s hope,” he said, “When you’re in the white”
“You must do everything, everything"

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