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All Around You

by Subsonic Eye

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1.
Performative 03:13
Hands outstretched now I don’t even know if it’s working better anymore Hands outstretched now I don’t even know if it’s worth bothering now anymore Ticking boxes, charging laptops, separating causes from ourselves. Signing petitions, charging laptops, separating causes from ourselves. Fake activism, Timid skeptics – unable to connect mankind Scared of middleman walk off guilt-free leave it for the next century Hands outstretched now I don't even know if I'm working, dying for who and what hands outstretched now I don't even know if I’m sleeping, living for who and what
2.
Circle 03:00
Dead end again you ditched me like before Stumbling around blindly reaching out It’s just a circle  Stuck in this labyrinth  Dead end again waiting for my number Thousands before, never inching closer  Always I find me  in my crafted hell Tell me why can’t I understand you and the things you make me do They might be onto me They’re reading my written thoughts They might be onto me I can't stand it I know you’re right next to me! They might be onto me Tell me what I have to do  and I'll do it right now!
3.
I’m taking in a stroll I saw the wind push by I caught your glance in mine Embedded in my soul a box of plastic toys a place for you and I I feel it though, now I’m hoping you do I’m falling down, I’m going down heart first Naive, some find me it feels like i’m gonna hurl I feel it though I’m taking in your hug I feel you lean on me I caught this bug in spring It’s captured in my palm it’s beating helplessly to the moving air around it I feel it though, now I’m hoping you do I’m falling down, I’m going down heart first Naive, some find me it feels like i’m gonna hurl I feel it though It takes some guts to trust fall just like that to lose control and be okay with how it feels It takes some guts  to trust it will grow back to lose control but lose your clarity and you fall I know it though we’re running in tandem It paid it off, I’ve heard we’re growing the same time the world keeps spinning, spinning and we’re twirling, twirling twirling in the light
4.
J-O-B 02:40 video
I am tired of this want my time, not waste it I am pushing on want my space, not share it  I can’t dedicate  all my efforts to this lifestyle Make it make sense, does it make sense? but I’m here   Sunny beaches  make me alright Indulging in the simplest pleasures we can’t deny I’m so sick of this tired right now, tired later I am losing sleep over careers, beep me later  You can dictate what makes people find their comfort and their joy within it all, within it all I can't decide what would make me a better person a better citizen a better student  a better friend
5.
What I Meant 02:36
That’s not what i said please reel it in now I can’t justify That’s not what i meant please try to understand  I’m not myself again I’ve blurred my past again I can’t even lie anymore I’ve crosshatched with my past I can’t even lie anymore I’m not like this I know how but I’m clueless to everything that led me here, brought me down I know it, put away that mirror I see the way It comes around, around the year Seasonal dejection It’s causing me to doubt
6.
Come home  and I wash my face Feel dead but I feel awake Lights out and the day is gone Help me, what was I thinking all day? Please reconnect me to your line I’ve been put on hold again Sometimes I forget to call you maybe leave you voicemails It’ll be nice to have you call me back I need this - connection with you And I forget about this connection,  and I’m sorry because I swore to myself that  I’ll never forget this thing we have between us and it’s the end of the day and i just remembered I forgot to thank you for letting me be a part of this this everything thank you
7.
Tender 02:51
First step, now second  I'm trying to pull it together Am I dreaming? Sky looks so big and the birds are singing, they say “Hello, how you doing?” I think  she is breathing around me alive, the colours are coming to me I think  I am brought back to where I belong alive, can’t wait to see what I have missed Could this be my very own rebirth First breath, now second got nothing in me  Am I crazy? Must be on something Everything around me is moving, they’re greeting me, “Hello, whatcha doing?” I have been away, mulling this over I can always feel, I can always count on you you can always feel me too binding on this love, i know I have been away, mulling this over It’s something – You’ve got to feel it when it comes to you.
8.
Machine 02:44
Just treading in this town Blank face in this busy square  No cash in my account Avril’s right, oh what the hell I’m a machine I clock in  riding my bike till the evening ends just treading in this town Frustrating  This iron cage we’re all just been born in  Depending on my mood I might be screwing on The company’s own time I don’t smoke but it’s not fair   Oh well that sounds so good you’re doing so good you’re doing yoga before you meditate lemme tell you when I was overwhelmed and I really felt like shit and just listen everytime I try to explain it  
9.
Yearning 03:40 video
I'm having a bad day tell me look inward its dark, I'm down its dark, I'm down    I’m having a rough day but I’m holding onto you it’s warm and I know its okay Dunk my head into waters choked on the things we do Dunk my head into waters wake me up fully new now Still yearning your embrace feel it grow within me take root, I’m learning feels real renewing I feel it move around me don’t you feel it too? She sings, dancing right with you  Join in,  I’m right there with you. You woke me from my slumber I fall down on my knees basking in your warm light It’s how I came to be.
10.
Everything 03:55
The sunrise I sit still gotta watch it move along now I blink twice I sit still gotta watch it move along now and all I have I confess - it’s you  The sun rise I watch still watching the gold bathe the birds bringing song into cities bringing luxury in our souls all i wish for  is this sustaining of this peace All im asking is Is everything yours or is everything mine? Have we labelled every being? Have we called it for our own? Diversity appreciated only when called for Within confined gardens, with a fee at the gantry It is no longer spontaneous, people travel to see what they do not see in cities Unable to recognise the weeds between bricks  Wildflowers growing in our carparks The way we time our activities with the movements of the sun The way we adapt to the weather around us The way we are in her complete mercy, helpless, unable to predict what comes next. Why are we so scared of this? Does it scare us that no matter how much we eliminate tall grass  it grows back wilder than ever? No matter how much we thought we knew about the world,  she proves us wrong time and time again?

about

Subsonic Eye are enraptured by nature. On their 2021 album, Nature of Things, the Singaporean five-piece explored the tolls of human indulgence through raw tonality and zippy jangle pop, poignantly celebrating the spirits of a natural world fast disappearing. Though the album saw the group trade their noisy dream-pop tendencies for a cleaner sound, the result was no less propulsive, instead pushing the band to refine their songwriting.

On their fourth full-length All Around You, Subsonic Eye expand on this relationship to nature with a renewed appreciation for its coexistence with urban cities. The hectic, fast-paced character of urban life refracts through snappy, invigorating hooks, prisms of entrancing tone layered with singer Nur Wahidah’s restless, velvety lilt.

All Around You’s lead track “Yearning” unravels the band’s religious dedication to the idea that nature is all around us, that we are whole with it. Sung over a nimble guitar melody and tension-building rhythm, “dunk my head into waters / wake me up fully new now” arrives in direct reference to Wahidah’s newfound perspective that we over indulgent humans can still find a harmonious balance with nature.

As if to make this harmony manifest, Subsonic Eye balance the scales with “Circle” and “J-O-B”, songs that pick apart the brutal and monotonous cycles of our capitalist setting. Though the subject matter can grind you down, the songs instill purpose and uplift listeners with undeniably hooky songwriting that combines the best of Alvvays and Sonic Youth.

The ten songs that comprise All Around You also comprise a space to sit with the complex feelings inspired by this intense world we inhabit. Rather than succumb to doom, Subsonic Eye relish the opportunity to meditate on these uncomfortable emotions to find their way to the ultimate realization that beauty is all around us.

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released September 13, 2023

Subsonic Eye is

Nur Wahidah
Daniel Castro Borces
Jared Lim
Sam Venditti
Lucas Tee


Recorded and Produced by Subsonic Eye
with Spencer Tan on bass

Mixed by Kean Reformado
Mastered by Paul Gold
Drums recorded at 4th Wall Studios

Photography by Christopher Sim
Art Direction & Layout by Raphael Ong

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