.​.​.​Belong

by Meishi Smile

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about

"…Belong" is the 2nd full length album by Meishi Smile.

"…Belong" is about representation of the you. A coming of age metamorphism. The indentation signifies hesitance when attempting to speak on behalf of your inner most self. The intrusive thoughts, the broken feelings. The half-hearted, yet overwhelming pain within. The idealism of fitting into a world that welcomes, yet ultimately rejects you. Wishing your whole life to be apart of something - reaching for it, yet when arriving there you realize the same people who accept you are everything that you hate. Thus you begin to hate yourself. To look inward is the only true change you wish to invoke- the only thing you truly belong to is your own.

The album in lighter moments draws inspiration from the mechanical, yet emotionally crafted tone of '80s synthpop such as OMD, the melancholic shoegaze of The Radio Dept. the bubbling ambiance of Susumu Yokota and the EDM of Japan's Yasutaka Nakata.

In bleaker moments, "…Belong" takes a nod from harsh noise acts such as Prurient, the melodically driven power electronics of Elite Gymnastics and the most reflective moments of 808's era Kanye West.

Ultimately, the album addresses a narrative of duality, switching back and forth between the dichotomy of light and dark while retaining a sense of pop that is simultaneously introverted.

Lyrically, the album explores subjects of guilt ("Star"), romantic disconnection experienced through the digital divide ("Today, Again"), impressionable youth and suicide ("Blank Ocean"), gender identity and depression ("Dysphoria"), the coping of death ("Pastel"), abortion ("Fetus") and societal violence ("Belong"). Isolated struggles and feelings that are faced in a myriad of ways through the individual experience.

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Official Videos Off "...Belong"

"Pastel"
Dir: Mel Nguyen, Brian Vu, Christopher Vu
youtu.be/4Mn0tB7TPpE

"Belong"
Dir: Yuka Maeda
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNkFqZOvSZY

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credits

released October 6, 2015

All songs written, recorded and produced by Meishi Smile

Remix by Plaster Cast
soundcloud.com/plastercast

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Artwork:
Brian Vu (brian-vu.com)

Model:
Michelle Yoon

Mixed/Mastered:
Rob Duffy (cyclops.rocks)

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Track Name: Star
see your smile
turn a faded red
the fault of us
is sure to end
bruise my words
tear through the sound
in place of you
is a new star

lasting things
will find their place
lights flash 
in distance, we trace…
waves crash so far without your touch
is heaven such a place so far?

guilt is gone
with days at rest
if we could meet
let it be in dreams now
release and fold
this sanction we hold
with jaded hopes
the sky's so clear now
Track Name: Today, Again
a screen blank
with a passing note
her blood clotted lightly
sparse and spilt alone
retrace this lasting hope
repeat until we are apart

the scent it gave was a tasteless grey
a blood soaked tart, a dull light taste
the gentle rain sweeps endlessly
but let's please be like this right here again

a scene grey
this time passing slow
her breath shudders...
sullen- slowing now she spoke
"we'll sing this lasting hope...
repeat until we are apart"

it hurts
Track Name: Blank Ocean (Album Ver.)
a bittersweet laugh
is how we'll pretend
when the things we can't change
fulfill the promise we had

the feel of the warmth
when the waves hit our arms
and the salt in our blood
stings our heart as we swell… oh

parallel the scent of falling rain
shards of sand will perfectly attach
let's end our lives in a sentimental way
let's echo our youth like death in poetry

tear through sighs let's pass together
lonely pretense breaks my denial
we can't take this or what is forever
where can one lead themselves to forget this?
Track Name: Dysphoria
the way she can't live
it's in her face
i want to promise
let it go away this time
let things feel real
so i do not feel
the weight of growing distant

i wish i grew up to speak the way you do
feeling things i wish were so natural
felt in the way that i am supposed to
i sit and smile until i am your fool

let go of patience 
it feels okay to be loud
let go of kindness 
and shut it all out now
let go of maybes 
and what it means to know truth
maybe i'll find what i need confiding in you
now you can never sleep
you can never quite see
never quite be
the thing that i want me to be

do you want to hurt so bad?
that you can never forget again
do you want to live like that?
till you can no longer feel it there
do you ever feel it won't end?
that you can never ever hope again
well, it feels so hopeless now
it might as well just all come falling over

words i say they feel numb to me
thoughts i think they cannot make me move
i wonder what it's like to even feel pain
it's all over but the crying
Track Name: Pastel
hearts seem to half light my will thin bruises pass times thin veil i see you suffer slow here ill lie that not everything dies pastel white, slows your heart though i say "stay here" faint seams turn halfway harm will reject lest they may cry still your blood reflects me bright here ill lie that not everything dies the real feeling, the broken feeling without you now slowly passing, slowly knowing what you breathed once was right here days you reject growing lonely, growing colder a pain too deep in the summer like an IV that drips through a torn vein missing you makes me feel so ill the feeling breathes, you plant the seed and the simplicity of my heart shatters underneath the reality of the world
Track Name: Fetus
bloom...
retrace the warmth
bruised, bleeding arms
cure sincere hearts
blue dust now parts
faint shallow sighs
vague sincere cries
tomorrow's known
if reflective

you and me
have always been
silently permanent...

do you see- inside of me
do you see- to lie to me
do you see- inside we breathe
do you see- let's hide these things 

years...
pass slow like glass
sliced from the tips
faint, true and warm
crushed like a kiss
flowering, torn
insincere love
rejected, born
like yesterdays dove

do you see?
Track Name: Belong
the unfeeling subconscious
will make my final conscious decision
to alleviate my last ounce of sympathy
everyone is the same once they sin
the blood which drips down my left wrist is a justification
the thoughts of the unadulterated masses is pure shit
the hypocrisy is a tool which proves your weakness
the meaning of my fatigue

the wound is still fresh
i view the world through a prism 
of my own blood and hatred
i wish to hone a shard of glass
and tear through your fucking face
i hope deceit teaches you an eternal pain - just die
let me embrace everything alone
so i can finally rest in peace