Headroom

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Thank you to all the Kickstarter backers who helped bring this project into reality, and thanks to my room for helping me escape it.

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released April 7, 2017

Written and Recorded by Will Sturgeon between 2015-2017
Drums on Tracks 1, 2, 5-8 by Elias Texel
Mixed by Sam Skinner
Mastered by Jamal Ruhe at WWSM
Produced by Will Sturgeon

Album Artwork and Design by SCKUSE (sckuse.net)


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Sam Skinner · Sam Wilkes · Aman Alem · Amanda Mackay · Casey Peckio · Elias Texel · Raefer Finnegan · Michael Santella · Abby Sturgeon · Nick Antonicelli · Stephanie Kuse

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Track Name: Habits (Get Over It)
Television sucks bits of my life away
Almost every day

I don’t get my shit done
It’s all right, I’m all good, it’s ok
Till my eyes are shut

And it’s a drag, but HBO is not my enemy
I’m human my habits cling to me

But I still get over it
Yeah I still get over it

Why do I get stuck
In all the things that surround me
Maybe I should leave

Or is it my setup
I just need to change my surroundings
That should control me

So break your habits
You’ve got only so much energy
I’m human my habits comfort me

But I still get over it
Yeah I still get over it

I don’t wanna feel like a waste
I know I could do things today
I don’t wanna feel like a waste
I know I could do things today

And make em see
The best of me
Yeah I still get over it
Track Name: Help U Better Then
I’m never there enough
All these things that I shouldn’t have done
Leave you when you need me as a friend
I just get so caught up in my own head

The things I do when you are not around
Can’t tell if they’re bad or if they help
I should take a run and quit the weed
Do things that actually help me

I could help you better then
I’d help you better then
I could help you better then
I’d help you better then


Whenever I am missing you
Thinking bout the times I spent with you
Standing at the sink and brushing teeth
Of all the places I could wanna be

So when you ask me for my support
I should be there with extended arms
Can’t let me forget you need love too
Shape up so that I can turn to you

I could help you better then
I’d help you better then
I could help you better then
I’d help you better then
Track Name: When The Lights Come Up
Catch a glimpse of you while I walk through the airport by myself
Got a sweater on I’ve seen in a few pictures that you’ve sent

I can’t say that I’ve been missing someone I’ve only met once
And the pressure we put on ourselves come right to the forefront and we ask

What’s gonna happen when the lights come up?
My eyes get big and I’m with you
What’s gonna happen when the lights come up
And you’re still on my mind
Oh what are we gonna do?

What’s gonna happen when the lights come up
Oooooh

What if you drink too much and cheat your way through school
Is that ok?
Bite your nails and move to cigarettes to make it through your day?

But we both feel it that we need to be together every day
How can I go on when I know you exist so far away?

What’s gonna happen when the lights come up
My eyes get big and I’m with you
What’s gonna happen when the lights come up
And you’re still on my mind
Oh what are we gonna do?

What’s gonna happen when the lights come up
Oooooh
Feel something happening

What’s gonna happen when the lights come up?
Track Name: Haven't You Noticed
I waited at your door
I said I want you more
Than I ever noticed

I feel it more and more
I’m crawling up the wall

Haven’t you noticed
The way we get along
Haven’t you noticed
The love I could have got?

And hold me when I get close to sleep
And tell me you would rather see me

How could you ignore?
I said I want you more
Than I ever noticed

Falling on the floor
Eyes and hands explore

And you didn’t notice
The way you treat me wrong
Haven’t you noticed
The love I should have got?

And hold me when I get close to sleeping
And tell me you wanna see me

So won’t you hold me
For when I’m gone
You’ll notice
We were lost
And lonely then
I’m scared
You’ll never
Hold me

For when I’m gone
You’ll notice
We were lost
And lonely then
I’m scared
But now you’re waiting at my door
Track Name: Filters II
Lying with the one I love once more
Pick the flowers off the bedroom floor
Created such a sterile space
Turn over get to sleeping

The ending’s civil
Tame and simple
No more, I couldn’t hold ya

She asked me why I don’t speak
Doesn’t see the irony
That Filters is her favorite song

And now
Because I wait to talk a little longer
To know what’s coming out
It seems I lost you
And I lost myself
When I lost myself

Lying to the one I love, what for?
Can I live honestly while I’m with her?
I’m tired of living in this space
Not saying things that feel right

And now
Because I wait to talk a little longer
To know what’s coming out
It seems I lost you
When I lost myself


But maybe it wasn’t
The filters that done it

Maybe it’s deeper
Like I’m not meant for her

Cuz although I love her
It’s about the structures

Not filters but structures
What’s behind the lovers
Track Name: Portrait of Stress
I’m not acting the way I wanna act
I’m stressed out and it feels bad

Oh how can I trust my head?
How can I trust someone else's?

My dreams get harder every night
I don’t think I feel right

Oh how do I trust my head?
How can I trust someone else's?

So get me alone
Don’t talk to no one
Anyway

//

Put away your phone
And breathe, breathe

Open the window
And breathe, breathe

It’ll be ok
Breathe, breathe

Take your time today
Breathe, breathe

It’s easy

//

Oh how do I trust my head?
How can I trust someone else's?



I can’t focus
My mind’s distressed
I’ll wait and see
What I’m doing

What am I doing?
Track Name: Strange Situation
I’m in a strange situation
Her boyfriend wants to punch my face in
So much for letting go
Quickly out of control

I gave her my number it’s normal I know her
Put her arms around me her boyfriend was watching
And later she cheated with someone not me but
It seems I’m a suspect
And I don't know how

Cuz that’s not my scene
It’s not
No that’s not a scene
I’m a part of
That’s not my
That's not my

He made a beeline towards me
I could tell from his eyes he’d been drinking
I pleaded innocent
Still he said I was suspect

And I’m not about
What you’re about
No I’m not about
What you’re about

Cuz that’s not my scene
It’s not
That's not a scene
I'm a part of
That's not my scene
It’s not
That's not a scene
I want
Track Name: Recharge
I’m hungry for some time alone
Can’t seem to get thoughts on my own
Jump hard on whatever you say
Make you wonder if you’re in my way

And it’s nothing personal
It just happens to me
I just feel so spent
I should know what I need

I need to recharge
I need to recharge
I need to recharge


It’s not that I’m not having fun
I just think of what I could have done
I jump hard on myself every day that I lose
To things that I shouldn’t have done

And it’s nothing personal
I just need to breathe
Not a chip on my shoulder
But a trick up my sleeve

I need to recharge
I need to recharge
I need to recharge


Don’t think that I mean to reject
I wanna stay home, I should have checked [x4]