Too Cynical for Two

by Bye Bye Skylight

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Bye Bye Skylight's debut ep Too Cynical for Two is hypnotic, darkly sensual electronic hard rock drizzled with ambient and dance. Driven by Thom Kunz's imaginatively eerie synth instrumentation, tribal drum programming, and Addie Wuensch's sultry vocals, the result is charged collection, each song a small journey into equal worlds dark and light.

Kunz and Wuensch first worked together in 2015 on Kunz's solo album Paper Brain. Wuensch’s voice is a warm embrace, an alarming siren, a soothing wave, a playful flirt, and maybe even a serial killer. She toys with verses and wordplay in ingenious ways. Sometimes she’s flat-out possessed and then lovingly holds the listener in her arms.

On the ep’s opening track, “Clairvoyant Eye”, the fiery mantra “Say that you want it to end right now / We could be love” blisters in song’s climax and then crawls to a slow dissolve, showcasing the singer’s sweetly intimate and possessive grip on listeners’ psyche.

“Flow”, with its anthem versus and creeping choruses, is the most accessible electronic rock track on the record, spanning a wide range of emotions in a powerful five minutes.

“Into the Light” introduces the diverse nature of this project, spreading its wings with infectious dance rhythms and a positive lyrical message, casting a warm light in an otherwise ominous, dark world. Kunz transforms the original composition by Michael Gricko into a neon-soaked electric prayer. It’s worth noting that backup vocalist Sam Carradori’s exiting vocal solo is an angelic hymn in the song’s sparkling conclusion.

Wuensch revisits her vocal on “Criminal” in a new screeching, haunting remix reassembled to fit the BYE BYE SKYLIGHT sound.

These four songs pack a synergy and completeness, a whole equally interesting as its parts. One thing is clear – Kunz and Wuensch have created an incredible world of angels, demons, and soundscapes. Recommended for those wanting to peek inside the darkness and take comfort in the found light along the way.

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released December 9, 2016

OFFICIAL WORLDWIDE DIGITAL RELEASE: FRIDAY 12/9
Recorded, Mixed, and Produced by Thom Kunz
Digitally Mastered by Tom Scheponik
Cover Art by O.E. Cunningham
ILMGROWN RECORDS
All songs copyrighted ThomKunzMusic
(except “Into The Light” copyrighted by Michael Gricko)

“Clairvoyant Eye”
Music: Thom Kunz
Lyrics: Addie Wuensch / Thom Kunz)
Arrangement by Thom Kunz / Addie Wuensch

“Flow”
Music: Thom Kunz
Lyrics: Thom Kunz
Arrangement by Thom Kunz / Addie Wuensch

“Into The Light”
Music and Lyrics: Michael Gricko
Arrangement by Thom Kunz / Addie Wuensch

“Criminal (Nightwalker Mix)”
Music and Lyrics: Thom Kunz

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Thom Kunz is a musician and writer who lives in the coastal community of Wilmington, North Carolina.
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Track Name: Clairvoyant Eye
Clairvoyant Eye

Black Bullet
You pull it
I’ll shatter like it just don’t matter

I’m sinking
You’re living
We’re dying like we’re not forgiven

Do you see, clairvoyant eye?
Do you feel the other side?

Black widow
Dark shadow
White sinner so black and hollow

You’re shaking
Mistaken
Still searching where we lost our patience

Do you see, clairvoyant eye?
Do you see the other side?

When I’m standing over you
I can feel you pull me down
I’m too cynical for two
And I’ve become the only one

Can you see, clairvoyant eye?
Do you feel the other side?

Can you see me?
Do you feel me?

Say that you want to end it now
Say that you want it to end right now
Oh, we could be love
Track Name: Flow
FLOW

Flow, a cry from below
Flow, a silent control
Flow, keep the current running low
Flow, anger, status quo

Heart beats cold
An irregular tempo
As voices ripple in the wall
A finger crawls on the edge of an echo
Do you die for love?
Or do you love to die?

Flow, uncomfortable
Flow, a balance in the push and pull
Flow, a quiet hello
Flow, steady in the fold

A tongue no longer speaking
Unrequited lies
A mouth no longer feeding
A heart no longer beating
Do we live for hate?
Or do we hate to live?

Flow, do as you’re told
Flow, a smile unfolds
Flow, let it go
Flow, resume control

Heart beats cold
An irregular tempo
As voices ripple in the wall
A finger crawls on the edge of an echo
Do you die for love?
Or do you love to die?
Track Name: Into the Light
INTO THE LIGHT

It's been dark
For way too long I know
And it’s been hard
To let my feelings show

I'll take the time
To understand the pain
But I'll be dry
When I’m standing in the rain.

And I believe
In my hope
In my faith
I believe that I can make a change

I can see the light is up ahead.
And I can feel the beat within my head.
You've got to take the good that comes to you
As a sign of hope and all that’s true.
All that is true....

I was stranded in the rain
And put out in the cold
I lost my hope and faith
I couldn't find my soul.
The dark cloud shadows cast.
My time was fading fast.
I had to make a change.
I had to rearrange.

And it was driving me insane.
And It was driving me insane.
And It was driving me insane.
It was driving....

I can see the light is up ahead
And I can feel the beat within my head
You've got to take the good that comes to you
As a sign of hope and all that’s true

Into the light
Into the light
Into the light
Into the light
Track Name: Criminal (Nightwalker Mix)
CRIMINAL (Nightwalker Mix)

I’m on the outside, looking outside.
I’m on the inside of the end.
You say we’re falling apart.
You want to make it stop
And set fire to everything you’ve got.
What a pretty mess you’ve made.
What a beautiful mess we’ve made.

We lock ourselves away.
We lock ourselves away.
We lock ourselves away
From ourselves.

Do you hope to find a criminal for you?
Your imperfect world too cynical for two.

You’re on the inside, looking inside.
You’re on the outside when we begin.
I want to tear you apart.
I want to burn you down.
I want to hold you in my arms.
I’m such a beautiful mess for you.

Do you hope to find a criminal for you?
Your imperfect world too cynical for two.

We lock ourselves away
When we love ourselves.
We lock ourselves away
When we hate ourselves.

Beating in your chest, a paper heart.
The scribblings of your pain,
A work of art.

We burn ourselves away.
We force ourselves to stay.
We lock ourselves away
From ourselves.

Do you hope to find a criminal for you?
Your imperfect world too cynical for two.