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Individ

by The Dodos

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1.
until now there was a reason let go of it it's not relevant and what now that we are over what storm ahead could we precipitate? and what golden age is gonna correct it? and it stands to reason are we connected? until now I was another what song to hear when in another's head and what now that we are over it just storm ahead don't ever hesitate and what golden age is gonna correct it? and it stands to reason are we connected? crossed amongst the ones that exist fakes among the flowers could it have been more than this fakes among the flowers tend to always over prepare too ready too ready let go of it and get out of here let's get out of here for good
2.
The Tide 03:25
you were playing till there was no one there's no room left at the bottom and though I picture a lake filled with nothing there is someone at the bottom are we on the brink of disaster when the tide comes what will come after we'll keep playing till there is nothing there'll be no room at the bottom and though I picture a lake still and placid there is someone at the bottom are we on the brink of disaster when the tide comes what will come after is this the right time or should I wait for it?
3.
Bubble 03:12
is this too much for you to handle it's all a bit precarious and if it's not that you could answer a cold embrace the light's diffused always in the course of writing a letter conflicted and caught up in the bubble is this anything at all reflections of the other is this too much for you to handle it's all a bit precarious and if it's not that you could answer a cold embrace the light's diffused always in the course of writing a letter conflicted and caught up in the bubble surrendered us suspension of the other Is this too much for you?
4.
your day in court will this take hold? Competition Competition is this your goal my friend, my foe Competition Competition can I protect it would I have to be up on my language though I'm leaning towards it if I help you is it helping me I can't reject you though I'm turning from it your direction's what I'm heading for I'm on your heels yeah waiting for the finish disconnect it is what I'm calling for I can't believe it that I'm falling for it if I let you go could I forget you and if I let you know who I'm modeling after and I guess you know by now who I choose to go after don't think you know me now perfection protected perfection reflected if I let you go could I forget you if I let you know who I'm modeling after and I guess you know by now who I choose to go after don't think you know me now Competition Competition
5.
Darkness 03:53
I can hear outside The wind at my window In case someone should arrive Please show them reflections Who could have been there At least who was pretending Darkness was overhead Darkness was overhead These are not my eyes But I know how to close them Erase all that I write in perfected endings Who was it in there Covered and protected Darkness was overhead Darkness was overhead
6.
if I called on you to answer well I should have known you'd guess what I could of had but I could not fix and so I relegate your promise with irreverence I rest like a memory I remember only in this goodbyes and endings pain painfully dull and painless pain painfully dull and painless can I be honest? and if I cannot be still would you be alone would you care could it be enough if I learn how to turn it off and so I gravitate to old words with a syllable that sticks what I didn't know but I should have guessed and I'm still waiting on an answer like a memory I remember only in this goodbyes and endings pain painfully dull and painless pain painfully dull and painless can I be honest and if I cannot be still would you be alone would you care could it be enough if I learn how to turn it off
7.
Retriever 04:36
is this still what you want the moment to carry is this still what you are a memory of yourself and though you looking out could never be looking in is this still where you are no passage to find it will this happen again the cycle behind it is this all that there is the memory of itself and though leaving you out could never be what was meant in this, all that you want the moment to carry is this all that you want the moment to carry could it still be the way you wish? could it still be the way you wish? and oh is that the way, the way that you want it still?
8.
Bastard 02:23
I am not your little brother I am not your son You are not my older brother I will call you one I feel your need to recover I'm no longer your bastard How long will you need to recover I'm no longer your bastard I will follow you till its over I will stick to one I will gravitate to another Follow anyone I feel your need to recover I'm no longer your bastard How long will you need to recover I'm no longer your bastard
9.
Your shadow remains I cannot resist The mirrored escape Of your pattern The frame of it I could not erase I colored it in With your pattern Your shadow remains Your shadow remains I'm tied to it With jealous pretense I cannot predict All your patterns You blew us away And I could not escape I'll never give in To your patterns Your shadow remains Your shadow remains Your pattern The shadow Your pattern The shadow Rescinded the urge Revealing an ocean Rescinded the urge Revealing an ocean Your pattern The shadow

about

For the Dodos "the best time to make a record is right after you've finished one" says vocalist and guitarist Meric Long.

Having just wrapped up the sessions for their previous record Carrier, and fired up on the level of comfort achieved with brothers Jay and Ian Pellicci at Tiny Telephone studio, the duo immediately began laying to tape the batch of songs that would result in their latest and sixth record, entitled Individ.

"There were things I didn't want to forget, sounds that we had just scratched the surface of making that record that I wanted to capitalize on. Songs came together easily, there was not a lot of questioning, just moving ahead with the feeling that we were on the right track. We were freed up to do whatever came naturally" says Long.

And for the Dodos, their natural inclination is to create music that sounds positively epic.

"In a lot of ways making this record brought us back to making Visiter," their 2008 critical and commercial breakthrough, "relying heavily on the movement that occurs between just two instruments, guitar and drums. From the first take of the first song we tracked, things sounded huge and that set the tone for the entire thing."

Individ's first single "Competition" is a shining example of this proclivity, built on dueling guitar lines that overlap above and below a persistent drum beat as Long's assured vocals soar above it all.

At other points, "Goodbyes and Endings" infuses a similar up-tempo feel while changing time signatures every few bars. "Retriever" chugs along on one of the dirtiest guitar riffs the Dodos have ever set to tape, all the while accompanied by drums that are more akin to gunshots.

As the album closes with "Pattern/Shadow" (a track that features vocals from Thee Oh Sees' Brigid Dawson), Long sings "Your shadow remains / I cannot resist / The mirrored escape / Of your pattern."

It's a moment that lyrically reinforces the record's guiding force of acceptance, imparting a lesson to a band whose name inherently calls into question its future: resilience isn't always about changing or adapting to a new environment, sometimes it's about staying true to your instincts and asserting yourself in this ever changing atmosphere.

Explains Long, "Carrier was about breaking habits, recognizing and imagining yourself away from the washing machine that has you trapped. That's why the cover image was of someone watching a tornado go away from him. This record is about accepting what is natural for you or maybe even a part of you. Individ is what it sounds like inside the tornado."

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released January 27, 2015

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