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released September 22, 2009

songs written by Nick Thorburn
arranged by Islands
produced by Nick Thorburn and Evan Gordon
engineered by Celso Estrada with Dave Trumfio
Kingsize soundlabs, Glassell Park, Los Angeles,Feb. 2011
mixed by Rob Schnapf at Mant, Glassell Park, Los Angeles, July 2011
mastered by Mark Chalecki at Little Red Book, Glassell Park, Los Angeles, Aug. 2011

thanks: Andy Kaulkin, Matt McGreevey, Brett &
Everyone at ANTI-, Gillian Bar, Andrew Skoikne,
Ronna Bronstein & Kingsize, Colin & Agency,
Rhianon Jones & Montana, Ingrid Renan, Vivian
Corado & Mattie Safer, Mark Charlebois, Derek,
MC, mr. H, Juan, our Family, Kate Perkins

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Track Name: Switched On
i’ve put on something you can’t switch off
i hope i don’t cry, but i know i will and you know how it feels
on the north side, on the south side
they sing along when you switch on
you switch on for the city while i'm gone from the city
come on strong winds move on
you belong in the city, i‘m wrong for the city
switch on a sad song when I’m gone
when in new york i stay indoors
go into the city and switch up the pity
on the train someone says something about how jesus saves
but i’m too lost to be found
you put on a good face when i wasn’t around
on the east side, on the west side
they sing along when you switch on
they sing along when you switch on
you switch on for the city, while i'm gone from the city,
come on strong winds move on
you belong in the city, i‘m wrong for the city
switch on a sad song when I’m gone
Track Name: No You Don't
you said don’t buy dope from the man you don’t know
i don’t know you won’t
don’t get stuck in his pickup truck
in arm’s reach, front seat
man you’re out of luck
flush it downstream
before it’s found drowned swimming in your blood stream
if you must, crush it up into dust
if you must cut it up, then lie down
but i won’t let you tell me what I can do
you try to scare me
but you’re never gonna catch me, catch me, catch me
so don’t you tell me how to run that race
you said don’t back down in your wedding gown
don’t make a sound, you never made a sound
don’t chime in with your opinion
you don’t need to object, man you’re such a wreck
rush to find a pulse before you’re
deep in dirt crushed by a cross like
like jumping out of a moving train
coming down is such a pain
but i won’t let you tell me what I can do
you try to scare me
but you’re never gonna catch me, catch me, catch me
so don’t you tell me how to run that race
Track Name: Vapours
hope i ventilate
the vapours might take a sec
the vapours might make you wet
well i hope i satiate
hope i entertain
hoping you get dancing feet
hoping that you like a beat
and i hope you don’t complain
it’s the bass line in your mind
it’s a sexy way to cry
you know i had my share of doubt
until I saw the vapours in your eyes
so watch me ventilate
knock you off your feet where you stood
you’d keep dancing if you could
well i hope i’m understood
tears rolling down your face
the vapours, all up in a place
guess I’m alive today
at least while I ventilate
it’s the bass line in your mind
it’s a sexy way to cry
you know i had my share of doubt
until I saw the vapours in your eyes
Track Name: Devout
gone away, gone away
i miss you
oh when will i see you again
sitting here, sitting here
the car is idle
when you come back we’ll get away
then the alarm went off
alarms went off, I heard it
i hope to god i don’t hear gun shots
and the window pane explodes the way some violence sings
pretty sirens in the distance closing in
blending in with causalities shrieking
casually i headed for the highway
sold you out, sold you out
told them all the things that you had done
sold you out, sold you out
tell me all the things that you have done
you were so devout, you were so committed to me
and then got away
i was right outside, born to drive away
ready to split the money equally
Track Name: Disarming the Car Bomb
i’m not so sure about it,
not so sure i can surmount it
without losing my head
how about just losing my edge?
it seems easier said than done
but i think i’m done
uncross my arms
to disarm the car bomb
it’s taking too long
something must be wrong
i had my doubts about it
when i heard your henchman shouting
“we’ve come looking for you”
wished i'd hid under my bed
with my hands over my head
uncross my arms
to disarm the car bomb
it’s taking too long
something must be wrong
i cut the wire like you said
i cut the blue one like you did
i did almost everything you said
so how come I’m dead?
uncrossed my arms
disarmed the car bomb
and what did I get?
a gun to my head
uncrossed my arms
disarmed the car bomb
and what did I get?
a gun to my head
Track Name: Tender Torture
i’ll be your wave carrying you to shore
and if your ribs are peaking through your fur
i’ll feed you some more
i rode out the city without you in my arms
under the moon glow I was a windblown cast-down carved out watermelon
without you in my arms
without you in my arms
and I’ve seen some great things
but I don’t wanna see anything if I can’t see you
kicked open in a coconut
could have shared it with anyone
but I wanted to share it with you
i’ll be your strings
if you pluck them, i’ll sing for you
and if your hands are feeling tender
i’ll take them in my own and make them better
i rose out of the water
i can hold my breath for only so long
i push past the breeze from the palm trees
i’m coming towards you
i’ve got to have you in my arms
i’m gonna have you in my arms
and I’ve seen some great things
but I don’t wanna see anything if I can’t see you
kicked open in a coconut
could have shared it with anyone
but I wanted to share it with you
you send me over in tender torture
and when it’s over it’s tender torture
Track Name: Shining
i took a shining to you
i wasn’t lying to you
what are you trying to do and who are you crying to?
you have some singing to do
some singing for you food
i have something for you
come into my room
its back alley I know
but you’re made of gold
just too bright in daylight
step into the dark to talk
up against the wall
empty out all of your contents, back end
don’t hold back friend, give me what you owe me then
count to one hundred slowly
i put a shining on you
poison pill in your food
singing "la la la", what’s that tune?
bad timing for you
one, two, three, four strikes on you
you put your back on my knife
made me ask “your money or your life?”
up against the wall
empty out all your contents
don’t hold back friend, give me what you owe me …
count to one hundred slowly
Track Name: On Foreigner
fall in
fall in,
fall in
no one will know
go on, fall in, no one will know
hold on foreigner
on you go
heard it all, i’ve heard it all,
but it won’t hurt at all
shy away, shy away, don’t try to get away
don’t drop the needle
don’t drop the needle
don’t drop the needle on the groove
and don’t move
turned it on, a rousing song for sympathetic ears
no one cares, no one’s there and you, you disappeared
fall in
fall in,
fall in
no one will know
go on, fall in, no one will know
hold on foreigner
on you go
left behind
left behind,
left behind,
but not like the christian kind
fall in
fall in,
fall in
no one will know
go on, fall in, no one will know
hold on foreigner
on you go
Track Name: Heartbeat
heartbeat
heartbeat
and i might be wrong, but i don’t think you could sing along
to my heartbeat
cued up the major third
but you don’t know, you just take my word
heartbeat
heartbeat
heartbeat
and i will alone destroy what destroys my own
heartbeat
heartbeat
i could have written more
but you don’t know what to listen for
heartbeat
load up the major third
but you don’t know if that’s what you heard
heartbeat
heartbeat
heartbeat
and I will alone destroy what destroys my own
heartbeat
heartbeat
and I will alone destroy what destroys my own
heartbeat
heartbeat
Track Name: The Drums
the drums, once loudly resonant
don’t resonate in tune
the drumming feels a little slow, yet somehow comes too soon
bruised skin can’t take another hit without you
the pockets were once lined in time
the seams seemed to bear thread
emptying my pockets now finds crumbs where there was bread
Smooth skin asking only for a hit
And asking nice
the drugs, the drugs
the drugs, the drugs
the drugs, the drugs
the drugs, the drugs
Track Name: EOL
a building fell on me, crushed my will
it took my brother
how could i have known the windows would be closed
there was nowhere to leave
there was nowhere to go
the endlessness of lines drawn across time
wrapped my finger to you
but you’ve gone beyond
i went back to look for you
sifting through the living room, the living room
fell into a hopeless nest
misery tattooed you in black ink, black ink
you're never coming back
am i to blame for that?
the endlessness of lines broken like twine
drawn across time
in a pointless line
a building fell on me
crushed my will
it took my brother away from me
Track Name: Everything is Under Control
don’t have much time
we'll know when they find us
triangulate
shine their light on us
everything is under control
don't climb out from under your hole
this nightmare
might scare some of you
and truth be told
these dreams are coming true
they say,
"everything is under control
don't climb out from under your hole"
i’m in control
i’m in control
under control
i’m in control
i’m in control
under control