The If If

by ollo

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    Alex from the band designed all the artwork, including paintings for the front and back covers. Most songs have their own page in the booklet with lyrics and thematically linked imagery that asks to be decoded...

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1.
Trouble Is 01:51
I really should eat more bananas and get more exercise To fend off this downward spiral Just when I think I might be safe it likes to surprise Breeding helix like something more viral Close my eyes on the slippery dip Waiting for the bottom to hit Better brace yourself, boy Better brace yourself Better brace yourself, boy It doesn’t matter if your raincoat is tailor made Hand stitched and bone-buttoned One day you’ll forget it
2.
Shaky Flaky 04:50
shaky flaky hands off snakey wakey moth plop plop regardless
3.
Wakey Moth 05:48
Wakey moth Close your eyes and picture The passing of the tides Wakey moth, wakey moth Keep your wings by your side And see what stillness brings The light looks so very bright Such magnetic flicker But those that glister can be cold Such a devilish trickster It’ll be the death of you Wakey moth Catch the breeze and ride it Far as you please Wakey moth, wakey moth Embrace the fragrant forest air And whisper to the trees Oh, the light looks so very bright Such magnetic flicker But those that glister can be cold Such a devilish trickster It’ll be the death of you, you know
4.
The If If 03:52
With the stinging quiet And the sun still sometimes low Now I know That if you’d never been there I could never understand the pain So stand next to me Stay so I can see That turbulent waves Can sparkle like your eyes When someone wants to own the rain I need a little love procaine With the stinging quiet And the sun still sometimes low Stand next to me Stay so I can see
5.
So many ways to be afraid And all of them a waste
6.
Ooooh oooooooh Over you Ooooooh WOOOoooh
7.
Lyrics by Inga Liljström Like waking up I imagine my escape with you A mountain peak crack’d open I don’t know how to move Are my hands still knotted And my belly it burns with desire I am shattered I am shattered Stormy seas I live for it now Reckless head, a restless heart A silver thread to catch my love upon Are my hands still knotted And my belly it burns with desire A silver thread to catch my love upon Are my hands still knotted And my belly it burns with desire I want my lover pure still Want him come take his fill
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Summer Salt 04:49
10.
So I’m sold on what I’m told There’s no time to find A piece of my own mind And I’ve bought into a rort If it’s digital I can live it all And people in France Start to dance at this dough And people in cars See the stars from pristine dunes of snow And people in camps Collect stamps for all i know... So the campaign for real bread is here You better make your mind up So it goes that The Scipios Take the higher ground Wrap it right around their fingers And people of blue Never knew ‘bout this low And people in bars Trip to Mars to see their favourite show And people in camps Have skate ramps for all i know... So the campaign for real bread is here You better make your mind up
11.
That Sound 03:31
I never want to hear That sound again Still it ripples through my blood Words of comfort bounce like rain This land can’t take the flood And no amount of busy drowns Those reverberating tones And no amount of running Distances those chromosomes When a beautiful old lady woke From something like a spell The coldest resolution Cracked its icy shell So it isn’t thunder now That calls its retinue Its just another tremor In the DNA from you I never want to hear That sound again
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Sweet Sorrow 03:52
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ollo's second album features a step forward in the 'bower bird' approach to production and a significant shift from instrumentals to songwriting. It goes for the jugular in doing so, with songs about an extremely close relative's terminal diagnosis, depression, love, the perils of the bright lights of the city, heartbreak, a reaction to the absurdity of the iraq war, and a song equating duplicity in advertising with that in politics.

It also features a song by the sublime Inga Liljeström.

As well as vintage synths, this album features sounds such as vocal percussion, a CD skipping backwards, live trumpet, cello and string section, a pigeon’s wings, a car interior, German poetry, a Southern Highlands forest, a flock of currawongs, a cat, radio recordings, a recorder, guitar, ebow, pebbles and twigs, some birds in Denmark, chopped up drum samples, a rollercoaster at Legoland UK, Thai karaoke TV, scissors, piano, and tiny snatches of a concert recorded to voicemail via mobile phone.

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released October 9, 2006

produced by alex crowfoot; mixed by mike burnham and alex at tardis studios, sydney; mastered by angus mc naughton. sleeve: triangle square

Features guests Roger Mills, Peter Hollo, Inga Liljeström, Dale Harrison, Dörte Kubillus, and Kevin Purdy.

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ollo Sydney, Australia

Exploring electronic music with disregard for genre since 1998. For more info see ollo.net.au

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