The Light in You Has Left

by DOUSE

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David Cowling
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David Cowling If growing up in BC in the 2000's made a sound, it would scream these melodies. My westcoast heart is so happy here. Favorite track: Worsening.
Craig
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Craig i first heard DOUSE as Alea Rae at a small bar show a year ago and it totally flew under my radar that they'd reinvented themselves as DOUSE and released a new album all the way back in october. my first listen of this album was met with such joy from my ears, even though the songs are about such sad things. the lyrics on this thing are better than ever, as is the instrumentation. i love every track on this album but the pulse and barely-restrained rage of "I Am More Directed" makes it stand out Favorite track: I Am More Directed.
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We would like to thank our families for their support and patience, our friends for believing in us. Thank you to Colin, Laura, Sarah, Kathryn, Cheyenne, Sheldon, John, Nick, and everyone that we can't fit in for being positive, influential people; we are truly grateful to have you in our lives. To you, the listener, we hope this record will stay with you and bring you comfort. Thank you for purchasing its physical form. So much love to you.

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released October 1, 2016

CREDITS

All songs written and performed by Douse
Music: Douse
Lyrics: Alea Rae Clark

Alea Rae Clark - Vocals, guitar, orchestral arrangements on track 10
Patrick Farrugia - Guitar, keys/synth, bass, orchestral arrangements
Jeremiah Ackermann - Vocals, drums & percussion
Rachel Capon - Cello on tracks 2, 3, 6, & 10
Bruno Facciamara - Trombone on tracks 1, 3 & 6
Elena Facciamara - Violin on tracks 2, 6, & 10

Produced, engineered and mixed by Colin Stewart
Mastered by Stuart Mckillop at Rain City Recorders
Artwork & design by Sheldon Stenning with Weight Creative

This album was recorded in the span of two weeks at The Hive studio in North Saanich, BC in May of 2016

Jeremiah uses Dream Cymbals and Gongs

All songs copyright Douse

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Douse has evolved into a progressive and dark collective, yet still feels lush and somehow natural. Described as "art rock", their influences range from progressive, to post punk, world music and folk.

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Track Name: The Importance Of Each Other
I will grow my layers out
'Til you cannot see the shape of my mouth
You felt yourself triumph again
But above the Earth it is meaningless

We hold on to each other with our mouths cut up
We won't love one another we're not capable of it

Said you would not leave
Though I know you tried
Fell into the Earth
For the last time

You felt it first
All I've ever suffered with
And when you feel it end
You won't bring us back

We hold on to each other with our mouths cut up
We won't love one another we're not capable of it

Said you would not need
to keep yourself alive
effortless to accept
with nothing left to defend

I felt it first
But I was too ambitious
Our tired expectations
What were all those seconds worth
Track Name: Unrest
Where I've been, you'll never guess
Are you here for my sake or yours?
Criticized, or better yet
Left alone

Have you screamed us better yet?
Understand I want to be ignored
I've upheld a state of unrest
For us both

Take me back outside
Clear the wreckage from my mind
Tell me I'll be okay please

Where I've been, you'll never guess
Are you here for my sake or yours?
Criticized, or better yet
Left alone

Should I voice all of my concerns
There's no peace when you are all I see
I wake up, and I'm in a state
I can't be in

Take me back outside
I can't explain, and you decide
I watch you give up on me
Track Name: Worsening
Don't be so cruel to me
I have found the worst of you in me
So morose
A vile temperament
The roughest weather
We've ever seen

Don't be so cowardly
I have found your deviations
Show remorse
You unkind thing
You're easily divided
And bound by pain

You're only worsening

You lose your features
What did I first believe in

Don't be so cruel to me
I will drive bridges between our
Houses down
At every dead end
There is consequence
At every dead end

You're only worsening

You lose your features
What did I first believe in

Don't be so
Cruel to me
I have found
You're only worsening
Track Name: Cave In
You're speaking carelessly
try to breathe until we stop to rest
the light is refracting
on your face but I will not look back
I would cave in

You are a threat to me
I've seen your thoughts surround your jaw
It's only increasing
The feeling that it's not enough

in such a sharp decline
With a violent action you can't unlearn
the doubt was never mine
now I will be the first to leave

Are you trying your best this time
Which will leave the other behind
Eyes unfocus, but I'm not blind
Which will leave the other behind

A body made of shells
Second burst until the last collapse
The scream is deafening
Grinding down on what is left of teeth

I know who's in control now
Confrontation at your wounded hand
This grief was never mine
Now I can't tear myself away

Are you trying your best this time
Which will leave the other behind
Eyes unfocus, but I'm not blind
Which will leave the other behind
Holding up what's left to survive
Which will leave the other behind
Track Name: Hypertension
Silence will fall in the room
Said I was fine but I spoke too soon
All the thoughts you occupy
Trouble my mind

Nobody wants to be wrong
The torment of getting along
But there’s not much left for us now
You draw yourself from the lake
And I hear you call to me again
But you have been raised with the same faults and pains

If you are held by the throat
Will you talk your way
Will you talk your way out of love again
You can't say you've never been talked to this way
You can't say you've never been hurt this way
You can't say you've never been talked to this way
'Cause I know you and I know all your thoughts
I know you and I know where it hurts
I know you and I know all your faults
I know you and I know where it hurts

I don’t see the shame in admitting defeat
When you can hardly stand and you’re ready to weep
But you’ve never been one to break down and cry
So I will cross your frame, make you understand why
Track Name: Speak To Carry Us
Anxious all at once trying to calm down and remember a time I was not like this instead I drown in the sound of more self doubt
Stumble through the non descriptive days to forge an existence that is less exhausting to have to endure

Started crying mid-argument
Always thinking too much of it

I watch as we separate into ourselves again and I think I make a mistake every time I tell you I love you

Started crying mid-argument
Trouble with feelings you resurrect

Rushing up to begin a fight as if there's no other way
Casting off a sharper knife like I was never, never afraid
Cower from a weakness I'll become until there's no other way
Thought that I could speak to carry us but I was always afraid

Holding up a conversation about nothing while I try not to express how angry and vacant I seem to be all the time
When will having friends not be so hard to maintain I just want us to be close to survive together

Started crying mid-argument
Settle or be called too sensitive

Rushing up to begin a fight as if there's no other way
Casting off a sharper knife like I was never, never afraid
Cower from a weakness I'll become until there's no other way
Thought that I could speak to carry us but I was always afraid
Track Name: I Am More Directed
I am more directed than any ray of light I've ever seen
I am not here to help some oblivious man evolve
Is that all there is, is that all I am to you, how shallow
Don't invite me to your house so you can stare at me, how horrible

Furious until it becomes natural
I shouldn't have to be so powerful

I only become more clever in the presence of your ignorance
I did not ask for advice but I am forced to listen I guess
Is that all there is, is that all there is to you, how simple
Don't project your insecurities upon me, your arrogance

Furious until it becomes natural
I shouldn't have to be so powerful
Ferocious until it becomes natural
I shouldn't have to be so powerful

I am more directed than any ray of light you'll ever see
Guarded as your poor temper rises, now I have a choice to make
Is that all there is, is that what I am to you, this violence
If you get aggressive, I can get aggressive.