The Light in You Has Left

by DOUSE

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Time For A New System Wow - what a sound, what a heart. So glad to have come across this band. Favorite track: Worsening.
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David Knights 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.
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kreg 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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1.
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
2.
04:44
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
3.
05:19
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
4.
04:55
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
5.
01:46
6.
04:32
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
7.
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
8.
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.
9.
03:19
10.

about

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.

credits

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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