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Following their release of ‘saudade’ EP in 2013, .gif is proud to launch their debut LP ‘soma’, produced in conjunction with Syndicate and Dunce. True to form, ‘soma’ showcases the immersive vocals, deft lyricism and obsidian production that has become .gif’s distinctive sound.

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released December 4, 2015

Written/Arranged by:
Nurudin Sadali, Chew Wei Shan

Additional Artists/Performers:
Nur Ahmad Muhaimin: Vocal & Rap on money
Md Hanis Bin Isahak: Bass on juvenile
Timothy De Cotta: Bass, Vocal & Rap on sate
Isa Ong: Guitar on disquiet

Production/Addtional Arrangement,
Performance & Programming/Mix by:
Jason Tan

Vocal Recording by:
Nurudin Sadali, Chew Wei Shan

Artwork by:
Marc Gabriel Loh

A Syndicate Release in association with Dunce

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.gif Singapore, Singapore

Tucked in between dark beats, deft lyricism and immersive vocals lies Singaporean indie-electronic duo .gif (pronounced |dot jif|).

Made up of weish and din, the pair started out in late 2012 as a passion project and shared hobby.
electronic music that combines lush soundscapes with lyrics that are intensely personal and hopefully, meaningful.
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Track Name: blanche
blanche

della robbia blue you’re madonna-blue darlin’,
doesn’t she look amazing?

come i’ll dim the lights, take a look in the mirror
don’t forget your seahorse pin

stella bring the violets, bring the violets,
stella bring the violets, bring the violets
someone’s got a big day ahead

let me show you to the ocean
miss dubois

don’t be silly hun look at what your memory’s done to you
are you sure that’s not your man?

lady what you fear I’ll be waiting here with you
do you think she knows the plan?

stella get the violets, get the violets,
stella get the violets, get the violets,
don’t stand here and watch the scene

stella get the violets, get the violets,
stella get the violets, get the violets,
we’re only going to the beach

let me show you to the ocean
miss dubois
Track Name: money (ft. mean)
money (ft. mean)

oh, oh, oh set me free

(mean)
thought i had everything, lost it all in a blink of an eye
don't know what the future brings, nothing's forever. not even you and i
i think back to the times when i was hustlin’ from ten to ten, day to day for the dough
now i'm sittin’ back on the internet, where the money at, piling in the debt, hunting jobs on the low, so where'd the time go, it’s about time i put some money in the bankroll
put in work, get to cookin’ for the damn dough
i'm sick of sittin’ doing nothing for the cashflow
i ain't mad though, but i'm mad broke
man i feel the heat, gotta feed the need, shower in defeat ‘cause
cash rules everything around me, indeed. i'm a slave to the money, i'm lost indeed. bleak

so have pity on me
i have worked all day
but i don’t got your money,
no i don’t got your money
i have worked all day
so have pity on me
but I don’t got your money,
no I don’t got your

but give it a minute or two
i’m livid, inflicted remembering you, and the words you said
and the pounding all-surrounding sounda all the hollow dreams
that you played in my head, too
as a kid i’ll admit that was all i had, picture it, in my bed, measuring up to that
genius perfect millionaire whizkid
prodigy royalty billion dollar salary
but I’m big now, none of that came true though
doin’ nothing i coulda been really meant to
that really needs me, my degree, expertise,
every duty that i do, i coulda used a damn machine
and I’m sorry my wallet, don’t meet your success
you know i count every dollar, and i’m feelin the stress
and the value, that i thought to, possess was you, your illusion. ‘cause i’m not all that.

so have pity on me
i have worked all day
but i don’t got your money,
no i don’t got your money
i have worked all day
so have pity on me
but I don’t got your money,
no I don’t got your
Track Name: juvenile
juvenile

i had to look through the keyhole
then i took a bullet to the eye
the girl i loved at the window
spread her arms and decided to fly

i didn’t visualise the touchdown
didn’t think once to ask why
i guess i never understood love
or what it really means to die

when i was born no one ever told me living was to be this foul
when i was caught all i needed was to know you got back home somehow
when i was young someone should have showed me how to shut my stupid mouth
when i was yours felt like we could burn the world over and feel no fire

i had to look through the keyhole
and i took a bullet to the eye
while i was stuck right behind the door
she bit her lip and blinked goodbye

see i used to tread within the fine lines
now i crawl free with eyes shut
whatever goes guess i’ll be alright
when i give my body back to the dirt

when i was born no one ever told me living was to be this foul
when i was caught all i needed was to know you got back home somehow
when i was young someone should have showed me how to shut my stupid mouth
when i was yours felt like we could burn the world over and feel no fire

feel no fire.
Track Name: godspeed
godspeed

the men passed
one two three four shadows
i knew you were there
i felt it in my mouth
i felt it in each hair

bloodied and small
five six seven minutes lost
before we’re on the bike
i’m counting every second
i know i’m losing time

where is the boy with the big dreams?
lion heart don’t count when the body is weak
brother you’re almost thin air, the smallest i’ve seen
but you’ve never been heavier on the pillion seat
on the pillion seat

how long did they have
before your lights went out?
i knew it was them
i heard it in the wind
i heard it in my veins

your world was always bigger
than we could ever give
hang on tight
we are almost there
am i the only one breathing

where is the boy with the big dreams?
lion heart don’t count when the body is weak
brother you were the best of us, yeah it should’ve been me
and you’ve never been heavier on the pillion seat

where is the boy with the big dreams?
lion heart don’t count when the body is weak
brother you’re almost thin air, the smallest i’ve seen
but you’ve never been heavier on the pillion seat

on the pillion seat
Track Name: song six
song six

day in day out
it’s always the same
we’ve had all our fallings out
and still nothing has changed

well it’s
hitting me hard now
i can’t think of how i ever
got by without you
without you

but we’ve fallen too deep
to crawl out alive
so with a laugh and a full heart my love
meet me on the other side
and we’ve come too far down
to do it alone
so i hope you’re not too battered down babe
to have hope.

so there it was
our cold precious love
we blow at the embers
we turn it for every last spark

and it’s
killing me inside
i don’t see why it has to be this hard

but we’ve fallen too deep
to crawl out alive
so with a laugh and a full heart my love
meet me on the other side
and we’ve come too far down
to do it alone
so i hope you’re not too battered down babe
to have hope.
Track Name: sate (ft. tim de cotta)
sate (ft. tim de cotta)

time comes, relentless
running your moments into minutes
and whole days dry

clock tickin’, youth slippin’
beating on you all the time
you feel never enough

when your life is running you down
do the hours justify the money?
when you feel the
weight of longing for everything but,
but you’re never ready
to give it up

and you know it you know it you know that you
got much more than the world
lets you give
and you know it you know it you know that you
want much more than this life
lets you live

and that’s when i know i

see it in your eyes, that your life is passin’ you by
tell me do you feel it?
(do you feel it?)
it’s all in your mind, you gotta stop lookin’ behind
tell me do you feel it?
(do you feel it?)

yeah
ain’t no other remedy, know fundamentally
we depend on, on real joy
to keep us floatin’

if you look into your memory
past all your cheap vanities
when was the last time you felt pure?
and truly human?

when your body is wearing you down
does the money justify insanity?
when you feel your
back breaking you had enough but
still you’re never ready
to break it off

and you know it you know it you know that you
got much more than the world
lets you give
and you know it you know it you know that you
want much more than this life
lets you live

and that’s when i know i

see it in your eyes, that your life is passin’ you by
tell me do you feel it?
(do you feel it?)
it’s all in your mind, you gotta stop lookin’ behind
tell me do you feel it?
(do you feel it?)
Track Name: disquiet (ft. isa ong)
disquiet (ft. isa ong)

you burn hot
coal around my eyes
and whenever you speak
i feel the heat, i
honey don’t feed the flame
oh is this shame?

bite back against the current
i can’t hold on to a feeling
i can’t hold on to a feeling for you
oh, how i’d give my life
to find this warmth!

but i still wish that you’d whisper
whisper my name with a smile in the shower
mouthing love songs to me on your pillow
as you fall asleep

i watch the scene unfold as if without me
your voice so red but love, your heart is cold,
your heart is stone
i wish i knew what this was all about
my whole person is yours but wearing out

but i still wish that you’d whisper
whisper my name with a smile in the shower
mouthing love songs to me on your pillow
as you fall asleep
Track Name: ibid.
ibid.

falling into night
wide-eyed

helpless in desire
oh, i

heed my intuition
would i lie?

can’t decipher your
your blithe
smile

trawling through the brine
tongue-tied

liquor on my breath
and no time

speak the images
in your mind, i want to

crawl inside the hearth
of your eyes