Ding Ding Ding

by Ducks!

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Ding Ding Ding is Ducks!’ first album, recorded and produced at the band’s own Tiny Lights studio in Berlin. Here, the group’s disco beats and collage fantasias form soundtracks for 12 songs which, taken together, tell a story about two days in the life of Ducks! They walk (‘Distance and Difficulties’), talk (‘Tiny Lights’), dance (‘Make a Party’), fall in love (‘Für Immer’), and fall asleep (‘Theme From Schlafbeere’). In the morning, they plot the overthrow of the government and the destruction of the patriarchy (‘Homo Inferior’), before succumbing to a series of introspective mental health crises (‘Problematic Head’, ‘Man from the Moon’), and then going out and dancing and falling in love again (‘Something True’).

At the center, representing the dreams of Ducks!, is the album’s title track, ‘Ding Ding Ding’. In German Idealist philosophy, the word ‘Ding’ refers to the truth behind perceptible phenomena. In Australia, where Craig and Lani are from, it refers to the sound made by a glockenspiel when you hit it with a stick. Both associations suit Ducks! just fine. Like all music, theirs is an attempt to describe reality by hitting things until they make a noise.

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released February 2, 2016

Written, performed and produced by Ducks! Vocals, Korg Monotron, Casio PT-1, glockenspiel, melodica, percussion, records and tapes by Lani Bagley and Craig Schuftan.
Additional sounds by: Ray Mann (vocals, 5 & 9), Linda Colour J (raps, 4 & 9), Michael ‘Timmy’ Rosenthal (guitar, 4, 10), Kirileigh Lynch (harmonium and Good News Bell, 8), Ann Rathe and Julia Rintz (vocals, 5), Nikki Thomas (introduction, 10), Benjamin J. Fletcher (guitar, 2), Jason Whalley (lists, 9), Hau Latukefu (vocals, 9), Bastian Fox Phelan and Carlin Dally (additional harmonies, 9)

Produced at Tiny Lights, Berlin, 2014-2015. Additional mixing by Berkfinger at Golden Retriever. Wildlife photography by Harriet Richardson.

For Julia Gregg.

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Ducks! Berlin, Germany

Lani Bagley and Craig Schuftan are Ducks!. Together, they make electronic music for dancing and dreaming. Formed in 2014, the Berlin-based Australians released their debut album ‘Ding Ding Ding’ in 2016, which was recently long-listed for the AMP (Australian Music Prize). Their second album 'Nak Nak' is out now! ... more

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Track Name: Distance and Difficulties
Walking by the water one day
I saw a riverboat go by
From my place on the shoreline
Carefree people caught my eye
I thought that life it could be mine
Sailing by so easily
Distance and Difficulties
Made it seem worthwhile

Now I'm here it's disappeared
Something else is calling me
Distance and difficulties
Made it seem worthwhile
Track Name: Tiny Lights
Once or twice
The look in his eyes
Or the lack thereof
I want because we’re mute
Comparison sells
Our empty shell
From across a screen
We lose our sheen
We turn away

Blaming the silence on time and place
Breaking the distance would still be the same

Once before
But face to face
I said some words you heard reversed
And you had your way
Did I have a good night?
Did I just hear you right?
Were you in the room,
See my lips move?
Did you see my face?

No screen between us, no technology
The problem I think is between you and me

It’s not because of time or place
Or all the words we’ve lost in space
It’s not because we’re far apart
If we were close you’d still feel this far
Away from me
We would still be estranged

There are tiny lights
There are darkened rooms
Everything in here
Will be ending soon
Amplified silence on long distance lines
Don’t break it, don’t break it
Not this time
Track Name: Make a Party (feat. Linda Colour J)
Meet somebody
Make a party
This is how we do

Flashing lights
Party nights
Fun for me and you

Hanging out with the crew
Hanging me and you
Meet somebody
Make a party
This is how we do

Have a dance
Have some fun
This is how we do

I know you don't know how we do
That's why I'm telling you
M. A. K. E. P. A. R. T. Y.
Track Name: Für Immer (feat. Ray Mann)
Time stays
Phrases play
Around
A bloom
So soon
The sounds
Keep playing
I'm staying
Für immer
Und immer
In deinem zimmer

In your room
In my head
Sounds bloom
Around your bed
From outer
To inner
Für immer
Und immer
In deinem zimmer
Track Name: Work Play Repeat
It's the dawning of day
I've made a big mistake
I've led you astray
We thought we'd trick the night
The human body's needs
Rest is for the weak
But now we're on our knees

The dimly lit illuminated
Pretty faces downgraded
Nighttime stretched and now receding
The things we said last night misleading
This world's been called into existence
Despite my juvenile resistance
Again the cycle is completed
Work and play repeat it now

I had a feeling last night
That on the dance floor
We keep moving in time
To wind the clock back
And the night will start again
Like a movie scene
Where space and time can bend

Now I'm hiding in the dark
Waiting for the bells to ring
For the radio to start singing in the day
For the world is waking up
And we must be productive
Be constructive
That's what people say
Track Name: Calm Eye (feat. Kirileigh Lynch)
Pen another phrase about the wise
A painted chapter of a life
Keep it in the style
Pattern customised

Calm eye
A frantic mind
Not like
The edit
Track Name: Homo Inferior
The male is egocentric
Unable to relate
Looking for love
But consumed by hate
Useless and redundant
Just a waste of space
A bunch of walking dildos
Tools to masturbate

I go walking down the street
And I feel them all stare
Tearing off a big piece
Like they think we're unaware
Now I got a question for all you girls
Don't you ever get the feeling that it's not your world?

I am a thrill seeking female
Wasting my time
Watching television
And waiting in line
Justifying the existence of an incomplete X
Homo inferior
The male sex

One day
You know that it's true
Machines will come along
And do it better than you
We won't need you anymore
And won't that be great
Machines can do the work
And help us procreate
We will get along without you just fine
Homo inferior you're running out of time
Everything that I've described will come to pass
We'll take this world you've built and shove it up your ass

Life in this society
Is at best an utter bore
I do my job
But I don't know what I'm doing it for
I am a thrill-seeking female
Wasting my time
Watching television
And waiting in line
Justifying the existence of an incomplete X
Homo inferior
The male sex

Life in this society
Being at best an utter bore
Do your job
But you don't know what you're doing it for
You've got to overthrow the government
You know it makes sense
Destroy money
And destroy the male sex

One day
You know that it's true
Machines will come along
And do it better than you
We won't need you anymore
And won't that be great
Machines can do the work
And help us procreate
While we're on the subject why procreate
Propagate the human race
You know it's not that great
It was men that invented the idea of mankind
Another bad idea that we can leave behind
Track Name: Problematic Head
Anchored to the bed
Captive to a problematic runaway head
Don't tell yourself don't think
About these specific things

These hours I lie here awake
Fighting with a facet that time will erase
But it feels like the Earth's longest day
A small person listing biggest mistakes

A year just to sit through this fray
Waiting for the colour to enter my brain
Yesterday a tune sung in your name
But today I can't see you this way

These words that we send back and forth
A mantra for two or four
Played a hundred times
Now I know every line

Like a kid with a favourite song
Sing the same damn thing all day long
Every time I get to the end
I rewind and play it again

It's an anthem for all my intrigues
The sound of a mental disease
For a pitch black room and a little bed and a problematic runaway head

Minds are full but mindful never
To be far from distraction now and ever more
Minds are full but mindful never
To be far from distraction and too close to the core

It's an anthem for all my intrigues
The sound of a mental disease
For a pitch black room and a little bed and a problematic runaway head
Track Name: Man from the Moon
Do you remember the man from the moon
Always trying to walk off into space
His friend would have to take him by the hand
To stop him flying away to that cold and lonely place

She'd say "I know you want to fly away to the moon
Float up to space just like a child's balloon
But you can't go now because there's work to do
People who need you - maybe I do too"

Because it's easy to imagine yourself gone
To think that you might one day not be here
Like a child who covers his eyes with his hands
And believes that this will make him disappear

To believe that just because you cause trouble sometimes
Because you're not perfect all of the time
That everything would be better without you
Take my word, that's not true
Track Name: Something True
My heart stopped beating
I just kept staring at you
Lust is fleeting
Let's make it something true

My heart stopped beating
I just kept staring at you
Lust is fleeting
Let's make it something true

My heart stopped beating
I stopped breathing
I just kept staring at you
They say lust is fleeting
If that's this feeling
Let's make it something true

My heart stopped beating
I stopped breathing
I just kept staring at you
They say lust is fleeting
If that's this feeling
Let's make it something true