Though we all live in the real world, there’s no way we can ever silence the noise, chatter, and obsessions that provide a constant soundtrack to our everyday life.On their fifth album THE CON, the 26-year old Canadian twins use an intricately varied sonic backdrop (provided by Death Cab for Cutie producer Chris Walla) to express the chaotic thoughts—mostly having to do with the angst of relationships—shooting around their heads.Today, Tegan and Sara announced plans to mark the 10th anniversary of the release of their fifth studio album, The Con, with a special North American tour.
She stated that these factors combined to make The Con "very dark and also very much about reflecting on getting older, long-term relationships and the end of things".
The DVD edition of the album reveals the title track "The Con" was tentatively titled "Encircle Me" and "Like O, Like H" was previously titled "SOS".
Stitch it up The kind of song I know causes mother, sister, lover worry [Hook] I feel the knife going in I'm feeling anxious Not enough to kill me I thought it'd happen fast But I'm feeling it now And I feel anxious Sleeping inches from me I let it pass This song echoes the generally dark sentiment of the album—Sara Quin wrote “Knife Going In” about a bad dream she had after the death of her grandmother.
She dreamt that her twin sister Tegan had been stabbed, and that Sara crawled in bed with her grandmother for refuge.
“Knife Going In” features guitarist and composer Kaki King playing lap steel guitar.
I hung out with Missy Higgins while she did her soundcheck in Chicago, and then we chatted in her dressing room, where she had an abundance of fruit available but wasreadying herself to dine at the swanky vegetarian restaurant the Green Zebrabefore her show.
“I want to draw you a floorplan of my head and heart,” begins the song “Floorplan.”Buzzing guitars, plinking pianos, and skittish drum beats—both real and electronic—help to convey the hopes, fears and anxieties that come from trying to connect through love.
Though it all might sound a bit dark and heavy, the end result is ear-catching, melodic, and as deeply satisfying as a great therapy session.
[Verse 1] If I don't recover Sell this house and find something lost outside your window Not forever But on the night I die, I swear I'll sleep outside your window [Hook] I feel the knife going in I'm feeling anxious Not enough to kill me I thought it'd happen fast But I'm feeling it now and I feel anxious Sleeping inches from me I let it pass [Verse 2] Emy, should I stop?
Do you think I'll make it to the morning if it's written?
Sara was struggling with Canadian immigration to get her American-born girlfriend a working visa so they could live together, while Tegan was dealing with the breakup of a five-year relationship.