Tooth

by ooi

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about

ooi (pron.: owiː ) formed in 2016 after a chance online encounter between Tokyo-based US expat Nicolai Zettl (vocals), German drummer Flo König, and Dodo Dal Bosco (keys) from Luca, Italy, led them to start exchanging recordings and skyping on a daily basis. Singer Zettl sheds some light on
Tooth’s unique production process: “Flo showed it [an early demo*] to his homie Hannes [Butzer, producer and musician*] while they were on tour together. They were in Hannes’ hometown Berlin and had an off-day, so they went to his studio, passing ideas back and forth with Dodo who was in Barcelona at the time. When I got their final edit the sun was just rising in Japan - everything was so crisp and fun that the vocals just came out in one go.”

lyrics

you’ll soon become one of the million loves i never loved
there’s only one tooth left and it’s your turn
it’s either hurt or be hurt
or so i’ve heard

don’t mean to be mean
don’t mean to be unkind
it’s just that this time it’s definitely over
i threw out all your stuff
except for your toothbrush
cause it’s in use again
do you understand that

you’ll soon become one of the million loves i never loved
there’s only one tooth left and it’s your turn
it’s either hurt or be hurt
or so i’ve heard

tried to stay pen pals
but we ran outta ink
after we had nothing left to say
tried to stay casual lovers
but instead became love casualties

when i close my eyes
still see your face
i see your grin
see the toothpaste dripping down your chin
and i feel a pang
but then again
i know it’s only my heart pretending
to give a fuck about you
but give it some time to realize its self-deceit
and be loving, kind, compassionate to it
never maintain a lie
never hold back a good cry
never be afraid to say goodbye and baby

you’ll soon become one of the million loves i never loved
there’s only one tooth left and it’s your turn
it’s either hurt or be hurt, or so i’ve heard

i’ll soon become one of the million
loves you never loved

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released August 26, 2018

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