betting on an island

by alexia avina

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through the carving, looping, and amplifying of her mesmerizing voice, alexia avina has for the last several years become a fixture, organizer, and sometimes resident of montreal's supportive diy community, la plante. this album lays out her most lush production to date, leading us through an ocean of tender pop all her own.


released February 26, 2018

all songs written and recorded by alexia avina
mixed and produced by nick schofield
mastered by evan tighe

ukulele, guitar, samples and voice - alexia avina
bass - pablo duran
cello - justin wright
synth, drums, and electronics - nick schofield
cover art - miriam brellenthin




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Track Name: song 36
when i walk i try to keep
my mind warm with a swarm of every reverie

when you walk along the edge I feel untied
it burns faster once lit
i set my feet upon the mattress and close the blinds

would you comb my hair slowly and blow it dry
it's a walk to go between our houses but i don't mind
Track Name: glove
yes i can be a glove
it may hurt a little
but not enough
and i knew it would

feeling all the time like a graveyard in disguise
i've made up my mind
resurrect me till i'm kind

and i knew it would
and i know we should
and i knew it couldn't
Track Name: bad
i'm not afraid to try
to swim into the deeper side
of this sentimental breed
of truth and other things that hide
she was the only one I had
and i couldn't hold her back

i was walking to the water
wasn't talking, swallowed harder
oh, i am bad
Track Name: betting on an island
doubtful of the floor that dropped
and now is back beneath me
i walk on tiptoes though my heels sing heavier songs

i wish i had a better knack for letting it all slide off my back
you wish you could hold nothing back
but you raise an island that i won't match

faith alone, i go on faith alone
i'll go and pray for warmth

i wish i had a better knack for giving you the spaces you want back
you wish you could give something back
but you raise an island that i won't match
Track Name: bird
wake up little bird
don't fly away from what you've heard
they're only, only words

head down from the north
towards the spring and towards the warmth
they're already, already gone
Track Name: x
look at me
i feel all of the things i do in the way you move
we could be happy
if the sun could leave the moon
oh i need you to
speak slowly
i'm not ready to be lonely
i'm not ready to be
a freak, hold me
i've been holding this dream closely
i'm all too sure of what it means
Track Name: don't u give
don't you ever worry
about all of the things you lack
it isn't your problem
to be all of the words you keep in tact

don't you give
into the ethos
don't you swim
through the ethos

do you think I'm stupid
i'm not all of the things
i want to be
but now I'm not the only
the only one of us who can't relax

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