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ja/nei – og restin av vikuni (2023)

ja / nei – og restin av vikuni (yes / no – and the rest of the week) is Dania O. Tausen’s second album. Like on her first album, Dania collaborates with her cousin, multi-instrumentalist and producer Benjamin Djurhuus. This time they also invited talented songwriter and musician Ragnar Finsson (Horrse, Raske Drenge) to join them on the journey. An album dedicated to diving into the ordinary (shopping, working, traveling) and researching how it leads us onto bigger subjects (absurd reality, electronics in nature, unconsciousness, toxicity, making the right choices). To clear things up, the album is divided into two halves: the yes-side and the no-side. “The rest of the week” is a way of saying that there are many grey areas in between.

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gonguteigatúnatos

Dania O. Tausen’s debut album:Gonguteigatúnatos was released in July 2021 and is a unique and experimental album with light, playful and intelligent music. Dania is mostly praised for her strong melodies and quirky lyrics that make you stop and think. The universe of Dania is reflective and experimental yet welcoming and easy to listen to.

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Dania O. Tausen

Faroese poetic singer and songwriter Dania O. Tausen interprets a playfully emotional imagination while using the Faroese language in a unique way. She’s charismatic yet down to earth. A relaxing vocalist who dares to think outside the box.

About Dania

Faroese singer, songwriter and poet Dania O. Tausen expresses herself in her mother tongue Faroese with alternative pop/folk music.

Drawing inspiration from jazz and rock, Dania’s concerts are always both energetic and intimate. Even if you don’t understand a word she’s singing, she and her young female rhythm section manage to musically transport you to another world.

Dania has played and is currently playing various festivals and showcases. With the release of her second full-length album this autumn on Tutl Records (FO) and in collaboration with Motion PR Agency (GB), Dania once again shows that she is a multi-talented artist: co-producing the entire album, doing choir arrangements, directing an album music short film and designing her own merchandise.

The reviews have been outstanding all over the world and she’s finally starting to be recognised for her musical and storytelling talents.

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Dania O. Tausen

Skál (2020)

“Skál” is the title of the debut poetry collection of Dania O. Tausen. The collection is both personal and bold and describes the existential challenges and religious doubts one is faced with when growing up in a Christian community. The 15 poems portray two people who take turn in telling their personal stories and the journey from security into uncertainty. The young poet describes her doubts which lead her into another path of life. The collection is published by Sprotin.

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Lyrics

gonguteigatúnatos

1. alt annað enn vanligt / anything but normal
lyrics & music: Dania O. Tausen

I’m thinking a thought
and it’s not very pretty
I’m hoping nobody is gonna
ask more of me today

A grey-haired man
is bored
reading the papers
inside me
and the kid I once knew
is lost and barefoot
running around heartbroken
trying to find back home
to my thoughts

My imagination is like hardened soap
and I wonder when it’s time for me
to get sick like everyone else
A fly is making noise inside my ear
and I can only understand the moment
when it’s already gone

So, I choose to be grateful for the noises
for feeling ill and the sound of forks
Grateful for feeling tired
and for my low self-esteem

‘Cause they crash to the ground
when you raise me up
Hold me tight and show me the way
to where nothing is normal

And the light is sweet
when it caresses my face
the sun is good
when nothing feels quite normal

The light is sweet
when it embraces my face
and the sun is good
when things feel anything but normal
like today

2. vit eru tað / this is us
lyrics: Dania O. Tausen
music: Benjamin Djurhuus, Dania O. Tausen

we’re trying all we can
to satisfy their judging eyes
before the time runs by
up the hill dying

we don’t have time for what
we want, we don’t want
to miss anything, we think
less of ourselves then of anyone else

but you’re the only hug
that can calm my anxiety
the only smile that makes me cry
the only picture
I’ll never take off my wall
the only memory
that I can feel
all the way down my stomach

this is what we are
we became this
and we’ll stay like this
this is who we are
and it’s OK
this is us
this is us

3. oyðilekjandi / destroying cure 
lyrics: Dania O. Tausen
music: Benjamin Djurhuus, Dania O. Tausen

hearing sounds, I don’t want to hear
what’s missing is lost
and finds its home inside me now
beside my feelings and pain and sorrow

the attempt to throw away
the thoughts and fizzling scream
only makes me more uneasy
but if it were to stop
freeze ones for all
I would too
I admit it feels kind of good

“I tried to comfort him, I said
but he left in the same mood as he arrived
,
when he had come halfway to the doctor…”

What’s killing, taking, and eating
Breaking, confusing, frustrating
and filling my cup,
Is making me cope
helping me to face myself
get to know my low spirit
listen to what’s happening inside

“now he’s with me
he’s greeting me
“good day”
“yes, good day”, I say
“I’m not in a good mood”
“oh?”
“but, priest, let me tell you something…”

after crying comes laughter
but dozing off in the middle of the day
is not always rewarding
doesn’t only give pleasure
doen’t only give strenght
cure, rest, fury, it’s weird
to meet half ways
compromise
tame
find contentment

4. kólnað kaffi / cold coffee
lyrics: Dania O. Tausen
music: Benjamin Djurhuus, Dania O. Tausen

you poor the coffee
and it speaks your tea
tell me your story
with your voice
I know I lost focus before
but I want to know
how words become a sentence

my tear feels at home here
saltwater hurts
more the second time
I know I am too much
when you say
your coffee is getting cold

tell me your story

5. flytifuglurin / migratory bird
lyrics: Jóhan O. Tausen
music: Jóhan O. Tausen

bird left its nest
flies over land and ocean
where birds are singing foreign songs

sun warms spread-out wings
but inside chest is cold
why should heart be hiding?

when sun is resting
and moon has never been higher
thoughts go looking for that place

of pretty seashores and high palm trees
but then the sun rises again
and wings feel the heat again

even though my thoughts are heavy
I know one day I’ll be whole

for how long can a fish live on dry land?
for how long can a bird swim in the ocean?
for how long can I stay here?

one day I’ll fly back
where bays battered by surf invite me
to sing the songs I know
where rivers run

and the sun never shines
but the heart feels true warmth
even though my thoughts are heavy
I know one day I’ll be home

6. flugubein / fly-leg (checkmark)
lyrics: Dania O. Tausen
music: Benjamin Djurhuus, Dania O. Tausen

I always have to go
home where no one’s home
can you find me a house
that’s always baking?

crosswalk-talks
don’t touch that pole
jump between the lines
find yourself some pretty
stone to put in your pockets
travel from course to course
wind them around your neck
don’t set the table 
how you’re supposed to
find a rocking chair
creak hungerly
I always have to go
home where no one’s

leaving checkmarks
on my imagination
I’m searching
lift up my eyes
to the hills
searching

planting ashes 
into a lemon tree
that’s counting the days
for me to come

walking my head
to lighten my life
with the nothings and everythings
that came out of my nap
I’m digging into my skin
staring at starlings
waiting for the hunger
where the thirst has gone

and leaves checkmarks
on my imagination
I’m searching
lift up my eyes
to the hills
searching

7. tornarunnir tankar / thornbush thoughts
lyrics: Dania O. Tausen
music: Magnus Johannessen

when the passerines and we
find the wind
it sounds like
an answer on a tough day

now the leaves are growing
stronger
for you understand my garden
of thornbush thoughts

my sunday-plantation
is prettier in the winter
a postcard an artwork
of raindrops

now the trees are growing
stronger and higher
for you see more than a garden
of thornbush thoughts

today there’s a gentle breeze
under my feathers
a firework a gunshot
to decorate the wreath of flowers

the dull days become topsoil
for now new trees are growing
from fallen leaves
from thornbush thoughts 

8. eygnaregn / eye-rain
lyrics: Dania O. Tausen
music: Dania O. Tausen

snowstorms and waiting rooms
never come visit me
I went for runs in prison
found it right away

the gutter is upside down
wallpaper wet
I grew up with sleeplessness
looked like what I ate

It smells like broken lightbulbs
and raindrops that can’t be seen
you can hear them clearly in the dark

between rat-cries and thunder
the roof is in my room
slamming with doors and eyebrows
rolling eye-rain

the horse-eye didn’t see me
and my long day
I read between the lines
on the warm horseback

If I asked for a glass of milk
the cow-eye cried
I nodded myself disappointed
till the will stopped trying

maybe the snow doesn’t have to visit me this year
until my eyelids can taste
and my terror is ready
to get out of the heat
that slams with doors and eyebrows
rolling eye-rain

9. hvørt hús framvið vegnum / every house along the street
lyrics: Dania O. Tausen
music: Dania O. Tausen

Home is to greet cars that drive by
Home is to know the way home
To take the last piece of cake
            and to dare to say you’re full

Home is to hang out the washing
Snuggle down and read a book
Home is to throw around your things
and never find them again
The Home has no alarm

The Home doesn’t need any vacation
The Home laughs with us on game nights
The Home wants to join in on the pictures
And holds us up on the walls

The Home mixes all the smells together
            And the Home grows up with the children

Home is a kiss
Home is one word fewer than normal
Home is to spoon
And cry when you’re trying to talk

At home, I can lose hope
And pick it up again right away
Without playing it off naturally
Because at home I can change my mind

At home, I suck and am fine with it
At home, I’m not missing anyone
Home is a chair full of clothes that I never wash
Home is taking care of plants

Home is to brush your teeth
Home is to brush your teeth

At home is where I want to be
dreaming of another world
Singing too loud in the shower
At home, I’m ne-ver to laaaaate

Home is to know when to be quiet
Home is to ask too much
At home, it’s weird not to touch
Home is to name your car

And every house along the street
is a home to someone

ja/nei – og restin av vikuni, 2023

Words: Dania O. Tausen, Ragnar Finsson
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Ragnar Finsson

i could hitchhike all through europe
read a book in montréal
i could wander on narrow roads
eat fruit straight from a tree

i could be shopping for the whole year
tanning with an ice cream on sacre cæur
i could be sitting on a train
standing on a hill in athens
riding a horse

i’m looking at my worries
i’m thinking way too much
i’m grabbing all my future plans
and throwing them into the sea

i’ve never been good at
going with whatever is happening
why is it this impossible
to just be in the moment right here?

i should be climbing more mountains
go fishing in all the ponds
eat fresh meat
do haycocks in every field

generally speaking i probably should
hop more into the ocean

and study more!
have kids, at least two
buy a site in Leynar
and pray more to God
pay granny a few more visits
and all the others in need

to say – to say yes
is a no to something else

to say – to say no
makes space for even more

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Arnold Ludvig

i’m looking forward
to missing you
when the sun hits your side
of the bed
and i’m stretching
without worrying
what i’m sounding or looking like

i’m longing
to miss you
when i know
exactly when you were holding me last
and the words are hanging in line
on the tips of our tongues
between your and my offended mood

we still have plenty of time
don’t you see it’s still blooming?
when the grass turns yellow on this side
can we just laugh together?

look back
and see it’s still blooming
me with my heart in my pocket
asking: is it too early still?

i’m so looking forward
to missing you
your hands around my waist
to imagine how you’re grocery shopping
buying breakfast and coffee
with oatmilk

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Benjamin Djurhuus

to wake up on an island
isn’t always on a beach
to lay and sway in some hammock
and drink juice under a parasol

to live on an island
to be born and also die
where everyone you know grows up
to drive way to slow in tunnels

to stand in a grocery store
with a wet jacket and an ex-boyfriend
at a bus stop, in a waiting room
in the entrance of TAKS

to walk on an island
where every movement is being watched
where small changes take forever
and everyone is wearing the same clothes

to live on an island
and try to land on it in the middle of a storm
see the people wave down there
while you’re in the sky thinking:
i should buy a house in bergen
i should buy a house

to wake up
and live
to walk
and stay
and be
and stand and be OK with
for some it feels too empty
for others its too full
for some the nature is out there somewhere
and not inside of us

to come from an island
is to feel that you are special
that no one out there is just like you
and every one knows you where you’re standing

to stand on an island
on a broken raft with no oar
on a loose rock in eighteen pieces
on open ocean
with other people
who all are just like me and you
who all are just like me and you

to wake up
and live
to walk
and stay
and be
and stand and be OK with

for some it feels too small
for others it’s too big
for some the nature is out there somewhere
and not inside of us

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Ragnar Finsson, Benjamin Djurhuus

somewhere between me and the emptiness
we are flying
occasionally
waking up

the clouds are resting
and we’re lying
on each others shoulders
being born
in different worlds

can i have my arm like this?
can i have my arm like this?
or would you rather hold me?

i have already decided
it’s gonna be us
i’m already missing you

i’ll just hold on to you tightly / i can only think highly of you
i hope you know
where we’re going

can i have my arm like this?
or like this?
can i have my arm like this?
or would you rather hold me?

don’t know who i am yet
but am something
in your eyes
we’re running
towards each other

can i have my arm like this?
can i have my arm like this?
can i have my arm like this?
can i have my arm like this?

Words: Poul Jóhan Djurhuus
Music: Dania O. Tausen

Homely sounds find my ear
Pleasantly calm the mind
birds, sheep and riversongs
no greater beauty can be heard

a welcoming greeting plays for me
now i am to find my way again
in the circle i find my friends
then it doesn’t seem so heavy

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Benjamin Djurhuus

the day is sinking
with tea in the cup
weirdly quiet
like the first day of the year
i’m enjoying the sunset
with moon on the side
and leaning against the courage
to start again

the day is reaching
for me in the spirit
that would rather stay quiet
than through our words with the wind
i’m enjoying the sunset
with moon on the side
and getting used to the light
that goes by once again

the day is sinking
and i in the blanket
am taking the day with me
and reliving it in my dream
and enjoying the sunset
with moon on the side
and leaning against the courage
to start again

Words: Dania O. Tausen, Benjamin Petersen
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Benjamin Petersen

buttercup-yellow-stories
names on different flowers
i never know the names of
but know what smell like

i forgot my pen
because i was thinking about
too many things at the same time
the car who failed the test
and now i’m longing to come home to you and rest

hum a melody – and that’s all

malt beer on the harbor
hair is hanging loose
forget about time and place
throw my jacket in a boathouse

if someone was to find me
it would be the kids
that cry as the gulls
and never want to go home

hum a melody – and that’s all

maybe it will become clear
nothing is forever

we live on the earth
computers in foreshores
guitars on thighs
humming melodies – and that’s all

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Ragnar Finsson

i am a picture
imitating another picture
in a frame with no picture
i symbolize

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Ragnar Finsson

i think you’re breaking yourself off of me
filling your day with all but me
i’m doing the same

i’m trying to do fine without you
so longing can’t reach me
living life faster

now we are two people
who don’t know
how the other is doing

i think you’re seeing what’s out there
answering everyone but me
i’m doing the same

and getting used to the thought of life without you
where nothing reminds you of me
living life faster

now we are two people
who don’t ask
how the other is doing

and outside the window
all the people we’ve never met
appear

but they are people too
who can forget
how you’re doing

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen

you don’t have to post all your thoughts on facebook

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen

after a long day of work
squared eyes
i run home to lay down
cause it’s racing (thoughts) time

after a long walk
words are flying
after having tea with you
screentime

after a fight with you
reality is calling
sweating and running from you
shivering

after a rollercoaster ride
i just want to sit
after a while away from you
thoughts are firing up

fire
fire
fire

after you give me a smile
free of racing thoughts

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Ragnar Finsson, Benjamin Djurhuus

this room in this lighting
is a piece of art in an exhibition
a scene in a movie
we’re waiting for the toast to pop

this conversation at the morning table
where the radio is taking over
you’re reading on my t-shirt
and waiting for the text to match
with my mouth
the sight is clashing
with the sounds

you don’t just see me
you see what i see
see the world like me
see what i’m seeing

this fuss in your hair
is listening while i’m explaining
i catch you in a picture
we joke and the tv laughs
to the music you know

you don’t just see me
you see what i see
see the world like me
see what i
am
staring myself into my cup
thinking myself into my body
raining into my hands
but you smile and understand
you stop in my driveway
and pull me back into the room
where we’re waiting for the toast to start…

(popping)
(and heart jumping)

Words: Dania O. Tausen
Music: Dania O. Tausen, Ragnar Finsson, Benjamin Djurhuus

I step away
to meet other people
I didn’t know where it would lead
but now we are here
but now we are here

Tell me, why do I want to know everything about you?
See you all the time
run into you on the street
sit up and talk with you through the nights

I wanted to learn
from people I didn’t know
how can I ever go back home
now that I am here
now that we are here

Tell me
why do I want to know everything about you?
Do you feel the same
or do you want to escape
is it just me?

Tell me,
what happens when we know everything?
Have answered all the questions
talked until it’s light
can it end like that?

I just want to know what you think about…

The worth
is she good
or is she bad
the Earth
is she worth scrambling together
is she our thing
that we talk about all night?

Can I take a picture of you
in this one moment
when we both saw
the good in each other’s eyes

I want to freeze the moment
I don’t want it to end