A Part of Your Soul

by Varona

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“A Part of Your Soul”, the fourth full-length album by the San Francisco-based VARONA, has been in the making for over a decade, and the songs that make it up have their origins further back yet, and have gone through many transformations. For all their tendency towards experimentation, VARONA take a very meticulous approach to songwriting, arrangement and production. The result is a work of precise weirdness. W.H. Auden’s once suggested that poetry be defined as clear expression of mixed feelings. By that standard, “A Part of Your Soul” is nothing if not potently poetic, filled to the brim with emotional ambiguity and contradiction. The band’s stylistic influences are no less mixed than the feelings their songs evoke. Barely-contained anxious spasms of screamy post-punk; frenetic, cheerfully-destructive experimentation of Downtown jazz; literary melancholy of late-20th century Russian-rock songwriting, are not so much ingredients here as deep-set roots, and what results less a cocktail than an exquisitely strange hybrid mutant not quite like anything else springing from San Francisco’s fertile musical soil.

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released December 20, 2017

Love, peace and many thanks to all.

Zhenya Kogan — vocals (except 5), guitars (except 9), lyrics
Keith Yates — saxophones, clarinet
Brandon Bradshaw — drums, percussion
Elyse Weakley — keyboard (1, 8, 10)
Anya Kogan — keyboard (2, 3, 6), vocals (5), back vocals (2, 8)
Aaron Madsen — bass (except 10), guitars (1, 2, 7, 8, 9)
Brian Rourke — bass (10)
Nancy Kuo — violin (1)

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Aaron Madsen at Madhouse Studios and beyond. Except Ankara — recorded by students at Ex'pression College of Digital Arts.

English translation of Sun in the Ocean by Max Abelev.

Artwork and design by Vladimir Zimakov.

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Track Name: Tango
Are you breathing, are you safe?
Sign the treaty, stay awake
Turn the pages, cross the line
Wash the faces, spend the dime

Feel the shiver, feel the pain
You’re not a sinner if you pray
Don’t you worry, I’ve got your back
Don’t be sorry, don’t be sad

And then the days come, when you’re old
Are you ready to let go?
Dance a tango, sing a song
Enjoy the sun burn. Nothing’s wrong.
Track Name: Night and Day
I would like to hear what you’ve got to say
I would like to see inside your cave
Sleep in your bed, eat from your plate
Become your habit and then your fate

I will take your shaking hand
And lead you to the promise land
I’m telling you I will understand
I will not simply condescend

Look in my eyes, what do you see?
I’m not hiding from you anything
I want you to know my intentions are clear
I will have you yes I will

Hey
You will stay with me
Night and day

I will treat you right I will keep you warm
I’ll sit beside you in my throne
Fields of roses, boxes of gold
Anything you want anything at all

I’ll tell you the truth, I’ll feed you a lie
Color it red, color it white
I’ll show you the cards I’ll teach you the moves
Who lives and who dies -- I will let you choose

We’ll dance in the fire, we’ll walk on the moon
It will never end or it will end too soon
I want you to know, my intentions are clear
You’re not going anywhere, you’re staying here.

Hey
You will stay with me
Night and day
Track Name: A Part of Your Soul
No matter how cold, no matter how dry
Tonight is the night to say your goodbyes
I’ll walk on the side of the road that I rolled
I’ll look for a brind and I’ll turn her into a whore

I’m leaving tonight the things I once borrowed
A half of your heart, a half of your sorrow
But know this my love, when I go,
You’ll be missing a part of your soul

All the pretty flowers in your bedroom
Will turn into sand, I know it’s cruel
And when you sweep the with your red broom
You’ll know the joy won’t come soon.

I’m leaving tonight the things I once borrowed
A half of your heart, a half of your sorrow
But know this my love, when I go,
You’ll be missing a part of your soul

After days and nights and years
After grins and laughs and tears
When the moon swallows the sun
You won’t remember that I’m gone

I’m leaving tonight the things I once borrowed
A half of your heart, a half of your sorrow
But know this my love, when I go,
You’ll be missing a part of your soul
Track Name: I Don't Want You
Say what you want
But I don't want you

Be all you can
But I don't want you

You've got deep blue eyes
But I don't want you

You've got straight white teeth
But I don't want you

You like acid jazz
But I don't want you

You stay up all night
But I don't want you

Your daddy is a president
But I don't want you

Your yo yo yo yo yo yo yo
I just don't want you

It's simple as this melody
I don't want you
I don't want you
I don't want you
I don't want you
Track Name: Shells in the Sand
Little boy with a shell in his hand
He killed for love hid the gun away

Man in a suit prayed for a day
He lied for love laid low in LA

Mentally ill picked his brain
Ate gum for love gone farther astray

Crazy old man buried in the sand
He died for love he died alone

Do you my friend remember the rain
The tears of dead a poet could say

Nobody cares yet everyone pays
The price for love, It’s never the same
Track Name: Sun in the Ocean
Солнце в океане тонет не глядя
На луну на зеленой поляне, на вены в холодной ванне

Волки воют на небо, птицы плачут на камни
Я с нетерпеньем жду света, но знаю что будет с нами

Chorus:
Дай мне горячей травы. Холодную руку и все позади

Деревья гнутся от боли, луна тает как мыло
Вески наливаются кровью. Ночь ничего не забыла.
Track Name: When You Go
When you go, remember to say “oh, I don’t know”
If you stay, remember to say “hey, let’s play”

Either way, I’ll ask someone who prays to pray
All the way you have the strength to play that old game

When you laugh, I’ll be next to you and I’ll laugh
When you cry, I’ll be next to you and I’ll try

When you go, remember to say “oh, I don’t know”
If you stay, remember to say “hey, let’s play”
Track Name: Boo
In a small town where it’s never hot nor cold
In a small house lived a girl named Boo
Every day she was wandering the streets
Telling people Satan’s tales of love

One day she came home, walked into her bedroom
Looked at the wall, but the mirror wasn’t there
Her reflection was on the floor broken into many
Many many… pieces.
Track Name: Spring
Сердце сжимает солнце
С крыльев падают звезды
У меня на руках счастье
Моя весна

Теплые, мокрые, в клочья драные листья
Лижут холодные губы
Дразнит меня горе мое
Моя весна

Сладкая ночь кормит небом
Утро зальет все рекою
Спит на груди счастье мое
Солнце мое... моя… моя… моя... весна.