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Flow 04:25
Running out of time, you let the time run Looking to the long run, you miss the run The present is floating while you float away The present turns future that you scared away Flow away... flow and wait... All the strings pull at once, tightened and true They pull and you break, still haven't a clue The box encloses you, and the lid is shut Emotions drip dropping, making a cut Flow away... flow and wait...
Love Song 05:16
My life inside of you Your light is shining through The voice inside your head It hurts, but not too bad. When darkness meets the light They both are dead, there’s no fight Come back -- the path is clear My love, you’re far and oh so near My voice inside of you My soul is inside of you, My darling, can’t you see We were a two, but now a three Don’t cry, don’t’ crawl, don’t pray This pain is here to stay. My darling, don’t be sad, We’re now alive, and oh so dead.
Fearless 04:03
Into the night, into the storm I’m floating in, not holding on I’m breathing out, I’m slipping in Into my dream, under my skin Neither awake, neither asleep Neither a wolf neither a sheep I try to laugh, I try to cry I let it go, I let it slide I’m lost between the day and night It’s getting dim it’s getting bright Tomorrow is far away And so is today And every moment sticks around But nothing in it is to be found Empty and meaningless I’m free, I’m fearless
Cage 05:11
Be a cage around me — By my rage unbound be Be the moon above me — In my claw a dove be Be the ground beneath me — In your scabbard sheath me Be a wind and breath me — When I lie believe me Let your locks protect me — Let your walls eject me Let your glow erect me — Let your chains connect me Let your warmth undress me — Let your swarms infest me Let your cool caress me — Let you pools immerse me Wherever you find me, whenever you lose me Whether you leave me, whether you choose me I’ll hear and I’ll heal you, I’ll fear and I’ll kill you I swear I’ll adore you, I promise to mourn you Be the sound that moves me — Be the pain that soothes me Be the trick that fools me — Be the stick that schools me Be the hand that guides me — Be the wire that binds me Be the guide that hides me — Be the guard that minds me Let your thoughts define me — Let your rules confine me Let your words describe me — Let your body bribe me Let your sins seduce me — Let your whims confuse me Let your mind abuse me — Let your heart refuse me Wherever time takes you, wherever dawn finds you. Wherever night sends you, wherever day blinds you. You’ll smear and steal me, you’ll touch me and feel me You’ll wear and bore me, you’ll notice and warn me
Siren 06:21
You glorious, goriest liar You set the roofs and the minds above you on fire You suck the light from the eyes to feed your desire You wrap the hearts and the souls in rusted cold wire I will be the siren, I will guard the gate, I will heal the self inflicted trauma in the head The hearts you burnt and abandoned will not be forgotten The souls of those locked in the cells will never get rotten The links in the chains of your lies Will be broken apart I will be the siren, I will guard the gate, I will heal the self inflicted trauma in the head The cheeks are about to burst, the wig's getting thin. The tan of your skin no longer distracts from your sins. Better leave, better run, better hide. Your empire is falling. All eyes are on you and the prison is calling. I will be the siren, I will guard the gate, I will heal the self inflicted trauma in the head
Sacred Beast 05:27
A sacred beast With naked eyes Come with me please Please never die In times like these The beast alive Sheds sacred tears A man who kneels With naught to choose Prays to some steel To brake him loose Another wound Another healed Another’s shoes I wish it were I wish I could Could it be her Could be her mood As if I swore As she then felt As things then stood Forget to run Forgive the dirt The hand of fate True to its word No spite, no hate My only one His Little Third No matter how No matter what It’s real now The past was not No matter who No matter why It doesn’t rot
I’m the grain in the sand In the palm of your hand I’m a bat in the park I’m a cat in the dark He didn’t tell us his name and I called him Shadow I’m a flower in the hair I’m the spring in the air Every wall in the room Every side of the moon He didn’t tell us his name and I called him Shadow You’re a smile on my face I’m with you in the race I’m the wheel on the road You’re the dream of my world He didn’t tell us his name and I called him Shadow
Under Fire 04:58
Ветер под рукой шуршит Лето белою болит Ясен с бесом весом лес Под морщинами небес Стой, смотри, моя звезда Застрелилась, вот дела Камень в небе за нее Место сторожит мое Будь со мной, будь собой Бог с тобой и бес с тобой Пей и пой, бей и вой Под огнем и под водой Ты и я, сыновья, Сестры, братья, тетива Все стройны, все равны, От рассвета до войны, Через слово в голове Два угля в сухой траве Вечер в речи раскопал Раму от кривых зеркал Стой, смотри мое окно Замуровано на зло Ветви с прозою на нем Рвутся внутрь напролом
I know a girl, I know her well I like the spell, I like the smell But we never had a chance to talk I know a man, he’s like a friend He wears the brand, he is the brand But we never had a chance to talk There is a place, a weird maze That knows the face, key to my case I know a god, he’s just a god He likes to play, he risks a lot But we never had a chance to talk I have a dream, sweet dream Like rocky road I scream That they all never get a chance to talk
Ходит, не находит, Не положит на весы. Тихо он уходит, Глухо бьют часы. Ветер по дороге Подметает сны, Мысли о погоде Разведут мосты. Ляжет на рассвете В степи, в степи. Словят на столетие Сети... сети...
Give me... Give me... Give me a reason, reason to breathe on Show me... Show me... Show me a trace, a trace to erase off my face Is there a hole in my wall? Is there a flaw in my soul? Crawl... crawl... Under the floor... under the floor... Try to explore a little more of the other side Roll... roll... Into a ball... into a ball... Fly, fly high in the sky Is there a hole in my wall? Is there a flaw in my soul?
Fragile and numb In a paper crown Stretch out your arms and spin Sweet, unarmed Take a vow Form a smile and spin Open your mouth Nothing comes out Spit out your tongue and spin Bite off your thumbs Evolution is down Throw out your arms and spin


released December 30, 2020

Zhenya Kogan
— vocals, guitars
Anya Kogan
— vocals, keyboards, melodica
Rom Kuras
— drums
Max Abelev
— sounds, processing
Mike Yeluashvili
— bass
Justin Chin
— saxophones

Lyrics by:
Zhenya Kogan (3,5,7-12)
Max Abelev (6)
Anya Kogan (2)
Yelena Kozlova (1)
Zhenya Kogan & Max Abelev (4)

Track 7 is inspired by Joshua's story

Tracks 5, 7, 9, and 11 contain audio samples downloaded from freesound.org and published under a Creative Commons license authorizing their use.

Recording by Maryam Qudus at Tiny Telephone (3,6,7,9,10,11) and by students at SAE Expression (1,2,4,5,8)
Live recording by Jonathan Kirchner at Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco (12)
Additional recording by Robin Applewood

Mixing by Maryam Qudus
Mastering by Aaron Madsen

Cover photo by Zhenya Kogan




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