Moruša biela

by Jana Kirschner

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Moruša Biela is the first part of a project which is a two album set: the first is Moruša Biela and second is Moruša Cierna. Across the two albums the music and lyrics cover much ground. Musically the first album is more acoustic. The line up of cello, violin/viola/zlopcoke, accordion, clarinet/bass clarinet, tuned percussion, cimbalom, piano, plus rhythm section and male vocal quartet lends itself to folk and classical music of the area of central europe, which the album is heavily influenced by though realised through through the prism of contemporary composition and "pop" song-craft.

The 2nd album brings in more electronics, improvisations, experimentation, and various modern pop production techniques without digressing too far from the overall narrative (it will be released in 2014).

Lyrically it is very varied, but a theme is returned to again and again.... that of the illusion of nostalgia, the blinkered eye of the past, the uncertainty of the future, the growth of the urban uber-connected world at the expense of the somewhat introverted insular rural communities, the diluting of small traditional communities by the march of technology and need for "growth" or status... These are usually touched upon through metaphor, not directly, but the undercurrent is there. There is no sense, however, that the future is "bad" and the past is "good" - it is. in fact, questioning that popular and clearly misguided premise.

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released November 11, 2013

Jana Kirschner, Eddie Stevens

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Jana Kirschner Bratislava, Slovakia

Jana Kirschner released her debut album in ´97 with a huge commercial success. In ´05, moved to London to work on her album Shine with excellent British producer Ross Cullum. In ´09 she invited British musician and producer Eddie Stevens (Moloko) to work with her and the result of this co-operation is heard on Krajina Rovina and later on Moruša biela albums. ... more

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Track Name: Až príde večer
WHEN EVENING COMES (A FAREWELL) / Až príde večer
The evening and the wind fall upon fields
Caressing blossoming white apple trees
An echoed voice far away
Takes me back to the old days
Down valleys low rushes a nimble stream
I open doors to all memories clean
The day is cradled to sleep
Life like a beautiful dream
Passes before my eyes
The evening and the wind fall upon fields
intoning songs in rustling hazel trees
Proud daisies in meadows fine bow their heads for the last time
Secret signs flying way up in the sky
Filling with water streams that had run dry
Stars embraced by mountains high sing like a heavenly choir
Calling us to come home
When evening falls that wandering friend of mine
My heavy head in green grass will be lying
Face changed with creases and lines
Youth like a pair of wing flies
Whatever´s happened I regret no thing
Like thirsty soil I let it all soak in
When cold the body they say In feathers finds heavens way
The beautiful dream is
gone
Track Name: Promenáda
PROMENADE / Promenáda

The moon is shining in full bloom
Meadows perfumed up with thyme
Drunk on sweet and magic fumes
A gracious doe lies down
Shining with a bright light,
A diamond rises
Through the mist
Through the ferns I wade
Just like an arrow I fly, orbiting
And in an endless sea of glowing whales
And creatures strange and weird
I glide with seaweed In the stream
Seems like I am not alone
There´s beasts, people
Giraffes and antelope
There´s birds in trees
The moon is shining in full bloom
Meadows perfumed up with thyme
A diamond rises
Overhead
Wild vine climbing,
Bodies like waves surge,
The ground sings, the ground sings
Travellers, still wide awake,
Streaming outside in packs
Through windows, chimneys too,
Flock together,
Joining, linking, connecting
Taking in the vibrating
Spheres
The moon is shining in full bloom,
Lures the land
Track Name: Divná
STRANGE / Divná

Out of the dark
Sprang a small spark
Magic dizziness now fills my head
A coquette
Like a fairy,
Got me very
Drunk on longing and on attraction
Temptation
For ages I have looked for you
For ages - for a love that feels like yours
For ages I´ve waited for you
For ages - dreamt of winds that finally blew
Upon shores
Out of the dark
Sprang a small spark
Was it dozing in the snows of spring,
Flickering?
All those feelings
Sly snakes reeling
Suddenly the magic up and flew...
Saw through you
Track Name: Sama
ALONE / Sama

All alone - me only
Like a lone dove lonely
Black as blackest coal
Like a tar smudged soul
Life is like a song
An Autumn sad and long
Oh those notes so blue
Sound like clacking shoes
The moon up sways and swings
My heart - a snapping string
Pale stars in my eyes
Soon the sun will rise
Oh my blackest soul
Empty like a bowl
Silence stabs my ears
Faithful to my tears

All alone - me only
Like a lone dove lonely
Black as blackest coal
Like a tar smudged soul
All alone and brittle
Like a tiny, little
Boat in waters swirling
My desire´s burning
Life with no joy, no sense
With no white innocence
No pain that goes above
The pain of treacherous love
The moon up sways and swings
My heart - a snapping string
Pale stars in my eyes
Soon the sun will rise
Oh my blackest soul
Empty like a bowl
Silence stabs my ears

Faithful to my tears
All alone - me only like a lone dove lonely
Flying like a raven
Through the world, forsaken
A storm in me is howling
Tunes furious and growly
The devil´s laughter foul
Wolves in me on the prowl
The moon up sways and swings
In my heart snapped a string
Feathers fly around me
My soul trying to break free
Bells tolling far away
Mighty trees shake and sway
Still so young, my poor soul
Too foolish and too bold
All alone - me only I've got a soul that's lonely
A lone crabapple tree
No other soul to love me

Unwanted, unsightly
Neither mean, nor lovely
A seed no-one would sow
I'm just a poor lone doe
Like a river, life meanders
Twists, turns and wanders
Feels as holding
Black slippery eels

And the human destiny
It spins you as a yarn
But if you´re scared
The magic will just stay uncovered

Happiness that smells as sweet
As lilacs, fades away,
Hey, just remember that!
It´s nothing but an illusion
Like chimney smoke I'll rise,
Amidst mandolins´ cries
Towards the sun I'll fly
Track Name: Palisády
PALISÁDY

Floating like smoke, so light
Covered in laces white
Soft like muslin
The voice of love
Pictures hanging on walls
White dust keeps whirling in a waltz like on a ball
The notes of a tune from lips fall Shadows of life flicker through window panes
Like candles

The wind in gardens growing faint,
Pigeons sitting on the heads of saints
Arguing, fighting for the best view
Lovers in stone;
They say, In public, that's no way to behave, that's a fact
Hope there´s no shame in artefacts
In brilliant rays of the sun
They are healing their cold
The twilight opens
Up a cold veil with a touch of night
Old fame once more burning bright Slowly the courtyard fills with starlight
I often ask myself: where to? with who?
Keep questioning ghosts of a time gone for the clues
Deep in my heart plays that tune
The memory fades away just like the song
The world once loved
Track Name: Z jedného Martina
BOTH FROM MARTIN /Z jedného Martina

Outside it´s summer and the city´s filled with heat
Like a fat maybug hanging over every street
Down by the Danube, people in the river´s stream
And rats like me can only hope, secretly dream
That when time is right I will throw away my clothes
Floating on waves, it´s cool to feel the water flow
Counting the windows on the house across the street
Dropped anchors in Funus, a boat on a lake, that´s it
Just blowing bubbles, floating, dreaming in the sun
And in my charts of feelings there is only one In my sweet visions
You´re never away I still remember
Those holidays
The tender and soft veil
Of those August days It´s been a long time It´s been a while
Outside it´s summer and the hotness just won´t quit
You were my first and undisputed smashing hit
Bratislava surely is not a desert town
But the Sun keeps burning and the heat just beats me down

And it´s a shame it never worked for us
We were so close but then we had to take a pass
Me, I let myself slide and you, you just went bad
And it´s a shame but you know that love is mad
And it´s a shame it never did work out
We were so close, it even made our parents proud
You said that you wanted it - but I let it die
We were so close, both from Martin, you and I
Track Name: Iba raz
JUST ONCE / IBA RAZ

A noisy street has just turned calm
You´re waiting with an open palm
I´m enchanted, mesmerized, tongue-tied
This doesn't feel like me at all
Silence drives me up the wall
There´s no trick that I haven't seen tried
He smells of dawns
Fields freshly rained on
I hope that he´ll know
That my heart answered long ago

Oh, to love, love just once, that´s fine
Even if it will break your spine It´s a time of desire
It´s a moment that forever will Fuel your fire

The feelings that now carry me
Are swooshing like a deep black sea
There´s an ocean sparkling and remote
The world in soft foam is retreating
Dreaming dreams so sweet of cheating
Faithful like a captain to his boat
He smells of dawns
Fields freshly rained on I hope that he´ll know
That my heart answered long ago
Oh, to love, love just once, that´s fine
Even if it will break your spine
It´s a time of desire It´s a moment that forever will

Fuel your fire
Loving once, it´s enough, you see
For no reason other than glee
It´s a time of desire It´s a moment that forever will

Fuel your fire
Track Name: O hore a vtáčkovi
A MOUNTAIN AND A BIRD (A BALLAD) / O hore a vtáčkovi

Two hearts on a spinning wheel
Twined with lust
She wears darkness head to heel
Swirling dust

The mountain whispers words
Luring the bird
Touching and caressing hands
The first time
Longing overcomes good sense
Snakes and slime

The mountain whispers words
Luring the bird
Two small wings, when new day breaks,
Frozen white
Glowing on the shores of lakes,
A strange light

Woods whisper words
Luring the bird
Track Name: Vidina
VISION / VIDINA

Mighty love pours through a crack in the heart
Through a fort unassailable
A rock unbreakable
Twisting through a barrier of hands
Like rust, unworthy weed
Every bone and cell in the body
Teeth, nails, beautiful feathers It grinds to dust
And subjugates the man
Rivers ripple Mountains burn and fish burn
Crayfish, clouds and birds in the grain field
All swallowed by fiery heat
The roar of rocks
Burying in echoes
The song of crags
Sinful love, a colourful bird, a notion
A foolish vision shackling a charming emotion
Through a fort unassailable
A rock unbreakable, through a barrier of hands
Running away
The dew is falling onto grass
Whispering into a dream
About the spring

The mulberry sings
Of rainbows and breeze
Of the human journey
Of the beauty of the eyes, of touches that meet,
Of faith and magic
Of awe and desire
Of a strange destiny
White mulberry

Light and shadows
Heaven and Earth
A hot breath, a lover´s sob
With a tender kiss
Unlocking the gate
And desire screams
Blossoming like a young bud in the spring
Awakening in a woman´s lap
Light and darkness,
A thousand smells, touches and tastes,
The mountains roar through valleys
Waters thicken with sugar
The fruits of desire ripen
Fragrant mead overflows
And black wine oozes from veins
A maid dressed in a robe
From silk yarn a mysterious garment
Is spun on a spinning wheel at night
Clutching the hand of her lover
Drunk on magic´s power
A perfect kiss turns into
A poisonous, bitter, thick juice
She twists and squirms
The throat tightens
Fairies now carry her
Towards the woods
And tarns glow with grief

And in a grove on the top of the hill
Bending in the wind
Embraced in the branches
The young maid
Petals snowing
A voice soft and tender flying
And on a quiet hillside
Underneath the mountains
A fire-fly whispers to a fir
That knows the tender flowers in the field
Animals and stones

Rain, fire, the river source
Night that turns into day
That in the depth of worlds
On the bottom of seas
Burns forever and ever
Love divine
Growing in the heart
A bell in the tower, a song in the clock
A breath on the lips and leaves on trees
I raise my hands
I cut and fell
A beautiful tree is falling
And with it, rain