Haze

by Irena Zilic

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03:05
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03:23
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03:45
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03:35
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04:07
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02:58
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03:26

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Two years after her debut album “Travelling”, Irena returns as a transformed, venturing musician with a significant change in sound.
“Haze" reflects a feeling of drifting in the unknown and the attempts to escape the sense of helplessness it can create. It offers stories about wandering in the dark and seeing the light by accepting inevitable changes. Every song represents a significant moment or a glimpse of a haunting memory that channeled stories about emotional uncertainty and vulnerability.
The extremely intimate and emotional second album is engulfed in wistful and dark shadows pierced by Irena’s stirring vocals and executed with remarkable poise.
The album’s production and recording was helmed by Mark Mrakovcic, marking his return after producing Irena’s first album.

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released March 15, 2017

All songs by Irena Zilic, ©2017 Cuckoo

Performed by Irena Zilic (vocals, guitar, synth track 6), Mark Mrakovčić (drums, bass, guitar)
Produced by Mark Mrakovčić

Cover art by Nika Dželalija

Recorded in Zagreb, Croatia

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Track Name: The Moon
The Moon

The darkest road we've ever seen
Hunting ghosts that won't set us free
Getting tired of all the noise
I've found a way to run away from it all

Chasing the Moon
Until this desire wears me down
Chasing the Moon
Like it can be caught
Chasing the Moon to buy a little more time

Chasing the Moon
To calm down the restless minds
Chasing the Moon
With my little friend by my side,
Chasing the Moon
Until this desire wears me down
Chasing the Moon
Like it can be caught
The Moon
Track Name: From Scratch
From Scratch

Proof for the stranger
A burden for the weak
Chemicals on the paper
Reflecting more than can be seen

I was reinventing myself from scratch
I needed to find a different way
See the end, step on the edge
Now I'm disciplining myself

A weep for a change
Muted screams in an airless space
Strange to me
Strange to you

I was reinventing myself from scratch
I needed to find a different way
See the end, step on the edge
Now I'm disciplining…

I was reinventing myself from scratch
I needed to find a different way
See the end, step on the edge
Now I'm disciplining myself
Track Name: Into the Wind
Into the Wind

Gave this body to the current
Whirling colors, melting skies
To get over a hectic season changing it all

Drifting away, floating
Like a dead pirate in the sea
Gave this body to the current
To accept that time is catching up with me

Turn the wheel, turn around
Sail into the wind this time, wave goodbye

Gave this body to the current
Whirling colors melting skies
To get over a hectic season changing it all

Turn the wheel, turn around
Sail into the wind this time
Wave goodbye
Track Name: X
X

An outline of a man
An imaginary friend
A shadow in my bed

Hands slide down my skin
An embrace that always wins
And I’m swimming in this blue haze
I should be running away from you

An outline of a man
An imaginary friend
A shadow in my bed

I should be running away from you

Oh, but I am such a fool
I’m just waiting
I should be running away from you
Track Name: Hold On
Hold On

Hold on
I see that this can't be
Hold on
All this beauty's gonna ruin me
Slow down because soon you're gonna leave
Slow down
You give yourself away so easily

Before I become someone I don't want to be
Before this fake bravery turns into something worse than it already is

Oh my, I don't regret a thing
Oh my, I can't believe that this is what it is

Slow down
It feels like you're slowly taking all that's left of me
I'll break down
You give yourself away so easily

All this honesty will soon take you down
There's a wall of worries far beyond your sight

Hold on
Can you see why this can't be
Hold on
All this beauty's gonna ruin me


Slow down because soon you're gonna leave
Slow down
You give yourself away so easily
Track Name: Omega
Omega

The sound of silence breaking down
Didn't kill the darkness
All this violence, all resentment
Won't rearrange space and time

I will keep my distance
From harmful still
Keep close the loudest ones
They've been giving peace to me

I need to feel, I need to feel
To feel real

Will you fade beyond the dusk
Can you lose the mask
It was shaped to bring the pain
To desolate our minds

I will keep my distance
From harmful still
Keep close the loudest ones
They've been giving peace to me

I need to feel
I need to feel real
To feel real
Track Name: Little Daggers
Little Daggers

Silence grows but pain is worse
Between these walls
I've found a spot where I can stop trying

Breathing in empty space and all the fears
Feeling better while lying on the floor, alone
Than walking on my own

Little daggers come along
Hitting slowly but all at once
Cutting deep into my guts
No running away this time

Waking up with broken bones
I need some time before
They come back for more

Little daggers come along
Hitting slowly but all at once
Cutting deep into my guts
No running away this time
Track Name: Afterglow
Afterglow

What a night, what a night
Ghosts made out of city lights
Glistening silver dots
In a room without a view

This clock is cracking
In a room without a view
This clock is cracking
It'll all be over soon

Once the afterglow spreads under my skin
And I forget about the whys and hows
Once the afterglow sets the scene
For something better than this
Track Name: Pioneers
Pioneers

To see what’s obvious
To see the truth as light in the dark
Has a price

I cannot go back
To the endless abyss under grey and heavy skies
While water stones were hitting a metal box on the road to the first goodbye
Say goodbye
Say goodnight

All that I wanted, all that I needed still floats around
So how to go back when everything that was said still feels so right

Say goodbye, say goodnight

To the pioneers in nothing
To the conquerors of the known
To the lovers of the silence
Exceptional in many things
And nothing at all

Say goodbye, say goodnight