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An Innocent Man


We woke up to find a policeman at our door I was seven years old, our father took the call Maybe someone down the road had seen it all The whole neighbourhood’s been quiet Nothing like that’s ever happened before My brother, I found him next to me We followed in his footsteps to the other side of Abilene Cars pulled up and an angry crowd appeared Father stood up, we ran up close to interfere We never had, we never had notice I’d never lie, but turned up at his office They would not let him go, they said he was responsible We just stood next to him, kept holding on What had we done, is it children’s naivety? We just knew that night was different than we had ever known a night to be As we looked to our father and saw the danger diminish He told us to go home, he’s got some business to finish Rumours spread like wildfire An innocent man was guilty without a trial Father would defend, said don’t give up even when all odds are stacked up against a broken man.


An Innocent Man’ was recorded by Jova Radevska (vocal / lyrics) and Mark Vernon (music / guitar) together with arrangements by PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi & Marianne Faithfull collaborator, Rob Ellis (musical box, Ondes Martenot, glockenspiel, celeste, piano, string arrangements, backing vocals), Anna Phoebe (violin) and Nick Holland (cello).

After the breezy pop of ‘You’re The Mirror’ and previous single ‘Rain’, ‘An Innocent Man’ represents another string to YOVA’s bow with the song’s childlike innocence set against a backdrop of tragedy depicting a father raising his two children and teaching them lessons about the harsh reality of adulthood and racial inequality.

‘An Innocent Man’ Is accompanied by a video by award winning animator Jess Cope, who was part of Tim Burton's animation team for Frankenweenie and has previously worked with Metallica, Steven Wilson, Opeth & Passenger.


released October 23, 2020


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YOVA London, UK

YOVA are Macedonian born Jova Radevska (vocal & lyrics), and London based Mark Vernon (music).

Currently collaborating with musicians, Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey), Daniel O’Sullivan (Grumbling Fur), David Rhodes (Kate Bush), Terry Edwards (Nick Cave) and Ian Olliver (PJ Harvey), YOVA's debut album, NINE LIVES is OUT NOW!
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