An Innocent Man

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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.

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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.

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from An Innocent Man, 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 are putting the finishing touches to their debut album, which will be released in the near future.
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