Afterglow

by Marva Von Theo

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1.
Love 07:12
When your love is warm And your eyes are bright Then I spread my wings and my shadows fly Over endless seas, in eerie hues of blue I stand still in time to cherish the view Where your river meets my most secret land There grows a garden in me that bears the deepest truth When the morning breaks I hear the forest sing “Teach your arms how to embrace” When you love me, your wind Blows from faraway, lures my dream Now your love is cold and your eyes are dark and my wings are tied with the ropes of pride Like a gloomy cave my mind’s bare and grey Time is washing away every picture of you Now your river’s dry in some forgotten place A dust of memories covers the biggest lies Now the night falls I hear the desert mourn “Bury it deep and seal your fire” You don´t love me anymore And a wicked silence mutes my soul
2.
Forever 03:10
Let me fade now Let me feel how All shadows dwell into shine Return from the exile to be forever Set me free to fly Let my last cry One hope is feeding my sigh One faith is going to steal my breath forever Hear my grief toll over the sin wall The wooden scepter fate owns echoes inside my heart until forever Silent clouds come Quiet wind whispers
3.
Ruins 04:57
Lyrics I won’t ask why, You chose another land, another dream to hang on You will lie, You feel a calling, your restless nature is to blame for Flickering stars pave the way Signs brighter than day, Flares of change that can’t be tamed. You’re not done with breaking walls Willing again to lose it all what are you looking for? (why are you walking away?) Away from faded promises, you’re flying away Away, you’re chasing prophecies, You’re flying away The ruins of your wasted life Will lurk around everywhere Don’t deny That compromising is what you’re mostly afraid of But your eyes Will never see a dawn purer than you’ve seen before And your soul is set aflame Feeding off your pain Burns whatever gets in your way You are fighting all alone all your loved ones are long gone will you keep on relying on hope? Away from faded promises, you’re flying away Away, you’re chasing prophecies, You’re flying away The ruins of your wasted life Will lurk around everywhere
4.
Embrace this Madness Blind drunk dreams came by last night Danced me to the beat of desires Stumbling round and round out of senses I could taste all that I’d ever wished for I could taste all that I’d ever wished for Embrace this madness cause dreams never last for long Embrace this madness Drink this moment till the last drop… Bare of doubts, seduced by this drug, My soul craved for sin and I gave in. And as I reveled in this sweet madness I could hate dawn that would make it all gone I could hate dawn that would make it all gone Embrace this madness cause dreams never last for long Embrace this madness Drink this moment till the last drop…
5.
Dissolve 04:42
Waves of cold and fog come over me, sculpting everything my body breathes Along the blurry edges of my being, I feel the ghostly presence of your needs A fading smile, a word left in the air, escaped from memories unseen An open window in the morning glare leads me away from this peculiar scene Water in my blood Thunder on my trees Wind through my clouds You make me Dissolve I’m a bird that drifts above your sea, letting everything on wind and fate A leap of faith to reach my apogee, carries the salty wildness of your face Water in my blood Thunder on my trees Wind through my clouds You make me Dissolve
6.
Older 04:12
How could I have known? My whole world turned to grey I have been looking the other way where the dreams overgrow How could I’ ve foreseen? Clouds form into pain Wind blows all choices away, rooting out all rays of hope What could I have done? Weighed down by bitter rain on a ground much too frail I could neither fight nor retreat I don’t grow older but sadder and sadder and sadder… I don’t grow older but sadder and sadder and sadder… How could I’ve been heard? My voice a grain on a distorted day Breath by breath as my inside drained, I became one with my defeat I don’t grow older but sadder and sadder and sadder… I don’t grow older but sadder and sadder and sadder…
7.
In the room of doubt, I follow the steps of my deafening breath Stark naked, lost in the maze I dread the day that you’ll be gone In the room of guilt, I build my defense around a kingdom of lies, desperately, every day, but collapses at night I only wish I could forget Running away… In the room of selfishness, I prey on the flesh of a deceptive threat I growl, it feels bitter when you care about somebody else In the room of soberness, I wear my suit, all my instincts restrained I’m silent, I behave as if I were somebody else Running away…
8.
Lie down with me An air of menace surrounds me and I’m tired of showing my teeth In this place, filled with hate, this beast is suffocating A sensitive part of me needs to nest somewhere safe Soothe me, heal me, come, hold me close Caress my suffering, please, hold me close Against the crowd be my shield Against this world that scares me There are no gods in our realm You are the one that’s holy to me Spare me the pain of seeking justice in vain This world is bound to stay the same Under my thick skin, a girl needs to be freed and fondly be kissed in the unceasing rain Soothe me, heal me, come, hold me close Caress my suffering, please, hold me close Against the crowd be my shield Against this world that scares me There are no gods in our realm You are the one that’s holy to me
9.
I remember golden Sunday mornings, lying peacefully under our love’s tree I knew deep inside me this couldn’t last forever, a breeze of doubt would poison my thoughts You get so intense that my faith has vanished But compassion is all I was looking for Bittersweet Sunday may it always be As you get closer to the worst part of me You keep on telling me to grow up, but why? What’s so wrong with just being me? Should I mature or free my mind? I’m not even sure what works best for me Still wondering who we are every time we try to think alike How diverse we once used to be but kept going anyway But kept going anyway, but kept going anyway… Bittersweet Sunday may it always be As you get closer to the worst part of me
10.
Forgotten 04:15
Reason Do I need one to set me free from this beautiful prison where I captured myself and my pride Don´t try to Fly in this futile forgetful blue It’s just a beautiful lie an elusive place where truth’s untied I´ll meet you There, along the trampled wet streets, covered with nature’s despair, we’ll leave this place where we reside You, can, feel, now I, left, my-self, be forgotten Wonders, Do I need to believe in prayer, a cloth of hope to hide under A starved soul trembles when blessed Don´t waste more Time, staring at distant and shimmering seas It´s a beautiful crime A siren’s song makes me digress I’ll meet you There, through the windy and starless night that breathes our guilt in the air, we’ll find a place we can’t possess You, can, feel, now I left my-self be forgotten
11.
My Moon 04:59
His melancholy eyes shroud nature’s mystery inside He’s the son of moonlight that gives shape to the weirdest desires He renders me his heart and the sea waves rise So that I drift close beside him but never feel he’s mine Mine, Mine, Mine, Mine He is a maze of feelings unsaid His soul’s disguised, covered in the darkest hues of night Night, Night, Night, Night His face of solitude is that of a forgotten star Whose beauty may shine bright upon me but we are destined to be apart Apart, Apart, Apart, Apart

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Afterglow encompasses the more melancholic hues of life, those bittersweet feelings when something significantly beautiful ends, the echo of a beloved voice, the remnants of light after the sun has set. Love and its loss, sorrow, hope, daydream, and the determination to live, all these shimmer upon Marva Von Theo’s deep and poetic lyrics, which constitute the core of this album.

In Afterglow, Marva Von Theo contrive a danceable, electronic sound, shadowed elegantly by noir, moody, sonic palettes, an unconventional space that flows vigorously between Electronica, Art Pop, Dark pop, Neo-Synthpop, Darkwave, Post-Punk, Contemporary and Jazz.

Watch the Official Videos for Ruins, Love and Embrace this Madness

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released February 26, 2021

Tracks 1, 2, 5, 10: lyrics and music by Theo Foinidis
Tracks 4, 9: lyrics and music by Marva Voulgari
Tracks 3, 6, 8, 11: lyrics by Marva Voulgari,
music by Marva Voulgari and Theo Foinidis
Track 7: lyrics by Marva Voulgari, music by Theo Foinidis

Performed by Marva Von Theo
Vocals recorded by Yannis Markopouliotis at Artracks Studio
Mixed by Theo Foinidis
Mastered by George Priniotakis at Artracks Studio
Produced by Theo Foinidis

Photography by Periklis Liakakis
Album Artwork and Design by Barbara Panagiotidis, Higher!Higher!

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Marva Von Theo Athens, Greece

At times darksome and dancey, but mostly introspective, gripping and moony, Marva Von Theo find their way through the dark synth music to twilight electro pop, representing a multi-layered work of innovative and compelling songwriting with expressive vocals and refined orchestration. ... more

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