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Slør (English Version)

Slor_UK
Release Date: March 24, 2017
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Slør is – rather incredibly – Eivør’s first commercial release in the UK. It’s one that has been over 2 years in the making- with Slør actually an English-translated re-imagining of her Faroese-sung 2015 album release of the same title. Eivør originally wrote the Faroese version of Slør – which translates as ‘veils’ or ‘blurriness’ – having returned to her childhood home in the remote archipelago of The Faroe Islands. Says Eivør; “Slør is very much about my roots- I just really wanted to go home, be back in the old environment. There was something exhilarating about being back at the heart of where I came from as a person and an artist, all the while realising how many things inside me had changed.”

Working closely with her producer Tróndur Bogason, Eivør has reconciled the Faroes’ remote majesty with the thoroughly modern world of her dark, intelligent electronica; “The landscape I grew up with, it seemed so natural to turn into an electronic landscape, because it has this electric sound in it, you know. All these wild, crazy sounds- stormy, winds, and the ocean.” The fruits of the meticulous 8 month period of transcribing the album into English are borne out in spades- teeming with darkly hooky pop, you sense Slør will ensure Eivør doesn’t remain a veiled presence for much longer.

Lyrics

1. Surrender

when moonlight shimmers
on the sea,
coral reefs
shine like swirling galaxies
in your eyes.

i surrender myself
to the tender waves,
i hold my breath
and dive into the serenity
of loving you.

i forget that i am drowning.
there is beauty all around me.

nothing can keep me away from you.
no one can love you like i do.

i know that you want me
closer to you,
i know you hear me
echoing through the chambers
of your heart.

i feel your touch
under my skin,
i feel your love
in every gentle motion
we make.

i forget that i am drowning.
there is beauty all around me.

nothing can keep me away from you.
no one can love you like i do.

nothing can keep me away from you.
i’ll never let you go.
no one can love you like i do.

2. Broken

you are broken,
crushed to the very bone,
cut wide open.
longing for a listening heartbeat.
living on the outside, inside’s lonely.

can you free the knot
that you’re tangled in?
and where do you begin?
twisting and turning, pushing on
into a brave new world with open arms.

dance the night away in the moonlight.
tell the dawn that you’re not afraid.
all broken hearts fear the sunrise,
but we’ll soon be whole again.

i know you know
that i’m a lot like you.
there’s no hiding the soul.
underneath skin and tapestry,
searching for something beautiful: you and me.

dance the night away in the moonlight.
tell the dawn that you’re not afraid.
all broken hearts fear the sunrise,
but we’ll soon be whole again

dance the pain away in the moonlight.
you and i are one and the same.
all broken hearts fear the sunrise,
but we’ll soon be whole again.

3. Salt

surging through my body,
the ocean in me.
crashing waves of memory,
currents of longing.

the tide is turning.
the undertow takes ahold of me.
i know i should go now,
i know that it’s time.

in canyons deep within my soul,
torrents of fury.
they carve away my fear,
but the hurt still echoes.

the tide is turning.
the undertow takes ahold of me.
i know i should go now,
i know that it’s time.

out on the horizon,
a storm is brewing.
i let the breakers rush over me
and feel the ocean’s heart pounding.

surging through my body,
the ocean in me.

the tide is turning.
the undertow takes ahold of me.
i know i can go now,
i know that it’s time.

the tide is turning.
the undertow takes ahold of me.
i know i should go now,
i know that it’s time.

i know i should go now.

4. Fog Banks

misty clouds, drifting down.
they sweep through our village
without a sound.
you stand by the window staring out
into the valley.

grey gives in to grey.
everything is veiled today,
but the mountaintops
are still bright spots
somewhere above us.

something’s looming in your eyes,
a distant horizon i don’t recognize.
i just can’t reach you no matter how i try.
we’re becoming strangers.
grey gives in to grey.
everything is veiled today,
but the mountaintops
are still bright spots
somewhere above us.

nothing here’s the same
when you seem so far away.
i don’t understand,
but i’ll hold your hand
while we wait for the sun.

5. Piece By Piece

when i’m with you, i feel naked.
i can’t hide my scars.
piece by piece, you put me together
till i am no longer broken.

when i’m with you, i can be myself.
i don’t have to wear a mask anymore.
you see who i am deep down inside,
i grow by the light of your gaze.

you fill me with wonder,
you fill me with hope.
you open up my mind.
i see eternity in every little thing
when you’re by my side.

when i’m with you, i don’t fear silence.
the voices in my head leave me be.
piece by piece, you’ve put me together
and now i’m no longer broken.

6. In My Shoes

it can take a long, long time
to find the reason and the rhyme.
one minute, you’re dancing wild and free.
next thing you know, you can hardly move your feet.

won’t you, won’t you wait for me?
i’m almost there,
have faith in me.
you say you know what i should do,
but you have never walked a mile in my shoes.

i keep trudging up the hill,
but it feels like i’m standing still.
pouring rain soaks to the bone,
i shield my eyes and lean into the bitter cold.

won’t you, won’t you wait for me?
i’m almost there,
have faith in me.
you say you know what i should do,
but you have never walked a mile in my shoes.

won’t you, won’t you wait for me?
i’m getting so close,
have faith in me.
you say you know what i should do,
but you have never walked this mile.

won’t you, won’t you wait for me?
i’m almost there,
have faith in me.
you keep saying what i should do,
but you have never walked a mile in my shoes.

7. Into The Mist

walking in the mist,
no one knows where i’ve been.
far from my home now:
going in circles, round and round.
i’m on my own now.

something’s hiding in the dark,
lurking in between the rocks.
whispers in my ear:
i turn around, but no one’s there.
i call out, but there’s no answer.

shadow, shadow by my side
drifting through the misty night,
are you wandering just like me
within this surreality?

can you tell what’s happening?
nothing’s ever what it seems.
do you see their flashlights
panning across the hillsides?
did they call it off tonight?

shadow, shadow by my side
drifting through the misty night,
are you wandering just like me
within this surreality?

are you taking me
closer to the brink?
up on the mountain
facing the darkness,
can you feel this loneliness?

shadow, shadow by my side
drifting through the misty night,
are you wandering just like me
within this surreality?

shadow, won’t you stay with me?
nothing’s ever what it seems.
are you wandering just like me
within this surreality?

8. My World

darkness smolders like an ember.
cosmos, never-ending.
i am all alone,
heading home.

a man so beautiful, so timid,
drawing closer just to witness
hair as smooth as kelp,
dewy skin.

be my world.
be my world, my world.
be my world.

you light out every time you see me,
terrified of your feelings.
i am in pursuit,
i want you.

land and sea, both surrender.
i feel your hands start to tremble.
face to face at last,
don’t look back.

be my world.
be my world, my world.
be my world.

the chest is locked, the key is hidden.
guarded against the forbidden,
arms encircle me.
no release.

a man seized by an obsession.
he calls me his prized possession.
no one will ever know:
i’m on my own.

be my world.
be my world, my world.
be my world.

mín ham, mítt hylki,
eg sakni tað ikki.

ein ham, eitt hylki,
eg gloymi tað ikki.

9. Slør

as veils are falling on my windows,
and another day fades away like drying teardrops,
as the mist begins to lift from the river,

you’re still loving me,
still loving me.

as the lips of breaking waves spill their secrets,
as a new moon slowly glides into sunrise,
as we wake up and can’t recall our dreams,

you’re still loving me,
still loving me.

as flowers bow their heads in praise of dewdrops,
as you try to remember the sound of my laughter,
as birdsong breaks the silence between us,

you’re still loving me,
still loving me.

10. Trøllabundin

trøllabundin eri eg
galdramaður festi meg
trøllabundin djúpt í míni sál
í hjartanum logar brennandi bál

trøllabundin eri eg
galdramaður festi meg
trøllabundin inn í hjartarót
eyga mítt festist har ið galdramaðurin stóð

Spellbound
i am spellbound.
how did you ensorcell me?
i am spellbound, heart and soul.
the fire in my heart burns out of control.

i am spellbound.
how did you possess me?
i am spellbound, all that i am.
i’ll never take my eyes off of you again.

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