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Irene

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1.
The earth lies in front of me Sun goes down for night to recover Your face that hides behind that moon Peaks through each and everything You stood in the highest peak If you go, I will not heal Stay right here Don’t go away Keep your warmth at hand Moon was her name moon was her name Drew me a sketch in the night sky Out burst the light of herself, herself Guide me to you Moon was her name, moon was her name Lost in a the ocean of clouds Our burst the light of herself, herself Guide me to you You float there so quietly With no one around, there’s only peace Without you there’s no one I can love Remain where you are Brightest light there is to see Oh white moon come sit with me Tell me all your memories And I’ll tell you mine
2.
Saturdays are my sadder days, always My Saturdays are my sad days You’re on my mind You always will be My heart is beating But I am hurting We have other loves We don’t even trust Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh Nothing will mend Nothing will end either Even though I drown my life I can’t find the breath The breath to cry I can’t find the strength The strength to fight Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh I gave it all to you there’s nothing nothing left for her How can I ever be true when I look no further than you My Saturdays are my sad days You’re on my mind You always will be My heart is beating But I am hurting We have other loves We don’t even trust Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh I gave it all to you there’s nothing nothing left for her How can I ever be true when I look no further than you
3.
Frantic 03:15
Leave it alone, never return Her eyes open up and start to cry Oh they start to cry Soul splits into two, light and dark shades Cover my eyes, I begin to see Nobody seems to be there Frantic minds zoom by Soul shrinks to nothing Gone in the blink of an eye Once I smile everything is fine But you keep on walkin by I must hide my frown before you come around Before you come around No time to waste, put it in reverse Youʼll realise what kind of life youʼre living what kind of life you living in? Take a pause to breathe The storm has passed Have patience and be still Nobody seems to be there Frantic minds zoom by Soul shrinks to nothing Gone in the blink of an eye Once I smile everything is fine But you keep on walking by I must hide my frown before you come around Before you come around Before you come around Before you come around Before you come around, come around, come around
4.
Out The Door 04:03
I go to bed every night scared if I'm sober I can't get any sleep I feel like I'm drowning in ten feet of water Since you became the one that I can keep If you don't want me like that why you still here always ask for my help with a song You know I'll say yes because to me you're so dear And I'll love you if I live on Every time my eyes are filled with you There ain't nothing I wanna do Than to be with you and love you more Go back to Before I messed up my life and let you out the door There are times when I hate you But love is stronger and interferes With me trying to forget you Is there anyone else with the same tears After this song I'll quit and change my life You're worth so much more than a drunken night I’m still in fear you won’t be here Someone come wipe my tears Every time my eyes are filled with you There ain't nothing I wanna do Than to be with you and love you more Go back to Before I messed up my life and let you out the door
5.
Irene 03:53
You’re the fire in the sun You’re the water in sky You’re the perfume in the flowers You’re the roots in the earth So deep you stand through thunder So strong that we can climb To your bed for the world instead Of you who needed rest You lived unseen Thought you didn’t mean a thing Though your breath was like the breeze from the ocean Invisible yet invincible you lived through the impossible you carried me, the family Without even knowing You gave me tears to cry, Irene you gave me life You’re the cloud that’s tops the mountain You’re the wings on every bird You’re the sound of the river flowing You’re the colour in the people’s eyes Now we see the world so bright Now we think not black and white Like we did when we thought we could fly All along there was wind in the sky You lived unseen Thought you didn’t mean a thing Though your breath was like the breeze from the ocean Invisible yet invincible you lived through the impossible you carried me, the family Without even knowing You gave me tears to cry, Irene you gave me life
6.
Weʼll push on through, start with the truth I hear my mother crying, father drinking Pain and tears they start to sink in, I know Itʼs not easy to be feeling this way At the end of the day, feelings will fade away Just hold onto this fine line, follow down every signs And youʼll find, peace at the end of every road Iʼve been catching onto them (Catching onto them) Seems to me that they donʼt care (They donʼt care) Faces stuck in the sand (Whoaa) Problems lingering to nowhere I wonʼt hunt you down I just wanna talk it out (Talk it out) Cut out all the trouble now Before it gets a little worse than ever It keeps going, comes back around When will it ever stop? Think of the future Or let it drop to the ground I know things are never gonna go your way Donʼt walk away when Iʼm in pain Iʼve got a thousand scars, still survived I rise higher, reckless mind am I right? I am sick and tired of this mess never ending Iʼve been catching onto them (Catching onto them) Seems to me that they donʼt care (They donʼt care) Faces stuck in the sand (Whoaa) Problems lingering to nowhere I wonʼt hunt you down I just wanna talk it out (Talk it out) Cut out all the trouble now Before it gets a little worse than ever They donʼt care, they donʼt care now, they donʼt care
7.
Not So Tall 03:19
Standing not so tall Not speaking, nothing at all Breaking, dreams are for sleep I quit now or help me to see Help me to see It won’t be long until we get there Won’t be long until we understand You live through the cold It’s never easy to walk your own road Colours, only one or two Through stories rainbows appear Survive with no warm embrace No more forests where I can escape I can escape It won’t be long until we get there Won’t be long until we understand You live through the cold It’s never easy to walk your own road
8.
Smile 02:42
Your smile isn’t real I don’t hear The words that fall out your mouth Don’t smile At me I can see you’re living in some kind of fear Tell me somethings wrong Whatever just be real I will hold the words That are true Now you know How I like to love Honestly The only way to live in peace Tell me somethings wrong Whatever just be real I will hold the words That are true
9.
stop living this way you’re having trouble to breath please stand up and keep moving Ahh ahh ahh ahh don’t be so quiet they’ll just think your strange but if you yell you may scare them Ahh ahh ahh ahh you gotta get away this time don’t feel bad about it run to your life don’t turn off your light it must be your mind You know the heart never lies you just think and don’t feel it you gotta get away this time don’t feel bad about it how long will you lie, lie rest, let your mind sit run to your life don’t turn off your light
10.
Treat Me Bad 03:27
you got me good you’re giving me all that I need I don’t want to eat just fill me with you do what you want with it I’ve given my self, all of me my heart stopped once before I can stand the pain even more you make it easy to forget me I don’t care what you do its true treat me bad or treat me kind I’m on a cloud I’m off my feet off my face no longer a thing are we friends or are we lovers as long as we can always hold eachother you make it easy to forget me I don’t care what you do its true treat me bad or treat me kind

about

“Irene” is the debut album from Izy (pronounced eye-zee), a Melbourne-based trio originally hailing from Cairns in Australia’s tropical North. A deeply mature album from a very young band, Irene is a 10 song collection of raw neo-soul grooves, rich vocal harmony and subtle jazz guitar. A stripped back, simple recording of a band killing it in a room. There’s a deep understanding of the canon of soul music on display here, with echoes of D’Angelo and Curtis Mayfield, but also a uniquely individual sensibility, rarely so clearly articulated on a debut record.


Deeply connected to their roots and their families, both the band and the album are named after Irene, Guitarist Ryo Montgomery’s paternal grandmother; an important source of support and comfort in the band’s formative years. Ryo, bassist Warrigo Tyrrell and drummer Maru Nitor Zamatarro each cut their teeth young, playing with their parents in three very different musical families. Ryo grew up shifting between his mother’s home in rural Japan and his father’s blues bar in Cairns where he watched legends of guitar ply their trade and did his first shows. Maru was playing guiro in his parent’s cumbia band Los Caracoles before he turned five. Warrigo grew up jamming on Shadows covers and Aboriginal protest rock with his fathers and brothers, members of the Kalkadoon and Waanyi nations. Heritage is important to Izy and they bring these musical and cultural influences together proudly.

So that’s Izy, humble and hard working Gen-Z virtuosos who love their grandmas, representing an optimistic post-colonial version of Australian identity and music. In their own words: “This album is a tangled culmination of interpersonal relationships; love, society and land. We three are super blessed to share stories and when we connect, we amplify and respond to each other, which makes it easy to create music and get our message across for our family and our community.”

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released March 26, 2021

Ryo Montgomery - Guitar, Vocals
Warrigo Tyrrell - Bass, Vocals
Maru Elias Nitor - Drumkit, Vocals

All songs composed by M.Nitor-Zammataro, R.Noshiro, W.Tyrrell

The land on which we recorded this album is of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We hold a deep gratitude for the privilege to record, perform and live on Aboriginal land. Stolen land. To the elders past, present and emerging we hold a lifelong respect and responsibility to listen, learn and act.

We thank our ancestors for guiding us in all aspects of life. The Waanyi and Kalkadoon people of so called Australia and the Mapuche Huilliche people of so called Chile. We extend our solidarity with First Nations Peoples worldwide.

This album is a tangled culmination of interpersonal relationships; love, society and land.

Recorded and Mixed by Henry Jenkins and Bob Knob at The Avery Studios and Hopestreet Studios
Produced by Henry Jenkins and Bob Knob
Additional vocals & percussion by Broden Tyrrell
Additional synthesizers by Jessi Dunbar & James Bowers on 'Moon'
Congas by Luis Poblete on 'No Further Than You'
Mastered by Lachlan Carrick
Photography by Wilk
Design by Ives Wong

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Izy Melbourne, Australia

Izy, pronounced eye-zee, is the world’s first Far North Queensland neo-soul supergroup, and their time has come. How did this improbable band come together? Three sensitive boys, seeking shelter from the cyclones and the heat and the homicidal jellyfish found themselves hanging out, swapping shifts in a music shop, jamming in a blues bar, selling ukeleles and distilling clandestine dragonfruit gin ... more

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