YOVA are a duo of Jova Radevska and Mark Vernon. Their first single, ‘Moondog’, was released last year and found the pair accompanied by a diverse group of players including Grumbling Fur’s Daniel O’Sullivan and PJ Harvey collaborator Rob Ellis.
On new single ‘Rain’, Jova ratchets up the mesmerising, enthralling innocence of her naturally soulful voice on a song detailing a painful, terminal break-up. The track has been given a a special mix from Erasure’s Vince Clarke that will be available from February 28. Both tracks will then be released as part of a four track digital bundle on March 6 2020.
To celebrate the release of ‘Rain’, Further. asked Jova and Mark our customary 3 Questions, with typically revealing results.
What is your earliest memory?
Jova Radevska: Wrapping my stuffed monkey in a blanket and also screaming my lungs out near a scarecrow in a cornfield with my grandmother.
Mark Vernon: The psychedelic colour of leaves, buildings, blues skies, clouds, stars and moon from the pram
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
JR: Trust yourself and don’t put all your Easter eggs in one basket.
MV: Never take no for an answer. Less is more. Don’t put the cart before the horse. The latter is from The Velvet Underground’s John Cale.
Where are you most productive or inspired?
JR: Mostly in solitude and when I’m sad and angry.
MV: When I’m either within reach of a keyboard or fretboard.
Rain by YOVA is out now. Listen here.
Interview: Mat Smith