Urban Maze: Treble (2018)

by Viktor Mastoridis - Melodist

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This is the third album of the Urban Maze Trilogy.
Unlike the other two, "Urban Maze: Treble" is an album of songs. As a third album it gets its name from triple, threefold, but also from the Treble Clef.
There are songs in several languages on this album: Bosnian, Macedonian, Greek and English. Also, in several genres: Balkan Rock Fusion, Greek and Macedonian (neo) Folk, Blues and Pop. The album contains previously unreleased songs and either arrangements or versions of previously released songs, recorded between 1999 and 2014.
This album contains several personal songs: two love poems dedicated to my wife Ginka Mastoridis, a song about my father Ioannis, my son Stefan, my brother Mario and another about his wife Eli.
All songs are written, performed and sung by Viktor Mastoridis, with the following exceptions:
• Korjeni & U Kuci od Nota lyrics by Maja Redžić
• Your Love Is Kind – lyrics by John Bazlinton
• Anticipating – lyrics by Richard Miles
• The Man On The Bench (featuring Djanan Turan) – sung by Djanan Turan
• Eli & Just A Love Song – harmony voice by Ginka Mastoridis
• Did I – bass by Nikolay Angarev and backing vocals by Pavlina Bogoeva.
The album could be divided in two parts: non-English and English songs.
The first part opens with two Macedonian songs in Rock/Pop/Balkan fusion style, with love and family themes. The English part of the album starts with three Bluesy songs in uneven time-signatures, followed by three deeper pop songs/ballads about inner strength and questioning the world around us. The last section contains several love songs in Pop/Rock style.
Followed by three Macedonian and one Greek love ballads in neo-folk style, including one humorous, up-tempo song. Ending with two elegiac, self-reflective Bosnian acoustic pop ballads about belonging, with lyrics from Maja Redzić.

The first album of the UM Trilogy is "Urban Maze: Common" – featuring guitar and other instrumentals in Common, 4/4 time-signature and common Western scales. The second, "Urban Maze: Uneven", features instrumentals in uneven time-signatures or uneven (unusual) scales, typically used in the music of the Balkans. These are similar to the Western scales, just sharpened and flatted here and there to achieve a certain emotional tension.


released December 3, 2018


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Viktor Mastoridis - Melodist London, UK

Viktor is a composer of music ranging from Rock and Hip-hop in ex-Yugoslavia to Greek & Balkan Neo-Folk and Blues Fusion in London, UK.
He sings and plays the guitar, bouzouki, bass, baglamas and tambura; including drum machine and midi sequencing.
Influenced by Peter Green, Santana, Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple to Dalaras, Tsitsanis, Nikola Badev, Smak & Yu Grupa
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Track Name: Son Sonuvam
Tišina, mrak i spokoj
Temnina, kako svetlina
Vljuben sum, i son ne me faḱa
Zbunet sum
Povtorno jas si
Treperam koga te gledam
Kopne-am po tebe
Umiram bez tebe
So oči otvoreni
Son sonuvam, te baknuvam
Seta nežnost, što postoi
Ti ja daruvam, Te sakam
Ti prioǵaš, nasmevnuvaš
Seta ljubov, što postoi,
nè obleva nas
Praznina, koga te nema
Toplina, koga si kraj mene
Volšepstvo, e ova čuvstvo
Maǵepsan e sekoj del vo mene


Тишина, мрак и спокој
Темнина, како светлина
Вљубен сум, и сон не ме фаќа
Збунет сум
Повторно јас си
Треперам кога те гледам
Копнеам по тебе
Умирам без тебе
Со очи отворени
Сон сонувам, те бакнувам
Сета нежност, што постои
Ти ја дарувам, Те сакам
Ти приоѓаш, (се) насмевнуваш
Сета љубов, што постои,
н ѐ облева нас
Празнина, кога те нема
Топлина, кога си крај мене
Волшепство, е ова чувство
Маѓепсан е секој дел во мене


Silence, darkness and tranquility
Darkness, like light
I am in love, can't sleep
I'm confused
Again, I am
Trembling when I see you
Longing for you
Dying without you
With eyes open
I'm dreaming a dream, I'm kissing you
All the tenderness that exists
I give it to you, I love you
You're coming near, smiling
All the love, that exists
Is embracing us
Emptiness when you are gone
Warmth, when you're by my side
Magic, is this feeling
Every part of me is under a spell
Track Name: Brat
Pomniš koga beše mlad
Imaše vo tebe žar
Imaše smea
Koga sedevme na trevata
Jas i ti
I se smeevme bez pričina
Ej brat
Pomniš koga svirevme
I do zori peevme
Za ljubovta nežnosta
Migovi što zračat so svetlina
Koja nè vodi, vo ovoj mrak
Seti se i, gledaj napred
Veruvaj vo svetlosta
Koga odevme na pat
Letni odmori bez strav
I tolku smea
Koga svirevme kaj crkvata
Jas i ti
Koga site rakopleskaa
Ej brat,
Nemoj da si dozvoliš
Ova da go izgubiš
Ova si ti
Brate moj


Помниш кога беше млад
Имаше во тебе жар
Имаше смеа
Кога седевме на тревата
Јас и ти
И се смеевме без причина
Еј брат,
Помниш кога свиревме
И до зори пеевме
За љубовта нежноста
Мигови што зрачат со светлина
Која нѐ води, во овој мрак
Сети се и, гледај напред
Верувај во светлоста
Кога одевме на пат
Летни одмори без страв
И толку смеа
Кога свиревме кај црквата
Јас и ти
Кога сите ракоплескаа
Еј брат,
Немој да си дозволиш
Ова да го изгубиш
Ова си ти
Брате мој


Remember when you were young
There was fever in you
There was laughter
When we used to sit on the grass
Me and you
And we laughed for no reason
Hey, brother,
Remember when we used to play music
And sang until dawn
For love, tenderness
Moments that radiate with light
That leads us in this darkness
Remember and look ahead
Believe in the Light
When we used to travel
Summer holidays with no fear
And so much laughter
When we played music at the church
Me and you
When all applauded
Hey, brother,
Do not let yourself
To lose this
This is you
My brother
Track Name: Anticipating
I’m really hating all this waiting, for you.
I’m merely stating -
I’m so impatient with this waiting, it’s true!

No use debating that this waiting’s so blue!
the termination of this waiting for you.

Just pick up the phone,
to tell me something you must have known:
Missing you as well, dear, but I’ll be back!
On my own, alone,
I hope you’re planning to come back home
I’ve something to tell, dear, you’re one thing that I lack.

Waiting! ...

Since you went away, it’s been a struggle to live each day
Missing you made moods, dear, that were so black!
Anyway, today, I’ll soon be hopeful you’re here to stay
Waiting till you ring, dear, to tell me you’re now back.

No use debating that this waiting’s so blue!
the termination of this waiting for you.

I’m really hating all this waiting, for you.
I’m merely stating -
I’m so impatient with this waiting, it’s true!
Track Name: Did I
The day was grey and I was weary
Oh, till I saw your face
You spill the beauty round yourself, as rays
Some things we can control
But the heart isn’t lever
In some ways we can behave
But with love burn a fever

As we were walking near the Paradise
Two, but the same as one
We fondled gently our hearts, and souls
And like turtledoves
We were hugged, we were cooing
The smell of your presence gives
Meaning to all the things

U-u-uh, Did I ever cry I love you, I need you
And I know I will not let you go
Track Name: Just a Love Song
Did I make enough songs for you
Did I write enough poems for you
Did I tell you many times
How much I love you
How much I care for you
How come the words of all new love songs
Sound just the same like those before
It must be that true love
Is very truthful feeling
And this is how I feel for you
I love you with all my heart and soul
Do you know
That I am just a bloke  
In love with you
Many times I fear that I just say too much
Too many clever words can kill
I love you with all my heart
I need you with all my soul
Simple truth for me and you
Track Name: The Man from the Bench
I see the trees and the grass and the people on it
I see the road and a bench and a man on a sleep
I see his face and its sad, and its lonely and hurt
I don’t how, don’t know when, don’t know what went so wrong
I look at night and I see people walking away
They live their lives, I live mijn, there is nothing to say
The man is there on the bench always looking at them
He doesn’t talk, doesn’t eat, doesn’t search for some thing
That will help him
He doesn’t want to live,
he doesn’t want to die and he is stuck,
stuck on this bench
God, am I free?
I saw a child passing by and she sat next to him
And than they talked, then they laughed, I could hear what they say
I need a friend, want to talk, want to share – said the man
Don’t go away, I can’t search for the truth on my own
I can’t find it
I don’t wanna live,
I don’t wanna die and I am stuck
Please can you help,
I need a friend
The time flows and my days rush to come to an end
The man is there, doesn’t live, doesn’t die and we’re stuck
I see my life, all I’ve got, what’s the purpose of it
The day we’ll die, ‘ll be the same, shall we share it then
All the good things,
All I wanna give,
All I wanna share is right now
With you and him
The man from the bench
Track Name: Stay Well
It's been now a month
Since you called me last
I don't know
Where to put my sorrow
Where to put my unrest

I hope you're OK
You're living your way
I guess so
An angel guards your shadow
An angel guides your heart

Keep well, stay calm
This is my prayer for you
God bless all you do
Don't lose your head

When we were apart
I tried very hard
to find you,
To show the love that I'm holding
Deep inside my heart

And if certain times
I haven't been 'round
Forgive me
I have never ceased to
believe in you and me
Track Name: Baba
In the darkest nights I see you, in my dreams, you wake, you rise
Is it that because, you think, that I haven't forgave you
Daddy, sleep well, rest well
I will pray to God about you, I will pray about me too
Rest in peace, Baba, Baba, rest in peace and forgive me
All I said for you
Please forgive me, you are always in my heart
Baba, please forgive me, I am just like you, Baba
In the days when I am in sorrow, In the nights when I am weak
I fell deep 'n myself, I long, long to talk to you daddy
Pray for me Baba
I am fine and doing good, daddy, wish you'd come and see my place
I miss you sometimes, But then, I will come to you one day
We’ll meet in Heaven again
Sorry daddy, how could I say wrong for you,
Baba, let’s forget all, Pray to God for me Baba
Track Name: Questions
Is it light the flash and glow round me?
Is it warmth the heat I feel in me?
Is it love the smile that’s on your face?
Is it real the picture in the haze?
Why do I ask these things at all?
‘Cause the answer on all of them is – no!

How come confusion meaning choices?
How come depression mean just sadness?
How over saturate can ease the hunger?
How come illusion meaning glamour?
How come I don’t know any more what I need?
I am lost in a world that’s lost in greed!
Track Name: Rainy Day
Rainy day,
You're walking down the street, I see your back
It's all over,
Nothing more to say
Entering my soul
Penetrating though my consciousness
Rainy day
The world is like a whirl, I do not care
I close my eyes
Colours fade away
While the Earth is spinning, I will hope
That somebody's there for me
While my heart is beating, I will love
Standing on the rain I will wait
It's not for me,
To get moody, it's not the way I am
It's not for me
To be a drowning man
Here I am
Standing in the rain
Here I am
Walking up the narrow streets to home
Bring it on
All the sadness of this world
Follows me
Shadow in the rain
Track Name: Your Love Is Kind
The air has grown much softer now
The candles tears are pale and deep
Moments move through life-times
As time drifts by asleep.

You're beautiful and I see the shadows
Caress the shores of your gentle mind
And dance on with the joy of knowing
That love means love and your love is kind
And dance on with the joy of knowing
That love means love and your love is kind

And afterwards I take your hand
Escort you through to waiting dreams
And hear the murmur of your smile
Tell me what you've seen.
Track Name: Without You
As it used to be
I was rather lonely, rather quiet, all in myself
All the happy days we used to keep for you and me
Sunshine in my heart, that’s you
Cloudiness in my life – without you
Come hold me now,
Come and hold me tight, so I can feel the power of love
It’s all I want
Your gentle lips that touch my heart and melt me - I’ve been loved
Beauty in my life, that’s you
Sleepless in my night – without you, hear my heart
I never knew what’s love – without you
I never knew what’s pain – without you
I never dreamed a dream - without you
I don’t know what I was - without you
Come hold me and kiss me, my love
I can’t bear the morning light
When I’m without you
Track Name: Korjeni
Žao mi, korjena mi žao
Iz njeg’ niče drvo i šuma.
Hrana i sahrana mu
Čeone kosti otkriva.
Stidom se zakivam
imenima u kap istine
Sebe ne poznajem
Iskorjenjena od svoje rose
Tuđom zorom se budim
Stidom se zakivam
imenima u kap istine
Sebe ne poznajem

Iskorenjena zorom se budim
Žao mi lica i oblaka
u džepovima prokletim.
Iz korjena gordošću
na drugoj strani mača.


I'm sorry, for the roots I'm sorry
From them wood and forest grows
It's food and funeral
the forehead bones reveals

I hide in shame
And names, in a drop of truth
Uprooted with the dew,
I'm waking up with somebody else's dawn

I'm sorry for the faces and clouds
In cursed pockets.
From the root of pride
On the other side of the sword
Track Name: U Kuci Od Nota
Sad kad znam šta je život
Iza kojeg nema više
U kući od nota sviram stihovima
Na stubu bez fasade
Sad kad ništa ne znam što je znano
Ostalo zaboravljam
Rado bih gradivom al' polako
Na popravni pala ako me hoće
Sad kad ničija zori pokaza da gorim
I kliješta se tresu dok kidam nemir
Drago mi bude da sve je palo
Sa stuba od stihova bez fasade


Now that I know what life is
There's nothing behind it
In the house of notes, I play with the verses
On a pillar without a facade
Now that I don't know what is known
The rest I forget,
I would love to, slowly
Fail the exams
Now that nobody's dawn showed me that I'm burning
And the pliers are shaking, while I'm tearing the restlessness
I'm glad that everything has fallen
From a pillar of verses without a facade
Track Name: Samo Ti
Samo ti, me poznavaš
Samo ti, me razbiraš, dušo
Samo ti, zablesnuvaš
Svetlina mi donesuvaš
Srce bez ljubov,
k'o cveḱe vo senka
Ljubov e voda
i sonce zar ne
Sive dni, od životov
Koga sam, osamuvav, dušo
Tebe te zamisluvav
Topla i nežna i preubava
Svetlina, toplina
Ubavina, i milina, dušo
Mi daruvaš, ti daruvam
Oda na Ljubov ti ispejuvam


Само ти, ме познаваш
Само ти, ме разбираш, душо
Само ти, заблеснуваш
Светлина ми донесуваш
Срце без љубов,
к'о цвеќе во сенка
Љубов е вода
и сонце зар не
Сиве дни, од животов
Кога сам, осамував, душо
Тебе те замислував
Топла и нежна и преубава
Светлина, топлина
Убавина, и милина, душо
Ми даруваш, ти дарувам
Ода на Љубов ти испејувам


Only you can lead my heart
Only you can take away my fears
Only your heart I trust
Only you, you make me live
Hold me, touch me, I'm weak, I am fragile
This ode of Love I'm sending you now

As a plant in the shade
I have grown in the shadows
Not much light, not much hope
Till your love has
Entered my heart
Tenderness, gentleness
Togetherness, we celebrate, our love
Loving, caring, and growing old
Sharing our love till the death do part us
Track Name: Apopse Ela Mou
Apopse ela mou, isikhi, kali
To pothos pou to stithos mou to kaii svise mou
Phere mou esi, melina philia
Vithise esi tin xirasia stin kardia
Ki ela pio konta, m' isai makria
Na se vlepo, na se angixo, na s΄ aisthanomai
Kharise mou esi, nikhta mayiki
Kai to kharama san erthi, peta san pouli
Ama erkhesai, metaxi phorese
Neraïda na mou yinis ΄si emena, koukla mou
Vale pano sou, kosmimata, kolies
Na mou isai omorphi kai na se khairome
An den erkhesai, gramma stile mou
Na diavazo, skephtomai kai onirevomai
Grapse loyia esi, omorpha, apla
Na me angaliazoun, na glikainoun tin kardia


Απόψε έλα μου, ήσυχη, καλή
Το πόθος που το στήθος μου το καίει σβήσε μου
Φέρε μου εσύ, μέλινα φιλιά
Βύθισε εσύ την ξηρασία στην καρδιά
Κι έλα πιο κοντά, μ' είσαι μακριά
Να σε βλέπω, να σε αγγίξω, να σ΄ αισθάνομαι
Χάρισε μου εσύ, νύχτα μαγική
Και το χάραμα σαν έρθει, πέτα σαν πουλί
Άμα έρχεσαι, μετάξι φόρεσε
Νεράιδα να μου γίνεις ΄συ εμένα, κούκλα μου
Βάλε πάνω σου, κοσμήματα, κολιές
Να μου είσαι όμορφη και να σε χαίρομε
Αν δεν έρχεσαι, γράμμα στύλε μου
Να διαβάζω, σκέφτομαι και ονειρεύομαι
Γράψε λόγια εσύ, όμορφα, απλά
Να με αγκαλιάζουν, να γλυκαίνουν την καρδιά


1. Come to me tonight, bring with you your peace
The yearning in my breast that whispers, ease that pain in me
Bring to me as well, honeyed kisses, love
Douse the drought that's in the joyless desert of my soul

Come here near to me, don't stand far away
So I could see you, I could touch you, I could feel your breath
Please bestow to me, moments full of warmth
And as the dawn comes, as a bird, you fly away from me

2. If you come this night, wrap yourself in silk
So, you will be as a sylphid, as a nymph to me
And attire yourself, put a necklace on,
So, you'll be as pretty as a goddess, ravishing

3. If you do not come, send a letter please
So I will read it, and I'll think of you, my dear one
And please write to me, words of grace and joy
So they hug me, cherish me and ease my heart tonight
Track Name: Koga Ne Si Do Mene
Denovi, noḱi, gluvi bez glas
S’kleti, studo’i, duševen mraz
Čekam da dojdeš, čekam vo mrak
Lik tvoj da svetne - k’o sončev zrak
Koga ne si do mene
Srce ḱe mi ovene
Kako da sum somelen
Koga ne si so mene
Koga ne te čuvstvuvam
Grlo mi zasušuva
Nešto me zadušuva
Ne znam što se slučuva
Koga sum tažen, zamislen, tih
Glas tvoj mi mili, k’o Božji stih
No koga od tebe, ni traga ni glas
Duša mi dzemne, tonam bez spas


Денови, ноќи, глуви без глас
С’клети, студо’и, душевен мраз
Чекам да дојдеш, чекам во мрак
Лик твој да светне - к’о сончев зрак
Кога не си до мене
Срце ќе ми овене
Како да сум сомелен
Кога не си со мене
Кога не те чувствувам
Грло ми засушува
Нешто ме задушува
Не знам што се случува
Кога сум тажeн, замислен, тих
Глас твој ми мили, к’о Божји стих
Но кога од тебе, ни трага ни глас
Душа ми ѕемне, тонам без спас


Days, nights, deaf without sound
Anxiety, coldness, soul freeze
I'm waiting for you to come, waiting in darkness
Your countenance to glare like a sun ray
When you aren't next to me
My heart is going to fade
As if I am crushed
When you aren't next to me
When I don't feel you
My throat dries up
I don't know what's happening
When I'm sad, thoughtful, quiet
Your voice is dear to me, like God's verse
But when there's no trace nor sound from you
My soul freezes, voiceless I sink
Track Name: Eli
Eli, Eli, eli, neli znaeš neli
Site ti se čudat, a ništo ne im veliš
Site ti se čudat, što si tolku vesela
Što li mi snašlo, cela si nasmeana
Eli si na Loto nekoi pari dobila
Eli si za sebe, nešto kupila
Eli mi ti sino'i vesti dobri donele
eli mi te svekrva kafe častila
Eli, Eli, Elena, snaško moja medena
Što li mi se raduvaš i tolku razubavuvaš
More Viktor zete, štom me pitaš krotko
Tebe ḱe ti kažam, nema da te lažam
Tebe ḱe ti kažam, mažot mi veti
Nova kola pri mene, za rodenden ḱe sveti
Nitu sum na Loto, nekoi pari dobila
Nitu sum za sebe nešto kupila
Nitu moi sino'i, vesti dobro donele
Nitu me e svekrva kafe častila
Mojot mil maž Mario, biznismen i roditel
Ḱe mi kupi količka, za ljubov i dobrodetel
Eli, Eli, Eli, koj e kako tebe?
So vakov maž i svekrva, mora da si presreḱna
Pa tie mili zolvi i deveri, pa komšii besceneti
Kolegi i koleški prekrasni, učenici i roditeli so uvažuvanje
A sega i nova kola, kako šlag na torta!


Ели, Ели, ели, нели знаеш нели
Сите ти се чудат, а ништо не им велиш
Сите ти се чудат, што си толку весела
Што ли ми снашло, цела си насмеана
Ели си на Лото некои пари добила
Ели си за себе, нешто купила
Ели ми ти сино'и вести добри донеле
ели ми те свекрва кафе частила
Ели, Ели, Елена, снашко моја медена
Што ли ми се радуваш и толку разубавуваш
Море Виктор зете, штом ме питаш кротко
Тебе ќе ти кажам, нема да те лажам
Тебе ќе ти кажам, мажот ми вети
Нова кола при мене, за роденден ќе свети
Ниту сум на Лото, некои пари добила
Ниту сум за себе нешто купила
Ниту мои сино'и, вести добро донеле
Ниту ме е свекрва кафе частила
Мојот мил маж Марио, бизнисмен и родител
Ќе ми купи количка, за љубов и добродетел
Ели, Ели, Ели, кој е како тебе?
Со ваков маж и свекрва, мора да си пресреќна
Па тие мили золви и девери, па комшии бесценети
Колеги и колешки прекрасни, ученици и родители со уважување
А сега и нова кола, како шлаг на торта!