With their new album, Home, only a few weeks away, Copenhagen’s Siamese have unleashed one of their most poignant songs to date. Entitled “Sloboda”, the track speaks to frontman Mirza Radonjica’s personal experience in the wake of seeking refuge from the Balkan War with his family.
The track is a mixture of Serbian (his mother tongue) and English lyrics, and unleashes monstrous breakdowns alongside mesmerizing vocals. A captivating single with a deeper meaning.
Radonjica elaborates on his experiences which influenced the lyrical content and themes within the song:
“I’m a Muslim refugee of the Nineties Balkan war and one of the first very dramatic things I remember is my whole village standing on the side of the road and crying as they waved us goodbye. We were supposed to go to Sweden but ended up in Denmark because, to be honest, we couldn’t tell the difference.” He goes on to tell us about where the title of the song came from, “I saw my Aunties and Grandmother cry, and I asked my Mum why we had to leave, she told me, “Freedom, son” (sloboda, sine). Little did I know how that freedom would be so bittersweet later on. Living in Denmark, it was difficult to adapt, and throughout my youth I saw how I was looked at differently, even if I was trying hard to be the same. Everything truly comes with a price.”