Gatekeeper EP

by ESKA

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Debut solo Gatekeeper EP from ESKA

Watch 'Arrogant Heart Pt II' video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ng51T7Pm8

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released 19 November 2013

All Tracks Written by: Eska Mtungwazi (copyright control) Except -

Red: Eska Mtungwazi (copyright control), Jesse Hackett (copyright control), Robin Mullarkey (copyright control)
She's In The Flowers: Eska Mtungwazi (copyright control), Anselmo Nato (copyright control)

All Tracks Produced by: ESKA & David Okumu Except -

Red: ESKA, Matthew Herbert & David Okumu
She's In The Flowers: ESKA, Matthew Herbert & David Okumu
Arrogant Heart Part II: ESKA & Louis Hackett

All Tracks Mixed by: Louis Hackett (Raw Dog Studios)

All Tracks Mastered by: Mike Marsh (The Exchange)

Photography by: Rebecca Bellantoni

Artwork by: Otis Marchbank

℗ & © 2013 EARTHLING001 | UK3DS1300001

www.eskaonline.com | www.earthlingrecordings.com


ESKA is the most talked about, revered, internationally known singer you've never heard of. Prepare to be let in on one of music's best kept secrets this November with her 'Gatekeeper' EP, the first ever release of her solo material.

Possessing one of the best and most memorable voices in the UK right now, ESKA weaves together diverse musical elements - hints of folk, soul, psychedelica and electronica can all be heard on 'Gatekeeper' - and pairs them with stirring lyrics, born from burning passion, which traverse scenes from church stories and rituals. With this debut release, ESKA has created something pure and timeless which echoes past traditions while at the same time managing to surprise with its stunning originality.

Independent of an official release, ESKA's music has already created a buzz; receiving strong radio support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, who made the EP's title song his track of the week on his BBC 6 Music show. Lauren Laverne was quoted on her 6 Music show, after playing the lead single that she "loved it". Jamie Cullum, from BBC Radio 2 described 'Gatekeeper' as "an unbelievable track, that will be hard to beat in 2013" and BBC Radio London's Robert Elms recently featured a sensational live performance of 'She's in the Flowers'.

Having built an inimitable reputation as a writer and performer through collaborations with such legends of the game as Grace Jones, Cinematic Orchestra, Zero 7 and Bobby McFerrin together with performances in some of the world's most famous venues and festivals, it's time to discover ESKA's own unique sound in full force on her new EP. Co-produced with The Invisible's David Okumu with additional co-production on two tracks coming from electronic star Matthew Herbert, who has previously remixed tracks for Björk, R.E.M. and Yoko Ono, 'Gatekeeper' is sure to be unlike anything heard all year.

Prepare for the secret to be let out of the bag on November 20th with one of the year's most hotly anticipated releases. With the buzz surrounding the 'Gatekeeper' EP building to a roar, it's time to discover ESKA.

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Track Name: Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper, where there’s no wise leader
There be no brighter lighter
But you keep letting it in

Gatekeeper, here is your read-minder,
There is a kinder teacher
But will you let ‘em in?

Ooh

Gatekeeper, there be no rhyme reason
Hopeful the right season comes
So we can begin again
To begin again, we begin again and again

Gatekeeper, surely a strange kinder helper to come later
But that’s not the journey’s ending
Just and ending, just an ending but not the journey’s end

Like a city without a wall you are open to anything
Lose the government of your soul
'Cos you’re so open to everything
Well, don’t go listening to the voice of a stranger - Don’t!
Don’t you go listening to that voice!

Like a city without a wall you are open to everything
See you flirting in the danger zone
Trying to be all things to all men
Won’t you take your stand when you get hurt?
Never learn your lesson when you feel it burn?
Fired up? It should get you fired up!
Still it’s aching? Fire up!
Got to get to you - get fired on all cylinders, yeah!

Ooh...you should be a kinder teacher to me
But will you let me? No
Will you let me in? No

Don’t fade away
You don’t have to fade away
Why you gonna have to fade away?
You don’t have to fade away
That’s not how the story was supposed to end
Let’s begin again, let’s start again
You don’t have to fade away

Ooh
Track Name: Red
Dawn in crimson, just like the tide
Solid ocean, shore's behind
Head for the edge of the world when you finally push the boat out
Knowing only what you know now

And all that you learn you’ll have to forget - forget
Painting it over again and again - red, red!
See for yourself

Sunken treasures - you buried them deep
Currents unseen take you down, taking you down
Taking you down, down, down...
Belly feels awful weak
You only see what you see now

And all that you learn you’ll have to forget - painting it red!

With the blood ink in your veins
Take those sails and paint them red
No escape from the rise and the fall of the waves
For the unwritten days and those days you cannot change
On the journey from womb to the grave, many things to forgive and forget
Ah heartache! No need to regret
But there are some things in this life that are heartache - red!

And all that you learn you’ll have to forget - never comes easy
Painting it over again and again - red, red!

They were patiently waiting for her to arrive
Finally she came ashore, late to her own life

We'll cross that when we come to it - brace yourself
We'll cross that when we come to it
We’ll come to it - brace yourself
Track Name: Arrogant Heart, Pt. I
Improvised lyrics
Track Name: She's In The Flowers
Slipped underground
Hers was a battle that laid her to rest
And when her body returned to the land
Seeds of her memory grew up from the earth

She’s been gone a long, long time
It’s alright now she’s in the flowers

Queen of the Shades
Seasons return ‘though his memory fades
She is the bloom that he grips in his hands
Who knew the boy but did not know the man
She knew the boy but did not see the man

She’s been gone a long, long time
It’s alright now she’s in the flowers
She’s been gone a long, long time
It’s alright now she’s in the flowers

And he says,
I wonder, wonder if you’d be proud
Of the man that I’ve become
I wonder - if you were with me now

She’s in the flowers
She’s in the flowers
It’s alright, it’s alright
She’s in the flowers
It’s alright, it’s alright
Track Name: Arrogant Heart, Pt. II
Trouble’s in need of an arrogant heart
A hard and a stubborn love won’t go down easily
She can say what she likes

I don’t mind the battle it brings
I already know I’m gon’ win
Standing my ground, yeah!
Fight like a bull in the ring

Arrogant heart
A hard and a stubborn love won’t go down easily
They can say what they like
It’s OK, it’s alright