7.30pm 8 June at Old School Arts Centre, 5 Stewart St, Raglan
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â€œWith a voice that will send delectable shivers down your spine and an ever-evolving aptitude for composing music, Kendall Elise can undoubtedly look forward to a long and illustrious careerâ€ Ambient Light, December 2018
Auckland country singer songwriter Kendall Elise has just released her debut album,Â Red Earth, which features the track â€˜Kirks Bushâ€™ with this new video.
Kendall Elise released her debut full-length album RED EARTH on May 4.
A deeply introspective album of intricate storytelling brought to life with evocative instrumentation; meaningful
lyricism and a golden voice, RED EARTH officially hails the emergence of one of New Zealandâ€™s most intriguing
songwriters and performers.
Moving effortlessly and seamlessly through a number of styles and genres, from dark country to true country; folk and chilled pop to bluesy rock, Kendall delivers an album packed with mood and personality.
Kendall chose the songs that feature on the album â€“ including first singles already released â€˜The Clock Towerâ€™ and â€˜Valentine Streetâ€™ â€“ because theyâ€™re representations of her childhood growing up in Papakura, south Auckland. â€œEach song is based upon my memories around locations within the district. Most of the songs reflect important moments of my life that moulded who I am today,â€ she explains.
â€œThe whole album writing process involved a lot of introspection and processing of traumatic experiences, so it comes from a place of healing and catharsis. The songs also hold a lot of relevance to issues that not only I faced growing up, but that continue to be common societal issues today such as poverty, housing insecurity, sexism, sexuality, mental health, and how colonialism has negatively impacted our country.â€
It is exactly this eloquent approach to storytelling thatâ€™s evident in RED EARTHâ€™s focus track, â€˜Kirks Bushâ€™, written
about a section of forest in Papakura with a dark reputation, which the Auckland singer-songwriter recalls from her childhood. â€œEveryone I knew could recite one story about something terrible that had gone on in there.â€
But for Kendall, who used it as a shortcut to school, it became a safe place of reflection. â€œI would walk through there on my way to and from school each day despite the warnings of my parents. I would love the feeling of tranquillity and peace I would get as I walked further along the path and deeper into the middle of the bush.â€
â€œThese days the bush itself has been reclaimed as a community taonga (treasure) and is much safer,â€ says Kendall, who adds that â€˜Kirks Bushâ€™ highlights the inequality that women experience growing up â€“ often being taught to take the long way around as a safety technique â€“ but also metaphorically, as a way to prepare them for the gender inequality they will experience.
All songs on the record were written by Kendall and recorded at Roundhead Studios (audio engineer â€“ Paddy Hill; produced by Kendall Elise and Alan Meharry; mixed by Scott Seabright and mastered by Chris Chetland from KOG).
The release of RED EARTH coincides with a number of live performances and a nationwide tour.
26th April â€“ The Tuning Fork â€“ Larkin
4th May â€“ Kumeu Live
18th May â€“ Ministry of Folk â€“ Auckland
8th June â€“ Old School Arts Centre, Raglan
9th June â€“ The Hawkins Theatre, Papakura â€“
12th July â€“ Dunedin (TBC)
13th July â€“ Wanaka â€“ Gin and Raspberry
26th July â€“ The Jam Factory â€“ Tauranga
Kendall is a consummate performer, who (alongside her band) has earned a reputation as mesmerizing live act, not-to-be-missed! This year alone she has played a string of gigs and opened for Gin Wigmore on her recent New Zealand Tour. In April she will support American roots, rock band Larkin Poe in Auckland.
â€œThere are some artists, who when they sing, you feel like you are in a deep and meaningful conversation with them. On occasion, this is what Elise brought to her performancesâ€¦ it was intense, professional and beautiful to bear witness toâ€ Radio 13, February 2019