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Archetypes

by Estère

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1.
Still in the nature angels fall You are the breath With which I call Empty handed, unafraid You came back To stake your claim Take my hand And we’ll go dancing Into the belly of Capricorn With the wind under our sails We’ll take all of our chances Into the belly of Capricorn First I went to reject you Threatened by your simple truth You held up your pure palms Tattooed with a billion hearts You said life isn’t over Until you loose the child Take back your innocence Let your hair grow wild If you forget me Or bury me below In dusty archetypes My memory will glow Take my hand And we’ll go dancing Into the belly of Capricorn With the wind under our sails We’ll take all of our chances Into the belly of Capricorn
2.
Pelican 04:37
They smelt the dinner fry They smelt the dinner fry They took their fishing beads Down to the river Prickles through their shoes Prickles through their shoes But they always went the same way Together The little one was brave The little one was brave Thile the big one hauled the boat With no anchor He said brother let’s go sail Brother let’s go sail Mama will give us rewards When we get back to shore The mama ran to find Her two young taken by the tides Oh my foolish little boys cried mama But I know the tides will Give back their lives For my own sacrifice Oh the pelican Moonlight hid the sons Moonlight hid the sons Mama whispered a hymn Across the water Till feathers ripped her skin Feathers ripped her skin As she assumed the form Of a pelican The mama flew to find Her two young taken by the tides Oh my foolish little boys cried mama But I know the tides will Give back their lives For my own sacrifice Oh the pelican As her wings Beat the sky She sees her sons In shallow tides Gathers them gently In their death Then stabs her bill Into her breast To give them life blood Like summer rain Pelican mother Makes her trade
3.
I knew I had to be so careful The first time I met him He spoke of the Mediterranean It was like he had it inside There’s something mad about your sea So gravitational It pulls me Until I’m under Caress him, his body of water My fingers reach over the waves He said I, taste of the Atlantic And somewhere else, that he couldn’t place I wanted to try and make it feel better To hang it all on a line I wanted to try and make it feel better But you don’t want to get dry He spills in to all of my memories Of St Malo and the call of Berlin I wept in the Mediterranean And it was like I had him inside There’s something mad about your sea So gravitational It pulls me Until I’m under
4.
Pomegranate 04:51
Starlight runs from its own death Waging a war against disappearance I knew the signs of a star That was in decay Your packed bags full of reasons That you could not stay You said babe give it away There’s no point to worry more For there’s a higher place Where there’s nothing to Hear, taste, touch, smell or see Well if you’ve found gods Hidden ley lines and words of prayer Is there a turn I can take To visit you there You said babe give it away There’s no point to worry more For there’s a higher place Where there’s nothing to Hear, taste, touch, smell or see Can’t hide away from what is real Can’t hide away from what is real We ate arils from the heart Of a pomegranate And both our lives Returned to the living planet
5.
You don’t look right anymore You only see what’s left At the end of every storm We stare straight into the sun Oh I want to tell you That you’re not the only one To be born With the climate in your skull Our feet are melting the ice With every year that passes Innocence is sacrificed Oh darling I understand That ibuprofen From a good doctors hands Couldn’t dull The climate in your skull I want to take care of you I want to cool your head While the fever’s breaking through If angels tear down the sky Are you going to tell them That you’re not afraid to die And to visit hell With the climate in your skull
6.
I know I’ve got my basic needs And I’ve got good friends for company But the wolf inside hunts something more So I guess that’s what I’m at the party for Oh I want pleasure Animal pleasure on the regular I want pleasure Animal pleasure on the regular Like the demon they call Lilith Sets a bad example in every myth Oh I go searching for somebody Ready to lay their weight under me Prince’s music paints the room He comes in close I make my move Hi baby I want pleasure Animal pleasure on the regular yeah I want pleasure Animal pleasure on the regular Bone tired When you’re working nine to five Need a little pleasure high To remind you you’re alive Oh I want pleasure Animal pleasure on the regular I want pleasure Animal pleasure on the regular
7.
I feel them coursing through me Roadblocks in my veins My big plans are just amateur actors Reciting on the stage And I could try anything But instead I am pushing Fear around my plate Feel like an anchor with no weight Cause I don’t want to go there I don’t want to seize the prize If pride could lose the last word I would love you with the fearless embrace Of all I can afford But I panic, just like a rabbit in headlights Afraid that I’m a fraud Yeah you can do anything But I smell the burning Before the match is struck There’s not a flame that I can trust Cause I don’t want to go there I don’t want to seize the prize If pride could lose the last word Yeah That apple shouldn’t be picked That chalice shouldn’t be sipped That serpent shouldn’t be kissed I’ve calculated the risk Well I’m tired of reading the script To a cautionary tale Freedom bends at the knee If we know that we can fail I don’t want to waste time I don’t want to loose sight Of the rising sun Can’t a girl just have her fun That apple shouldn’t be picked That chalice shouldn’t be sipped That serpent shouldn’t be kissed I’ve calculated the risk
8.
Night Crow 02:58
These feet are soft With barely a callous Why night crow follow me This hair is dark Without a white thread Why night crow follow me I’m promised I’m promised a hand of red roses Still night crow follow me Why night crow follow me This skin is fresh Without a puncture Why night crow follow me This tongue is tamed By virtues verses Why night crow follow me You came for my mother Sister and brother Still night crow follow me Why night crow follow me Cover me Death Free me I will learn To bend with the shadows Why night crow follow me To weave a cloak Made of black feather Why night crow follow me I dare you, I dare you I dare you, to follow Still night crow follow me Why night crow follow me Cover me Death Free me
9.
Through the forest Where sun shines pale And leaves rot Under footed trail She wandered The smell of fur A shadow brief She turned to see The hunted beast Revealed His eyes were alpine Gaze remote She clutched the threshold Of her throat To plead She said perhaps you came to eat me dead But there’s one thing that I wish instead The hooded thirsty girl In the blood red blazer Kissed a wolf Who longed for love She shook bracken Out her hair And turned to him With her body bare Full glowing Yes the two were drunk On strange delight And had no time For the wrong or the right She said perhaps you came to eat me dead But there’s one thing that I wish instead The hooded thirsty girl In the blood red blazer Kissed a wolf Who longed for love Oh the hooded thirsty girl In the blood red blazer Kissed a wolf Who longed for love She kissed a wolf Who hunted love Through the forest When night prevailed The huntsman followed Footed trail to a cabin There he found the two In sheets of white That turned blood red At the slash of his knife She cried my god What have you done You’ve killed the sacred Forest son For perhaps you thought he’d eaten me dead But theres one thing that I wished instead
10.
Nemesis 02:59
So she’s back in town Your old goddess Keep a low profile Don’t go unto her I taste bitter wheat When our two worlds meet And I hear her name Resurrected The Greeks call her Nemesis I saw her shadow on your lips If it’s her you can’t resist Babe, the Greeks knew better than you What a low betrayal Your devotion To a woman who Does not love only you I won’t loose my pride As the clouds subside To reveal her form Great as Olympus The Greeks call her Nemesis I saw her shadow on your lips If it’s her you can’t resist Babe, the Greeks knew better than… There can only be one To win at any time The crown she held in her hands Will now fall into mine The Greeks call her Nemesis I saw her shadow on your lips If it’s her you can’t resist Babe, the Greeks knew better than you In my deep repose Where dark sunlight flows I can feel her pull Me into the river In truth you were mine Only for the time That she leaves this realm For another
11.
Beside me are books To make a body Heavier than any man A body stained Black ink and coffee Words don’t warm me You stole away the dawn To avoid the early cues Left me in the void Of solitude But now I understand how it is I welcome it more To be my own company I won’t shy away Clouds the grey of abalone Take over the sky All the pillage enters Through the gates in my head Tell me how When you’re around 
I feel split into two With half of me left hiding Out of view But now I understand how it is I welcome it more To be my own company I won’t shy away You come back a silhouette Framed against the sky Deafening chaos in my heart Turns to silence There’s a veiled truth That I can no longer ignore It’s not just you That I’ve been waiting for I won’t shy away

about

Ever since Estère spoke to her grandmother about Carl Jung and his concept of archetypes, the Wellington-based producer knew the direction her next album would take. Fascinated, Estère dedicated herself to creating a record based on Jungian theory, devouring five books and filling six notebooks with dreams, brainstorms and eventually the material that appears on her third masterful record, the concept-album Archetypes.

Estère’s Jungian obsession dominated her sleep, creating bizarre dreamtime scenarios featuring encounters with cheetahs in a garden or sea creatures in a flood, while others revolved around delivering life into the universe and the massive task of guardianship over these beings - the instinctive selflessness of motherhood. Other dreams depicted violence and killing of the other; in some, Estère saw herself as a boy or a man. The imagery and meaning in these dreams have been incorporated into the archetypes that are featured on the album.

Archetypes is a departure from the bedroom beats of Estère’s previous two albums. Co-produced with Massive Attack producer, Stew Jackson, each track on the album comes alive through the Wellington-based artist’s deft production. Defying categoristion, her music is a mixture of folk, R&B and electronica, blended in a unique fashion, easily identified as ‘Estère’. Archetypes is the sound of an artist unafraid to follow their creative instinct.

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released January 22, 2021

Songs and Lyrics by Estère
Produced by Stew Jackson, Estère
Engineered by Toby Lloyd
Mixed by Stew Jackson

Harmonies: Estère, Zoe Moon
Drums: Ben Lemi, Stew Jackson, Jordan Gray
Acoustic Guitar: Estère
Electric Guitar: Estère, Stew Jackson
Synth Bass: Bevan Smith, Stew Jackson
Electric Bass: Stew Jackson
Violin: Syke Chadwick
Bass Clarinette: Mike Isaacs
Congas: Carlos Navae
Steel Drum: Kim Andrews
Electronic programming: Estère, Stew Jackson
Miscellaneous sounds: Estère, Stew Jackson

Album artwork: Jean Chua
Album cover design: Imogen Zino

Released via Blue Riot Records and Rough Peel Records

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Both artist and producer, Estère’s carefully crafted songs and unique brand of Electric Blue Witch-Hop, transports listeners to a vivid sonic landscape.

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