DUM SPIRO SPERO

by Elsa Hewitt

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Elsa Hewitt presents DUM SPIRO SPERO, Part II in the album trilogy of 2017. ‘Breathing SpaceX’ and ‘Tantrum’ are two tantalizing precursors to set the scene. After the fractured and dreamlike Cameras From Mars earlier this year, DUM SPIRO SPERO clearly asserts the second phase, with a more earthy and confident overtone. This record is layered with the careful intricacy of a French patisserie, decorated by verses of empathetic and honest prose. Whilst developing some luxuriously sinister elements, the album also offers the delights of many audacious and experimental twists, such as unusual time signatures, dramatic re-pitching and unconventional uses of texture and field recordings.

Among the many characteristics of Elsa Hewitt’s sophomore album is the enjoyable balance between the dark and the dopey: The sonic tapestries conjure cinematic scenes of apocalypse and doom, all the while retaining a forward-thinking playfulness.
Much like a film, the listener is taken on an abstract journey that ends somewhere far from where it began.

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released July 14, 2017

Written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Elsa Hewitt.
Mastered at Barley Audio.
Funded by PRS Foundation and HMUK.

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Track Name: Breathing SpaceX
it's hard to be me
but it's harder to be anyone else
anyone else

sometimes you only need a seed
sometimes you only need to sleep
sometimes you only need to breathe
sometimes you only need to be
in the shoes of someone else
anyone else
Track Name: After Party
solid walls and underwater doors
each room different to the last
changing focus
high energies
searching silence in strange places
what makes me who i am?
only the laws of the universe
why can't i start living
the way that i always meant to?
Track Name: PER ASPERA AD ASTRA
and the roots keep it upright
faded golden tinge
navigate by the stars
flap to keep warm
and the roots keep it upright

i use music to emote
because otherwise i just don't
everyone's got their doubts about everything
toutes les choses qui se sont pasées
lorsque ses parents n'étaient pas présents
so seemingly
so unprofessional
if i changed it
it wouldn't be the same
i smile and try to show my love
because who knows how long i've got with him
who knows how long i've got with anyone
i know not how long i've got
collapsed from potassium poisoning
on the way to his own gig
by my words i will be outlived
the things that you don't notice in yourself
are often the most charming...
another day
another picture of your face
Track Name: TANTRUM
no awareness of your weirdness
no awareness of your wellness
things you learn the hard way
they can never be unlearnt
worship only the sun
until your sunburnt
i'm trying not to be rigid
and understand we are all different
we struggle with this resistance
to just accept the other
feeling this anxious angle
making my insides mangle
but hope springs eternal
but there is hope re-emerging
re-emerging
Track Name: Emo Book
she can't get used to
the awkward way they treat you
it seems like
we have disconnected
hello again my old friend
reunited till the end
powerless fun
i like what i've been given:
waves of distortion
apocalyptic dreamland
neon lights on distant structures
everything is falling
crumbling
sleeping in has never felt so needed
and wrong
forgive yourself
it's no surprise it's hard
to feel alright sometimes
in a beach hut
listening to old blues
and letting go of
thoughts i overabuse
Track Name: Endolphins in The Deep
on the canvas is a line
weird stains all down the side
always have to be different...
slaves to perfection...
complex beautiful structures emerging
even villains are getting half-hearted
bags of flesh and fashion
tumbling through space
silliness never did anyone harm
neither did being brave true or calm
another brutal tuesday
more electronic endorphins
floating on media and anti-imperfection
feeling boxed-in
with no sense of direction
today i don't wanna read
today i wanna write

i used to be tiny
but now i'm just small
i used to feel lonely
but now i've got myself on my side

i feel like i'm tight-rope walking
with no clue where the wire will end
no clue if there even is safety
what even is security?
i feel like i'm melting
drooping down below my feet
meltdown pain
where is me
i just need time and energy

i used to be tiny
but now i'm just small
i used to feel lonely
but now i've got myself on my side