Peng Variations

by Elsa Hewitt

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Whilst being filled with Hewitt’s trademark styling and aesthetic, Peng Variations finds a new balance between song-writing and electronic composition; a synthesis of the first two parts in her 2017 trilogy. Amongst the myriad of found sounds to be heard in this record, cuts from a single event – a play written by four women and their one performance of it in the Yorkshire dales – appear numerous times, both influencing and illustrating the album’s theme. The third part became loosely based around the weird notion of growing up, taking on responsibilities, whilst also learning to accept a lack of control.

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released December 8, 2017

Written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Elsa Hewitt.
Mastered by Kirk Barley.

Cover photo by Stefan Jakubowski.
Cover design by Elsa Hewitt.

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Track Name: Somewhere Else
There are people in the street
that I'll probably never meet
And I might not even be here
if I never changed
And I wouldn't know
I would never have known
I wouldn't know
If I never had known you

You could be somewhere else
I could be somewhere else
Track Name: Novemberz
Their absence makes me sad sometimes
in late November's embers
Dreams take me to places
that are far and yet familiar
And I drift in its tides
and wake up on a different shore
Where my skeleton feels heavier
Where no matter what my conscience tells me
I am transfixed on the sky

Cos the sun on my face
smothers and softens its flickering trace
The sun on my face
smothers and softens its flickering trace
Track Name: Intangible Beauty
The notion of sin
creeping back in
The streets are quiet
except for the wind
Wind, rain and sirens
My mind is hearing silence
Today I feel darkness
steeped in the mist

Unsung melodies
and unchained memories
Intangible beauty
reaching its wings down to meet me

What is the future without these?

Woke up different
to yesterday
Woke up different
Twenty Seven
Track Name: Become Real
It's already left
but you can still see it
Time getting cut short
Killing one bird with two stones
That I can hardly lift
Sometimes you just have to say yes to yourself
and no-one else
Your subconscious knows more than you think
Whadda we want?
Change
To land in our laps
Like metal confetti
You could buy it
Or you could just remember it
He was lik hi
I was like hi
I'm in tune with the moon
Not zigzagging you like
Steps upon seabeds
Still the same soul
but the body is old
Who's the differentiator here?
Too much baggage
embedded in the whole concept
When everything is connected by mess

I can't be serious all the time

Sometimes you just have to say it
for it to be true
Most of what I imagine
will probably actually happen
Sometimes you just have to say it
for it to become real
Track Name: Comfort Zone
I am acting out emotions
like a puppet
Simultaneously needing
to remain still
On a park bench in the past
watching all the lost wonder
Closenesses unknown
carving through the wilderness
A pang within my heart
for the lost innocence
Playing sports in space
in your own
comfort zone
Nothing bothers you
Nothing to think too much about

Watching a plane fly
Watching a car drive
The first time I've been ill
since I've been living here
Like a weird throwback to the last time
Like christmas last year
When i didn't live with you
I refeel the sadness of the past
Track Name: Sink Or Swim
That cat is a history of mystery
Sequinned sequels now I can only resample
The loss of a muse leaves an ageing bruise
and shining memories
that warp from years of brain abuse
Soaking it up with a payslip
and my memory gland began to expand and
outgrew emotions I don't quite understand
Just another opportunity to be negative
Request repressed
That soul is so old
General situation:
In a light vessel, slightly cold, light drizzle
But in my mind I'm in a photo with you
where we dangle our legs in the marvellous blue
Marvellous blue

But in my mind I'm in a photo with you

If I survive this
I'll probably do it again
If I survive this
I'll probably do it again
Eyes opening
Do I sink or swim?
Track Name: Glow Home
Wasted minutes feeling wrong
Wishing I was someone useful
These notions are not important
When there's particles of you
All over my face
In epic proportions
Like glitter or sunshine or rain
To dust off all the doubt from my brain
Little person hiding in the wings
Always still deciding things
Gullible traveller in the corner of my tiny mind
Somewhere else again I will find
I don't like to be the one who leaves
I don't want to hurt any of you
So I don't like to be the one who leaves

I don't want to do you no harm
Home is where I'm from
For you I am steady and calm

Choose a way to be
for the people in your life
Choose a way to see things
Before your eyes
Do no harm
Home is where I'm from
For you I am steady and calm

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