Red Earth

by Kendall Elise

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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 Zealand’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 - including first singles already released ‘The Clock Tower’ and ‘Valentine Street’ - because they’re representations of her childhood growing up in Papakura, south Auckland. “Each 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,” she explains.

“The 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.”

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released May 3, 2019

All songs on the record were written by Kendall and recorded at Roundhead Studios.
Audio Engineer - Paddy Hill;
Produced by Kendall Elise and Alan Meharry;
Mixed by Scott Seabright;
Mastered by Chris Chetland from KOG

Kendall Elise - Vocals and Guitars
John Segovia - Guitars and Backing Vocals
Robert Scott - Bass and Backing Vocals
Chris Kemp - Drums and Percussion
Louis Jarlov - Keys

Additional vocals by Debbie Silvey, Sarah Radford, Alan Meharry, Emily Wheatcroft-Snape, Paddy Hill

THANK YOUS!!

Thank you to my darling Chris Kemp, John Segovia, Rob Scott, Alan Meharry, Paddy Hill and the team at Roundhead Studios, Scott Seabright, Chris Chetland, Mum and Mud, Chris Whiting, Meghann Humphries, Bella and Sam, Louis Jarlov, Debbie Silvey, Sarah Radford, Reuben Raj, NicNak Media, Shure, DRM, APRA, AtoZ, Recorded Music New Zealand, To my friends and family, and the biggest thank you of all to those that contributed to the making of this record by way of buying merch, listening to my music, and coming along to shows.

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Kendall Elise Auckland, New Zealand

Kendall Elise is an intriguing story teller with a hint of yesteryear. With trademark quirky touches and flawless vocal delivery she has come fresh from touring with Kiwi born, LA based Gin Wigmore and supporting Larkin Poe. On the 3rd May Kendall released her debut album Red Earth of which her recently released singles The Clock Tower and Valentine Street feature. ... more

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Track Name: Belgrave Place
14 different houses
Not one of them home
Seems like my spirit
Is destined to roam

Fitting myself into
Different sized spaces
Living out of
Old suitcases

Maybe I’ll find some money and settle down someday
Maybe I’ll find some money and settle down someday
Maybe I’ll find some money and settle down someday
Maybe I’ll find some money and settle down someday
Track Name: Valentine Street
Red down one end and blue down the other
They’re of the same world but won’t call each other brother
Here they are living by their own laws
Heat to heat
Down Valentine Street

She’ll borrow your things but you’ll never get them back
She was born 10 metres from the right side of the tracks
Every day she makes up for what she lacks
Living week to week
Down Valentine Street

He gets home one night late from work
Tries to rest his weary head
But instead they fight
Hurt upon hurt
And still that Devil’s making the world go ‘round
Heartbeat to heartbeat
Down Valentine Street

It’s a never-ending race to the bottom of the glass
And you can’t quite remember the last time a hit lasted
Now you’re down looking for your next up

Living
Sleep to sleep
Down Valentine Street
Week to week
Down Valentine Street
Heartbeat to heartbeat
Down Valentine Street

Valentine Street, Valentine Street
Track Name: Kirks Bush (The Long Way Around)
Mumma why do you tell me not to go there?
Why must I always hold your hand?
Why do you tell me I must not go there?

I’m sure if I stick to the path
I will come to no harm
No one else I know has ever raised the alarm

Why should I take the long way around?
Why should I take the long way around?

My girl, heed my warning
I don’t want to hang my head in grief
Each time you’re home safe it’s a relief

Girl get used to taking the long way around
Girl get used to taking the long way around

Mumma why do you tell me not to go there
Mumma why do you tell me not to go there
Mumma why do you tell me not to go there
Mumma why do you tell me not to go there
Track Name: Red Earth
I want to call you by your true name
Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past
Denial is no way to heal
Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past

Little did you expect to be boxed in by whitewashed walls
And earth red from open wounds

I want to call you by your true name
Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past
Denial is no way to heal
Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past

Little did you expect to be boxed in by whitewashed walls
And earth red from open wounds
The mouth of your harbour gagged by a motorway strip
Your forests razed, your veins lined with concrete

I want to call you by your true name
Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past
Ignorance and denial is no way to heal
Don’t let them don’t let them don’t let them cover up your past

I see you for what you were
I see you for what you have lost
I see you for what you can be now
Track Name: The Clock Tower
There are moments I stumble into you
words tumbling from my lips
There are moments my hands are outstretched
Palms glistening from your tears

How about it, how about it
How about you meet me there
In front of the clock tower
In the middle of the town square?

Let's rewind, let's reset
Let's turn the clock way back
'Cause I'm no good at ending
But it's easy to start
And pretend that no time has passed

How about it, how about it
How about you meet me there
In front of the clock tower
In the middle of the town square?

How about it, how about it?
Track Name: Kingseat
I’ve seen blood and I’ve seen pain
I relive it in my head again and again
But they tell me they can get rid of what ails me
With a little electricity

I awake in the night
My face wet with tears
Soaked in sweat smelling of fear
But they say they can re-write my memory
With a little electricity

I lost my life and I lost my smile
My light hung around for a little while
But they say they can ignite a spark in me
With a little electricity
Track Name: Great South Road
Standing on the doorstep of my 13th house
It seemed that all space for me had run out
Turned around but there was nowhere to turn to

I left you there down Great South Road
I left you there down Great South Road

When I was a child you wiped away my tears
I believed you when you told me that monsters weren’t real
But you lied I saw them in your eyes

I left you there down Great South Road
I left you there down Great South Road

I could have done more
I could have stayed by your side
But I ran away
I was only a child

I could have done more
I could have stayed by your side
But I ran away
I was only a child

I’m sorry I left you there down Great South Road
I’m sorry I left you there down Great South Road
Track Name: Slippery Creek
While we were laughing and the sun shined down below
We didn’t notice the summer start to go
The summer start to go
From warm nights of fire and song
We were singing of sorrow all along

So kiss me once more my love
And I’ll try not to weep
While I wait for you here
Down at Slippery Creek

Now the sunset slowly fades away
Now the cold and dark invades the day
The dark invades the day

I looked to the future but I was so wrong
How was I to know that we wouldn’t have long

So kiss me once more my love
And I’ll try not to weep
While I wait for you here
Down at Slippery Creek

We must live with courage and grace
And stare darkness right in the face

So kiss me once more my love
And I’ll try not to weep
While I wait for you here
Down at Slippery Creek
Track Name: The Best of Town and Country
I look down Old Wairoa Road
I see your train pulling in to town
I know it’s minutes ‘til I see ya
Man it’s ages since you’ve been around

I never thought you’d leave the city
We can take it nice and slow
Honey believe me when I tell you
By the morning you won’t want to go

Why would you ever want to leave
When you’ve got the best of town and country?

I see you brought some beer
Honey you know my style
Open a drink – We’ve got one night
Let’s make sure we spend it well

I never thought you’d leave the city
We can take it nice and slow
Honey believe me when I tell you
By the morning you won’t want to go

Why would you ever want to leave
When you’ve got the best of town and country?

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