Elsa Hewitt announced her arrival earlier this year with her debut album Cameras From Mars, a beautiful electronic embrace of ephemeral nostalgia. The current graduate into Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers programme now follows this up with her second album offering Dum Spiro Spero, which comes as the second instalment in an album trilogy to be released fully in 2017 on her own imprint ERH. Dum Spiro Spero picks up were Hewitt left off, employing her sensitivity to ambience and cross genre sonics which caught the eye first time around.
Chugging along at a comfortable 100bpm for some two stepping and feet shuffling, ‘Things To Say’ plugs into a deep house feel, yet Hewitt sidesteps what would be a narrowing tag with her aural feast creation. Full of lingering echo and texture building voices from a cosmic percussion ensemble, there is also ample space to breathe between the complimenting layers. Like fireflies shining in the forest dark, the track has dark undertones which will never overpower and finding itself somewhere between Burial and Julianna Barwick in the metropolitan city streets, ‘Things To Say’ comes as a highly recommend sample of this fine developing artist.
Dum Spiro Spero is released 14th July via ERH on digital and tape formats. Pre-order over on her Bandcamp. Catch Elsa live at Brainchild Festival this weekend with a special audio-visual performance.