The debut album by Ess-Em is finally here! After 5 years of writing and gigging around Sydney and Newcastle, the Sydney based pianist/accordionisma finally has finally something to show for it. The punk/gypsy/folk/pop, self-titled debut features 7 renowned guest musicians including dub/reggae percussion powerhouse Declan Kelly, and members from The Button Collective and Scarlet's Revenge. The album is presented in a lovely gatefold card case with booklet, artwork by Sarah-Marie Marriott and Reese Geronimo.
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I heard a sound
Saying “no more!”
To the tune of bitches bitching
About their men and why ‘they’re quitting’
And how they’re ‘done for’ -
Than it is done,
Well I’ve walked ten thousand footsteps
In your shoes and then my feet bled,
I’ll tell you a tale of how I came undone:
Well I wish that I had something else to live for,
Motivation just to breathe and take a step forward,
If we knew just how it worked
I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt
Because I’m breathing for myself and nothing more.
Everything will turn out fine
If you focus on your mind,
Nothing else will matter in the long run,
If you find yourself in doubt
Take a breath and look around,
When the wool is pulled you cannot see in front -
Life’s too short to spend it caring for the cunts!
I could have been
Happy and free,
Instead I spent the time a wishing
That it was me you’d picture kissing,
While I lay awake you dream away your dumb dreams
(Of not me)
‘Better to love
Than to have lost’;
Well I wish you kept a walking
‘Coz it was I who did the talking,
The breath I’ve spent is at non-redeemable cost.
She’s in your eyes -
That’s no surprise,
‘Coz we’re better off not knowing
each other’s feelings (are they showing?)
Let’s live our lives in limbo none the wiser.
No more could I take,
God, why did I stay?!
Well you had your chance
You used it,
Took advantage and abused it,
You gutless, spineless someone else’s mistake.
track released September 7, 2015
Sarah-Marie Marriott: Vocals, Piano, Accordion
Jake Pember: Double Bass
Declan Kelly: Percussion
Olga Solar: Violin