A lot of the sound we filter through is full of preservatives, and not in any healthy sort of way "” not like music that is endearing to generation after generation, but more like a Twinkie held together by recycled parts. Ignore the fact that many of us admittedly love what we shouldn't, and listen to this especially fresh track, "Gatekeeper."
Eska's voice cascades like a gun whose bullet has been replaced by the cinematic free flow of psychedelia, soul, and folk. There's a team of talent promoting the watery mirage "” a piano, a glockenspiel, a tambourine, a saw, a cello, an acoustic and electric guitar, drums, a glasto harp, a radiator, and a vocal instrument; they could together, and alone, saturate your mind and soul, but the lyrics call for air.
After three minutes of what seems to be a warm-up in comparison, Eska bites down on her words singing, "Like a city without a wall you are open to everything/See you flirting in the danger zone trying to be all things to all men/Won't you take your stand when you get hurt?/Never learn your lesson when you feel it burn?/Fired up? It should get you fired up!"
The London-based singer/songwriter/musician has collaborated with the likes of Cinematic Orchestra, Grace Jones, Zero 7, and Nitin Sawney, though clearly she stands on her own. Eska's debut EP, Gatekeeper, is available for pre-order here with its official release coming November 20, 2013.