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Estère Unveils Lush New Album 'Archetypes' + Video

Estère Unveils Lush New Album 'Archetypes' + Video

Annabel Kean / Friday 22nd January, 2021 10:02AM

Archetypes is a trip into the bioluminescent trenches and coves of Estère's otherworldly songwriting. Where she dips her toe into the shallows on albums Estère and My Design, On Others' Lives, on her third album she dives head first into the hazy depths of oceanic metaphors, Greek myths (which Estère delves into here), Jungian theory, and astrology. Opening track 'Into The Belly Of Capricorn' and its accompanying new video see Estère suspended in dark blue seas, twisting and turning to a song about her own star sign, unmistakably resembling a foetus in utero. Archetypes progresses through tempo peaks and troughs, giving listeners a moment to reacclimatise before picking up the pace from 'Climate In Your Skull' onwards to the body shaking synth and twinkliness of 'Nemesis'. Estère co-produced her latest collection with Massive Attack producer Stew Jackson, flitting between his base in Bristol and her own home town Pōneke - back when we could do that sort of cross-contaminating. Estère wrote about the many ideas balanced in her latest album...

"I’ve been heavily influenced by post-Jungian literature which disregards some of the archaic Jungian concepts - particularly the work of esteemed African American psychologist Fanny Brewster."

"Mish-mashing folkloric storytelling styles with more personal dialogues enabled me to really dig my teeth into each archetypal theme I wanted to explore."

Created for the festival slots in her forthcoming Aotearoa tour, the multi-talented artist has built a unique performance around Archetypes, exploring what each track means in a conceptual show called Into the Belly of Capricorn. Dates and tickets below...

UPDATE 16/02/21: Due to this week's current Covid-19 restrictions, Estère's South Island Archetypes release events have unavoidably been postponed until May. Here's the full statement from the organisers, hold onto those tickets and stay tuned for new dates...

"Well, here we are. We can't predict how Covid Levels will unfold in 2021, and unfortunately this recent development means that Estère's South Island Archetypes release tour will need to be postponed until May. It just can't happen with Level 2!

We hope to be back to you by the end of this week with new tour dates in the same cities: Dunedin, Lyttelton, Blenheim, Nelson and Onekaka. With many apologies, we look forward to seeing you in a couple of months. Thank you for your patience and for being ticket-buying superstars.

PLEASE note that the rest of Estère's tour dates are still proceeding as planned!"

Estère - Archetypes Tour

Wednesday 17th February - Dive, Dunedin* - postponed
Thursday 18th February - Wunderbar, Lyttelton* - postponed
Friday 19th February - The Plant, Blenheim* - postponed
Saturday 20th February - East St. Cafe, Nelson* - postponed
Sunday 21st February - Mussel Inn, Takaka* - postponed
Friday 26th February - Meow, Wellington
Saturday 27th February - Splore Festival, Auckland
Thursday 4th March - Auckland Arts Festival
Friday 5th March - Historic Village, Tauranga
Sunday 7th March - Newtown Festival, Wellington
Friday 26th March - Paisley Stage, Napier*
Saturday 27th March - The Stomach, Palmerston North*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Hold your breath and take the plunge into the underwater world of the brand new video for 'Into The Belly Of Capricorn', directed and shot by Paascalino Schaller...

'Archetypes’ is out now on Blue Riot Records / Rough Peel Records.


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Wed 5th May 8:00pm
Dive, Dunedin
Thu 6th May 8:30pm
Wunderbar, Lyttelton
Fri 7th May 8:00pm
The Plant, Blenheim
Sat 8th May 9:00pm
East Street Cafe, Nelson
Sun 9th May 8:30pm
Roots Bar, Takaka
Fri 26th Mar 8:00am
Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland
Fri 26th Feb 8:00pm
Meow, Wellington
Estère – Into the Belly of Capricorn
Sun 21st Mar 7:30pm
The Civic Theatre, Auckland
Newtown Festival 2021
Sun 11th Apr 9:00am
Newtown, Wellington
Fri 26th Mar 8:00pm
Paisley Stage, Napier
Sat 27th Mar 8:00pm
The Stomach, Palmerston North