be-longing

kate elpo


"be-longing" lyrics

"dejo vientulību" vārdi

"garlaicīgi ir" vārdi

"slieksnis" vārdi

tell me

kate elpo

i write, sometimes songs

Songwriting for me is a rebalancing act, self-therapy, a private, personal practice supporting the public and inter-personal ones. It helps me make sense of how I'm feeling and what's actually going on so I don't abandon myself in the midst of it all. I started recording my songs during the pandemic lockdown in hopes that they could help others the same way they help me. I hope they do.

“be-longing” (release date 18.09.2020) is the first single from a collection of songs written over past 10 years to be released as an ep “sweethurt”.

Thanks for listening & reading. Thanks for taking the time.
You can get in touch with me here.

kate


3rd person bio

l o n g

Kate Elpo is a writer and occasional singer-songwriter from Riga, based in Berlin. Her vocals and live performances, likened to the softness of Norah Jones and Joy Williams' expressiveness, uncover an intricate emotional world where sincere, closely observed lyrics invite the desire and longing to belong. Songwriting for Kate is a rebalancing act, self-therapy, a private practice supporting the public ones.

Once known as a founding member and producer of an upbeat indie-folk band, Kate disappeared from the scene after receiving best debut award in 2012. She cut her hair, changed her name and spent the next few years trying to leave music behind studying communication science whilst still periodically touring, writing lyrics and recording as a supporting artist for other bands and singer-songwriters.

After years of silence, on the morning of a pandemic lockdown with friends and loved ones separated by real and imaginary borders, came an outpouring of material written over more than a decade, demanding to be shared with anyone who might benefit in finding solace and connection.

“be-longing” is the first single from the upcoming ep "sweethurt" recorded whilst in quarantine between Riga and Berlin, inspired by friends and loved ones, and anyone longing to belong.

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Kate Elpo is a singer-songwriter from Riga, based in Berlin. Her vocals and live performances, likened to that of Norah Jones and Joy Williams, uncover an intricate emotional world where sincere, closely observed lyrics invite the desire and longing to belong.

“be-longing” is the first single from the upcoming ep "sweethurt" recorded whilst in quarantine between Riga and Berlin, inspired by friends and loved ones, and anyone longing to belong.

Kate Elpo is a singer-songwriter based in Berlin. Her songs uncover an intricate emotional world where sincere, closely observed lyrics invite desire and the longing to belong. “be-longing” is her first single from the upcoming ep "sweethurt".


media

photo: be-longing music video

photo: Sintija Priede


lyrics

be-longing

music: kate elpo
lyrics: kate elpo
arangement, producer: kate elpo, valters sprudzs

release: september 18, 2020

i'm waiting to see your eyes
i'm waiting to hear your voice

honey, it's been so long
since i've known
how to belong
to you

we're like a ship with no shore
we're two clouds with no shape or form

honey, it's been so long
since i've known
how to belong
to you

i keep losing my days
and nights keeping strong

honey, it's been too long
since i've known
how to belong
to you

was this just a dream
a ghost caressing me
i still wear your shirt when i sleep
what is this goddamn longing, longing for if we're out of reach, out of touch?

i'm waiting to see your eyes
i'm waiting to hear your voice

honey, it's been too long
since i've known
how to belong
to you

honey, i've been waiting for too long
to belong
belong
to you

dziesmu vārdi

garlaicīgi ir

mūzika: intars busulis
vārdi: kate elpo
producenti: intars busulis, kaspars ansons

izpilda: intars busulis, lenijs busulis

izdevējs: deBusul MUSIC, 2020

garlacigi ir
TV klusi murd
kā politikā iet
kam bērni neatskrien
garlaicigi ir
garlaicigi ir
viss viens atkārtojums lieks

garlaicigi ir
sveša prieka ne-
pietiek, kur aizņemties
labdien, nezvanu, jo
garlaicigi ir
garlaicigi ir
svešas balsis galvā lien

nevar saprast kāpēc tā tu stāvi
man ceļā
kāpēc spogulī tu viens tā stāvi
man ceļā

saki saki saki saki
vajag vajag vajag
pa me di tēt?
bet kur ta’ kur ta’ kur ta’ kur ta’
kur ta’ kur to varēs
performēt?

(tukšums klauvē, .. ienāc!)

garlacigi ir
lasu grāmatas
nu strīdos pareizāk
mīlos netiklāk (bet)
garlaicigi ir
garlaicigi ir
sirdij nevaru tikt klāt

garlaicīgi ir
imperatīvs tāds –
es nejūtos vairs brīvs
lietām sapaudzis stīvs
garlaicīgi ir
garlaicīgi ir
gribēt nedabūt arvien

nevar saprast kāpēc tā tu stāvi
man ceļā
kāpēc spogulī tu viens tā stāvi
man ceļā

saki saki saki saki
vajag vajag vajag
pa me di tēt?
bet kur ta’ kur ta’ kur ta’ kur ta’
kur ta’ kur to varēs
performēt?

tu mani nevari saprast, ej
tev nav vairs jāmeklē
spēle beidzās puslaikā
tu nevari uzvarēt
jautājumu karā
attopies par ķīnieku savu
ir klusums, kuru neapzinies
atbildes, kurās aizmirsties
tumsa krīt vai jākrīt tev pašam
atsakies no domām svešām
vai redzi uz priekšu
iespēju vēl vienu

garlaicīgi ir
garlacigi ir
kur jaunas acis rod?
jaunas ausis dod?

garlaicīgi ir
garlacigi ir
kur laiku atgūt var?
kā atgriezt atpakaļ?

*
garlaicīgi ir
garlacigi ir
vai spogulis tu mans
nekad neiemiedz?

dziesmu vārdi

slieksnis

mūzika: intars busulis
vārdi: kate elpo

izpilda: intars busulis, abonementa orķestris, gg choir

tituldziesma TV3 seriālam “Nemīlētie”

izdevējs: deBusul MUSIC, 2020

vēlviens loks
ielas vēl klusē
gaišs tavs logs
vai esi otrpusē

atteikties bet nepazaudēt
kā atzīties
kā gribētu piekāpties

dīvaina nakts skrien
caur pirkstgaliem ēnas
satvertas vīst un
atmiņas atkal es mēms

domā – nejūtu, nedzirdu?
bet es zinu par daudz
Lielais Tukšums
iekšup rauj

vēlviens gads
mūsu saknes lai paklusē
slieksnis ir tavs
kam nenāc šaipusē?

atteikties bet nepazaudēt
kāpēc man atzīties
vecs suns vai var mainīties?

domā – nejūtu, nedzirdu?
bet es zinu par daudz
Lielais Tukšums
iekšup rauj

vai ar nolūku tu tā
atstāj gaismu istabā
vai bez nolūka tā sāp
dvaša uz plaukstām
nāku istabā

domā – nejūtu, nedzirdu?
bet es zinu par daudz
Lielais Tukšums
iekšup rauj

*
nejūtu, nedzirdu
zinu par daudz
skatos tukšumā
tu mani sauc

dziesmu vārdi

dejo vientulību

mūzika: intars busulis
vārdi: kate elpo

izpilda: intars busulis, abonementa orķestris, gg choir

izdevējs: deBusul MUSIC, 2020

manas koordinātas
uz Lielās kartes
melns punkts

kā klaidonis klīst
tuksneša saulē karst
asins vārās (mēle sausa)

mans ceļš nebeidzams horizonts
apstājies vēlos uzelpot

aizveru acis – Tu
dejo vientulību
veldzējošs Tavs malks
viens pieskāriens
tveru Tevi, netveramā
viena malka nepietiks

“celies, tālāk ej”

acis atver klusēt
klusēt, neatbildēt
kartes nav

maldu upē iekāpt
divreiz divreiz vienreiz
jau par daudz

Tavs ceļš man
nebeidzams horizonts
kas pēc apvāršņa netverams
kur tam gals?

aizveru acis – Tu
dejo vientulību
veldzējošs Tavs malks
viens pieskāriens
tveru Tevi, netveramā
viena malka nepietiks

satvert Tevi
mirāža
sapnis mans

maldos
mostos
esmu Tavs

"be-longing" video

kate elpo

coming soon

song-sometimes-writer

photo: Sintija Priede

lyrics, music, vox, keys – kate elpo
bass, guitars, backvox –
mix, master –

Songwriting for me is a rebalancing act, self-therapy, a private, personal practice supporting the public and inter-personal ones.

Whenever I do it, I’m left with songs portraying moments in time, lyrics observing intricate emotions and the desire and longing to belong.

“be-longing” (release date 18.09.2020) is the first single I’ve published from a collection of songs written over past 10 years to be released in an ep “sweethurt” at the end of 2020.

Thanks for visiting & reading. Thanks for taking the time.
You can get in touch with me here.