Under You

by Esther Stephens

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Under You is a boogie-inducing feel-good dance track - with a bit of bite. It muses on the irresistible pull to that person you really shouldn't be seeing, that self-sabotaging craving for Mr or Mrs Wrong. Sexy, and a little bit nihilistic, it investigates the territory between what’s right, and what’s just too delicious to deny.

Under You started life in small venues around Auckland as part of Esther’s live set, and was then edited and refined in studio by Esther Stephens and soul mainstay Tama Waipara. Also instrumental in the creation of the single was producer Aaron Nevezie, who has worked with internationals including The Black Keys, Danger Mouse and tUnE-yArDs, as well as local acts such as Fredricks Brown. The track was recorded at The Lab in Auckland, and mixed at The Bunker Studio in New York.

Esther received a Making Tracks grant from NZ on Air to fund the Under You recording and video production.

lyrics

UNDER YOU

Liar liar
Lover liar
Sinking into
Our desire
Liar liar
Lover liar
All your clutter
Feeds my fire

And no we can't stay here
Wondering if he will hear
Someone has to go home

I'd rather be under you
Even though I know I should go
I'd rather be under you
But I can't leave you alone
I'd rather be under you
Under you

It's the call back
It's the crawl back
And it makes me a liar
Oh my lover
If we'll suffer
Suffering feels good tonight

I'd rather be under you
Even though I know I should go
I'd rather be under you
But I can't leave you alone
I'd rather be under you
Under you

Again, again..

I'd rather be under you
Even though I know I should go
I'd rather be under you
But I can't leave you alone
I'd rather be under you
Under you, under you, under you

credits

released 09 June 2013
Under You
Written by Esther Stephens, Tama Waipara
Producer: Aaron Nevezie

Vocals: Esther Stephens
Drums: Tom Broome
Bass: Marika Hodgson
Additional Instrumentation: Aaron Nevezie, Tama Waipara

Recorded at The Lab (AKL)
Mixed at The Bunker (NYC) by Aaron Nevezie
Mastered at Masterdisk (NYC) by Scott Hull

Photography by Reuben Stephens
Graphic design by Joy Conga

Thanks to NZ On Air

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Esther Stephens Auckland, New Zealand

Esther Stephens is an Auckland-born singer and actor now based in Melbourne. She has appeared with top kiwi acts including Homebrew, Sola Rosa and Tama Waipara. Esther’s solo music is powerful blend of old soul and contemporary pop and her New York produced, NZ On Air funded debut single and accompanying video are due for release September 2013 ... more

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