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'Don't Leave The Fire' // EP Cover
B O K E H is the artistic alter-ego of New Zealand-raised, Berlin-based actress/musician, Chloë Lewer.
'Don’t Leave The Fire', her first solo release, feels like the diary no one was ever meant to find. The highs and lows of life and love lost are explored over a six track EP, in what is clearly a very personal musical letter.
Intimate, sincere vocals, charged by an epic Electropop production with obvious 80s influences, expose B O K E H’s dreamy world and all the colourful, beautiful and painful spots of her imaginarie.
'There'll be no more tears for yesterday's years'
- Skeleton Woman
Singles // release dates :
I Know You Know (17/02/17)
Don’t Leave The Fire (10/03/17)
'Don't Leave The Fire' ( EP ) // release date :
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Electropop / Dreampop / Synthpop / Electronica / Alternative
Sounds something like :
Slyvan Esso, Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala
1. I Know You Know
2. Great Heights
3. Don’t Leave The Fire
4. Forget The Rules
5. Forbidden Treasure
6. Skeleton Woman
'Don't Leave The Fire' is co-written by Chloë Lewer and Wouter Rentema. Produced by Wouter Rentema.
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Long version :
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Chloë Lewer grew up too shy to ever sing in front of anyone. Instead, she spent her childhood and university years working as an actress. At age 21, she met a filmmaker who persuaded her to start a ukulele busking adventure with him in Berlin, which quickly developed into a touring band called ‘Charity Children’ with two albums under their sleeves over five years.
As the relationship turned to friendship and the band went into hiatus, Chloë sought new artistic endeavours. Teaming up with Dutch writer/producer Wouter Rentema, also the drummer of ‘Charity Children’, the pair spent the Summer of 2016 locked inside various studios about the German capital and recording synths in a disused chapel in The Netherlands, developing what would become Chloë’s artistic alter-ego:
B O K E H.
‘Don’t Leave The Fire’ feels like the diary no one was ever meant to find. The highs and lows of life and love lost are explored over a six track EP, in what is clearly a very personal musical letter. Intimate, sincere vocals, charged by an epic Electropop production with obvious 80s influences, expose B O K E H’s world and all the colourful, beautiful and painful spots of her imaginarie.
The lyrics, often sickly cute, ‘Did you know that you smile in your sleep? Sometimes I watch you like a total creep’, mostly painful, ‘My heart is a constant bruise’, end with poetic catharsis, ’There’ll be no more tears for yesterday’s years’.
‘I Know You Know’, the first single from the EP, was released Feb 17th, 2017.
‘Don’t Leave The Fire’ the single and the EP of the same name, were recently released on March 10th, 2017.
'We are gone but we are not forgotten'
- Great Heights
All music and lyrics written and performed by Chloë Lewer and Wouter Rentema
Additional songwriting on Forget The Rules and Great Heights by Enda Gallery
Additional musicians -
Synths/Bass : Thijs Lodewijk
Guitar : Jason Blynn, Julius Conrad, Niels Zuiderhoek
Production : Wouter Rentema
Mixing : Thijs van der Klugt
Mixing assistant : Jasper Hartsuijker
Mastering : Bo Kondren at CALYX Mastering