Kiwi singer/songwriter Kendall Elise has a gift in action. Kirks Bush from the Red Earth album takes inspiration from her childhood growing up in, South Auckland. The track is named after the notorious scenic reserve near her home in Papakura. The land is 5.5 hectares and was gifted to the community by the Kirk Brothers who owned the property between 1894 and 1918. Just imagine, the stories told. It’s a shivery track, well-executed dark-folk with soft and spacious vocals including an appreciated instrumental backbone. Kendall Elise’s voice is staying with us for a lifetime of spins.
The song ‘Kirks Bush’ symbolizes the inequality that women experience growing up. “We’re often taught to take the long way around as a safety technique. But also metaphorically, it’s a way to prepare for the gender inequality we will experience” she explains.