Swan, Lover's Knot, Dagger

by gem-K

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1.
Swan Song 03:29
Baby let me in your arms tonight (I know I gotta let go) If only for this one last time (I know I gotta let go) Baby let me in your arms tonight What do you see? What do you see? What do you see? What do you see? What do you see? What do you see? Take it back What you said Swallow the words back in (I know I gotta let go) Baby let me in your arms tonight (I know I gotta let go) If only for this one last time (I know I gotta let go) Baby let me in your arms tonight What do you see? What do you see? What do you see? What do you see? What do you see? What do you see?
2.
Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve Ivy, Lily, maple ash Find themselves Fight for the ground Five, six, seven, eight Time to find a cuffing mate Rain drops, sun stops Shining more light to the ground Send me more light to the ground Send me more light to the ground Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven twelve Ivy, Lily, maple ash Find themselves Fight for the ground Five, six, seven, eight Time to find a cuffing mate Rain drops, sun stops Shining more light to the ground Red, Green, Honey Blonde Fire orange and Dijon Colour me a colour fall Find me going from up to down Red, Green, Honey Blonde Fire orange and Dijon Colour me a colour fall Find me going from up to down Wet leaf underneath Feel the need Spread the seed Water it to grow a tree Make me smile till I frown Dull shine, short light melancholy is the right Word to describe life In an Autumn nutshell In an Autumn nutshell
3.
Apex 03:36
Tell me what to do Do you feel it too? This feeling burning inside Tell me what to do Do you feel it too? This craving building inside As if everything Has been building Up to this moment in time As everything Has been building Up to this very moment in time Tell me what to do Do you feel it too? This feeling burning inside Tell me what to do Do you feel it too? This craving building inside As if everything Has been building Up to this moment in time
4.
Medusa 03:42
When I look at you I turn to stone When you look at me My blood chills to the bone When I look at you I turn to stone When you look at me My blood chills to the bone I never wanna see you again (Never never never never never never never again) I never wanna set eyes on you again (Never never never never never never never again) I never wanna see you again (Never never never never never never never again) I never wanna set eyes on you again (Never never never never never never never again) When I look at you I turn to stone When you look at me My blood chills to the bone When I look at you I turn to stone When you look at me My blood chills to the bone I never wanna see you again (Never never never never never never never again) I never wanna set eyes on you again (Never never never never never never never again) I never wanna see you again (Never never never never never never never again) I never wanna set eyes on you again (Never never never never never never never again)

5.
Dogmatist 05:00
You said you would get me the moon I never believed you You said you would get me the moon I never believed you You tell me You’ll get me anything I need You tell me You’ll get me anything I need I never believed you I never believed you
6.
Gone Done 04:57
Never even knew Something could feel like this Never even knew Something could feel as good as this Never even knew Something could feel like this Never even knew Something could feel as good as this What can I say? What can I say? What can I say? You gone done broke my heart What can I say? What can I say? What can I say? You gone done broke my heart Never even knew Something could feel like this (would’ve never left you) Never even knew Something could feel as good as this (would’ve done anything for you) Never even knew Something could feel like this (would’ve never left you) Never even knew Something could feel as good as this (would’ve done anything for you) What can I say? What can I say? What can I say? (would’ve never left you) You gone done broke my heart What can I say? What can I say? What can I say? (would’ve done anything for you) You gone done broke my heart (Would’ve given you anything) What can I say? What can I say? What can I say? You gone done broke my heart
7.
Give me some room to breath Please give me a chance to see Something beyond my love for you Something beyond this deepest blue Give me some inner peace Please give me a taste for free Something to help me let go of you Something to help get over you Give me release Give me release Give me some time to heal Please give me a chance to feel Something beyond the empty space That you left when you went away Please give Give me release Give me release Please give Please give Please give A chance to see My love for you Please give Please give Please give A chance to see My love for you
8.
All this time I’ve been waiting for you All this time Tread lightly You’re walking on broken glass Step lightly You’re walking on thin ice All this time All this time I’ve been waiting for you Tread lightly You’re walking on broken glass All my life I’ve been waiting for you Step lightly You’re walking on broken glass All this time I’ve been waiting for you Tread lightly You’re walking on broken glass Step lightly All this time You’re walking on broken glass I’ve been waiting for you All my life All my life I’ve been waiting for you I’ve been waiting for you

about

Baby, let me in your arms tonight if only for this one last time.

gem-K is the femme fatale alter-ego of Maria Korkeila, a Finnish multidisciplinary artist working at the intersection of fashion, graphics, textiles, photography and music. Super Utu and Korkeila first crossed paths in 2017 at The Community, a small independent art gallery then located in Paris’s 10th arrondissement run by a group of Finnish expats. It was from then we learnt that Korkeila’s artistry is influenced not by any one discipline but by praxis itself. This can be observed through her myriad creative explorations: In My Room - a site specific installation at Kämp Garden, Helsinki; Her Aalto University grad collection - a junction of photography and textile design through a feminist lens; and Fiskars by Maria Korkeila - a gender-neutral gardening and urban exploration clothing collection.

After trying her hand at music production and following a few years of sharing demos over the internet, we are humbled to finally offer gem-K’s debut album, ‘Swan, Lover’s Knot, Dagger’.

A tragic tale which journeys the stages of heartbreak, gem-K explores grief through Classical Greek mythology, the Finnish Epic Kalevala and contemporary romantic tropes. Her lyrics are clear and forthright, leaving no room for assumptions, the raw simplicity of which is also apparent in the album’s sonic aesthetics. From a compositional perspective, gem-K employs only the sounds required to create a balance between her Goldfrapp-esque vocal style and her moody minimal-wave electronics. Using just a laptop and a microphone, gem-K’s approach to music production epitomises DIY culture: self-taught and self-directed. This too is evident in her choice of collaborators, friends J. Essel (vocals on Autumn, guitar on Dogmatist) and soft yakka (cello on Tread Lightly).

Behind the alter-ego, Maria Korkeila has designed merchandise and graphics for Solstice Festival and Post Bar as well as on stage outfits for the singer New Ro. Her dance music project emkay has recently celebrated a debut solo EP on Post Bar’s Post Sonics record label. She also hosts Tête-à-Tête. a monthly radio show on Ida Helsinki.

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released October 4, 2021

gem-K is the alter-ego of Maria Korkeila.
All songs written and produced by Maria Korkeila
Vocals on Autumn Ft. J.Essel by Jesse Essel aka Grande Mahogany aka Love Money aka 2Funny
Guitar on Dogmatist by Jesse Essel aka Grande Mahogany aka Love Money aka 2Funny
Cello on Tread Lightly Ft. soft yakka by Alexander Kelvy
Recorded in Finland 2020
Released by Super Utu 2021

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