Day 449: Eska - 2 Million Headless Heroes
We revisit our No Man's Land show from Nov 2018, which marked 100 years to the day since WW1 ended. This piece from the amazing Eska explores African involvement in the Great War and features sterling backing vocals from Kris Drever and Karine Polwart and that real musical rarity - a kazoo solo!
Zimbabwean-born Londoner ESKA is female solo artist who is a creative force to be reckoned with; imagine the psyche soul of Minnie Riperton, unexpected, whimsical melodic twists of Kate Bush and ornate detail of folk legends Pentangle arranged in an intoxicating meld for the post-digital age, and you’re only getting close. ESKA has been compared to Joni Mitchell by the music press, but her sound is a unique and complex tapestry of folk, soul, and rock n ' roll that earned her a Mercury Prize nomination for her debut album in 2015.
“Only a couple of times a decade does a new artist come along who so impresses that I find myself getting excited about what they’ll do next … Touching, powerful, experimental and sensuous – you could pick just about any positive adjective and it would apply.” The Independent on Sunday