Patterns

by ASTU

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ASTU, Eritrean R&B/soul singer-songwriter out of Oakland, CA, talks sex, love and all the complications that follow in her premiere EP, Patterns. Its modern pop influences are clear, as are its soul and r&b vibes. What’s old is new again. Honest, raw lyrics are carried by synth-filled rhythms and soulful melodies.
ASTU unabashedley captures the modern romance in all its vulnerability and volatility. Patterns is the attempt to dissect the stories her generation repeats and the lens they view love through, in hopes to break these hollow patterns that hold them back from it.

www.kqed.org/arts/13825157/how-astu-left-the-pulpit-and-found-herself-in-rb

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released February 23, 2018

Written by ASTU
Produced by Daoud Anthony
Co-produced by Chris Keys (Roots)
Recorded at AfterOurs Studios
Mixed/Mastered by Gabriel Shepard at 25th St Recording

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ASTU Oakland, California

Part retro soul, part nineties R&B pastiche, part New Wave-inspired synth-pop, ASTU’s music refuses to pledge allegiance to a single vibe. The Oakland-based songwriter has the ability to find an easy, irresistible groove & turn it into a unhurried banger. The depth and complexity of her buttery alto on Patterns, her debut project, has garnered critical acclaim from Afropunk, Earmilk, KQED & more. ... more

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Track Name: Son of California
Superstar

I see your face on mini screens
And flashin memes
Wouldn’t you think
The light beams would keep you warm
Everybody lookin at you
And everybody wants to know

Where do you go
Can I follow
Who do you know
Who did your video
Who do you owe
Got any dough
How do you grow
Can I get some of ya glow

Superstar

It’s cold out here again
In sunny california
The son of california
Can’t get warm

You can be what you wanna
Brighter shine than the moon
You can be what you wanna
Everybody’s lookin at you
Neon lights in the sky
Oh my
Neon lights blind my eyes
So bright

Where do you go
Can I follow
Who do you know
Who did your video
Who do you owe
Got any dough
How do you grow
Can I get some of ya glow

Superstar
Track Name: Staycation / Runaway
Staycation with me
I get everything on my own
But my bed is empty
Lay down your body
I do everything all alone
But I could use some company

We been on the brink of love
We been on the edge of us

Shake shake it off
Let’s break and fall
Shake shake it off
We’ll fuck and fake love

I pray when I wake up
I put in a good word for ya
A good word
My how the time lies when we’re together
Your lips on my thighs
This sure feel like forever

Shake shake it off
Let’s break and fall
Shake shake it off
We’ll fuck and fake love

Oh let’s roll to the middle
We’ll be safe in love
Oh there ain’t nothin betta
Than what we make of love
Than what we take from us

Staycation with me
I’m on my own
Lay down your body
I’m all alone
Everything everything

I was too afraid for more child
He put on the chains
So I won’t leave him
He was too afraid for more child
So I run away
So he won’t leave me

He was too afraid for more child
I put on the chains
So he won’t leave me
I was too afraid for more child
So he runaway
So I won’t leave him

Ayy gone with ya go on
Runaway
Gone with ya gone
Won’t ya stay
Gone with ya go on
Runaway
Gone with ya gone with ya

Only fools runaway
Fools runaway
Track Name: Paperheart
I’ve got two faces
One like the hand of God
No one wants to see it
But Ima hafta hafta set it off
You love breakin hearts you
You wield your power over me
This soft heart go hard
Ima make ya pay
My paperheart gon cut ya

I got a paperheart
I tear so easy
I got a paperheart
I cut so fast
You got a pen to paint your love upon me
I’m like a canvas blank
Your colors smash
Smash

You betta leave your old ways
You betta give it up
You betta find another way
Baby I had enough
You could be my lover
My brother, my friend
You choosin heartbreaker
So you wanna play with paperhearts gon cut ya

I got a paperheart
I tear so easy
I got a paperheart
I cut so fast
You got a pen to paint your love upon me
I’m like a canvas blank
Your colors smash
Smash
Track Name: So Good
We fall from love
But the pussy so good
The pussy so good

We far from love oh
But the pussy so good
The pussy so good

We’ll never be enough
Track Name: Patterns
Seven different digits
And everytime I call
I’m the fool
I’ll play the game
I am the joker
And you are my king
I’ll entertain you
Everytime it hurts so bad
Still I come back
Still I come back to you
Still I come back

Surely you’re the one
There can’t be nobody else

Wait till we break into stars in the sky (nobody else)
Then you’ll be mine (nobody else)

If you ever wanna come back
If you ever wanna come back to me
Come back to me (back to me)
Track Name: Roots
So what they lost a blue one
A blue one again
But the ashes been black
And the red blazed on my skin
Iron-pressed scarlet letter
Now that shit burn from within
So I pray to a white god
Purify me
Make me new again

These systems are failin
We fight
Bless our souls
Can a black rose grow from concrete
I don’t know
These systems are failin
We fight
Bless our souls
Can a black rose grow from concrete
I hope so

I ain’t gonna put roots down again
(all I do is pull up lately, all I do is pull up baby baby)
All I do is pull up
(all I do is pull up lately, all I do is pull up baby baby)
I’m a fool if I think I can
(all I do is pull up lately, all I do is pull up baby baby)

Sister, dear brother
Do you fear for your mother
Do you fear one another
Do you feel like the other
We ain’t undercover
We out here like fuck it

These systems are failin
We fight
Bless our souls
Can a black rose grow

I ain’t gonna put roots down again
(all I do is pull up lately, all I do is pull up baby baby)
All I do is pull up
(all I do is pull up lately, all I do is pull up baby baby)
I’m a fool if I think I can
(all I do is pull up lately, all I do is pull up baby baby)

A rose is in bloom
I’m so strong
Yea, everyone tells me so
But I keep it movin
Why plant a seed
If it won’t grow

I ain’t gonna put roots down again
(all I do is pull up lately, all I do is pull up baby baby)
All I do is pull up
(all I do is pull up lately, all I do is pull up baby baby)
I’m a fool if I think I can
(all I do is pull up lately, all I do is pull up baby baby)
Track Name: Love Lessons (feat. the Hallelujahs)
It’s been a long time since we felt it
And my people we hungry
We wanna take it back to love
We gotta take it back to love

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