flowers, or die

by Leila Adu

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stefanson Well Leila and the rest of the world. Everything that you/Leila does is pure gold in my mind. I could not recommend it more. She truly is one of my favorite artists.
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The Doll This EP is the long cool drink with a kick that you need right now to jolt you back into action Favorite track: Soothe.
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tokoloshes2 I'm emotional about this i only just found it and I knew from first listen I had to buy it Favorite track: Life Matters.
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  • Created by artist Lauren Vanzandt-Escobar, 'Or Flowers' is a digital booklet of limited edition art prints and poems. Vanzandt-Escobar made a selection of limited edition hand-made paper with embedded etchings in Veracruz, Mexico made to accompany Leila Adu's 'flowers or die' EP, 2020, and the booklet also features the lyric poems from the album.
    [Download includes 'flowers or die' EP, digital booklet will be received via email Monday June 8]

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Tar Sands 05:58
Tar Sands I take it with me, A bubble of black gold, A voodoo sack to go, god willing Country-sized holes in my life Friends are all I have to show Beacons of light n’ muddy soles Drilling into tar Sands and bloody war Nuclear bonts NAZDAQ guns Child is gone, deal is done I’m going on holiday Gonna sunbathe my troubles away So my pen, can cut a page again and move on I bathe in music today to wash the pain away Eyes are peeled, like an onion skin, no surprises Button up your mouth for what I’m about to say Stupidity is a silly word but pride and vanity go a long way I’ve seen the coward in the mouth of the wolf And the fear and the blame Kindness starts only with the self Care for the mind every day Drilling into tar Sands and bloody war Nuclear bonts NAZDAQ guns Child is gone, deal is done Separated from Mum Ignorant business men c*nts Screwing up planet earth For more genocide births I take it with me A crownful of black dignity I look at you, from my throne in the clouds, and fly on Starving seraphim babes with their cherubim graves We fly on Jimmy’s waves And the cholera knaves While you design death games We fly on Jimmy’s waves We fly on
Soothe 04:08
Life Matters 03:18


Leila breaks into 2020 with a new EP that proves yet again, she won’t allow herself to be boxed into just one genre or style of music. The new release, flowers, or die, explores the nuances of singer-songwriter territories, while breaking away from the generic form that this style of music is often critiqued for. In an EP that folds together four lilting, keyboard driven-protest songs, Leila manages to showcase a kaleidoscope of ideas that simply must be listened to on repeat.

In celebration of the release, Lauren Vanzandt-Escobar created a limited edition selection of hand-made paper with embedded etchings in Veracruz, Mexico

All proceeds from the album will go to the clean-energy charity



released February 8, 2020

© & ℗ 2020 Leila Adu
All songs composed by Leila Adu
Voice, piano, organ & synth performed by Leila Adu
Recording, mixing & guitar by Jean-Charles Versari,
Poptones Studio Paris
Mastering by Mike Gibson
Background image by Lauren Vanzandt-Escobar
Illustration by Deb Caponera
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