Growing up gay in a strict Christian household in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, it’s not difficult to see why the music of Nakhane feels like a torrent of pent up emotions, and a gorgeously arranged one at that.
‘Clairvoyant’, the first taster of upcoming record ‘You Will Not Die’, takes the regal majesty of Wild Beasts and drags it kicking and screaming to the dancefloor. With Nakhane finding himself influenced more by the sounds of gay techno clubs than more ‘authentic’ sounds, ‘Clairvoyant’ is proof that there’s more than enough space for sombre reflection and tenderness within a song that also makes you want to dance with every fibre of your being.
Reflecting both on his upbringing and his new, truer self now, the title of Nakhane’s upcoming album can serve less as a literal statement, and more as if to say, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. There’s strength flowing through every part of ‘Clairvoyant’, a brilliant, multi-faceted smash.
Photo: Tarryn Hatchett