With their new album ‘The Line Is A Curve’ set for release on 8th April via American Recordings/Republic Records, Kae Tempest is sharing the video for first single ‘More Pressure’ with Kevin Abstract.
“The best experience of making a music video I’ve ever had, testament to the incredible talents involved,” Kae says. “Huge deep love and thanks to Harris Elliot, Zongbo Jiang, Brian Rogers, and Kevin Abstract. Watch it. It’s so fucking good.”
Speaking about their upcoming album, Kae adds, “‘The Line Is A Curve’ is about letting go. Of shame, anxiety, isolation and falling instead into surrender. Embracing the cyclical nature of time, growth, love. This letting go can hopefully be felt across the record. In the musicality, the instrumentation, the lyricism, the delivery, the cover art. In the way it ends where it begins and begins where it ends. I knew I wanted my face on the sleeve. Throughout the duration of my creative life, I have been hungry for the spotlight and desperately uncomfortable in it. For the last couple of records, I wanted to disappear completely from the album covers, the videos, the front-facing aspects of this industry. A lot of that was about my shame but I masked it behind a genuine desire for my work to speak for itself, without me up front, commodifying what felt so rare to me and sacred. I was, at times, annoyed that in order to put the work out, I had to put myself out. But this time around, I understand it differently. I want people to feel welcomed into this record, by me, the person who made it, and I have let go of some of my airier concerns. I feel more grounded in what I’m trying to do, who I am as an artist and as a person and what I have to offer. I feel less shame in my body because I am not hiding from the world anymore. I wanted to show my face, and I dreamed of it being Wolfgang Tillmans who took the portrait.”
Check out the video for ‘More Pressure’ below.
‘The Line Is A Curve’ Tracklisting:
1. Priority Boredom
2. I Saw Light with Grian Chatten
3. Nothing To Prove
4. No Prizes with Lianne La Havas
5. Salt Coast
6. Don’t You Ever
7. These Are The Days
8. Smoking with Confucius MC
9. Water In The Rain
11. More Pressure with Kevin Abstract
See Kae Tempest live at the following dates:
22 - Albert Hall, Manchester
23 - Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
24 - SWG3 Galvanizers, Glasgow
26 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge
27 - De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill
28 - The Dome, Brighton
30 - Roisn Dubh, Galway
01 - Cyprus Avenue, Cork
03 - Cathedral Quarter Festival, Belfast
04 - Vicar Street, Dublin
06 -Marble Factory, Bristol
08 - Grand Central Hall, Liverpool
10 - Town Hall, Birmingham
11 - Stylus, Leeds
12 - Asylum, Hull
14 - St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
15 - The Octagon Centre, Sheffield
16 - O2 Academy, Leicester
18 - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
21 - Sage, Gateshead
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