Vierde album Kae Tempest is voor april

En de titel luidt: 'The Line Is A Curve'.

Het vierde studioalbum van Kae Tempest verschijnt op 8 april. Eerste single uit de plaat is More Pressure (zie hieronder) en Kevin Abstract (BROCKHAMPTON) kreeg daarin een gastrol. Het was Rick Rubin die Kae Tempest en Kevin Abstract bij elkaar bracht, nadat de hiphopartiest begeesterd raakte van het werk van Kae.

Verder zijn er nog gastbijdragen van Grian Chatten (Fontaines D.C.), Lianne La Havas en Confucius MC. Naast artwork van de bekende fotograaf Wolfgang Tillmans, wordt het album door Kae Tempest als volgt beschreven:

"'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."

10 januari 2022
Patrick Van Gestel