Kae Tempest

The Line Is A Curve

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The highly anticiapted fourth full length album from the acclaimed wordsmith Kae Tempest, following on from 2019's The Book of Traps And Lessons.

The album plays like a chronicle of pressures - the mind-numbing pursuit of a comfortable life, the eternal striving for more, the pressures of the city, the country, the times. The pressures of maintaining relationships, of battling illness, addiction, poor mental health, the vacuous life of our online selves. As we move through these chronicles though, the mood brightens. The musicality becomes more expansive as the lyrical horizon broadens and we glimpse coastlines, high streets, scrap yards, train stations in the rain; the entire album begins to let go. We encounter the contributions of artists who I love and admire, guest vocalists and instrumentalists, and so we defeat the sense of isolation felt in the opening track with a sense of deeply connected community. More Pressure, the penultimate song, is the essence of the whole album and the epiphany that leads to Grace, which is a prayer, a surrendering; ‘Please move me, please move through me, please unscrew me, please loosen me up.’ But once we get to the end of Grace, and the album, we loop back to the start – to ‘Kiss off the day with a mute mouth. Pass the commute like I can die faster than you.’ Because no matter how much a person grapples with, realises, deeply understands, about life and their place in it, we still wake up in the morning back to square one. Life isn’t solved the minute you figure something out about it. It’s a daily operation to increase your resilience, cultivate a deeper acceptance, let go of what’s chasing you and lean in to the pressures. It’s cyclical, as I believe all things are. And instead of trying to fight the cycles, this album asks us to surrender to them. To let go.

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  • 2.I Saw Light (feat. Grian Chatten)
  • 3.Nothing to Prove
  • 4.No Prizes (feat. Lianne La Havas)
  • 5.Salt Coast
  • 6.Don't You Ever
  • 7.These Are The Days
  • 8.Smoking (feat. Confucius MC)
  • 9.Water In The Rain (feat. assia)
  • 10.Move
  • 11.More Pressure (feat. Kevin Abstract)
  • 12.Grace

Item code: B003453402
Label: Fiction / Republic
Info correct on: 13/4/2022