KELE OKEREKE announces new album FATHERLAND with new single!
Kele Okereke today announces his new album ‘Fatherland’, due for release on 6 October via BMG Music. ‘Fatherland’ is the most mature and musically adventurous chapter of Kele’s ever-evolving career, and in- cludes duets with Olly Alexander (Years & Years) and Corinne Bailey Rae. His third solo long player alongside his role as frontman of Bloc Party, it is the first under his full name and a significant sonic departure from adrenalised electronics of his previous two solo records, The Boxer and Trick.
A new song from the album, ‘Streets Been Talking’, is available to stream and download now. “Streets Been Talking was one of the first tracks I wrote for the album,” says Kele. “It’s a bittersweet ode to romance and the passing of time.”
Listen to Streets Been Talking here.
‘Fatherland’ presents a facet of Kele we haven’t heard before – the singer/songwriter. Embracing a much more organic – even classic – sonic palette, the album straddles delicate folk (Streets Been Talking), sumptuous soul (Do U Right), and insidious, dub reggae-meets-Weimar cabaret (You Keep On Whisper- ing). It also features the breahtaking Yemaya, released earlier this year, and was produced by Bloc Party bassist Justin Harris in Portland, Oregon with expert musicians largely drawn from Portland’s under- ground music scene.
“I was listening a lot to Elliott Smith’s Either/Or, Pink Moon by Nick Drake, Blue by Joni Mitchell, and the Al Green album, Still in Love With You,” says Kele. “Writing these songs and expressing these words and feelings, it’s something that’s vital for me. I’m recognising I’m entering into a different part of my
Kele’s lyrics are, as ever, perceptive and nakedly personal: a map of his consciousness as he squared up to the prospect of fatherhood – his daughter Savannah was born in December 2016. “I’m fully conscious that this record is probably going to serve as a document for Savannah of the relationship between her fathers and who we were before she came into our lives,” says Kele. “It feels important for her to see that we don’t have all the answers but we’re trying.”
2. Streets Been Talking
3. You Keep On Whispering His Name
5. Grounds For Resentment (feat. Olly Alexander)
7. Do U Right
8. Versions Of Us (feat. Corinne Bailey Rae)
10. Road To Ibadan
12. The New Year Party
13. Royal Reign