Kae Tempest - The Line Is a Curve

Kae Tempest - The Line Is a Curve

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Kae Tempest return with their anticipated new album ‘The Line Is A Curve’, via Fiction.
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.
These general themes, of acceptance, resilience, surrender are also about where I’m at in my personal life, in my journey towards a
greater acceptance of myself as an artist and as a human being. Being more honest with the world and my community about who I
am and letting go of some heavy heavy shame, which is a glorious thing.
This album has a beautiful heart, there is so much love running through it and I can’t wait for people to experience it.


1. Priority Boredom
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


1. These Are The Days
2. Smoking (feat. Confucius MC)
3. Water In The Rain (feat. assia)
4. Move
5. More Pressure (feat. Kevin Abstract)
6. Grace

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