Kae Tempest has announced a new album tour.
‘The Line Is A Curve’ – their fourth record – is set for release on 8th April via Fiction Records, preceded by teaser-track ‘More Pressure (Feat. Kevin Abstract)’ and followed by a number of UK shows.
The dates read:
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
1 Cyprus Avenue, Cork
3 Cathedral Quarter Festival, Belfast
4 Vicar Street, Dublin
6 Marble Factory, Bristol
8 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
“The Line Is A Curve is about letting go,” Kae explains. “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 ‘More Pressure (Feat. Kevin Abstract)’ below.