Everyone seems to like this new R&B chick or that new alt-R&B chick, but the most talented one of the bunch is also the quietest. Ever since her stunning Cut 4 Me album from 2013, L.A.-based singer Kelela has stayed in the shadows, working on new music. Now it seems she’s finally ready to share some of it.
Above is “A Message,” her new song produced by Yeezus collaborator Arca. It’s from Kelela’s upcoming Hallucinogen EP, which drops May 5th, and below you can read what Kelela has to say about the new track:
I met Alejandro [Arca] on a boat in August of 2012. We sought one another out across a dance floor and within 5 minutes agreed to meet each other as soon as possible to collaborate. I had one song released to my name and had just heard one of his mixes, but we knew we’d found something in one another. We spent the next three days, 14 hours a day talking about our artistic visions and how it intersected with our personal lives, making songs that reflected that while dancing around the room to let it all out. About 5 or 6 demos were born out of these three days.
“A Message” is one of the demos that came from those sessions and it speaks to the despair that I was experiencing at the time. The initial version of the song spilled out of us in about 25 minutes. Since then, it’s been like a sculpture that I’ve come to and refined over time, adding a lyric here, refining a melody there, adding a bridge, etc. It’s a process that is now finally complete with its release and I’m so happy that I finally get to share it with all of you.
She’s also going on tour in May, so check the dates to see if she’s coming to a (European) city near you.
5/14 – Brighton, United Kingdom @ The Great Escape Festival
5/15 – Lyon, France @ Nuits sonores Tanger
5/16 – Rome, Italy @ Spring Attitude Festival
5/18 – Helsinki, Finland @ Keedes Linja
519 – Prague, Czech Republic @ MeetFactory
5/20 – Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska
5/22 – Paris, France @ Point Éphémère
5/24 – Bristol, United Kingdom @ Love Saves The Day
5/26 – London, United Kingdom @ XOYO
5/28 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival
5/30 – Dublin, Ireland @ Forbidden Fruit
5/31 – Berlin, Germany @ Berlin Festival