Kae Tempest ‘I Saw Light’ with Grian Chatten Out Today

By March 30, 2022 Hull, News

London based writer and musician Kae Tempest, reveals a new song today entitled ‘I Saw Light’ via Fiction Records.  The track is the final to be released ahead of their highly anticipated fourth album ‘The Line Is A Curve’, out 8th April . The album was produced by long term collaborator Dan Carey and follows the critically-acclaimed play ‘Paradise’, which premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2021.

‘The Line Is A Curve’ showcases some stunning collaborations, in most cases friends of Kae, ‘I Saw Light’ is no exception and features Fontaines DC frontman Grian Chatten telling his poem.  Grian and Confucius MC also provide the backing vocals throughout the album.

This Spring Kae will also head out on an extensive UK & Ireland tour, performing at cities including Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Birmingham, Cardiff, Sheffield and London before closing the tour in Gateshead on 21st May.

The shows are Kae’s first since the resounding success of their last nationwide tour in 2019 and their critically acclaimed performances at All Points East, Edinburgh International Festival and Glastonbury the same year.
22nd- Albert Hall, Manchester
23rd- Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
24th-SWG3 Galvanizers, Glasgow
26th- Corn Exchange, Cambridge
27th-De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill
28th -The Dome, Brighton
30th – Roisn Dubh, Galway

1st- Cyprus Avenue, Cork
3rd- Cathedral Quarter Festival, Belfast
4th- Vicar Street, Dublin
6th-Marble Factory, Bristol
8th- Grand Central Hall, Liverpool
10th-Town Hall, Birmingham
11th- Stylus, Leeds
12th- Asylum, Hull
14th- St. David’s Hall, Cardiff
15th- The Octagon Centre, Sheffield
16th-O2 Academy, Leicester
18th- Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
21st- Sage, Gateshead

Featuring artwork shot by renowned photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, the album is best described by Tempest themselves:

“The Line Is A Curve is about letting go. 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.”

With four studio albums, a novel, their first work of non-fiction (‘On Connection’), three plays and five collections of poetry to their name, Kae Tempest has firmly established themselves as one of the most unique, thought-provoking and critically-acclaimed voices of their generation.  With the release of ‘The Line Is A Curve’, in 2022, that reputation is only set to grow exponentially.

Pre-order ‘The Line Is A Curve’ HERE