9 April 2022
Artist: KAE TEMPEST
Who: Versatile British rap artist
from London with 4 albums so far.
Press info: ‘The Line Is A Curve’ is about letting go. The core of the record is that the pressures we face do not always have to be heavy burdens, but can be reframed; the more pressure a person is under, the greater the possibility for release. 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. The musicality becomes more expansive as the lyrical horizon broadens and we glimpse coastlines, high streets, scrap yards, train stations in the rain.
NME says: “The songwriter and poet’s fourth record is a direct and dazzling step forward,
and provides a shining example of the power in emotional exploration… At this point, the overwhelmingly acclaimed, Ivor Novello-nominated Kae Tempest has little to prove as a lyricist. What’s most notable about their fourth record ‘The Line Is A Curve’, then, is that it sees those standards surpassed – and all without straying from the direct power of a perfectly honed lyric. Although frequently dazzling, the record deals in simple terms, the songwriter-poet’s slick and direct vocal always front-and-centre over spacious and emotive production from frequent collaborator Dan Carey”. Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: Tempest raps, rattles, and rolls as a female Mike Skinner
aka The Streets. But her journey goes deeper emotionally. Her lifelike observations,
human stories, and dreamy musings read like her biography and musically it’s
catchier than ever. Swagger and ardour through the whole ride. Top!
Singles: No Prizes / I Saw Light
– NO PRIZES –
– I SAW LIGHT –
Stream the full album on Spotify…