PLEASE NOTE: This event was originally scheduled to take place at O2 Institute3, but has now moved to The Sunflower Lounge. Original tickets remain valid.
As an artist, Kele Okereke has never stood still, relentlessly seeking new ways in which to present his luminous songs. Fresh from successfully reinventing his band Bloc Party last year, Kele has returned with his third solo album, Fatherland.
The adrenalised electronics of his previous two solo records, The Boxer and Trick, are replaced here by a much more organic – even classic – sonic palette: delicate folk (‘Streets Been Talking’), sumptuous soul (‘Do U Right’), and insidious, dub reggae-meets-Weimar cabaret (‘You Keep On Whispering’). It’s all as far from Bloc Party’s hectic wall of sound as can be imagined.
Typically pointed and personal, the album was written as Kele squared up the prospect of fatherhood – his daughter Savannah was born in December 2016 – and was produced by Bloc Party bassist Justin Harris in Portland, Oregon with expert musicians largely drawn from Portland’s underground music scene.
The latest single ‘Grounds For Resentment’, features Years & Years’ Olly Alexander. The lilting, soulful duet sees Kele and Olly singing about a romance from two different perspectives and is the second song to be lifted from Fatherland.
Watch the video for ‘Yemaya’ below: