British spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist, and playwright Kae Tempest has revealed a new song, “I Saw Light” with Grian Chatten today. The track is the final single to be released ahead of their highly anticipated fourth album The Line Is A Curve, out April 8th via American Recordings/Republic Records.
The Line Is A Curve showcases some stunning collaborations from Kevin Abstract, Lianne La Havas, ássia, and Confucius MC. “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.
Kae says of the track, “So glad that true poet of our age Grian Chatten joined me on my new song ‘I Saw Light’. On the river, on the bridge, on the ledge, on the side of your face at the bar. It went dark. I saw light.”
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.”