NEW TRACK ‘FROM A PLACE OF LOVE’TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM THE WAVES PT. 1SET FOR RELEASE MAY 28
Kele (Kele Okereke) has shared a new track ‘From A Place Of Love’ taken from his forthcoming studio album, The Waves Pt. 1, set for release on May 28 via his own label, KOLA Records / !K7. The album is available to pre-order/save now.
New track ‘From A Place Of Love’ is the fourth and final taster of The Waves Pt. 1 ahead of its release later this month, following on from the previously released ‘The Heart Of The Wave’ and its accompanying visual, exquisitely shot by director Jack Chute whose previous work includes sculptor Sir Antony Gormley OBE and figurative sculptor and hyper-realist artist Matthew Penn; Kele’s stunning cover of Bronski Beat’s ‘Smalltown Boy’ that accompanied the announcement of the album; and the recent track ‘Nineveh’.
Discussing the poignant inspiration behind ‘From A Place Of Love’, Kele says, “the idea for this song came when I was watching the animated remake of She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power with my daughter. There was something about the main villain Catra’s character that was compelling.
I understood the idea that she had been hurt and now hurt, or hurting others, was her default setting. So I wrote this song for Catra, reimagined as a young woman but still carrying the demons from her past around with her. Ultimately ‘From A Place Of Love’ is a song about watching the people you love deal with things that are bigger than them, knowing that you can’t solve their problems but you can be by their side, even if that’s the only thing that you can do”
The Waves Pt. 1 is arguably Kele’s first truly ‘solo’ record. The forced solitude of lockdown gave Kele Okereke the chance to create a record entirely on his own. A record that draws influence from film scores and classical music – music without lyrics that he sought solace in, alongside a fascination with mixing pop songs with longer, more meditative passages. That meditative connection travels throughout The Waves Pt. 1 alongside a kinetic connection as he describes his daily nighttime walks around London as “transformative”, allowing him the time and space to listen back to the music he’d created that day. The ritual of these daytime creations into nighttime critiques rolled back and forth like waves, throughout lockdown, informing the album’s title.
The Waves Pt. 1
1. Message From The Spirit World
2. They Didn’t See It Coming
3. The Way We Live Now
4. How To Beat The Lie Detector
7. The One Who Held You Up
8. The Patriots
10. Smalltown Boy
11. From A Place Of Love
12. The Heart Of The Wave
13. Cradle You (Bonus Track)