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The Line Is A Curve

Kae Tempest

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Kae Tempest always creates music that sounds like some sort of sonic emergency. Fronting the English spoken word scene, the London native has delivered one of their best albums yet, The Line Is a Curve. It’s predominantly produced by Dan Carey, who Tempest worked with on Everybody Down in 2014 and Let Them Eat Chaos in 2016. Curved lines are, as you might expect, the main theme of this record. Kae Tempest explores their quest for meaning with such profound accuracy, bringing together perfectly combined words, clear enunciation and human concepts to forge a beautiful optimism that’s so rare in today’s music. Tempest never falls into the trap of purely offering critique and criticism either, they go further, offering solutions. Their way of thinking about the world really shines on this album. The Line Is a Curve is their first record since they came out as non-binary, and it definitely feels like a reflection on identity and societal expectations, and how they can sometimes prove to be malleable and porous. Just like the album cover, these notions can be undefined, blurred and bent. Kae Tempest invites Lianne La Havas to join them on No Prizes, a track that tackles the pitfalls of these new notions, and even Kevin Abstract from Brockhampton on the single More Pressure, which represents the crazy speed of the world we’re living in. But Kae Tempest never sounds like they’re giving up. Quite the opposite. The find beautiful inspiration in the chaos of the world around us. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz

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1
Priority Boredom
00:02:45

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kwake Bass, Drums, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Grian Chatten, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
I Saw Light Explicit
00:03:03

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Grian Chatten, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Nothing to Prove
00:03:27

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Confucius MC, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kwake Bass, Drums, Voice, AssociatedPerformer - Grian Chatten, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
No Prizes
00:04:16

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lianne La Havas, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Salt Coast
00:05:53

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oren Marshall, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Crawshaw, Cornet, AssociatedPerformer - Confucius MC, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Grian Chatten, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Laurie Nankivell, Cornet, Horn, Musical Director, AssociatedPerformer - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Daisy Kelly-Granger, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Carys Evans, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Don't You Ever
00:03:03

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oren Marshall, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Crawshaw, Cornet, AssociatedPerformer - Kwake Bass, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Laurie Nankivell, Cornet, Horn, Musical Director, AssociatedPerformer - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Daisy Kelly-Granger, ComposerLyricist - Archie Marsh, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Luke Eastop, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DAISY BEAU, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Carys Evans, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
These Are the Days
00:04:01

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oren Marshall, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Crawshaw, Cornet, AssociatedPerformer - Kwake Bass, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Laurie Nankivell, Cornet, Horn, Musical Director, AssociatedPerformer - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Archie Marsh, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Carys Evans, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Smoking
00:04:18

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Confucius MC, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Water in the Rain
00:03:53

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Assia, FeaturedArtist - Kwake Bass, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Grian Chatten, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gamalliel Rendle Traynor, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Move
00:02:23

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Confucius MC, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kwake Bass, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Grian Chatten, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
More Pressure Explicit
00:03:14

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Abstract, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Kwake Bass, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Grian Chatten, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jamie Neville, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Oly Carey, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Grace
00:04:31

Alexis Smith, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Christian Wright, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kae Tempest, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2022 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Kae Tempest always creates music that sounds like some sort of sonic emergency. Fronting the English spoken word scene, the London native has delivered one of their best albums yet, The Line Is a Curve. It’s predominantly produced by Dan Carey, who Tempest worked with on Everybody Down in 2014 and Let Them Eat Chaos in 2016. Curved lines are, as you might expect, the main theme of this record. Kae Tempest explores their quest for meaning with such profound accuracy, bringing together perfectly combined words, clear enunciation and human concepts to forge a beautiful optimism that’s so rare in today’s music. Tempest never falls into the trap of purely offering critique and criticism either, they go further, offering solutions. Their way of thinking about the world really shines on this album. The Line Is a Curve is their first record since they came out as non-binary, and it definitely feels like a reflection on identity and societal expectations, and how they can sometimes prove to be malleable and porous. Just like the album cover, these notions can be undefined, blurred and bent. Kae Tempest invites Lianne La Havas to join them on No Prizes, a track that tackles the pitfalls of these new notions, and even Kevin Abstract from Brockhampton on the single More Pressure, which represents the crazy speed of the world we’re living in. But Kae Tempest never sounds like they’re giving up. Quite the opposite. The find beautiful inspiration in the chaos of the world around us. © Brice Miclet/Qobuz

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