Her painful, prolonged authorized battle together with her former producer and alleged abuser Dr. Luke nonetheless isn’t over, however musically, Kesha is shifting on. This morning, she introduced Rainbow, her first new full-length album since 2012’s Warrior. (She launched an EP, Deconstructed, in 2013, and a single, “True Colours,” with Zedd final 12 months.) That includes visitor spots from Eagles of Loss of life Metallic—who seem on two songs—and Dolly Parton—who friends on a canopy of her tune “Outdated Flames Can’t Maintain A Candle To You”—the album guarantees a brand new musical route for the embattled singer-songwriter, in addition to a brand new, ’70s-influenced aesthetic.
Each these statements maintain true within the video for “Praying,” the primary single off of Rainbow additionally launched this morning. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund—who directed the “Maintain Up” portion of Beyonce’s Lemonade and Madonna’s “Ray Of Gentle“ video, amongst many others—the video paints Kesha as a psychedelic martyr, wandering a colourful desert outpost and strolling on water in a colourful, flowing costume. The tune itself is a robust piano ballad about betrayal and redemption, with the refrain, “I hope you’re someplace praying.” In an essay for Lenny Letter in regards to the album, Kesha says:
I’ve overcome obstacles, and I’ve discovered power in myself even when it felt out of attain. I’ve discovered what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This tune is about coming to really feel empathy for another person even when they harm you or scare you. It’s a tune about studying to be happy with the particular person you’re even throughout low moments while you really feel alone. It’s additionally about hoping everybody, even somebody who harm you, can heal.
Rainbow is out August 11. You’ll be able to see the video for “Praying” and the album artwork beneath, courtesy of Pitchfork.
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