(CelebrityAcccess) Following the release of her new song “Frontline,” Kelela is back today to share a behind the scenes video for the making of the “LMK” video, originally directed by Andrew Thomas Huang. More than just a look into the production of the music video, the behind the scenes footage is directed by Archie Thomas and features commentary from Kelela on the meaning and context behind “LMK.” “I think when a woman demands respect, men often think that they want to be with them,” says Kelela in the video. “Let me know – just let me know, it ain’t that deep.”
“LMK” is the lead single from Kelela’s forthcoming debut album Take Me Apart, which is due October 6th via Warp Records, and is available for pre-order now. “‘LMK’ isn’t a flirtation – it’s a negotiation, close to an ultimatum,” says New York Times of the single.
“Frontline” originally debuted on HBO’s hit show Insecure which has recently become a destination for bold music programming and one of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows currently on air. Pitchfork selected “Frontline” as Best New Track writing, “One of the sharpest songs she’s made yet,” while Rolling Stone declared the track a “Bold breakup song.”
In September Kelela will perform at the iconic Hollywood Bowl alongside like-minded artists Solange, Blood Orange, Moses Sumney, KING, and Kelsey Lu. In October she will kick off a lengthy tour, playing shows across North America through November before heading to Europe for a slew of dates that will conclude in December in Amsterdam with tickets available here. Shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, New York, and London have already sold out.
Watch the behind the scenes video for “LMK” and pre-order Take Me Apart above, and see below for the previously released “Frontline,” full tour routing, album details, and further information about Kelela.
With great anticipation, Kelela’s debut album emerges as an epic portrait of an artist spanning the past and future of R&B. In her hands, however, the genre knows no boundaries and so Take Me Apart exists as an absolutely singular and fearless addition to a canon of recent classics. From her very earliest work, honesty and vulnerability have been cornerstones of Kelela’s art – even when clad in the armor of the avant-garde electronics she so deftly inhabits – and Take Me Apart sees her double down on both the emotional intensity and resonance of her message as well as the sonic seeking she is renowned for.
On 2015’s acclaimed Hallucinogen EP, Kelela swept listeners along in the rush of ecstasy and the melancholic vapor trail of a hopeful, but ultimately doomed liaison. Hallucinogen would prove to be a turning point, and The New York Times would name it’s single, “Rewind”, one of the “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going”. The EP’s oversized impact would ignite a period of kinetic worldwide live shows culminating in Kelela crisscrossing the globe on tour with The xx.
In parallel with this, 2016 and early 2017 would see Kelela grace a handful of crucial records as a feature vocalist – from longtime ally Solange’s majestic A Seat At The Table, to Danny Brown’s immense Atrocity Exhibition and most recently, the star-studded Humanz from Gorillaz.
Now we are swept into the slipstream of a pair tracks in ‘On And On’ and the otherworldly grandeur of ‘Turn To Dust’, which conjures images of the powerful and iconic diva of Besson’s The Fifth Element; and it’s a short trip to the unforgettable pneumatic gospel of album closer ‘Altadena’, a perfect uroboros link back to ‘Frontline’ to begin the saga all over again. At this point you’re left with the feeling that this trip through Take Me Apart is one you’ll be making many more times.
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