Kele Okereke and Years & Years' frontman Olly Alexander combine on new song 'Grounds For Resentment'.
The Bloc Party singer releases solo album 'Fatherland' on October 6th, and the new duet is a striking introduction.
The two vocalists combine to examine romance, offering two shifting perspectives that somehow align to create something striking.
Speaking in a Guardian webchat recently, Kele Okereke mused on both his work, and that of Olly Alexander. He said:
“I remember reading something that [Olly] wrote about the use of pronouns in pop music for gay artists that I thought that was very perceptive and intelligent – that the use of pronouns was the last frontier for gay artists. There are lots of gay acts that avoid using the term he when singing about same sex desire. It will just be a neutral term, whereas Olly understands from what I read that there is a long way to go for gay musicians in being able to describe love and desire authentically. So I was very happy to sing a romantic duet with him on my album, because I couldn't think of a precedent of any out gay musicians singing a love song to one another without having to hide behind codes.”
Tune in now.
'Fatherland' will be released on October 6th. Catch Kele Okereke at the following shows:
16 Manchester Deaf Institute
17 Tyne & Wear The Cluny 2
18 Glasgow Saint Luke’s
20 Leeds The Chapel
21 Liverpool Arts Club Loft
22 Birmingham O2 Institute 3
24 Ramsgate Music Hall
25 London Islington Assembly Hall
26 Brighton Rialto Theatre
27 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
For tickets to the latest Kele Okereke shows click HERE.