Kelela dropped a stunning track last week via i-D and revealed news of her Hallucinogen EP, a 6-song offering to whet the appetite further for a full length debut coming out in the Fall. "A Message" is the result of the singer's 2012 wood-shedding with hip-hop producer Alejandro Ghersi, aka Arca.
In a post to her Facebook page last week, the LA-based singer had this to say about the collab:
I met Alejandro [Arca] on a boat in August of 2012. We sought one another out across a dance floor and within 5 minutes agreed to meet each other as soon as possible to collaborate. I had one song released to my name and had just heard one of his mixes, but we knew we'd found something in one another. We spent the next three days, 14 hours a day talking about our artistic visions and how it intersected with our personal lives, making songs that reflected that while dancing around the room to let it all out. About 5 or 6 demos were born out of these three days.
"A Message" is one of the demos that came from those sessions and it speaks to the despair that I was experiencing at the time. The initial version of the song spilled out of us in about 25 minutes. Since then, it's been like a sculpture that I've come to and refined over time, adding a lyric here, refining a melody there, adding a bridge, etc. It's a process that is now finally complete with its release and I'm so happy that I finally get to share it with all of you.
UK/European tour dates:
5/14 - Brighton, United Kingdom @ The Great Escape Festival
5/15 - Lyon, France @ Nuits sonores
5/16 - Rome, Italy @ Spring Attitude Festival
5/18 - Helsinki, Finland @ Kuudes Linja
519 - Prague, Czech Republic @ MeetFactory
5/20 - Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture
5/22 - Paris, France @ Point Éphémère
5/24 - Bristol, United Kingdom @ Love Saves The Day
5/26 - London, United Kingdom @ XOYO
5/28 - Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival
5/30 - Dublin, Ireland @ Forbidden Fruit Festival
5/31 - Berlin, Germany @ Berlin Festival