- 27 Sep 16
Tempest brews top a storm of beautiful chaos
Joining the dots between music and spoken word, and drawing inspiration from Beckett, Joyce and Yeats – not to mention Wu-Tang Clan – prolific Londoner Kate Tempest has authored a novel and a string of acclaimed albums, in addition to poetry and plays. Still only 30, she has already received both the Ted Hughes Award and a Mercury nomination.
Honing her craft “hanging around on picket lines rapping at riot cops”, Tempest paints thought-provoking pictures: check the compelling ‘Ketamine For Breakfast’, which bristles with sparkling production and bubbling bass lines, and relays a fascinating story of addiction.
‘Europe Is Lost’ tells the tale of a character clutching onto a bottle early in the morning and unable to sleep, before declaring Europe, America and London are lost. “The anarchists are desperate for something to smash,” Tempest observes, before deconstructing warfare, terrorism and selfies.
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- 19 May 22