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Try to watch the first 15 secs without wincing.
So much worse than I was expecting, that.
You're being far to kind. Unless it's satire then it's pretty funny.
Seeing her live performing Ancients was mind blowing, I walked away under her spell.
Her album has taken a long time to grow on me but it has. I don't like the production but she still tells a wonderful story.
The GF is a big fan of her poetry and also loved seeing Ancients
But while working at Electric Picnic a few years ago, we had Chuck D doing a public interview in our tent and it came time to let the audience ask questions. This is always death because it's usually drunk people who don't wait for the microphone. Anyway, Chuck is the last interview of the day so we're all fairly merry at this point and next thing you know, someone is on the mic and she's speechifying rhythmically at Chuck and IT'S A FESTIVAL MOMENT we think and she brings the house down. Later, in the cold light of day, we learned two things:
1) It was Kate Tempest
2) Sweet jesus it went on and on and on and on
The way she says Mental in the chorus of Circles is awful. I don't know how authentic her accent is but it sounds like bad Mockney to me.
Tempest grew up in Brockley, South East London, one of five children. She describes growing up in "a shitty part of town, but in a nice house where there was always food", and developing her work ethic by seeing her father go from working as a labourer, through night-school to becoming a criminal lawyer by the time she was eight years old.
She enjoyed her primary school experience but was unhappy at secondary school. She cites her English teacher Mr Bradshaw as an encouraging influence who read her early poetry and gave her books to inspire her. She says she had a "wayward youth", living in squats, "hanging around on picket lines rapping at riot cops". She worked in a record shop from age 14 to 18. At 16 she studied at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon and she went on to graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Mate. Been there.
Sort of like Speech Debelle II, but without the winning bit.
from Cardinal Burns
I saw her at the Brudenell last week and it was so good. She's all posi vibes.
Hope you have a great time at V Festival this year.
They were good, although when I saw them she was somewhat annoying in places.
some of the freestyles are obviously deeply cringeworthy but, eg, this song about a friend of hers who's a sex worker is sharp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L7VnNgIb2E
also comes across well in interviews. “It’s quite a rare articulation, the strength of mind of a woman who works in the sex industry. Especially in songs, it’s usually this terrible tragedy that a woman has ended up there. I’m not saying that darker side doesn’t exist - it fucking does, and it’s terrifying - but Becky is based on a real person who I know very well. She works in those industries, and she loves it and feels empowered. It’s easy to judge things we don’t understand.”
hard not to like her imo
Not far off
i don't hear the comparison but thanks for that video, it's fantastic. reminds me of pc music
i dunno i quite like dan carey's music on the record but i see how it's not earth-shakingly exciting
but yeah the whole street poet angle in music just isn't the one no matter how well/badly thought out the poetry/poetical and all that are.
I liked what I heard of Sound of Rum, aside from the lyrics, and the same is true of a lot of her recent album.
Most problematic is how much 6Music (and I presume other media?) fall over themselves to love her, mainly due to her representing an upper-middle-class ideal about the lower classes: the 'yobbish' youth who is actually fiercely literary and political.
Of course they don't criticise her lyrics, because they're too busy patronising her in the hope that they don't have to consider they may be part of why poor people are being destroyed by the government. And, of course, she is white too, which allows for that wide streak of general racism to do its thing and hope she's 'authentic' enough that she can be promoted over artists of colour without being called out.
All of that is completely out of her control and it's something she appears to be manipulating in any way, in my opinion.
*dons flameproof suit*
Which I'm sure you'll all be flocking to get