We’ve been jonesing for some new Kelela in our lives, and the Cali singer obliges with the release of her new single, “A Message.” Partnering with electronic producer Arca, she brings us “A Message” that we simply just can’t stop listening to. Perhaps it’s because the two created a slinky, sexy electro-R&B number heavy on the synths and mood as Kelela calls out to a lover. However, as warm and ambient as the song sounds, the lyrics point to a relationship that’s run cold, leaving the singer searching for something more.
The lonely sentiment is conveyed beautifully in the song’s Daniel Sannwald-directed video. In it, Kelela locks eyes with the viewer as she sings, immediately drawing us in. She holds that attention for the entire four-minute length of the clip, appearing nude and clothed and even chopping off a length of her locks. But, just when you think you know what’s gonna happen, the singer suddenly becomes an anime character (with art supplied by Fantasista Utamaro) and floats into another existential realm where she separates from and rejoins herself with abandon.
“A Message” is lifted from Kelela’s upcoming EP Hallucinogen, which will be released on May 5th. And, what’s sure to be music to her fans’ ears, she also plans to release a full-length album this year as well. And for all you European Bouncers, Kelela will also be on tour this May. You can see if she’ll be in a city near you after you take a peek at “A Message” below.
Kelela European Tour Dates
5/14 – Brighton, United Kingdom @ Great Escape
5/15 – Lyon, France @ Nuits Sonores
5/16 – Rome, Italy @ Spring Attitude
5/18 – Helsinki, Finland @ Keedes Linja
519 – Prague, Czech Republic @ MeetFactory
5/20 – Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska
5/22 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
5/24 – Bristol, United Kingdom @ Love Saves The
5/26 – London, United Kingdom @ XOYO
5/28 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound (Vice Stage)
5/30 – Dublin, Ireland @ Forbidden Fruit
5/31 – Berlin, Germany @ Berlin Festival