Kelela Navigates The Realities Of Breaking Up With ‘Frontline’

While we’re all paying attention to the plots of HBO sensation Insecure, we should be paying equal attention to the show’s musical selections. The show has already proven to boast some shrewd musical choices in telling the hella complicated stories of the show’s characters, and this season they’ve even thrown in some exclusive song premieres into the soundtrack. The most recent episode saw a number of new joints, including alt-R&B songstress Kelela‘s newest single “Frontline” from her upcoming debut, Take Me Apart.

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“Frontline” was a perfect choice for the second season’s penultimate episode, as the song deals with navigating life after a breakup. The track finds Kelela collaborating once again with Jay City, who provides a moody, toned-down synth sound that acts as the perfect backdrop for Kelela to lay things bare for her former lover. “There’s a place you hold I left behind, I’m finished,” she sings on the first verse. “Since you took your time, you should know why I’m quitting.” The chorus, meanwhile, offers a clean break, with the songstress detailing her detachment from the love affair, singing at one point, “You cry and talk about it, baby, but it ain’t no use/See you wasn’t lucky when I pushed/Hold on, wait, you’re f**king with my groove/Gettin’ on this plane, making moves.” The direct and serious vibes are a contrast from Take Me Apart‘s lead single “LMK,” in which Kelela was much more laid back while contemplating something casual, showing us that the album will be taking us through a bevy of emotions and narratives when it arrives next month.

Stream “Frontline” below and look for Take Me Apart when it arrives on October 6th.

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