What does it sound like?:
The latest release from multi-hyphenate (and much derided herein) Tempest is a state-of-the-nation concept album. In the spoken word prelude to the main event, Picture a Vacuum, a planet emerges from the darkness of space:
“There is our Earth, Our Earth, its blueness soothes the sharp burn in your eyes, Its contours remind you of love “
Swooping down like GoogleEarth onto one street in London at 4.18AM the stream of consciousness of seven residents float over the beats. In a city split between have-nots and oligarchs, Tempest focuses on the generation renters: a sound engineer, a PR, a carer, chancers; as they think about nights out, nights in, drinking beers, gigging, smoking fags, taking drugs, but mostly worrying.
Yes it takes in the personal, but it’s angry, ambitious, and political: the attraction of religious fundamentalism, War in Syria, zero-hour contracts, and the housing crisis, all get a call-in. But, it isn’t all the usual suspects, Tempest picks at the scab of her own self-obsessed generation and finds it wanting:
t’s the BoredOfItAll generation
The product of product placement and manipulation,
Shoot em up, brutal, duty of care,
Come on, new shoes.
Bullshit saccharine ballads
And here’s me outside the palace of ME
Amongst a lot of nicely chosen samples and catchy choons, the stand out tracks for me at the moment are the finale, Tunnel Vision and Europe is Lost, which was presciently written and released as a single last year. Now it feels like the first Brexit Britain call to arms.
What does it all *mean*?
Quite a lot actually. Last time I brought up KT a lot of people sneered at her. Please try this album it has proper ambition.
Goes well with…
The angry and lost feelings haunting me this morning
Might suit people who like…
This is the kind if stuff The Streets would be putting out now – if Mike Skinner still cared about making music.