Kele Okereke today debuts the brilliant video for his song “Streets Been Talkin'” directed by Eoin Glaister. Shot on location in South London and Kent, the short follows the fortunes of a young man and his bulldog, the latter a scene-stealing turn by Tottie, best known for her acclaimed performances in the UK’s soap opera EastEnders as Lady Di, beloved pet pooch of Mick Carter (Danny Dyer).
“Streets Been Talkin'” is lifted from Kele’s forthcoming album Fatherland, due October 6 via BMG Music. The LP also features the previously released tracks “Yemaya,” “Do U Right,” and “Grounds For Resentment,” which features Years & Years’ Olly Alexander, released earlier this summer to critical acclaim. All four songs are available as instant grats to those pre-ordering the album.
Fatherland is the most mature and musically adventurous chapter of Kele’s ever-evolving career. His third solo long player alongside his role as frontman of Bloc Party, it is the first under his full name and a significant sonic departure from adrenalised electronics of his previous two solo records, presenting a facet of Kele we haven’t heard before – the singer/songwriter. Embracing a more organic sonic palette, the album straddles delicate folk and sumptuous soul, and Kele’s lyrics are, as ever, perceptive and nakedly personal: a map of his consciousness as he squared up to the prospect of fatherhood – his daughter Savannah was born in December 2016. Kele recently announced a UK tour in support of Fatherland for October. See below for the full list of dates. Tickets are available now via http://bit.ly/2tYp9z0.
Monday 16 October – Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tuesday 17 October – The Cluny 2, Tyne & Wear
Wednesday 18 October – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
Friday 20 October – The Chapel, Leeds
Saturday 21 October – Arts Club Loft, Liverpool
Sunday 22 October – O2 Institute 3, Birmingham
Tuesday 24 October – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
Wednesday 25 October – Islington Assembly Hall, London