The artist has shared the single ‘More Pressure’ from upcoming fourth studio album ‘The Line Is A Curve’
“‘More Pressure’ is the penultimate song on the album,” Kae Tempest told NME. “It’s the song that the whole album is building towards in some ways, because what it’s saying is that we can reframe some of the stresses that we find ourselves under as possibilities for new growth, new resilience, new acceptance – a new level of energy can come from huge amounts of pressure.
“For me, it’s a song of upliftment, and it’s a switching of focus from some of the more heavy themes that come up in the record. So I thought it was a great song to lead with. Also, it’s just got good vibes.”
Abstract came into the picture via mutual friend and collaborator Rick Rubin, who had played the group Tempest’s 2019 album ‘The Book Of Traps And Lessons’ during a session in his Shangri-La studio in Malibu. When one of the members of Brockhampton contacted Tempest with praise for the record, a connection was quickly forged. Continue reading
Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s reads her poem ‘Brightening’ as part of the 2020 edition of the Coole Park Poetry Series.
A series of filmed poems recorded in Coole Park during DruidGregory in 2020, a collaboration between Druid and the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation.
An artistic conversation between the past and present, this poetry series involved poets of different cultural backgrounds living in Ireland, reading both their own work and the work of poets associated with Coole Park, including Lady Gregory, WB Yeats and JM Synge. These readings were filmed in the grounds of Coole Park during performances of DruidGregory.
The poets filmed were Seán Hewitt, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, FeliSpeaks, Evgeny Shtorn and ATMOS Collective.
Films by Matthew Thompson with music by Gerry Horan. | More info: https://www.druid.ie/productions/cool…
Extinction by Jackie Kay
We closed the borders, folks, we nailed it.
No trees, no plants, no immigrants.
No foreign nurses, no Doctors; we smashed it.
We took control of our affairs. No fresh air.
No birds, no bees, no HIV, no Poles, no pollen.
No pandas, no polar bears, no ice, no dice.
No rainforests, no foraging, no France.
No frogs, no golden toads, no Harlequins.
No Greens, no Brussels, no vegetarians, no lesbians.
No carbon curbed emissions, no Co2 questions.
No lions, no tigers, no bears. No BBC picked audience.
No loony lefties, please. No politically correct classes.
No classes. No Guardian readers. No readers.
No emus, no EUs, no Eco warriors, no Euros,
No rhinos, no zebras, no burnt bras, no elephants.
We shut it down! No immigrants, no immigrants.
No sniveling-recycling-global-warming nutters.
Little man, little woman, the world is a dangerous place.
Now, pour me a pint, dear. Get out of my fracking face.
Actors including James Franco, Ruth Wilson, Gabriel Byrne, Maxine Peake, Jeremy Irons, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Sheen read a series of 21 poems on the theme of climate change, curated by UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
“if you wanted to drown you could, but you don’t because finally after all this struggle and all these years you simply don’t want to any more, you’ve simply had enough of drowning and you want to live and you want to love”
BY MARIA POPOVA
Few things limit us more profoundly than our own beliefs about what we deserve, and few things liberate us more powerfully than daring to broaden our locus of possibility and self-permission for happiness. The stories we tell ourselves about what we are worthy or unworthy of — from the small luxuries of naps and watermelon to the grandest luxury of a passionate creative calling or a large and possible love — are the stories that shape our lives. Bruce Lee knew this when he admonished that “you will never get any more out of life than you expect,” James Baldwin knew it when he admonished that “you’ve got to tell the world how to treat you [because] if the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble,” and Viktor Frankl embodied this in his impassioned insistence on saying “yes” to life. Continue reading