It's been a long time coming, but today we've heard a brand new single from Kesha. Though the legal battle that surrounds the singer and her label Sony still continues, there's finally a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of "Praying."
A far cry from the brand of party-ready ragers that made Kesha famous, "Praying" is a raw, cathartic piano ballad that showcases her vocals in a way that has rarely been heard so far by listeners, and sets out a fascinating manifesto for her third album Rainbow, to be released on Friday 11 August. The music video (watch above) sees an embattled – though still flamboyant – Kesha rising up from an almost comatose state, matching the song's lyrical content about survival. She published a personal letter that ploughs through some of the song's themes, on Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter, writing:
This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can't control everything – because trying to control everyone was killing me. It's about learning to let go and realise that the universe is in control of my fate, not me. It's from our darkest moments that we gain the most strength.
It's a rousing listen (and watch), and it's excellent news for pop to have Kesha and her unapologetic determination to be herself back on our screens and in our ears.
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