Kelela really wants to be your ex-girlfriend. If that happens to be the case, then you’re one lucky S.O.B.
“A Message” went live under i-D magazine this morning when the L.A. based singer casually announced the Arca-produced single’s release via Instagram and also revealed that it would be a part of her forthcoming Hallucinogen EP, due out May 5th.
In a press release for the video, Kelela said that “A Message” is about “the stage that comes before lust, the darker realisation of love; the ‘rejection and amputation.’”
I met Alejandro [Arca] on a boat in August of 2012. We sought one another out across a dance floor and within 5 minutes agreed to meet each other as soon as possible to collaborate. I had one song released to my name and had just heard one of his mixes, but we knew we’d found something in one another. We spent the three days, 14 hours a day talking about our artistic visions and how it intersected with our personal lives, making songs that reflected that while dancing around the room to let it all out. About 5 or 6 demos were born out of these three days.
“A Message” is one of those demos that came from those sessions and it speaks to the despair that I was experiencing at the time. The initial version of the song spilled out of us in about 25 minutes. Since then, it’s been like a sculpture that I’ve come to and refined over time, adding a lyric here, refining a melody there, adding a bridge, etc. It’s a process that is now finally complete with its release and I’m so happy that I finally get to share it with all of you.
We have a feeling that you’ll be listening to this track every day until May 5. Watch the video unfold above.