American Recordings – June 14th

“Your body is home to rare gods; I kneel at their temple, I’m blown to bits.” Tempest brims with sincerity as the accompanying music starkly builds on her more cryptic musings. In her soft, steady intonations she speaks of love and this time it’s her own. Both warm and melancholic, if you’re looking for a sequel to Let Them Eat Chaos, you won’t find it here. Whether instinctual or calculated, the music Tempest used in her first two records eased her spoken-word into popular culture and gave the overlords and purists of poetry a fine kick up the arse. Having succeeded in this endeavour, The Book Of Traps and Lessons feels like Tempest at her most vulnerable; just her thoughts, no distractions. Sombre and engaging.

Buy: Kate Tempest – The Book of Traps and Lessons