Today, British spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest drops a new version of her song “People’s Faces” off of her critically acclaimed album The Book Of Traps & Lessons —listen to “People’s Faces” (Streatham Version) BELOW!
Of the song, Kate Tempest says “‘People’s Faces’ is the final song on my recent album The Book Of Traps And Lessons. It’s where all of the agonising and soul-searching of the entire record culminates in this very simple expression of deep love for people’s faces. We wanted the song to have the possibility of connecting with as many people as possible. So, we made a version that was shorter and was more song-like, we are calling it the ‘Streatham Version’ as that is where Dan [Carey] is based. I really hope that it connects with you and that you feel it.”
Tempest is gearing up to tour her new album across the U.S. later this month—kicking off on September 24th at Los Angeles’ Teragram Ballroom, she will be making stops in New York, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Bellingham. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.katetempest.co.uk/ .
A handful of words often tell you everything you need to know. When asked, who is Kate Tempest? She gives a brief, albeit telling answer. “Kate Tempest is the words,” she responds. You haven’t ever seen, heard, or experienced anyone quite like her. Tempest uncovers the missing link between the Golden Ages of literature and hip-hop. The London-born, BRIT Award and Mercury Prize-nominated spoken word artist, rapper, poet, novelist, and playwright rhymes with a century-turning fury. Since her emergence in 2011, she has redefined what it means to be a wordsmith in the Modern Age.
To date, she has published three poetry collections, staged three plays, and released three studio albums. Along the way, she entranced audiences on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, NPR’s “Tiny Desk,” and more. Not to mention, she garnered widespread critical acclaim from The New York Times, The New Yorker, Forbes, and more, to name a few. In the midst of this whirlwind journey, she performed a passage of her popular 75-minute narrative poem, Brand New Ancients, on Charlie Rose. Legendary producer and American Recordings Founder Rick Rubin caught the show, tracked down her phone number, and made a call. This set a series of events in motion that led to her 2019 debut album for American Recordings, The Book Of Traps & Lessons (produced by Rubin and Tempest’s frequent collaborator, Dan Carey), out now.
KATE TEMPEST U.S. TOUR DATES:
September 24 // Los Angeles, CA // Teragram Ballroom
September 25 // San Francisco, CA // The Fillmore
September 27 // Portland, OR // Wonder Ballroom
September 28 // Bellingham, WA // Wild Buffalo House Of Music
September 29 // Seattle, WA // Showbox
October 1 // Brooklyn, NY // Elsewhere Hall