Kelela will be releasing an EP on 5th May called Hallucinogen. The 6-track EP features an Arca-co-produced track called ‘A Message’, a potent mix of sounds that transports you into the other worldly space the pair have created on this collaboration. Kelela enchants with her fluttery voice while Arca provides a thundering soundscapes.
In a press release the singer explained how she first met Arca on a boat in the summer 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 next 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 the 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.
Along with the upcoming EP, Kelela has also announced her debut LP is scheduled to be released later this year. Watch the video for the song below. The tracklist and cover art for the EP is at the end of this post.
01. A Message
04. All The Way Down
06. The High