October 26, 2016


Here's What Four of Kesha's 22 New Songs Sound Like

Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen
Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen

Kesha has a new profile in The New York Times Magazine, and this time we're getting some song teases. As previously reported by the Times, Kesha has switched over from one Sony label to another, bouncing from Dr. Luke's Kemosabe to RCA. Now she's recorded 22 songs, now "sitting somewhere waiting to be completed and polished and released," on her own dime. In Wednesday's feature, author Taffy Brodesser-Akner describes a few:

"I heard 'Hunt You Down,' which was a real country song with banjo and some real country sentiments: 'If you [expletive] around, I’ll hunt you down.' I heard 'Learn to Let It Go,' which sounded like something you’d hear in heavy rotation on radio with Kesha’s beautiful, low voice singing that a happy ending is up to you. I heard 'Rosé,' a toast to an old boyfriend who has married. 'The good things never last,' she sings."

The highlight track seems to be called "Rainbow." It's produced by Ben Folds, whom Kesha called up for his Brian Wilson/Pet Sounds–esque arrangements.

"If it ever emerges from private listenings, it will be your favorite Kesha song. It’s big and sweeping, and you can hear every instrument that Ben Folds and his associates played — it does recall a Beach Boys vibe, just as she wanted it to. And as Folds said, the way she sings the song is so rich and so real that it jerks you out of your expectation of a pop song. 'I found a rainbow, rainbow, baby,' she sings. 'Trust me, I know life is scary, but just put those colors on, girl, and come and paint the world with me tonight.' In the final section, her voice becomes stronger and more strained, and the effect is devastating."

In the piece, Folds is quoted saying that Kesha's new music is more "real," as opposed to the manufactured party persona the singer donned back in 2008.

“She’s the only performer I can think of that has gone from being packaged to real. Most of the time people start off, and it’s like their rawness is what breaks through, and then they have to continue to build that into a more polished commercial thing. What she’s actually doing is the opposite, where she’s now showing that actually, there is something really huge beneath the whole thing.”

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