"These ideas have been gestating for a long time..." - Kate Tempest talks new album The Book Of Traps And Lessons
Kate Tempest has opened up about the making of her new album The Book Of Traps And Lessons.
The album, which is the singer's third, hits hmv stores today (June 14th). It's her follow-up to 2016's much-acclaimed Let Them Eat Chaos, which scored her a second successive Mercury nomination.
Speaking to hmv.com about the album, Tempest revealed that the album had been in works for a long time
"We (herself and producer Dan Carey) started working on this album before we started on Let Them Eat Chaos. We began the process of trying to work out what form this album would take ages ago. Everybody Down (her debut album) was just out, my poetry collection wasn't out, it was a long time."
She continued: "It's been a gradual thing, a week here, a week there. These ideas have been gestating for a long time, they've just come at a different frequency from the other things I've done. I've been chipping away for a long time."
Tempest also spoke about working with super-producer Rick Rubin, who helped oversee the album.
She said of working with him: "It was incredible. He is a very careful listener and that's an unusual thing. I've never had someone listen so intently to my demos. I've heard my songs a 100 times before I record and you lose the capacity to hear new things. Rick would listen and it would transform the song. You'd hear every tiny mistake."
She added: "It made the room charged and you'd want to improve. We'd have to sit on it for months before we could play it to him again. I trusted him completely. He's already done it all, his integrity is completely intact and he just encouraged me and Dan to discover new things, in a way no one could have done."
Kate Tempest's new album The Book Of Traps And Lessons is out now. To hear the full interview with Tempest, check back on hmv.com in July...