Thanks to the never-ending court battle for her freedom with alleged music industry villain Dr. Luke, it was starting to feel like Kesha would never release anything new. Her last album, Warrior, came out in 2012. Since then, her singing has been limited to covers and remixes. Kesha finally dropped a new song and announced that her new album, Rainbow, is coming out on August 11. Kesha’s new song also came with a really Kesha-esque video.
The single Kesha released this morning is called Praying, and it’s about rising up and getting away from an awful person who is holding her down. Sound like anyone we know? The beginning of the video opens with Kesha on a raft in black and white, performing some California party girl Lemonade spoken word poetry in voice-over. She asks: “Am I dead? Or is this one of those dreams, those horrible dreams that seem like they last forever.”
As for the lyrics, Kesha sings about a person who has put her “through hell.” In case that’s too vague, she also sings this while being chased by scary pig-headed people:
I’m proud of who I am
No more monsters, I can breathe again
And you said that I was done
Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come
Cause I can make it on my own
And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known
I’ve been thrown out, I’ve been burned
When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name
If Kesha was any more obvious about who Praying was about, those pig-head people would be wearing stethoscopes and chasing her with contracts that read “WE OWN YOU.”
Kesha also spoke about her new song and upcoming album in an essay written for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. Here’s a bit that sums up what inspired Kesha to release new music.
“Praying, my first single in almost four years, comes out today. I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I’ve overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach. I’ve found what I had thought was an unobtainable place of peace. This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It’s a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.”
She also thanks all the people who worked with her on this new record. Kesha’s return to music couldn’t have come at a better time. There’s been a real style void left by Miley Cyrus after she decided to go country. And if anyone is the rightful owner of Lisa Frank-on-an-acid trip rainbow, it’s Kesha.