Kesha has just released a new single from her upcoming album, and it reveals a softer side of the musical superstar than we’re used to seeing.
The rapper, singer and songwriter dropped a video for the song on Monday. Titled “Resentment,” the track comes from her forthcoming album, “High Road,” and also features Sturgill Simpson, Brian Wilson, and Wrabel. Originally written by Wrabel, Madi Diaz, and Jamie Floyd, with co-writing from Kesha and production by John Hill, publicity material describes the tune as an exorcism of “relationship toxicity.”
According to the press release:
“Resentment” is a touching, country-tinged reflection on being done wrong by a lover and holding onto that negativity. Additional music will be added to the much-anticipated new album, which will now be released January 31 via Kemosabe/RCA Records. January will also find Kesha announcing a nationwide headlining US tour as well as appearing as both a performer and chat guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
On “Resentment,” Kesha displays some of the purest vocals of her entire catalog, tenderly singing alongside the supporting voices of Simpson, Wilson and Wrabel who each complement her with palpable earnestness.
Commenting on the inspiration behind the track, Kesha found that “resentment is such a powerful and destructive emotion and in my experience is more complex than hate or anger,” while of the collaborators on the song she said “Brian Wilson is one of my personal musical heroes, so when he said he would collaborate with me on the recording…that moment was one of the most exciting in my career. Then add in Sturgill who I respect and admire so much, as well as my close friend the insanely talented songwriter Wrabel, and this record felt more like a dream than just another song to me.”
The video for the track is unlike anything Kesha’s released before, an intimate self-shot video recorded on her iPhone 11 Pro that compliments the raw emotion of the song.
You can listen to the track here, or watch the video below.