"I couldn't think of a precedent of any out gay musicians singing a love song to one another without hiding behind code"
A light, breezy and piano-led number, ‘Grounds For Resentment’ sees the pair come together for the to set the “precedent of out gay musicians singing a love song to one another without having to hide behind codes”. The song is taken from his upcoming second solo album, ‘Fatherland‘.
“I remember reading something that [Olly] wrote about the use of pronouns in pop music for gay artists that I thought that was very perceptive and intelligent – that the use of pronouns was the last frontier for gay artists,” Okereke told The Guardian about the track. “There are lots of gay acts that avoid using the term he when singing about same sex desire. It will just be a neutral term, whereas Olly understands from what I read that there is a long way to go for gay musicians in being able to describe love and desire authentically.
“So I was very happy to sing a romantic duet with him on my album, because I couldn’t think of a precedent of any out gay musicians singing a love song to one another without having to hide behind codes.”
Okereke releases ‘Fatherland’ on October 6, before a full UK tour. Full dates are below and tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday August 4.
Monday 16 October – Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tuesday 17 October – The Cluny 2, Tyne & Wear
Wednesday 18 October – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
Friday 20 October – The Chapel, Leeds
Saturday 21 October – Arts Club Loft, Liverpool
Sunday 22 October – O2 Institute 3, Birmingham
Tuesday 24 October – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
Wednesday 25 October – Islington Assembly Hall, London
Thursday 26 October – Rialto Theatre, Brighton
Friday 27 October – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth