Kesha's new single 'Woman' is a complete departure from her autotuned, EDM party songs
Seven years ago, a relatively unknown artist released a single titled 'Tik ToK.'
With 'Tik ToK' Kesha was propelled into international fame and was one of the most recognisable artists that you would hear at any party destination.
'TiK ToK' and her other party tunes had the right beat, right amount of auto-tune and EDM beats to make her famous. But what followed post fame was a lot of hate for her auto-tuning, countless jokes about whether she really has an eating disorder and a very public sexual harassment case against her music producer Dr Luke.
Though she was forced to drop the case against Luke because of lack of evidence, her fans supported her through her long legal battle.
But now Kesha is back, stronger and more mature. Atleast that's what it looks like from her new album Rainbow. Though Kesha might claim that the album was inspired by an encounter with aliens, the songs she has released till now from the album are wonderful.
With the first single 'Praying' Kesha sets the tone for the album as being empowering.
With her new single 'Woman' Kesha asserts herself as an independent woman. She sings: "I buy my own things, I pay my own bills, These diamond rings, my automobiles, Everything I got, I bought it, Boys can't buy my love, buy my love, yeah."
At a listening party for Rainbow in London, Kesha said that the song was written in response to Donald Trump's 'grab them by the pussy' remarks ("That made me so infuriated, as a hardcore feminist," she said), and it certainly has fire behind it.
The music video (which you can see below) was directed by Kesha and her brother Lagan, depict Kesha raging around in a bar, wearing a red stetson and swinging around.
The track is definitely a departure from Kesha's heydays of singing about the clubs and the boys she meets in clubs. There's a definite absence of autotune. The song is raw, edgy to the point it has two lines where the vocals are broken up by laughter.
In an interview with Rolling Stones, she said about her new musical style, "I love the music I have made before, but it was funny to me that I would go play huge EDM festivals and then I'd go onto my tour bus and get out my record player and put on Iggy Pop, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, T Rex, Dolly Parton, James Brown, Beatles, The Sweet; any of those records. They all couldn't be more different sonically from what I was doing, even though the same wild spirit was there."
Here's Kesha's 'Woman':