music video of the day: "A Message" by Kelela

This girl. This song. The vibe. My god. Intense and raw and sexy and smooth all at once.

On Arca, Kelela says:

I met Alejandro [Arca] on a boat in August of 2012. We sought one another out across a dance floor and within 5 minutes agreed to meet each other as soon as possible to collaborate. I had one song released to my name and had just heard one of his mixes, but we knew we’d found something in one another. We spent the next three days, 14 hours a day talking about our artistic visions and how it intersected with our personal lives, making songs that reflected that while dancing around the room to let it all out. About 5 or 6 demos were born out of these three days.

“A Message” is one of the demos that came from those sessions and it speaks to the despair that I was experiencing at the time. The initial version of the song spilled out of us in about 25 minutes. Since then, it’s been like a sculpture that I’ve come to and refined over time, adding a lyric here, refining a melody there, adding a bridge, etc. It’s a process that is now finally complete with its release and I’m so happy that I finally get to share it with all of you.

Here's a photo from when I met Kelela outside a club in Chicago after Pitchfork Fest 2014. I asked to take her picture and she said "only if you're in it" cus she's a bad ass. She looks so chill. Meanwhile, my QT wink face didn't turn out as good as I thought it would. I like that we have matching nails though.