Kate Tempest released her new album, Let Them Eat Chaos, last week. She's an expert storyteller, and here she visits seven residents of a South London street who are all still awake in the wee hours (4:18 AM to be specific). The album plays almost like a screenplay being read to you, Tempest directing the camera down from outer space, zooming down to this street where we visit these people -- a variety of insomniacs, hard-partiers, shift workers, a girl who's been priced out of her apartment, a young PR agent who wonders "is life just a thing you do?" -- as she sets the scene for each.

It's a thought-provoking, touching, sad and funny album and Tempest paints lyrical pictures with very impressive flow. Again made with producer/collaborator Dan Carey, this is a more impressive album than 2014's Everybody Down with a bigger ear toward hooks and choruses, even if some of the songs end a little too abruptly -- what works as a book chapter doesn't necessarily work for a song. This is very much a work to be taken in at once (headphones perhaps ideally). Highly recommended, and you can stream the whole album via Spotify below.

No word on North American tour dates, but Kate will be on tour in the UK and Europe this fall, with one UK date announced for 2017. All are listed below.

Kate Tempest - 2016/2017 tour dates
Oct 27 Fri-Son Fribourg, Switzerland
Oct 28 La Gaîté Lyrique Paris, France
Oct 29 New Fall Festival Düsseldorf, Germany
Oct 30 Mojo Club Hamburg, Germany
Nov 01 sankt peter Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Nov 02 Astra Berlin, Germany
Nov 03 Muffathalle Munich, Germany
Nov 05 Iceland Airwaves Reykjavik, Iceland
Nov 06 Mascotte Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 07 BIZARRE ! Vénissieux, France
Nov 08 Sala Apolo Barcelona, Spain
Nov 10 Melkweg The Max Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 11 Reflektor, Liège Liège, Belgium
Nov 12 Sonic City Kortrijk, Belgium
Nov 29 Whelans Dublin, Ireland
Nov 30 Empire Music Hall Belfast, Ireland
Dec 01 Art School Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom
Dec 03 Sheffield Plug Sheffield, United Kingdom
Dec 04 O2 Institute2 Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom
Dec 05 Waterfront Norwich, United Kingdom
Dec 07 O2 Ritz Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom
Dec 08 O2 Academy Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom
Dec 09 All Saints Church Brighton, United Kingdom
Dec 11 Roundhouse London, United Kingdom
May 27 O2 Academy Brixton London, United Kingdom

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