After years locked in a court battle with her label boss, producer, and alleged abuser Dr. Luke, Kesha is finally getting ready to release Rainbow, her long-awaited new album. Last week, when she announced the album, Kesha shared the video for the withering power ballad “Praying.” Today, she’s got another video, for another of the album’s singles. “Woman” is a self-possessed retro-soul rocker with horns from the Dap-Kings, though you won’t hear too many retro-soul songs where the singer belts out the words, “I’m a motherfucker!” on the chorus. Kesha- co-directed the video with her brother Lagan Sebert (you may remember a clip leaked last month) and it features Kesha and the Dap-Kings (alongside Saundra Williams, a longtime collaborator of the late Sharon Jones) taking over a cowboy bar in Delaware. Check it out below.
And Kesha has written a Rolling Stone essay about the new song. On the new aesthetic directions she’s taking, she writes:
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…
I have always been a feminist, but for much of my life I felt like a little girl trying to figure things out. In the past few years, I have felt like a woman more than ever. I just feel the strength and awesomeness and power of being female. We hold the key to humanity. We decide if we populate the Earth, and if so, with whom. We could just decide not to have any more kids and the human race would be over. That is power. I just really fucking love being a woman and I wanted an anthem for anyone else who wants to yell about being self-sufficient and strong. (Yes, men, this song can be for you too.)