We’ve been waiting more than a year, with a breathless sense of urgency and some trepidation, for Kanye West to release a new album. That album, probably now titled SWISH, could come out at any time; Kanye has even said that it’ll be a surprise release. But now we might have to wait a bit on that surprise. West is gearing up for a controversial headlining performance at the Glastonbury festival, and in a piece on West’s interview activities, the UK newspaper The Guardian dropped a zero-context update on the album’s release: “Kanye’s seventh album, originally titled So Help Me God and later changed to SWISH, is to be released this autumn.”
Now: Does The Guardian know anything about the album’s release plans? Where did the paper get that information? This is a reputable newspaper, not a tabloid or something, so the note has presumably been fact-checked. So that means we’ll probably have to go all summer without the album of barbecue music that Kanye has promised.
And in further Kanye news, Kanye said something weird during an interview! As NME reports, Kanye more or less compared himself to a chair during a recent interview with The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine: “Imagine if Da Vinci or Michelangelo or Galileo were asked not to think of anything except for the one thing they first became famous for. So da Vinci could only have one idea. For all haters, I’m not saying I’m Da Vinci, but I feel it’s right for any human being to compare themselves to anything… I could compare myself to this chair. I’m saying, ‘I’ve got all this on my back, so I’m a chair.’ People get really uptight about my comparisons, but I’m an extreme speaker, and I speak through comparisons.” It’s official: Kanye West is a chair.
UPDATE: In that same Sunday Times interview, Kanye also offered further apology for his comments about Beck earlier this year: “I’m fine to apologize for inaccuracies. You know, I send flowers for inaccuracies. I talked to Beck’s wife, and I think I had a point about Beyoncé’s album, but I think I was inaccurate with the concept of a gentleman who plays 14 instruments not respecting artistry.”