Fatherland is Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke‘s third solo album and first under his own name. As you might assume from its title, the 13-track Fatherhood was inspired by the birth of his daughter Savannah last December. Says Okereke, “I’m fully conscious that this record is probably going to serve as a document for Savannah of the relationship between her fathers and who we were before she came into our lives. It feels important for her to see that we don’t have all the answers but we’re trying.” Speaking of trying, Okereke will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com over the next two weeks. Check back each day to see what he’s writing about.
Okereke: I got into the work of Matthew Bourne quite by accident, catching a televised version of his Sleeping Beauty last Christmas. The lyrical choreography completely transfixed me from the start. Over the year, I’ve been trying to watch as many of his ballets as I can. This completely spellbinding reinterpretation of Tim Burton’s iconic film has passion, beauty and violence: a powerful combination.