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 fell in love with the music of Steve Reich when I was living in New York in 2010. I find myself coming back to this recording every few months; the density of the rhythms never fails to show me something new about structure and form. A unique piece of music that elevates and guides the listening on an ever-shifting percussive musical landscape. A true visionary work.