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’m not really much of a science-fiction fan, but I read Parable Of The Sower and Parable Of The Talents last year and was blown away by their sheer power. Set in a dystopian future, the books detail the struggle of the Earthseed community and how they survive the collapse of 21st-century America. The discussion of race is very pertinent to these times. Such a great shame that Octavia E. Butler was never able to write the final book in the triology, Parable Of The Trickster.