Rapper-spoken word artist Kate Tempest spouts visceral, rhythmically dizzying angst in an exclusive live version of “Europe Is Lost,” filmed April 13th at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge. Rolling Stone filmed the performance between her band’s soundcheck and show, and the eeriness of the empty place only adds to the drama. Throughout the track, Tempest paints a harrowing character portrait of “Esther,” a social worker agonized by the cruelty and duplicity of a consumerist society filled with overmedicated children, terrorism, gun violence, racism, poverty and fetishized celebrities. “Europe is lost, America is lost, London lost/ Still we are clamoring victory,” she observes over wobbling synths, alternating between a deadpan spoken word energetic hip-hop flow. “All in that is meaningless/ We have learned nothing from history.” “Europe Is Lost” highlights Tempest’s acclaimed 2nd LP, 2016’s Let Them Eat Chaos. The- band will kick off a run of international festival dates on July 8th with a spot at Au Foin De La Rue in Saint-Denis-de-Gastines, France.
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