South African artist/actor Nakhane has shared hypnotic floorfiller "Clairvoyant" and detailed new album You Will Not Die.
The track has Nakhane fusing menacing, high-octane dance production with heartfelt falsetto. It's a stunning combo that welcomes us into his world, and it comes with a video directed by Tebogo Malope.
"I was reading Jean Cocteau’s Les Enfants Terribles and there’s a line there that goes 'love had made them clairvoyant' and I remember thinking 'Jesus, love doesn’t make me clairvoyant - if anything I become more of an idiot when I’m in love'," Nakhane says of the new song. "I was looking around and most love songs were either fawning and sensational about how much they loved the person, or they were very biting about how much they couldn’t stand the other person. There seemed to be a lack of middle ground, how you can love somebody but you can also resent them. There’s a line 'Love has not made me clairvoyant / all I know is how to be a servant...' but then the chorus is 'I look to you... nonetheless'."
You Will Not Die is written by Nakhane, with arrangements finished in London alongside producer Ben Christophers (Bat For Lashes).
The Alice-born, Port Elizabeth-raised polymath, who is also starring in upcoming film The Wound, is playing London's Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 20 March. Tickets are on sale from 23 January.