It's been a long five years since Kesha
released an album. And unless you have been living under a very big rock, you know it has been a really challenging time for her, due to a highly publicized legal battle between her and now ex-producer, Dr. Luke. But the saying is true, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, or in Kesha's case a Rainbow
, which is title of her new album, set to be released on August 11th.
"Praying," the lead single from the forthcoming album and its video were released this morning, and to put simply, they are amazing. The song, co-written and produced by Ryan Lewis (aka the second half of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
) is an emotional testimony of the conflict between her and Dr. Luke, and her subsequent struggle with hopelessness and depression. She sings -- really, truly sings -- and the emotion can be felt as she belts out "You brought the flames and you put me through hell / I had to learn how to fight for myself." Musically, the song is nothing like her previous sound. The song starts as a piano ballad, with strings and vocal harmonies (that do not feature her notorious autotune effects) layered on as it progresses. A steady drum culminates towards the end, giving Kesha an opportunity to finally
show the world how unreal her voice is.
The music video begins with the Gaga-esque songstress laying in a coffin, asking God if she is dead, and why she has had to face so much pain, and eventually she is pleading for death -- anything to free her from agony. As the video progresses, Kesha fights to find herself, while being chased by pigs, that one can only assume is representative of her former producer. The video concludes with Kesha standing at the edge of the ocean, with the words "the beginning" appearing on the screen, marking Kesha's long overdue return to music, but this time, she'll be doing it her way.
Kesha further explained struggle with depression, her personal conflicts, and the experiences that inspired "Praying" in an essay
she wrote for Lenny Letter.