Kesha has seen the light, and she is ready to take you along on the journey. Earlier this week, the singer debuted a trailer for her upcoming album, High Road, promising a return to her roots of “pure and utter debaucherous joy.”
Now in an exclusive conversation with RADIO.COM, the “Praying” songstress is diving deeper into her 4th LP and what it really means to take the High Road.
“I chose that as the title of the record because it has many meanings,” she explains, as she rolls the mic between her spiked and sparkling nails. “I feel like as a human being, morally, I try to take the high road. People may assume that that’s what the entirety of the record is about, but in fact, the song itself is about people who like to try to bring you down and talk s***.
“Sometimes you just got to stay above it, sometimes you gotta just get really high and laugh about it,” she smiles. “In a sense, I take the high road but in a sense, I definitely am not taking the high road in that song. So, the irony of the title is why I chose that to be the name of the record.”
In the trailer, fantasies flicker over a rattling bass and the bright exuberance of a church choir while Kesha explains the different place she finds herself since her 2017 album was released. “When I wrote ‘Rainbow’ I was in a very different headspace. I had to address some very serious things,” she explains in the video, before assuring something different this time around. “Kesha got her balls back, and they’re bigger than ever. So have a good time while you’re on this road trip from hell.”
She’s not alone on the trip, with a few big collaborations coming on K4. “This is the first time I’m talking about this, I’m nervous,” she says with a big breath. “So I’m collaborating with Wrabel, who’s a very frequent collaborator actually of mine. We wrote a lot together and we just end up singing songs together.”
But that’s not all on High Road, with a few other high profile guests up her sleeve, Kesha leans back. “Sturgill Simpson is someone I collaborated with, and Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys,” she adds, before exploding with excitement.
High Road is due out on January 10. You can find the full tracklist below.
2. My Own Dance
3. Raising Hell featuring Big Freedia
4. High Road
7. Cowboy Blues
8. Resentment featuring Sturgill Simpson & Brian Wilson
9. Little Bit Of Love
10. Birthday Suit
11. Kinky featuring Ke$ha
12. Potato Song (Cuz I Want To)
13. BFF featuring Wrabel
14. Father Daughter Dance
15. Chasing Thunder