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“Deeper Understanding” — Kate Bush

After a six-year hiatus, Kate Bush is back with a new album and apparently a vocoder. But it isn’t exactly new material. The tracks on Director’s Cut, as the album is aptly called, are remakes of those from 1989’s The Sensual World and 1993’s The Red Shoes. This update of Deeper Understanding is written, like the original, as a kind of nostalgic love letter to a computer and features the arhythmic drumming and Bulgarian vocal ensemble you’d expect from the eccentric singer-songwriter. It also comes with the warbles of a voice processor you’d definitely not expect—maybe from Cher, not Kate. But if anyone is going to auto-tune a cynical lyric like “As the people here grow colder, I turn to my computer and spend my evenings with it like a friend,” shouldn’t it be the woman who gave us Running Up That Hill and who recently wrested control of her musical repertoire from her former record company?

This single was released today, April 5th. Look for the full album from Kate Bush’s record label, Fish People, May 16th.

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