Consider the ground broken: Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke and Olly Alexander have teamed up for a duet.
The two openly gay artists paired up on a new track revolving around a same-sex relationship, written and performed in the hopes of making other mainstream gay musicians acknowledge their sexuality within their lyrics.
The song “Grounds For Resentment” is a piano-led track that tells the story of a same-sex romance from two perspectives. It will be featured on Okereke’s third studio album Fatherland.
“I remember reading something that [Olly] wrote about the use of pronouns in pop music for gay artists that I thought that was very perceptive and intelligent – that the use of pronouns was the last frontier for gay artists,” he tells The Guardian.
“There are lots of gay acts that avoid using the term he when singing about same sex desire. It will just be a neutral term, whereas Olly understands from what I read that there is a long way to go for gay musicians in being able to describe love and desire authentically.
“So I was very happy to sing a romantic duet with him on my album, because I couldn’t think of a precedent of any out gay musicians singing a love song to one another without having to hide behind codes.”
Fatherland will be out October 6th.