Kelela Returns with Video for New Song "Washed Away"

"Please TRUST the bangers are on the way. But first: how's your heart?"
Kelela Returns with Video for New Song 'Washed Away'
Kelela is back, and all is right in the world. After some very funny and self-aware teasing, the songwriter has broken her five-year hiatus with "Washed Away," an ambient blur of a track that finds Kelela vocalizing through a cloud of synths. 

"I love a banger, but for the first point of contact out of my hiatus, it felt more honest to lead with an ambient heart-check," Kelela said in press materials. 

"I specifically want to speak to marginalized Black folk and highlight the work we do to find renewal in a world that's built to make us feel inadequate," she continued. "This song is the soundtrack to the relief we find after going inward."

The track was produced by Berlin-based producer Yo van Lenz. The video for "Washed Away" was directed by Yasser Abubeker and shot in Ethiopia's Danakil Depression. 

"Washed Away" is Kelela's first new song since releasing her debut full-length Take Me Apart in 2017. Check out the video below, plus a tweet from Kelela announcing the song.