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Kevin Rowland is back. Seven years after his jaunty meditation on Irish folklore, the founding father of the Dexys Midnight Runners is aiming back into showbiz with a programmatic album title, themed: “The Feminine Divine”.
By semi-academic definition, “the divine feminine” (as the title loosely translates) is a spiritual concept that represents a feminine counterpart to the patriarchal and masculine worship structures that have long dominated classical religions. “The Divine Feminine” thus goes far beyond a belief system. It is also used as a cipher to break traditional views. So strong theoretical stuff.
The opus will be released on July 28th on the indie label 100% Records. Lead producer is Pete Schwier; an old studio hand who has worked with the Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, Shirley Bassey or The Jam since the early 80’s. He was also behind the controls for Dexys. A proven team. The London team is supported by Toby Chapman, who has also been working as an arranger and studio crack for gala greats such as Tom Jones and Lionel Ritchie since the 1980s.
The Feminine Divine is the second studio album to be released under a shortened band name and also the first new material from the pop veterans following their 2016 record Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul. As is well known, an LP with interpretations of Irish traditionals. Her last album of original tracks was 2012’s One Day I’m Going To Soar.
The first single of the new work is called “I’m Going To Get Free”, for which there is also a video in a unisex outfit. With this look, which can also be seen in the new press photos, Rowland is reminiscent of a grown-up version of Harry Styles.
Already on his 1999 album “My Beauty” Rowland showed himself shirtless in a queer drag look. The film for this single also shows that the maestro has not forgotten how to dance.
Dexys: Tracklist for “The Feminine Divine”
- 01. The One That Loves You
- 02. It’s Alright Kevin (Manhood 2023)
- 03. I’m Going To Get Free
- 04. Coming Home
- 05. The Feminine Divine
- 06. My Goddess Is
- 07. Goddess Rules
- 08. My Submission
- 09. Dance With Me