At long last, Janelle Monáe - the inimitable, award-winning, songwriter, performer, producer, and avant-garde funkstress - is back, ready to release another full-length “emotion picture” to the masses.
THE ELECTRIC LADY is the sophomore album from Janelle Monáe and will be released on Friday, September 13.
Inspired by her matriarchs, Janelle Monáe began to write lyrics and songs about rebel women who refused to be marginalised and dared to live their life boldly and unapologetically in a distant future.
“At some point I realized that the true heart and glue of the community were the women. My mama and grandmamma and my aunties are some of the most powerful beings on the planet. A lot of folks think I work hard onstage because of James Brown. But they’ve never met my mother!”
According to Monáe, “For years I’d been painting this woman’s physique. I have hundreds of these paintings with the same feminine figure over and over, this glowing Technicolor woman seen from behind - regal, powerful and electric. My friends told me to name this mysterious figure because she seemed to be a totem, a powerful symbol for me. So I named her THE ELECTRIC LADY, and that’s where the album’s title came from.”
Going to radio on Monday, ‘Dance Apocalyptic’ is the catchy and upbeat second track released from THE ELECTRIC LADY. The video sees Janelle cut loose and let her hair down, dancing on stage surrounded by an all-female band of musicians and dancers. The video is an excerpt from the short film The Dance Apocalyptic, which is set in an alternate version of current-day America where Janelle Monae is The Beatles and Ed Sullivan is black.
This follows first single, “Q.U.E.E.N.,” which hit #4 on the iTunes Top R&B Singles chart. The music video has had more than 5 million views!
Buy THE ELECTRIC LADY on iTunes.