Kesha's comeback continues. On the heels of "Praying" and "Woman," she's just dropped the third single, "Learn To Let Go," off her third studio album, Rainbow, out August 11.
"Learn To Let Go" takes us back to a Cannibal-era Kesha, where the singer dropped rapid, impassioned verses and soaring choruses. Clearly, the new song further muses on the themes of healing, redemption, and inner strength first introduced in "Praying," though this song is less somber in its approach.
As with her previous two return tracks, Kesha released an essay with "Learn To Let Go," published on Huffington Post.
"'Learn to Let Go' is more than a song title... it's become one of my mantras over the last few years," she begins. "As much as our past creates who we are, we can't let it define us or hold us back. And especially if you've been through something hard, and we all have, you can't hold on to resentment because it's like a poison. You have to learn to let go of those bad feelings and move forward."
The song was written along with Kesha's mother, Pebe Sebert, with lyrics inspired by the radiance of a close friend:
"I know some of the hard times she has been through, and I was inspired by how she didn't let any of the darkness from her past creep into her life," she writes. "Her beautiful spirit inspired me to consider how, even though we all go through tough things in our lives, we all have the ability to make the decision to just let it go and move forward. If my friend can do it, then I thought maybe I can do it too."
The video, meanwhile, was directed by Isaac Ravishankara, who also helmed another, as-yet-unreleased film for the album, for a track called "Hymn." The vid incorporates lots of home footage from when Kesha was a child, taken by her aunt Sonia.
"I wanted all of the videos on the project to have a colorful and idiosyncratic style," she continues. "This video in particular I wanted to feel nostalgic and otherworldly because it's about me reconnecting to my childlike innocence. I've looked at this record, 'Rainbow,' as me being myself, Kesha Rose Sebert, my name without the dollar sign, genuinely for the first time ever."
Take a look and listen to "Learn To Let Go," below: