South African alt-pop artist Tatum releases new single ‘Bloodsport’ today

TATUM’s third single ‘Bloodsport’ chronicles the violence and beauty in the brutality of love.

TATUM releases her third single ‘Bloodsport’ through Bad Future Records on May 8th. The song paints a vivid picture of the pitfalls of love and how, when a relationship comes to an explosive and painful end, it can ultimately destroy both people.

That love in turn becomes a ‘Bloodsport’, because it cannot exist without a huge amount of pain, and so it becomes a sort of disastrous art.

TATUM’s beautifully sung and musically delicate verses diminish and dissolve, making way for the huge, cinematic, cascading choruses that are underpinned by a relentless ritualistic rhythm, giving the track an intensely dynamic and melodramatic edge.

There’s also stylised quality to ‘Bloodsport that, through its themes of tragic romance, feeds into a Lana Del Rey-like melancholia of seeing the beauty in heartbreak.

“‘Bloodsport’ compares love to an epic battle where both parties walk away injured and bloody. All love comes at a cost and there is always a devastating end to love whether it’s through a break-up or death, love always ends painfully,” TATUM explains when questioned about the song’s core narrative.

After TATUM’s first two singles, ‘Broken’ and ‘Fever’, received playlist support from streaming services across the board, were featured on lauded tastemaker sites Record Of The Day, Earmilk and CLASH, and were included on an internationally syndicated radio show that airs on over 70 radio stations and six continents worldwide, there is much excitement around the trajectory of her 2020.

Ahead of the release of her debut EP Bloodsport on the 22nd of May, ‘Bloodsport’ is the third strike for the alternative pop artist.

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