"Deeper Understanding" Single by Kate Bush from the album Director's Cut Released 5 April 2011 Genre Art rock Length 6:32 (2011 version) Label Fish People, EMI Writer(s) Kate Bush Kate Bush singles chronology "King of the Mountain"
"Deeper Understanding" is a song by Kate Bush released as the lead single from the album Director's Cut. It was originally released in her 1989 album, The Sensual World. The song's lyrics describe an increasingly intense relationship between a lonely person and a computer. It is her first single release since 2005.
Kate Bush explained that the song is about how people are replacing human relationships with technology:
"This is about people... well, about the modern situation, where more and more people are having less contact with human beings. We spend all day with machines; all night with machines. You know, all day, you're on the phone, all night you're watching telly. Press a button, this happens. [...] And this is the idea of someone who spends all their time with their computer and, like a lot of people, they spend an obsessive amount of time with their computer. People really build up heavy relationships with their computers!"
The Director's Cut version of the song is almost two minutes longer and features re-recorded vocals and a harmonica solo at the end. "Deeper Understanding" now features the voice of her son, Albert, on the chorus, performing the role of the computer. The chorus vocals have been distorted using a vocoder, in order to make the voice sound mechanized and artificial. This is not the first time Bush worked with her son; he makes a brief spoken word appearance on her previous album Aerial on Disc 2, "A Sky of Honey." 
A short film to accompany the track premiered on Kate Bush's official YouTube channel on Monday, 25 April, 2011. It is directed by Bush herself and stars Robbie Coltrane, Frances Barber, Noel Fielding, and the voice of her son Albert, who plays the role of the computer program.  Music website Consequence of Sound reviewed the video and briefly explained it:
The video adapts the song's core plot – a person becoming addicted to a program called Voice Console deeply, emotionally attaching themselves to it to the point of separation with friends and family. Robbie Coltrane, best known for his work in Harry Potter as Hagrid, plays the computer junkie who leaves behind his wife and two sons to escape with the program. In the video, Voice Console is a pair of feminine lips on a screen (Bush's son Albert) with an eerie inhuman blackness behind them [...]. The program spouts hallucinogenic wave forms that cast Coltrane into a state of euphoria. When the family finally steps in to disable the sinister program, Coltrane turns on them and in his withdrawal things get very dark and strange. 
The song premiered on BBC Radio 2 on Monday 4 April 2011 on The Ken Bruce Show and was made available for streaming on Kate Bush's official YouTube channel after the radio premiere. "Deeper Understanding" was released as a digital download single on Tuesday 5 April. The song was the Record of the Week on Radio 2 and was played each day Bruce's show and Alex Lester's programme.
Chart (2011) Peak
French Singles Chart 92 UK Singles Chart 87
- ^ Llewellyn Smith, Caspar (2011-03-11). "Kate Bush to release new album in May". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/mar/11/kate-bush-new-album.
- ^ Gaffa.org - Deeper Understanding Lyrics
- ^ Gaffa.org - In her own words: Deeper Understanding
- ^ Gaffa.org - 1989 Radio One Interview with Roger Scott
- ^ Kate Bush - Deeper Understanding - Guardian.co.uk
- ^ Pitchfork: The Playlist: Kate Bush: "Deeper Understanding"
- ^ BBC News Kate Bush 'delight' over James Joyce track
- ^ Kate Bush Unveils "Deeper Understanding" Remix, her First New Single In Six Years - About.com
- ^ Kate Bush can use words of James Joyce for new song - Telegraph
- ^ Kate Bush channel
- ^ Kate Bush Releases “Director’s Cut” Single - ExploreMusic.com
- ^ Blackard, Cap (2011-04-26). "Watch: Kate Bush — "Deeper Understanding"". Consequence of Sound. http://consequenceofsound.net/2011/04/watch-kate-bush-deeper-understanding/.
- ^ BBC Radio 2 Programmes - Ken Bruce, 04/04/2011
- ^ BBC Radio 2 world single premiere! Exclusive audio clip! KateBushNews.com
- ^ http://lescharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Kate+Bush&titel=Deeper+Understanding+%5BDirector%27s+Cut%5D&cat=s
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