Kanye West’s new gospel album, “Jesus is King,” is tentatively going to be released on Oct. 25, almost a month after the original release date. The update was reported by attendants of the Kanye West experience at George Washington University on Oct. 12.
According to the university’s online news source, at the impromptu concert, West showcased unfinished music and his movie. Throughout the event, students reported that West quoted Bible verses throughout the performance. The information about the event launched hours before West performed that night.
West announced that there will be a movie, directed by Nick Knight, with music featured in the film. The film will be shown starting on the current release date for the album, and is exclusively in IMAX theaters.
The movie has a promotional website that features a short synopsis with little information of the film or the album. Recently, the trailer has been released on the site, with presumably music from the album. The video contains a Bible verse along with where the movie was filmed.
“‘JESUS IS KING’ brings Kanye West’s famed Sunday Service to life in the Roden Crater, visionary artist James Turrell’s never-before-seen installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert,” the website said. “This one-of-a-kind experience features songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with new music from his forthcoming album.”
The setting for the movie is James Turrell’s Roden Crater. The crater is in Northern Arizona and was created by Turrell for human sight and psychological perception research.
“(Roden Crater) functions as a naked eye observatory of earthly and celestial events that are both predictable and continually in flux,” Turrell’s website says. “Constructed to last for centuries to come, Roden Crater links the physical and the ephemeral, the objective with the subjective, in a transformative sensory experience.”
The sight is currently under construction and not open to the public. The construction will result in the crater having 21 viewing spaces along with six tunnels. It is unclear if these are additions or total for the space.
The sight is mentioned to have constant visibility of the sky, which the rooms constructed to demonstrate the different perceptions of light. The crater is also a sight seeing place for predictable and fluxing celestial events.
The website features pictures of the Roden Crater, with the varying perception of light based on time and space.
West’s new music is leagues different than his original rap sound. His new album is comprised solely of gospel music. West has been very open about his change in genres, and is openly embracing religion and his religious goals through his music.
Tickets and theaters information will be updated on the JESUS IS KING website daily.