Kemosabe (song)

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Kemosabe single cover.jpg
Single by Everything Everything
from the album Arc
Released 14 January 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012[1]
Genre Art rock, indie pop, indie rock, Contemporary R&B
Length 3:43
Label Sony RCA
Songwriter(s) Jonathan Higgs
Producer(s) David Kosten
Everything Everything
Everything Everything singles chronology
"Cough Cough"
"Cough Cough"
Music video
"Kemosabe" on YouTube
"Kemosabe" (Audio) on YouTube

"Kemosabe" is a song from British indie pop band Everything Everything. The track was released in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2013 as the second single from the band's second studio album, Arc (2013).[2] The track received its first play on 8 November 2012, having been selected as BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe's Hottest Record in the World.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[2]
No. Title Length
1. "Kemosabe" 3:43
No. Title Length
1. "Kemosabe" 3:43
2. "Treasure Set" 3:26


Chart performance[edit]

For the chart week dated 26 January 2013, "Kemosabe" debuted at number forty-eight on the UK Singles Chart—marking the band's second top one hundred entry after "Cough Cough" (#37, 2012).[5]

Chart (2013) Peak
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[5] 48


"Kemosabe" plays at 87 beats per minute with a time signature in common time, and is notable for its multiple key changes, falsetto vocals, and syncopated rhythms. A staccato synth pattern is also prevalent throughout the song. Jonathan Higgs' vocal range spans from B♭3 to C#5, and is accompanied by backing vocals.

In an interview, band members described the song as being similar to those on their debut album, Man Alive. Higgs also spoke about the meaning of the song, noting,

"It’s about turbulent relationships and feeling alone even if you are with somebody. It’s playing off the Lone Ranger and his relationship with Tonto. The fact that he’s the Lone Ranger despite - well, he’s always been with Tonto. I always thought that was funny and a bit weird. And I liked the language: Yippeekayay and Hiyo Silver and Kemosabe."[6]

In other interviews, Higgs has expressed discomfort when asked about the song's meaning.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording and mixing
  • Recorded at RAK Studios, London; Angelic Studios, Halse; Muttley Ranch, London; Jonathan's Flat, Manchester; The Garden, London; Crotch Int. Studios, Gilsland mixed at Muttley Ranch, London.

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Arc, RCA Records, UMP.[1]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United Kingdom 8 November 2012[3][7] Radio airplay
14 January 2013[4][2] Vinyl
Digital download


  1. ^ a b Arc (inlay cover). Everything Everything. RCA Records, UMP. 2013. p. 11. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kemosabe by Everything Everything". Amazon. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Hottest Record - Everything Everything - Kemosabe". BBC. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Kemosabe - Vinyl by Everything Everything". Amazon. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Artist: Everything Everything". Official Charts Company. 2013-01-20. 
  6. ^ "Track by Track: Everything Everything’s Arc". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Everything Everything reveal new single 'Kemosabe' - Listen". NME. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2013-01-15.