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April 3, 2011 / JV

Popped Tape: KING

KING is a female trio made up of Minneapolis natives (and twins) Paris and Amber Strother and Los Angeles native Anita Bias. Their sound is an organic soul that is meticulously developed; reminiscent of the highest points of that thing we called neo-soul and hints of old-school nostalgia. Their debut project, THE STORY EP, consists of three songs written by all of them and produced by Paris. The single, “The Story,” is an exploration of the assurance that can come with following one’s heart, as well as an acknowledgement of the challenges that can occur along the way — a seemingly “happy” self-affirming anthem with a vaguely melancholic tone. Then there is “Supernatural,” a grand production in which the vocals seem to float weightlessly across intervals and an ever-expanding track. And lastly there’s my personal favorite, “Hey,” which is the kind of love song that seems to be rare as of late. Soaking in honeydewed vocals, intergalactic fairytale lyrics, and complete with a bare bones, breathy breakdown, it’s the kind of song you can just feel.

It’s been a while since I heard a group whose sounds seemed to fit so flawlessly together, but from the jazz chords to the percussion, there’s something that flows through the range of KING’s music that just seems meant-to-be. It will be interesting to see where they go with it.

“Hey”

 

“Supernatural”

 

“The Story”

 

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