Emily King - The Switch

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I'd never heard of her before last night, but apparently she was Grammy-nominated back in 2007 for her first album. She's opened for John Legend, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, and Emeli Sandé over the years. Seems to be one of those artists who lives so deep inside the industry it's hard to break out.

I can't stan for every single track on The Switch—it sometimes drifts into that coffee bar acoustic guitar la-la music—but the songs that lean more r&b are immaculately produced and she can do some amazing things with a melody. I'm still unpacking this album, but I've already listened to it six times and I don't really want to stop.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 3 August 2015 16:31 (five years ago) link

any tracks u recommend for those who are not sure whether to dive in headfirst?

dyl, Monday, 3 August 2015 19:17 (five years ago) link

My current two favorites on the record:


Politely funky.

Off Center

Right at 1:45, this ^ turns into a completely different and transcendent experience.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 3 August 2015 19:18 (five years ago) link

I'm reminded a little bit of Nikka Costa through the whole thing, but whereas Nikka was more of a dive bar kind of artist, Emily King seems a little more cosmopolitan.

I realize citing Nikka Costa as a reference would probably make most everybody say "who gives a fuck!" but I calls 'em as I sees 'em.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 3 August 2015 19:29 (five years ago) link

this is good. Sleepwalker espesh.

Spottie, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 16:26 (five years ago) link


Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 16:27 (five years ago) link

believer is another good one

Spottie, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 16:30 (five years ago) link

Yep. Some of these songs remind me a lot of Under the Cherry Moon/Parade era Prince in particular.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 16:35 (five years ago) link


Spottie, Tuesday, 4 August 2015 16:53 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

My friend just sent me Believer from this album so I checked out the rest of it. This is a really gorgeous record. I'm surprised how little discussion there is about her considering how popular KING are on here.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 19:11 (three years ago) link

this record rules

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 13 September 2016 19:47 (three years ago) link

Indeed. I just listened to it again for the first time in a few months. So good!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 13 September 2016 19:50 (three years ago) link

I don't remember it placing in the top 77 albums list for last year. Did it make it lower down on the list? I would have definitely voted for it if I'd heard it.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 19:55 (three years ago) link

I could give you a definitive answer if search was working worth a damn right now, but I'm pretty sure I nominated it.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 13 September 2016 20:08 (three years ago) link

I just found it. It came in at 772 with just the one vote (14 points). Is there any way we can claim 2016 was her year of impact and give it another chance?

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 20:10 (three years ago) link

It ranked #772 with one vote (14 points).

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 13 September 2016 20:11 (three years ago) link

It did get reissued as a "deluxe" version this year, so whoever wants to nominate is welcome to.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Tuesday, 13 September 2016 20:12 (three years ago) link

I'll go for it. I'll have to do some proper campaigning and everything. It seems like the kind of record people would love.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 20:14 (three years ago) link

i still listen to this a lot. sent it to my sis and she loves it too

Spottie, Tuesday, 13 September 2016 21:23 (three years ago) link

this record was a slight letdown for me but only because the Seven EP is some of my favorite music by anyone ever, still, The Switch is very good.

very nice live rendering of "Distance" here:

erudite beach boys fan (sheesh), Tuesday, 13 September 2016 23:56 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

The second half of "Off Center" is really doing it for me right now.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 24 October 2016 23:42 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Finally a new song!


Johnny Fever, Friday, 5 October 2018 04:19 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Only just found out she has a new album out next week. Just catching up on the singles and everything is sounding so good. Really hyped for this.

kitchen person, Thursday, 24 January 2019 05:45 (one year ago) link

Yeah, the latest one, "Can't Hold Me," is super good. Looking forward to this.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 24 January 2019 05:51 (one year ago) link

Whoa thanks

Johnny Fever, Friday, 25 January 2019 04:12 (one year ago) link

Ah, this album is so gorgeous. I really needed this today.

kitchen person, Friday, 25 January 2019 05:06 (one year ago) link

Totally in love with her new album. It makes a nice companion to the recent Natalie Prass one.

Love how much she's channeling Prince on the last few songs.

kitchen person, Monday, 4 February 2019 05:25 (one year ago) link

Yeah, the end is the strongest portion.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 February 2019 05:30 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

new album is blowing my mind

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 15 March 2019 18:22 (one year ago) link

forgiveness >>>

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Friday, 15 March 2019 23:07 (one year ago) link

I know it's still early days, but this is quite comfortably my favourite album of the year so far.

kitchen person, Saturday, 16 March 2019 02:02 (one year ago) link

She's the guest on Switched on Pop this week: https://www.switchedonpop.com/lost-found-the-drama-of-pop-form-with-emily-king/

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 16:16 (one year ago) link

First time I heard her, seemed good, kind of a Prince thing at end: https://www.google.com/search?q=Emily+King+Late+Night+With+Seth+Meyers&oq=Emily+King+Late+Night+With+Seth+Meyers&aqs=chrome..69i57.19671j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

dow, Tuesday, 19 March 2019 16:27 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

record even better now that it feels like spring outside

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:36 (one year ago) link

I haven't watched her Coachella performance yet, but I hear it's dope.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:47 (one year ago) link

"2nd guess" song of the year, i cry every time

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 19:38 (one year ago) link

when that one explodes at the end >>

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:57 (one year ago) link

Oh god yeah, that is a stunning moment. My current favourite is Running. The vulnerability in her voice when she gets to the chorus, especially towards the end is incredible.

This whole album is an absolute triumph and I really hope more people come round to it over the year.

kitchen person, Thursday, 18 April 2019 01:59 (one year ago) link

Hi I love this album.

Tim F, Monday, 22 April 2019 22:27 (one year ago) link


american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 22 April 2019 22:28 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

So, Scenery is fucking incredible.

I don't really have much more to add.

I just needed to tell somebody.

brontosaur, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 20:44 (one year ago) link

four months pass...


american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 4 October 2019 15:41 (ten months ago) link

whoa rad

big city slam (Spottie), Monday, 7 October 2019 04:12 (ten months ago) link

She has an EP out with that Machinedrum remix Brad posted plus remixes of four other tracks.

breastcrawl, Friday, 11 October 2019 22:37 (ten months ago) link

seven months pass...

No news, just psyched I got a copy of 'The Switch' on LP. They go for crazy prices, but I lucked out and won it on ebay for the starting big (which is probably around what it would've cost new in 2015).

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 12 May 2020 23:22 (three months ago) link

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