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They're a nu-soul girl group from LA consisting of sisters Amber and Paris Strother (the latter of whom writes and produces all their music) along with Anita Bias. A bunch of us here liked their The Story EP a couple years back. They just dropped a new song and I figure since they're finally putting out an album this year and it seems like they're going to continue making the most gorgeous music ever like they've been doing, they deserve their own thread.

"In the Meantime" (the new one)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmYe9i8IxWA

"Hey" (which Kendrick sampled for "Chapter Six"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itl3BgEUNW0

"Supernatural"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tVrGt_hWzo

"The Story"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dhPuid9e4Q

They've also done some collaborations with The Foreign Exchange and Robert Glasper.

cunnilingus ah um (The Reverend), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 23:51 (eight years ago) link

A proper thread! :D

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 23:53 (eight years ago) link

A well-deserved one.

cunnilingus ah um (The Reverend), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 23:55 (eight years ago) link

I had to post "In the Meantime" in the "kinda out there, maybe kinda experimental, maybe kinda pretentious modern r&b" thread last night, and it's actually not any of those things.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 23:56 (eight years ago) link

oh, I didn't realize that one had been bumped

cunnilingus ah um (The Reverend), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 23:56 (eight years ago) link

we'd been talking about the teaser in rolling r&b

cunnilingus ah um (The Reverend), Tuesday, 19 March 2013 23:57 (eight years ago) link

oh my good gosh this new one is the purest driven bliss

r|t|c, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:02 (eight years ago) link

for real

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:06 (eight years ago) link

srsly like i feel humbled to be in the listening presence of such beauty

r|t|c, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:07 (eight years ago) link

Been meaning to look into these folks -- thanks!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:18 (eight years ago) link

I had to post "In the Meantime" in the "kinda out there, maybe kinda experimental, maybe kinda pretentious modern r&b" thread last night, and it's actually not any of those things.

― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 23:56 (Yesterday) Bookmark

this is really otm and precisely what makes it so great past the sheer aesthetics, the way it employs its astral psych soul etc motifs (for abject want of better terms) in the service of the essence of a pop song; making a fleeting moment feel infinite whereas so often with music coming from this realm the motivation seems the opposite, capturing by expansion

r|t|c, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 01:22 (eight years ago) link

and it's so well structured too, they know exactly how and when to push drift into drive, repeating the chorus into a mantra at 3 mins and letting go again, or like 'supernatural' slowly building up to wooshing starlight fireworks

r|t|c, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 01:28 (eight years ago) link

Sisters were originally from Minneapolis, iirc?

Zero Dark 33⅓: The Final Insult (Eric H.), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 01:48 (eight years ago) link

new one is absolutely gorgeous, the story ep sounded lovely but never stuck with me; "in the meantime" just feels more anchored

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 11:37 (eight years ago) link

"Hey" was just about the perfect thing to play at 5:30 p.m. while lying in bed at the height of that summer with the windows open.

Zero Dark 33⅓: The Final Insult (Eric H.), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:12 (eight years ago) link

Jaw dropped @ "In The Meantime".

I'm getting flotation tank Janet vibes. And a little bit of Tweet's first album.

Tim F, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:17 (eight years ago) link

I thought this was going to be about the dude who sang Love & Pride

pssstttt, Hey you (dog latin), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:31 (eight years ago) link

And a little bit of Tweet's first album.

the stuff tweet's doing nowadays is an even stronger comparison imo (did anyone else pick up her latest EP?)

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:34 (eight years ago) link

yeah i did. it all sounds like live jam sesh versions of possibly great songs i havent heard yet

r|t|c, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 12:43 (eight years ago) link

I'm getting flotation tank Janet vibes. And a little bit of Tweet's first album.

^^ feeling this too. absolutely gorgeous.

rusty_allen, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:44 (eight years ago) link

it's so 80's r&b imo. love it

flopson, Thursday, 21 March 2013 03:15 (eight years ago) link

oh my god i loooooove this

Woody Ellen (Matt P), Thursday, 21 March 2013 03:39 (eight years ago) link

I heard a bit of SWV in there maybe...is that just me?

bride of lecherchaun (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 21 March 2013 05:05 (eight years ago) link

Stevie Wonder, Very?

Woody Ellen (Matt P), Thursday, 21 March 2013 21:38 (eight years ago) link

In The Meantime is lovely, I want to be, like, in a hammock in the sunshine, like, immediately.

Matt DC, Thursday, 21 March 2013 21:48 (eight years ago) link

I heard a bit of SWV in there maybe...is that just me?

― bride of lecherchaun (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 21 March 2013 05:05 (16 hours ago) Bookmark

it's not too strong but i kinnnda see where you're coming from w/ this... something like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAgAHOuJR4o

r|t|c, Thursday, 21 March 2013 22:01 (eight years ago) link

maybe like tha rayne x rotary connection, idk

r|t|c, Thursday, 21 March 2013 22:02 (eight years ago) link

Love this, very happy to see they're back. I got a bit worried about them at one point when it looked like their Twitter had stopped updating.

SEO Speedwagon (seandalai), Thursday, 21 March 2013 22:15 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...
three months pass...

FUCKING INCREDIBLE live fyi. harmonies>>>>>>>>

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1Al1j9SjhI

(there are some more videos on that youtube account too)

(album's out this year btw)

lex pretend, Thursday, 16 January 2014 16:47 (seven years ago) link

(album's out this year btw)

Well, there's my #1 slot taken care of.

Alfre, Lord Woodard (Eric H.), Thursday, 16 January 2014 17:10 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

omg! finally!

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:11 (seven years ago) link

yayyyy

The Reverend, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:32 (seven years ago) link

Well, there's my #1 slot taken care of.

Cronk's Not Cronk (Eric H.), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:35 (seven years ago) link

Finally 2014 is picking up steam!

the fourth death of ernest borgnine (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:54 (seven years ago) link

Rawk.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:59 (seven years ago) link

(Lol)

the fourth death of ernest borgnine (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:33 (seven years ago) link

there's an amazing density to the songs of theirs that i've heard that renders them almost tactile..and if there is any one thing I look for in pop music these days, it's synaesthesia

the fourth death of ernest borgnine (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:35 (seven years ago) link

...

r|t|c, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:37 (seven years ago) link

anyway eric otm, anything other than aoty will be a disappointment tbh

r|t|c, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 07:38 (seven years ago) link

(haha sorry)

the fourth death of ernest borgnine (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 09:56 (seven years ago) link

Thought his thread was gonna be about

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEMDzXZfILo

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:21 (six years ago) link

Get out.

Cronk's Not Cronk (Eric H.), Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:44 (six years ago) link

New single

https://soundcloud.com/weareking-1/mister-chameleon

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Thursday, 10 July 2014 05:06 (six years ago) link

stunning, truly

r|t|c, Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:49 (six years ago) link

maybe a single a year isn't so cruel

i mean a full album of this all at once could be beyond the limits of human capacity

r|t|c, Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:53 (six years ago) link

^^^^^^^^

Tim F, Thursday, 10 July 2014 23:23 (six years ago) link

yeah this song is beautiful

album's done i think!

lex pretend, Friday, 11 July 2014 08:11 (six years ago) link

Their debut single preceded the LP by what, 5 years?

Zhoug speaks to you, his chosen ones (Sanpaku), Sunday, 8 April 2018 23:04 (three years ago) link

Yeah, we're not going to be blessed with another LP until 2025, I'd guess.

"Minneapolis" (barf) (Eric H.), Monday, 9 April 2018 01:41 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

exciting photo of the twins with q-tip on their facebook from late last year

imago, Sunday, 13 January 2019 20:15 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

instagram live jam session happening now @weareking ?!

maura, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:33 (two years ago) link

that was fucking rad, maura. thanks for the info.👍🏻

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 20:39 (two years ago) link

it made my night

maura, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:08 (two years ago) link

yeah looks like they are We Are King on spotify now

Heez, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:53 (two years ago) link

I guess there’s no way of hearing this now?

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:05 (two years ago) link

🙁

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 16:58 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

guys. . . !!!!!!!

https://www.fordtheatres.org/calendar/we-are-king

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 13 September 2019 17:04 (one year ago) link

only two members now?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 13 September 2019 18:17 (one year ago) link

only two members now?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 13 September 2019 18:17 (one year ago) link

ah i see above that's old news.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 13 September 2019 18:17 (one year ago) link

They have a new song out on September 25 with Sam Sparro:

New single OUTSIDE THE BLUE with @weareking Out September 25th. pic.twitter.com/9nLF5CkqLb

— Sam Sparro (@samsparro) September 16, 2019

monotony, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 07:01 (one year ago) link

hell yes.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:34 (one year ago) link

Great news! I was always fond of Sam Sparro's voice. It was just a shame he only had two really good songs on his first album. He sounded great on that Basement Jaxx single.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:08 (one year ago) link

This is nice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgMUNnN7kuQ

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 17:36 (one year ago) link

yet more evidence that all pop music should be a sea of amazing chords

imago, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 17:54 (one year ago) link

have they changed their name to We Are KING now? track is nice

ufo, Thursday, 26 September 2019 04:35 (one year ago) link

yeah, that happened within the last 18 months or so

maura, Friday, 27 September 2019 16:11 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWTZANDSsAs

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 October 2019 21:44 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

posting to acknowledge the utter awesomeness of the above, and also to confuse people who are still trying to click on that kanye thread for some reason

imago, Monday, 28 October 2019 17:10 (one year ago) link

also acknowledging <3

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Monday, 28 October 2019 22:50 (one year ago) link

Yeah totally great!

the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 28 October 2019 23:02 (one year ago) link

KING IS KING!

Chantilly Bass, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 03:10 (one year ago) link

also to confuse people who are still trying to click on that kanye thread for some reason

hey this topic in only for quality music, please. thx.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 29 October 2019 15:51 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

TODAY, 4/15: R&B, soul, and dream-pop coalesce in the stylings of Grammy-nominated @weareKING.

Sisters Amber and Paris Strother will be performing live on our Instagram (@moogsynthesizers) with their Moog One, Minimoog Voyager, and Roland CR-78 drum machine. Join us at 6PM EDT! pic.twitter.com/1xPmg6JRFl

— Moog Synthesizers (@moogmusicinc) April 15, 2020

Jeff W, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 20:54 (one year ago) link

dr. amber lol
going live from the @moogmusicinc IG page at 3pm pst/6pm est ♥️ pic.twitter.com/OKEGrqUvty

— We Are KING (@weareKING) April 15, 2020

Jeff W, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 20:55 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

They're doing the #TimsTwitterListeningParty at 8pm BST today

groovypanda, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 09:53 (one year ago) link

!!!!

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 10:26 (one year ago) link

This feels unexpected

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 10:26 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

!

https://wearekingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/space-oddity

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 22:20 (six months ago) link

Nice! (Was hoping for a surprise album, but I recognize their release rate.)

On average, this critic grades 8.3 points lower than other critics (Eric H.), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 22:28 (six months ago) link

i know we haven't even heard it yet, but. . . meh.

i woke up to a bandcamp notification this morning that they had released a "new album" only to discover it was not an album and not even a new original song. i'm sure it'll be fine for what it is but the lack of new material since anita left is. . . discouraging for the future.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 22:34 (six months ago) link

wow grumpos.. you think they owe you anything??

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 22:41 (six months ago) link

the wow grumpos; that's actually the name of my new folk rock project.

album coming sometime, not sure when, but definitely before king releases another full length.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 9 December 2020 23:00 (six months ago) link

four weeks pass...

their cover of “Space Oddity” is now on Spotify

btw shouldn’t the thread title be changed to “We Are KING”, “We Are KING (formerly known as KING)” or “KING (We Are KING)” or sth similar? that new band name is here to stay

huh couldn't find it, a great song for them

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 January 2021 00:11 (five months ago) link

here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9OoNYAwf1Y
We Are KING • Space Oddity

Spotify link

Not crazy about it, or cover songs in general, but the production on this gets me excited for upcoming originals.

beard papa, Friday, 8 January 2021 18:31 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

they showed up to perform with coldplay on their glastonbury stream today??? heavily featured on a new song "human heart"

ufo, Saturday, 22 May 2021 22:40 (four weeks ago) link

it's weird because they sound so good and then chris martin singing lead over them is ... not so good

ufo, Saturday, 22 May 2021 22:41 (four weeks ago) link

https://watch.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/livestream-1/backup/livestream1.html you can find the performance here at least for now if you go back a few hours. it's just one song in the middle of coldplay's set

ufo, Saturday, 22 May 2021 22:49 (four weeks ago) link

.....huh

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Saturday, 22 May 2021 23:22 (four weeks ago) link

As noted upthread in Jan., they're gonna be on this Bowie trib, out 5/28 on the BBE label (keep an eye on their bandcamp):
Featuring an array of additional artists such as We Are KING, Meshell Ndegeocello, Khruangbin, Matthew Tavares, L’Rain, Nia Andrews and more, Modern Love seeks to champion Bowie’s lesser known connection to soul, R&B, jazz, funk, and gospel, musical genres traditionally pioneered by artists of color. The prominent jazz influences throughout his final album, Blackstar, were a key inspiration for curating this collection of reimagined Bowie songs with these artists. The resulting album is an eclectic tribute featuring a group of artists who not only fit together creatively, but who, like Bowie, straddle different worlds musically, with soul and jazz at their core.
*already streamable, here and there:
Modern Love Tracklist:
01. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - "Life On Mars"
02. Healdo Negro - "Sound & Vision"*
03. Kit Sebastian - "Lady Grinning Soul "
04. Jeff Parker and The New Breed (feat. Ruby Parker) - "Soul Love"*
05. Sessa - "Panic In Detroit"
06. The Hics - "The Man Who Sold The World"*
07. Khruangbin - "Right"
08. Nia Andrews - "Silly Boy Blue"
09. Foxtrott - "Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family"
10. L'Rain - "Move On"
11. Jonah Mutono - "Modern Love"*
12. Bullion - "Where Are We Now"
13. Eddie Chacon & John Carroll Kirby - "TNGHT"
14. Léa Sen - "Golden Years"
15. Meshell Ndegeocello - "Fantastic Voyage"
16. We Are KING - "Space Oddity"*
17. Matthew Tavares - "Heroes"

dow, Sunday, 23 May 2021 20:52 (three weeks ago) link

Keep an eye on *BBE's* bandcamp, I meant.

dow, Sunday, 23 May 2021 20:54 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_eCVTwbd-E

featured on new nicholas godin track

ufo, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 22:08 (two weeks ago) link

i love this!!!

maura, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 19:03 (one week ago) link

this song rules

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 19:05 (one week ago) link


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