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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 (four years ago) Permalink

A proper thread! :D

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 23:53 (four years ago) Permalink

A well-deserved one.

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

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

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

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

for real

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

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

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

Been meaning to look into these folks -- thanks!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:18 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

Sisters were originally from Minneapolis, iirc?

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

"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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

flopson, Thursday, 21 March 2013 03:15 (four years ago) Permalink

oh my god i loooooove this

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

Stevie Wonder, Very?

Woody Ellen (Matt P), Thursday, 21 March 2013 21:38 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (four years ago) Permalink

maybe like tha rayne x rotary connection, idk

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

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 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

(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 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

omg! finally!

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

yayyyy

The Reverend, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:32 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

Finally 2014 is picking up steam!

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

Rawk.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:59 (three years ago) Permalink

(Lol)

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

...

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

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

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

(haha sorry)

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

Get out.

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

New single

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

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

stunning, truly

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

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 (three years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^^^

Tim F, Thursday, 10 July 2014 23:23 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah this song is beautiful

album's done i think!

lex pretend, Friday, 11 July 2014 08:11 (three years ago) Permalink

sakamoto a really interesting cite there imo

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Tuesday, 15 November 2016 00:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

koji kondo (longtime nintendo composer, super mario bros, zelda, etc)

― blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown)

yeah but are they down with the "earthbound" soundtrack?

xiphoid beetlebum (rushomancy), Tuesday, 15 November 2016 03:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

i just googled "paris strother jobim" and came across this

Paris has been playing piano since age two, her musical inspirations proving to be both curious and extensive from early on. In addition to the musical richness of her hometown, Paris was inspired by everything from the lilting bossa nova of the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the limitless expressions of soul and consciousness of Stevie Wonder, to the grandiose and saccharine emotionality of Disney movie ballads.

cock chirea, Tuesday, 15 November 2016 04:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

This, Corine Bailey Rae, and the Tweet album are touchstones of quiet acoustic R&B.

― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, November 7, 2016 5:27 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

You heard the NAO album or the Ruby Amanfu album from last year?

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Friday, 18 November 2016 08:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

I love the Nao album and rate it higher than KING, but it's not really quiet or acoustic?

Tuomas, Friday, 18 November 2016 13:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

Neither is the KING album really. There's barely an acoustic instrument on it.

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Friday, 18 November 2016 20:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

the NAO album rarely feels organic or light in the way the KING album consistently does

boxedjoy, Saturday, 19 November 2016 08:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

that London gig last week was incredible. Aside from anything else I loved the holy trinity stage set-up (and how unfortunately rare that the backing keyboardist + singers combination is so common but the former being a black woman isn't)

lex pretend, Saturday, 19 November 2016 11:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

Paris also did a lot of synthy flourishes that made me think good things could come of her and Lindstrøm going into a studio together

lex pretend, Saturday, 19 November 2016 11:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

she did a pretty convincing turn as the best musician in the world tbh

imago, Saturday, 19 November 2016 11:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

People are sleeping on the Emily King album from last year for this kind of lush/laid-back R&B. That album is so gorgeous. I totally agree with the love for the Tweet and Corrine Bailey Rae albums. I just can't properly get into the NAO album and I've really tried. There's a couple of really great songs on there, but it just hasn't clicked the way I want it to. I can't really put my finger on why.

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 19 November 2016 14:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

they were so good live, the harmonising was flawless and the performance of "Hey" they're doing was so stripped back and pure - it made me think to myself "this would make a lovely wedding song."

boxedjoy, Sunday, 20 November 2016 10:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

lmao someone at our show shouted out that "Hey" was actually their wedding song

Fluffy Saint-Bernard (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 20 November 2016 13:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

that is too cute

boxedjoy, Sunday, 20 November 2016 13:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

More like GRAMMY NOMINATED KING

I know hoes that know Ali Farka Toure (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 16:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

does this mean i have to start referring to them as Grammy Nominated Snarky Puppy

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 18:43 (seven months ago) Permalink

king's entire audience is grammy voters

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 6 December 2016 18:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

Why is this album being panned by most EOY lists? I feel frustrated people are hyping lesser r&b/pop albums and this one is almost perfect. Granted, it's more of a compilation album but that has never stopped the hype before

Moka, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 19:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

Well, maybe not panned but largely ignored.

Moka, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 19:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

king's entire audience is grammy voters

ILM is full of Grammy voters?

MarkoP, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 20:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

Why is this album being panned by most EOY lists? I feel frustrated people are hyping lesser r&b/pop albums and this one is almost perfect. Granted, it's more of a compilation album but that has never stopped the hype before

― Moka, T

What do you mean "panned"? Did you mean ignored?

I'll correct this week.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 20:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

Xpost: yep corrected myself! Not panned, largely ignored.

Moka, Tuesday, 6 December 2016 20:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

this thread was just bumped for a grammy nomination, moka

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 21:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

king's entire audience is grammy voters

― J0rdan S., Tuesday, December 6, 2016 12:54 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i have to come clean y'all....
i'm clive davis

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 6 December 2016 21:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

i must also make a confession...i'm francis von grammy

6 god none the richer (m bison), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 05:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

(that is my body on each grammy statue)

6 god none the richer (m bison), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 05:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

(take, eat this in remembrance of me)

6 god none the richer (m bison), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 05:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

it was me, I nominated the grammys

a self-reinforcing downward spiral of male-centric indie (katherine), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 14:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

some very weird ricocheting between "king are totally beloved by critics" and "king are totally ignored by critics" in the last few posts

lex pretend, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 17:58 (seven months ago) Permalink

KING are totally beloved by critics vs. KING are victims of critics always just voting for Radiohead in year-end polls

Ballistic: ILX vs. Sever (Eric H.), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

Seems critics like it but not enough to add it to their EOY lists. It's weird because it's not a guilty pleasure kind of album or generic comfort food r&b like that Frank Ocean one. Guess they didn't pass the cult of the cool 2016 test.

Moka, Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

I listened to it a lot more in the first half of the year than the second half. Maybe it just kept moving down people's lists as newer things came out.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 18:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

i must also make a confession...i'm francis von grammy

― 6 god none the richer (m bison)

tell us about heaven, francis

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 7 December 2016 21:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

"hey" was pretty incredible live

― J0rdan S., Friday, February 5, 2016 11:44 PM (ten months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah i love how it was reduced entirely to keyboards

― HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, February 6, 2016 1:04 AM (ten months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it sounded so nice when the crowd caught the refrain

― J0rdan S., Saturday, February 6, 2016 1:13 AM (ten months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this was the best moment i've had at a live show in a while

Heez, Monday, 12 December 2016 04:22 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

damn if that 15 second clip of 'the greatest' that just aired on the grammys didn't give me chills

maura, Monday, 13 February 2017 02:41 (five months ago) Permalink

Really cool to see them in the nominees.

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 13 February 2017 14:34 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Much of the [new Anna Wise](https://annathewise.bandcamp.com/album/the-feminine-act-ii) has a King feel to it.

behavioral sink (Sanpaku), Monday, 17 April 2017 21:25 (three months ago) Permalink

Much of the new Anna Wise has a King feel to it.

behavioral sink (Sanpaku), Monday, 17 April 2017 21:26 (three months ago) Permalink

holy crap this anna wise album is amazing. i kinda liked the feminine 1, but this is on another level

human music...I like it! (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:54 (three months ago) Permalink

This is great, nice recommendation.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, this Anna Wise album is great. It reminds me of that last Mr Twin Sister album the way she mixes some of those darker electronics with the more laid-back R&B.

kitchen person, Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:44 (three months ago) Permalink

Still in my Top 3 of 2017 so far. Anna also co-wrote PRIDE. on DAMN. btw

Jeff W, Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:14 (three months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I'm getting some distinct vaporwave vibes from this though this album is better than pretty much every vaporwave album I've ever heard

Great EOY choice y'all

frogbs, Friday, 19 May 2017 14:28 (two months ago) Permalink

omg die

r|t|c, Friday, 19 May 2017 14:36 (two months ago) Permalink

lol

imago, Friday, 19 May 2017 14:37 (two months ago) Permalink

just kidding, it's more chillwave. like Com Truise

frogbs, Friday, 19 May 2017 14:46 (two months ago) Permalink

fp

Austin, Friday, 19 May 2017 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

I just dig the a e s t h e t i c

frogbs, Friday, 19 May 2017 17:41 (two months ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/y8Ea8jBh.jpg

Austin, Friday, 19 May 2017 19:16 (two months ago) Permalink


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