Kaki King To Release "Glow" On October 9 & Announces Fall/Winter Tour


Velour Music Group is excited to announce that Kaki King will release her new record, Glow, on October 9, 2012. D. James Goodwin produced and engineered the record along with long-time King band mate and live sound engineer Dan Brantigan. Brantigan guests on EVI; Richmond Johnson plays Bagpipes and the strings were provided by the New York-based quartet ETHEL. Glow is both indescribable and definitive, an evocative, exuberant collection of genre-agnostic soundscapes, rich with wit, theme, and inspired invention. While King’s emblematic usage of imaginative tunings, rare instruments, and idiosyncratic percussive techniques are all featured to their fullest effect, the undeniable lodestar of Glow is her remarkable, reverberant guitar.

“This is a guitar record,” she says.  “This is the sound of a person playing guitar.  Whatever additions we made, the fundamental of this record is still one person playing a guitar.  That’s who I am.”

Glow marks a kind of artistic reboot for King, whose most recent recordings integrated traditional songcraft, additional musicians, and her own vocal stylings, all in pursuit of her tenaciously individualistic sonic vision.  Though critically acclaimed, the release of 2010’s band-oriented Junior was followed by a self-described “existential crisis.”  Thrown by the unplanned directions her life and music had taken, King was suddenly hesitant of the way forward. A worldwide solo tour proved just the ticket for clearing her head and restoring her perspective.  Dubbed “The Traveling Freak Guitar Show Tour,” the international trek – which saw King accompanied onstage only by a scope of esoteric stringed instruments – allowed the prodigious guitarist to reconnect with her symbiotic musical partner.

Having previously worked with such highly regarded producers as Malcolm Burn and John McEntire, this time she simply hoped to find a sympathetic mixer/engineer, someone who had “the ability to find and create magical sounds.”  Enter D. James Goodwin, producer, engineer, mixer, and owner of the residential Woodstock, NY studio, The Isokon.  An early playback of Behold! This Dreamer by Thieving Irons, an album featuring Brantigan and engineered by Goodwin, convinced King that she had found her collaborator. Armed with a like-minded co-producer, a gifted string quartet, and a fistful of intriguing new songs, King headed to bucolic Woodstock in mid-May.  The Isokon studio in Woodstock, NY, proved an ideal working environment and Goodwin, a genuinely simpatico collaborator.  King set to work in as spontaneous and organic a fashion as possible, consciously placing few impediments on the creative flow. While her concentration was firmly aimed towards her guitar, King is also personally responsible for Glow‘s complete sonic scrum, including all percussion.  Also present are such creative colorings as bagpipes, string arrangements, and the occasional bass part (played by Goodwin).

“Our attitude was, let’s just start,” King says.  “Let’s not discuss.  Let’s just pick up something and see where it takes us.  And that took us places that were very unexpected.”

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician/artist whose singular work rightly stands out amongst the easily formatted.  Over her decade-long career thus far, the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks (spanning Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild to scoring – and appearing in as guitar-playing hand double – the acclaimed 2007 drama, August Rush), and played to ever-growing audiences on innumerable world tours.  Each twist and veer marked the turning of a page, another step forward on a truly exceptional musical path.  Beginning with 2002’s Everybody Loves You – to date, her only fully acoustic guitar recording – King has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist, constantly kicking at the boundaries of what’s expected.

Having spent the last decade restlessly adventuring, the afterglow of Glow finds Kaki King considerably more settled, though no less curious and artistically ambitious.  Always a resolutely freethinking musician, a new and vast range of possibilities seems to have opened up for the ever-evolving, always unconventional King.


Kaki King Tour Dates:
Mon 10/15            SEATTLE, WA                            The Crocodile
Tue 10/16             VANCOUVER, BC                      Rio Theatre
Wed 10/17            PORTLAND, OR                        Mississippi Studios
Fri 10/19                CHICO, CA                                   El Rey Theatre
Sat 10/20               SANTA CRUZ, CA                     Rio Theatre
Sun 10/21             SAN FRANCISCO, CA              Yoshi’s
Mon 10/22            LOS ANGELES, CA                   El Rey
Tue 10/23              SAN DIEGO, CA                        The Loft at UCSD
Wed 10/24            RIVERSIDE, CA                          The Barn at UC Riverside
Fri 10/26                SALT LAKE CITY, UT              The State Room
Sat 10/27               DENVER, CO                              Walnut Room
Sun 10/28              OMAHA, NE                              Waiting Room
Mon 10/29            IOWA CITY, IA                           The Englert
Tue 10/30              MINNEAPOLIS, MN                 The Cedar
Thu 11/1                MILWAUKEE, WI                      Shank Hall
Fri 11/2                  CHICAGO, IL                               City Winery
Sat 11/3                 HAMILTON, ON                         Casbah
Sun 11/4               TORONTO, ON                            Rivoli
Mon 11/5              SYRACUSE, NY                           Westcott Theater
Tue 11/6               MONTREAL, QC                         Le Belmont
Thu 11/8              NORTHAMPTON, MA              Iron Horse
Fri 11/9                 PEACE DALE, RI                        Unitarian Universality Church (Lily Pads series)
Sat 11/10              OLD SAYBROOK, CT                 Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Sun 11/11            BROOKLYN, NY                         Glasslands
Tue 11/13             NEW YORK, NY                         Le Poisson Rouge
Wed 11/14           PHILADELPHIA, PA                 World Cafe
Thu 11/15            WASHINGTON, DC                  Howard
Sat 11/17              CARRBORO, NC                        Casbah
Sun 11/18            CHARLOTTE, NC                      Tremont Music Hall
Mon 11/19           ASHEVILLE, NC                        Asheville Music Hall
Tue 11/20             NASHVILLE, TN                       High Watt
Fri 11/23              ATLANTA, GA                           Terminal West at King Plow
Thu 11/29           GUATEMALA                             Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Thu 12/6             BURLINGTON, VT                     Higher Ground