Lately I have been unfocused and unmotivated. I graduated college and I have grand plans for what is next, but I can’t seem to step forward in them. I have been distracted by social media, Kanye West, political elections, podcasts, television and YouTube. I have been thinking about quitting my job, meeting new friends, and moving somewhere new. As I was scrolling through Pitchfork’s front page I saw the cover for We Are KING,, which I had never heard of, I was struck by the artwork. The bright colors and the bold title prompted me to look more into it. What I had the pleasure of listening to was extremely melodic and calming. It was not what I expected and was something I needed.
The album starts with “The Right One” a breezy love song about a relationship that people don’t think will work out. There is a lot of stuff happening vocally, with tons of harmonies including some pitched down and up vocals that add texture to the main vocal. “The Greatest” sounds influenced by video games in the lead line and the sound of the “Who wants a run with the number one?” line. The video is also in pixel art. I love the vocal parts on “Red Eye” especially “Late night, last flight / We'll travel into the twilight / Catch a red eye, catch the red eye.” The drums sound great on this track as well the kick is powerful and the other percussion accents the track gorgeously.
“Mister Chameleon” is a song about a man that is not showing his true nature, which makes her feel the need to leave. I like how it gets bigger as the song progresses, specifically with the inclusion of more drums at the end of the first chorus. The vocal melodies and harmonies on “Hey” are so wonderful and the production compliments them perfectly. The parts where it is just them singing “Hey” are beautiful and make the track something special.
We Are KING blends beautiful vocal melodies and harmonies with accentuating production that comes together in an enjoyable and gorgeous way. It is worth your time and your ear.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)