Your Summer Jam: Emily King’s The Switch

the switchPeople — this people, anyway — tend to feel proprietary about the music and musicians they “discover.” More folks should know about this, we think. I’m going to champion this singer, we say. I’m going to write a music review on my humour blog even though this isn’t even the type of music I would normally get behind.

New York soul artist Emily King is one such singer who deserves greater exposure. Last week the Grammy-nominated musician released her second full-length album in 10 years, interrupted only by her excellent EP Seven. It’s a beautifully written and produced summer groove of warm sun and city cool.

From the opening bass of “Good Friend,” which recalls the theme to “Barney Miller” — in a good seventies NYC way — you can tell this is going to be classic R&B. King’s voice is confidently sexy, even as she purrs about her friends. If I had a friend like this, it would be very confusing…

King is not a belter, and in this “America’s Got Shouters” age, that’s a good thing. The daughter of two jazz singers, she recognizes that there is power in restraint. She knows how to let things build, rising and falling like moods. It’s an intimate party on your balcony without disturbing the neighbours, ice cubes clinking, the light breeze flirting with hair and hemlines, one thing maybe leading to another …

The whole album is streaming right now on the WSJ site. Or have a sip of these cool drinks. Don’t spill on your freshly pressed linen.


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I'm Canadian so I pronounce it "Aboot." No, I don't! I don't know any Canadian who says "aboot." Damnable lies! But I do know this Canadian is all about humour (with a U) and satire. Come by. I don't bite, or as we Canadians say, "beet."
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13 Responses to Your Summer Jam: Emily King’s The Switch

  1. T.G. Forester says:

    From a fella that typically enjoys the laid-back, happy sounds of Metallica and the like, I can’t say I listen to much R&B. However, Ms. King is pretty good, I’ll give her that.

  2. Letizia says:

    This is just my kind of music. Thanks for the introduction. Will sit back this evening and listen to her album.

  3. ksbeth says:

    thanks for the share, i enjoyed her, inspired a kind of deep calm for me –

  4. Look at you getting all stretchy and whatnot. Well played. (Ha.) Hmmm…she’s in NYC on 7/27. There was a time when I’d run to this without a thought. Now, with kiddies in the nest, it’ll take the kind of planning that launches wars.

  5. markbialczak says:

    Hey! There’s no future in writing this stuff, Ross. Ha. Nice tone to your appreciation, sir. Well done, and excellent decision to spread the word and her vibe.

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