Velour Records is proud to announce the release of guitarist/songwriter Kaki King’s fourth record. Entitled “Dreaming of Revenge,” the record will be released on March 4, 2008. Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel, Daniel Lanois) produced the record. This is King’s first record since 2006’s “…Until I Felt Red.” Unlike her first two records, “Red’ found King branching out with songs that featured electric and pedal-steel guitar, horns, and, for the first time, vocals. The “New York Times” said the record sounded like “the abstract, dreamy, and hypnotic end of alternative rock.” “Revenge” picks up that thread, continuing her evolution from acoustic instrumentalist to full-fledged, multi-faceted songwriter. Previously, her whispery, ethereal voice was used as mainly another element in her sonic arsenal. This time around, King put more effort into both her vocals and the lyrics, and, as a result, “Dreaming of Revenge” is King’s most accessible record to date.
King says: “Even though half the tracks are instrumentals, I feel like I’m writing pop songs. We really concentrated on the melodies. Everything I write tends to be dense and chordal, but this time the idea was to layer the challenging guitar work under very simple, beautiful melodies. I really wanted them to be memorable.” She recalls Burn saying at the beginning of the proceedings, “If someone can’t be sawing a log in half and whistling along to the song, I don’t want it on the record.”
“Making ‘Revenge’ was all about challenging myself,” King says. “And it was also about really letting go and opening myself up to a producer who I needed to just trust. I absolutely knew after the first day in the studio that Malcolm was the right man for the job.”
Earlier this year, King branched out into film work, composing original music for several scenes in the Sean Penn-directed film “Into the Wild,” which also features two of her previously released songs. In addition, she recorded two tracks for the film August Rush, in which she appears as a guitar-playing hand double. Aside from Penn, King also has a fan in Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who asked her to duet with him on “Ballad of The Beaconsfield Miners” from the Foos’ current album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.
“To have these kinds of opportunities has been amazing,” King says. “Just to know that I can walk into a room, pick up a guitar, and play a piece of music that I’ve never heard before without days of rehearsal—I feel good knowing that I’m being asked to do such challenging things.”
Look for King to be touring all through 2008 and beyond. Tour dates to be announced soon.