Album Review: K.Flay – Every Where is Some Where

By on Monday, 1st May 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

K.Flay Every Where is Some Where album coverKristine Meredith Flaherty, known professionally as K.Flay, is an alternative hip-hop singer/songwriter is originally from Wilmette, Illinois, but who has spent most of her musical career in California. Flaherty started out making music during her spare time at Stanford University, and released a series of mixtapes prior to the release of her debut. Musically, she’s something of an interesting blend of Lorde and Kendrick Lamar, with both punchy rap verses and strong vocals appearing throughout her music. In 2014, K. Flay released her first studio album, ‘Life as a Dog’. She’s now shared her second, ‘Every Where is Some Where’. It’s a vulnerable and emotive piece of work: with real life issues and concerns being raised in her lyrics, tipping into angst at times, they took me back to my teenage years.

The opening track ‘Dreamers’ is an indie electro number featuring a simply, yet catchy chorus, where Flaherty sings “this one goes out to all the dreamers at sea / this life is only what you want it to be” with the full-throated tone of Lorde. She then goes on to repeat “I want more”, speaking to the personal yet universal feeling of wanting to achieve something different. It does, however, feel a bit like a sentiment that we’ve already heard a lot of times in recent pop music. ‘High Enough’ taps into this also, talking about not needing drugs to have a good time, and being high in the company of someone else: “I’m already high enough/ you got me you got me good”.

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‘Hollywood Forever’, a slower, more mellow track, features Flaherty singing over and again in the chorus “in the dark everything it looks better / Hollywood forever, Hollywood forever”. The song stands out for its simplicity and spooky feel in the slow strum of the guitar that plays throughout the song and the way in which Flaherty really draws out her vocals. Similarly, ‘Giver’ has a darker tone with the thudding bass and Flaherty’s cagey vocals. It’s on these songs I feel that Flaherty’s writing talent stands out, in the simple, yet engaging nature of the tracks.

Moody and distorted, ‘Black Wave’ is a electro track with slower parts, cut with Flaherty rapping with a ferocious energy and industrial-style heaviness evocative of Nine Inch Nails. Flaherty gets political on the track, referencing issues with American law enforcement: “who you gonna trust when the killer is the cop”, although it does feel a bit awkwardly done.

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All in all, K. Flay is an interesting artist, and she’s working with musical styles that wouldn’t traditionally be put together. The album definitely has its merits, and some songs certainly stand out more than others, but for me it doesn’t quite hit the mark.

6/10

‘Every Where is Some Where’ is available now from Night Street / Interscope Records. To read more on K.Flay on TGTF, go here.

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