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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.

 

Live Gig Video: K.Flay unveils ‘Blood in the Cut’ live at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

 
By on Tuesday, 18th October 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

American hip-hop and indie artist K.Flay released her EP ‘Crush Me’ in August. Here’s something special and definitely spooky ahead of Halloween. ‘Blood in the Cut’ is a strong cut from the EP and getting into the spirit of things, the video is was filmed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You can watch the haunting (no pun intended) performance by K.Flay and her band below. ‘Crush Me’ is now available from Interscope / Polydor Records. For much more on K.Flay on TGTF, including the actual promo video for ‘Blood in the Cut’ featured here previously as a Video of the Moment, use this link.

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Video of the Moment #2183: K.Flay

 
By on Tuesday, 13th September 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

American hip-hop and indie artist K.Flay is no stranger to us here at TGTF. Back in 2011, before she was better known, she performed on a bill at a TGTF-sponsored stage at The Great Escape 2011, alongside White Denim and a then unknown in the UK Foster the People. How times have changed!

She released her latest EP, ‘Crush Me’, in August, and now she’s also shared the video for the lead track from the EP. ‘Blood in the Cut’ has an industrial bent in the instrumentation, but K.Flay’s cutting lyrics (no pun intended) are, as usual, the star of the show. Check out the video for ‘Blood in the Cut’ below. ‘Crush Me’ from K.Flay is available now from Interscope / Polydor Records.

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MP3 of the Day #607: K. Flay

 
By on Tuesday, 21st August 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Seems quite a long time ago that K. Flay graced the TGTF stage at the Great Escape in 2011. Here’s a new song from her, called ‘Rest Your Mind’, featuring Felix Cartal. Listen to and download it for your very own below.

 

(Great Escape 2011!) Live Review: TGTF Stage at Brighton Coalition – 14th May 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 25th May 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

All photos by Lexi Davey

Editor’s note: Our man in Brighton, John Fernandez, provides his unique perspective from the TGTF table at Coalition on Saturday the 14th of May at the Great Escape

Sali

Coalition over the past two days played host to a number of different acts, heavy metallers Black Lungs rocked the roof of the venue, and Frank Turner provided the singalongs. But wasn’t there something missing? Maybe some Bhangra influenced dubstep perhaps? That’s exactly what Sali brought to the equation on Saturday opening TGTF’s stage at Brighton Coalition on the seaside. Sali hit the underground rave scene with their (now questionable?) collaboration with M.I.A. and they brought a certain intriguing quality with them when they played in Brighton. I can’t lie and say it’s my thing – it’s not – but on sheer inventiveness and creativity in their performance they have to be applauded. Sounds that freaky are hard to come by and in a way, I found myself enjoying them to an extent. Who says dubstep isn’t the future of music?

K. Flay

K. Flay had already created enough of a buzz to be coming on at 8 o’clock and to have drawn an almost full venue. Alone she stood as the eyes of all the A and R’s and PR people in the room bared down on her as she tore into a short but seriously sweet set, dripping with hooks and lyrics icy enough to give global warming a run for its money. She bounced around the stage with as much energy as you would expect from an entire band and the crowd responded with the first real reaction of the night. In a way, she reminded me of a less commercialised Katy B. But such comparisons are weak, K. Flay relied on her lyrical perfection to really captivate the capacity crowd at the TGTF stage. Big things are in the future for this girl, that’s one thing we can be sure of.

Foster the People

The queue had grown since K. Flay left the TGTF stage at Coalition, so it was obvious that there was something seriously sought after about to emerge onto the stage. That came in the shape of American three-piece Foster the People who brought with them to the seaside venue a picnic basket full of catchy summer tunes. The best of these was, without a doubt, the slow building ‘Pumped up Kicks’ which rolled across the Brighton beach comfortably. Their sound was exactly what everyone needed after the frantic set from K.Flay to relax everyone and get everybody singing along to these delightfully subtle, warm weather tunes.

White Denim

South by Southwest last year announced them as the best new act at last year’s festival. So the fuss about White Denim was arguably the most that was created over the 3-day event. Coalition was to capacity and people were struggling to get to the front of the crowd even before the band had come on. Who can blame them? These guys came to the TGTF stage and did exactly what they do best: rock as hard and as fast as they can for their entire set.

Tunes like ‘All You Really Have to Do / Mess Your Hair Up’ and ‘I Start to Run’ pinpointed the chaotic nature of White Denim’s amazing songs. The crowd were worked into a frenzy as headbangers, bloggers (myself included) and anyone else around fought their way to the front to get a glimpse of their “new favourite band”. At the moment, White Denim are a band doing the right thing, the right way. If they keep the momentum they have gained in the last year and carry it on, there’s no telling how far these boys from Texas can do.

TGTF would like to take this opportunity to thank the Great Escape and Mean Fiddler for the opportunity to host this stage, and also the folks that represent K. Flay and White Denim for providing us merchandise to give away to fans like you. If you picked up one of our badges and are currently displaying it proudly on the bag of your choice, you can thank our writer Shari Fedak; she designed them.

And of course, if you stopped by Coalition Saturday night for some good tunes – cheers. We hope to be out in Brighton for the festival this time next year!

 

(Great Escape 2011!) Video of the Moment #474: K.Flay

 
By on Tuesday, 10th May 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Curious what Kristine Flaherty, aka K.Flay, is like live? Well, Baeblemusic can satisfy some of that curiosity with the footage below taken from Kristine’s appearance at Austin’s Phoenix at South by Southwest in March. What a dynamic performer.

You can see K.Flay perform on TGTF’s stage at Brighton Coalition this Saturday night (14 May) at the Great Escape. Her stage time is 8.00 PM. Stop by for good music, say hello to our staff and pick up a TGTF badge.


Watch the full video at Baeblemusic.com

 
 
 

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