The two-time Grammy Award-nominated, hip-hop inspired alt-pop artist K.Flay has shared her new single, ‘Sister‘, the latest irresistible track to be taken from her upcoming album,Solutions, out July 12th via Night Street/Interscope Records.
The Illinois born-and-raised artist speaks on what her interpretation of sisterhood is and her inspiration behind the song: “Being a sister isn’t about gender or DNA. It’s about unselfconscious love. About saying I’M HERE, I LOVE YOU, IT’S OK TO BE YOURSELF, and hearing those words echoed back. Not because you asked for them, but because they’re true. Girls are sisters and boys are sisters. Dads are sisters to their sons. Mothers sisters to their mothers too.”
Dedicating the song to her own step-brother and sister, she continues, “I’ve come to understand that family is created. Family is a verb. It’s something you build day by day, sometimes in the hot sun and sometimes when everything is going wrong.”
Catalyzed by a three-year whirlwind of world touring and prolific output, K.Flay translates the simple pleasures into ten genre-blurring bangers on Solutions, explaining: “When I got home from tour, I was in a dark place”, she admits. “Eventually, I made a decision to focus on the things that actually make me happy: walking around my neighborhood, drawing in notebooks with markers, talking to my mom on the phone. I thought, ‘What did I do as a kid to be happy?’
“As a child, you don’t have access to alcohol, drugs, sex, caffeine. I looked back, when I had fun just by making music. I remembered the first time I wrote a song, burned a CD, and played it in my car. It’s the closest thing I’ve ever had to a religious experience. I reconnected with that spirit and stopped taking shit so seriously”.
The resulting output in turn showcases K.Flay widening the scope of her signature style by incorporating a variety of analog synths along with live bass and guitar, all the while, bobbing and weaving her way between pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronic moods.
Talking about the title of the album, K.Flay reveals, “The title ‘SOLUTIONS’ came to me really early in the process,” she continues. “The solution to almost every problem is usually really simple. For me, it’s so basic: staying connected to the people I love, taking care of myself the way I’d want my friends to take care of themselves, and doing things I know are going to make me happy – not what social media or strangers or society tells me. So many of my past records were about problems. Right now I’m in a place where I’m looking for some light. Balance is important. Life doesn’t have to be chaotic in order to be meaningful”.
K.Flay has also announced her eagerly awaited return to the UK, where she will play five shows as part of THE SOLUTIONS TOUR which kicks off with a 19-city run of North American dates on September 3rd. She will then play in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and London this October before heading off across Europe.
Solutions follows K.Flay’s critically acclaimed major label debut Every Where Is Some Where which garnered two nods at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards in the categories of ‘Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical’ and ‘Best Rock Song’ for ‘Blood in the Cut’. Between album releases, she also collaborated with legendary Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello, Linkin Park co-frontman Mike Shinoda and FIDLAR.
UK/EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
18th – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy2
19th – Bristol, UK – Thekla
21st – Glasgow, UK – St Luke’s
22nd – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
23rd – London, UK – Heaven
25th – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord
26th – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique / Rotonde
27th – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
29th – Cologne, Germany – Kulturkirche
31st – Berlin, Germany – Astra
1st – Copenhagen, Denmark – Hotel Cecil
2nd – Stockholm, Sweden – Nalen Klubben
4th – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
5th – Leipzig, Germany – Werk 2 (Halle D)
7th – Prague, Czech Republic – Rock Café
8th – Vienna, Austria – Flex
9th – Graz, Austria – Dom in Berg
10th – Munich, Germany – Strom
11th – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom