King | The Promontory | Blues, Gospel, and R&B | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., July 8, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $35-$50
In a 2014 Fact magazine interview, singer-producer Paris Strother said the name of her Los Angeles R&B trio King was inspired by the fact that its members are responsible for every facet of their music: “It was increasingly evident that we were the rulers of our own musical kingdom.” Describing it as a “kingdom” is apt. The group’s lush, immersive music is a sprawling landscape you’ll first get lost in, then upon repeated visits discover alluring hidden passages. After dropping 2011’s three-song The Story EP, King spent five years crafting its debut full-length, February’s We Are King (King Creative), aided by some financial assistance and tutelage from Prince. All three tracks from The Story appear as extended cuts on We Are King, and they fit in with the album’s inviting turns, psychedelic flourishes, and otherworldly excursions. The nimble funk bursts on “The Greatest” sound like they’re slowing the track to a crawl, while the overlapping, velvety vocal melodies arouse the same nerves and excitement one might feel in the thrall of a new love.
— Leor Galil



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