Album Review

King Woman – “Degrida / Sick Bed” – [Sleep Genius]

Thurston Hunger   6/12/2013   A Library, Cassette

I come to herald San Fransister Kristina Esfandiar as King Woman.
Her voice brims with absinthe and pillows you into a state of
surrender. The first cut, “Degrida” (as in degradation) has
a familiar acoustic guitar skipping in the graveyard before
her voice opens up like a hollow tree, or an endless open
grave. You fall in, synth trails behind. Even as her voice
pushes up into the octaves for a sort of sleep yodel, you
fall deeper. “Sick Bed” slows the pace with a rocking chair
of distortion guitar as accompaniment. But again the focus
is Esfandiar (moonlighting from her Whirr project) and her
voice, dipped in delay, cloaked in reverb and occasionally
multi-tracked. Too beautiful for me to belabor the cassingle
format, and striking hued in blue sound to contrast with
the red cover and actual cassette. Here’s hoping these
two tracks are just a soiree, and a full coronation awaits.
-Thurston Hunger

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