New Music Heaven : K.Flay

June 17, 2019
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This week's New Music Heaven track is "Sister by K.Flay. Hear it all week on 94/7, and text HOT or NOT to 44624 to let us know what you think. Subscribe to 94/7 Nation emails to get a free download of the song sent to you, thanks to Jiffy Lube. Download a coupon at jiffylubeoregon.com.

When facing the daily maelstrom of concerns, complaints, and calamities in the news, in conversation, and in social media posts, a smile signals real rebellion. Eschewing selfcentered woe and melancholy-for-the-sake-of-melancholy, happiness becomes the brashest, boldest, and ballsiest move—and the sought-after answer. Recognizing this truth, two-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer K.Flay sticks to a powerful, passionate, and positive mission statement on her third full-length album, SOLUTIONS [Night Street/Interscope Records]. Catalyzed by a three-year whirlwind of world touring and prolific output, she translates the simple pleasures into ten genre-blurring bangers…

“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.”

In the Summer of 2018, she re-teamed with frequent collaborators Tommy English [Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves, Thirty Seconds to Mars] and JT Daly [Mutemath], as well as Joel Little and CJ Baran. Recording in Los Angeles and Nashville, she widened the scope of her signature style, incorporating a variety of analog synths along with live  bass and guitar, bobbing and weaving between pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronic moods.

“The title SOLUTIONS came to me really early in the process,” she goes on. “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.”

"Sister” delivers a heartfelt message of sisterhood as she claims, “I wanna be your sister till the end.”

“My sister and brother aren’t biologically related to me, and I always wanted them to be my ‘real siblings’,” she goes on. “It was important for me to dedicate this song to them. On a larger level, I believe sisterhood should be available to everybody, regardless of gender. Sisterhood is about creating your own family.”

In the end, K.Flay makes happiness cool again…

“When you listen to this, I hope you walk away feeling like it’s okay to temper a little positivity in your life,” she leaves off. “There’s so much out there we can’t control. As I mature, I’ve been able to realize that. Do what makes you happy. Right now, music makes me really happy.”