Illinois native K.Flay put out her debut album Life as a Dog in 2014 completely independently. Featuring songs such as “Make Me Fade” and “Can’t Sleep,” she rocketed to success within the alternative scene getting booked to play festivals such as Bumbershoot and tour across the United States with artists such as AWOLNATION. While she is from the suburbs of Chicago, she went to school in Palo Alto, California, referencing the Bay Area in many of her songs. As of today, K.Flay is just beginning her tour - be sure to get tickets to a show below!
K.Flay’s newest release Every Where Is Some Where (April 7th, 2017) is overall a good album. The opening song “Dreamers” really captures the attention of the listeners. It almost acts as an anthem for everyone who has ever had a dream; and let’s be honest, that's basically everyone. The lead singles off the album, “Blood in the Cut” and “Black Wave,” are everything you could possibly want a single to be. “Blood in the Cut” was an ideal choice for a radio single. While it may have originally been released as part of the xXx: Return of Xander Cage soundtrack, it did amazingly both in the album and on the airwaves. The song takes a new turn on a general breakup rock song. The hip-hop vibes that K.Flay dishes are incredibly unique; very bass driven rather than your typical sad sack ‘I feel sorry for myself’ lyrics. She shows the ways to pull yourself up and out of the lows that can follow a bad breakup.
“Black Wave” on the other hand may not have done quite as well on commercial radio. However, it’s the upbeat tempo and ‘I can do better than this currently horrible world’ vibes that are really relatable, and able to get people interested based on the status of the world. The one really notable thing about this album is its lack of low moments. Usually when trying to listen to an album all the way through, there are points where the album is tuned out, and needs the perfect song to bring a listener back in. K.Flay does an amazing job of keeping listeners engaged with the deep lyrics about family and even some more political songs such as “The President Has A Sex Tape.” Using the controversy surrounding current U.S. President Donald Trump, K.Flay writes about how crazy everything seems in our society today. Even the juxtaposition of the first two lines, “The president has a sex tape/The government just sold you drugs,” immediately captures the attention and sets a stance for the rest of the song. The album as a whole seems to have a similar theme of waiting out the bad in the world for something better to come. All in all, K.Flay’s Every Where Is Some Where is a solid spin and definitely worth a listen.