By Amanda DK
The fact that she’s only in her early twenties can only mean that we will be hearing about Elle King for a long time. A combination Adele and Fiona Apple, the Brooklyn-raised musician started posting songs on SoundCloud and MySpace about a year ago. Now most of them have thousands of stream counts upwards of a thousand.
These tracks may have been done in a basement or bedroom, but the minimalist production suits King perfectly – her raspy, bluesy vocals to really shine (she cites Johnny Cash as an influence, and has been compared to Feist). Simple melodies are paired with acoustic guitar or banjo, each song dripping with depth and emotion.
Slightly suprising for the daughter of Rob Schneider, no? Perhaps he has a soulful side we haven’t seen yet…or perhaps Elle is the soulful side.
It was a challenge choosing just one song to feature, as they’re all equally stirring. You can bet I will do my best to catch her at SXSW in a couple weeks, and you should too. She’s playing at an Official Showcase on March 15, Creekside at the Hilton Garden Inn. I can only hope that her major label handlers at RCA Records retain the organic, intimate quality of her music.
Elle King “Dancing On Graves”
Elle King “It’s Good To Be A Man” DOWNLOAD