Today, New York City singer-songwriter Emily King releases “False Start,” the third single from her highly anticipated album Special Occasion, due out May 5 via ATO Records. Acclaimed labelmate Nick Hakim joins King on the track, a stripped-down, soulful offering of an unfiltered yet gently spellbinding meditation on the pain of unsuccessfully trying to extract yourself from a seemingly comfortable relationship.
“I’d recently experienced the feeling of going against my instincts, trying to quiet a voice inside me,” Emily King shares. “I wrote the song one day in the studio in LA. I sat in front of the microphone and started with a line I’d had for so long, and the rest of the song all came out. It was very cathartic.”
The new body of work is King’s first album in 4 years, following her multi-Grammy-nominated Scenery. The album Special Occasion features eleven dynamic tracks, including previously released singles “This Year” and “Medal” all produced by longtime collaborator Jeremy Most. Across the album, King shares a real-time exploration of the endless dimensions of heartbreak. Using music as a means of meditation and healing, King works through the most overwhelming emotions with ineffable grace and resilience.
Coinciding with Special Occasion’s release, King will embark on a month-long North American headlining tour, kicking off on May 5 in South Orange, NJ. The tour will see King, supported by Joseph Solomon, visit esteemed venues including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Los Angeles’ Wiltern, Atlanta’s Buckhead Theater, and more. The tour concludes on May 31 with a hometown show at New York’s Terminal 5. For more information and tickets, please visit: https://www.emilykingmusic.com.
Special Occasion Tracklist
1. This Year
2. Special Occasion
4. False Start
5. The Way That You Love Me
6. Home Now
7. Bad Memory (Feat. Lukas Nelson)
9. Who Wants My Love
11. Closer To The Morning