|“Solutions radiates positivity, pairing bright brashness or early Katy Perry with lyrical lessons on how to be happy. I Like Myself and This Baby Don’t cry are sunny standouts that couldn’t care less about being cool.” – Sunday Times
“Irresistibly uplifting and thought-provoking in equal measure. ‘Solutions’ finds K.Flay at her most assured, outspoken and witty.” – Rock Sound
“Solutions is her best album so far…and proves that she’s the punk/electronic queen the LGBTQ community deserves.” – Gay Times
“Dirty analogue synths… pure pop [and] a grungy, fuzzy languor… irresistible” – Observer New Review
“it’s all going to be okay now. K.Flay is here…Taking cues from hip hop, alt-pop, emo and electro, the album explores K.Flay’s recent swagger out of the grasp of darkness…2019 feels better already.” – Dork
“A distinctive, bold, and passionate voice, K.Flay exudes a dynamism and vitality through her sound and is certainly an upcoming talent we’ll be hearing plenty more from.” – London In Stereo
Following the release of her third full-length album Solutions
, which dropped earlier this month on Night Street/Interscope Records, GRAMMY Award-nominated artist K.Flay has delivered another compelling visual, this time for her latest single ‘Sister’
Picking up from where the ‘Bad Vibes’ video left off, ‘Sister’ is the second part of a visual trilogy that continues the themes of sisterhood and support. Having escaped captivity (from the ‘Bad Vibes’ video), K.Flay and a female companion have broken free, only to find themselves in a world where everyone else seems to be moving backwards.
The video was directed by Clara Aranovich and shot in Downtown Los Angeles. Fun fact: Kristine (K.Flay) and her ‘Sister’ are the only ones moving in forward motion while the world around them is moving in reverse – To create this, Kristine had to learn the song completely backwards (in phonetic gibberish). Watch the video for ‘Sister’ HERE.
Solutions has arrived as a breath of fresh air in this somewhat bleak climate, as K.Flay finds catharsis in these arduous times. The acclaimed album has been highly praised internationally by the likes of the Observer, Sunday Times, Dork, Gay Times, Financial Times, Rock Sound, Classic Pop, Nylon, NPR, Under The Radar, The New York Times and many more.
This autumn, K.Flay brings The Solutions Tour to stages across the globe, with a 19-city run in North America before coming to the UK and Europe in October where she will play in Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Berlin and more. For tickets and more information, go to: www.kflay.com/tour
UK TOUR DATES – OCTOBER
18th – Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy2
19th – Bristol, UK – Thekla
21st – Glasgow, UK – St Luke’s
22nd – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
23rd – London, UK – Heaven
In other news, K.Flay has launched the first of its kind music-focused “microcast” (a shorter form podcast) expressly designed and produced for smart speakers (Amazon and Google Home) around the world. “What Am I Doing Here” is hosted and curated by K.Flay and features conversation, jokes, musical interludes and special guests including Sam Harris (X-Ambassadors), Bishop Briggs, Michael (Fitz and the Tantrums) and many more friends and family.
Equipped with a mobile studio including high quality microphones for her iPhone, apps for recording phone calls and more, “What Am I Doing Here” is recorded 100% live. Whether she decides to record in a supermarket, on the tour bus, or on the phone with her mum or kindergarten age niece, the idea is to transport the listener into her world versus the standard studio recordings. To listen on Alexa, simply say “Alexa, enable K.Flay show” and on Google Home, say “OK Google, talk to K.Flay show.”
In the Summer of 2018, K.Flay re-teamed with frequent collaborators Tommy English [Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves, Thirty Seconds to Mars] and JT Daly [Mutemath], as well as Joel Little [Lorde, Taylor swift, Khalid] 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 ‘Solution’s 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.”
The first single from Solutions is ‘Bad Vibes’, which slips clever quips such as “You’re the sequel that sucks” between a siren swell of synths, thick percussion, and an unshakable and undeniable chant, “You give me bad vibes…”
Propelled by resounding piano and nimble rhymes, ‘Good News’ leaps over glitchy beats and into a reminder that we can be “our own best friend.” Something of a spiritual successor to her Grammy-nominated ‘Blood in the Cut’. The frosty and fiery anthem ‘Ice Cream’ serves up “a breakup song that isn’t too heavy.”
On the other end of the spectrum, the uber-personal ‘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.”
Also featured on her latest album is the Dan Reynolds co-penned ‘This Baby Don’t Cry’ which The New York Times called “post-punk,” and praising K.Flay for “methodically [tossing] aside feminine stereotypes.”
Most recently, the Los Angeles based artist released ‘Not In California’. Produced by Tommy English, K.Flay delivers her trademark grit and spitfire lyricism in yet another thundering foot stomper. Speaking about the song, she reveals: “We’re not in Kansas anymore.’ I think we all know that sensation. Of being in a place that resembles the world you know, but feels different somehow. and the difference is unsettling and disorienting and scary.
“These days I’ve been feeling a bit like Dorothy. I see the plastic islands and the melting glaciers and the 24-hour news cycle where people shout because loud seems to win and I think to myself. ‘We’re Not in California anymore.’”
US ALBUM ACCLAIM
“Solutions reveals a woman unbowed by social pressure, angry by adulthood’s lies and aware of her insecurities but not defined by them.”
– Associated Press
“K.Flay methodically tosses aside feminine stereotypes…and stacks up handclaps, guitars and noise behind her gleeful autonomy.” – The New York Times
“Beautiful pop-rock with a lot of energy, sharp lyrics, very strong perspective of a queer independent woman.” – NPR
“Impactful lyrics have always been important to K.Flay, and that’s something that she made very clear on her third album, Solutions.” – Billboard
“K.Flay is nothing less than fully authentic in her new studio album Solutions.” – NYLON
“A fizzy blend of jock-jam worthy rock and sugary pop.” – PAPER Magazine
“K. Flay is a truly singular talent that is both innovative and entertaining and Solutions is poised to prove this point to the world.” – Under The Radar