Tuesday, September 25, 2007
What's plucking your auditory nerve cells at the moment: Kaki King's "First Brain" off her third and newest album ...Until We Felt Red
What's her deal: Rolling Stone's first-ever female "Guitar God"
Why the album's interesting: The title ...Until We Felt Red hints at the neurologically based phenomenon of synesthesia in which the stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. In music → color synesthesia, individuals experience colors in response to tones or other aspects of musical stimuli. King lives up to her title by providing listeners with her most musically complex record to date. For the first time, we hear her dreamlike vocals on some of the tracks as she transitions from acoustic guitar to electric guitar, pedal steel, harp, thumb piano, and drums.
So, get ready to experience Kaki King's newest album through two cognitive pathways, your first brain and second brain.