Emily King - "Marigolds"
She started her career in 2004 and her debut album East Side Story was released three years later in August 2007. In December 2007, King was listed as a Grammy nominee for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
Before she was born, Emily King's future parents made a pact: The two musicians vowed that if they started a family, they wouldn't give up music in favor of a more secure career. When King was a child in New York City, she lived happily with the consequences of that commitment. There was never much money, but there was always music, and she could tell early on that she, too, would become a musician. Since then, King has lived on the long tail of that commitment. She caught an early break when she signed to Clive Davis' J Records, but the label soon dropped her, spurring King to release an album and EP on her own. That path has led her to Scenery, her first album for the independent ATO label.
Scenery is a culmination for King and producing partner Jeremy Most. The two are perfectionists, and Scenery is a precise-yet-fluid blend of '80s pop and rock, contemporary R&B and light jazz touches that, together, reveal a starry-eyed earnestness. Most is a gifted producer who can bend limited means to full effect. He creates flawless orchestral segments from manipulated samples and the feeling of live drumming from his drum-machine programming. King contributes beautiful acoustic guitar work to songs like the gentle "Marigold," but her greatest strength as a performer is her voice.
She sings just above a whisper, rhythmic and insistent, as if she doesn't wish to jolt you, but also wouldn't mind if you danced. There's a trace of Michael Jackson in how King punctuates her phrases; in songs like "2nd Guess" and "Can't Hold Me," even the ends of her words mark the beat with a precisely articulated consonant or sharp breath. King has described her music in terms of '80s cinema, and it conjures the films of John Hughes, especially. That's due in part to her and Most's penchant for the Juno-60 and Juno-106 synthesizers, the hopeful, crepuscular tones of which will forever signify that era's romantic American visions. But there's an emotional kinship, too. Many of Hughes' best movies are coming-of-age films, and the bittersweet question they pose is whether anything will ever again feel as powerful as it does when we're young.
So today, with gold petals falling in my hair, I choose Emily King’s “Marigolds” as my, find your own treasures, hard won miracles, little prayers, song for a, stand together, hold on with love, let go with love, Monday.