"filthy-mouthed indie darling"
I Need Sound is the new album from American born singer Erin K, due on 12th July 2019 via German label T3 Records. Erin is based between Berlin and London, and I Need Sound is being preceeded by a single Little Turns on 7th June, presented with a video by filmmaker Jordan Copeland.
Musically Erin is an admirer of strongminded artists such as Florence and Lana Del Ray, both of whom make similarly candid, narrative driven pop, and the combination of deft production and intertwining melodies and harmonies of I Need Sound make for an enthralling, vibrant listen, a must for fans of forthright singers such as Regina Spektor. A timeless yet inventive quality to the instrumentation and arrangements that calls to mind pioneers of the genre such as Kate Bush.
The lyrical narratives of I Need Sound explore dramas, farewells and Erin’s attempts to not to lose her joy for life. On the theme of Little Turns Erin explains, “the song is about an inner struggle experienced by someone in a relationship where they have been left powerless and somewhat desperate”, these explorations of identity and relationship strife are presented alongside tracks such as The Tooth Song, in which Erin compares the pain of human relationships going bad in contrast with the pain of tooth ache, a wry vignette that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Magnetic Fields record. Frame To Freeze finds Erin wrestling to gain control over rampant negative thoughts and emotions and to find peace of mind. As well as ten original tracks, the album also features Erin's first cover, Chills, a moody and somber rendition of You're The One That I Want by John Farrar from Grease, and throughout I Need Sound Erin artfully treads a line between self-deprecating irony and heartbreakingly direct candor.
I Need Sound was recorded in Squarehead Studios in Kent with producer Kristofer Harris (Belle & Sebastian) and features a number of UK-based musicians including Johannes Refesdal of Bear's Den. Born in Denver, Colorado, Erin moved to London aged 10 but didn't turn to creating music until after finishing university. After teaching herself to play guitar, Erin moved to New York before embarking on a tour of Italy just a few years later. Since then Erin has completed seven tours of Italy as well as many performances in the UK and Germany, in Italy she supported acclaimed Italian band Zen Circus. Erin has just under 18K monthly listeners on Spotify, and tracks such as live favourite Couldn’t has gained over 2.3 million listens. Erin has performed sessions on BBC 6Music for Tom Robinson and been tipped by NME. With the release of the I Need Sound album it seems increasingly likely that Erin will continue to seal her reputation as one of the most beguiling and engaging singer/music makers around.