90FM Album Review: Kaki King-"Glow"
Kyle Florence
kflor654@uwsp.edu






If you ever find yourself in the mood to sport a kilt, paint your face, and sprint topless across the Scottish highlands with Mel Gibson at your side, than Kaki King’s newest album ‘Glow’, released October 9th, is perfect for you. Then again, if that isn’t your plan, this album is still probably perfect for you.

King, the first of two daughters, was born in Atlanta, and from a young age showed natural music ability. Though she was introduced to the guitar at the age of four and played for a number of years, the drums became her primary instrument s as a teen. King would not revisit the guitar until she attended New York University in the late 90’s, where she began to study under the guidance of Dr. Bill Rayner, a notable professor of guitar. King would spend the rest of her time in college modestly building her musical career from the ground up, playing the occasional live show and busking in the New York Subways. 

Over a decade later, it would seem that this hard work has paid off. To date King has released 6 full length albums, each one more polished and concise than the last, and in 2006 earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s list of “The New Guitar Gods”, where she was both the only woman and youngest artist. Apart from these accomplishments, King has been praised by, and played alongside a number of accomplished musicians, such as Dave Grohl, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Eddie Veter.

Kaki King has carried this momentum into her most recent release, relying on the fret-tapping and slap bass techniques which made her famous to construct diverse soundscapes that span a variety of moods and emotions. Likewise, this variety truly makes it an album for any occasion--regardless of one’s frame of mind, King provides something you can run with. You may find yourself humbled by the subtly ominous tones of “Marche Slav”, or perhaps inspired by the relentlessly upbeat, distinctly Celtic melodies of “King Pizel”. Similarly, if you’re seeking an easy-listening tune to drown out surrounding distractions as you study, look no further than the spacey ‘Bowen Island’.

Regardless of how you’re feeling however, I can promise you that ‘Glow’ will not disappoint; the vast menagerie moods and melodies will almost certainly clear your head and transport you to some distant, unspecified location.