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Kaki King Pokes Fun at Music Snob Culture with New Video

Thomas Bellflower

JD Samson Gives Kaki’s “Ooblek” the Dance Floor Treatment, Premiering on Thump (HERE)

Hear Kaki Discuss Her New Project, “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body”, with Producer John Diliberto on ECHOES Radio (HERE)

Kaki King’s guitar struggles to fit in while traversing the streets of Brooklyn’s hipster capital, Bushwick, in the new video for “Roaming Guitar”, premiering on Flavorwire this week.

While the tongue-in-cheek clip sets out to mock elitist snobbery within the music industry, its narrative also resonates as an honest, at times poignant, metaphor for King’s own adolescence and finding her voice as a young guitar player. The video, filmed in stop-motion and supported by pieces of dialogue between King’s signature Ovation Adamas and snobbier “cool guy” guitars, is a journey of self-discovery.

“I never really cared about fitting in,” King said while talking to Flavorwire, “but I was always curious as to why people chose the music that they did. How did someone decide to dedicate themselves to rock and metal for instance? I never could choose a set path or any kind of music connected to a type of attitude or fashion or lifestyle.”

Kaki’s new project, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body, also got a dance floor spin this week with a mammoth remix for “ Ooblek” by iconic tastemaker JD Samson. Showcasing the wide range of styles that King’s vision can easily fit, Samson recasts King’s wistful original as an infectious, uplifting disco jam.

Listen to “Ooblek (JD Samson remix)”  HERE .
Listen to the original version of “Ooblek” HERE .

In performance , The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body is revolutionizing the way we experience live music. Kaki chats about her groundbreaking new project with Echoes Radio producer John Diliberto on his latest Echoes podcast HERE.

Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful,  The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body is Kaki King at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. The album is a companion piece to Kaki’s groundbreaking new multi-media performance, which uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other.

What the Press is saying:

“… [Kaki King and Shantell Martin’s] collaborative music video for King’s “Anthropomorph” is a harmonious conversation between two artists who speak a similar language, although they work in different disciplines.” – The Creators Project

“It’s a beautiful thing when two entirely different art forms fit so well together that the boundaries between vision and sound, hand and ear, line and note, begin to blur. We’re feeling that particular kind of synesthesia…” – Huffington Post

“bare, powerful, and propulsive.”KUTX Austin

King’s evocative performance was a sumptuous feast for the senses, a dizzying display of sound and vision by a guitarist already renowned for her innovation.”
Boston Globe

“In her near-13-year career that’s seen six studio albums and a Golden-Globe nomination for best original score, King has earned critical acclaim for the way she combines unusual tunings, complex fingerstyle picking, and slap bass techniques to create soundscapes that range from instrumental acoustic work to high-voltage rock songs. Now, she’s using her guitar in an entirely new way: as a projection screen.”
The Atlantic

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