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Kaki King is a contrary creature. Her latest
album Junior is testament to this characteristic, running the
gamut from experimental pieces to accessible pop. Lyrics range
from the heartbroken and forlorn to the downright nonsensical and
King fans will no doubt be scratching their collective heads at the
more stripped back production, yet there's still the unmistakeable Kaki
sound and the songs, as always, linger in the mind of the listener.
Described as a virtuoso guitarist, King is reluctant to take on the
mantle of instru-
mental genius de-
spite the accolades
such as Rolling
Stone or musicians
like Dave Grohl. In
fact to hear the singer tell it, she and her guitar share a rather fraught
relationship. "I play it like I want to beat the shit out of it," she muses.
"I think me and the guitar are almost like siblings. In a way I've
grown up with it. I've lived with it, I've dealt with it, it's fucked me over,
I've fucked it over. We've broken up and we've got back together --it's
like a relationship. e guitar is part of my identity now. It's like a tattoo
I have that I'm not sure how I feel about."
So how did this relationship begin? Like most middle class children
Kaki remembers having an instrument forced upon her as a kid. "My
dad is a music lover -- so we were made to play an instrument. When I
was ve years old they made me play guitar and I hated it. ese days I
wouldn't say I love it - we have more of a mutual respect..."
Love it or not, King's extraodinary talent has taken her all over the
globe, playing music for fans in Australia, Japan and Europe. It's a job
she feels lucky and grateful for. "I wouldn't want to do any-
thing else. What would I do at home? Sit on my
arse and do shit? It's a great life -- but it doesn't
mean it's perfectly peachy -- but I'm always
fascinated by it."
Meanwhile King's music con-
tinues to appeal to a vast number
of people. So why does her
music appeal to such a cross-
section of punters? "I don't
know -- sometimes I've
wondered about that. I
think its because... the in-
strumental stu people feel
they can tell their own story
to and the lyrical stu has
universal themes. I think
that people can interpret
things for themselves and
their own lives the way they want
Junior is out now through Shock.
The guitar is part of my
identity now. It's like a
tattoo I have that I'm not
sure how I feel about.
New album Junior marks a change in direction
for this talented musician.
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