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King Con

Alex Winston

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The full-length follow-up to her 2011 debut EP Sister Wife, 2012's King Con features more of singer/songwriter Alex Winston's buoyant, technicolor psych and folk-influenced pop. A opera-trained vocalist, the Michigan-born Winston came off as a kind of cherubic indie rock Kate Bush on Sister Wife, and King Con does nothing if not reinforce this notion. These are meticulously crafted, gargantuanly melodic songs that frame Winston's fairy siren of a voice with swirling, sparkling productions (via the Knocks) rife with bells and keyboards, shimmering guitar bits, and veritable marching bands of rhythm. While a few tracks carry over from Sister Wife, including the title track, the '60s girl group-sounding "Choice Notes," and the yearning "Locomotive," listeners also get more than few hummable, immediately catchy numbers like the swoony "Velvet Elvis" and the wide-eyed and cinematic "Medicine." While the album title suggests that Winston's talents may be less than genuine, King Con is never anything less than truly inspired.

Biography

Born: Detroit, MI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A classically trained opera singer and a former opening act for Chuck Berry, with influences ranging from Little Richard to PJ Harvey, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alex Winston isn't the easiest artist to pigeonhole. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Winston was encouraged by her parents to pursue her musical ambitions. At age seven, she began listening to Carole King and Laura Nyro while playing the guitar with her father in the basement of their home, and her mother once snuck her...
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