12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For years, Emily King’s story was emblematic of New York City: The daughter of an accomplished jazz duo—singers Marion Cowings, who is black, and Kim Kalesti, who is Italian—King cut her teeth performing around the Lower East Side. As a teenager, she worked for Bad Boy Entertainment’s Chucky Thompson, who’d produced for Mary J. Blige and Notorious B.I.G., and earned a 2007 Grammy nomination for her first album, East Side Story. But the subsequent decade of self-releasing songs and touring took its toll, and King found herself craving solitude and a change of pace. In 2017, she uprooted for the Catskills, where she converted her cabin’s garage into a recording studio and began a new chapter.

Scenery, her third album with producer Jeremy Most, is lucid and soulful, with assertive vocals, gospel harmonies, and nostalgic, driving percussion. It’s masterfully edited; songs like “Forgiveness” and “Teach You” breathe in all the right places, and King’s voice is always crystal clear. Her head seems clear, too. On the Tom Petty-inspired song “Go Back,” she waves goodbye to the New York rat race and embraces a new way of life. “I know there’s something waiting down this road ahead,” she sings. "I’ll find it in the end.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

For years, Emily King’s story was emblematic of New York City: The daughter of an accomplished jazz duo—singers Marion Cowings, who is black, and Kim Kalesti, who is Italian—King cut her teeth performing around the Lower East Side. As a teenager, she worked for Bad Boy Entertainment’s Chucky Thompson, who’d produced for Mary J. Blige and Notorious B.I.G., and earned a 2007 Grammy nomination for her first album, East Side Story. But the subsequent decade of self-releasing songs and touring took its toll, and King found herself craving solitude and a change of pace. In 2017, she uprooted for the Catskills, where she converted her cabin’s garage into a recording studio and began a new chapter.

Scenery, her third album with producer Jeremy Most, is lucid and soulful, with assertive vocals, gospel harmonies, and nostalgic, driving percussion. It’s masterfully edited; songs like “Forgiveness” and “Teach You” breathe in all the right places, and King’s voice is always crystal clear. Her head seems clear, too. On the Tom Petty-inspired song “Go Back,” she waves goodbye to the New York rat race and embraces a new way of life. “I know there’s something waiting down this road ahead,” she sings. "I’ll find it in the end.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings
22 Ratings
Kimybee ,

Emily!! You NEVER disappoint!!

I’ve followed Emily since her debut album East Side Story and I’ve been a fan ever since. Her lyrics and melodies truly touch my soul and if it wasn’t for her as an artist, my love for music would not be the same. I love her soulful voice and that she’s the true definition of what an artist is. She always delivers and never disappoints with her music! I will be a fan for life!! 💜💕💜

nipnapkin ,

Not her best work - tipping point

I, truly madly deeply, love the amazing vocalization and powerhouse musical genius behind her and her band but this album fell flat for me. Many songs were similar - the lyricism felt lazy, and the arrangements never hit home for me deeply. It was just okay for a car ride packed full of friends if you’re not paying attention. Looking forward to deeper musicianship, you are amazing Emily & co!

Rainbow129 ,

Everything I Needed

I sit here ever every looking for artist and music that are inspiring and hand written. This was exactly that for me. I haven’t listened to anything else since this was released.

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