Kaki King’s skills may not mirror those of (unrelated) Slayer guitarist Kerry King, she’s proven her own sense or innovation in her own right. Initially a drummer as kid in Atlanta, King started playing guitar while attending NYU and began busking in New York subways. She developed a percussive, finger-tapping acoustic style inspired by Preston Reed and Michael Hedges that helped her score a major label deal for her second album, 2004’s Legs Make Us Longer. Wary of being pigeonholed in this airy yet vibrantly dynamic acoustic sound, King left Epic and recorded her next album, Until We Felt Red, with Tortoise’s John McEntire. The result is a well-crafted, atmospheric approach that, while retaining the prior album’s open-air feel, adds all manner of electric guitars and electronic noise/samples. Her last two records — the half-instrumental Dreaming of Revenge and last year’s more pop-savvy album Junior — dropped the acoustic element almost completely in favor of a full-band approach. Junior represents her most commercially accessible release to date, while still showcasing her supple playing and inventive arrangements. However, King’s never one to sit still. She’s already circling back, returning to the solo acoustic format on her current tour for the first time in a half-dozen years.
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