Kaki King - "The Betrayer"

Rolling Stone-approved “Guitar God” Kaki King has taken a darker turn on Junior, her followup to 2008′s Dreaming Of Revenge. The newer collection has a gentler seeming title, but comes with a “Parental Advisory” sticker, more “bass ass” promotional photos, and songs with titles like “Death Head, “Hallucinations From My Poisonous German Streets,” “Spit It Back In My Mouth,” and “My Nerves That Committed Suicide.” (Maybe recording with the Mountain Goats for the Black Pear Tree EP rubbed off on her? Though we’re told she recently collaborated with Timbaland on a song featuring Miley Cyrus, so don’t jump to conclusions.) Lead track “The Betrayer” was inspired by Agent Zig Zag, Ben McIntyre’s 2007 book about British double-agent Eddie Chapman, who went from spying for the Nazis in World War II to working for the Brits thereafter. So, right, maybe “dreaming of revenge” on a larger scale: Double lives, espionage, saving yourself at the expense of someone who trusted you, escapes via rooftops, etc. You’d probably do well to listen to it metaphorically, too.

Junior is out 4/13 via Rounder. She’s on the road in the States right after that.

04/15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
04/16 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/17 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
04/19 – Northhampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
04/20 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
04/21 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
04/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
04/29 – Washingotn, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
04/30 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/01 – Atlanta, GA @ The Variety Playhouse
05/04 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
05/05 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
05/06 – Chicago, IL @ Park West
05/07 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
05/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
05/09 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
05/11 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
05/12 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up, Aspen
05/14 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
05/15 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
05/16 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
05/19 – Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
05/20 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theater
05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theater
05/24 – San Diego, CA @ The Belly Up
05/25 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House

Comments (11)
  1. This is pretty solid. She’s got some definite promise.

  2. This lady was much hotter in the smaller photo. I feel kind of betrayed.

  3. this is cool.. :P nice song!

  4. It’s crazy she’s not more popular. Keeps getting better…

  5. You’re all kidding, right? The best parts of this song are a direct rip-off of Radiohead’s Jigsaws Falling into Place, and what’s left is very average 90s guitar rock. There’s nothing new in any of this.

  6. @mrhammond
    mmm this is not jazz, so it’s difficult not to end up with similar parts here and there…so what? I like Radiohead and I’m really into music for such a long time (playing, composing and of course listening) but I did not notice such a “direct rip-off”. In fact I enjoy both songs and when I listen one after another I’m not under the impression I have the same thing… Why not trusting a little bit more an artist like Kaki, I bet you don’t know her, did not see her in one of her concert ? She’s quite fair and honest women in my opinion.

    • Sounds like you’ve got a crush on her. Good for you, that’s sweet. However, it pains me to think you compose and have played music a while and can’t hear the Radiohead. Try listening again. Pay attention to the rhythm of the words. Particularly the verses. I actually had to check that they were different to Thom Yorke’s lyrics. Half the words even sound the same and I first thought this was a mediocre cover.

      Yes, mediocre.

      I’m not saying it’s a definite rip-off. For all I know she has never heard Jigsaws Falling Into Place. But then this is an uncanny likeness.

  7. Sorry your first two sentences are off topic and a bit childish…well not good for you man.
    I have not listened to that title of Radiohead in a while and in fact did not appreciate much, that could explain why I did not hear it, don’t you think?
    I don’t want to spend time trying to analyse differences between two songs…All I need is find artists that provide true emotions. I respect Radiohead and their work but somehow I don’t feel so much moved.

    IMHO that’s a just a song that could drive more listeners to Kaki King’s music and I’d rather listen to other interesting tracks on that record (Junior).

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