I Need Sound is the new album from American born singer Erin K, due on 12th July 2019 via German label T3 Records. Erin is based between Berlin and London, and I Need Sound is being preceeded by a single I Have A Knack.
About the video, the band comments “I Have A Knack video features Dunja von K, a hula hooper from Germany who holds several Guinness world records. This video is one of several single shot videos I’ve decided to create with dancers around Berlin. The concept is to allow the dancer complete freedom with regards to the choreography in response to the song. I like the lightness and energy with which she performs as the song is about someone’s unique and quirky qualities. I Have A Knack is about a girl asking someone to take a risk with her and jump in together, and this theme is expressed by the playful, inviting nature of Dunja’s performance.”
Musically, Erin is an admirer of strongminded artists such as Florence and Lana Del Rey, both of whom make similarly candid, narrative-driven pop, and the combination of deft production and intertwining melodies and harmonies of I Need Sound make for an enthralling, vibrant listen, a must for fans of forthright singers such as Regina Spektor. A timeless yet inventive quality to the instrumentation and arrangements calls to mind pioneers of the genre such as Kate Bush.
The lyrical narratives of I Need Sound explore dramas, farewells and Erin’s attempts to not lose her joy for life. On the theme of the track Little Turns Erin explains, “the song is about an inner struggle experienced by someone in a relationship where they have been left powerless and somewhat desperate.” These explorations of identity and relationship strife are presented alongside tracks such as The Tooth Song, in which Erin compares the pain of human relationships going bad with the pain of toothache, a wry vignette that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Magnetic Fields record. Frame To Freeze finds Erin wrestling to gain control over rampant negative thoughts and emotions and to find peace of mind. As well as ten original tracks, the album also features Erin’s first cover, Chills, a moody and somber rendition of You’re The One That I Want by John Farrar from Grease, and throughout I Need Sound Erin artfully treads a line between self-deprecating irony and heartbreakingly direct candor.