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.”

SONG
Remind Me
1
4:03
 
Teach You
2
4:07
 
Can't Hold Me
3
4:27
 
Look at Me Now
4
3:12
 
Caliche
5
3:53
 
Blue Light
6
3:47
 
Forgiveness
7
3:47
 
Running
8
3:47
 
Interlude (What Love Is)
9
1:43
 
Marigolds
10
3:02
 
2nd Guess
11
3:53
 
Go Back
12
4:14
 

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