Sounds Like: A dream conjured up during a quiet storm
For Fans Of: The S.O.S. Band, Klymaxx, Janelle Monáe and Miguel's "Primetime"
Why You Should Pay Attention: Since the release of their first EP in 2011, this Los Angeles-based R&B trio — made up of twins Paris and Amber Strother with Anita Bias — has made waves with their inviting, harmony-rich brand of R&B. They've opened for Babyface and Prince, and they appeared on Robert Glasper's star-studded Black Radio. Tracks like "The Story" and "The Greatest" nod to the lush textures of Quiet Storm and smooth jazz while having their sights set on the future. Bias and Amber Strother's vocals blend and bend into bliss, while Paris Strother's meticulously arranged instrumentals are tailor-made for whiling away an afternoon. Fizzy love songs and extended analog-synth fantasias are all over King's self-released debut album, which comes out on February 5th.
They Say: "All of this coming together [was the result of] us collaborating together and creating with ourselves," says Paris Strother. "In the last few years of getting to know each other better, we've approached this synergy where we're sharing ideas while completing each other's musical sentences. … There's a ton of analog synths in there, [and] we have a LinnDrum now. It's kind of an addiction of mine, hanging out on eBay and finding old vintage synths. There's also the modern touch of making sounds, and using sampling to really beef up the sounds that we like — we went and bought a cowbell and a hi-hat. [Our aesthetic is] coming from all over the place. But it's largely based on the warmth of analog synths; we want to recreate the feeling we get from listening to music from a particular era, when those synths were just coming out and changing the musical landscape."
Hear for Yourself: The gently boastful "The Greatest" makes romantic victory sound utterly sweet. Maura Johnston