King Tuff – THE OTHER
on Sub Pop via Rhythmethod
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE FIRST OFFICIAL SINGLE “PSYCHO STAR”
Last week, Kyle Thomas – aka King Tuff- released his first new song in four years, titled “The Other,” which NPR called a “meditative deliberation and mystic reflection.” Today, he’s excited to share that the song will be also be the lead track on his new album of the same name. The Otherwill be out on Sub Pop Records this April 13th, and is available for pre-order HERE.
Today you can also hear the official first single from the album, “Psycho Star.” It is a prime representation of King Tuff’s soulful and cosmic new direction. Listen to the song via the Cameron Dutra directed video here:
Thomas self-produced the record and brought in Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Alabama Shakes) to assist with the mixing process.No less hooky than previous records, the new songs ditch the goofy rock-and-roll bacchanalia narratives of earlier records in favor of expansive arrangements, a diversity of instrumentation, and lyrics that straddle the fence between painful ruminations and reconnecting with that part of yourself that feels childlike and creative and not corroded by cynicism. The record features contributions from Ty Segall (drums), Jenny Lewis (vocals), Greta Morgan (vocals), and Mikal Cronin (saxophone).
Thomas views the entire experience of the record as a kind of psychic reset. “I let the songs lead me where they wanted to go, instead of trying to push them into a certain zone. King Tuff was always just supposed to be me. When I started doing this as a teenager, it was whatever I wanted it to be. King Tuff was never supposed to be just one thing. It was supposed to be everything.”
The Other tracklisting:
Thru The Cracks
Birds of Paradise
Circuits in the Sand
No Man’s Land
(photo credit: Olivia Bee)