Following the leftfield invention of 2014’s debut album ‘Life As A Dog’, Illinois MC Kristine Flaherty – AKA K.Flay – has one-upped herself.
Packing a cinematic production, bags of attitude and irresistible couplets evoking intrigue, a sense of time, place and feeling, this second full-length delivers in spades.
The Vans Warped Tour graduate is unlike any other artist you’ll read about in Rock Sound, yet she instinctively feels like one of ours – while orbiting a universe all of her own. This record encompasses big city life, with small-town insights and heart at its centre; borrowing roots from hip-hop and branching off with alternative takes on pop melody, combined with a devastating lyrical edge.
‘Every Where Is Some Where’ is in turns intimate, expansive, confessional and inviting – thoroughly addictive on the dark, pulsing and urgent ‘Blood In The Cut’, woozily euphoric on ‘High Enough’, playfully political on ‘The President Has A Sex Tape’ and swirling and sultry on ‘You Felt Right’.
Whether Kristine is out for blood and spitting venomous kiss-offs or purring, reflective and restrained, it’s a thrill to go along for the ride. Oh, and you’ll have this earworm-filled soundtrack stuck in your head for a long time afterwards.