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Edna King’s music resists categorization in the best way possible—it’s something even she herself has a hard time with. Instead, it is perhaps served best by descriptive words versus genre classification. Raw. Atmospheric. Emotive. Stirring. And unexpected, even for King herself: “I think I can go as far to say some of the tracks on this EP are more or less the antithesis of what I’ve been a part of making up to this point.”
King is a seasoned musician, having studied classical piano since the age of 10 (including being part of the piano ensemble at her university) and being a member of bands as both a keyboardist and vocalist for years. While she’s not a newcomer per se, one listen of Pressurize, her new EP which just released on Modern Math Recordings, and it’s amazing to think that she has only been experimenting with solo production and composition since last September. “It’s difficult for me to imagine not having that creative outlet now, even though it’s been such a short time,” she says of her current journey as a solo artist. “Some of the happiest moments of my life so far have been spent composing and editing tracks.”
The five-track “audio diary” inspires listeners to consider their own emotions and vulnerabilities with its haunting and ambient sonic stylings. “If a listener becomes truly engaged, if they can feel the fear beneath the dissonant harmonies, then I've succeeded in some way,” says King. This is an extremely
personal and intimate offering from an otherwise private artist and person — so private in fact, that the prospect of self-releasing any music was a bit daunting for King. Fortunately, Edna and her project have found a loving home with Modern Math: “I didn’t have any qualms about putting this in their hands. They are doing this for the love of music, and I completely respect that.”
King counts Laurie Spiegel, Delia Derbyshire, Emika and Dasha Rush as some of her biggest inspirations. An avid reader, she is also a big fan of Margaret Atwood and fantasy epics like The Wheel of Time series, Lord of the Rings and anything that allows her to be “taken out of (herself).” And while she doesn’t want to harp on her gender, she is quick to pay tribute to other female producers, without whom she says she would have never had the courage to explore this part of her creativity. “Without proper representation in music, we as an audience miss out on vast swathes of the human experience,” says King. “I hope that I can be a small part of that representation.” She is undoubtedly well on her way.