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“But then again, her unique voice is probably a good thing, as it sets this up-and-comer apart from the rest of the pop pack.”Nylon
“Winston takes in funk, soul, rock, and pop””creating music that is truly her own.” — Interview Magazine
“Young Detroit native, fusing a feel for her hometown’s girl-group era with a distinctive post-Kate Bush soprano style and sticky-sweet, memorable choruses.” — Stereogum
“Chugging drums and multi-layered acoustic guitars hiss and wheeze and give the track both a rolling sense of forward motion and depth.” — Pitchfork
“Layered with clever pop instrumentals, almost impossibly catchy refrains and smart tips-of-the-hat to her motown roots” — Filter
“She draws you in with supple harmonies and a delicate, sexy timbre; it’s whimsical and rocking, but soulful at the same time.” —Glamour
“As a songwriter, she’s got a knack for thematic quirks that sneak into your subliminal, and with help from the Knocks and others, every song has a substantial melodic surge that threatens to transport you back to some mid-’90s women-in-rock fantasia.” —Spin Magazine
“Pop nuggets that are irrepressible with their energy and immediacy but never too saccharine.” — Washington Post
King Con | Tracklisting
01. Fire Ant
02. Velvet Elvis
07. Sister WIfe
08. Choice Notes
09. Shock Me
11. Run Rumspringa
12. The Fold
4/19 – U Street Music Hall – Wash, DC
4/24 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
4/28- Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
King Con, Alex Winston’s debut album has been confirmed for release on February 28th through V2 / Cooperative Music. An exhilarating collection of songs, the album title reflects the multi-instrumentalist’s innate fascination in the pretenders of the world: everyday con-men, cult leaders and sham preachers.
Originally from Detroit, most of the songs on Alex’s debut LP are inspired by books and documentaries about marginal subcultures in America, with the resulting record almost acting as a musical adaptation of the works of Errol Morris and Louis Theroux.
King Con ““ the suggestion that an Elvis impersonator is the ultimate con – came to Alex after spending several months in an Elvis costume herself whilst promoting her recent single “Velvet Elvis”. “Velvet Elvis” itself is inspired by objectum sexuality and the documentary I Married the Eiffel Tower.
Alex’s previous releases, including an acclaimed EP, were recorded on Garageband and King Con sees her take a step up in terms of production, working with the likes of Charlie Hugall (Florence and the Machine, Ed Sheeran, Crystal Fighters), Bjorn Yttling (Lykke Li) and The Knocks.
Winston sings in the international language of pure joy, producing a giddy, heart-stopping sound. However, beneath that Sixties pop-tinged soul exuberance lie hidden depths. On “Benny”, a poignant warning of Benny Hinn ““ a preacher whose healing powers seem to be in proportion to church donations – Alex sings Benny Benny / Takes my penny / Then he skins me to the bone”.
Not wanting to deride the subjects of these stories though, Alex translates them to everyday situations. In “Run Rumspringa”, she applies Rumspringa ““ the condoned acts of adolescence rebellion in the Amish church ““ to a relationship. “Sister Wife”, inspired by polygamy, is about not wanting to share something you love.
Traces of her Motown influences can be seen on King Con and it is full of Alex’s signature melodies, from the stunning, propulsive percussion on “Shock Me” to the eerie harmonies of “Fire Ant” and the soaring chorus of “Choice Notes”.
Additionally, Alex has been working on series of documentaries to run alongside the album. Whilst on tour in the UK, she sought out characters in the local area to interview them and the first of these will be aired shortly.
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