In New York’s West Village, three musicians walk on to the stage at (le) poisson rouge club to celebrate the release of their album, five years in the making. Their story began in 2011, when King – Anita Bias, Paris Strother and Amber Strother – released a three-song EP, The Story, through their own label, King Creative, which has now released the album. “It feels really natural,” says Paris Strother.
Initially intended for family and friends, The Story eventually attracted the attention of musicians Questlove and Prince – who invited King to open for him in 2013. The three songs on The Story came to serve as a microcosm of their eventual album, We Are King, released on 5 February. They prefigure its generous, geometric twists, drifting and spiralling as if obeying the physics of smoke.