King Princess has shared her new single, “Change The Locks.”
The track comes from their King Princess’ forthcoming album, Hold On Baby, out July 29th via Columbia. Produced by Aaron Dessner, “Change The Locks” is a rock anthem with pop sensibilities. Opening as a soft, thoughtful ballad before exploding into an edgy banger.
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On Instagram, King Princess explained that she met Dessner at his studio in New York the day after her grandfather’s funeral. The first song they wrote together was today’s release, which she says has been through several changes before becoming what it is now. “It became this song that – it just helped me heal so much.”
Listen to “Change The Locks” below.
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“I’ve only ever written about heartbreak,” King Princess explains of the album. “It felt easier to talk about myself through other people. To write about situations that caused me pain, and to use them to justify my own anxieties and depression. It finally reached a point where I had to turn the barrel on myself. I’m silly, I’m anxious, I’m sad, I’m sexy. I didn’t want to be scared to talk about those things anymore. The infinite dichotomy of things that make me up. I’m not a girl, not quite a boy, a lesbian, but also gay as the day is long.”
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“I’m not one thing,” King princess adds. “I’m not sure I like myself, but I’m figuring it out. Hold On Baby is a search for a new heartbreak. It’s a love letter to my girlfriend. It’s a firm read of myself. And it’s a reminder of the totems in my life that give me hope; my dog who is my fiercest companion and the owl that represents my grandparents.”
“I want this album to give you all some strength in accepting ourselves; as chaotic as we can be. It’s not easy being alive and I feel indebted to you all for providing me air to breathe in this insane world. That’s what King Princess has always been about at its core. Making a home for us to feel safe and weird and messy and imperfect. You are not alone in your feelings. I bet you I feel and have felt the same. This album is for anyone who needs a sanctuary to be vulnerable. I’m here with you, and I love you.”