After a guest turn on the Foo Fighters’ last album plus score contributions to the films “Into the Wild” and “August Rush,” guitarist Kaki King should move to the next level with “Dreaming of Revenge,” due this week via Velour.
The set was produced by Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp), who pushed King to “be creative in the moment. He said, ‘I’m not here to recreate your demos. We’re here to get creative.’ There were some directions that were taken that were so unbelievably far off from where the songs began. Some of the songs became ’70s groovy sex music somehow.”
In contrast to mild-mannered Tortoise/The Sea & Cake drummer John McEntire, who produced King’s 2006 album “Until We Felt Red,” Burn was not afraid to challenge King when he thought she needed a kick in the pants. “I am so not the fighting type,” she says. “But he’d be like, ‘Look … this f*cking music sounds dorky! It’s in 5/4 and there’s no melody and I don’t understand it.”
“There are a couple of other songs where I’m doing the most traditional guitar playing I’ve ever done,” she reports. “They’re still in odd tunings, but through the process of just staying up late at night and grabbing instruments, the songs became totally different pieces of music.”